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Vincent Ceretto

Vincent CerettoED alias/nickname:  Tollbooth
Care to explain its origin?:  Refuse to give all my money to a toll jockey
How do you like your coffee?:   Only if it is in ice cream.
Previous lives:  Mechanic, Basketball player, Adventurer (with my dogs)
Reason for choosing Rochester:  The people of Rochester are super friendly and down to earth. There are tons of activities going on at any given moment and everyone makes you feel welcome to participate. Even if you're afraid of the snow, you too will be grateful to be at this incredibly distinguished program.
Favorite spot in Rochester:  Anywhere with this group of colleagues.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Science and history books

Kate Ford Daniels

Kate Ford Daniels

ED alias/nickname: Henry Ford
Care to explain its origin?: It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be
How do you like your coffee?:  Black, like the dark knight
Previous lives: A madman with a box
Reason for choosing Rochester:  I asked myself: in all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will- where do I want to start?
Favorite spot in Rochester: the corner of no and where
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: all of them because humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

Nels Grauman Neander

Nels Grauman Neander

ED alias/nickname:  Lucy
Care to explain its origin: TBD
How do you like your coffee?:  Fair trade, shade grown, organic, gluten free, free-range, non-gmo, carbon-neutral, wild-caught
Previous Lives:  engineer, Special needs instructor, Balloon twister, Chicken chaser
Reason for choosing Rochester: Friendly and supportive workplace culture,  happy residents, live-able city with lots to do.
Favorite Spot in Rochester:  Anywhere there's a festival
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  I really enjoy Cats Cradle, The Brothers K by David James Duncan, Waiting for the Barbarians and The Kingkiller Chronicle.

Trevor Halle

Trevor Halle

ED alias/nickname: Samwise
Care to explain its origin: I'm short, friendly and helpful, always hungry, and prefer to be barefoot whenever possible (the Hobbit from Lord of the Rings)
How do you like your coffee?  Iced and/or Irish
Previous lives: EpicCare Ambulatory Tech Support for a year before med school
Why did you choose Rochester? The outgoing, laid-back people who work hard, play hard and love to spend time together
Favorite spot in Rochester:  By the river or canal
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Children of the Mind (last book of the Ender's Game series) by Orson Scott Card

Andrew Jesson

Andrew Jesson

ED alias/nickname:  Prophylactic
Care to explain its origin:  I was on antibiotic prophylaxis for Pertussis
How do you like your coffee? Sassy, yet intuitive.
Previous lives:  Bagger of groceries, deliverer of cookies, server of cakes and coffee, husband (still active in this field), seller of books, graduate student, library drone, proofreader of ancient religious texts, vendor and mender of watches, music store clerk, compounder of tinctures and ointments both soothing and noxious, freelance camera assistant and gaffer (film and video), video editor, compounder again, father (still active), phlebotomist, herder of murine cancer cells... That's most of it, I think.
Reason for choosing Rochester: I felt an immediate connection to the faculty and residents when I came to interview, the ED here sees a wide variety of populations and pathologies, and my wife and I were drawn to the opportunities Rochester offers us and our kids without being too big for our comfort.
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far, it's either the breakwater where Irondequoit Bay meets Lake Ontario, or Ballew's basement. (It's so cozy.)
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Children's picture book category: Owl Moon. Painfully sincere category: The Plague. Silly (but still sincere) category: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, read out loud in phony British accents on a long road trip.

Robert (Bobby) Lachky

Robert (Bobby) Lachky

ED alias nickname:  Jaw thrust
Care to explain its origin?:  My jaw?
How do you like your coffee?  5 shot Americano with cream and 2 raw sugars
Previous lives: Portho resident, urgent care doc
Reason for choosing Rochester:  Chose Rochester because it seemed like a great program with down to earth staff and residents that were very smart but didn't take themselves to seriously (Daniel and Andrew's speech to the interviewees where there was no factual or useful information about Anything sealed the deal)
Favorite spot in Rochester: Strong ED
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  The winds of war by Herman Wouk. You should read it its great

Carly Loner

Carly LonerED alias nickname: Platypus
Care to explain its origin?:  I like plaid.  A lot.
How do you like your coffee? caffeinated and hot, cream and sugar
Previous lives: alpaca farmer, kayaker
Reason for choosing Rochester: The people are fun, passionate about what they do, and love to teach.  Plus, Rochester has a lot of summer festivals. And of course there's Wegmans.
Favorite spot in Rochester:  Irondequoit Bay: great hiking, paddling, and restaurants. It's everything you need.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  A Monster Calls. It's good.

