Education & Training

Meet Our Residents

Class of 2017

Name: Alex Bajorek
Medical School: University of Louisville, KY
Birthplace: Panorama City, CA
Clinical/research interests: Stroke rehabilitation, ultrasound injections, spasticity management, IRF outcomes
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, cooking/eating, soccer, running, video games
Favorite part of Boston: Anywhere bordering the harbor with good food
Why I chose Spaulding: Excellence of education, opportunities, national recognition

Name: Sara Cartwright
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Birthplace: Michigan
Clinical/research interests: Pediatric rehab, spasticity management, healthcare transition for children with special health care needs
Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking
Favorite part of Boston: The Boston Harbor and North End
Why I chose Spaulding:  Broad exposure to all PM&R subspecialties and many leadership opportunities. Camaraderie amongst the residents and attending physicians. Spaulding has a great environment that fosters teamwork.

Name: Kate Delaney
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Clinical/research interests: spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal medicine, inpatient rehabilitation
Hobbies: ultimate frisbee, running, skiing
Favorite part of Boston: running along the Charles
Why I chose Spaulding:  When I interviewed, the residents seemed like a close-knit group that really enjoyed each other (and laughed a lot). They also had varied clinical interests as well as
diverse hobbies and pursuits outside of work. I have found that this has held true – I am fortunate to work with some of the smartest, most caring, thoughtful, dedicated, and creative co-residents whom I learn from daily and who will go on to be leaders in our field. Also, we all get to work with and learn from great faculty who truly care about us and who are experts within their sub-specialty. I wanted to be sure to have strong inpatient and outpatient experiences and have found that to be one of Spaulding’s greatest strengths. Also, it’s hard to get a better view than the one from our resident room!

Name: Robbie Diaz, MD
Medical School: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Birthplace: Fontana, CA
Clinical/research interests: Sports Medicine, Diagnostic US, Running Medicine, Adaptive Sports, TBI
Hobbies: soccer, running, muay-thai kickboxing, photography, water sports
Favorite part of Boston: In contrast to California, the New England area has all 4 seasons to take advantage of. Where else could one enjoy beaches, swimming, wakeboarding, hiking, apple picking, pumpkin picking, skiing/snowboarding, and snowshoeing in the same geographic area. In addition, with each season there is are seasonal food dishes that you can not get anywhere else besides New England. Being a sports fanatic, Boston is tough to beat with the professional sports it offers including the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Revolution, and the New England Patriots.
Why I chose Spaulding: I was very impressed with the wide variety of clinical experiences that are available at Spaulding. The program provides many opportunities to work alongside many leaders in the various sub-specialties in the field of PM&R. It is amazing experience working at the new hospital in Charlestown as it provides a state of the art facility for learning and research in addition to providing an optimal healing environment for patients.

Name: Marisa Flavin
Medical School: University of Virginia
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Clinical/research interests: Pediatrics, ultrasound, brain injury, reproductive health in children with developmental delay
Hobbies: hiking, running, skiing, surfing
Favorite part of Boston: North End
Why I chose Spaulding:  I wanted a well-rounded residency program with strong inpatient and outpatient opportunities that gave me the flexibility to pursue my personal interests.

Name: Ginger Polich
Medical School: UC-Berkeley, UCSF Joint Medical Program
Birthplace: Ironwood, MI
Clinical/research interests: brain injury, neuropsychiatry, meditation
Hobbies: running, biking, swimming, eating
Favorite part of Boston: trees, lakes, oceans, neighborhoods
Why I chose Spaulding: great training, great community, freedom to explore individual clinical and research interests.

Name: Peter I-Kung Wu            
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Birthplace: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Clinical/research interests: Clinical Interests: Pain, Musculoskeletal/ Sports Medicine; Research Interests: Biotechnologies, Biomedical Engineering, Regenerative Therapies
Hobbies: Swimming, Kayaking, Bodysurfing, Waterpolo, Biking
Favorite part of Boston: Back Bay: I love the Victorian brownstone buildings, Newbury Street and all its shops, so many good restaurants, and the Charles River Esplanade.
Why I chose Spaulding: Great training, leadership experience, a broad range of resources in the Partners network and collaborations with local universities, a program with supportive and caring mentors and colleagues, a great alumni network, and being in a vibrant city and community.

