At New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency 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 medicine; 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.
Megan Bennett, MD
Megan comes from a small farm in Palmyra, Ohio and stayed in the area to complete an accelerated Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree program through the Northeast Ohio Medical University. While in medical school she further developed her passion in rural underserved communities as a charter member of the Rural Medical Education Pathway (RMED) and also studied in Italy to develop coursework on the history of medicine. She plans to continue this interest by working in a critical access area practicing rural or frontier medicine as well as taking part in medical mission trips. In addition to working on the farm, Megan enjoys a variety of hobbies including hand embroidery, hiking, and cake decorating.
Emily Boone, MD
Emily grew up in southern Maine and received both her Bachelor of Science and medical degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Prior to her medical training, she lived in Boston working on research focusing on diabetes. Throughout her education, she was able to explore her interest in international healthcare by studying abroad and working in medical clinics throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. She is also passionate about women’s health. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family. She is the youngest of six children, and she has six nieces and nephews. She also loves the ocean, cooking, and spending time with her golden retriever.
Liz Casey, DO
Liz graduated with a medical degree from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in 2019. During medical school, Liz was part of the Reproductive Health Club leadership team and helped spearhead bringing sexual health classes to local high schools. She was recognized as a National Health Service Corps Scholar for her devotion to caring for those with limited access to health care and as a patient-nominated Daisy Award recipient for being a role model of clinical skill and compassion. As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, she is trained to combine medication-based treatments and manual therapy into a whole-person approach to patient care.
Liz is excited to apply this method of care as she starts her medical career and to make New Hampshire her home. You may see her going on runs with her border collie throughout town or hiking in the White Mountains with family.
Tamara Chin, DO
Tamara (Tami) is a recent graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. She is originally from Chelmsford, MA and now has a beautiful family with her high school sweetheart. Before medical school, she attended Hofstra University and soon after worked as a nursing assistant/home health aide in Newburyport, MA where she fell in love with geriatric and palliative care. Her passions include good food, human rights, rescue animals (she has three at home) and musical theater. She’s excited to start her career in family medicine at Concord Hospital.
Xinuo Gao, MD
Xinuo grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in neuroscience, human biology and psychology, and then attended Ross University School of Medicine. With immense interest in emergency medicine and global health, Xinuo hopes to make a difference in the world one day by providing aid in low-resource countries. Aside from medicine, she loves a variety of activities, some of which include hiking, running, reading, gaming. She is determined to learn how to ski and snowboard by the end of her residency. She is excited to start this new chapter of her life at New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.
Liesl Matska, MD
Liesl is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She was born in Boston and returned north for medical school after studying at Emory University and realizing she missed winters. Her medical interests include LGBTQ health and community medicine. Her previous job was as a preschool teacher where she learned songs about the days of the week (and still remembers the hand movements that go with them). When she's not working Liesl enjoys sewing, knitting, writing, and singing. She also enjoys theatre and was part of theatre groups throughout high school and college, although these days most of her performances are belting out show tunes in her car.
Amanda Pereira, MD
Amanda was born and raised in a suburb of the Greater Toronto area, called Mississauga. She earned a Bachelor of Science at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, and then attended Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean. She completed the basic sciences portion of her medical education at Saba and traveled throughout the United States northeast and the midwest for clinical rotations. Her journey, albeit slightly unconventional, allowed her to appreciate the true essence of diversity. Her experience has reinforced her passion for preventative medicine as well as identifying, and addressing, the social determinants of health. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys cooking for her family and friends, spending time by the water, and cheering on the 2019 NBA Champions Toronto Raptors. Amanda is excited to be joining the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency family and looks forward to exploring all that New England has to offer.
Lindsay Weigel, MD
Lindsay grew up along the coast of Maine but lived in Boston for nine years prior to starting residency. She is excited to be moving north again, closer to the mountains where she loves to ski, run, hike, bike, and paddle. Prior to medical school, Lindsay completed a five-year cooperative education program at Northeastern University which allowed to her to train in hospitals both internationally in Ghana and Belize and locally within Boston while earning a Bachelor of Science in health science and minor in psychology. She also competed in both cross country and track during her time at Northeastern. She then attended Tufts University School of Medicine, graduating in 2019, where she developed a passion for underserved communities and social medicine. Her other interests include behavioral health, integrative medicine, and reproductive health. When Lindsay is not at the Hospital or clinic, she can likely be found exploring the roads and trails surrounding Concord or at a local coffee shop.
