Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

PGY3

Angela Anderson, MD

Angela Anderson, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Post Peds Portal Program

 

Hi, my name is Angela Anderson.  I am originally from CO and have been on the east coast for many years.  I just finished my pediatric residency at NYP-Columbia University.  I am currently in the Post Pediatric Portal program.  I am looking forward to working at CHOP and UPenn for my adult, child and adolescent psychiatry training.


Erica Baller, MD, MS

Erica Baller, MD, MS
Drexel University

I am a proud Washingtonian, born and raised in Washington, DC. I went to Yale for college where I studied Computer Science and Psychology, a mix I found particularly fascinating and exciting. I was initially using artificial intelligence and robotics as tools to understand human behavior but knew I needed a more clinical application of programming to medicine. My desire to mix technology with psychiatry took me to the NIH for a research fellowship, where I spent 5 years conducting neuroimaging research with a main focus on women's mental health and neuroendocrinology. I went to Drexel for medical school and was thrilled to match at Penn! It integrates what I love: phenomenal clinical psychiatric training and outstanding neuroimaging research, both within Penn's system and at CHOP. I also got hooked on Philadelphia and am excited to make it my home! In my free time, I like to run on the Schuylkill, teach Zumba classes, cook, and explore Philadelphia.


Andrew Chansky, MD

Andrew Chansky, MD
Temple University

Hello! I grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, went to Penn State for college and graduated from Temple School of Medicine. My bike rides to and from work are refreshing. During my free time I cook dinners, play ice hockey, and occasionally partake in random activities around town. In residency I am excited to pursue interests in addiction psychiatry, psychotherapy, and health care policy. Could those interests change? Sure! However, I am confident the environment at Penn will cultivate any future interest I develop. What has made my training experience fun is the diverse, inspirational and stimulating group of co-residents I share my time with. I hope current applicants find similar warm feelings from their future program that I have found here at Penn.


Danielle Couture, MD

Danielle Couture, MD
Yeshiva University

   Hi, I'm Danielle. I grew up in Moorestown, NJ, only 30 minutes away from Philly. I completed my undergraduate studies at Boston College where I majored in Theology. During my time in Boston, I became interested in working with underserved communities, and in particular, the street homeless population. After college, I worked in Camden, NJ at a clinic specializing in care for homeless individuals. During this time, I became interested in working with high utilizers of the healthcare system and different models of cost efficient, comprehensive, individualized care. I went to medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. My main interests are in social/community psychiatry and acute psychosis. In my free time, I love discovering new restaurants, experiencing Philly night life, hanging out with other co-residents, drawing, dancing, listening to live music, playing with my cute puppy, and cooking Italian and Korean food.


Justine Mann, MD

Justine Mann, MD
Georgetown University

I have been on an eastward journey throughout life. I was born in a small town in British Columbia, Canada and grew up there until age 11 when my family immigrated to Minnesota. I went straight through my education, doing undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) and then heading to Georgetown University-SOM in DC. I ultimately landed at UPenn because of the warm-hearted, happy residents and faculty that I met on interview day along with the strong education in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy that I knew would make me into a competent, well-rounded psychiatrist. It’s hard to pinpoint one specific interest at this early stage, but I am taking in all that Penn has to offer, and trust me, I could not ask for more diverse training opportunities. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and my co-residents have done an especially good job of introducing me to Philly life, food(!!), and culture!


Carmen Parker, MD

Carmen Parker, MD
Medical College of Georgia

Bonjour y’all! My name is Carmen Black Parker, and I am originally from Augusta, Georgia. I completed my undergraduate education at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, before returning home to Augusta to become a proud graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. My particular series of life events has cultivated in me a very family-oriented set of values that coincides with a passion for psychiatric research. Therefore, finding a residency that prioritized a strong work-life balance while yet maintaining world-class academic opportunities was crucial for me. During my short time here, I have been absolutely astounded by how genuinely Penn cares about their residents’ well-being. I am able to pursue my passions for addiction psychiatry and mental health policy while yet being able to spend quality time with my loved ones. That, my friends, means the world to me.


