Amanda Barks, M.D., Ph.D.
I grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and attended University of Michigan for undergrad where I majored in Evolutionary Anthropology. From there, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to complete my MD/PhD at the University of Minnesota. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience prior to returning to medical school, and I am excited to continue my physician-scientist training as a member of the PPSTP. Outside of the hospital and the lab, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, and getting outside.
In addition to being an amazing place to train clinically in pediatrics, the University of Michigan has an incredible breadth and depth of research opportunities that will allow me to develop as a physician scientist. Also, I am excited to be back in my home town of Ann Arbor!
Molly Albrecht, M.D.
I was born and raised in Lawrence, KS (Rock Chalk!). I attended Yale where I majored in Economics and was on the swim team. After college, I spent five years working as an in-house higher education management consultant in New Haven followed by Boston. I did a post-bacc while working in Boston and came to University of Michigan for medical school (Go Blue!). In my free time, I enjoy swimming, running on my injured ankles, cooking new recipes, and hanging out with friends. Recently, my husband and I have been enjoying exploring the best places for ice skating in Ann Arbor, although we still have very little confidence in our abilities to stay upright.
I came to Michigan four years ago for medical school because I was totally blown away by how supportive and friendly everyone was here, and how many opportunities there were for whatever you wanted to pursue. During my time in medical school, I found amazing mentors in the Med-Peds program, as well as the IM and Peds departments. I also saw how supportive and close-knit the Med-Peds resident community was here, and I could not be more excited to join them (Go Blue, again!).
Lia Boyle, M.D., Ph.D.
I grew up in Baltimore County, MD and have spent all my life so far on the East Coast. I went to undergrad at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD a ‘great books’ school where I studied philosophy, classics, and the history of math and science. After a brief stint working in theatre, I started volunteering at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore where I discovered my love of working with rare diseases and decided I wanted to go in to medicine. I did a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College to complete my prerequisites before starting medical school at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Despite initially planning to do a single research year, I became very invested in my project and took time off from medical school to complete a PhD studying KIF1A Associated Neurological Disorder. I anticipate research will be a major focus of my career and I have a particular interest in neurogenetic conditions. Beyond genetics, my professional interests include bioethics, palliative care, and medical education. I am passionate about health equity, justice, advocacy, and empowering patients and families. Outside of medicine I love making and enjoying art of all sorts. I particularly love theatre, and during med/grad school I was involved with 15+ plays, directing two.
The people! I was blown away during my interview by how kind, supportive and welcoming everyone was. They helped me see not just the strengths of the institution (there are many!) but also how well those strengths match my professional interests. I was impressed by the supports for trainees, both in the Peds/Genetics world but also more broadly as evidenced by the house officer union. After almost a decade in NYC, I wanted a better tree-to-people ratio, which Ann Arbor provides, along with a reasonable cost of living. Virtual interviews meant I matched never having been to AA, but I'm excited to explore these next four years!
Leah Buckley, M.D.
Hi, I’m Leah! I’m a proud Michigander who grew up in Milford, MI on my family’s horse farm. I’ve been fortunate to attend some fantastic educational institutions- I obtained my B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, my M.S. in Medical Science from Loyola University Chicago and my M.D. from Wayne State University. I’m proud to come from a big family of Wolverines and love cheering for Michigan Athletics. I’ve played ice hockey since childhood and was lucky enough to wear a maize and blue jersey representing U of M on the Women’s Club Ice Hockey team as an undergrad. Now I love to skate in rec leagues with my husband (we met on the ice!), spending time with our golden retriever, Mickey, and doing anything that gets me outdoors!
I’m committed to providing quality, compassionate care to every child and their family and realize a family’s healthcare needs are never one-size-fits-all. I’m impressed by U of M’s commitment to addressing healthcare barriers and advocating for each and every patient. This dedication, coupled with rigorous academics, makes me confident the program will provide excellent training.
Christopher Connolly, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.
