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Resident Testimonials

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

Brittni Alexander, DO

“I was raised in Rockland County, New York, received my bachelor’s degree from The University of Notre Dame (go Irish!) and went to medical school at Touro COM in Harlem. Overlook was a standout program during my interview months. There are ample learning opportunities, knowledgeable colleagues and faculty and, most importantly, an extremely supportive environment. Everyone at the program truly enjoys being here and makes you feel like you are part of one big family. In my spare time, I like to hang out with family and friends, travel, try new restaurants and play flag football and softball.” - Brittni Alexander, DO, PGY2

Brittany Baptiste, MD

"I am originally from Brooklyn, New York (born and raised). I went to Rutgers University for my undergraduate education in which I received a BA in Biology and remained in New Brunswick, New Jersey to pursue my medical degree at Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. After extensive reflection and more knowledge about the various disciplines, I decided to pursue family medicine as a career. Family Medicine was the right specialty for me, because it tied in all my interests (pediatrics, obstetrics, women's health, primary care, and procedural skills) and most importantly, continuity is at the core. Overlook was my top choice because of its dedication to primary care, the supportive environment of the team, and the nature of the community hospital along with varying specialties to interact and learn from. The faculty and residents were very genuine and authentic and showed how happy they were to be apart of this program. Although, I am from a big city nearby, I still wanted and appreciated a tight knit work family and support system. Since my time here, I think I made the right choice! In my spare time, I love to spend quality time with my loved ones, travel, dance, cook, exercise (can't wait to get back in the gym post-covid), and watch Netflix." - Brittany Baptiste, MD, PGY-1

Adonis Cheng, DO

"Dedicated faculty and staff, great resident dynamics and well-being, opportunities program and hospital system wide, location and community, sports medicine and osteopathic medicine – just a few of the many features that drew me into Overlook Family Medicine.  I believe that Overlook will provide me the clinical and administrative experiences necessary in developing the skills to be a great family physician.  One aspect of the residency program that truly stood out to me were the residents – the tight knit, genuine support and comradery between the classes and are always ready to help each other out.  I am glad to be part of this family!" - Adonis Cheng, DO, PGY3

Aleksandra (Alya) Dukhan, DO

“I was born in Moscow, Russia, and raised in Livingston, New Jersey. I got my Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, where I completed three majors: Biology, Nutrition and Environmental Science. With so many interests, a passion for working with people, and no idea where I wanted to go next, I took a job working as a scribe at a local emergency department. I figured this would give me exposure to as many professions as possible and help me narrow down what I wanted to do next. Spoiler alert - I attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and after doing a family medicine rotation in my third year I was sold. My rotation at Overlook solidified my desire to attend this residency program. The camaraderie between the residents, the kindness and guidance from the attendings, and the happiness of the staff was felt from day one. I knew matching at Overlook would not only give me the education I needed to become a well-rounded family doctor, it would also offer me the support of an amazing group of people, a combination of factors that could not be beat.”  – Aleksandra (Alya) Dukhan, DO, PGY2

Daniel Han, DO

"I was born in Florida, raised in Northern California, and then moved to South Korea (where my family still lives). I then decided to head to the Midwest for my undergraduate studies, attending Northwestern University near Chicago, before eventually heading to medical school in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was during medical school where I fell in love with Family Medicine and the breadth of the training it offered to serve patients of all ages and backgrounds in any community. In that regards, I feel very fortunate to have discovered Overlook Family Medicine Residency. It is a program that truly values the importance of Family Medicine and encourages us all to become the best family physicians we can be to serve our community. There is always an atmosphere of learning and commitment to teaching, both within the family medicine department and other specialties, which challenges me to grow in so many ways. Also, from the first day, I have witnessed how the people, including the residents, faculty, and staff, are what makes this program special. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging and caring of each other, creating such a tight knit community with an incredible family feel. Even though this is my first time living in New Jersey, I can confidently say that I have found an incredible family here at Overlook, and I look forward to growing with my family over the next 3 years." - Daniel Han, DO, PGY-1

Tyler Holsapple, MD

"I grew up on a grain and animal farm in Southern Illinois. I took my time getting into medicine as a career after undergrad. I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana for medical school. I then settled on family medicine as a specialty. I applied all over, but my interview at Overlook was definitely the one that stuck in my mind. The people were the major draw for me. The residents were all comfortable with each other and the faculty. Everyone also seemed very knowledgeable. I knew that I would receive good training as an family medicine doctor at Overlook." - Tyler Holsapple, MD, PGY3

