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First Year Family Medicine Residents at UPMC Williamsport

Thomas Barber, DO

Undergrad: Le Moyne College
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus

Personal Information: I am a small-town kid from a rural northern New York town called Chaumont. It is located on the Northeastern corner of Lake Ontario, about 1.5 hours north of Syracuse near the Canadian border. I am married to my high school sweetheart who is a wonderful Registered Dietitian. We love doing all things active, traveling when we can, and trying new foods. My undergraduate years were spent in Syracuse, NY majoring in Biology and minoring in Philosophy at Le Moyne College. I then took a gap year where I traveled across the U.S. on a six-week trip, tended bar, played music, and enjoyed my time before starting medical school. After my gap year, I was lucky enough to call beautiful Southwest Virginia my home, where I spent four years studying medicine. My wife and I fell in love with the mountains and are glad to still have mountains here in Pennsylvania; it doesn’t hurt that we are closer to home either. I am a die-hard fan of the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles, and love watching all sports. I really enjoy playing recreational sports such as basketball, baseball, and golf; being outdoors in any capacity makes me happy. When inside, I enjoy playing my guitar, watching movies, and reading a good book.

Why Family Medicine: I knew going into medical school that I wanted to work in primary care, but I wasn’t sure exactly what specialty. Through my rotations, I learned that I loved the complexities that came with adult medicine, the joy that came with pediatrics, and the miracle that happened in obstetrics and thought that I would love the opportunity to do all three. One of my mentors in medical school said, “few professions allow you to do more for your fellow man than medicine, and perhaps no other specialty gives you the latitude to choose the way in which you contribute than family medicine.” I understand the value in forming long lasting connections with my patients and their families, and I’m not sure there is a better avenue for that than family medicine. Family physicians not only take care of the families they serve, but they also become a part of those families.

Why Williamsport: I interviewed at Williamsport early on in my interview trail, and it set a benchmark for my expectations that no other program surpassed. It was located in a wonderful community, was a long-standing program that offered full-spectrum, unopposed training, had osteopathic recognition, was full of dedicated and knowledgeable faculty, and had residents who displayed a great balance between working hard and having fun. The hospital system also made it evident that they value the Residency Program. The facility has fantastic space for the residents while working during inpatient months, and a beautiful, state-of-the-art outpatient residency office attached to the hospital with gorgeous views of the surrounding area. The people you meet here instantly make you feel like you are home, and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be a part of this training program.

Jeniece Cooper, MD

Jeniece Cooper, MD

Undergrad: Bucknell University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Personal Information: I grew up along the Susquehanna River in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. I attended Bucknell University where I was a biomedical engineering major. I met my spouse while attending Bucknell and we have been married for 5 years. Our lives have been blessed with a young daughter and an adorable Australian Shepherd (creatively named “Shep”). Our favorite activities are hiking, biking, kayaking, and lawn games. In the winter, you can find me curled up on a couch reading a book or inviting friends over to play board games.

Why Family Medicine: I have been passionate about rural medicine for as long as I can remember. Family medicine will allow me to best serve this patient population because I will be able to offer a wide variety of services to my patients, including adult, geriatric, obstetric, gynecologic, and pediatric care. I would like to be a doctor of families, providing care across generations. I find preventative medicine incredibly rewarding, and helping patients to adopt healthy practices is one of the most satisfying experiences in medicine for me.

Why Williamsport: First of all, I was impressed with the program itself. The faculty and residents exuded kindness and competence, which is exactly the type of environment I want to train in. The Williamsport area also has some of the best outdoor activities in the state. Pine Creek Rail Trail is a 63-mile bike trail through one of the most scenic areas of the state and is located 20 minutes from the hospital. The Susquehanna River is perfect for kayaking or floating in an inner tube. There is a plethora of amazing state parks public lands nearby as well. My spouse, who is a huge outdoorsman, can fly fish in many Class A trout streams and hunt on expansive state game lands. Living in Williamsport also allows us to be closer to our families, including my wonderful parents who live just down the river in Duncannon.

Angeleah Dadivas, DO

Angeleah Dadivas, DO

Undergrad: Loyola Marymount University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Personal Information: I am the oldest of three children and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After living in the City of Angels until 25, I decided it was time for change and moved to Philadelphia. I love to cook and spend my free time experimenting in the kitchen. Traveling is very important to me and I make time for it as much as possible. Recently I have ventured to Europe, hiked all of the Utah “Mighty 5” and backpacked Southeast Asia. My love for JRR Tolkien has even taken me to New Zealand! I enjoy reading, and my favorite books are “The Hobbit” and “The Alchemist.”

Why Family Medicine: At the end of my third year of medical school, I loved obstetrics, many medicine specialties and palliative care - so all roads lead to family medicine! My mom owned a board & care and my dad is an internal medicine physician. It was through this lens of empathy and cultured listening that grew my passion for continuity of care and need to be part of a community. Continuity of care is my favorite part of family medicine and I cannot wait to be a physician to many generations in one family.

Why Williamsport: My fiance went to Lycoming College and quickly turned a city girl into a lover of this small town! Apart from the peace and tranquility that comes with living in the valley, the town has a lot of things to do and places to eat. I did an obstetrics rotation at UPMC Susquehanna and fell in love with the program. The part of this experience that impacted me most was the eagerness of everyone to teach. Along with set teaching times, many residents and attendings utilized pockets of time to teach me medicine that mattered.

