Interns

As interns the year starts with a one month long Orientation month designed to bond your class together, gather a strong foundation and get some ED shifts under your belt before launching into the rest of the year.

Colleen Bannigan, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Herndon, VA

Undergrad & Major? Virginia Tech - Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise

Med School? VCOM - Virginia

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Watch trash TV or golf

Favorite movie/tv show? Remember the Titans

Favorite place to travel? South Africa

Favorite food? Chicken Fajitas

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? CIA

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Eliza Thornberry

Favorite ice cream toppings? Hot fudge or gummy worms

Random fact? I got voted Biggest Klutz for my high school superlative.

Favorite Western MA activity? Just moved up here, so still getting to know the area but super excited for ski season!

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people - my co-residents are awesome and very supportive leadership and attendings!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Turkey Sandwich, I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten one almost every day of my life.

Dean Cataldo, DO (he/him)

Hometown? Newbury, MA

Undergrad & Major? Kinesiology, UMass Amherst

Med School? UNECOM

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Get outside or cook - if the weather isn’t cooperating

Favorite movie/tv show? Tombstone

Favorite place to travel? The beach

Favorite food? Pad Thai

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Own a coffee shop or carpentry (maybe both?)

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Bugs Bunny

Favorite ice cream toppings? Melted Peanut Butter

Random fact? I waited on David Spade at a restaurant.

Favorite Western MA activity? Hike and explore new restaurants

Favorite thing about Baystate? The culture & the acuity

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Ambulance - instant tactical vehicle

Colton Conrad, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Boone, NC

Undergrad & Major? East Tennessee State University - Biology/ Biochemistry

Med School? University of Massachusetts

Favorite thing to do in your free time? I love video games. My favorite console is the Xbox 360!

Favorite movie/tv show? The Office (obviously)

Favorite place to travel? Back home to NC. My family is still there.

Favorite food? Barbecue

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? If I wasn’t in medicine, I would have found a lot of fulfillment in working in the renewable energy sector. I also considered a career in the military.

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Patrick Star. I love to eat and am a loyal friend.

Favorite ice cream toppings? Whipped cream is a must for milkshakes

Random fact? I have a cat who only has nine teeth.

Favorite Western MA activity? I love to play outside. The mountains are quaint and beautiful here!

Favorite thing about Baystate? The culture of learning, teaching, and family.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? I’d take Wook so he could protect me.

Laura Director, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Portland, ME

Undergrad & Major? Bates College, Biochemistry

Med School? University of Vermont

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Bike, ski, lift things, hang with my BF and our dog, watch sports, kayak, go to Maine. Basically anything outside.

Favorite movie/tv show? Jurassic park, Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights

Favorite place to travel? Downeast Maine

Favorite food? Cheddar cheese

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Probably just ski.

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Elsa. She’s a badass snow queen with great hair, enough said.

Favorite ice cream toppings? Rainbow sprinkles

Random fact? I don’t like dolphins

Favorite Western MA activity? Be outside

Favorite thing about Baystate? I can’t pick just one!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Scott Weingart. No explanation needed

Julianne Earle, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Fall River, MA

Undergrad & Major? Biology major, Spanish minor at Stonehill College

Med School? NYIT-COM

Favorite thing to do in your free time? One of my favorite things to do is cook, but also love to do DIY/home improvement!

Favorite movie/tv show? Favorite movie is definitely Titanic (corny, I know, but I've loved it since I was 5 years old). Favorite TV show is either Jane the Virgin or One Day at a Time! Ooh or maybe Friday Night Lights..

Favorite place to travel? ANYWHERE. Domestic, International, wherever. I love seeing new places! Anywhere with a beach is usually my preference

Favorite food? Anything that tastes good.. your girl isn't picky! But big fan of Portuguese, Mexican, and Indian food!

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? I'd probably either be a teacher or be selling hot dogs on a beach. Or both. Hot dogs and the ocean are just a great combo

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Wonder Woman honey, no question there

Favorite ice cream toppings? Melted nutella and peanut butter!