Archana Jayakumar, DO

“Understanding the population we serve and the community we are a part of was an aspect of healthcare that was very important to me. Finding a residency that held those beliefs to such a high regard was a beautiful concept to discover at Overlook Family Medicine. I came to the United States as a refugee from Sri Lanka and grew up in upstate New York. I combined by love for fine art and science in my earlier years of higher education and completed my medical degree in Erie, Pennsylvania. In my spare time I enjoy photography, painting, and traveling. I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing family of clinicians and look forward to becoming a better practitioner.” - Archana Jayakumar, DO, PGY2

Sabah Khan, MD

"I was born in England, raised in Baltimore. I studied Biology and Sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University SOM. I chose the family medicine program at Overlook Medical Center because of the sense of comradery and support that was evident from interview day. I was also looking for a program that encourages and values resident feedback, which has been a clear priority at Overlook based on the changes that have been made to the program and curriculum. The community served by the hospital also provides ample exposure to a demographically and clinically diverse patient population to prepare the residents to succeed in any clinical setting. I am so grateful to be a part of the supportive family at Overlook and look forward to the next few years of training!" - Noore-Sabah Khan, MD, PGY-1

Mary Lare, DO

I was raised in southern New Jersey, studied biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and attended medical school at Rowan SOM. I completed a rotation at Overlook Family Medicine as a fourth year medical student, and was very impressed by the leadership, supportive environment, and camaraderie between not only the resident team, but the entire office. It truly feels like a family here, and I feel very lucky to be part of such a great residency program. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with family.  –Mary Lare, DO, PGY3

Sarah Levy, DO

“I was born and raised on Long Island, then shook things up a bit and attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, majoring in psychology and world religions. After deciding to pursue medicine and completing my post baccalaureate coursework, I attended Touro COM-Middletown. What struck me immediately about Overlook was the genuine kindness and camaraderie of the program, and I continue to be amazed with how well supported the residents and their varied interests are. “ - Sarah Levy, DO, PGY3

Amanda Lin, MD

"I was born and raised in Houston, TX, where I also went to medical school at UT Houston McGovern Medical School. My past experiences in the area and my partner's career in the city led me to discover Overlook Family Medicine and fall in love with the program. The residents and faculty were so warm and welcoming to us on our interview day, and it was very apparent how close-knit they are with each other. It was really important to me to find a program where I could find a second family that would support me as a person and also to become a well-rounded family physician. I am happy to have found that here at Overlook." - Amanda Lin, MD, PGY-1

Victoria McCarthy, DO

“Originally from the Philadelphia area, I completed my medical school education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine after pursuing a Master’s in Nutrition at Columbia University. When looking at Family Medicine residency programs, I was hoping to find a close-knit community and strong academics. Overlook FM has by far surpassed my expectations. After rotating during my fourth year, I knew Overlook was the right place for me. With interests in general primary care, nutrition, and sports medicine, I will also be able to participate in the sports medicine track, cover local football games, and complete sports physicals. It is important to me to be a part of the local community. I look forward to taking care of patients of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son exploring Summit and neighboring towns. We are also lucky to have family close by.” – Victoria McCarthy, DO, PGY2

Rania Muhieddine, DO

"I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, obtained my bachelor’s degree at Fordham University and then attended medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. I knew after my interview that Overlook Family Medicine was the environment I wanted to train at, because of the collaborative and supportive environment that provides ample clinical experience and knowledge to truly become a well-rounded Family Physician. Most importantly, the reason I love being a resident here is undoubtedly the people I get to work with every day; my co-residents are amazing! It is so wonderful to be surrounded by residents, fellows and attendings that inspire you daily and make the hard work worth it! As a native New Yorker, I was pleasantly surprised to find delicious food, culture/arts and outdoor activities in my new home of Summit." - Rania Muhieddine, DO, PGY-1

Jennifer Negron, DO

“I was born and raised in Clermont, Florida and went to undergrad at the University of Florida before attending medical school at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, MS. My husband's career brought us to the NY/NJ area for my 3rd and 4th year rotations. We fell in love with the area and knew we wanted to stay. During my interview with Overlook FM, I immediately gelled with the people here - both residents and staff. The program is like a big family that really looks out for one another and that support is absolutely crucial in residency. I wanted to be somewhere that I could learn and not be afraid to ask questions. Every day that I've been with Overlook so far has confirmed for me that I made the right decision. I am always looking forward to the next day of new experiences and growing with my colleagues.” - Jennifer Negron, DO, PGY2

