Our Residents

PGY4

Polina AdvolodkinaPolina Advolodkina, MD
State University of New York, Downstate Medical College

Dr. Advolodkina received her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in College Park. Before medical school, she worked as a medical assistant in a busy primary care clinic outside of Washington D.C. She then attained her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn, New York. During medical school, she studied healthcare abroad by traveling to Peru and India. Her career interests are in maternal chronic disease and infertility.

Cristina ElstadCristina Elstad, MD
Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Elstad received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame with double majors in Spanish and pre-medicine and a minor in theology. During that time, she studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico and interned at the CDC. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She loves running, crafts, and being with family and friends in her spare time.

Chisom EzenekweChisom Ezenekwe, MD
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Ezenekwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She received her Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Ezenekwe’s clinical research interest is in maternal fetal medicine. She loves Nigerian cuisine, Clemson University football (go Tigers!), and interior design.

Dominique JodryDominique Jodry, MD
Tulane University

Dr. Jodry received her Bachelor of Science in neurobiology and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Washington. She spent two years as a high school science teacher in Central Los Angeles with the Teach for America program before going to medical school. She received her medical degree from Tulane University, where she received the Albert Schweitzer Foundation Fellowship for her work developing a primary care clinic for women in substance abuse rehabilitation in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her research and clinical interests include expanding access to high quality reproductive health options for all women and eliminating disparate health outcomes in underserved communities. In her free time she enjoys just about anything involving food or playing outdoors with her big dog, aptly named Tubby.

Elizabeth PatbergElizabeth Patberg, MD
University of Miami

Dr. Patberg received a Bachelor of Arts in human biology and a Master of Arts in sociology at Stanford University. She was a research assistant at the Institute for Global Health at UCSF, and a high school biology teacher prior to completing her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her research interests include health disparities and linkages between sexual/reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. During her free time, Dr. Patberg loves to travel, discover new restaurants, and practice yoga.

Jon PennycuffJon Pennycuff, MD, MS
Emory University

Dr. Pennycuff attended Vanderbilt University where he received a bachelor of science in neuroscience and French literature. He received a master’s of science in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. During this time, he served as a consultant in immunization process engineering and HIV prevention. Dr. Pennycuff earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. His research interests include urinary biomarkers and their role in pelvic floor disorders.  When he’s not in the hospital, he can be spotted running in Piedmont Park, biking on the Beltline, or eating at one of Atlanta’s new restaurants. 

Charity PiresCharity Pires, MD
Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Pires received her bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, then earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Her future goals include working in the academic setting and global health work in Africa. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, from caving and backpacking to wakeboarding and snowboarding.

Bradley SipeBradley Sipe, MD
Virginia Tech Carilion

Dr. Sipe received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the College of William and Mary and went on to earn his medical degree as a member of the charter class at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Sipe is interested in healthcare policy and advocacy.

Leilah Zahedi-SpungLeilah Zahedi-Spung, MD
Emory University

Dr. Zahedi-Spung received her Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Her research interests include barriers to anti-retroviral adherence in pregnancy and the obstetric provider shortage in the state of Georgia. 

PGY3

Veronica AlvarezVeronica Alvarez, MD, MSEd
Florida International University

Dr. Alvarez received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (Psychobiology) and a Master of Science in Education in Community and Social Change at the University of Miami (Go Canes!). While obtaining her master's degree, she also worked as an AmeriCorps Public Ally for the University of Miami's Office of Civic and Community Engagement. She then received her medical degree from the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her interests are in preventive medicine, health care disparities, patient education/empowerment, and academic medicine. She is also interested in research related to inflammation and its role in preeclampsia. After residency, she will work in an underserved community through the National Health Service Corps. In her spare time, she enjoys checking out new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. 

Lauren EspinosaLauren Espinosa, MD
Emory University

Dr. Espinosa received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in biological science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia. She then went on to earn her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She is interested in medical education and adolescent reproductive health. In her free time, she loves being with family, friends, and her dogs Colby and Bentley, traveling, and Georgia football. Go Dawgs! 

Caitlin MartinCaitlin Martin, MD
Emory University

Dr. Martin received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and went on to teach high school science in the South Bronx as part of Teach for America. While teaching, she earned her Masters in Teaching degree from Fordham University. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She is interested in multiple birth pregnancies, reproductive endocrinology, and medical education. She loves to run and knit in her spare time.

Allison MayhewAllison Mayhew, MD
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Mayhew received her Bachelor of Arts in biology and Spanish from Bucknell University and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In medical school, she completed research regarding adolescent risk perceptions following HPV vaccination, and she continues to have clinical and research interests in adolescent reproductive health as well as family planning. She is a native Ohioan, who, in her free time, enjoys sampling new restaurants, running the Beltline, or escaping the Atlanta heat on the ski slopes.

Nina MetcalfeNina Metcalfe, MD, MS
Emory University 

Dr. Metcalfe was born in Brazil and lived in France before moving to the United States at the age of eight. She received her B.A. degree in Biology from Bowdoin College and her M.S. degree in Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Science from the University of Utah School of Medicine. She then went on to earn her M.D. degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Metcalfe's previous research experience includes studying cell membrane trafficking, pediatric infectious diseases and adolescent female contraception. Outside the hospital, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and dog.