I grew up in Chicago and attended Stanford University where I majored in Biology. As an undergraduate, I developed a fascination with genetics, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Over the course of my undergraduate career, I took as many genetics classes as possible, to the point where I had the opportunity to take the pediatric medical genetics class required of Stanford’s medical students. This course made me realize that pediatrics and medical genetics offered a unique opportunity to serve my community and explore my interests in the rapidly growing field of genetics. After completing a master’s degree at Stanford, I began medical and business school at the University of Michigan. During my time at Michigan, I developed an even greater appreciation for the impact pediatricians and medical geneticists can have on their patients and I ultimately decided to pursue a combined residency in pediatrics and medical genetics. While in medical school, I also explored my interests in policy by interning for the United States Senate and working with Illinois lawmakers on improving fair housing opportunities for people with disabilities. In addition, through my business school career, I was able to further explore my interests in innovation and entrepreneurship by developing assistive technologies for clinicians with disabilities and working in clinical development for an artificial intelligence-enabled protein engineering company that is developing therapeutics for people with rare diseases. In my free time, you can usually find me spending time with family and friends, playing with my dog, or tinkering on a 3D-printing project.
During medical school, I found the University of Michigan to be an incredibly welcoming, innovative, and compassionate community. While I enjoyed learning about other programs across the country when applying for residency, I realized that Michigan was the exact environment I wanted to continue my training in. I’m very grateful to serve the Michigan community.
Mara Coyan, M.D.
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Harvard University for undergrad, where I studied molecular biology with a minor in folklore and mythology. After a brief stint in Boston continuing my undergraduate research, I returned home to attend medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Going into medical school I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician, and a primary care clerkship in a low-income pediatrics clinic sealed the deal for me! My long-term career plans are undecided as I have a strong interest in both Pulmonology and primary care. Outside the hospital, I enjoy running, gardening, reading, and catering to the whims of my two (very spoiled) cats.
Michigan is exactly what I was looking for in a program: a large Midwestern academic center with high patient volumes and good subspecialty exposure. Ann Arbor seems like a fantastic town, and I felt so welcomed on my interview day. I believe I can thrive here and I’m excited for the next three years!
Deeya Das, M.D.
I grew up in New Jersey, spending my days reading everything from animal encyclopedias to fantasy novels, playing classical piano and flute, and dabbling in all kinds of art. Along the way, I discovered the field of neuroscience and my interest in medicine, which motivated me to join a seven-year combined BS/MD program where I studied biology at The College of New Jersey and attended medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. During my clinical rotations in medical school, I realized that I loved working with children and was thrilled to learn that I could combine my love of pediatrics and neurology as a child neurologist.
I was initially drawn to Michigan because of its outstanding training opportunities in pediatrics, neurology, and child neurology. The warmth and strong sense of community from everyone I interacted with during my interview season convinced me that this is where I want to start the next step of my training!
Becca Fuhlbrigge, M.D.
I grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts (just outside Boston). For my undergraduate degree I attended MIT, where I majored in biology and was on the crew team. After graduating, I moved to Palo Alto, California and spent five years doing research in a lab and as a clinical research coordinator at Stanford. For medical school I moved to Denver and attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where I learned to love trail running. Outside of work I also enjoy jigsaw puzzles and reading mysteries.
The University of Michigan provides a large and complex patient population, affiliation with a top-tier university, and a collaborative environment that will support me through the ups and downs of residency. Outside of the hospital, my partner and I both have family and friends in Ann Arbor and are so excited about moving to Michigan!
Laura Hayward, MD
I was born in Watertown, New York and grew up in an Army family. I have lived in 5 states and on 4 different continents, but I consider myself ‘from’ Virginia. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University and majored in Chemical and Life Science Engineering. Following undergraduate graduation, I moved myself and two very large duffel bags to Brisbane, Australia and to the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland. It was there where I studied cancer diagnostics for a year on a Fulbright scholarship. I then returned to Virginia and worked for a year as a scribe in the Emergency Department and then completed a post-baccalaureate program before attending medical school at the University of Michigan. In my spare time I love nothing more than to pile on blankets, put on the ‘Arendelle Castle Yule Log’ on Disney+, and work on my latest knitting or crochet project!
