Second Years

Second year focuses on EM and Airway-with two additional critical care months and an elective.

Dani Aston, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Sherborn, MA

Undergrad & Major? Biology Major at Stonehill College

Med School? NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Anything that involves my dog... or anyones dog. Brewery and restaurant exploring, live music, photography, cooking, board games, yoga, Netflix binges.

Favorite movie/tv show? Remember the Titans, FRIENDS

Favorite place to travel? Ossipee Lake NH

Favorite food? Honestly, I just love a really good burger.

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? I'd be the most enthusiastic science teacher you ever did have

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Black Widow - absolutely epic fighter with no real superpowers and a fantastic friend.

Favorite ice cream toppings? Rainbow Sprinkles

Random fact? I have hiked an active volcano

Favorite Western MA activity? Be outside.

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people here (seriously, everyone not just in the residency program)

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? The first wilderness fellow I can find - it's important to recognize your weaknesses.

Stephanie Ayala, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Saratoga Springs, NY

Undergrad & Major? SUNY- Albany, Human Biology

Med School? Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine- Las Cruces, NM

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Lounge by the pool with a good book and a margarita

Favorite movie/tv show? Death Proof

Favorite place to travel? Colombia (Isla de San Andres if we're being specific)

Favorite food? Fajitas or anything Colombian

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? A forensic specialist/investigator

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Ren or Stimpy depending on the day

Favorite ice cream toppings? Hot chocolate

Random fact? I love video games

Favorite Western MA activity? Enjoy the fall foliage and anything haunted

Favorite thing about Baystate? The diverse patient population, high acuity, and an awesome group of people to work with

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

Cass Carpenter, DO (she/her)

Hometown? Mountain View, CA

Undergrad & Major? Vassar College, Science, Technology and Society

Med School? University of New England

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Run

Favorite movie/tv show? Downton Abbey (no shame)

Favorite place to travel? Anywhere by the ocean

Favorite food? Coffee

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

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Cindy Lou Who

Favorite ice cream toppings? Anything chocolate

Random fact? I love rainy, foggy days!

Favorite Western MA activity? Running on the bike path and exploring local breweries!

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? The candy safe.

Alex Estrella, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Berkley, Massachusetts

Undergrad & Major? University of Massachusetts, Nursing

Med School? NYU

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Climb!

Favorite movie/tv show? Mean Girls

Favorite place to travel? By foot - the Connecticut River to kayak (or Erica's house to steal her food) By bike - the entirety of the bike trail (or Flayvors ice cream). By car (for a day trip) - the Gunks (or maybe the White Mountains. The Cape is nice too) By plane - anywhere I haven't been yet!

Favorite food? Coffee is a food group, right?

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Be living in a van driving around all the national parks (still might)

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Twister from Rocket Power

Favorite ice cream toppings? None. Maple walnut in a waffle cone is already perfect

Random fact? In the US no one (at least since the 80s) has ever died of a black widow spider bite. At least one person has died after getting the antivenin though

Favorite Western MA activity? Climb! Bike! Kayak! Hike! Go to the Breweries! Do them all in the same day! Do them all at the same time!

Favorite thing about Baystate? My rad co-interns

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? The slit lamp. Zombies and ED interns are equally terrified of it

Catherine Faulkner, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Mount Sinai

Undergrad & Major? Northeastern, Biology

Med School? Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Hiking/ hanging out with my puppy

Favorite movie/tv show? Sandlot

Favorite place to travel? Any tropical island

Favorite food? Sushi or Indian food or pizza

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Own a doggy daycare

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Wonder Woman

Favorite ice cream toppings? Hot fudge

Random fact? I have swam with whale sharks twice!

Favorite Western MA activity? Hiking/ making pizza with other residents

Favorite thing about Baystate? How supportive they are here!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Ketamine so I could drug the zombies

Erica Jessen, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Simsbury, CT

Undergrad & Major? US Naval Academy and UCONN- Chemstry

Med School? Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Kayak or Bike

Favorite movie/tv show? Smallville

Favorite place to travel? Eastern Shore Maryland

Favorite food? Cinnamon Rolls

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Cry... on the IM wards

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Batty from Fern Gully

Favorite ice cream toppings? Reeses

Random fact? I picked up woodworking before residency started- I built a table, shelves, reupholstered a chair, and refinished a table!

Favorite Western MA activity? Be outside with friends!

Favorite thing about Baystate? Love the family feel- between all the docs, residents, nurses, techs, etc. Good people doing good work then having a good time.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? I would take life saving tetanus

Brendon Kinsley, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Quebec-lite (AKA Northern Vermont)

Undergrad & Major? Georgetown, Bio

Med School? Larner College of Medicine (UVM)

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Mountain Biking, Gardening, Snowboarding

Favorite movie/tv show? Dark, Narcos, Westworld, Zodiac

Favorite place to travel? In the "before times" it was Mexico.

Favorite food? Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Teaching Spanish and farming.

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Probably Batman, but of the bat-dad variety.

Favorite ice cream toppings? Haute fudge

Random fact? I didn't wear shoes until I was 9.

Favorite Western MA activity? Bike day with co-residents in NOHO to brewery/ice cream.

Favorite thing about Baystate? The training is phenomenal and you get to have life outside of medicine. I've really enjoyed spending time both on/off shift with all of the residents and faculty. RUMBLE!

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? 10 Blade, because when all else fails...

Mackenzie LaPorte, MD (she/her)

Hometown? New Hartford, NY

Undergrad & Major? Union College Biology/Psychology

Med School? Albany Medical College

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Just started water-coloring in quarantine

Favorite movie/tv show? Miss Congeniality

Favorite place to travel? Roadtrips are my favorite, but i loved visiting Edinburgh

Favorite food? Popcorn

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Social work or education

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

Favorite ice cream toppings?Fudge shell (the chocolate stuff in the grocery store that hardens?)