Linda Lou

Linda LouED alias nickname: Caddyshack
Care to explain its origin?: Live next to the notorious Cadillac Hotel
How do you like your coffee? Deep, dark, and layered.
Previous lives: Cafe waitress, English teacher, Brain Trauma Research Coordinator
Reason for  choosing Rochester:  The people!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Fuego coffee
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A New Earth, The Great Gatsby, Think Like a Freak, Le Petit Prince, Harry Potter and The Cormoran Strike Series, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Jerusalem A Cookbook...

Johannah (Joey) Merrill

Johannah (Joey) MerrillED alias nickname: Ripped Roo
Care to explain its origin?: I like cross fit
How do you like your coffee?:  In ice cream form. I don't drink coffee but I could never say no to some cappuccino crunch!
Previous lives:  Rehabbing abused horses. Gelato expert
Reason for choosing Rochester:  I chose Rochester because I never found another group of residents & faculty as awesome as these and I knew they were the people I wanted to have my back at 2 am.
Favorite spot in Rochester:  My backyard - I get to run around in the grass barefoot playing soccer with my dog while my kitties frolic in the sun.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Bryan Ross

Bryan RossED alias nickname:  Happy trees
Care to explain its origin?: In honor of one of the great artists of the 20th century, Bob Ross
How do you like your coffee?:  Tall, black and preferably from Fuego, although Starbucks will do in a pinch and Tim Horton's will do in desperation
Previous lives: Tutor, lab tech, office temp and for a short time as a baker
Reason for choosing Rochester:  Upstate NY is stunning, you will find no better co-workers in the country, and there's a heavy emphasis on good food and better coffee up here.
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Genesee River trail
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and The Catcher in the Rye.

Julie Scarpino

Julie ScarpinoED alias nickname:  J Point
Care to explain its origin:  Jeremy Schorr
How do you like your coffee?:  Milk and sugar
Previous lives: Worked as a sailing and swimming instructor for 4 years
Reason for choosing Rochester: I chose Rochester because it's a great program with amazing people. I love the resident camaraderie here and everything this area has to offer.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Anywhere on the water
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Killing Kennedy

Jeremy Schorr

Jeremy SchorrED alias nickname:  Pauly Shore
Care to explain its origin?:  Because of my last name?
How do you like your coffee?:  Black
Previous lives:  401k Operations Manager – Paychex
Reason for choosing Rochester: It's Home
Favorite spot in Rochester: Grimes Glen in Naples
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Leadership

Daniel Stratz

Daniel StratzED alias nickname:  Saadalleew
Care to explain its origin?:  I'm a cross between Dan Saada and Daniel Ballew?
How do you like your coffee?:  Black
Previous lives: Engineer, pizza chef
Reason for choosing Rochester: Everyone seemed happy on interview day, it just felt like a good fit.
Favorite spot in Rochester:  So far Letchworth, but I'm hoping to keep exploring the outdoors and find other great spots to hike.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Into Thin Air

Jennifer Wills

Jennifer WillsED alias nickname:  Wings
Care to explain its origin?: I ended up bringing chicken wings to the retreat but missed the naming ceremony so I believe that's the main reason behind it
How do you like your coffee?:  Frequently and with cream
Previous lives:  English teacher in Spain, lab tech, bartender
Reason for choosing Rochester? I am originally from Rochester and did an away rotation in the ED at Strong during my 4th year of medical school. I was incredibly impressed with the program and the people and couldn't imagine continuing my training anywhere else!
Favorite spot in Rochester:  Mendon Ponds Park, Public Market, my mom's house
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Love in the Time of Cholera


