Psychiatry Residents

Our Psychiatry Residents take an active role in the interview process and selection of 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-5

Abishek Bala

Abishek Bala, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Improve the quality of life of infants, children, and adolescents around the world through culturally cognizant, community-based mental health interventions
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Engaging in tomfoolery with Drs. Rutledge and Archangeli, being forced by my wife to like photos on dog's social media page, clicking the "want to read" box on Goodreads to feel a sense of accomplishment
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Going for long drives in fall and enjoying all four seasons

Kyle Rutledge

Kyle Rutledge, DO

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Lebanon Campus
Professional Career Interests: I am progressing through CMU's adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, with a plan to continue working with both kids and adults in the future. After training, I hope to work in an academic setting because I love research and teaching
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Home improvement projects, cooking, puzzles, spending time with my wife and children
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: My family recently discovered the bike path through Saginaw and the beautiful rail trail to St. Charles, which has become the first place my young daughter asks to go on Saturdays. There is also a children's museum and children's zoo in Saginaw, which are surprisingly inexpensive given how much there is for kids to see and do

PGY-4

Sonia Dhaliwal

Sonia Dhaliwal, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Adult inpatient psychiatry, human sexuality, women's health
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hosting bonfires, going to the beach, hiking
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Exploring the wineries in Traverse City, canoeing on the Au Sable River

Samantha Grosteffon

Samantha Grosteffon, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: I'm interested in adult psychiatry and feel I am best suited for outpatient medicine because I enjoy the continuity of care
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Reading, video games (primarily Nintendo), my pet parrot, and being with my family
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I grew up a half-hour from Lake Michigan, so I try to get back there every summer. Saugatuck, MI near Holland is a fun outdoor shopping and eating town and near and dear to my heart! My favorite beach, Oval Park, is also close by. Frankenmuth is another of my favorite spots because it's a permanent Christmas town with good food and lots of fun

Spencer Thornock

Spencer Thornock, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Adult Psychiatry
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Outdoors activities, sports, and more recently baking
Why did you choose CMU: I rotated with the program as a student  and was attracted to the culture and residents
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Play on the lakes

PGY-3

Jonathan Broadwell

Jonathan Broadwell, MD

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Interventional/Neuromodulation (ECT, rTMS, Esketamine), addictions, consultation-liaison, acute inpatient, emergency psychiatry
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hanging with my wife and chasing our two kids around, trying to sing and dance at parties, laying on the beach, Korean BBQ, flipping through Reddit, dreaming about deferred gratification with a Porsche Cayman GT4 & Tesla Roadster, pretending I own them on my PS4 virtual reality, cardio with Netflix and hitting a punching bag, listening to comedy & paranormal podcasts
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Exploring all that "Pure Michigan" has to offer

Sakshi Dhir

Sakshi Dhir, MD

Medical School: Ross University
Professional Career Interests: I would like to ultimately practice in both the inpatient and outpatient settings
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I absolutely love watching The Office, that's almost always playing at my home! I enjoy playing volleyball, trying out new foods, and spending quality time with family and friends
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I enjoy trying out new restaurants with my co-residents and exploring what Saginaw and the nearby cities have to offer

Christopher Le

Christopher Le, DO

Medical School: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Emergency psychiatry; student mental health; destigmatizing mental health in Asian/Pacific Islander communities
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Avid snowboarder, die-hard Lakers fan, sucker for consumer tech, dog dad to 2 Alaskan Klee Kai
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Wine tasting in Traverse City, hiking/biking on Mackinac Island, exploring new dog parks

Jisselly Salcedo

Jisselly Salcedo MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Suicide prevention
Personal Hobbies/Interests: PC gamer, Dog mom, weightlifting, camping
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Hiking, camping, going to the pumpkin farm, fruit picking, wine tasting in Traverse City, and eating ice cream from Moomers

Zachary Schwager

Zachary Schwager, MD

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: I plan on sub-specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy exploring the outdoors, traveling, golf, cooking/baking, going to the gym, and reading
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I enjoy taking my boat out and exploring new lakes, a bountiful supply of golf courses, going to the local YMCA with our free membership, and finding new hiking trails

Alaa Shanbour

Alaa Shanbour, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Interventional Psychiatry, Forensics, Personality disorders and the context of delusions in a bizarre time 
Why did you choose CMU: From the interview it was clear that there was an abundance of opportunities for productive and educational interactions with patients and attendings 
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I like making things, furniture, audio visual experiences, and what ever comes to mind. Movies: Jean Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Francois Truffaut, Mathieu Kassovitz, Music: Can, Skpeta, wutang, shabjdeed, tribe called quest, MF doom, PLK, Bonnie Banane
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Love taking my bike on new trails at the many gorgeous parks around the state. Taking pictures of deserted landscapes and abandoned buildings

PGY-2

Adeel Ahmed

Adeel Ahmed, MD

Medical School: Ross University
Professional Career Interests: Adult psychiatry
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Trying different ethnic foods, weightlifting, traveling, car enthusiast
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Beautiful trails around Michigan

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones, MD

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Consult-liaison
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, yoga, meditating, and Netflix
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Hiking trails

Jared Pugh

Jared Pugh, DO

Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 
Why did you choose CMU: The main reason I chose CMU was because of the overall vibe I got when I interviewed
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I like the outdoors whether it be hiking, fishing or just playing in the water. However, this usually gets overshadowed by my other hobby of binge watching Netflix. That being said as long as my wife and daughter are able to be involved I like doing most things
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Hike (walk on trails) and get out on the rivers and lakes