Random fact? I eat a Klondike by peeling all the chocolate off to eat it first, then I eat the vanilla ice cream after that

Favorite Western MA activity? I've just moved here so I'm loving everything that I'm able to explore! My current favorite thing is the farmer's market I found just down the road from where I live :)

Favorite thing about Baystate? I am constantly so impressed by the genuine kindness and support from everyone here. It's so inspiring and makes me feel so accepted and part of the team. It's truly rare to find a workplace that cares so much about you and your wellbeing outside of medicine, and to have coworkers that are genuinely interested in knowing your family/upbringing and what makes you, you! This is the kind of environment I learn best in, and I've felt so lucky to be here every day.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Definitely the whole code cart... Enough drugs and tools to fight off any zombie!

Teana Gravel, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Attleboro, MA

Undergrad & Major? UMass Amherst, Neuropsychology

Med School? NYTICOM

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Cuddle with my dogs

Favorite movie/tv show? The Office

Favorite place to travel? Dominican Republic

Favorite food? Mac and cheese

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Therapist or social worker

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Scooby Doo

Favorite ice cream toppings? Reese’s

Random fact? I’m the first healthcare worker of any kind in my family (including extended family)

Favorite Western MA activity? Find different ways to enjoy the outdoors

Favorite thing about Baystate? The awesome people

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Ketamine because I might as well try it if I’m going to die

Geo Koutouzis, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Bolton, CT

Undergrad & Major? UConn- Human Health & Multiculturalism

Med School? VCOM- Virginia

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Drink iced coffee and browse antique shops… preferably at the same time.

Favorite movie/tv show? The DaVinci Code/ Outlander

Favorite place to travel? Rhodes, Greece

Favorite food? Any combination of cheese and potatoes… accompanied by iced coffee

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Probably Medical/Macabre Historian

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Shego from Kim Possible

Favorite ice cream toppings? Real hot fudge… or a shot of espresso

Random fact? I’m the worst New Englander of all time… I’ve never skied, snowboarded, or camped outside.

Favorite Western MA activity? Go to the big E! And really anything fall/Halloween related.

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people of course! The atmosphere is so conducive to learning and growing as a person. And being close to family.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Everyone might agree that the snack safe is precious cargo.

Kelsie Mitchell, DO (she/her)

Hometown? West Newbury, MA

Undergrad & Major? UMass Amherst, Public Health

Med School? UNECOM

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Buy more books than I have time to read, trying and (failing) at cooking, keeping my plants alive

Favorite movie/tv show? The Princess Bride

Favorite place to travel? My family's camp up in Maine

Favorite food? Cheese! All the cheese! (except blue because ew)

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Ob/Gyn (almost did, but then...well Baystate EM)

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Alice in Wonderland

Favorite ice cream toppings? Rainbow sprinkles

Random fact? I made wine in California before med school

Favorite Western MA activity? Hitting up farmers' markets and getting outside

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people! 1,000% no question

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Coffee...gotta stay alert

Alyssa Muchisky, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Eynon, PA

Undergrad & Major? University of Scranton, Biology

Med School? Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Favorite thing to do in your free time? netflix, read, hike (or anything outside), travel, online shopping

Favorite movie/tv show? 90 Day Fiance

Favorite place to travel? Edinburgh, Scotland

Favorite food? Nachos!

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? probably work for a nonprofit

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? squidward lol

Favorite ice cream toppings? rainbow sprinkles

Random fact? I got kicked out of McDonalds once when I was little because I accidentally squirted ketchup in some kid's eye

Favorite Western MA activity? hiking

Favorite thing about Baystate? the people are SO nice!!!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? pyxis- definitely going to need meds at some point

Caleb Noone, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Lyman, ME

Undergrad & Major? UMass - Amherst, Sports Management

Med School? UMass Med

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Trail run and dance parties with my 4 yo daughter!

