Current Residents

 

Maya Modzelewski , M.D. (PGY4) Dr. Maya Modzelewski

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: The gym, the pool, SPoT Coffee, my bed, Trata & Good Luck Resturants, Finger Lakes Wineries, Sinbad's, Tap & Mallot, & Tandoor.
  • Medical / Research Interests: Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, Geriatrics, concussions/ blast injuries, & MSK.
  • Personal Interests: Traveling, swimming, outrigger canoe paddling, kayaking, SUP, scuba diving/ snorkeling, photography, tennis, hiking, and cross-country sking.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Researching PM&R programs preparing for application to residency.
  • Thoughts about the residency: It keeps you very busy; but it is filled with a great group of residents, attendings, and staff, all while still allowing you to enjoy what Rochester has to offer.
  • Why Rochester? Very friendly people, small community feel of a big teaching hospital.

 

Denise Norton, M.D. (PGY4)

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Sinbad's, SPoT CoffeeDr. Denise Norton
  • Medical / Research Interests: Still thinking this through, but I am interested in muscle memory and genetics of injuries.
  • Personal Interests: Health/fitness, any outdoor activity, soccer, cycling, music, family and food!
  • Why did you choose PM&R? I love the functional aspect of medicine.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Through FRIEDA when I was doing research about programs.
  • Thoughts about the residency: Residency is an eye-opening, opportunity-filled, lifestyle I did not understand until I was here. It makes you realize that upon graduation that all things are possible.
  • Why Rochester? Clearly the weather!

Claudia Ramirez, M.D. (PGY4)Ramirez

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Java's, SPoT Coffee, Tapas, Salena's, India House and Biaggi
  • Medical / Research Interests: Trauma, fractures, spine injuries
  • Personal Interests: Medical missions, education, mentoring and volunteering
  • Why did you choose PM&R? Love the focus on function!
  • How did you hear about the residency program? ERAS
  • Thoughts about the residency: Building of general medical knowledge during intern year, followed by three years of PM&R
  • Why Rochester? Rochester has beautiful summers with great places to go bike riding, hiking, running, and great indoor places to discover the rest of the year.

 

Dan Amos, M.D. (PGY3)

 

Amos

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Rose's Cantina, World Gym, and Wegmans
  • Medical/ Research Interests: TBI's in Veterans.
  • Personal Interests: Bullfighting, Shark diving, Mountain climbing, traveling, Muay Thai, Tough Muddering, trying to get on Survivor, and bacon, of course.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? It was recommended from a former classmate already in the program.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I enjoy the teaching and 1:1 time with the attendings.
  • Why Rochester? There is an abundance of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, and the affordable cost of living.

David Essaff, D.O. (PGY3) Essaff

  • Favorite Hangouts: Good Luck Restaurant and Tap & Mallet.
  • Medical/ Research Interests: Pain, MSK, & pediatrics.
  • Personal Interests: Cooking and entertaining.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? AOCPMR Medical Students Conference.
  • Thoughts about the residency: Internal medicine program at URMC is top notch - It provides a solid foundation for inpatient rehab services.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? Great mix of general medicine and MSK/ Neurology. Many subspecialty options. Good quality of life.

 

Kasia Iwan, M.D. (PGY3)

Iwan

 

  • Favorite Hangouts: Java's, Good Luck Restaurant, RPO, BBQ's with friends on a sunny day, concerts and festivals.
  • Most Interesting Diagnosis seen to date: Late onset CVID in a patient with Mycoplasma synovitis.
  • Medical Research Interests: MSK & pain; mainly because I like the hands-on approach to patient care.
  • Personal Interests: Photography, basketball (I'm a crazy Lakers fan), attempting to cook food from around the world. surfing, swimming, & sunbathing.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? It focuses on improving the quality of life of patients and is truly needed in the aging population. Also, it allows one to correlate function with a specific injury.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I always feel supported by the rehab team. I never imagined learning so much in such a short amount of time by working with attendings to care for patients, performing procedures, and participating in lectures & conferences.
  • Why Rochester? Beautiful summers and friendly people who come from different backgrounds. As a resident, you experience a diverse patient population because of the high level of care at Strong Memorial Hospital.

 

Nicholas Love, M.D. (PGY2)

 

Love

  • Favorite Hangouts: Greece Canal Park and Tap & Mallot.
  • Most Interesting Diagnosis seen to date: Ethanol ablation of the left ventricular septum to remove the outflow tract obstruction caused be Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
  • Medical/ Research Interests: Sports medicine, Exercising and Aging.
  • Personal Interests: Campling, hiking, biking, and kayaking.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Online search about PM&R residency programs.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I feel like I am part of a group and not just an individual in a residency program. The attendings and director are very approachable and want to help with any problems.
  • Why PM&R? I was very interested in neurology and MSK, but I did not find neurology or ortho to be the right fit for me. I love the focus on restoring on restoring function and working with patients to improve quality of life. I feel we make a partnership with our patients to achieve goals. We don't just treat a condition; we look at a persons' whole life and help create a plan that is best suited for them.

