Current Residents David Essaff, D.O. (PGY4) Nickname: Shesheshasha Care to explain its origins: Long story. How do you like your coffee? Black and extra strong!!! Previous Lives: Chef de cuisine; Food critic. Guilty Pleasures: Next question ;). Favorite spot in Rochester: Good Luck restaurant. Personal Interests: Cooking and traveling PM&R/research interests: Pain, Spine, and MSK. Kasia Iwan, M.D. (PGY4) Nickname: Loaf meat, ca$h money, Little pierogi. Care to explain its origins: Planning ahead for my future rapping career How do you like your coffee: Big, black, and with cream Previous Lives: Ballerina. Guilty Pleasures: Chocolate peanut butter gelato. Favorite spot in Rochester: Farmer's market, dark coffee shops, and Good Luck restaurant. Personal Interests: Photography, anything French & cooking PM&R/research interests: Pain Medicine, MSK. Kristen Brusky, D.O. (PGY3) 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 Love, M.D. (PGY3) 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 Strong, D.O. (PGY3) 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 Bauernfeind, M.D. (PGY2) 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-Toro, M.D. (PGY2) 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 Kruppenbacher, D.O. (PGY2) 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 Lam, M.D. (PGY1) Nickname: Indoor/outdoor cat or House cat Care to explain its origins: I like to relax at home, but also enjoy outdoor activities. How do you like your coffee? French pressed at home. Iced: with two pumps of simple syrup and cream at the hospital. Previous Lives: Seafood deliverer; manual laborer; and poor student. Guilty Pleasures: Imgur, Left4Dead2, Netflix and chill Favorite spot in Rochester: Genesee river trail, Wegmans, Canton house, Seoul house, Beer Market. Personal Interests: Charcoal drawing, currently learning water color and the ukulele, road biking, snowboarding. PM&R/research interests: Too early: undecided. Benjamin Tracy, M.D. (PGY1) 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 Vanushkina, M.D. (PGY1) 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.