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PGY-1

Harjit Kaur

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Personal Info: I was raised in Williamsville, but the only time I actually left Buffalo was to go to medical school in Indianapolis. I am excited to be back in the area to be closer to my family and friends.

Why this Program? I had always wanted to come back home since there is no place like Buffalo. Every one that I met had been extremely approachable and so helpful.

Christina Walton

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University of Rochester

Hometown: North Syracuse, NY

Personal Info: I grew up in North Syracuse, NY and met my wonderful husband in our high school years. I went to the University of Rochester for my undergraduate education in Public Health and Biology. My public health major had a significant influence in directing me towards both osteopathic medicine and family medicine. I learned the value of listening and understanding the many factors that contribute to individual health and the importance of educating families. I went on to attend Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, where I continued to enjoy family medicine, preventative medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. I enjoy spending time with my family, husband, our English Bulldog named Boris, and our rabbit named Thumper.   

Kim Tran

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University of California, Irvine

Hometown: Tustin, California

Personal Info: I was born in Vietnam, raised in California, and trekked to the East Coast for medical school out of a curiosity for snow. Taking advantage of Buffalo's geography and location, much of my free time has been spent chasing waterfalls, rock climbing, and trying obscure dishes at new restaurants. When I'm not going on adventures, I am hanging out with my cat, Babou, or trying my hand at botany (there's currently a little forest growing in my apartment). Lastly, I have been known to have a not-so-secret love affair with food - once I get started talking about it, I can go on for days!

Why this Program? In the past two years, Buffalo has taken up a special spot in my heart. I am enamored by the loyalty and love Buffalonians have for their city. (And no traffic!) It definitely was not difficult to make the choice when it came to residency programs. I had first heard of the Sisters Family Medicine Residency program as a second year medical student during my school's Hospital Day event. Sisters Hospital was highly regarded amongst my classmates who were from Buffalo, and I remember telling myself that I wanted to one day be a resident at that program, especially because it was one of the few in the area that still trained their residents in osteopathic manipulative treatment. On top of it all, I loved the sense of comraderie and happiness at this hospital. Everyone, from the faculty to the residents and administrative staff, is kind and supportive of one another. I feel that this is the type of environment that will help me thrive and train to become a strong physician in the next few years. 

Mai-Linh Notaro 

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Personal Info: I grew up in Orchard Park, NY and now live in the Allentown area in downtown Buffalo. I love exploring the culinary scene, hanging out with my hyperactive kitten, and spending time with my family who also lives in the area. 

Why this Program? When I rotated with the family medicine program at Sisters, one of the senior residents told me that the number one rule of residency was to "live off the land", or in other words: if someone is offering you free food at work, eat it. I felt that any program that emphasized such valuable lessons was the perfect place for me. The more time I spent with the people in this program the more I was impressed with how incredibly supportive, down to earth, and fun to work with everyone is, and I'm very grateful to be a part of this program. 

PGY-2

Sara Bensman

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton Campus

Undergraduate College: Canisius College

Hometown: West Seneca, NY

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I was born and raised in West Seneca, about 15 minutes from the city of Buffalo, but I went to medical school in Bradenton, Florida. I'm thrilled to settle back into the area and put down some roots! I have a wonderful husband, Greg, and a chocolate lab named Harry. I also have an older sister, and 38 first cousins, most of whom live nearby. In my spare time, I like to cook, travel, ski, read novels, and spend time with my amazing family!

Why this Program? Even though I loved Florida, I realized that there's no place like home! After deciding that I wanted to come back to Western New York, I began looking into all of the family medicine programs around, and quickly came to the conclusion that Sisters would be a great fit! The attendings, residents, and support staff here are extremely approachable and knowledgable. There are plenty of learning opportunities, and the educational environment is welcoming and supportive.