Jerrine MorrisJerrine Morris, MD, MPH
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Morris received Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and biology from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology at Tulane University. While in New Orleans, she worked as the Albert Schweitzer fellow implementing a comprehensive reproductive health curriculum and as a Jones Scholar promoting college readiness. She additionally interned with the Maternal and Child Health Program to evaluate causes and disparities within perinatal mortality among Louisiana residents. Dr. Morris received her medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University. There, she campaigned for reproductive justice and chaired the first Virginia Capital Choice Symposium. As an SNMA David E. Satcher fellow, she completed research on CenteringPregnancy® on reduction of adverse perinatal outcomes. Her current clinical interests also include family planning and elimination of reproductive health disparities.

Laura Ramirez-CabanLaura Ramirez-Caban, MD
Temple University

Dr. Ramirez received her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University. She remained in Philadelphia and she earned her medical degree from Temple School of Medicine. Her career interests include reproductive endocrinology and infertility. In her spare time, Dr. Ramirez enjoys trying new cuisines, gardening, and quality time with her family.

Caitlin SzaboCaitlin Szabo, MD
Medical College of South Carolina

Dr. Szabo grew up in the Atlanta area, but left to get her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology at the University of South Carolina Honors College. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina in the beautiful city of Charleston, and is now thrilled to be back in Atlanta for residency. During college and medical school, she devoted a lot of time to community service and philanthropy organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network, Relay for Life, Crisis Ministries, and the Charleston Animal Society. She enjoys exercising, baking, and watching college football. Go Gamecocks!

Marisa YoungMarisa Young, MD, PhD
University of Illinois-Chicago

Dr. Young is originally from Seattle and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Washington and a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University in New York City. She then joined a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her PhD was in epidemiology and her dissertation work involved studying the scale-up of infant male circumcision for HIV prevention in western Kenya. She is excited to be in Atlanta and live in yet another region of the United States.

PGY2

Kalie DeutschKalie Ann Deutsch, MD
Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Deutsch received her Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, where she spent three years working in a lab focused on neural development. She then received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. While in medical school, she served on student government, was a co-editor of the literary magazine Folia, and published research on the role of technology in medical education. During her free time, Dr. Deutsch enjoys reading, running, spending time at the lake with her family, and trying new restaurants.

Shabnam GuptaShabnam Gupta, MD
Emory University

Dr. Gupta received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the honors program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. During medical school, she co-authored several publications and mentored undergraduate biomedical engineers at Georgia Tech. Dr. Gupta's research interests include improving surgical devices and investigating factors involved in uterine fibroid growth. In her free time, Dr. Gupta enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, swimming, and spending time with friends and family. 

Cantey HattinkCantey Hattink, MD
Emory University

Dr. Hattink attended Washington and Lee University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology before returning to her hometown of Atlanta, GA, for medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. As a medical student, she completed translational research on the effect of preoperative estrogen in women with pelvic organ prolapse. In her free time, Dr. Hattink enjoys reading, cooking, playing tennis, cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, and running on the Beltline with her dog Ruthie.

Ying LiuYing Liu, MD
University of Central Florida

Dr. Liu was born in Fuzhou, China and immigrated to Miami at the age of nine. She attended Emory University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chinese. She returned to Florida and received her medical degree at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. During that time, she had the opportunity to travel -- from Guatemala and South Africa to Dominican Republic and Brazil. It was from those experiences that she developed a strong interest in global health. She believes one of the core roles of a physician is that of an educator, and aims to fulfill that role to women of all backgrounds, here and abroad. Outside the hospital, she practices capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art), yoga, and will never turn down an opportunity to learn a new dance.

Michael NeblettMichael Neblett, MD
East Tennessee State University

Dr. Neblett received his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Human Health from East Tennessee State University.  He remained in the Appalachian region where he earned his medical degree from ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine. His interests include medical education, high-risk obstetrics, drug abuse in pregnancy, and self-esteem issues in young adults. In his spare time, Michael enjoys exercising, watching college football, golfing, as well as camping and hiking with his wife and goldendoodle.

Amy OttensmeyerAmy Ottensmeyer, MD
Emory University

Dr. Ottensmeyer grew up outside of Chicago, and studied Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent several years working in health care finance before transitioning to medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she worked on research studying the neurobiology of addiction. Her clinical interests include family planning and general ob/gyn. She is a former competitive swimmer, and now enjoys running half marathons and yoga. 

Kesley RobertsonKesley Robertson, MD
Emory University

Dr. Robertson received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and then spent a year doing biomedical research and campus ministry. He went on to receive his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Robertson is interested in improving maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality, addressing health disparities, and medical education. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time outside, and watching football, even though the Washington Redskins tend to break his heart.

