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PGY-4

Shavonne Julien-Huang, MD [PGY-4]

Shavonne Julien-HuangArea of Clinical Interest: Psychotherapy, Global Mental Health
Research Interests: Mental Health in communities of color, Mental Health/Cultural phenomena
Hobbies: Sewing, Bellydancing, Singing
What I like about Rochester: I enjoy that there is a park or trail near you no matter where you are. I still represent the Bronx for life though :)
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Addis Ababa- Ethiopian Restaurant

Shane Stegen, DO [PGY-4]

StegenArea of Clinical Interest: Emergency, crisis care, and inpatient
What I like about the Residency: Our residency program always has "a person" for that.  We have an incredible range of interests within our huge psychiatry department and we are exposed to experts in every aspect of psychiatry during our residency training.  They are not only knowledgeable but caring and willing to teach.  The hardest part is deciding what kind of psychiatrist you want to be when you grow up when everyone is so excited and passionate about what they do.
Community Involvement: St. Joes Neighborhood Center (volunteer psychopharmacology and psychotherapy provider)
Hobbies: Golf, motorcycles, or brewing beer depending on the season
What I like about Rochester: The city is just the right size to have a little bit of everything: sports, food, arts, etc., without the trouble and expense of a bigger city.  You can have a trendy meal downtown, in minutes be in the wilderness or on a lake, see a baseball or hockey game (pre-COVID), enjoy the art gallery, or just chill with friends in a local brewery.  When looking at places I would want to settle down there are few cities that have such few barriers to living life on "easy mode".
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Durand Eastman golf course or cruising around the city on one of my motorcycles

Jeu-Hee Hahn, MD [PGY-4]

HahnArea of Clinical Interest: Child Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: Love the camaraderie and approachability of everyone. There is a real team focused mindset, and very down to earth kind of people.
Hobbies: Checking out new restaurants, and Dungeons and Dragons
What I like about Rochester: Short commutes, lots of fun activities, beautiful nature, nice people, surprisingly good food options for restaurants and nights out on the town
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: The parks and walking trails

Bill Small, MD [PGY-4, Chief Resident]

Bill SmallArea of Clinical Interest: Schizophrenia, First Episode Psychosis, Community mental health
What I like about the Residency: I think our strength is our people- we have a great sense of community among our residents, and we have faculty who are passionate about teaching and fostering a supportive environment.
Community Involvement: I volunteer regularly seeing outpatients at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center
Hobbies: Running, visiting national parks, escaping escape rooms
What I like about Rochester: Rochester is the perfect size- all the benefits of a bigger city without the traffic or high cost of living. We have four seasons (some longer than others) and are surrounded by parks and opportunities to get into nature.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Ox and Stone, Wegmans, (nearby) Adirondacks

PGY-3

Eric Lesch, MD [PGY-3]

Eric LeschArea of Clinical Interest: Forensics/Assertive Community Treatment
What I like about the Residency: Very strong medical community with nearly any fellowship/post-grad opportunity one could want
Hobbies: Cooking, watching Louisville Cardinals basketball
What I like about Rochester: Plenty of great day trips; Midwest feel with Northeast accessibility
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester:  Water tanks at Washington Grove; The Little Theatre

Howard Lam, MD [PGY-3]

LamArea of Clinical Interest: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: A genuine, collegial working atmosphere.
What I like about Rochester: I have a backyard for my dogs.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Highland Park, Memorial Art Gallery

Jacqueline Quezada, MD [PGY-3]

Jacqueline QuezadaArea of Clinical Interest: Geriatrics
What I like about the Residency: Great people, supportive environment
Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants and bars
What I like about Rochester: Diverse population, lots of outdoor activities
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Home with my husband and cat

Chris Fragassi, MD [PGY-3]

Chris FragassiArea of Clinical Interest: Forensics
Research Interests: Corrections Psychiatry and the influence of correctional officers on healthcare in corrections
What I like about the Residency: Our program is a great size, you are able to get individual attention and guidance as well as have your education tailored to your interests. There’s also plenty of folks, so you can always find someone with similar interests and hobbies.
Hobbies: Golfing with the guys and checking out a local brewery afterwards.
What I like about Rochester: Rochester is the perfect combination of big city and small town. We get all the best concerts and have access to everything you could ask for. At the same time, neighborhoods and suburbs are very well defined and everyone is super friendly.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: McGinny’s on the River

Josh Wortzel, MD [PGY-3]