I chose to go to the University of Michigan for medical school because of the support and encouragement I felt to be creative. I chose Medicine-Pediatrics because some of the most support that I received as a student was from the Med-Peds residents that I worked with. I stayed because I wanted to continue to learn from and grow with these amazing residents while following their example when I provide support and encouragement to patients and students.
Aditi Hindka, D.O.
Hi there! My name is Aditi, and I am so excited to be joining the Pediatrics family at the University of Michigan. I was born in India and moved to the US when I was around two years old. I consider Sartell, MN to be home and did my undergraduate at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where I graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and did an Art Minor (even had a painting published in the university's art magazine!). It was during undergrad when working as a Starbucks Barista that I met my now-husband. After graduating, I worked as an ER and hospitalist scribe, program assistant for a Pediatrics Nephrology group, and volunteered at various organizations before ultimately starting medical school down at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my third year, I realized I had fallen for pediatrics once seeing that my happiness in caring for children was tangible to others! I am ecstatic to be returning to the Midwest for training and also excited to explore what Ann Arbor has to offer with my co-residents. My life outside of medicine comprises of trying new restaurants, being outdoors (but also love a good evening inside with takeout and Netflix/Hulu), creating art, and hanging out with friends and family. My husband and I are parents to a mischievous cat named Bagheera who has shown me to appreciate the finer things in life like naps.
As soon as I finished my (virtual) interview here, I knew this would be the place where I'd thrive. One of the first things that drew me in was how easy the conversation flowed with the attendings as well as sensing their enthusiasm for teaching and transparency. Another was seeing the supportive environment amongst the residents and acknowledgement of the program leadership valuing their wellness. And lastly, the complexity and diversity of cases emphasized the strength of training by this program to help us become the best pediatricians we can be. I have no doubt in my mind that this is where I am supposed to be!
Abigail Hadley, MD
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN where my family still resides. I stayed in Indianapolis for my undergraduate and medical school education. I knew early on that I loved working with children and volunteered for years at Riley Hospital for Children as a Child Life volunteer. When I got to medical school, I found my love for adult medicine and became especially passionate about adolescents and young adults with chronic illness. Within medicine, I love clinical research and transitional care medicine. Outside of medicine, I am an avid hiker, cook, and reader and enjoy coming home to my twenty plus shrimp, four snails, four cats, four fish, and, of course, my partner!
I was pleasantly surprised by how genuinely kind and support the programs, faculty, residents, and other applicants were on the interview trail. Med-Peds is a wonderful and unique specialty. However, University of Michigan stood out to me with its nationally recognized high caliber training and plentiful career and research opportunities, as well as the kind and supportive culture of the residency program. In addition, Ann Arbor is a beautiful, unique, and thriving city that still has features of a small town. Personally, I could see myself and my partner thriving in Ann Arbor and at this program and that is what pulled me towards Michigan.
Ashna Jain, M.D.
I grew up in Novi, Michigan and went on to undergrad at Kent State University where I completed a degree in Integrated Life Sciences. I then completed medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University. During medical school I became passionate about working with children from immigrant families and low-income areas. Outside of medicine I love traveling, trying new restaurants, and binge watching Netflix when I can. I am excited to explore Ann Arbor and being a wolverine!
I chose Michigan because of how welcoming the residents and faculty were during my virtual interview. Even through a computer screen it was easy to see that the faculty truly wanted to help you learn and become a better physician. Also Ann Arbor is close to home which is always nice!
Sharanya B. Jayachandran, M.D.
I was born and raised in Canton, Michigan and have been a Michigander my whole life! I graduated from the University of Michigan, where I studied Cellular & Molecular Biology and minored in Gender & Health. I attended Central Michigan University for medical school and completed my clinical years in Detroit. I have always loved working with kids and have a passion for encouraging girls to go into STEM fields through summer camps and after-school activities. I am interested in health disparities, medical education, and advocacy. Aside from medicine, I enjoy painting, baking, and traveling. You can catch me attending Michigan games, doing henna, and eating ice cream from Blank Slate in my free time.
