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 want to work with these residents? Learn a little more about them by reading their bios below.
Kush Desai, MD
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.
Maria Boylan, DO
Maria graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology from University of New England College of Arts & Sciences. While in medical school she was president of the UNECOM chapter of the American Medical Association, where she traveled to several national conferences and participated as a voting delegate. She was inducted as a member to the osteopathic honor society Sigma Sigma Phi. Maria is a New Hampshire native having grown up in Derry. She is a mom to a two handsome sons, and her husband is an acupuncturist. Her family owns a local restaurant in Manchester, NH. Outside of medicine Maria enjoys yoga, hiking, crafts, traveling, and spending time with her family. One of her greatest passions is organizing charity events, her biggest accomplishment being an annual charity auction that has raised over $35,000 for David’s House. In her future career she hopes to pursue OB as a family practitioner and aspires to becomes skilled in doing OMT in the OB population.
Kim Dekker, MD
Kim graduated from St. George’s University in 2012. As an undergraduate, Kim studied biomedical toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan. In the interim year between university and medical school, Kim worked as part of a toxicology research team. Kim is also very passionate about her work with people with disabilities. She has been actively involved with the National Down Syndrome Society and Saskatchewan Abilities council since high school and continues to be an advocate for those with disabilities. Outside of medicine, Kim enjoys hiking, traveling, rock climbing, running half marathons, football and ice fishing.
Hyun Hong, DO
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). Hyun will continue to develop his leadership skills and pursue his public health interests as a Paul Ambrose Fellow in our combined Family Medicine/Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency Program. 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
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.
Mckalyn Leclerc, MD
Mckalyn graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree in biology from Middlebury, Mckalyn was selected as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She taught high school science for two years while concurrently enrolled in a master’s of education program at City College of New York. Mckalyn also worked for the state of Vermont as an environmental technician. She enjoys dance (jazz, ballet, modern), yoga, swimming, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Tyler Martin, DO
Tyler graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. While a New Hampshire native, Tyler headed south for college, graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in biology. In his interim year between college and medical school, Tyler was a barista at Starbucks. He has a strong commitment to the underserved, having been involved with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at a free community clinic. He enjoys traveling and spends his free time reading, playing piano, hiking, biking, kayaking or going to movies.
Elysha Mawji, MD
Elysha graduated from St. George’s University in May 2012. As an undergraduate, she studied human biology at the University of Toronto. She then went on to pursue a master’s degree in control of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focusing on HIV research around vaginal microbicides. Elysha has a strong commitment to social justice issues and as such has worked as an antihomophobia and anti-transphobia peer educator with Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Elysha is an avid hiker, having hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail. Other interests include hockey, soccer, scuba diving, and travel.
Cara Sacchetti, MD
Cara graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2012. As a medical student, she was president of her school's chapter of the Catholic Medical Student Association, organizing many faithbased ethics discussions on campus as well as community outreach for students including volunteering at a women's shelter in Baltimore. Her faith is what motivated her to become a family physician, and she has a strong interest in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. In 2008, Cara received her undergraduate degree from Providence College, graduating magna cum laude in the Liberal Arts Honors Program with a BA in Spanish and a concentration in Pre-Medical Sciences. She was very involved in Campus Ministry as an undergraduate. She continued with Medical Spanish in medical school and volunteered her time at an after-school program in Baltimore for children of Latin American immigrants. Cara is a native New Englander (with a major Boston accent), growing up in Quincy, Massachusetts and is extremely happy to be near home again for residency, close to her stereotypically loud and affectionate Italian family. She is proud of her heritage and loves to cook and bake. She also is an avid beachgoer and enjoys gardening, skiing, dancing, interior design, and her shoe collection.
Jim Ford, MD
Jim graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College where he studied theater. Prior to medical school he spent two years as an EMT and a year as a laboratory technician. He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, guitar and wilderness medicine.
Jessee Meek, DO - Chief Resident
Jessee graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2011. During his time at OUCOM, he was a teaching assistant for anatomy and taught anatomy and histology for both the Summer Scholars and postbaccalaureate Programs. As an undergraduate, he attended Ohio Northern University and received a bachelor of science in biology with high distinction. While at ONU, he completed and presented a research project on the efficacy of the Hepatitis B Vaccine. His interests include teaching, preventive medicine in underserved populations, osteopathic medicine, live music, tennis, and spending time with family and friends. He is currently one of the acting chief residents.