Daniel Ballew

Daniel BallewED alias/nickname: Hullabaloo
Care to explain its origins? My last name is Ballew and I like to cause a ruckus
How do you like your coffee? Pourover or Aeropress with beans from Fuego Coffee Roasters
Previous lives: I've worked as a florist's assistant, waiter/server/delivery guy at a Chinese Restaurant, as a landscaper and as a tutor, along with some other odd jobs
Favorite spot in Rochester: Trail running or mountain biking the trails at Tyron and Ellison parks
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: I couldn't choose a favorite, but I really enjoy stuff by Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, and Graham Greene

Angela (Ang) Barskaya

endrizziED Alias/Nickname: Ivan Drago
Care to explain its origins? Given to me by my co-workers at the overnight retreat
How do you like your coffee: Tall, dark, and bitter
Previous lives: Lab geek
Favorite Spot in Rochester: The Public Market and third wave coffee places
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: The Great Gatsby

Layne Dylla

EyermannED alias/nickname: Seabiscuit
Care to explain its origins: I have two horses. Plus, I guess, people think that Daniel Saada and I are that much alike...
How do you like your coffee? Dark, strong, and either with lots of cream or in IV form
Previous lives: Horseback riding groom, instructor and trainer; home construction and remodeling; cancer biology researcher
Favorite spot in Rochester: Any trail that's off of the beaten path, but especially the Braddock Bay Wildlife Preserve trails
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: All of the Harry Potter and Kurt Vonnegut works

Maria Finke

FieldsED alias/nickname: Fargo
Care to explain its origins? It's a movie from the 90's believed to exemplify my home state
How do you like your coffee? Black and not too hot
Previous lives: Public health researcher, barista, yoga instructor
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far it's been biking by the lake, but there is lots of exploring still to come
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: 2666 by Robert Bolano, almost anything by Isabel Allende, and good cookbooks

David Gibbs

GartonED alias/nickname: Nubs
Care to explain its origins? Don't get a finger fracture during orientation
How do you like your coffee: Hand delivered
Previous lives: Script reader, Screenwriter, tutor, movie projectionist, art salesman
Favorite spot in Rochester: Dinosaur BBQ or Arnett Cafe
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Sun Also Rises

Paolo Grenga

KlickED alias/nickname: The Mountain
Care to explain its origins? I don't play well with Oberyn Martell
How do you like your coffee? Green, carbonated and dispensed from a bottle of Diet Dew
Previous lives: Synthetic organic chemistry research assistant, lifelong student
Favorite spot in Rochester: Corn Hill Landing and Letchworth. I love being near the water.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Band of Brothers

Christine Johnstone

RajED alias/nickname: Bean, Moose, Zamboni
Care to explain its origins? The nickname "Bean" I have had my whole life because my parents thought I was a little jumping bean that never stopped moving around. Moose and Zamboni were given to me at the retreat because I am from Canada and I love hockey!
How do you like your coffee? Hot and strong
Previous lives: College tennis player, waitress
Favorite spot in Rochester: Cobbs Hill basketball and tennis courts
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Pathoma

Jade Malcho

MoonED alias/nickname: Kim Car Wash/Karwashian
Care to explain its origins? Carwashes are part of my family's business--stop by Malcho's Mobil and Laserwashes in Rochester!
How do you like your coffee? Black or with Baileys
Previous lives: Horse pooper scooper, hostess, nanny
Favorite spot in Rochester: Lake Ontario
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Do magazines count?

