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Meet The Residents
Our residents come from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of interests. Find out about their stories and why Penn has been such a great fit for so many people! Click the PGY year on the right to read more.
We would like to Welcome the Class of 2022:
I was born in Brooklyn, NY, but I’ve spent most of my life in Florida. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in Public Health at the University of South Florida. In undergrad, I developed my passion for working with underserved populations by working at the Center for Equal Health, and volunteering with several community organizations to promote health in underserved communities. After undergrad I joined AmeriCorps Vista as a service- learning coordinator at Miami Dade College Medical Campus. I attended Medical school at Florida State University. While there I fell in love with psychiatry after receiving the opportunity to work on the Florida Assertive Community Treatment team in Dayton Beach, Fl. I am excited to have joined Penn Psychiatry where I have the opportunity to receive phenomenal training, pursue my interest in community psychiatry, all while living in the city of brotherly love! Outside of psychiatry, I enjoy singing, hiking, trying out new restaurants, and mostly anything that involves hanging out with family and friends.
I was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles, California area in a town called Sierra Madre. I attended the University of California, San Diego where became interested in human cognition and behavior. During my undergraduate studies in psychology, I participated research in projects studying the maternal-fetal stress axis, behavioral modification strategies to prevent skin cancer, and cognitive impairment in methamphetamine users. After graduation, I decided to combine my interests in research and clinical care and pursue a combined MD/PhD program. During my pre-clinical medical education at Emory University in Atlanta, I became interested in basic cell and molecular biology. For my thesis work, I studied developmental growth pathways related to carcinogenesis using fruit flies as a model system. After return to my clinical rotations, I rediscovered my fascination with the human mind and fell in love with psychiatry as a clinical discipline. I am thrilled to be joining Penn Psychiatry, and I hope to blend my interests in basic biology, psychotherapy, and clinical psychiatry. Outside of work, I enjoy playing video and board games, watching films, trying new restaurants, reading comic books, and viewing art.
I spent half my childhood in Taiwan and the other half in California. I went to Cornell University for college, where I studied neuroscience, followed by medical school of Penn. During medical school, I took a year off to teach and perform Cuban dance full-time and also picked up Afro-Cuban percussion along the way. When I’m not dancing or drumming, I enjoy cooking Taiwanese food, exploring the arts scene in Philadelphia, and spending quality time with my two cats. Within psychiatry, I am interested in psychosis, psychotherapy, and clinical education.
My name is Axeline Maisonet. I was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Hartford, CT. I studied psychology and Latino studies at Columbia University, and became involved with the Lang Youth Medical Program at NY-Presbyterian Hospital early on. We worked with amazing young human beings who committed most of their 7th-12th grade Saturdays and summers to personal development and science enrichment in preparation to enter careers in health care. After 7 years of jumping off trees on ropes courses and driving oversized vans on college road trips, they inspired me to become a doctor so that I could better mentor them. I moved on to a dual post-baccalaureate/MPH at the venerable and inimitable MEDPREP, and was subsequently accepted to the Charles R. Drew/UCLA medical training program for students dedicated to addressing health care disparities through culturally-competent care and research. As a medical student, I designed and implemented an activities-based curriculum for new and expectant teen mothers and volunteered in the laser tattoo removal clinic at Homeboy Industries, an organization that serves former gang members and the recently incarcerated. I was drawn to Penn because of its impressive departmental and residency program leadership, and the brilliant yet warm residents I encountered on my interview day sealed the deal for me. I’m so excited and grateful to be part of this new community!
I grew up in New Jersey and went to college at Brown University in Providence, RI where I majored in Cognitive Neuroscience and Sociology. After college I spent time in Americorps in Jersey City before deciding I wanted to be a doctor. I moved to Boston where I worked full time in research studying the measurement and epidemiology of delirium while finishing my pre-med course requirements. I then went to the University of Michigan for medical school, where it became clear to me that psychiatry was my passion within medicine. I am particularly interested in consult/liaison psychiatry, quality improvement, and collaborative models of care between psychiatry and other fields of medicine. I was impressed by the breadth and depth of the opportunities within Penn Psychiatry and the enthusiasm of the faculty and residents. I’m excited to move back to the east coast and begin my residency training in Philadelphia.
I was born in New York and moved to California at 2 months of age when my father began Internal Medicine residency training. I am an active member of the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church, where I served as an ancient Coptic hymnology instructor and church summer camp coordinator. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, where I developed my initial interest in Psychiatry. In 2013, I was accepted to my dream medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. My interest in the field of psychiatry was deepened during my third year inpatient psychiatry clerkship at the West Lost Angeles VA Hospital. I elected to take a year of research between my third and fourth years of medical school to participate in Dermatology and Psychiatry research. During this time, I made significant contributions to diverse clinical projects within the Departments of Dermatology at NYU and UCLA and the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. As a senior medical student, I participated in studying novel mindfulness interventions and assessing their efficacy in treating geriatric mood disorders and cognitive impairments. I was also involved in research exploring resilience measurements and their psychometric correlates in depressed elderly individuals. My fascination with geriatric research under the Late-Life Mood, Stress, and Wellness Research Program at UCLA solidified my desire to pursue a career in Psychiatry. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and traveling.
I grew up in Nashville, TN before moving to philly for college. I’ve always been fascinated by the brain so I majored in Biological Basis of Behavior as an undergrad at Penn. I loved Philly and stayed at Penn for the Best MSTP in the Galaxy. I’m passionate about women’s behavioral health, and during grad school, I used neuroimaging to examine how childhood adversity confers a risk for executive dysfunction during menopause. I chose to stay at Penn because, after 9 years here, I couldn’t imagine a more warm and supportive place to continue training that also has cutting-edge neuroimaging research and clinical opportunities for residents in women’s behavioral health. In my free time, I like baking, listening to podcasts, and watching really bad TV.
I’m originally from New Orleans, where my family still lives, and my wife and I love to visit. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for my Bachelor’s, where I majored in philosophy and Greek. I then went to the NIH, Department of Bioethics, where I tried to decide between pursuing my medical and philosophical interests but, ultimately, decided to pursue both, I completed my MD training at Emory and my PhD at Notre Dame, focusing mostly in moral and political issues in healthcare resource allocation. I’m continuing my work on issues in resource allocation, but also doing research on psychiatric nosology. Clinically, my chief interests are in psychosis, consultation, and in the interaction in severe, chronic mental illness and other social and economic issues in patient’s lives.
I was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Silver Springs, Maryland-with a hiatus in Hangzhou, China in between. English was not my first language, so I spent a lot of time haunting the local library reading Dr. Seuss and fantasy/sci-fi epics. I studied biology, English literature, and creative writing at the University of Maryland; at NYU, I earned by MD and MBA. While I had a lot of interests in medical school, psychiatry ultimately combined my curiosity about human behavior, other people’s stories, and creating systemic change in healthcare. I am a huge fan of writing/reading, moving as little as possible, delicious food, shows about delicious food, theatre, and Korean pop.
Hi, I’m Mary Elizabeth, but everyone calls me “Bit.” I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Inspired by an insatiable love of learning, I pursued a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. While in New York, I had the opportunity to coach groups in positive psychology and found that I loved witnessing people’s journeys to greater joy and connection. Medical school allowed me to combine my passion for working with individuals with my love of science. Throughout medical school, I conducted research in student well-being, and as a resident in psychiatry, I hope to extend this work to include both patient and physician well-being. I feel honored by the opportunity to work as a clinician in Philadelphia and especially can’t wait to learn more about community psychiatry and women’s health. In my free time, I teach mindfulness and compassion-based meditation and enjoy walking adventures throughout the city.
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