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Resident Testimonials

Read what Overlook Medical Center's current family medicine residents have to say about themselves and their experiences:

“I was raised in Cherry Hill, NJ and earned my BS from Fordham University and my DO degree from UMDNJ-SOM, now Rowan-SOM.  Originally, I was looking for a dual FM residency program in the Northeast.  What drew me to Overlook was a combination of the amazing people and the frequent learning opportunities made available, like noon conferences and procedure workshops. I love that there is a lot of interaction among residents of all three years.  The support I have gotten as an intern from my seniors is unparalleled.   In my spare time, I enjoy playing violin and soccer.” – Kimberly Barnum, DO, PGY1

“My path to medicine started with Yale University for undergraduate and New York Medical College for medical school. My broad interests in women's health, geriatrics and love of procedures made family medicine the perfect choice for me while the feeling of family & community, support from the staff and wide array of opportunities makes Overlook the perfect residency program. In my free time, I love to bake and spend time with family and friends.” – Kledia Blloshmi, MD, PGY2

"I went to St. George's University and I am from Bergen County, NJ. I have a broad range of interests in the medical field which is why I chose family medicine! On my free time I like to go into the city and spend time with family and friends." – Lynn Castaldi, MD, PGY3, Chief Resident

"I have a BA in biochemistry and an AA in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University and attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I have studied and published on medical ethics locally and abroad, have conducted research and published on periodic paralysis, and have authored a textbook chapter on the evaluation of patients with tinnitus. I enjoy writing, am a certified yoga teacher, and have a special interest in integrative medicine." – Grace Charles, MD, PGY3

"I'm originally from Miami but grew up in Montreal. I attended St. George's University School of Medicine and rotated at Overlook Medical Center for my third and fourth year rotations. I felt so at home here that I never wanted to leave and had to stay at Overlook Family Medicine for residency. I never turn down an opportunity to partake in procedures, which there seem to be plenty of in our office. In my personal life I love to spend time with my friends and family. " – Joanna Davine, MD, Alumnus, Class of 2015, Summit-Springfield Family Practice, Summit, NJ

"I am proud to be New Jersey-educated: I received my MD from UMDNJ-NJMS, I went to NJIT for biomedical engineering, and started it all at Stevens Institute of Technology for my bachelor of engineering and mechanical engineering. I am fluent in Spanish, my professional interests are in sports medicine, and spending time with my family in the great outdoors." – Luis Espina, MD, PGY3

“Growing up in a large family, I've always appreciated the impact family dynamic can have on multiple facets of life, including health. I chose Overlook Family Medicine because I was looking for a community-based university-affiliated residency program in which I was certain I would have opportunities for growth, leadership, incentive and motivation. More important, I wanted a place in which I felt comfortable, respected and needed. To top it off, there are many approachable attendings, faculty and ancillary staff as well as friendly smiles greeting me on a daily basis from the concierge to the security.” – Simone Forde, MD, PGY2

"I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Connecticut at Wesleyan, and attended medical school at Einstein in the Bronx. I chose family medicine for the continuity of care and holistic approach of the specialty. The supportive environment at Overlook provides innumerable opportunities to learn and grow as a physician, the faculty and staff are beyond friendly, and the resources of the program are immense. It doesn't hurt that Summit has a direct train to NYC and easy access to hiking in western NJ. I couldn't be happier with my choice of Overlook for residency training." – Samuel Friedman, MD, PGY1

"I was raised in Hillsborough, NJ, and attended Rutgers University, during which time I was a volunteer for the Millstone Rescue Squad. Following college, I attended the Medical University of the Americas on the Caribbean island of Nevis. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family." – Asra Hussain, MD, PGY3

“Originally from India but raised in Queens, I am a New Yorker at heart. I graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and am excited to be in New Jersey. Primary Care has been my calling for as long as I can remember and the Overlook Family Medicine Residency has rewarded me with great experiences and learning opportunities. I like to travel when I can, and hope to make it around the world. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, catching up with friends and family and exploring NYC.” – Sejal Jain, DO, PGY1

“I am originally from Philadelphia. I studied French as an undergraduate at Ursinus College, got a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked at the National Institutes of Health, and then I pursued both my MD and PhD in microbiology at Howard University. Having been exposed to international medicine and healthcare in urban settings, I was interested in a supportive, community focused program with a strong behavioral health component. I found it at Overlook! Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.” – Christina Johnson, MD, PGY2

“I am originally from Pennsylvania and went to both undergraduate and medical school in Philadelphia. I decided to make the move to become a Jersey girl almost immediately after my interview at Overlook. I found everyone to be so inviting and friendly! It was a perfect fit for me. On my time off I like to stay active by running, which balances out my love for food and trying out new restaurants.” – Alyssa Hernandez, MD, PGY2

“I grew up in New Jersey, did my undergraduate at Rutgers University, and went on to do medical school at SUNY Downstate. I chose Overlook because it is a great hospital and because the people I met were down to earth, intelligent, and passionate about family medicine. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine, with special interests in women’s health, dermatology, and procedures. I like to spend my time off exploring nyc, trying new restaurants, and traveling.” – Vida Lee, MD, PGY1