Dylan Norton

ROndashED alias/nickname: Mid-life
Care to explain its origins: Let's say I waited a while before starting my medical training
How do you like your coffee: Stove-top espresso with steamed milk
Previous lives: Too many to count
Favorite spot in Rochester: Erie Canal Trail
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Lindsey Picard

ShocketED alias/nickname: Make it So
Care to explain its origins: Jean-Luc Picard
How do you like your coffee? Daily and a flavor shot is mandatory
Previous lives: Soccer coach, cashier, camp counselor, lab rat
Favorite spots in Rochester: Park Ave, the lake, Geneseo
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Gone Girl, Mindy Kaling

Andrew Rotando

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Saltlick
Care to explain its origins?: I'm not sure, but I like to believe it's from my easy-going demeanor!
How do you like your coffee? Early and often
Previous Lives: Ski bum, Microsoft Excel Pro
Favorite spot in Rochester: Irondequoit Bay
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Shogun by James Clavell

Patrick Sandiford

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Admit
Care to explain its origins?: Internal Medicine trained, now embarking on Residency 2.0. I am very familiar with being on one end of this conversation, excited to try being on the other
How do you like your coffee? Mint Chocolate Latte or double espresso with one cube of sugar
Previous Lives: IM Resident, snowboard bum, public health research, MCAT teacher, lab bench tech, Best Buy TV salesman
Favorite spot in Rochester: Erie Canalway Trail
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Motorcycle Diaries, Good Omens

Lisa Sonnenblick

vernettiED alias/Nickname: Blitzkrieg
Care to explain its origins?: I like to think that it's because I attack my shifts in the ED with speed and surprise
How do you like your coffee? Every morning and hopefully many other times a day with any sort of milk and some fake sugar
Previous Lives: Autism neurogenetics lab researcher, dog walker
Favorite spot in Rochester: Cobbs Hill Park. It has it all--basketball, a hill for running or sledding, trees for my slackline, ultimate frisbee, a festival, and who knows what else
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods because now I am excited to someday thru-hike the AT

Vasisht Srinivasan

vernettiED alias/Nickname: David Copperfield
Care to explain its origins?: See previous lives
How do you like your coffee? Pronounced "Mountain Dew Kickstarter"
Previous Lives: Tech support (no really), magician, retired international jewel thief, amateur movie reviewer, YouTube commenter
Favorite spot in Rochester: Sodus Bay at 5000' with clear skies and unrestricted visibility
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Harry Potter and the ________, Dan Brown's work, and the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy

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Hilary Davis

vernettiED alias/Nickname: DT
Care to explain its origins?: If you have to ask, you weren't there (thank you Kvamme)
How do you like your coffee? Cream, sugar and in a reusable mug
Previous Lives: Surgical resident, PhD researcher, national labs rat
Favorite spot in Rochester: High-Tor
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Foundation Series

Victoria DiMarco

AhariED alias/nickname: Thumper
Care to explain its origins? I live with two rabbits
How do you like your coffee? Black, and frequently enough to give me arrhythmias
Previous lives: Lab rat, physician handwriting transcriptionist, tailor
Favorite spot in Rochester: Erie Canal running trails in Pittsford and Brighton. Amazing at all times of the year!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Culture Series of Space Opera by Iain M. Banks

Jillian Geyer

endrizziED Alias/Nickname: Boots
Care to explain its origins? I ride horses and it generally requires the wearing of boots.
How do you like your coffee: In large quantities
Previous lives: Horse-back riding instructor, landscaper, ranch hand, lifeguard
Guilty Pleasures: Pillows. I have so many pillows on my bed that sometimes I can't even find my mattress
Favorite Spot in Rochester: Ellison Park with my dog, kayaking or paddle boarding on the Genesee River, or sleeping in my pillow-bed
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: I am a big fan of all things nerdy (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones), but I do also love Phoolan, by Irene Frain

Matthew Hershman

EyermannED alias/nickname: Hershey Kiss
Care to explain its origins: Has to do with my name, I guess but I don't think it is going to stick
How do you like your coffee? Black
Previous lives: House framer, roofer, instrument insurer, instrument repairer/maker
Favorite spot in Rochester: My backyard, canal trail, Letchworth State Park, Mendon Ponds Park
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: I don't read a lot of books these days, mostly newspapers and magazines. Currently enjoying the Fretboard Journal (guitar journal)