I’ve wanted to be a pediatrician since I was 6 years old, and I am so excited to be coming back hoMe to U of M! I volunteered weekly with Child Life at Mott during college and absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere of the hospital. During my away rotation here, I interacted with supportive attendings who placed an emphasis on education. The program’s welcoming environment and commitment to the surrounding community ultimately drew me back to Michigan. Go Blue!
Melissa Johnson, MD
I was born in just outside of Chicago, and in elementary school, I said my Midwestern goodbyes and headed down to Dacula, Georgia for the rest of my childhood. I attended Georgia Tech for my undergraduate degree in biology. My experiences in learning about healthcare inequity, both locally and internationally, during undergrad strengthened my desire to become a physician. During this time, I also found my spirit for outdoor adventure and hiked and/or backpacked on five continents. After graduation, I moved out to Denver for medical school at the University of Colorado and quickly found Med-Peds to be the career for me. After residency, I hope to complete a combined fellowship in a yet-to-be-determined specialty, but for now, I am excited for my full-circle journey back to the Midwest for residency. Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, baking treats, hiking, watching movies, solving puzzles, traveling, indoor cycling, and spending time in nature.
After my Michigan interview day, I knew I had found my people. I wanted to train at a program with strong mentoring, great MedEd opportunities, and a unique Med-Peds community within the bigger internal medicine and pediatrics programs. Michigan not only has all those key things but also such incredible medicine and pediatrics departments. I feel lucky to be part of the Michigan family.
Judy Kafelghazal, M.D.
I grew up in Franklin, MI and moved to Ann Arbor to get my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Growing up as a child of Syrian immigrants, I connected with the Arab population on campus and enjoyed my time doing Dabke! After graduation, I went to Central Michigan University to get my MD and quickly discovered my passion for providing well-rounded care to the pediatric population, specifically focusing on mental health and women's health. In my free time, you'll find me snuggled up on the couch watching Netflix with my cats, Comet and Nova, or going to Disney World with my family!
I love Ann Arbor and I wanted to stay close to my loved ones. I also wanted to train at a children's hospital that provided a large and diverse clinical volume that also focused on resident wellness! This program is among the best, and I am so excited to be a part of the team!
Chris Kruger, M.D.
I grew up in Lansing, MI and attended Hope College in Holland, MI for undergraduate studies in biology and psychology before moving to Grand Rapids, MI to attend MSU CHM. I am excited to be moving Ann Arbor, yet another beautiful Michigan community, to pursue a career in pediatrics. My volunteer interests include healthy lifestyle programs like FitKids360 and OnTheMove. My academic interests include medical education and children with medical complexity. I am currently undecided on a final career path, but I am currently interested in primary care, cardiology, and critical care. Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my wife (Christie), our daughter (Callie), and our goldendoodle (Ginger). I also enjoy watching sports, running, playing soccer, fishing, and biking.
Everyone I interacted with on interview day was genuine, kind, and welcoming, which made Michigan feel like a great fit. The residents, faculty, and program directors also voiced a strong commitment to excellent training/education, community service, and top-notch research which really appealed to me. Additionally, I am happy to be staying in Michigan near family!
Annika Lee, MD
I have called a lot of places home- I was born in North Caroline, but moved to Boston at age two, grew up in and around Boston proper, before my family then moved to Switzerland, where I completed high school. I moved to Minnesota for my bachelor's degree in biology, after which I spent one year researching T Cell Immunomodulation in Boston before moving down to Atlanta to complete my medical degree. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, reading, yoga, and staying active outdoors in all kinds of weather, as well as spending time with my cat, Freddie Mercury.
Beyond the superb training environment for both pediatric and adult medicine at Michigan, I chose the program primarily for its residents and training culture. During and after the interview, the residents were welcoming, happy to answer questions, and easy to connect with, and I am looking forward to working with them in the clinical environment in this next step of training. Plus, I love snow.
Abby Maidlow, M.D.