Josh Dearing, MD

Josh Dearing, MD

Undergrad: East Carolina University
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Personal Information: I grew up in southcentral PA, and I taught music in the Lehigh Valley before returning to school to become a doctor. My wife, three daughters, and I now live in Lewisburg. I continue to sing with area music groups, and I enjoy home projects and cooking when I can.

Why Family Medicine: The ideas of building long-term relationships with my patients, helping them navigate through the medical system, and serving as a coach and teacher are at the core of family medicine. I have always seen myself as a teacher, and family medicine allows me to have a varied practice with patients of all ages and in many stages of health.

Why Williamsport: Williamsport feels like coming home for me in several ways, not least of which is that I was born in the hospital. When I rotated here, I was impressed with how close the residents and attending physicians were. I wanted to train in a cooperative environment, and I already felt like part of the team. The program and area are both very welcoming to families, and my wife and I look forward to staying in the area after residency for practice.

Seth Krueger

Seth KruegerUndergrad: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; University of Oregon
Medical School: LMU-COM

Personal Information: Born and raised in Wisconsin, both parents were school teachers for more than 35 years. One older brother who is in athletic training, and works for Texas Tech University. I met my wife in medical school and at the end of medical school we got married in California. She currently is an Ob/Gyn resident. I enjoy being active playing sports, watching sports, hiking, and traveling the world.

Why Family Medicine: I enjoy physiology and anatomy, and the connections between the two. I enjoy the challenge of listening to someone with a complaint and trying to connect the dots to come up with a solution to a problem. As a son of school teachers, being an educator is in my blood, and medicine gives me that opportunity to not only help patients but also educate them.

Why Williamsport: When picking somewhere to train you want to pick a place where you’ll be fully supported and have ample opportunities to grow and become well rounded. After interviewing at Williamsport and coming back for the second look, it was obvious that I would be lead by enthusiastic attendings who loved resident education and teaching. Also the camaraderie of the residents of working together, I knew I would be comfortable and encouraged. It also served as a close proximity to where my wife is training and allows us to live together and go through training together.

Christina Morgan, DO

Christina Morgan, DO

Undergrad: Florida Atlantic University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus

Personal Information: I am originally from Wellington, FL. I was born and raised in South Florida (Yes, the crazy state where everything you see/hear on the news is ACTUALLY true) and spent all of my life there until I moved to Georgia for medical school for first and second year. I then moved to Pennsylvania for third and fourth year clerkships. Clearly, I loved the state and stayed for residency! I have a laundry list of hobbies and interests, but mainly I love all things outdoors where I can bask in the sun, traveling, and cooking. I am also an adrenaline junkie so don’t be surprised if you see me jumping out of planes and parasailing, just to name a few.

Why Family Medicine: I chose Family Medicine because it allows me to tailor towards my interests, such as: Women’s Health, Psychiatry, Dermatology, and Addiction Medicine. We get to treat both acute and chronic conditions, emphasize what we like throughout our training, and practice broad-spectrum medicine in any patient demographic. I have always appreciated the good nature of Family Medicine where you can joke, laugh, and relate with your patients, while remaining engaged and attentive towards their concerns. I feel like the world is my oyster and I take comfort in knowing that this profession has so much variety. Family Medicine is crucial, and I am privileged to help eliminate the deficit of primary care doctors in this country.

Why Williamsport: I chose Williamsport so that I could experience training in an unopposed academic setting and receive the full-spectrum experience I am looking for. This program has so much to offer with its curriculum and location- a beautiful state filled with mountains, nature, and history. During my fourth-year clerkships, I was able to do a month long “audition” rotation and enjoyed being in a close-knit environment where meshing with everyone came easily. I constantly felt motivated to do better and stay on my game. I know here, I will get that extra push I need to excel throughout residency. I take comfort in knowing I will always have the support of faculty and fellow residents. I know I will thrive here and receive training that will not only provide a unique educational experience, but also prepare me to work with rural or underserved populations.

Daniel Schuler, DO

Daniel Schuler, DOUndergrad: Rochester Institute of Technology
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine: Carolinas Campus

Personal Information: I’m a very family oriented individual. Spending time with my four siblings and parents has always been what I enjoyed the most. Now, I have a beautiful daughter and loving wife and they make life even more rich and enjoyable. I can’t leave out our dog Leo either, playing with him at home or taking him for walks with my wife and daughter is a great way to relax. Between all these family members my days are never dull and that’s how I want my life to be!

Why Family Medicine: The main components for my choice to pursue a career in family medicine are as follows. I love the variation it provides on a daily basis, both in the scope of medicine and in the people you are privileged to meet. I also think that family medicine gives you the greatest ability to make a positive impact on the largest number and variety of people.

Why Williamsport: After living twelve hours away from our family for the past four years my wife and I were looking to move to be closer to family. This became even more important to us with the most recent addition to the family, our daughter. Additionally, Williamsport provided a great location to move. It has the geography that we were missing in the southeast and it has plenty to do to keep us busy as a family while still having that smaller community feel that we enjoy. The Williamsport residency also played a large role in the decision as it hits most of the check boxes I put on my residency wish list. More than that the people who I met were incredibly friendly, helpful and felt like the professional family I was looking for.