Josh WortzelArea of Clinical Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, psychotherapy, group therapy, play therapy
Research Interests: Educational interventions (with patients and trainees), clinical research, catatonia, climate change and mental health
What I like about the Residency: People in our department want you to grow and become whatever you want to become. They are warm, want to teach if you come to them wanting to learn, and are constantly innovating to make the learning experience even better for the residents. People aren't pretentious, and people in the department as a whole strive to be balanced.
Community Involvement: I co-lead the St. Joe's Free Clinic
Hobbies: Playing guitar and doing improv
What I like about Rochester: It's a small city with a wealth of professional opportunities and support to pursue them if you are interested and reach out. I also love that it is very easy to get anywhere you want to go in the city, there are lots of great restaurants and parks, great theater and access to museums, and the people as a whole are very warm and welcoming. Access to the University of Rochester is also wonderful to get to enroll in interesting and well-taught classes.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Park Ave/East Ave

PGY-2

Emilie Transue (they/them) – [PGY-2]

TransueMedical School: University of Pittsburgh
Area of Clinical Interest: Underserved, Correctional, & Public Service Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: This program is the right size, big enough to find an area of interest, but small enough to feel connected to your co-residents. Work hours are closely monitored, we frequently work in conjunction with physician extenders, and maintaining quality educational experiences is respected. Even better, Rochester has strong community connections for mental health housing and peer/family social support so we can be creative in how we care for patients.
Community Involvement: Weekly volunteering at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center Free Clinic
Hobbies: Thrifting, reading about historical activist movements, going outdoors to see the animals
What I like about Rochester: Rochester has a strong Rust Belt history, leaving behind legendary buildings from its manufacturing and industrial days. It can give you the city feel and you can drive an hour to gorgeous Finger Lakes or Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. The city is relatively flat and bike friendly. While cold in the winter, the summers are beautiful, full of flowers and groundhogs!
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Jay's Diner

Paige Thompson, MD [PGY-2]

Paige ThompsonHometown: Pittsford, NY
Medical School: University of Buffalo
Area of Clinical Interest: Young Adult, First Break Psychosis, Inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: The residents are all truly close and good friends.  We have a lot of different social events from getting wings, to meeting up for escape rooms, to board games and interactive game nights, and sporting events.  We truly get along well and have a lot of fun together.  Another great benefit of our program is we have a decent amount of free time to explore the city and decompress from work.
Hobbies: Volleyball and Hiking
What I like about Rochester: I grew up in Rochester.  I love the area and the community.  Everyone is very nice in Rochester and there is so much to do.  I participate in volleyball leagues, outreach and sports camps in Jamaica that is organized here, and board game groups.  I also personally love the Finger Lakes for the wineries and to go boating.  I would also like to add that the food is great here and continues to get better.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Pittsford, Erie Canal, Finger Lakes Wineries, Living Roots

Adam Herbstsomer, MD [PGY-2]

HerbstsomerHometown: Westminster, MD
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Area of Clinical Interest: Geriatrics, psychotherapy
What I like about the Residency: The people in our program are generally enthusiastic.
Hobbies: Handbells, baking
What I like about Rochester: There is very little traffic.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: My apartment

Elizabeth Wielgus, MD [PGY-2]

WielgusHometown: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: Jagiellonian University
Area of Clinical Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
Research Interests: Circadian rhythms, sleep
What I like about the Residency: It’s so cohesive and caring.
Hobbies: Reading and hiking.
What I like about Rochester: Not much traffic! Family friendly.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Turning Point Park

Carla Velarde, MD [PGY-2]

Carla VelardeHometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: University of Rochester
Area of Clinical Interest: Geriatric and cross cultural psychiatry
Research Interests: Racial disparities
What I like about the Residency: My co-residents feel like family.
Community Involvement: Learning about and engaging in advocacy for racial equity in various forms via our Resident Diversity & Advocacy Committee.
Hobbies: Hiking with my kids & husband, always planning my next National Park trip.
What I like about Rochester: Great cost of living, family friendly, everything is close by, plenty of nature to enjoy. We are very close to the Finger Lakes region which hosts many wineries where many enjoy doing wine tours with friends. Also Letchworth State Park is ~45min drive from a Rochester and known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Doesn’t actually hold a candle to the Grand Canyon but it’s still pretty spectacular for a park in NYS!
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Corbett’s Glen Park

Shannon Lyerly, MD [PGY-2]