Rachelle Booth

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Undergraduate College: Canisius College

Hometown: Williamsville, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I have a wonderful husband, Adam, whom I spend a lot of time with out birding in local Buffalo parks when we aren't at a Sabres game. I also enjoy vacationing to sandy beaches, training in various martial arts such as Krav Maga, and spending time with my family. 

Why this Program? I chose this program because after being fortunate enough to do some of my elective rotations here 4th year of medical school, it was obvious how kind and knowledable everyone was in the program. The atmosphere was like a big happy family, the perfect fit for me, and it was also back in my home town where my husband and family all live.

Sydney Domanowski

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: My wonderful husband, Aaron, and I have 4 children, Trenton, Eliza, Amelia and Macey. I enjoy all different types of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and biking. I also coach little loop cheer leading and love attending my children's sporting events including football, cheer leading, soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. I love the Buffalo Bills and going to The Ralph for football games.

Why this Program? I completed most of my rotations during medical school in Buffalo and I thoroughly enjoyed each rotation at Sisters.  This program is committed to teaching the residents and students and fosters a love of learning. All of the attendings are friendly and wonderful to work with.  Also, the Thursday lecture series provide a great opportunity to learn from one another and from different specialists. Finally, the continuity clinics are very nice and the patient population is diverse. I am excited to begin my career as a Family Medicine Physician with this residency program.

Tracy Fabian

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Clemson University 

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I grew up in Western NY but moved away for college and medical school and now I am happy to be back in Buffalo for residency.  If I'm not working I'm usually running.  I try to run at least one marathon a year, but have future goals to complete  an ultra-marathon and triathlon.  I have been told I have a very contagious laugh and definitely try to use it whenever possible to make someone's day. I am a huge Olympics and sports fan. I enjoy the weather and beach during the summer months but anxiously await for every fall and football season. I cheer for Clemson on Saturdays and the Bills on Sundays, always hoping that this year will be OUR year! 

Why this Program? I knew during my fourth year of medical school I wanted to come back to Buffalo. It didn't take me long to realize the Family Medicine program at Sisters Hospital was exactly what I was looking for. It is a great environment to work in, the residents are extremely welcoming and helpful and all the hospital staff is friendly. The Family Medicine attendings love to teach and have great patience with the residents. The program provides opportunities to rotate in all different areas of medicine, so you can get exposure before practicing on your own. It is also great to see some many physicians that have trained here, decide to stay and continue to practice  in the area where there is such a high need for primary care. Although I don't have many family members that live in the Buffalo any more, I already feel I have a great supportive family through this program.

Brandon Fyock

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: North Collins, NY

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: From the southtowns, not only have I grown up in Buffalo but now I get to stay in Buffalo through my residency.  I have an amazing fiancé, Rachel,  and also a 1 year old chocolate lab, Finley.  I have a large family with 3 brothers and a youngest sister which keeps you constantly busy.  I enjoy kayaking, hanging out with family and enjoying all the new experiences that Buffalo has to offer.

Why this Program? As a medical student, I was fortunate enough to do most of my rotations at Sisters Hospital and had a lot of exposure to this program.  The faculty and staff you work with are helpful and easy to work with.  I believe that the program will strongly prepare me to care for my patients after completion of residency. 

Vincent Newman

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University of South Florida

Hometown: Hollywood, FL

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I'm new to the Buffalo region from Florida. I'm enjoying everything Buffalo has to offer and I'm looking forward to trying skiing in the winter. I enjoy running, bicycling, and watching movies.

Why this Program? I enjoyed my time rotating at Sisters as a student during my third year. The camaraderie between the residents, faculty, and students encouraged me to apply and made it feel like the best fit. The faculty is very hands on with learning along with the support staff and together make for a great educational experience as a resident.

PGY-3

Matthew Barlette, D.O.Matthew Barletta, D.O.

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Jericho, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: Originally from Long Island, I came to Buffalo for undergrad. I met my amazing wife, Tracie, at UB. We both left for graduate school and when it came time to look for training programs, Buffalo felt like home. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, exploring the outdoors, reading and spending time with family. I look forward to spending more time in Buffalo and laying down some roots.

