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PGY-1

Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS

Shilpa Darivemula, MD, MS

Hi! I was born in Georgia and live in Virginia. I went to Union College and majored in Biology and Spanish Language and Literature and went to Union Graduate College for a Masters in Clinical Leadership and Healthcare Management. I took a year as a Watson Fellow to study traditional dance as medicine in Peru, Cambodia, Laos, Uganda, and Morocco and returned to New York to join Albany Medical College. I was looking for a residency program that emphasized women’s rights as much as it did women’s healthcare, training residents to be excellent physicians and advocates. That place, for me, was Dartmouth-Hitchcock. On my interview day, I was amazed by its dedicated faculty, staff, and residents, its emphasis on resident wellness, research, family planning, and community women’s care, and its opportunities for public health and policy training.  Everyone here is so supportive and the program encourages everyone to pursue their passions. I enjoy dancing Kuchipudi, running, and fancy coffee-tasting in my spare time.  I am thrilled  to be a part of this wonderful residency family for the next few years in the beautiful Upper Valley!

Elizabeth Harvey, MD

Elizabeth Harvey, MD

I was born and raised in Portsmouth, NH, and I am so excited to be returning to New Hampshire for my residency training! I went to Harvard University for college, and then to the University of Kentucky for medical school. It was such a fun adventure to get to experience another part of the country for four years, but I am so happy to be back in New England! I enjoy going for walking in the Upper Valley, exploring the area’s restaurants, and visiting with friends and family on the Seacoast. When looking for a residency program I wanted strong academics, a focus on family planning and a welcoming community, so Dartmouth was a perfect fit. I feel so grateful to be a part of this program, and look forward to learning and growing here over the next four years!

Courtney Knill, MD

Courtney Knill, MD

I grew up in central Maryland and for undergrad I went to Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where I was lucky enough to play field hockey. The atmosphere of unity and support that I experienced on my college team was incredibly important to me, so when I was looking for a residency program, I wanted to find a program where I felt that same camaraderie – and D-H was it! Everyone I’ve met here has been so welcoming and eager to teach, and I feel lucky to learn and work alongside them to take care of the women and families of the Upper Valley. I fell in love with the mountains while in medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke, VA, so I’m also excited to explore the outdoors of New England. When I’m not at work I’m usually running or hiking with my dog, painting, or eating ice cream. I’m looking forward to new adventures ahead in residency - both in the hospital and on the trails!

Julia Mead, MD, MS

Julie Mead, MD

I am originally from Berkeley, California but headed to Asheville, North Carolina to attend a small, liberal arts work college in the Blue Ridge Mountains called Warren Wilson, where I majored in Biochemistry and Spanish. I also worked on the automotive shop on campus, where I first discovered how much I loved getting my hands dirty! After college, I spent five seasons working for the National Park Service in Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, and finally Padre Island National Seashore where I worked with nesting sea turtles for three summers on the coast of South Texas (my first exposure to obstetrics). I completed a masters in Microbiology at Montana State University- Bozeman and worked at a family planning clinic, which sparked my interest in teaching and women’s health, so I decided to return to North Carolina for medical school at Wake Forest. I was thrilled (and remain thrilled!) to match into Ob-Gyn at Dartmouth. What drew me to the program was the strong focus on family planning, the opportunity to work with midwives, and the rare combination of a major academic medical center in a beautiful rural setting. When I’m not at the hospital, I love hiking and camping, riding bikes, going to farmer’s markets and cooking.

PGY-2

Kathleen Farrell, MD

Kathleen Farrell, MD

I was born at Dartmouth and am excited to be returning here to continue caring for and learning from this community! I spent most of my childhood in New York, attended college in Boston and then moved to Seattle, WA to pursue an MPH in Global Health. I served in the Peace Corps in West Africa during my public health training, where I spent much of my time working with traditional birth attendants as they provided prenatal care to women in rural mountain villages. I attended medical school at the University of Washington, where I focused my clinical training on providing care to rural and underserved populations. I love the outdoors and when I’m not at the hospital I’m most likely running, cycling or hiking. I chose Dartmouth because of the strong commitment to caring for a diverse patient population and providing comprehensive women’s health care including family planning. Our residents and faculty are passionate, diverse and inspiring and I’m looking forward to the next few years here!