LyerlyMedical School: University of Texas - Houston
Area of Clinical Interest: Working with veterans, addiction
What I like about the Residency: My fellow residents
Hobbies: Traveling, reading
What I like about Rochester: Nice town with beautiful scenery
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Ontario Beach Park

PGY-1

Shaylyn Tuite, DO [PGY-1]

TuiteHometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Area of Clinical Interest: Child Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: This program is awesomely diverse with a nice mix of local and out of state residents. Everyone has such unique interests which makes hanging outside of work a blast!
Hobbies: Running, hiking and mountain biking
What I like about Rochester: I love all the trails Rochester has, both in the city and surrounding regions. It is also the perfect size with lots of things going on, but all within a 20 minute drive!
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Mendon Ponds Park

Teigan Ruster, MD [PGY-1]

RusterHometown: Irondequoit, NY
Medical School: University of Rochester
Area of Clinical Interest: CPEP, Inpatient
What I like about the Residency: The people are SO amazingly kind. Everyone is supportive and always willing to help you out.
Hobbies: I love running, knitting, and drinking wine with my cats
What I like about Rochester: I love that there is something for everyone. The suburbs are chill and perfect for families. The downtown area can be exciting with lots of bars and restaurants. And of course the many parks for exploring!
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Definitely a tie between Genesee Brew House and Abbott's on the lake

Regina Fu, DO [PGY-1]

FuHometown: San Diego, CA
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Area of Clinical Interest: Inpatient Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: Amazing people who are looking out for each other
Hobbies: Movies
What I like about Rochester: Beautiful plants
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: The interns’ office

Dillon Jay Auvenshine, MD [PGY-1]

Dillon Jay AuvenshineMedical School: University of Rochester
Area of Clinical Interest: Forensics, Integrated Medicine-Psychiatry, Women and LGBTQ+ Health
What I like about the Residency: U of R Psychiatry is the bees’ knees! There is an excellent faculty, a fantastic patient population, and so many great opportunities, especially to explore my interests in forensic psychiatry, integrated medicine, and much more.
Hobbies: Gardening (from my apartment window sill & balcony) and cooking excellent meals
What I like about Rochester: Rochester is a wonderful in-between size city (hometown population of 15K to Baltimore for college with population 600K), and it really is a great place to learn/train. There is diversity of people/culture, plenty of things to see and do, and it’s always nice to get all 4 seasons!
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Saint Paul Proper, a cozy little pub in downtown Rochester

Johnston Moore, MD [PGY-1]

Johnston MooreMedical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Area of Clinical Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: Our program has an easy-going family feel that I was drawn to.  It's nice to be able to spend time with residents of all levels outside of work, and the attending physicians are caring and spend time to get to know the residents.
Hobbies: Golf, cooking, and outdoor activities (hiking, skiing, apple picking, vineyards, etc.)
What I like about Rochester: Rochester has a lot to offer.  It's nice to have the restaurants, breweries, museums, and other attractions of being in the city combined with easy access to hiking, skiing, golf, vineyards, orchards, the Finger Lakes, and Canada.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Living Roots Wine & Co

Nora Douglas, MD [PGY-1]

Nora DouglasHometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: Howard University
Area of Clinical Interest: Community & Forensic Psychiatry
Research Interests: Health disparities in mental health
What I like about the Residency: Everyone here at URMC is supportive and genuinely invested in my success, it’s a great place to train!
Hobbies: Art & Advocacy
What I like about Rochester: Summer festivals, garbage plates, Abbot’s frozen yogurt, local wineries, Erie Canal, and Lake Ontario
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: High Falls

Wei-Li Suen, MD [PGY-1]

Wei-Li SuenMedical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Area of Clinical Interest: Mood Disorders, Psychotherapy, Interventional Psychiatry 
What I like about the Residency: The people! Everyone here has been kind, fun, smart, and down-to-earth. The faculty love to teach and are super supportive. They're clearly invested in your experience and education, and will help you pursue whatever interests you have.
Hobbies: Chamber Music, Gardening
What I like about Rochester: The abundance of places to explore and the robust music scene.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Genesee Riverway Trail

Qiana Smith, DO [PGY-1]

Qiana SmithHometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Area of Clinical Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
What I like about the Residency: Leadership in the program are approachable and the attendings are great teachers, that will challenge you.
Hobbies: I enjoy anything outdoors. While at home I enjoy cooking and making crafts.
What I like about Rochester: The people. Rochester reminds me of a mix of southern hospitality with a northern city flair.
Favorite Place(s) in Rochester: Cobb’s Hill Park