Emergency Medicine Residents

Our Emergency Medicine Residents take an active role in the interview process and selection of the incoming residency class. They advocate for patients and access to quality care.  The residents experience a multicultural environment and diverse backgrounds while supporting each other's wellness.

PGY-3

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Sara Schambach, MD

Medical School: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Rural and international emergency medicine.
Why did you choose CMU: I wanted a program that felt like home and would give me the training to go anywhere I wanted.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Anything active outdoors!
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I'm new to Michigan so everything is new and exciting. I'm really loving exploring the Great Lakes and getting to know the area.

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Michael Bernard, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Working in a community hospital.
Why did you choose CMU: CMU in Saginaw works with a diverse population while also offering a higher level of acuity that you may not get in many other cities. CMU offers a lot of supplemental learning opportunities like the simulation lab.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Golf, baseball, Video games, breweries, hiking, spending time with friends and family.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I love to travel up north to Traverse City to enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as the many wineries up on Old Mission Peninsula.

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Ana Camagay, MD

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Professional Career Interests: I would love to participate in disaster relief as a physician because it merges most of my interests in international EM, disaster, and austere medicine. I also have interests in clinical education, simulation, and social determinants of health.
Why did you choose CMU: I was drawn to CMU's EM program because it is an established program with notable faculty members, unopposed procedures, and a well-founded hands-on didactic curriculum. I also felt very comfortable during the interview... many people would say "It had good vibes" and they aren't wrong. The Simulation Center is also a massive draw because we get to learn, play, and teach in this environment.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Surf, skate, food and drinks, photography, and travel.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I've learned to enjoy blueberry picking so I'm excited to see what the surrounding family-owned farms will offer throughout the seasons! I went sandboarding with my co-residents and it was awfully fun, so they'll take me snowboarding in the near future.

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Rebecca Dimanche, MD

Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Career Interests: To provide adequate medical care to third world countries as well as underserved areas in the US.
Why did you choose CMU: To gain the best learning experience to become an excellent Emergency Medicine Physician.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Singing, going to the park, biking, spending time with friends, trying new foods, and watching television.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Riding my bicycle, going out to eat and going to Frankenmuth.

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Daniel Dunaske, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Medical education and providing care for at-risk populations.
Why did you choose CMU: CMU truly prepares you for all aspects of emergency medicine! Whether you decide to become an academic physician or run a "one-doc" shop, you will be more than prepared. Rural and inner-city populations are both well represented so you'll come across all swathes of pathology. Tack on the absolutely phenomenal faculty, CMU was just the perfect fit, and I hope it is for you too!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors near water, gardening, and eating my body weight in crepes.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: As a Traverse City native, I love heading home to the unbelievable beaches, parks, and snagging the BEST ice-cream from Moomers. Just google "northern Michigan water", the images speak for themselves. Living in Saginaw, everything in the lower peninsula can be accessed within 3hrs or less! So grab a swimsuit, a case of Bell's, and enjoy this beautiful state!

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Mehtab Galeh, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Teaching faculty.
Why did you choose CMU: EM program at CMU is top tier. Unparalleled nature of this program was really appealing to me, which means that the EM residents will be running the trauma case. For the few months that I have been at CMU, I have really enjoyed my time! I also have family in Saginaw, which made it a perfect fit for me.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, weight lifting. I like to go on trails, especially the ones that surround a water body. 
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Exploring new trails and lakes, trying new food and not getting stuck in traffic!

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Brittany Garza, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Emergency Medicine and international mission work.
Why did you choose CMU: I love the strong female representation in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I love hanging out with my cats and significant other, taking long walks, and writing.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Go camping in Mackinaw.

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Michael Gomez, MD

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Rural medicine and ultrasound.
Why did you choose CMU: CMU offered me the opportunity to train in emergency medicine in service of my home community in Saginaw, Michigan. You see an excellent diversity of pathology here as well as the opportunity to serve both rural and urban patient populations.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, Bible study, reading fiction, weightlifting.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Outdoor activities, Detroit sports games, cider mills.