Bhargavi Chekuri, MD
Bhargavi grew up in South India but later moved to northern Virginia, District of Columbia, New York City and most recently New Orleans. Prior to starting medical school, Bhargavi got a degree in political science, worked in city hall and worked as a medical assistant for a year. Medical school involved another move — this time to Australia at the University of Queensland, where she got to learn in a new health system and began owning the abbreviated, but the unique nickname “Bhar.” She is absolutely thrilled to have matched at NH-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency because of the friendly, fun, supportive and thoughtful culture that is fostered throughout the residency. As an outdoor enthusiast, Bhar is excited to explore all that New England has to offer, especially the White Mountains and Acadia National Park.
Tarunpreet Dhaliwal, MD
Tarun graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2018. He hails from the suburbs of Toronto, Canada and completed his BSc in Biology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He went on to pursue a Masters degree in stem cell research at the University of Ottawa, following which he spent a year working in a research lab at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, before beginning medical school in 2014. He is ecstatic to be a part of New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and looks forward to exploring his interest in hospital medicine, full-spectrum outpatient primary care, and preventive medicine in a community setting. He also looks to avail opportunities to medically serve the underserved in the future, along with his wife, who is a dentist. Tarun likes to spend his free time with his family and loved ones, hiking, trying new restaurants — especially steakhouses and Italian, and playing soccer, tennis, and chess. He is a lifelong Inter Milan fan.
Mitch Granoff, DO
After finding each rotation of medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine fascinating and rewarding, Mitch sought the specialty that covered the full spectrum of medicine. His clinical interests landed this NH native back in his home state with the wonderful residents, faculty and staff of New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Since then his motivation to be a good physician and leader has only grown. He now plans to continue gaining experience to prepare him for outpatient family medicine, exploring his interests in osteopathic manual medicine, addiction, pediatrics, prenatal care, and dermatology. Mitch enjoys balancing his life with family time, disc golf, ice hockey, and DIY projects.
Bhreagh MacDougall, MD
Bhreagh is from the beautiful and scenic Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia Canada. Bhreagh completed her medical degree at Saba University School of Medicine, another tiny yet scenic island in the Caribbean. Prior to medical school, Bhreagh earned a Master of Medical Science at the University of Calgary with research focused on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. Although a proud Canadian, Bhreagh has enjoyed seeing and experiencing various parts of the United States during her clinical rotations in Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Maryland, and Maine. She is settling in nicely amongst the rolling hills, picturesque New England countryside that reminds her of her native Cape Breton. True to the Maritime spirit, Bhreagh enjoys sunsets on the ocean, kitchen parties, and all seafood. In her spare time Bhreagh enjoys practicing the fiddle and step dance, two popular Gaelic traditions still part of everyday life in Cape Breton. Bhreagh is very happy that her talented husband, a sought after Cape Breton Fiddler has accompanied her to New Hampshire for the duration of her residency. If you have an interest in music, she'll happily take you along to a square dance or session around the New England area.
Jennifer MacKenzie, MD
Jenn was born and raised in Pembroke New Hampshire, where she attended undergrad at Colby Sawyer College in New London NH then attended medical school at Saba University on the Island of Saba. Her medical interests include comprehensive outpatient family medicine and hospital medicine. Personal interests include extreme couponing and spending time with family and friends.
Sandra Mikail, MD
Sandra Mikail hails from the urban oasis of Mississauga, outside Toronto in Canada. She received a bachelor of science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. She completed her medical education at St: George’s University in Grenada. She moved to the New Jersey and New York City tri-state area for her medical school rotations where she was able to maintain her active urban lifestyle during her free time. She’s thrilled to have matched at New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency because of its congenial atmosphere. She wins the award for most weekends in New York City among her cohort. When she’s staying local you’ll find her training for triathlons or brunching with her co-residents.
Meredith Milligan, MD
Meredith graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 2018. A true Husky, she also attended the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in psychology in 2014. Meredith was drawn to family medicine by its broad scope of practice and unique focus on the care of patients within the context of their communities. She is excited to work with patients throughout all stages of their lives and is most interested in women’s health, palliative medicine, and pediatrics. In her free time, Meredith enjoys baking, spending time at the beach, and reading a good book — especially a mystery.
Malcolm Tan, MD
Before this all started, Malcolm could never have predicted the adventures he has had so far. Having spent his formative years in Vancouver, British Columbia, Malcolm is thrilled to be training near mountains, lakes and the coast in beautiful New Hampshire. He received a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia before embarking on his journey in medicine at Saba University in the Netherlands Antilles. During this time, he earned a Master of Science and continues to be interested in systematic reviews, jurisdictional health policies, and social determinants of health affecting low resource communities within North America and abroad. Over the years, Malcolm is privileged to have worked on a pediatric cohort study in Nunavut, as well as review health care systems in Peru. Clinically, he hopes to pursue rural full-service family medicine practicing obstetrics, inpatient and outpatient care. He aspires to laugh as much as possible, build tight-knit teams, get to know people through food, and climb or ski as many tall pointy things as he can spare time for during residency. There is never a dull moment in the clinic and the Hospital, which is what made him fall in love with family medicine, and he could not be more excited to learn and thrive at New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program.