Shipra Singh

Shipra Singh, MD

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Adult and geriatric psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry, PTSD, women and minority mental health psychiatry
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Thrifting, fostering cats, painting, watching Avatar: The Last Airbender
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Walking in the many parks, finding new restaurants, and going on scenic drives

Zhe Fu Jeff Tu

Zhe Fu Jeff Tu, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Maybe open my own practice one day
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Reading, any outdoor activity, cooking, writing, The Office, Parks and Recreation
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I have not had the chance to explore Michigan yet, but I plan to explore the upper peninsula. I already had a lot of fun going to Frankenmuth

Matthew Vartanian

Matthew Vartanian, MD

Medical School: Ross University
Professional Career Interests: Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Academic Medicine
Why did you choose CMU: The CMU program cultivates a very safe and friendly environment, equipping us with all the tools for success.  The staff, faculty, and co-residents are extremely supportive, and are invested in our personal and professional growth.  Additionally, patient population is diverse and offers all the psychopathology you will need to succeed anywhere
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Playing and watching sports, golfing, eating, watching movies, exercising, relaxing, and spending time with family/friends
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Golfing, spending time at the lakes, trying new restaurants, visiting downtown Detroit, and attending sporting events

PGY-1

Carmen Avaramut

Carmen Avramut, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychodermatology, Global Mental Health, Cultural Psychiatry
Why did you choose CMU: CMU has been my home for the past 4 years of medical school and I wouldn't be who I am or where I am today without the endless support and warmth of those that surrounded me throughout this journey. When researching residencies, I sought out psychiatry programs that offered me ample professional opportunities for delving into my specialty of choice while simultaneously gifting me the freedom to discover and create the path best fit for my changing interests. CMU checked all the boxes and then some – it provides the resources to support whatever I wish to pursue, whether it be research, volunteer or work-related endeavors. As a first-generation immigrant and college student, the ability to work with underserved individuals as well as a diverse patient population was important to me when making my final decision. Following my powerful experiences as a medical student on my psychiatry rotations, I foresee myself pursuing a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship in the future right here where it all began
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, running with (and tripping over) my dog, cooking vegan meals, traveling near and far
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Bonfires, spending time with my family & friends outdoors, running trails while fighting mosquitos, visiting Mackinac island in the pouring rain

Nithya Gandham

Nithya Gandham, MD

Medical School: Ross University
Professional Career Interests: Child and Adolescents
Why did you choose CMU: I loved the feeling I had when I interviewed with this program. I felt I could attain my career goals while learning from the excellent attendings at CMU. The residents and faculty made me feel like I would be entering a family at CMU, and they did not disappoint!!!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with little dog, spending time with my co-interns (outside of work, they are a fun group), cooking new recipes, dabbling in photography, and reading psychological thriller novels
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I have not had the opportunity to travel around Michigan yet but I am looking forward to to camping around Michigan, experiencing Michigan's lakes in the summer, and traveling to to cities like Traverse City

Swetha Kondaveeti

Swetha Kondaveeti, MD

Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Career Interests: Women's health; LGBTQIA+ mental health; inpatient and outpatient psychiatry; possibly child psychiatry as well
Why did you choose CMU: During my interview, I remember feeling like the program was somewhere I could truly be myself and feel like I am a part of a family. Everyone was so kind, honest, and easy to talk to, and everything I wanted in a program was what CMU psych had to offer - wonderful people, strong training, and a great work-life balance!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I love dogs (pretty much obsessed with all animals) - really hope to adopt one while I'm here, trying my best to be a good plant mom currently, eating out at different restaurants, watching a ridiculous amount of Netflix, reading, and visiting/traveling to new places with friends/family!
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Wineries, Traverse City, Frankenmuth, Detroit for more city vibes, exploring all the parks, lakes, and overall greenery that Michigan has to offer

Trusha Patel

Trusha Patel, MD

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Help improve access to mental health resources for medically underserved communities; Public Health; Forensic psychiatry; Child & Adolescent psychiatry
Why did you choose CMU: Because the faculty/staff and residents are all amazing!
Personal Hobbies/Interests: baking, running, yoga, watching Bollywood movies, spending time with my family and friends
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Downtown Rochester Holiday Big Bright Light Show, visiting local breweries, biking on Mackinac Island, and exploring all the great places that Michigan has

Maria Qadir

Maria Qadir, MD

Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Career Interests: Child psychiatry
Why did you choose CMU: I chose CMU because of our program director, Dr. Janssen, and the holistic learning environment of this program
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Reading, hiking, camping, baking, knitting and yoga!
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Hiking, biking, swimming, and camping at all of the beautiful nature of Michigan                 

Yousif Tawadros

Yousif Tawadros, DO

Medical School: NYIT COM
Professional Career Interests: Child and adolescence psychiatry
Why did you choose CMU: I choose CMU because during the interview, I immediately felt like a part of the CMU family and knew that I would gain the right experience to help me in my path to becoming an empathetic psychiatrist
Personal Hobbies/Interests: I love spending time with my family and going on adventures such as road trips and cruises, I like collecting coins and I love going to the beach
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: I'm still exploring and learning more about Michigan