Chief Residents Karolina Lis , MD Jagiellonian University Medical College I grew up in beautiful Vancouver, Canada where I was spoiled with the scenic backdrop of ocean, mountains and old-growth forest. I spent most of my childhood in the west coast outdoors hiking, skiing and sailing with my mother, father and younger sister. In 2005 I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, after which my passion for travel and languages led me around the world on a two-year trek. It was during my travels that I was inspired to pursue medicine with a particular interest in global and women's health. I decided to get in touch with my Polish heritage while studying medicine at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. During my studies I attended the University of Rochester as a visiting student, where I completed various electives including one in rural Family Medicine. The people in this great city were very warm and welcoming and it immediately felt like a home. Living in Europe for the last four years has been an adventure, but I’m very excited to come back to Rochester for my Family Medicine training and to be part of such a strong community. I have started my Rochester chapter as a newlywed with my husband, Karol, who is a pediatric intern at Strong. We are looking forward to becoming parents to a beautiful new dog (...soon), shopping trips to Wegmans and to a fun three years with new friends!" Email Karolina . Nicole C. Vavrina, DO New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NY Institute of Technology Born and raised in Pittsford, a small suburb of Rochester, I spent my younger years exploring this wonderful city that I’ve come to know and love. As both my husband and I are Rochester natives we couldn’t be happier to be returning home to complete the last leg of my medical education and lay down roots for the road ahead! After completing high school at Pittsford Sutherland, I decided to spread my wings, and make way for a warmer climate in College Park Maryland. At the University of Maryland, as a die-hard Terp, I obtained my bachelor of science in psychology and completed a pre-medicine track, all while almost never missing a Terrapin game. After graduation I decided to return home for a year in which I was involved in various community service and outreach programs; one in particular was a trip to New Orleans with my husband, sister, and several guidance counselors from the Rochester area, to help rebuild parts of the lower 9th ward that were hit hardest by hurricane Katrina. I then attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Long Island, NY. Finishing most of my clinical clerkships in the NYC area and spending four more years away from Rochester, both my husband and I are elated to be coming back to join both our families and the Highland family medicine team! As Rochester is the place I’ve always called home, I have a special tie to the area, and therefore plan to be greatly invested in the local community throughout both my residency and future career. Outside of work, I can’t wait to get back to the local parks and lakes, cook, paint, and spend as much time with family and friends as possible. Email Nikki .