At NHDFMR we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our residents. We have residents from across the country and the world. We have a good mix of allopaths and osteopaths. We have residents that are interested in every aspect of family medicine from ambulatory to hospitalist; medical informatics to sports medince; obstetrics to geriatrics. The common thread that unites our residents is their passion to provide excellent, team-based care and commitment to their own personal growth and development.
Think you'd like to work with these residents? Learn a little more about them by reading their bios below.
Rachel Coombs, MD
Before graduating from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Rachel trained as a midwife and attended births in Maine, New Hampshire, Florida, and Honduras. During medical school, she participated in the Healer's Art storytelling workshop and was inducted into the Gold Honor Society for Humanism in Medicine. A wife and mother, she is passionate about family and community healthcare and considers being a physician one of the greatest honors of her life.
Lorena Do Ponte, MD
Lorena graduated from Xavier University School of Medicine in 2014. Prior to medical school, she completed her Health Sciences studies at Dawson College as well as Biochemistry at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She absolutely loves to learn new languages and is particularly fluent in Spanish and French. Lorena used to participate in competitive swimming and enjoys playing and watching sports. In her spare time, she enjoys intense training sessions at the gym, dancing, and reading.
Insha Haque, DO
Insha is a 2015 graduate of Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. As an undergraduate, she attended Saint Louis University and completed her last year at University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Insha has great interests in preventive medicine and global health. During medical school, she co-founded Healthy Hands Inc, her first non-profit organization to teach hand hygiene protocols to healthcare workers in Calcutta, India. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, cake decorating, and working out.
Leila Hesselson, MD
Leila Hesselson graduated from St. George's University in 2015. As an undergraduate, Leila earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Marketing and Strategic Management. While pursuing a career in business, Leila's interest in medicine was ignited when she began volunteering at a camp for kids with cancer. Leila has traveled extensively and worked throughout the world with personal favorites being a camping trip up the coast of Australia, backpacking in Costa Rica, and internship experiences in Israel and France. During her free time, Leila loves hiking, fishing, snorkelling and relaxing in the lakes of Saskatchewan, exploring new restaurants, cooking and attending music and theatre venues.
Jillian Koster, MD
Jillian graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Sacred Heart University in 2009, where she graduated summa cum laude with the Silver Medal of Excellence in Biology. After serving as a classroom learning assistant in several of her courses, Jillian grew to love teaching, and enjoys taking the extra time to teach her patients. Jillian especially takes great pleasure in pediatrics and obstetrics. Inspired by her Autistic niece and nephew, she has a special place in her heart for special needs patients. When not practicing medicine, Jillian enjoys hiking, crafting, and making greeting cards. She is originally from Northern New Jersey, but she and her husband are very excited plant some new roots in New Hampshire.
Nicole Mesick, DO, RD
Nicole graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science with a minor in chemistry from Russell Sage College in 2010. Prior to medical school she completed her Dietetic Internship through the University of Connecticut at Hartford Hospital and is a certified Registered Dietitian. During medical school Nicole served as the Vice President of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and the Secretary of the Cardiology Organization. She has published multiple papers in scientific journals, and was the project coordinator for the obesity prevention program through the nutrition education and evaluation unit for the New York State Health Department. Her interests include sports nutrition, preventative health, pediatric medicine and health education. Outside of medicine Nicole is a professionally trained classical guitarist, enjoys anything fitness or music related, loves to travel, go to the theater, and enjoys spending time with her husband and family.
Mark Prodger, MD
Mark is a class of 2015 graduate of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. He was born and raised in Ontario, Canada where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry. Mark decided to make a big life change after completing his undergraduate studies and pursued medical education in Poland. During his stay, Mark was fortunate enough to visit 8 different countries by making good use of time off from studies. Other past and present hobbies include SCUBA diving, board games, painting, baseball, ice hockey, intramural volleyball and badminton and high school wrestling.
James Riddleberger, MD
James graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2015 and completed his undergraduate education at Middlebury College with a chemistry major in 2009. Between college and medical school James lived in Portland, Maine and worked as an EMT. During medical school James volunteered at the free clinics in New Orleans and went on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. He was also elected by his peers into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He grew up in Washington DC but now calls Maine home. He enjoys skiing, soccer, hockey, golf and anything else that takes him outdoors.
Paget Allis, MD
Paget is a 2014 graduate of St. George's University. As an undergraduate, she attended Smith College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Between college and medical school Paget worked as a lab assistant and at a dental office. She enjoys roller derby, running, ice hockey, rowing, traveling and yoga.
Tida Lam, DO
Tida graduated from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College where she studied sociology. We were lucky enough to lure Tida away from her home state of Maine to train here in New Hampshire. She is interested in refugee and immigrant health, preventive healthcare and global medicine. In her spare time she loves to cook, exercise and write fiction.
Abby L'Heureux, MD, MSW
Abby graduated from Mayo Medical School in 2014. During medical school she also completed her MSW at Arizona State University. Abby's path to medicine has been a fairly winding one, starting with studying mathematics and computer science at Connecticut College, then onto nursing, construction, fire fighting, and social work. Abby enjoys training for and running marathons, triathlons, wood-working, quilting and software programming.