Michael Ngai, MD

"I was born in Hong Kong, but I'm a Texas native as I grew up in Houston since I was 4 years old. I went to Washington University in St. Louis for undergrad, and returned to Texas for medical school at UT Southwestern. It was not my first time to leave home, but moving across the country was still a big decision. However, Overlook Family Medicine made it an easy choice. With our long history in training excellent family medicine doctors to the strong leadership within the institution, Overlook Family Medicine not only has a culture of training capable and independent physicians but also a culture of fostering humanity and well-being within our residency and beyond. This residency truly cares for us, the residents, to ensure that we become the best family physicians that we can, and all the while keeping a smile on our faces all along the way." - Michael Ngai, MD, PGY3

Tim O'Herron, MD

“I’m originally from Newburgh NY, I went to Marist College, and then went to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY. I chose Overlook FM Residency because of the people here, and the opportunities the program has to offer regarding many of the different focuses within Family Medicine. I wanted a challenging environment that allowed me to work with residents and faculty in other specialties who were open to teaching, and Overlook has exactly that. Being relatively close to where I’m from and my family was an important factor for me too.” – Tim O'Herron, MD, PGY2

Cathy Richards, DO

“I am originally from Brooklyn, NY, born and raised. I attended graduate school in the Wild and Wonderful state of West Virginia, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. After completing medical school in West Virginia and moving back home to the city, I missed the country, I missed nature, and I missed the quiet. After interviewing at Overlook I knew this was the place for me because it reminded me of the calm and serenity I missed in West Virginia. Overlook has undoubtedly been a home since day one. The emphasis on a healthy work life balance is real here and its refreshing to know that I will have this support over the next 3 years. I couldn't have made a better choice of places to complete my residency training.” – Cathy Richards, DO, PGY2

Mitalie B. Shah, MD

"I was originally born in Dubai, raised in India and moved to USA specifically to New Jersey in 2000. I have done my bachelors and masters at Rutgers University out here. I took about five years off before getting into Albany Medical College. In my third year, I was blessed enough to do a rotation in family medicine at an IRS site in Zuni, New Mexico, where I was exposed to the broad spectrum scope of family medicine. I ended up choosing family medicine for the sole reason of being able to treat patients in their entirety plus not just focusing on the chief complaint that they present with. This specialty gives me an opportunity to connect with not only my patients but also take care of their families and be able to provide quality healthcare from the beginning. I chose Overlook because they provide ample amount of support, would give me lots of opportunities to train as a family medicine doctor in various different environments and provide me with an excellent training to become a family medicine provider in any place that I want to practice in future. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, venturing out in the city, writing motivational blogs, working out, cooking recipes with an Indian twist to it and being passionate in order to try every single tea at a new cafe that I discover." - Mitalie B. Shah, MD, PGY3

Brian Sohl, MD

"Originally, I grew up in Erie, PA. While there, I completed my undergraduate education at Gannon University, studying Biology and Theology, before relocating to Hershey, PA, to attend the Penn State College of Medicine. I interviewed throughout the Northeast for residency, but Overlook Family Medicine stood out as a comprehensive, supportive, and exciting place to train. Having now completed one month of my intern year, I could not be happier with my decision to train at Overlook. Education is always a priority, whether within the Family Medicine department or interacting with other specialties throughout the hospital. Furthermore, there are an abundance of learning opportunities for residents, no matter the rotation. Though beginning training during a global pandemic has been challenging, resident safety and wellness is paramount and well supported. I could not be happier with my choice of program and I'm proud to be a member of the Overlook Family!" - Brian Sohl, MD, PGY-1

Peter Vitale, DO

"I was born and raised on Staten Island, New York, studied biochemistry at Iona College in Westchester, and then went on to medical school at NYIT-COM.  Family medicine, for me, is the purest form of medicine: caring for all the aspects of a patient- from birth onward.  When I was looking at programs, I really focused on how I felt with the people I interacted with.  I was fortunate enough to find a place I felt comfortable at in Overlook and the amazing people that are here.   At Overlook, faculty, staff, and current residents treat you like family from day one, and as a result, there is a natural, nurturing environment where you can quickly grow as a physician.  In my spare time, I enjoy working on and observing my home reef aquarium." - Peter Vitale, DO, PGY3

Victoria Lu, DO

"Originally from Westchester, NY, I studied chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. When interviewing for family medicine residency, I knew I wanted to attend a program with a robust outpatient experience, strong ties to the community, safe learning environment, and support system of dedicated faculty and enthusiastic co-residents. Overlook Family Medicine had all of those qualities and more. Every experience from my interview day to orientation to now working as a resident has reaffirmed my decision to train at Overlook. As someone who is interested in primary care with an emphasis on women’s health and lifestyle medicine, I have no doubt that I will graduate with the knowledge and skills I need to succeed as a family physician." - Victoria Lu, DO, PGY-1