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Kristen BruskyKristen Brusky, D.O. (PGY4)

  • Nickname: Brewski
  • Care to explain its origins: You'll get it pretty quickly
  • How do you like your coffee? Not!! But I like mint green tea
  • Previous Lives: Farmer (I am hopeful to continue this as a hobby in the future), Quality Control Technician for a great company that makes calibration equipment for pipettes.
  • Guilty Pleasures: YouTube!
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Needed to live within walking distance of Highland Park. I also enjoy Rochester Public Market, Cure, Owl House, and Daily Refresher.
  • Personal Interests: Live Music, anything outdoors including hiking or just walking around the city, Dining, Playing and Watching Sports.
  • PM&R interests: I have significant interest in MSK/Spine but I am intrigued by Stroke and TBI as well. Research interest: Effects of Coma Stim on FIM Efficiency.

Nick LoveNick Love, M.D. (PGY4)

  • Nickname: ‬ Coach
  • Care to explain its origins: ‬ ‬I used to coach High School Football‬.‬‬‬
  • ‪How do you like your coffee? French pressed and mildly sweetened‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Previous Lives: ‬ High School Math Teacher‬; football coach.
  • ‪‬‪Guilty Pleasures: Chicken wings.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Strong Museum of Play.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • ‪Personal Interests: Biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, and home brewing.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • PM&R/research interests: Rural Medicine‬‬, Spine, and MSK. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Nicole StrongNicole Strong, D.O. (PGY4)

  • ‪Nickname:‬ Nunnias, Nicolai, Magoo, Myoclonus‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Care to explain its origins: ‬ ‬I am apparently easy to nickname…‬
  • ‪How do you like your coffee? Black, strong and at least BID‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.‬‬‬‬‬
  • Previous Lives: ‬ Baton twirler and coach, barista, kinesiology researcher‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.‬‬‬‬‬
  • Guilty Pleasures: German chocolate cake, binge watching TV shows on lazy days‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • ‪Favorite spot in Rochester: Canoeing/kayaking at Ellison Park, Finger Lakes Wineries, Trata rooftop, and my deck in the summer.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Personal Interests: Canoeing, kayaking, scuba, downhill skiing, movies, traveling, reading, writing, photography, my pup Ollie, and trying to learn golf!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Mark BauernfeindMark Bauernfeind, M.D. (PGY3)

  • How do you like your coffee? Black: or with a touch of skim milk.
  • Previous Lives: EMT; Soccer ref; CPR/BLS instructor.
  • Guilty Pleasures: The beach, seafood, and ice cream.
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Nature - Highland Park. Out - Lento, Dinosaur BBQ, Aladdin's, and Pittsford farm Dairy.
  • Personal Interests: Sports, pretty much anything outdoors, being a foodie, photography, travel, and time with family and friends.
  • PM&R/research interests: Spine/Sports and Pain.

Franchesca Konig-ToroFranchesca Konig-Toro, M.D. (PGY3)

  • Nickname: King Bull, Sonja
  • Care to explain its origins: King Bull (König - king in German; Toro - bull in Spanish); Sonja (my Bratislavan alter ego).
  • How do you like your coffee? Every hour, on the hour.
  • Previous Lives: Full time beach bum.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Bravo TV (don't tell anyone).
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Public Market, Magnolia's (killer tomato soup), Ellison dog park, Genesee river trail...& all-time fave in the wintertime: my bed.
  • Personal Interests: My pup Otto, 80s music, Die Mannschaft, and Puerto Rico (kinda’ really obsessed - ask anyone).
  • PM&R/research interests: Cancer rehab, Pain, and MSK.

Matt KruppenbacherMatt Kruppenbacher, D.O. (PGY3)

Nickname: Krupp, Croup, K-krup, Kruppadopolis, etc.

Care to explain its origins: Crazy friends.

How do you like your coffee? Strong, dark, and ground-up in the freezer.

Previous Lives: Basketball coach.

Guilty Pleasures: Candy, Fixer Upper on HGTV, and the Bachelorette…I have so many!