Hi everyone, let me start off by saying GO BLUE! I am so excited to join the University of Michigan team and to be a Wolverine! I grew up in Saline, MI as the youngest of three with two very enthusiastic UofM fans as parents. I went to undergraduate at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) where I majored in psychology with a minor in biology. From there, I went to medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. I knew from day one of medical school that working with children was my passion. I really love that pediatrics is a special combination of medicine, public health, advocacy, education, and getting to be as goofy as you want with the kiddos. Professionally, I am interested in community health projects related to health education, mental health, and food insecurity. In my free time, I like taking walks with my husband and two dogs, and spending time at Higgins Lake with my family, especially my two nieces.
I grew up going to CS Mott Children’s Hospital for my medical care. It was that care and the doctors at Mott that inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. In addition to this, I chose Michigan because of the amazing staff members, and the opportunities for teaching and advocacy.
Haley Marber, M.D., M.S.
I was born and raised in New York City and crossed the country to attend Pomona College in Southern California, where I majored in Science, Technology, and Society. I zig-zagged my way back to the east coast and attended University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where I earned a MD/MS in Genomic Medicine. I am interested in patient advocacy and health policy, particularly relating to reproductive justice, and I look forward to continuing this work in residency! My clinical interests are in neurodevelopmental disorders and neurogenetics, and I hope to have a career as a clinician-educator in academic medicine. Outside of medicine, I love knitting, baking, and binging home-renovation shows.
Personally: Everyone was so warm and welcoming – even though I don’t have family nearby, I knew I would feel taken care of by the close-knit community here! Academically: The Child Neurology department has a strong emphasis on learners, and the breadth of expertise in the department gives you experience with a huge range of subspecialties.
Katlyn Mayer, MD
I was born and raised in Mequon, WI. Go Pack Go! I then went on to study biochemistry at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania where I worked as a volunteer EMT on campus, tutored in chemistry and Spanish, and did enzyme kinetics research. After college, I came back to the Milwaukee area for medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I have always loved working with children and their families, but it was in medical school that my love for pediatrics truly blossomed. I enjoy caring for both well and critically ill children and admire the resiliency that kids demonstrate every day. I have academic interests in quality improvement, patient safety, and medical education. Outside of medicine I love reading, traveling, crocheting, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Michigan is a program where I know I will see and do it all. CS Mott is a high-volume, high-acuity children's hospital which never sends anyone away due to complexity. Additionally, despite a Zoom interview day, it was easy to see that the program truly values its residents and that co-residents quickly become family.
Alexa Norman, M.D.
I was born and raised just outside of Ann Arbor in Canton, Michigan. I then attended the University of Michigan for undergrad and obtained a degree in Neuroscience. In undergrad, I served as a counselor for an organization called “Camp Kesem” and ultimately solidified my interest in working with children in this role. Following college, I went to medical school at Michigan State College of Human Medicine. I completed my 4 years of medical school in Grand Rapids prior to returning to Ann Arbor for residency — and I am so happy to be back! My interests include medical education, and in the future, I hope to pursue a fellowship in heme/onc or critical care. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, running outdoors, cooking new recipes, reading, and working on my golf game!
Much of why I chose the University of Michigan for my training is due to the positive experience I had here as an undergrad, both in respect to the area and the hospital. Ann Arbor is such a unique and vibrant city with so much to offer, ranging from a bustling downtown with good eats to excellent nature trails/activities. In addition, the hospital system truly puts such a strong focus on the development of trainees as well as access to vast resources. With the added bonus of family and lifelong friends nearby, I am ecstatic to return to this wonderful city and hospital as I continue my training.
Georgina Pike Clegg, M.D.
Hello! I grew up just outside Ann Arbor in the village of Clinton. I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Biology with a minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology at Michigan State University, and subsequently continued my time as a Spartan at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. My professional interests include preventative medicine, childhood obesity research, and mentorship to pre-med and medical students. Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my husband and our son, traveling, hiking around National Parks, yoga, and lake days with my family at our cottage!
I have always hoped to return to Ann Arbor to complete my Pediatrics training at Michigan and serve the community I grew up in. Michigan offers a wonderful culture of support, opportunities for innovation, teaching and mentorship, an excellent well-rounded training, an active presence in the community, and a commitment to DEI, all of which solidified my interest in pursuing residency here. Most of my family remains in the area which is a wonderful perk as well!