Class of 2018

Name: Vanessa Gallegos-Kearin
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
Clinical/research interests: cancer rehabilitation,  spinal cord injury
Hobbies: cooking, going for walks with our dog, travel with a goal to visit every national park in the US
Favorite part of Boston: I love the diversity of cultures found in Boston. My husband and I have also enjoyed exploring Boston's food scene and museums.
Why I chose Spaulding:  I wanted a residency program that was well-rounded and would prepare me to go into any field within PM&R, and that is what I have found at Spaulding. Spaulding also offered great research opportunities. I have found a great support network of mentors and other various faculty to help in my research endeavors.

Name: Donna Huang
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical/research interests: Spinal cord injury, functional metrics as predictors of outcome in medical comorbidities
Favorite part of Boston:  The Charles River Esplanade, Walden Pond
Why I chose Spaulding: Diverse clinical experiences in all areas of PM&R, one-on-one working relationships with faculty members, research opportunities, motivated, intelligent, and fun co-residents :)

Name: Andrew A. Joyce
Medical School: University of Southern California
Birthplace: San Jose
Clinical/research interests: Interventional Pain, Spine Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Alternative Medicine
Hobbies: Music, Cooking, Tasting new foods & beverages, & Walking around the city
Favorite part of Boston: Boston Public Garden & the Esplanade
Why I chose Spaulding:  The well balanced nature of the program, friendly attending staff, strong research presence, and the wonderful city of Boston!

Name: Michelle LaLonde
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School
Birthplace: Wooster, OH
Clinical/research interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, chronic pain, integrative medicine, cancer rehabilitation, palliative care
Hobbies: Running, pilates, barre, hiking, traveling, volleyball, concerts, baking, admiring dogs
Favorite part of Boston: All of the different neighborhoods and their respective personalities. In all honesty though, my favorite part of Boston is the surrounding New England area and its breathtaking views.
Why I chose Spaulding:  I chose Spaulding because I wanted adequate exposure to all the different facets of PM&R. Additionally, I was confident Spaulding would provide the necessary support and mentorship to allow me to pursue my clinical and research interests. Lastly, I could tell the residents were down to earth  and understood the importance of work-life balance. Thankfully, all of these reasons turned out to be true, and I could not be happier with my experience.

Name: Eziamaka Okafor
Medical School: Duke University SOM
Birthplace: Houghton, Michigan
Clinical/research interests:   Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine, Exercise physiology, International Physiatry 
Hobbies: Playing sports/being active including biking, basketball, volleyball, tennis; sewing; spending time with my husband and family/friends
Favorite part of Boston:  It’s oceanic coastline
Why I chose Spaulding:  I chose Spaulding because as the official teaching partner of the HMS Department of PM&R, SRH offers not only an extraordinary and well-rounded PM&R residency training program in a state-of-the-art facility, but also an unparalleled academic environment that catalyzes innovation and encourages all levels of intra-institutional and global collaboration.  After my Spaulding interview, I was confident that joining the HMS/SRH family would provide the most optimal environment for me to both obtain a strong physiatry foundation and engage in unique opportunities to further my interests in international physiatry and musculoskeletal/sports medicine.

Name: Marc van de Rijn
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Birthplace: Somers Point, NJ
Clinical/research interests: Neuromuscular Medicine, Medical Informatics, Robotics
Hobbies: Technology, reading (especially science fiction)
Favorite part of Boston: Back Bay
Why I chose Spaulding:  Spaulding was one of my first interviews, but I knew it was where I wanted to go for residency.  I was and still am really excited by the great clinical environment, the groundbreaking research, and the chance to work with the diverse and experienced faculty and staff at Spaulding. 

Name: Amy West
Medical School: Harvard
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Clinical/research interests: pediatrics, sports, the female athlete
Hobbies: Crossfit, Basketball, Sport playing/watching, Film making/Editing
Favorite part of Boston: The Fenway
Why I chose Spaulding: Great mentors that have guided me since med school, the environment, the resources, Boston!