Evan Foley, MD

Evan Foley, MD

Hi, I am Evan. I was born and raised in Boston, MA and went to undergrad at Clark University in Worcester, MA. I went to the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA for medical school and fell in love with living in a small town. While I miss the smell of chocolate in the morning, my husband and I love being back up north. It is great to be able to live in such a beautiful place and still make day trips to the city whenever we want. Everyone at DH has been incredibly welcoming and eager to teach. I am so glad to be a part of this wonderful community.

Carleigh Nesbit, DO

Carleigh Nesbit, DO

Hi! I’m Carleigh, I’m a southern girl putting down roots in New England. I grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and attended the University of Virginia for undergrad where I majored in Biology and French Language & Literature. My first adventure out of the south was moving to Maine for medical school at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. While shadowing a DO in college, I fell in love with the DO philosophy and osteopathic manipulation. I am excited to find ways to incorporate my hands-on musculoskeletal skills into my practice and have been known to give an “adjustment” to my fellow residents in between patients. When I came to Dartmouth for my interview, I was blown away by the kindness of the residents, the faculty’s commitment to resident education and wellness, and strong sense of community within the department. Here, we not only have access to great training but our program truly feels like family. In my free time you can find me exploring the Upper Valley with my co-residents and pursuing my other great passion, music. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an incredible program and am so proud of the work that we do.

Valerie Valant, MD

Valerie Valant, MD

Hello! I’m Valerie and am originally from Plymouth, MA. I went to Hamilton College in upstate NY for undergrad, where I studied biology and women’s studies. I then moved to Boston and worked in a genetics lab for 3 years at MGH before heading to UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. When looking for the residency program that best fit me, I wanted to find a place that put equal value on academics, family planning training, and resident wellness. Dartmouth-Hitchcock hit the mark on all three categories, and continues to exceed my expectations. I feel so lucky to have matched at program that has an incredible dedication to teaching, with people that are hardworking, enthusiastic, and fun! There is also a huge emphasis on work-life balance. I hang out with my co-residents multiple times a week, I run almost daily in the trails behind the hospital, or along the Lebanon bike path, and on the weekends you can find me hiking in the NH mountains. I even live with one of my classmates, Carleigh. We are proud cat moms to our newly adopted cat, Bovie (…yes, named after the electrocautery device).

PGY-3

Tara Higgins, MD

Tara Higgins, MD

I grew up in rural northern Vermont and then attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. I majored in Sociology and became interested in the social determinants of health which lead me to a post-baccalaureate program and then medical school at the University of Vermont. I am thrilled to be at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for residency. When looking for a residency program, I sought a supportive, collaborative, fun group of people who were committed to providing great health care to women and serious about academics as well. Our residency program strikes this balance and over my first few months, I have made new friends in my colleagues and have had fantastic learning opportunities. The rural setting is beautiful and perfect for outdoor activities which I enjoy, but is also a unique area to practice medicine. Patients are referred from all over the state, and neighboring states, for the tertiary level care that we provide. Another aspect of the program that makes me proud is our commitment to providing comprehensive women’s health care including family planning.

Meredith Pavicic, MD

Meredith Pavicic, MD

I grew up in Kansas City and received my undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). My undergrad degree is in women’s studies and I was involved in the feminist movement on campus, which is where I first started thinking about becoming and OB/GYN. I planned to move to the northeast for residency to join my husband who is a PhD student at MIT, and fell in love with Dartmouth. I loved how well the residents and faculty seemed to work together and what a positive learning environment there seemed to be. Since starting residency here, I haven’t been disappointed. I’ve found a group of supportive, kind people who value learning, working hard, and maintaining work-life balance. On top of that, the Upper Valley is a lovely place to live – beautiful and with lots of outdoor activities (most of which I haven’t tried yet – but I hear good things!).