Johnny Malcolm, MD
Johnny is a New Hampshire native, growing up in the Upper Valley and attending University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate. After college he backpacked throughout Europe before landing in Lake Tahoe, CA where he spent two years as a ski technician. He returned to New England for the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at University of Vermont. He graduated from UVM in 2014 and is excited to return to the Granite State. Johnny loves to ski in the winter, hike in the fall, and relax at the lake or ocean.
Michelle Mancherje, MD
Michelle is a 2014 graduate of St. George's University. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in Washington, DC before attending medical school. Michelle practices yoga and meditation and likes to hike, travel and read.
Douglas Phelan, DO
Doug graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. He attended La Salle University in Philadelphia where he pursued diverse interests in biology, economics and English. Doug is an active member of the American Medical Association and served as the medical student representative on the AMA's Council for Long Range Planning and Development. Doug's interests include theatre, a cappella, piano, trivia, running, soccer, and cooking.
Ashvin Punnyamurthi, MD
Ash is a 2014 graduate of Xavier University and attended KMC International Center in India as an undergraduate. Ash is an avid golfer and plays soccer and hockey. He is also an outdoor enthuiast who loves to fish. He also sings, plays various string and percussion instruments, and composes music.
Chien-Hsiang "Joey" Weng, MD, MPH
Joey graduated from National Yang-Ming University. After graduation, he served in the Taiwanese navy as a medical officer responsible for sixteen ships and two thousand soldiers. He received his MPH from Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and continued working there as a research fellow in thyroid and breast cancer fields. He has a great passion in cancer epidemiology research and has been actively involved in several domestic and international projects since medical school. Joey played competitive tennis, plays the violin and loves both popular and classical music. He enjoyes traveling and has been to sixteen countries since college graduation.
Kush Desai, MD
Kush received his medical degree from All Saints University School of Medicine in 2011. As an undergraduate, Kush studied Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University in Toronto, Canada. While in medical school, Kush was active in the local and national chapter of the American Medical Students Association, participating in free clinics locally, and conferences nationally. Kush is passionate about preventative care, community outreach programs, and global healthcare. He was actively involved with the Zambian Children's Fund of Canada, helping coordinate fundraisers and mission trips to aid in the fight against the HIV/AIDS crisis affecting children in the region. To further his belief in local community outreach programs, Kush contributed to fundraising efforts for the ErinOak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development (an organization supporting children affected by disabilities), as well as the Trillium Health Centre’s initiative for early health screenings for colon cancer. Here in Concord, Kush remains active with the Geisel School of Medicine Diversity group, volunteering as a mentor for the multicultural/minority medical students. Outside of medicine, Kush enjoys choreographed dancing, travelling, laughing with his family and friends, experiencing new foods, competing in obstacle courses, and watching sitcoms.
Sarah Fairchild Fradette, MD
Sarah graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2013. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University, she spent a year doing research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. She then realized her passion for primary care and pursued medical school, becoming involved in leadership positions in the Family Medicine Interest Group as well as multiple programs focused on rural and underserved medicine. She has a passion for holistic medicine and enjoys learning about preventive health care. In her free time, Sarah enjoys cooking, yoga, perusing the blogosphere, visiting her family and friends in sunny Seattle, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and dog.
Jana French, DO
Jana graduated from University of New England in 2013. She grew up in Massachusetts, began her undergraduate career at Holy Cross in Worcester and finished at UMass, Amherst where she studied Psychology and Spanish. After college, Jana worked for two years as a manager of a residential facility for men with developmental disabilities. In medical school, she participated in a research project during which she lived in a nursing home for two weeks with medical diagnoses and functional impairments to live the life of an elder resident. In her free time, Jana enjoys visiting friends and family throughout New England. She loves being outdoors, the ocean, playing games, and roasting marshmallows.
Meaghan Kennedy, MD, MPH
Meaghan graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2013. She has a strong commitment to the underserved, and pursued this interest in medical school through work with migrant farmworkers in northern Maine, Native communities in Minnesota, young mothers in NH/VT, and studying medical Spanish in Ecuador. She was honored to be chosen by her peers for induction into the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society prior to graduation. Meaghan previously attended Bowdoin College, and spent three years in Boston working in autism research while pursuing her MPH in Maternal and Child Health at BU School of Public Health. She envisions a career encompassing full-spectrum practice with OB and involvement in local and practice-level public health. Meaghan grew up just down the road in Manchester, NH, and is excited to complete her Family Medicine training so close to home. Meaghan enjoys playing in the mountains, lakes, and rivers of northern New England as well as vegetable gardening, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Meagan Kingman, DO
Meagan graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish. While in college Meagan volunteered at a medical clinic in Nicaragua, which piqued her interest in the medically underserved. After college she worked at a clinic for the low-income and uninsured in Portland, Oregon, and as a medical student she volunteered at a free clinic in Biddeford, Maine, along with being an active member of the Family Medicine Club. She also has an interest in international health, and spent a month in India as a medical student. She hopes to continue working internationally during and after residency. Growing up in both Maine and Oregon, Meagan is very happy to be close to one of her homes for residency. In her free time she loves to travel and spend time outdoors hiking or skiing.
