Current Residents

 

Third Year

 

Alina Leschiner, MD
Alina Leschiner, MD

Where is your hometown?

Tolyatti, Russia


Where did you attend medical school?

First Pavlov State Medical University of Saint-Petersburg


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency for its friendly, collaborative and supportive atmosphere. It has clicked immediately. I also liked the curriculum structure and the opportunity to be exposed to all pediatric subspecialties. It will definitely give me a perfect basis for my future career.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I love having well-demarcated seasons and the continental climate. Plus, the nature in Michigan is really fascinating and I am looking forward to explore it during the next 3 years.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Lansing strongly reminds me of my hometown which is the capital of Russian automobile industry. The city is quiet and at the same time here you can find anything for life you could ever think of.


What are your hobbies?

I love cooking and dancing. I also used to write stories and novels, one of which is in the process of being published in Russia.


What are your career goals?

I am considering applying for a Neonatology fellowship after my residency but I am open to other options as well.




Lara S. Al-Agailat, MD
Lara S. Al-Agailat, MD

Where is your hometown?

Madaba, Jordan


Where did you attend medical school?

University of Jordan School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Choosing MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency is not just a 3-year decision, it’s a lifelong commitment to a program where I found wide opportunities provided to the residents starting with education, wellness, friendly environment and most importantly residents, attendings and all the staff working at Sparrow who works together as a team, more like a family.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Winter months of Michigan.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

The natural beauty of the city and the calm environment.


What are your hobbies?

Cooking and coloring.


What are your career goals?

Pursuing fellowship after residency.




Joe Ann Lourens, MD
Joe Ann Lourens, MD

Where is your hometown?

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Where did you attend medical school?

Avalon University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The people! 100% the people! I have been blessed to work with a wonderfully supportive and insanely gifted team here at MSU/Sparrow.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The natural beauty of Michigan. No matter where you are, nature is always close by. Not too many people get to see deer on their drive to work!! I love it!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I love that it is a little smaller, not a huge urban area. The commute to work is short and living costs are lower. Plus there is still plenty to do and see in Lansing!


What are your hobbies?

Travel and food! Visiting new places and exploring local culture & cuisine is just so much fun!!


What are your career goals?

I enjoy inpatient settings, chronic disease management in particular. As someone familiar with the challenges of healthcare in underserved and remote communities, I have an interest in outpatient service as well.




Ekaterina Iausheva, MD
Ekaterina Iausheva, MD

Where is your hometown?

Moscow, Russia


Where did you attend medical school?

Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

As almost every student, I was looking for a program where I could get a diverse clinical experience with a well-balanced curriculum, high board passing rates, etc, but as for me it was also very important to have good people by my side. And I am so happy that I ended up here at MSU/Sparrow pediatric residency. It definitely combines everything that I was looking for.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I like that it has all 4 seasons as my favorite holiday is New Year and I can’t imagine it with 40C outdoors. I also heard that it has a very beautiful nature, but hasn’t had a chance to explore it yet.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

One of the advantages of the smaller city is that everything you need is located relatively close to you.


What are your hobbies?

Baking, zumba, yoga, reading, skiing, skating, traveling.


What are your career goals?

At this point I more interested in general pediatrics and peds endocrinology.




Amanda Jiminez, MD
Amanda Jiminez, MD

Where is your hometown?

San José, Costa Rica


Where did you attend medical school?

Universidad de Ciencias Médicas, Costa Rica


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

During the interview, I could tell the residents were really happy there to be there and had good relationships amongst the other classes and attendings.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

It's not everywhere you find genuinely friendly people. I have to say, I'm still getting used to strangers saying hello wherever you go.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I like that you can find small cute cafes and nice restaurants, but also I can walk a few miles from my place and walk through a forest trail.


What are your hobbies?

Dancing, hiking, eating.


What are your career goals?

I like general pediatrics, but I'm pretty sure I'll pursue a fellowship eventually. For now, I'm interested in Heme/Onc, but that could change in the next few years.




Ravleen Saini, MD
Ravleen Saini, MD

Where is your hometown?

Canton, MI


Where did you attend medical school?

Avalon University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

During my interview, I learned about how the Pediatric Residents at Sparrow met with the Governor of Michigan (Gov. Whitmer) and changed the MI car seat recommendations to match the recommendations of AAP. I loved it. I knew that Sparrow would be the perfect place for me to make a difference in this world. Also, being from MI, I'm super passionate about giving back and serving my community who helped me get to this point. Lastly, I love that we get to see and treat kids with so many backgrounds at the clinic, so Sparrow was my top choice.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Michigan is home, so being close to my family was important. I love everything about living in Michigan (except the potholes).


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Being so close to the capital. Driving to hospital every morning and seeing the capital building during sunrise is an amazing view.