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Farina Kanwal, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Global emergency medicine, clinical informatics and teaching.
Why did you choose CMU: I was very fortunate and got the opportunity to visit the sim center before interview season, fell in love with the program during the pre-interview social and knew this is where I wanted to be. Strong didactics, incredible leadership and support, high acuity and patient volume and so much more. It’s incredibly hard to find all of that in a program and also, find a personality fit.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Coffee, traveling, mystery novels, hiking, cooking and spending time with family. 
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: New to the area and really want to explore northern Michigan, specially Mackinac island.

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Lauren Lowes, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: After residency, I plan on practicing emergency medicine in a busy ER in Northern Michigan. 
Why did you choose CMU: CMU is one of the most reputable emergency medicine programs in the state of Michigan. I am from Michigan and have heard about this program over the years. Location was an important factor to me and CMU is in a location that offers both rural and urban patient populations. Also, the atmosphere here is what set CMU apart from other programs. Our staff treat each other like family and truly look out for one another. 
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I love to run! Recently, I completed the Chicago Marathon and am eager to sign up for another race of some sort. I also have an adorable dog that I rescued prior to residency that loves to explore Saginaw with me.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I love to be outside...even in the winter! Michigan is a beautiful place to call home and offers all four seasons. Fall is great for visiting local cider mills and going to football games. No matter where you reside, there are usually hiking trails to explore as well. Winter is great for ice skating, ice fishing, sledding or skiing at a nearby ski hill. Boyne and Nubs Nobs are some of my favorite places in the state and are only 2 hours away. In the summer, you can find me near any body of water. The lakes here are great for swimming, tubing, and water sports. 

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Dakota Nerland, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University
Professional Career Interests: Toxicology and Critical Care.
Why did you choose CMU: CMU offers everything that I could have wished for in an Emergency Medicine Residency - unopposed procedures, high-acuity cases, diverse pathologies, and an encouraging learning environment. I felt as if I was a welcomed and valued member of the Emergency Medicine team from the first day.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Anything art-related, camping/hiking/exploring, visiting my family, and spending time with my fiancé and our cat.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Exploring new restaurants, breweries, and hiking spots. I also enjoy all of the opportunities to spend time with my Emergency Medicine co-residents!

PGY-2

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Catherine Barrington, MD

Medical School: University of Limerick School of Medicine 
Professional Career Interests: Tactical Medicine, EMS, Trauma
Why did you choose CMU: The program has a strong reputation for producing great EM docs and the feedback I got from current and past residents really spoke to the program's dedication to quality resident education. 
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Climbing, Canoeing, Working out
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Spend time outside and explore the many beautiful places around the state. 

 

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Harpreet Grewal, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Working in a busy ER hopefully helping underserved patient populations
Why did you choose CMU: You are able to see a wide variety of pathologies and be a part of a well-established EM residency program where you truly run the show during resuscitations. You get to learn and master many procedures and by the end of residency, you are well. 
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my dog, exploring new restaurants and cities, traveling overseas, keeping up with the MCU, and playing board games.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Exploring all the different parts of Michigan including Mackinac Island, Pictured Rocks, Traverse City, and many more.

 

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Joseph Jolly, MD

Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Career Interests: Prehospital medicine and wilderness physicians 
Why did you choose CMU: The reputation of the CMU program and hearing all the good things about Dr. Cowling. 
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I love being on the water surfing, skiing, and boarding. I also love being on the slopes boarding and reading fantasy novels. 
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Explore the beautiful trails, waterfalls, and lakes. 

 

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Garrett Mason, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Community Emergency Medicine
Why did you choose CMU: The hospital has a great mix of trauma and medical cases, with a large emphasis on procedural excellence. The area is perfectly located to enjoy a lot of what Michigan has to offer as well!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Art, Weightlifting, Mead and cider making
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Grab good beer and food, explore trails, and enjoy some time on the water!

 

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Mara McMurray, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Rural Medicine and Critical Care
Why did you choose CMU: I spent a month here as a medical student and had a great experience! CMU offers a blend of rural and urban exposures, plenty of procedural opportunities and a faculty that is committed to developing excellent physicians.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, running with my dog, backpacking, biking, and being out on the water with family and friends
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Being up north in my hometown of Petoskey. 