Favorite spot in Rochester: Mendon Ponds Park, Doggie Woggie K9 Playtime, The Daily Refresher, Half Pint, and my couch.

Personal Interests: Movies, Music, and Sports.

PM&R/research interests: TBI, MSK, Spine, and Sports.

Edward LamEdward Lam, M.D. (PGY2)

  • Nickname: Indoor/outdoor cat/House cat
  • Care to explain its origins: I like to relax at home, but really enjoy the outdoors
  • How do you like your coffee? French pressed with milk
  • Previous Lives: Seafood deliverer; manual laborer; and poor student
  • Guilty Pleasures: Imgur, Left4Dead2, hanging out binge watching Netflix, shopping for vintage road bikes
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Genesee river trail, Wegmans, Canton house, Grappa, COSTCO!
  • Personal Interests: Charcoal drawing, experimenting with water color and ukulele. Road biking and weight lifting when I have time!
  • PM&R/research interests: Too early: MSK, Spine, Sports

Benjamin TracyBenjamin Tracy, M.D. (PGY2)

  • Nickname: Mahana
  • Care to explain its origins: Named after a character in a movie because as a young boy you could always find me in a tree.
  • How do you like your coffee? Straight-up black, with no frills.
  • Previous Lives: I was active duty Air Force before medicine.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Ice cream and lots of it.
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Pittsford Farms Dairy followed by a stroll along the canal.
  • Personal Interests: I love sports, being outdoors, reading, and going to the movies.
  • PM&R/research interests: Fibromyalgia research.

Maria VanushkinaMaria Vanushkina, M.D. (PGY2)

  • Nickname: Black cloud
  • Care to explain its origins: I hail from Seattle; clearly it's a reference to the city's notoriously rainy weather.
  • How do you like your coffee? In large quantities through an IV if at all possible; I'm attempting to transition to tea.
  • Previous Lives: Starbucks supervisor; chiropractic assistant; analytical and formulations scientist for a biotech company.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Binge watching entire seasons of TV shows with my cat.
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Fuego Coffee Roasters, Dog Town, Village Bakery, Abyssinia, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and AJ's Beer Warehouse.
  • Personal Interests: Most things involving water in liquid or solid state - skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, wake surfing, surfing, power boats, scuba, etc. Also, all forms of adventures and adventure sports, travel, beer, whiskey, books, and NASA/space.
  • PM&R/research interests: Neuroprosthetics, brain-computer interface, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis/bone metabolism, space travel, and quality improvement measures.

Eduardo BermudezEduardo Bermudez, M.D. (PGY1)

  • Nickname: E.B.
  • Care to explain its origins: I went by my initials to distinguish me from my father who has the same name.
  • How do you like your coffee? I’m not a big coffee drinker but I like chai tea
  • Previous Lives: Bioengineering, inmate payroll manager  
  • Guilty Pleasures: Eating cookie dough, bingeing Netflix shows
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: I’ll let you know next year.
  • Personal Interests: iphone application development, sculpting, music, digital painting
  • PM&R/research interests: Bioengineering and robotic devices to aide with rehab, EMG, pain, spine, & MSK.

Adam-MichalikAdam Michalik, D.O. (PGY1)

  • Nickname: N/A
  • Care to explain its origins: N/A
  • How do you like your coffee? Black
  • Previous Lives: N/A
  • Guilty Pleasures: Cheesecake
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Yet to be found
  • Personal Interests: Hunting, Fishing, Soccer, Outdoor-related activities 
  • PM&R/Research Interests: Sports and Spine

James SnyderJames Snyder, M.D. (PGY1)

  • Nickname: Jim or Jimmy
  • Care to explain its origins: Because I'm not nearly fancy enough for 'James'
  • How do you like your coffee? Irish
  • Previous Lives: Quality control manager for a steel wire manufacturing plant, valve and process control equipment and application engineering sales rep, oil and gas process design engineer.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Children's movies, wings at least weekly, singing in the shower.
  • Favorite spot in Rochester: Yet to be found
  • Personal Interests: Football, soccer, dark beer, reading, movies, all food.
  • PM&R/Research Interests: MSK, prosthetics/orthotics for now