Residents

PGY-1

Cassidy Finn

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Elmira College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in Cheektowaga, NY a suburb just outside of Buffalo. I left the Western New York area for both Undergrad and Medical School. While it was exciting to experience life in other parts of the state including New York City, I always knew I wanted to move back home to be closer to family and friends. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband Albert, our Weimaraner pup Willow and our friends, eating/trying new food (only food that others cook since I’m terrible chef) and travelling. I love the that we have 4 seasons in Buffalo and try to take advantage of them all- taking advantage of patios and being so close to the water in the summer, Bills Game in the fall and skiing in the winter.
Why This Program: As a student, I was fortunate enough to spend several months at Sisters Hospital during my third and fourth year. I instantly felt right at home here and knew Sisters would be a great fit for me. The Family Medicine Program has such a family feel and this is exactly what I was looking for in a residency. The attendings, residents and staff are all so welcoming, patient and supportive creating the perfect environment for learning and growing as a resident. I am so thrilled to be back home in Buffalo starting my career with such a wonderful group of people!

Paisley Mafi

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Canisius College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo and was lucky enough to meet my fiancé, Ahmad, who is also from Buffalo, during medical school at LECOM. We knew that we wanted to come back to Buffalo for residency so that we would be close to our family and friends. Some of our favorite spots to hang out are Glen Falls, Delaware Park, and Canalside.
Why This Program: Since my first rotation at Sisters Hospital as a third year medical student, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. All of the residents and attending physicians were super friendly, competent, and excited to teach. People seemed to go the extra mile to help each other out. It was clear that everyone in the program was happy to be here and that was the single most important factor in choosing my residency program.

Amanda Merkle

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Cornell University
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in Rochester, NY where I met my wonderful Fiancé, Matt at Monroe Community College. From there, I transferred to Cornell where I majored in Biology. After college I spent a year working as a scribe in the emergency department at Rochester General Hospital before beginning medical school. Throughout my clinical years of school, I spent many months on family medicine and primary care rotations during which I was able to foster my passion for preventative medicine and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outdoors, exploring new cities, and trying delicious food with my friends and family.
Why this Program: My experience rotating at Sisters of Charity Hospital exceeded my expectations for a family medicine residency program. The active teaching and camaraderie between the staff, coupled with a supportive and professional environment provided a wonderful fit for me. I could not be more proud to complete my residency training at Sisters of Charity Hospital! I look forward to taking care of the Buffalo community and helping people live healthy and happy lives.

Sarah Bevilacqua

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo
Hometown: Hamburg, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in the Buffalo Southtowns, in Hamburg, NY. After spending my medical school years in Erie, PA, I am excited to be back home in Buffalo with my family. I enjoy spending plenty of time with my wonderful boyfriend, family, and friends. I have one younger brother, and enjoy getting to as many of his college hockey games as possible. In my spare time, I enjoy running, dance, and yoga.
Why this program: I was fortunate to have many of my medical school rotations at Sisters of Charity Hospital, where I was able to get to know the Family Medicine program well. I was constantly impressed by the quality of training and the positive, welcoming learning environment the program provided to its residents. Having such an amazing program in my hometown, was the cherry on top, and when it came time for me to apply to residency programs, I knew this one would be a perfect fit.

Jacob Maclean

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Michigan State University
Hometown: Cadillac, MI
Personal Info: I’m crazy about loving Jesus, loving my wife Sam and our cool dog Dempsey, loving my awesome MacLean family at home in Michigan and here in Buffalo. I’m an ENORMOUSLY huge Michigan State Spartans fan (GO GREEN!), I love Scotland and having any kind of adventure. I love having fun and of course long walks on the beach.
Why this program: I picked Buffalo Sisters’ Family program because of my extended family living so close and my wife Sam and I wanting to take a chance and live out of state for a few years in the coolest city in New York. Go Bills!!

Andrew Wuu

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of Colorado at Boulder
Hometown: Englewood, CO
Personal Info: I spent the majority of my life in Englewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. In my free time, I enjoy watching martial arts movies and snowboarding. Other than that, I have started a business and enjoy traveling.
Why this program: Unlike many of my fellow residents, I have no overt connections to western New York. I choose this program because of my interview day experience. Generally, I thought most programs all looked good to me but the difference was the residents. The residents at SOCH exhibited a strong sense of camaraderie and, to me, finding people I can rely on and trust over the course of my residency was the deciding factor.

PGY-2

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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.

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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.   

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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. 

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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-3

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.