Why this Program? The first thing that attracted me to this program was location. While rotating through the family medicine program I was impressed at the caliber of residents and that they were at a level I aspired to be. As I spent more time with the program you really get a sense that the program is one big family. All the attendings are intelligent and incredibly nice. The program is unique in the sense that your at a community hospital but are still attached to the Catholic Health System and the University at Buffalo that allows you opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have. The resident’s clinic is a private practice that allows you your own patients and exposure to a diverse patient population.

Kathleen Dubnicki, D.O.Kathleen Dubnicki, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Cornell University

Hometown: Hamburg, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I enjoy spending time with my wonderful friends, family, and amazing husband.  I absolutely love the Buffalo area and everything it has to offer: great skiing, beautiful sunsets over Lake Erie, and tons of delicious food!  In my free time I enjoy taking long walks, curling up with a good book and hot cup of tea, and dreaming about all of the beautiful places in the world I hope to some day visit!

Why this Program? It was always my hope to come home to Buffalo to do my residency in order to be closer to friends and family.  When I first rotated at Sisters as a fourth year medical student, I was immediately impressed by the level of collaboration not only between different departments, but also between all the different levels of care providers (attendings, residents, students, and nursing).  I appreciated the caring support that accompanied the program’s high expectations and strong curriculum, and felt that I would be surrounded by many great role models and mentors.  I am very grateful to be part of this residency program!

Erica Engel, D.O.Erica Engel, D.O.

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: Michigan State University

Hometown: Muskegon, MI

Specialty: Family Medicine

Personal Info: I was born in Lansing, MI, and two years later moved to my father’s hometown of Muskegon, where I grew up.  My family consists of many die-hard Michigan State fans, and I was introduced to Michigan State and football games early on.  I naturally wanted to become a Spartan myself when it came time for me to apply to college.  Initially, I was interested in becoming a veterinarian, a dream I had had since a child due to my love of animals.  Though I enjoyed my Zoology courses, and eventually graduated with a B.S. in Zoology, I quickly determined I was very much interested in human medicine.  After graduating in 2009, I took a year off to work and volunteer.  Going back to school, I chose to get my Masters prior to applying for medical school.  I was accepted into Midwestern University, Glendale campus’ Biomedical Sciences program, a 1-year Master of Arts program.  The following year, I matriculated into Midwestern’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, to obtain my D.O. degree.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, spending time with my Chihuahua, Bandit, and experiencing all that Buffalo has to offer as much as I can – especially the food scene!

Why this Program? Moving to Buffalo for residency baffles many people considering my history of being from Michigan, living in Phoenix for medical school, and currently having zero family in the area.  But for me, I’ve always been a traveler, and love taking advantage of opportunities to move to new cities whenever possible.  I knew after spending five years in Arizona, I wanted to move back closer to family in the Eastern time zone, but I wanted to live somewhere I’ve never been before.  The residency program at Sisters clicked with me and everything I was looking for in a program.  The attendings are all very nice, approachable, and amazing teachers.  Furthermore, the residents have built a family of their own within the program, which I feel is extremely important.  Additionally, I loved the city of Buffalo from the first day I arrived for my interview.  Living in Buffalo allows me to be closer to family, but not too close, and experience the lifestyle of a large city, that isn’t quite as big and spread out as Phoenix.  

James Paupalos, D.O.James Poupalos, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo

Hometown: Grand Island, NY

Specialty: Family Practice

Personal Info: I have lived in the Buffalo area my whole life.  I met my wife in high school and she is also a physician, sadly she chose internal medicine. I enjoy reading, movies, cooking and gaming.  We have four cats at home that are constantly on the lookout for treats and food.

Why this Program? I wanted to stay in the Buffalo area because it is my home and where my family is located.  I rotated at Sisters as a medical student and really liked the hospital and the family med program.  It seemed like a great place to do my residency.