Erik Kvamme

FieldsED alias/nickname: Patches
Care to explain its origins? I get way too intense in dodge ball, or appropriately intense depending on your point of view
How do you like your coffee? Split shot Americano
Previous lives: Mostly I've been walking up the medical ladder (EMT and MA), but my favorite job was short-term work on an island-locked organic farm
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far, Red Barn and the back yard movie at Lux
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: On The Road, Perfume, Enders Game

Mandeep Lehil

GartonED alias/nickname: Tanner, BD, Deep, Manny
Care to explain its origins? Everyone ends up coming up with a different nickname for me
How do you like your coffee: Black, french press, and in large volumes
Previous lives: Hepatitis researcher, wrestling coach
Guilty pleasures: Cookies, Mario Kart, biking, hiking, traveling, though I have no guilt about these things (maybe the cookies)
Favorite spot in Rochester: Tap and Mallet and the Erie Canal trail so far
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Too many to pick but most recently: Fire and Ice Series, Cloud Atlas, Stormlight Archive, Hitchhikers Guide, Engineer Trilogy, 1Q84

Matthew Merriman

KlickED alias/nickname: Merry Man, Sad Man, Angry Man, Scary Man
Care to explain its origins? I live in a glass cage of emotion
How do you like your coffee? N/A
Previous lives: Barista, Dock insertion and extraction, Biz Kid$ Guru, Reluctant tech guy
Guilty pleasures: Putting bacon on everything, crazy straws, the color salmon
Favorite spot in Rochester: Running the Genesee River Trail or sitting at a table outside with a drink on Park Ave.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Old Man and the Sea

Steven Nelson

RajED alias/nickname: Nelson, Half-Nelson, Full-Nelson, Daddy (but only to my son)
Care to explain its origins? Last name
How do you like your coffee? I don't always drink hot drinks, but when I do I choose Stephen’s Gourmet Cocoa
Previous lives: Student, research minion, real estate agent
Guilty pleasures: Cheesecake, carrot cake, ice cream cake, flan and other cake derivatives
Favorite spot in Rochester: Hole 12 at Ellison Park Disc Golf Course
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:Gone Girl, Les Miserables, Unbroken, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, Long Walk to Freedom

Jeffrey Reed

MoonED alias/nickname: Tim Wiegand
Care to explain its origins? My resemblance to our famed and omnipresent Director of Toxicology
How do you like your coffee?In 1L boluses through a CORDIS
Previous lives: Poor college student, poor medical student, house painter, cabinet maker, Wegman's, Ortho researcher
Guilty pleasures: Eating veal parmesan
Favorite spot in Rochester: Durand Eastman Park, Charlotte Beach, Pelican's Nest deck, Marge's beach
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: "On Food and Cooking" by Harold McGee, FM 21-76

Daniel Saada

ROndashED alias/nickname: Seabiscuit
Care to explain its origins: Your guess is as good as mine
How do you like your coffee: With caffeine
Previous lives: Genghis Kahn, Abraham Lincoln, a toad, in that order
Guilty Pleasures: Craigslist Free Section
Favorite spot in Rochester: Yummy Garden
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A Clockwork Orange

Joshua Smith

ShocketED alias/nickname: Spud, White Lightening, White Chocolate, White Whale
Care to explain its origins: Spud because I'm from Idaho. T he others ones likely because of my formidable paleness
How do you like your coffee? With lots of creamer and occasionally some whipped a manly mug
Previous lives: EMT, government-access videographer, water park supervisor
Guilty Pleasures: much chocolate
Favorite spots in Rochester: Home with my wife or Tap and Mallet with friends...also just about any food truck I can find
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  The Screwtape Letters, Atlas Shrugged

Jason Zeller

vernettiED alias/Nickname: JZ, DF, Helen
Care to explain its origins?: Next time
How do you like your coffee? Whatever it takes to keep me AAO x 2-3, occasionally substituted with Monster Rehab - maybe I should try a mix?
Previous Lives: EMT, Driving range golf ball picker upper (aka target); camp counselor
Favorite spot in Rochester: Singing whatever comes on in the car, shower or bar, outdoor concerts, long bike-rides
Favorite Book besides Tintinalli: Into the Wild; Touch the top of the world

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