Jason Lim, MD
Jason Lim graduated from St. George's University in 2013. Jason was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. During his undergraduate studies, he completed an Honors Double Major in Biology and Physiology from the University of Western Ontario. During his interim year after undergraduate school, he started a healthcare initiative for the aboriginal communities of Ontario. The idea was to create awareness of underserved communities and to allocate resources and services to the aboriginal people. Outside of medicine, Jason enjoys sports, playing guitar, and writing music.
John Quaresima, MD, MEd
John graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY in 2013. He grew up in Upstate New York and graduated from Queensbury HS in 1998. From there, he attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and received his BA in religious studies with a gerontology studies concentration in 2002. After college, he joined the Alliance for Catholic Education, a two year Americorps volunteer program. In ACE, John served as a middle school teacher in Oklahoma and received his M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN in 2004. He spent the following year teaching eleventh grade social justice and morality at a college preparatory school in San Antonio, TX. In July 2005, he married the love of his life and moved back to Upstate New York. There, he worked as an ER tech, med/surg nurse’s aide, and primary care medical assistant in preparation for medical school. While at Upstate, John participated in the Rural Scholars Program and spent nine months as the only medical student at a community hospital and rural primary care office. He was blessed to have two little girls during medical school, who certainly take up most of his time. However, he does his best to keep up with his other interests such as sports (hockey, football, softball, soccer), outdoor activities, cooking, reading, and playing with his dog, as well as making time for his large Italian family. John also remains passionate about theology, gerontology, education, social justice, and rural medicine. He aspires to practice full-scope family medicine, teach, serve others, and leave the world a better place.
Emily Wood, MD
Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Previously, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. She also played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago between music school and medical school. She completed her post-baccalaureate training at The University of Cincinnati, located in her hometown. While in medical school in Burlington, VT she played with the Green Mountain Mahler Festival Orchestra, the University of Vermont Symphony, and the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. She also participated in fund-raising for neuroblastoma research by way of the UVM-COM Marathon Team, as well as NAMI by way of the UVM-COM NAMIWalks initiative. She was a recipient of the Joseph Collins Scholarship, which is awarded to individuals dedicated to primary care and the arts. Emily hopes to practice in a rural area near a critical access hospital. In her free time, she enjoys making dresses, reading science fiction, and spending time with her husband.
Leadership Preventive Medicine Residents
Hyun Hong, DO, PGY4
Hyun graduated in 2012 from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He received his undergraduate degree in chemical biology and social sciences from Stevens Institute of Technology. Hyun was very engaged with the Camden, NJ community having co-founded Project REACH (Revitalizing Education & Advancing Camden’s Health) thru a $30,000/4-year grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Hyun was nationally recognized for his leadership and service to underserved communities, and has been named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow-for-Life and Paul Ambrose Scholar. He also served previously as the national president of the American College of Preventive Medicine-Medical Student Section (ACPM-MSS) and national chairman of the Korean American Medical Student Association (KAMSA). In his spare time, Hyun enjoys playing sports and cooking. He is excited to explore the various outdoor activities while in New Hampshire.
Bobby Kelly, MD, PGY4
Bobby graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2012. As an undergraduate he studied mathematics at St. Joseph’s University and went onto receive his master’s degree in education from University of Pennsylvania. Bobby enjoyed teaching math and science for six years before entering medicine. Bobby is an LGBT health advocate and has a strong interest in adolescent medicine. He hopes to incorporate these two interests into his eventual practicum project for the combined Family Medicine/Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency. In his free time, Bobby enjoys choral singing, piano, cooking, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Cole Zanetti, DO, PGY5
Cole graduated from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. As an undergraduate he attended University of Buffalo and received a degree in psychology. He has a background and interests in quality improvement, game dynamics, social networking, clinical informatics, big data analytics, innovation in primary care, medical education and mobile health. Cole is actively engaged in many leadership and advocacy roles including resident representative for the AACOM/AOA Blue Ribbons Commission for Medical Education Reform, he has also served as the Past National Chair for Community and Environmental Health for AMSA and Past Osteopathic Health Policy Intern. He is also a Fellow at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science working on a mobile health initiative in Haiti. He has also been the recipient of many awards including, Paul Ambrose Health Policy Scholar, Student Doctor of the Year Award from his medical school, Student Health Activist of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association, Future Leaders in Preventive Medicine Scholar and he was also recently selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Thought Leader for their symposium on Health and Health Care in 2032, helping develop a white paper report on future projections of health and health care. Outside of medicine his is an avid reader, loves basketball, baseball, swimming, hiking, camping, kayaking and is also a spoken word poet. He loves spending time with wife Bethany, their dog Harley, exploring and philosophical conversations.