 

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Justin Morin, DO

Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine 
Professional Career Interests: Medical Education, Wilderness Medicine, Social EM
Why did you choose CMU: I chose CMU because I witnessed the supportive faculty invest in their current residents and statewide/nationwide advocacy for Emergency Medicine. My interactions with the team during the social demonstrated fantastic camaraderie and care for one other all while having a laugh. Along with my wife, current OBGYN resident, I’m thankful to call this place home.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, running, biking, climbing, CrossFit, birding, making tasty food, reading books that people recommend.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Beach Day at Tawas state park or Bay City State Park, enjoying the greenery of the midwest (I’m from the desert of California), and Family Dinners with the residents.

 

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Dillon Nerland, MD

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Toxicology, Ultrasound, EMS
Why did you choose CMU: The EM program offers a combination of excellent academics and supportive faculty that creates a great learning environment!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Movies, music, cooking, water sports, New York Yankees
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Hiking and trying out new restaurants.

 

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Alex Schlangen, DO

Medical School: Midwestern University - AZCOM
Professional Career Interests: To successfully complete Emergency Medicine residency with a possible fellowship in sports medicine or toxicology.
Why did you choose CMU: Long standing tradition of excellence with the added benefits of a great simulation program, unopposed ortho, and a great learning environment.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: All things outdoors, puzzles, learning new things.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Trying new foods, and local breweries.

 

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Arthur Sieron, MD

Medical School: University of Limerick School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Critical care, ultrasound, and medical education
Why did you choose CMU: A well-established program that produces excellent EM physicians. It’s a virtually unopposed program with high acuity and high-volume cases that provide great learning opportunities. The faculty and residents are very supportive, and the didactic and simulation curriculums are top-notch. Being close to my home city of Toronto, Canada was another benefit.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: 90s movies, board games, computers, podcasts, and petting dogs.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Spending time with co-residents, checking out coffee shops and restaurants, and exploring the outdoors and all that Michigan has to offer.

 

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Syeda B Zehra, MD

Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences
Professional Career Interests: Critical Care and POCUS
Why did you choose CMU: CMU offers a dream team where each member has so much to offer. The unceasing sense of deep connection and support for one another makes me feel like home. The teaching at CMU is unique and unparalleled, which helps me grow both personally and professionally. Not to mention, the sim labs at CMU are exceptionally amazing.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Board games, hiking, biking, watercolor painting, and spending time with my family.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Visiting the scenic coastline along the Great Lakes is a must-do on my checklist. I look forward to exploring the arts and historical sites of Michigan. I am also excited for berry picking, visiting the cider mill, and making a trip to Mackinac Island.

 

PGY-1

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Bayley Espinoza, MD

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Professional Career Interests: EMS and Ultrasound
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Pottery, cooking, spending time with friends and family.
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Camping in Northern Michigan

 

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Korrine Finkbeiner, MD

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Professional Career Interests: EM, EMS, Clinical Informatics
Personal Hobbies/Interests: RVing/camping, yoga, reading, knitting/crocheting
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Kayaking rivers, swimming in the lakes (especially Elk Lake)
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Jackson Gordon, DO

Medical School: Kansas City University 
Professional Career Interests: to be the best at what I do.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Exercise, football, dogs, woodworking, snowboarding, golf, religion
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Hike, lake, exercise, visit family

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Shivani Lohit, MD

Medical School: University of Limerick
Professional Career Interests: Pediatric Emergency, Trauma, and Medical Education
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, swimming, working out, Harry Potter, Marvel, LOTR, Baking
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Boating and camping on the lakes in Cheboygan.

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Marion Memmott, DO

Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Rural medicine, international medicine, ultrasound
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with my kids, swimming, lifting, bullwhip making, classical piano
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Anything in the water.

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Ahsan Mir, MD

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Global health engagement, sustainability, austere medicine, quality improvement research, AI in the Emergency Department
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Drawing, running/hiking, PC/console/VR gaming, global travel, Formula 1, and spending time with friends and family
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Running trails, trying out new restaurants, visiting art galleries/museums, attending concerts and sporting events

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Diane Mutete, MD

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Medical Education, Global Health
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Nature walks, visiting new places, gardening, spending time with family and friends
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I am still exploring the state.

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Saleem Nasseh, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Sports Medicine
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Lifting weights, soccer, running, hiking. Basically anything outdoors or sports. I also love food and board games. 
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: New to Michigan but still excited to explore!

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Samuel Tweedie, DO

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: International Medicine, EMS
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Fitness, hockey, reading, traveling
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Still exploring Michigan!