Nicole Strong, D.O. (PGY2)

 

Strong

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: I haven't been in the Rochester area too long, but I enjoyed camping at Hamlin Beach State Park. I am still exploring!
  • Most Interesting Diagnosis seen to date: ADEM - Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis.
  • Medical/ Research Interests: Stroke rehabilitation and MSK.
  • Personal Interests: Sking, photography, dancing, writing, reading, traveling, family time, and working on our home.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Through the general application process.
  • Thoughts about the residency: I am an intern this year, but I find the balance between autonomy and supervision at URMC a healthy one. It is a very comfortable learning environment for new residents.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? I have a background in kinesiology and have been interested in rehab since undergrad. When I found the specialty of PM&R, it fit what I was looking for in a career. I like the focus on quality of life and long-term patient relationships.

Kristen Brusky, D.O. (PGY2)

Brusky

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Rochester Public Market, Cure, Highland Park, Owl House, Park Ave Area, Old Toad
  • Medical / Research Interests:  I have significant exposure to MSK but I am intrigued by stroke, TBI, pediatrics, pain and palliative care. I would like to continue research with inter-professional education.
  • Personal Interests:  Live Music, Hiking, Dining, Playing and Watching Sports,
  • How did you hear about the residency program? I visited during one of my road trips from Maine to Wisconsin and shadowed PM&R residents as a medical student.
  • Thoughts about the residency: This is a very supportive environment to develop a solid medicine foundation within a large, welcoming academic institution with a great mission statement.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? My strong interest in anatomy, the concept of form & function, inter-professional approach to patient care, and the patient population led me to this diverse field with limitless opportunities after residency.
  • Why Rochester? There is an abundance of activities inside the city. The cost of living is affordable for purchasing a home.  It is really easy to get outside Rochester to enjoy nature and I have family friends located in Webster.

Mark Bauernfeind, M.D. (PGY1)

 

Mark Bauernfeind

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Franchesca Konig-Toro , M.D. (PGY1)

Franchesca Konig-Toro

 

 

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: I've only been here for around a month, so I haven't had much time to venture out in Rochester, but I have a long list of places that people have recommended! The Park Ave./East Ave. area is a nice, bustling area of town filled with restaurants. Also, there are great trails for running/biking and a lot of outdoors activities to do in the summer!
  • Medical / Research Interests:  As a "retired" soccer player (no time and my knees are already giving out!), i've always been drawn to MSK, however, I want to pursue a fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation.
  • Personal Interests:  SOCCER! (Go Deutschland!), running, traveling, all types of music, spending time with family/friends (and my dog Otto!), discovering new restaurants.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Through the ERAS, just exploring the different residency programs.
  • Thoughts about the residency: So far, it has been a great experience! Everyone, including attendings, co-residents, faculty, nurses, are just so very supportive. I've only been on two rotations so far, but I feel like i'm developing a solid foundation in the different areas of medicine.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? PM&R encompasses all my passions in medicine: The anatomy and physiology part combined with a team-work approach to patient care and forming long-lasting relationships with patients.
  • Why Rochester? The first time I had ever been to Rochester was during my interview, and I fell in love with the city and the hospital! From the get-go I knew it was going to be one of my top choices. Rochester is a great city; affordable cost of living, tons of outdoor activities to enjoy and you're close enough to have weekend trips to great cities nearby!

 

Matthew Kruppenbacher , D.O. (PGY1)

 

Matthew Kruppenbacher

  • Favorite Rochester Hangouts: Magnolia’s, Marge’s, Park Ave., & Midtown
  • Medical / Research Interests:  MSK, Spine, Pain, & Stroke Rehabilitation.
  • Personal Interests:  Sports, Music, Movies, Outdoors.
  • How did you hear about the residency program? Online search and away rotation
  • Thoughts about the residency: It’s been great! The faculty and staff are very approachable and always available. Education is top notch and a center of focus in all departments. URMC has been an excellent environment to continue professional growth.
  • Why did you choose PM&R? I love the focus on function and improving quality of life. PM&R provides a broad specialty with many subspecialty options!  
  • Why Rochester? First and foremost I loved the program. It’s very well rounded with supportive residents, faculty, and staff. Rochester has great people, beautiful summers, and large city amenities!