What are your hobbies?

Zumba/working out/hiking, cooking, watching NBA, spending time with family.


What are your career goals?

I'm keeping an open mind. I love everything about being a pediatrician.




Muhammad Sheraz Raza, MD
Muhammad Sheraz Raza, MD

Where is your hometown?

Karachi, Pakistan


Where did you attend medical school?

Dow Medical College


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Dr. Stiffler inspired me during the interview, also the residents are super nice and friendly.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Natural parks, population diversity, multicultural food.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Living in the downtown, near Capitol.


What are your hobbies?

Reading, weight lifting, Teaching.


What are your career goals?

NICU or Peds ER.




Savannah Gowan, MD
Savannah Gowan, MD

Where is your hometown?

San Antonio, TX


Where did you attend medical school?

Ross University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The location, the friendly people, and the Starbucks. Past residents were also highly successful at attaining their desired fellowships.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I really enjoy the fall in Michigan. The weather is beautiful and it's fun to go apple picking and drink cider and eat apple donuts.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy traveling, hiking with my dogs, and spending time with family. I also love to cook and watch cooking shows.


What are your career goals?

I’m hoping to pursue an inpatient fellowship after residency, but I am unsure which specific fellowship I am going to pursue.




Adila Abulhamail, MD
Adila Abulhamail, MD

Where is your hometown?

Jeddah, Saudi


Where did you attend medical school?

King Abdulaziz University


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I loved how down-to-earth everyone is. Attendings and residents have been so supportive, encouraging and warm.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The four seasons especially Winter months … I love snow and skiing. Also, the Arabic food is amazingly good, similar to my hometown cook.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

It is safe with great parks, wonderful waterfront and the Potter Park Zoo is a must.


What are your hobbies?

Travelling, Shopping and exploring new restaurants.


What are your career goals?

Pursuing Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship after my residency.



 

 

Second Year

 

Abeer Al-Raddadi, MD
Abeer Al-Raddadi, MD


Where is your hometown?

Saudi Arabia.


Where did you attend medical school?

Taibah University.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I loved how friendly and approachable the people were at my interview. Even though it was a virtual interview, I felt the camaraderie between residents. I also admire the autonomy given at our program and the diversity of patients we serve, which I believe will help me grow into a competent pediatrician.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I love the lakes and the different seasons.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I like how friendly the people are here. It is also a very affordable city.


What are your hobbies?

Hiking, biking, traveling, and exploring different cultures.


What are your career goals?

Pursuing a fellowship in gastroenterology.




Lauren Donley, DO
Lauren Donley, DO


Where is your hometown?

Montague, MI.


Where did you attend medical school?

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose Sparrow for the supportive learning environment and friendly residents and attendings! I feel our program has a really wide range of pathologies and great opportunities to explore subspecialties and general pediatrics alike. I also get to be closer to family here so that’s an added bonus!


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I have LOVED living in Michigan my whole life, and the best part are the summer days spent on a lake with friends.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I like living in Lansing because it’s a good mix of city-feel when you’re closer to the hospital and college campus-feel with the ability to go to MSU for college sports games and take walks along the Red Cedar river.


What are your hobbies?

Playing with my two dogs, longboarding, baking, and reading.


What are your career goals?

I’m still trying to decide if one subspecialty stands out amongst the others. Right now I love emergency medicine, GI, inpatient medicine, and our general peds clinic- so it makes it hard to choose!




Adha Jbarah, MD
Adha Jbarah, MD


Where is your hometown?

Amman, Jordan


Where did you attend medical school?

The Hashemite University School of Medicine, Jordan.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

One of the strengths of the Sparrow program is its diversity. We are a medium sized program yet very diverse. There are many different opportunities to shine and learn in your own way here. What made me more comfortable after I started is the supportive and friendly environment both residents and attendings.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Beauty of nature.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

The safety, diversity and the kindness of people.


What are your hobbies?

Traveling, cooking and watching movies.


What are your career goals?

I will pursue fellowship but I have not decided yet. I want to experience all the different subspecialties before I make my decision.




Amira Othman, MD
Amira Othman, MD


Where is your hometown?

Egypt.


Where did you attend medical school?

Assuit University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The chemistry between the attending and the residents. In addition, I have been living here for many years with my family.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The beautiful nature.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

The friendliness of the people in Lansing community.


What are your hobbies?

Reading, traveling and cooking.


What are your career goals?

Fellowship.




Mackenzie Shattuck, DO
Mackenzie Shattuck, DO




Where is your hometown?


Mason, MI.




Where did you attend medical school?


Michigan State University College of Ostseopathic Medicine




Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?


I was able to work with the residents and attending as a student and they very much made me feel like part of the team. I love and think it’s special to get to serve in the community that raised me.