Lisa Roth, MD

Lisa Roth, MD
Columbia University

I was born and raised in New York City.  I went to college at Harvard, where I majored in physics, realized that I like stories more than science, and then started taking only English classes.  After college, I got a masters in English literature at Oxford.  I then went to medical school at Columbia.  I originally came to Philadelphia to do a combined pediatrics and child neurology residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  However, the pace of clinical care left me little time to get to know my patients in a way that I found meaningful and sustaining.  By my second year, I again realized that I like stories more than science, and switched to psychiatry at Penn with the intention of pursuing child psychiatry fellowship.  I absolutely love Penn psychiatry - I have finally found my calling and my home!  My interests include parent-infant bonding, psychodynamics, and forensic child psychiatry. 


Courtney Saw, MD

Courtney Saw, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University

I grew up in Smithfield, Virginia: the home of Smithfield Hams. I'm also a double ram (our mascot) from Virginia Commonwealth University and its School of Medicine, formerly known as Medical College of Virginia. I'm interested in LGBT health and spearheaded the development of my medical school's first course in transgender medicine. During my free time, I enjoy reading and hosting board game dinner parties. I chose Penn because of its amazing residents and because of its opportunities for involvement (medical student book club and LGBT health focus group).


Eric Shute, MD

Eric Shute, MD
University of Texas
Post Peds Portal Program

Hi y'all! I'm a Texan from the great town of San Antonio, and I'm the biggest Spurs fan you'll meet in Philly! For undergrad I went to the University of North Texas where I majored in Biochemistry. I spent a year before medical school in a Portuguese immersion program, and then went to UTMB in Galveston for medical school where I was heavily involved with the UTMB Gay-Straight Alliance and local LGBT medical and mental health advocacy. I then went to UT Southwestern in Dallas where I completed my residency in pediatrics. While in Dallas, I noticed the lack of mental health resources for kids in Texas and I started working on a psychiatric education curriculum for Pediatricians to help met that need. So, after residency I moved up here to Penn to get more training in psychiatry through the Post-Pediatric Psychiatry Portal Program. In my free time I like to go running along the Schuylkill, explore Center City, watch tons of TV, and I've recently discovered that I'm a foodie since moving to Philly (the restaurant scene here is amazing!).


Glenna Smith, MD

Glenna Smith, MD
Jefferson University

I grew up in Washington DC but attended high school in the Philadelphia area. After six years in New York, majoring in Psychology and Hispanic Studies at Columbia University and then working as a research assistant, Philadelphia lured me back for medical school. While at Jefferson Medical College, I became interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in particular in the mental health needs of kids (and adults) with chronic disease. The truth is, I have liked almost all aspects of Psychiatry I have been exposed to thus far and I chose Penn because I wanted to continue to explore the breadth of diverse training opportunities in the field without closing any doors. On interview day I felt I could relate to the happy and social residents I met and I could tell it would be a good fit. I also could not imagine leaving the phenomenal food scene this city has to offer! In my free time I love to try new restaurants (obviously), run on the Schuylkill River trail, and hang with my awesome co-interns


Rebekah Villarreal, MD

Rebekah Villarreal, MD
University of Pennsylvania

I hail from Michigan, known for its pristine and uncrowded beaches (especially in the winter months), but have been a loyal Philadelphian for the past 12 years. I studied philosophy at Messiah College, Temple University, the University of Strasbourg, France, and finally at Villanova University, before realizing philosophy was more fun out of academia than in. Thus, I made ends meet with nannying, teaching, and veterinary assisting before starting a post-bac program at Penn. And it has been Penn ever since: Penn Med School and now, best of all, Penn Psychiatry. Among all that psychiatry offers, I already know I am drawn to international psychiatry, psychodynamics, and psychosis, but I expect I might change my mind a time or two in the next four years. Which is why I chose Penn: the flexibility and support to pursue any path and to become a better psychiatrist than I even knew I could be.


Nina Wylonis, MD

Nina Wylonis, MD
Temple University

I grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark, best known for H.C Anderson, Tivoli, and bacon. I decided to leave the delicious bacon behind and move to the U.S. for university and have been here ever since.  I have always had a strong interest in Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry.  I did an away rotation in the Penn Forensics department and fell in love with both the department and the psychiatry program as a whole.  Even at that early stage, I felt at home in the program.  Penn Psychiatry is unique in the fact that it facilitates thriving both academically and socially.  Due to the flexibility of the program, I have also been able to continue working on my Forensically oriented research projects.  In my free time, I enjoy bonding with my awesome residency class, cycling, yoga, eating (!) and exploring new spots.



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