Mike Messina, MD
Mike received his medical degree from University of Massachusetts. Prior to medical school, Mike attended Boston College and received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry. He spent two years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a research technician and clinical research coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and baseball, running and cooking.
Alex Nowicki, MD
Alex graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. During his medical training he completed rotations at UCLA, the University of Rochester and McMaster University. Prior to medical school Alex attended the University of Western Ontario where he received a degree in medical science and majored in physiology. During the summer months he had the opportunity to expand his clinical education at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland. Alex has dedicated much of his time to volunteer activities most notably when he spent his interim year teaching school children in Kerala, India. He also has a passion for sports and has been a part of countless teams and clubs throughout his life. Alex was able to combine his love for sport with helping others when he was a ski instructor at Track 3 ski school for disabled children throughout his undergraduate education. He hopes to continue such a union in his profession life.
Mike Ross, DO
Michael graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where he served as chapter president of the American Osteopathic Family Physician Society. He volunteered as a diabetes educator at a local free clinic and the Biddeford, ME soup kitchen. Michael received his undergraduate degree in Health Studies from Boston University. Upon graduating from college, he served in AmeriCorps for two years as a diabetes educator at the Providence Community Health Centers in Rhode Island. He also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a research assistant for Brown University’s Quit for Health Smoking Cessation Study. Michael received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his work with AmeriCorps and a Star Volunteer Award for his involvement with the American Diabetes Association. In Michael’s free time, he enjoys skiing, tennis, kayaking and running.
Owen Vincent, DO
Owen graduated from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2011. He received his undergraduate degree in bacteriology and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to medical school he worked as an associate research specialist in the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Owen is one of the combined Family Medicine/Leadership Preventive Medicine residents as a Paul Ambrose Fellow; he currently serves as the NH Ambassador for Council of Interns and Residents of the American Osteopathic Association; and he is also an affiliate faculty clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of New England.
Mark Walrod, MD
Mark is a graduate of Albany Medical College. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Williams College. After graduating from Williams, Mark taught high school chemistry and math for three years. He also completed a year of Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock before transitioning to family medicine, which better aligns with his interests. In his free time, Mark can usually be found outside – skiing, hiking, biking.
Cole Zanetti, DO
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. Additionally, Cole is one of the programs combined Family Medicine and Leadership Preventive Medicine residents. 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.
Hilary Alvarez, MD
Hilary graduated from Mayo Medical School in 2009, following an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Dartmouth College and postbaccalaureate premedical work at Mount Holyoke College. She is part of the combined Family Medicine/Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency and her practicum work will focus on smoking cessation in pregnancy. She lives in Concord with her husband and daughter and is an avid triathlete, hiker, and historical fiction reader. After graduation, Hilary plans to practice family medicine with obstetrics in northern New England and use her quality improvement training to improve care in that setting.
Jonathan Ballard, MD
Jonathan received a BA in Biology (2004) and a MD (2009) from the University of Louisville. Between undergrad and medical school, Jonathan completed a health policy internship in the Office of the Majority Whip in the United States Senate and attended University of Cambridge, England where he received a Master of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology with his masters thesis focused upon colon cancer prevention. His prior published research focused on novel therapeutic treatment options for several types of cancer. In Jonathan's free time, he is a consummate world traveler, enjoys horseback riding and other outdoor activities. As a former college soccer player, he continues his interest in the sport. While doing the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, Jonathan plans to learn more about health care delivery science and use his leadership abilities to improve interdisciplinary team-based approaches to treat chronic disease in primary care.
Shauna Guthrie, MD
Shauna graduated from Drexel University School of Medicine in 2009. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Kansas. Shauna is one of the residents in the Combined Family Medicine/Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency and her practicum project will focus on weight gain in pregnancy. Shauna is competent in American Sign Language and enjoys singing, swimming, live music and watching college basketball. After graduation she plans to work in a small town doing full-spectrum family medicine and quality improvement work.