Melissa Pham, MD

Melissa Pham, MD

I am originally from Downingtown, PA. I attended the University of Richmond, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Chemistry and explored my interest in medicine through international service trips and public policy studies. I continued this theme by spending a year in Vietnam doing research for a pediatric NGO and volunteering before moving back to Philadelphia to do research in ophthalmology at Penn. I attended medical school in Scranton, PA. It was there that I honed my passion for community involvement and love of the outdoors and health and wellness. I spent much of my time cooking (..eating), hiking and competing in Crossfit. I enjoy the mix of continuity of care and surgery within OB/Gyn and I am incredibly excited to continue my residency at Dartmouth. I look forward to working and learning in an environment that emphasizes quality of care, supports academic pursuits and encourages work-life balance. I am also excited about exploring all that the Upper Valley has to offer!

Zachary Spalding, MD

Zachary Spalding, MD

Hi, I'm Zac. I'm originally from San Luis Obispo, CA where I also attended California Polytechnic State University and earned my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college I moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a Design Engineer and completed the remaining classes to apply for medical school. I attended medical school at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA. During my fourth year of medical school, I completed a visiting MFM rotation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and had a wonderful experience. After a month in the Upper Valley enjoying all the hiking and mountain biking I could fit in, I knew DHMC would be the best place for me to train. I’m very happy to be part of the DHMC ObGyn residency program and look forward to the next four years.

PGY-4

Shruti Bala, MD

Shruti Bala, MD

Hi! My name is Shruti and I’m excited to be a part of the DHMC residency program. I moved to New England from Phoenix, Arizona. I was born in India and spent some of my childhood in Japan but Arizona has been home for majority of my life. I have been a Wildcat for a long time – I went to the University of Arizona for my undergrad, grad, and med school. As an undergrad, I majored in Anthropology and then decided to get my Masters in Public Health prior to medical school. Within my class of residents, I definitely did move the farthest but everyone in this program has been so supportive and I know that I can rely on their support. I truly love the group of co-residents I work with. I am excited to be able to call the Upper Valley home. I love to hike and though different from the landscape of the Southwest, this region has such wonderful natural beauty. I also love all the farmers markets and farm to table food options. I’m excited to explore all that New England has to offer.

Ella Damiano, MD

Ella Damiano, MD

I grew up in Connecticut where I began my medical career as an EMT during high school. Next, I attended Georgetown University where I majored in Heath Policy. I moved to Providence, RI to attend medical school at Brown. While there I started making weekly trips to NH for rock climbing and winter sports. When applying to residency, I felt welcomed by the Dartmouth residents and was thrilled by the prospect of moving closer to the NH mountains. Living in the Upper Valley has been even better than I expected since I can run or bike to trailheads from my front door and make day trips to the White Mountains. Overall, I am very happy to train at a program that offers a fantastic combination of academic rigor and work-life balance.

Jessica Weyer, MD

Jessica Weyer, MD

My name is Jess, and I’m from Phoenixville, PA, a small town right outside of Philly. I went to Wellesley College in Boston for undergrad, and stayed in Boston for two years doing research on influenza in a virology lab. I got to go to Dartmouth for medical school, and fell in love with the Upper Valley and Dartmouth. The natural beauty up here is unparalleled anywhere else, with countless hiking trails, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Not only that, but because of the college, awesome musicians, films, and performers come through town. You get the arts culture of a city with the beauty of a rural small town. I loved it so much that I tried my best to stay for residency. I was ecstatic when I found out I matched here! Intern year is a blast so far, and I could not be happier with my training! Everyone in the department is welcoming, supportive, and great at teaching, and the residents are all really close knit.

Angela Yuan, MD

Angela Yuan, MD

I grew up in Connecticut, where I attended both undergrad and medical school at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). I studied Biological Sciences and English in college. In medical school, I took an extra year to do research in reproductive biology and work in a pathology lab. My now-husband and I got engaged in medical school. He graduated one year before me and matched at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for his internal medicine residency. When I was applying, I was hoping to stay geographically close while looking for a program that was both academically strong and supportive. I did an away rotation here during my fourth year, and loved it. The people here were exceptionally warm and down-to-earth. I could tell that residents left well-prepared for any career in obstetrics and gynecology, and there was a great track-record for fellowship matches. I was overjoyed when I found out I matched here for residency. I am really enjoying my experience so far and feel blessed to be working amongst such friendly, well-balanced and capable people. My husband and I are definitely enjoying life in the beautiful abundant Upper Valley. We are fortunate to be able to call this place home!

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