Amir Alawneh, MD
Amir hails from Michigan, where he graduated from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. His preclinical years were spent in East Lansing, MI and his clinical years were in Flint, MI. Prior to medical school, he graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Although he is quite proud to be a Spartan, he considers himself a Wolverine at heart. He moved to the northeast to be closer to his wife, Asmaa, who is currently a medical student. Amir’s medical interests range from urgent care to raising awareness of mental health in local communities. He intends to work with underserved populations both within and outside of the United States. When not working, Amir enjoys playing sports, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer Badger, DO
Jennifer is a new graduate from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, with a special interest in geriatrics and palliative care. Prior to this, Jennifer worked in a variety of fields including health insurance, ophthalmologic research at Bausch and Lomb and as a home health aide after graduating with a BA in English and Chemistry from the University of Rochester. Jennifer enjoys hiking, gardening, painting, photography, rowing, cleaning her house (or other people’s houses) and spending time with her partner and her cat. Additionally, she has lived in a variety of places in the United States including Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh PA, Buffalo, NY, and Austin, TX, as well as many others. Because of this, she loves to travel and really enjoys getting to know the spirit and the local cultures of new places. She is ecstatic at the opportunity to do the same in Concord.
Stephen Bishop, MD
Stephen is originally from the beautiful twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. He moved to Canada to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biomedical and life sciences at McGill University. He then headed back to the Caribbean for medical school in Grenada at St. George’s University, where he spent two years in Grenada and two years in Brooklyn, New York. He is overjoyed to be a part of the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and is looking forward to exploring his interests at the Hospital, which include full-spectrum primary care, population health, rural medicine, and narrative medicine. Outside of the Hospital he is an avid soccer player and Liverpool fan, loves to write music with his younger brother and scuba diving when he gets the chance.
Loulya Chahine, MD
Loulya graduated in 2015 from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in biology at the American University of Beirut in 2011. During medical school, Loulya organized a lot of underserved community outreach projects and developed an interest in social medicine. After medical school, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to acquire research skills and experience life in the United States. Loulya is interested in holistic, integrative and preventive medicine. She is thrilled to be joining the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program and living in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as skiing, camping, hiking, and scuba-diving. She loves traveling, meditation and yoga. She believes excellent health care should be available to all and looks forward to serving her community as best she can in her future practice.
Linda Haller, MD
Born and raised in Kansas, Linda is the eldest of three. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and three minors (women’s studies, fine arts and Spanish). Before deciding to pursue a career in medicine she lived and worked in El Salvador, Central America for about two years with the study abroad program that she attended in college. She eventually returned home to complete the pre-medical requirements at the University of Kansas while working at KU and Haskell Indian Nations University. During that time, she convinced her partner (now husband) to move to Kansas from New York. Eventually, they moved “out East” to Boston, where she attended Tufts University School of Medicine, graduating in 2017. Her interests include integrative medicine, obstetrics/women’s health, and addiction medicine. She is very excited to be on a new adventure in Concord and to continue her training at New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.
Rima Patel, MD
Rima graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in 2017. Originally from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Rima received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She spent several years teaching high school sciences on the Texas-Mexico border and is very excited that this new journey will bring her closer to family and friends. Rima’s particular medical interests include personalized care, healthcare disparities, and full-spectrum medicine. In her spare time, she likes to hike, take pictures with her new DSLR camera and travel.
Luke Sturmy, MD
Luke graduated from Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies. A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, he attended St. Francis Xavier University where he completed a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a minor in biology. Having grown up in a small town with both parents being family physicians he one day hopes to practice comprehensive family medicine. Particular interests include functional medicine, sports medicine, and obstetrics. Outside of medicine Luke enjoys hockey, soccer, golf, hiking, and traveling.
Rebecca Williams, DO
Rebecca is excited to be coming home to New Hampshire for residency. She graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in ME and completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Neuroscience at Hamilton College in NY. In between college and med school, Rebecca worked with elderly and disabled adults which laid the foundation for her interest in family medicine and its broad spectrum of care. Outside of the Hospital, she spends time rock climbing, skiing, and hiking when she can get outside. She also loves spending time with family and playing board games.
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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 the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Insha has a great interest 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.