Random fact? I don't know how to whistle

Favorite Western MA activity? Outside walks!

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people: fantastic and welcoming co-residents, faculty, nurses, program coordinators and more that make Baystate a great place to grow.

Caroline Lloyd, DO (she/her)

Hometown? New Hartford, CT

Undergrad & Major? Santa Clara University, BS Bioengineering

Med School? PCOM-Georgia

Favorite thing to do in your free time? All the things outside- hike, run, swim, tend our overaggressive vegetable garden

Favorite movie/tv show? The Office

Favorite place to travel? Ohhhhh tough call...either New Zealand or Bali

Favorite food? Thai

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Medical? Ortho Surg. Life-wise? Fly airplanes

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

Favorite ice cream toppings? Rainbow jimmies!

Random fact? I ate bugs for dinner/dessert once, and you know what? THEY WERE DELICIOUS.

Favorite Western MA activity? The hiking!

Favorite thing about Baystate? The community and atmosphere, I have always felt welcome, comfortable, and encouraged to learn here.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Epipen because 1) epi 2) you can dismantle the autoinjector to make a wicked awesome weapon

Sarah McHugh, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Nassau, NY (Albany area)

Undergrad & Major? SUNY Potsdam, Math and Bio

Med School? University of Rochester

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Hang out with my fiancé and all our animals

Favorite movie/tv show? Lion King/Supernatural

Favorite place to travel? Hawai’i- got engaged there and had the most beautiful weather with lots of cool hikes and secluded beaches.

Favorite food? Potatoes, any form.

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? If I had to pick another residency it would be Med-Peds, but if I had to pick a totally different career I would be a vet.

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Is Hermione Granger a super hero? I’m gonna go with yes and be her.

Favorite ice cream toppings? Chocolate sprinkles

Random fact? I was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader growing up.

Favorite Western MA activity? All the outdoor things!

Favorite thing about Baystate? The supportive, fun, wellness oriented culture

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

Steven Moss, DO (he/him)

Hometown? Massapequa, NY

Undergrad & Major? Villanova- biochemistry

Med School? THE University of New England

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Ride the Long Island Railroad while singing Billy Joel and eating bagels

Favorite movie/tv show? Moana

Favorite place to travel? Portland, Maine

Favorite food? Chick Fil A Spicy Chicken Meal with a Dr Pepper

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

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Dr. Joe Stevens DO

Favorite ice cream toppings?More ice cream

Favorite Western MA activity? Run on the bike trails, beers at the breweries

Favorite thing about Baystate? The wonderful people (awww)

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? One Turkey Sandwich

Joseph Stevens, DO (he/him)

Hometown? Windham, Maine

Undergrad & Major? Northeastern (Go Huskies); Biology

Med School? University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (Go Bears)

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Fly Fish

Favorite movie/tv show? Simpsons

Favorite place to travel? Northern Maine

Favorite food? Spicy Mexican food and margs

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Long haul trucker or meteorologist

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Day Man

Favorite ice cream toppings? Reese’s cups

Random fact? I have never won a raffle

Favorite Western MA activity? Fly fishing on one of west mass’s great rivers

Favorite thing about Baystate? Everyone is approachable and wants to help you

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? I, for one, welcome our new zombie overlords

Luca Tomasi, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Providence, RI

Undergrad & Major? University of Rhode Island

Med School? Tufts University School of Medicine

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Play soccer

Favorite movie/tv show? Liar Liar

Favorite place to travel? Italy

Favorite food? Wings

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Professional soccer player/restaurant tester

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Spiderman

Favorite ice cream toppings? Oreo's

Random fact? Kangaroos can't hop backwards.

Favorite Western MA activity? Hike

Favorite thing about Baystate? The people! It's a big family.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? A CT scanner and a spider so I can irradiate us and become Spiderman.

Mike Zampi, MD (he/him)

Hometown? Walpole

Undergrad & Major? Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biology

Med School? Albany Medical College

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Run

Favorite movie/tv show? Kung Fu Hustle/Daredevil

Favorite place to travel? Cape Cod

Favorite food? Ice cream all day every day

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Play guitar in a rock band

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Sonic The Hedgehog

Favorite ice cream toppings? Whipped cream

Random fact? I own a mandolin

Favorite Western MA activity? Concerts at Mass MoCA

Favorite thing about Baystate? The team is very fun and supportive, and helps turn its residents into bad-ass physicians.

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse and why? Peanut butter packets cuz I like peanut butter.

Meghann Zapcic, MD (she/her)

Hometown? Lancaster, PA

Undergrad & Major? UMass Amherst, Psychology- Neuroscience

Med School? Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Favorite thing to do in your free time? Bake treats and lift weights because balance, right?

Favorite movie/tv show? Gilmore Girls(but the old one, the new one just had a terrible ending)

Favorite place to travel? Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Favorite food? Anything between carbs (burgers, paninis, subs, calzones, you get the picture)

If you weren't an EM physician, what would you do? Either have a bakery or an animal rescue or both

What super hero or cartoon character would you be? Captain Marvel

Favorite ice cream toppings? RAINBOW SPRINKLES

Random fact? I taught myself to make french pastries with a lot of Youtube videos

Favorite Western MA activity? Seasonal outside- hiking, skiing, apple picking

Favorite thing about Baystate? The wellness balance and the people- you won't find a more supportive group of co-residents or faculty anywhere who constantly lift you up and help you learn to become the best physician possible

What one thing would you take from the ED in a zombie apocalypse? Code/airway cart- has everything you need and it's on wheels!