Sara Settle, MD
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area as the middle child of three. I spent most of my childhood enjoying everything from the Sierra ski slopes and Pacific beaches to Disneyland and camping. I also became a very loyal San Francisco sports fan (Go 49ers, Giants, Warriors, and Sharks!!) despite my parents' original Midwest roots. I eventually moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA for my undergraduate education and completed a degree in Human Biology & Society with a minor in Global Health. I loved spending my spare time at the hospital as a Child Life volunteer as well as at local elementary schools and non-profit organizations. After 4 years in the sun, I moved east to Boston where I scribed at a pediatric office for a year while I applied to medical school and my partner completed his masters at BU. Eventually, we remained out east for medical school in Philadelphia! While there, I played an active role in student government, health outreach projects, and the Boys & Girls club. My favorite hobbies include spending time with my soon to be husband David, running, traveling, hiking, finding the best scenic routes/vistas, brewery trivia, and of course watching/playing sports.
Medicine because of the incredible interview day I had, even in its virtual form! I could sense from the residents and faculty I talked to, as well as Dr. Lukela's closing remarks, that Michigan Medicine, and specifically Michigan Med-Peds, was special. Michigan Med-Peds places a clear emphasis on compassionate and inclusive care that strives to not only recognize the ways medicine falls short but to also be an active member in the solution. As an aspiring primary care physician that hopes to focus their career on advocacy work, this mission fits nicely with my goals. Of course, the well-respected categorical programs as well as the larger Med-Peds family size (8 per year!) were welcomed bonuses. I cannot wait to move to the Midwest and see what the next chapter holds - I have only heard positive things about Ann Arbor (& the Big House)!
Steven Scaglione, M.D.
I grew up in Armada, Michigan - a small town of about 1,500 people about an hour north of Detroit. My undergraduate studies took me to The University of Alabama with my twin brother, where I studied Microbiology and Italian (as well some unofficial studies in championship SEC football). I went to medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I got involved in diabetes research and led the medical school’s Fermentation Science Club. I always have a food-related project going, which most recently has been learning to roast coffee. I also love creating art, growing vegetables, listening to music, and cycling.
Michigan is balanced program with the right combination of what I found important on the interview trail: strong academics and education, reasonable cost-of-living, and kind leadership who care about their residents. With the pandemic continuing, I also wanted to know that my future co-residents would support and enjoy spending time with each other.
Haley Schachter, MD
I grew up on Cape Cod, MA where I enjoyed the local access to the beautiful beaches. I did my undergraduate studies at Brandeis University majoring in Biology and played for the women’s soccer team. After graduating I worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Multiple Myeloma clinical research and spent my vacation time exploring Europe. My tour de Massachusetts continued with attending University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and focused on social determinants of health research in my hometown community. I love to fill my free time with cooking, farmers markets, hiking, dogs, traveling, live music, and family.
I chose Michigan for the Med-Peds community. I was looking for a home away from home and felt the support and collaborative environment of the Med-Peds residency program. I am excited to train at a large institute with a strong Med-Peds presence. I am also looking forward to farmers market in my new neighborhood of Kerrytown!
Timothy Schurz, M.D., M.S.
I was born in Oklahoma but mostly grew up in South Africa and Zambia before moving back to the United States for college at Stanford University (Go Cardinal!). I studied Human Biology in undergrad and ended up staying at Stanford to earn a Master of Science degree in Community Health and Prevention Research. After working for a year as a Patient Care Associate at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, I moved to Tennessee for medical school at Vanderbilt University. During medical school, I was involved in a number of projects focused on health equity, global health, and medical education and I am excited to continue exploring those interests in residency. In my free time, you can find me eating ice cream, watching movies, or creating obscure Sporcle trivia quizzes. I couple's matched with my wife, who is an ENT resident here, and we are so excited to be in Ann Arbor!
Michigan is a perfect fit. There is an incredibly diverse and complex patient population, the leadership is consistently intentional and supportive, and the people here make the program feel like a family.
Hunter L. Sheckley, M.D.