"I went from the Bronx to joining family medicine at Overlook, and life has been one beautiful journey. My training will allow me to cultivate my skills to become the passionate primary care physician that I have always wanted to be, enabling me to practice the type of medicine that interests me most.” – Falguni Mehta, MD, Alumnus, Class of 2015, Prospect Medical Group, Midland Park, NJ

“I’m a proud Rowan SOM (formerly UMDNJ SOM) graduate who was born and raised in NJ. My interest in osteopathic manipulative medicine and primary care lead me to the diverse world of family medicine. When applying for residency, I wanted a friendly, supportive program that would provide me with plenty of experience. Fortunately, I have found all of that and more at Overlook! Outside of medicine, I like to play softball, try new restaurants, hang out with my friends and family and play the occasional video game.” Jamie Moy, DO, PGY1

“After being born and raised in New Jersey and completing medical school in West Virginia, I was excited to get back to New Jersey for residency. I chose Overlook because I knew that it was a place where I would receive an excellent education and also be happy in the process. When I'm not at work I like to explore nearby towns and check out broadway shows.” Amanda Norwood, DO, PGY1

"Originally from Minnesota, went to SUNY Downstate for medical school, with an interest in women's health."
  Allison Paul, MD, Alumnus, Class of 2015, Montefiore Family Medicine Fellowship in Women’s Health, Bronx, NY

"I am originally from New Jersey and attended Rutgers for my undergraduate degree, followed by St. George’s University School of Medicine. I pursued family medicine because I appreciate most aspects of medicine. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and traveling to sunny places." – Bhervi Patel, MD, PGY3

“I was born and raised in NY, to a tight-knit Haitian family. After I moved to NJ for college at Princeton, I ended up staying for New Jersey Medical School and now residency in Summit! So I guess I'm well on my way to becoming a Jersey girl. My professional interests include pediatrics and mental health, and how the dynamics of a family affect the physical and mental health of each family member. I am so excited to be pursuing these interests here at Overlook.” – Emmanuelle Pierre, MD, PGY2

"I graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine, and I did my undergraduate in biological sciences in Calgary, Alberta. I rotated in Overlook Family Medicine as a medical student and immediately fell in love with the program because of the people. They were so welcoming  and comfortable to be around. I am so lucky to be part of such an amazing program." – Aparna Ramchandran, MD, PGY3

“My academic career started at Villanova University, where I majored in Italian studies and pre-medicine. I then received my medical degree from Rowan-SOM (previously known as UMDNJ-SOM). Originally from Bernardsville, NJ I am excited to be back in North Jersey! In addition to primary care, I have a special interest in dermatology and aesthetic medicine. In my spare time I enjoy drawing, trying new restaurants and spending time with my friends and family.” – Maria Tempera, DO, PGY2

“I went from being an Orange (Syracuse University) to a Buckeye (Ohio State) and finally made my journey home to NJ. I am a born and raised Jersey girl from East Orange who enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and trying new foods. I am a product of two Jamaican parents who both emphasized the importance of community, dedication, and hard work. Why did I choose Overlook? I was looking for a program with core values that intertwined with my own including community, compassion, and collaboration. Fortunately, I was able to find that at Overlook. It is a community program with university affiliation making the access to opportunities endless. Additionally, it serves a diverse community, particularly that of the underserved for which my passion lies. Lastly, the faculty, staff, and fellow residents are so supportive of one another and go above and beyond to assure their patients get the best care they deserve. When I look back, I am so glad I chose Overlook and that they chose me because not only am I close to home--  which has its benefits (good home cooking), but now I have new members to add to my family.” - Theresa Thomas, MD, PGY1

“I was born in Russia and grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I graduated from NYIT/NYCOM's seven-year combined BS/DO program in 2014. I have a strong interest in sports medicine and am looking to continue my training at Overlook after my Family Medicine residency. So far, this program has exceeded many of my expectations as to how a program should be run. I consider myself lucky to be involved with such a friendly, talented and hard-working group of individuals. I look forward for the next one and half years of my training here! – Mikhail "Mike" Varshavski, DO, PGY2

"I'm passionate about public health issues, particularly women's health. Before medical school I earned a master's degree in public health and wrote my capstone on public health issues of migrant farm workers, and I did a practicum at Columbia School of Public Health working with their asthma education program, and I hope to pursue a fellowship in women's health." – Lara Von Berg, MD, Alumnus, Class of 2015, Alatae Medical Group, Hillsborough, NJ

"Originally from Long Valley, NJ, I attended St. George’s University School of Medicine. I am currently pursuing a fellowship in sports medicine, specializing in primary care with the desire to become a team physician."   Casey Wagner, MD, Alumnus, Class of 2015, Atlantic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Morristown, NJ

"Not only does the program allow me to mature in a supportive academic environment, but also to serve patients in Northern New Jersey, just a short distance from my hometown. I earned my degree at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, and my professional interests include preventative medicine and women's health. For fun, I enjoy exploring NYC and trying new restaurants."—Joyce Yuen, MD, PGY3, Chief Resident


  • Residency Coordinator

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