Favorite movie/tv show? Movie - Forrest Gump, TV - It's Always Sunny

Favorite place to travel? Grayton Beach, FL

Favorite food? Lobster or BBQ

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Park Ranger

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Baymax

Favorite ice cream toppings? Cookie dough and brownie

Random fact? I went noodling for catfish when I lived in Arkansas

Favorite Western MA activity? Run and swim at Chesterfield Gorge

Favorite thing about Baystate? How supportive everyone is and the focus on wellness!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Ultrasound gel - can't bite what they can't catch

Emily Norman, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Amherst, MA

Undergrad & Major? Vassar College, Biology

Med School? Dartmouth

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Read a good novel somewhere outside

Favorite movie/tv show? New Girl

Favorite place to travel? Cape Cod or anywhere I haven’t been before

Favorite food? Mac & Cheese

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Florist or start a dog rescue

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Elastigirl

Favorite ice cream toppings? Reese’s

Random fact? My dad and sister are both nurses at Baystate!

Favorite Western MA activity? Bike to all the fun breweries

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Epinephrine

Sahil Pandya, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Allentown, PA

Undergrad & Major? Muhlenberg College - Neuroscience

Med School? Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Outdoors activities, lifting, having anxiety watching the Steelers play on Sunday afternoons

Favorite movie/tv show? Game of Thrones

Favorite place to travel? Zion National Park

Favorite food? Tacos

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Chef

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Scooby Doo

Favorite ice cream toppings? Cheesecake Crumbles

Random fact? I can solve the Rubik's Cube in under 1 minute

Favorite Western MA activity? Hiking and breweries

Favorite thing about Baystate? The family-like atmosphere not only between residents, but between residents and faculty/administration

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Ketamine...because why not ketamine?

Mike Penna, DO (he/him)

Hometown? Pittsfield, MA

Undergrad & Major? Providence College - Psychology

Med School? LECOM

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Grill

Favorite movie/tv show? Grill

Favorite place to travel? Banff

Favorite food? Pizza

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Attend pizza school in Naples and then open a restaurant

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Bane

Favorite ice cream toppings? Gummy Bears

Random fact? Bananas are actually berries

Favorite Western MA activity? Hike

Favorite thing about Baystate? Big city ED without the big city

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Colton Conrad - he has been training for this moment his entire life and he will be ready

Maleesa Santos, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Colonie, NY

Undergrad & Major? Eastern Nazarene College: biology with a math minor

Med School? University of Massachusetts Medical School

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Golf, run, play soccer, read, crochet, watch reality tv

Favorite movie/tv show? Greys anatomy

Favorite place to travel? Portugal or Cape Cod

Favorite food? Burgers! With all the topping, and French fries

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Paramedic or full time dog walker

Favorite ice cream toppings? Rainbow sprinkles

Random fact? My mom and I have run over 20 half marathons together

Favorite Western MA activity? Hiking, visiting breweries and different restaurants

Favorite thing about Baystate? Grilled cheese from Atwater’s! And that everyone I’ve met here feels like family.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? An IV pole because it’s a dual sided weapon and can hold the rest of my gear in the meantime.

Emily Schaffer, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Litchfield, NH

Undergrad & Major? University of Oregon, Double major in Biology and Human physiology, minor in chemistry

Med School? University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Crafting and home renovation

Favorite movie/tv show? Rick and Morty

Favorite place to travel? Lake Winnipesaukee

Favorite food? Tuna with extra yellow mustard, pickles, and banana peppers

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? House Flipping

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls

Favorite ice cream toppings? None, soft serve twist is life

Random fact? I build tiny tables and chairs for squirrels to eat from (it works!)

Favorite Western MA activity? Swim, explore, sleep on my co-residents couches

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people!!!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Candy safe because snacks

Bes Young, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Tewksbury, NJ

Undergrad & Major? Amherst College, Art and the History of Art

Med School? UC San Francisco

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Hanging with my cat (Winifred), woodworking, gardening, cooking, sleeping, hanging with friends, watching reality tv

Favorite movie/tv show? Anything reality, anything funny

Favorite place to travel? Istanbul

Favorite food? Okonomiyaki

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Make documentaries!

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Rip Van Winkle

Favorite ice cream toppings? I like my ice cream straight from the carton

Random fact? I taught in the UC Berkeley Rhetoric and History of Art Departments to help pay my way through med school

Favorite Western MA activity? Going to the Montague Book Mill

Favorite thing about Baystate? People’s senses of humor

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Someone who runs slighter slower than I do