Leah RondonLeah Rondon, MD
Tufts University

Dr. Rondon attended Northeastern University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. She remained in Boston to teach middle school science as part of the Teach for America program. She then went on to earn her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research and clinical interests include healthcare issues related to the LGBT population, family planning, and medical education. As a native Buffalonian, she enjoys rooting for the Bills and eating chicken wings in her spare time.

Mallory YoungstromMallory Youngstrom, MD
University of Alabama

Dr. Youngstrom received her Bachelor of Science from San Francisco State University. After completing her undergraduate studies, she moved to the South to earn her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During medical school, she conducted a student-run free clinic for Birmingham's indigent population. In addition to her continued interest in health disparities, she has focused her research on chronic hypertension in pregnancy. She enjoys painting, cooking, and playing with her pugs, Truman and Maddie.

PGY1

Laura DickmeyerLaura Dickmeyer, MD
Northwestern

Dr. Dickmeyer completed her undergraduate education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She majored in Chemistry and French and spent semesters abroad studying religion in Southeast Asia and neocolonialism in Senegal. After working on the Haiti cholera outbreak with the CDC's Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch for one year, she continued her education at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Her research interests include family planning, health care policy, and advocacy. When away from the hospital she enjoys yoga, hiking, speaking French, and planning her next outdoor adventure.

Mina FarahzadMina Farahzad, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin 

Originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Dr. Farahzad attended Northwestern University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy with a minor in global health. Mina then joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin to pursue both an MD and a PhD in Public & Community Health. Her dissertation focused on the role of motherhood and child custody loss among women who trade sex. Her clinical interests include global health, contraception, sexual trauma, and substance use. Outside of work Mina can be found playing volleyball, exploring new cuisines, enjoying science fiction/ fantasy, and playing with dogs.

Sherry HeSherry He, MD
University of Pittsburgh 

Dr. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences. She spent a year prior to medical school as a CRTA post-bac at the National Health Institute studying the efficacy of certain drug combinations against triple-negative breast cancer. Dr. He earned her medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She studied the long-term outcomes of adjuvant pelvic intensity-modulated radiation therapy on endometrial cancer as her scholarly project in medical school, and continues to have interest in research related to endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Her long-term career interests include gynecologic oncology, although she is open to exploring all of the subspecialties first. In her free time, she enjoys rock-climbing both indoors and outdoors, exploring restaurants & breweries, yoga, and hiking.

Victoria JiangVictoria Jiang, MD
Wake Forest University 

Dr. Jiang received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Emory University during which time she developed an interest in sexual health and women's advocacy. She went on to earn her medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine. During medical school, she was a Sexual Health Scholar through AMSA, which kick started her passion for LGBTQ and women's reproductive rights advocacy. She helped start the Safe Zone in Medicine training program to address LGBTQ-related health disparities and hopes to promote gender and sexuality-conscious care. Her research interests include contraceptive steroids, reproductive endocrinology, and medical education. In her free time, she enjoys taking portrait photography, international travel, and scuba diving. 

Sarah KellerhalsSarah Kellerhals, MD
University of Arizona 

Dr. Kellerhals received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of California at San Diego, and continued working for UCSD after graduation studying the protein caveolin in its role in traumatic brain injury and myocardial ischemia. She then received her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix where she found her passion for OBGYN and women's health. She is a native Coloradan who loves the mountains and enjoys spending her free time outside. She also enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

Gopika krishnaGopika Krishna, MD
Brown University 

Dr. Krishna graduated from Brown University with a degree in Human Biology: Race & Gender. She stayed at Brown to earn her medical degree. During medical school, she served on the board of directors for Medical Students for Choice and completed research in breast cancer screening for transgender patients. She hopes to continue her passion for reproductive justice through her interests in family planning and health care for LGBTQ patients. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, singing a cappella, and learning new musical instruments.

Michelle PiconMichelle Picon, MD, MPH
University of Miami 

Dr. Picon was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Georgia. She studied Global Health and International Comparative Studies at Duke University, with an emphasis on Latin America. She then served a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps running a teen health clinic in Oakland, CA before completing an integrated MD/MPH program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. During medical school, she staffed the student-run free health clinic and traveled to the Dominican Republic and Argentina for public health projects. She also received a Fulbright grant to complete a year of research with the Juanfe Foundation, a nonprofit in Cartagena, Colombia committed to improving the lives of adolescent mothers and their children. She is passionate about working with underserved Latino communities at home and abroad, health equity, and adolescent health. In her free time you can find her swimming, biking, running, salsa dancing, or traveling South America.

Lisa ShandleyLisa Shandley, MD, MSCR
Emory University

Dr. Shandley received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University. She then went on to earn her medical degree and Master of Science in clinical research from Emory University. Her professional interests include oncofertility, global health, and medical education. She is a former collegiate boardercross racer, and now spends her free time hiking, exercising, playing softball, and spending time outdoors.

Danielle Martin VuncannonDanielle Vuncannon, MD
University of North Carolina

Dr. Vuncannon received her Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Neuroscience from East Carolina University in her hometown of Greenville, North Carolina. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to earn her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Her research and clinical interests have included medical education and patient advocacy through provider education. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys yoga, as well as spending time with her family and dog.