Class of 2019

Name: Haylee Donaghe
Medical School: UC Davis
Birthplace: Palm Springs, CA
Clinical/research interests: Sports, Pain Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, traveling, my succulent garden, and our soon-to-be new puppy!
Favorite part of Boston: The diversity, history, and charm of the city--there is always something new to explore.
Why I chose Spaulding: The resources Spaulding has to offer (particularly, the adaptive sports program), in combination with the incredible clinical/research facilities and down-to-earth faculty and residents, are unparalleled! I feel like part of the Spaulding team and that makes every day taking care of our amazing patients even better.

Name: Todd Hayano
Medical School: Touro University California
Birthplace: Mountain View, CA
Clinical/Research Interests: Sports/MSK
Hobbies: All sports (especially, basketball, football, baseball and golf), hiking, traveling, cooking
Favorite Part of Boston: New to the area, but probably the North End
Why I chose Spaulding: Spaulding offered the most unique opportunity for me to train. The ability to collaborate with some of the greatest minds in medicine, see and treat rare cases, participate and learn about adaptive sports, work alongside attendings and residents who become your family, and experience the rewards of seeing so many patients regain their lives, made this program the best fit for me. I am proud to call Spaulding my home and I look forward to what I will become after residency.

Name: Adam Lamm
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana
Clinical/Research Interests: Sports Medicine, Concussion, Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety
Hobbies: Cooking, photography, traveling, wine tasting (hoping to become a certified sommelier in the coming years)
Favorite part of Boston: Cultural diversity, great restaurants, and excellent sports teams and fans
Why I Chose Spaulding: When I first visited, I was amazed not only by the world-class facilities, but perhaps more so by the commitment to providing patients with excellent individualized care, working as a team with incredibly talented individuals. The passion for what they do is evident in everyone that I met, and that passion, that sense of belonging to a greater cause, drew me to Spaulding. I’ve had the opportunity to provide care to any Boston-area patients during my intern year, and I have been so impressed by how many have sought out Spaulding for their rehabilitation needs. After meeting the team at Spaulding, it’s easy to see why this is the case.

Name: James "Woody" Morgan
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Clinical/research interests: Spinal cord injury
Hobbies: Trivia, fantasy football, and live music
Favorite part of Boston: Boston Public Garden
Why I chose Spaulding: I chose Spaulding because of the endless clinical/research opportunities offered at one of the top medical systems in the world. The state of the art facilities and the fact that it's a top-5 rehabilitation hospital really stood out. In addition, the residents and staff make you feel like family.

Name: Hector L. Osoria
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Birthplace: Harlem, NY
Clinical/research interests: Musculoskeletal, sports, amputee, adaptive sports, exercise
Hobbies: Exercise, Latin dance, spoken word, karaoke
Favorite part of Boston: John Weeks Bridge
Why I chose Spaulding: Once I decided that PM&R was the right field for me, I made a list of things that would be most important for me in a residency program. My core requirements boiled down to: broad settings of practice, diverse patients and pathologies, strong research, and effective mentorship. Not surprisingly, Spaulding has all of these in excess. The resources available across the Spaulding-Partners-Harvard network are unparalleled and create an ideal environment for training in PM&R. Additionally, everyone that I interacted with at Spaulding, from the Department Chair to the residents, made me feel welcome and like part of the team. They all made it clear with their words and actions, that Spaulding is not just a world-class academic training center but also an enjoyable and friendly place to work.

Name:  Julia Reilly
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Clinical/research interests: MSK, Cancer, Sports, Stroke
Hobbies: Volleyball, Running, Hiking, Exploring Boston, Going to Concerts, Visiting National Parks
Favorite part of Boston: My co-residents
Why I chose Spaulding: I felt confident that Spaulding would provide the education, mentorship, resources, and flexibility to help me cultivate my interests within PM&R and provide the support with which to pursue them. The residents and staff seemed happy, highly motivated, and extremely supportive of each other.

Name: Hannah Steere
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Birthplace: Rochester, NY
Clinical/research interests: Integrative medicine, global health
Hobbies: Running, drawing, travel
Favorite part of Boston: South End
Why I chose Spaulding: I chose Spaulding because of its camaraderie, excellent teaching, and state of the art facilities. SRH provides residents with amazing opportunities to see diverse patients and pathology.