My name is Hunter, and I was born in Virginia living most of my childhood on the east coast. Due to my Dad being in the Navy, we moved all over the coast. Eventually, we did move to the midwest to a small town Nixa, MO where I finished high school. I studied molecular biology at a small private school called College of the Ozarks. I then pursued graduate studies in public health at Missouri State and began medical school at "Mizzou" the following year. From year one of med school, I knew I wanted to be a child neurologist. This interest stemmed from a long personal history dealing with hydrocephalus. I've had brain surgery twice, and I am alive today because of the doctors and nurses that treated me. I am indebted, and I want to bring hope to my patients in child neurology. A little bit about me outside of medicine. I am newly married to my awesome wife who I met in medical school. We like to do CrossFit, hike with our dog, play board games, and travel. Personally, I also like mountain biking, pottery, and going to underground metal concerts.
I chose Michigan because it fits a lot of my requirements. I wanted lots of patient volume but did not want to be in a large city. I also want to work in a great work environment, and the trainees of Michigan held the program in extremely high regard. Outside of work, I want to be involved in outdoor activities like mountain biking and hiking, and Michigan is gorgeous.
Tyler Shubitowski, M.D.
I stumbled into my passion for working with kids as a camp counselor in my hometown of Milford, Michigan when I found sunscreen application to prevent sunburn was more effective than treatment via ice pops affixed to campers. A decade later, I most value the central role Michigan Medicine Pediatrics places on preventative care. Maize and blue blend to make the Spartan green of my former undergrad colors. At Michigan State, I studied Physiology and Bioethics, worked with brilliant structural biologists in the Kerfeld Lab, and devoured Dairy Store scoops along the Red Cedar. Intrigued to check out, “The Greatest City in America,” (according to park benches), I moved to Baltimore, joined the Pluznick Lab at Johns Hopkins, and worked to better characterize the effects of gut microbiome metabolites on host physiology. After a couple years of singing sea shanties in Fells Point, training for the San Francisco Half-Marathon, and mentoring city students through Volo Sports, I returned home for medical school at OUWB. Along this path, I’ve added a corgi to the family, begun cycling with #PeloPeds, taken-up rock climbing, and enjoyed Michigan summers at the lake in the company of lifelong friends and family.
Whether it be through primary contact in continuity clinics, bedside education on the wards, or resident involvement in the community, injury and illness prevention are integrated into all aspects of care here. Additionally, the welcoming and friendly culture at C.S. Children’s Mott and within the Pediatric Residency Program drew me to continue training amongst compassionate pediatric care providers.
Bridget M Smythe, M.D.
I grew up in Toledo, OH with my parents and three sisters. Although we’ve been located in Ohio, multiple family members have attended Michigan, and we are all huge Wolverine fans! I went to the University of Dayton for undergrad where I studied Biology (go Flyers!) and ended up back at home for medical school at the University of Toledo. My younger sister, Sara, has Down syndrome, and we’re best friends! Growing up with her sparked my interest in pediatrics and advocating for people with disabilities. In my free time, I love to do anything outdoors, especially running and hiking. I generally try to stay active and love to try new workouts so that I don’t get bored! I’ve recently gotten into hot yoga and Peloton classes. I also enjoy reading a good murder mystery/psychological thriller, playing volleyball, cooking vegetarian recipes, watching a lot of Netflix, and spending time with my family.
Too many reasons! I knew I would have incredible training at Michigan and be able to see everything and anything in Pediatrics. The people I met on interview day were so welcoming, friendly, and made me feel comfortable, and this is what ultimately made me want to do residency here. Go Blue!
Maria Vermeulen, D.O.
I was born in Romania but spent most of my life growing up in Troy, MI. After high school, I moved to Marquette (in the Upper Peninsula) where I attended undergraduate school at Northern Michigan University. I then moved to East Lansing for medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and finished the last two years in Detroit, MI. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time outdoors, skiing, eating ice cream, cooking, traveling, and trying new things!
The easiest decision I ever made was choosing Michigan! I love how C.S Mott is a top tier pediatric center with a vast referral area, yet the residents and staff were so friendly and welcoming. I was also thrilled to be moving to Ann Arbor, with its beautiful small-town feel, delicious food, and lots of outdoor activities to take part in!
Austin Waddell, M.D.
I grew up in Howell, MI and attended Central Michigan University for undergrad where I studied neuroscience followed by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for medical school. I couples matched with my fiancé (and soon to be wife) Jaylyn who is going into family medicine here at U of M and we could not be more excited. I have been a huge Michigan football fan since I was a little kid and am looking forward to a football season here in Ann Arbor. Outside of medicine Jaylyn and I enjoy hiking, cooking new foods, watching movies/TV shows, reading, and trying new restaurants.
For me Michigan offered the perfect balance of amazing clinical training with access to wonderful faculty and resources as well as a warm, opening, and friendly environment that felt like a perfect fit. Also, we love Michigan and staying in Ann Arbor allowed us to remain close to our families and friends.
Kate Webster, M.D.
I was born in California but moved to Charleston, West Virginia at a young age. I attended the University of Georgia for undergrad (go dawgs!) and majored in Environmental Health with a minor in Global Health. I then lived in Atlanta for a year after undergrad where I was working in clinical research at Emory University. I came home to West Virginia for medical school where I attended West Virginia University. My professional interests include global health, infectious disease, critical care, and clinical research. Outside of medicine, I like to read, make soup and bread from scratch, and take walks with my dog, Red.
I chose Michigan because I loved my interview day and felt like I would be supported as a resident. I also wanted a large program with lots of complexity and opportunities for global health. I am so excited to be a resident at Michigan and feel confident that I will be trained by the best!
Paola M. Werner, D.O.
I was born in Bulgaria but moved to the US at the age of seven. Since moving to the US I have lived in the Chicagoland area (until moving to Michigan)! I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago for undergrad where I majored in Biological Sciences and minored in French. During undergrad, I volunteered with Ronald McDonald House Charities and Peer Health Exchange, which both sparked my interest in pediatrics. After graduating, I pursued a Masters of Biomedical Science at Midwestern University. I stayed at Midwestern University for medical school where my passion for pediatrics grew during my 3rd year clerkship. My involvement with different organizations on campus also further cemented my interest in working with underserved populations and advocacy. Outside medicine, I love cooking and baking, finding new running trails, traveling, and hanging out with my husband and two cats!
Michigan is the perfect combination of everything I wanted in residency! It offers exceptional training through the diverse patients and pathologies at Mott along with ample resources and a supportive environment. I loved my interview day, even over Zoom! All of the residents, faculty, and staff I met were kind, intelligent, and caring. I felt an immediate connection! Plus, my husband is from Michigan so having family nearby for support made the location and program ideal for our personal and professional goals.
Micaela Witte, M.D.
I was born and raised in Rochester, MN, but spent a lot of time with my extended family in Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!). I attended the University of St. Thomas for undergrad where I majored in neuroscience and then returned to Rochester, MN to attend medical school at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, going for runs, gardening, watching Disney movies, spending time with my husband and friends, and playing with my dog Winston.
As I was deciding where to apply for residency, I kept hearing such wonderful things about Michigan from current and former residents as well as family and friends. The more I looked into the program and talked with current residents and faculty, the more impressed I became. The people were not only extremely passionate and clinically competent, but also friendly and compassionate. I feel so blessed to be able to continue my training here!
Kristina Zalewski, M.D.
I grew up in Saline, MI and am so excited to be back in the area for residency! I attended Michigan State University for undergrad, where I majored in Nutritional Sciences and Psychology. I played softball for MSU and still enjoy playing catch and joining pickup games whenever I get the chance. After undergrad, I followed in my sister’s footsteps (now an anesthesiologist at U of M) to pursue a career in medicine. During my time in med school at Wayne State University, I grew a passion for working with underserved populations and an interest in pediatric hematology-oncology. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors to hike, swim, or paddle board! I also love playing board games, crocheting, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.
As a native of Saline, I was familiar with how great Ann Arbor is, and my interview day showed me how great the UM pediatric program is. It was clear that the faculty/residents would be supportive and encouraging through residency and that the complexity and diversity of patients would provide great learning opportunities!