What do you like most about living in Michigan?


Being close to family and experiencing the seasons.




What do you like most about living in Lansing?


Just a few hours away from anything you would want - Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Traverse City are favorites for me.




What are your hobbies?


I enjoy walking my pup, cooking, gardening and recently updating our new-to-us older home.




What are your career goals?


Currently still leaning toward general pediatrics, and hope to have an emphasis on teaching.




Shamil Sheth, MD
Shamil Sheth, MD


Where is your hometown?

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.


Where did you attend medical school?

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Medical Education Trust (AMC MET) Medical College, LG Hospital, Ahmedabad, India


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Sparrow had a very systematic way of planning interviews, which gave me an idea of how systematic the program would be. Also, the program caters to widely diverse populations, and also offers various subspecialty rotations, providing a rich exposure to the interns.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The beautiful weather in different seasons!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I love the pleasant parks and lakes around the city. I am also enjoying meeting new people and exploring a culture completely different from my own.


What are your hobbies?

Printmaking (woodcut and linocut); Numismatics; Antique collection especially traditional Indian utensils; Cooking; Cycling; Swimming


What are your career goals?

I look forward to pursuing a fellowship, but haven't given it great thought yet, because my priority during residency would be to have a good exposure of various subspecialties, to enable me to have a clear vision regarding which niche area I can pursue further. As a pediatrician, I see myself serving the underserved population, and would like to explore various avenues for that.



 

 

First Year

 

Mishref Abdelhamid, MD
Mishref Abdelhamid, MD

Where is your hometown?

Assiut, Egypt


Where did you attend medical school?

Assiut University College of Medicine, Egypt


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I completed my fellowship in neonatal perinatal medicine in the same institution and I love people here in the program, add on that they have a very well-established teaching didactics and clinical teaching, also diverse cases exposure and nice community.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Diverse community and very respectable people.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I live in East Lansing and love it!


What are your hobbies?

I love soccer and volleyball.


What are your career goals?

Neonatal Perinatal Medicine in an academic institution.




Alexis Bowman, MD
Alexis Bowman, MD

Where is your hometown?

Portland, Maine


Where did you attend medical school?

St. George's University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Close knit community allows for a great learning environment.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The people are kind.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

My residency program.


What are your hobbies?

Pilates, spin classes, skiing, travelling abroad.


What are your career goals?

After completion of my general pediatric training I would like to move back to New York City and complete a neonatology fellowship.




Kelsey Gillis, DO
Kelsey Gillis, DO

Where is your hometown?

Scottsdale, AZ


Where did you attend medical school?

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose MSU/Sparrow because of how friendly and encouraging the residents/attendings and other staff are. Wherever you go residency will be challenging but at Sparrow I feel like I have a home away from home and a group of co-residents that will be there to help me during the difficult times and challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone. They truly want you to succeed and work together as a team.

I also chose MSU/Sparrow because of the X+Y curriculum. It allows me the opportunity to focus on my current rotation block, without rushing between the floor/elective and clinic. Additionally, it allows me the opportunity to take care of my health by scheduling personal doctor’s appointments or having time to work on research/QI/Advocacy projects.

I chose MSU/Sparrow because of the uplifting environment and the curriculum layout. I am grateful that Sparrow is where I matched!


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Water and nature have always been something that helps me relax. Growing up in the desert, I really like the how green it is, and all the rivers/lakes you can see/visit. I enjoyed learning how to kayak with one of the other interns! I also really like the different environments you get (all within a few hours drive) such as the big city of Detroit, the city feels but smaller size of Lansing and the smaller town of Charlevoix Michigan.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I like how Lansing has a variety of activities to participate in and the big city feel without being as big as Detroit. I like how on one side you get the university environment of Michigan State University and on the other side you get the state capitol. Having grown up in a big city (Scottsdale/Phoenix) I feel like I have all the resources of a big city but the traffic of a smaller town.


What are your hobbies?

My primary hobby is spending time with friends (my co-residents) whether that is grabbing a bite together, going to a movie or kayaking. I also enjoy dancing, baton twirling, swimming, walking, kayaking and catching up with family.


What are your career goals?

I know I like following my patients over time. I am still deciding whether I want general pediatrics or pediatric oncology.




Alisha Manocha, DO
Alisha Manocha, DO

Where is your hometown?

Richmond Hill, Ontario


Where did you attend medical school?

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The program had the community-feel I was looking for in a residency program, but I also felt that I would receive a strong education with the diversity of the patient population and wide breadth of disease presentations. I was also excited about the X+Y aspect of the program, as I really value my outpatient continuity clinic time.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

There is so much to do and see across the state! I especially love the access to the great lakes, and the beautiful hikes up in the UP and throughout the state. I also really appreciate the proximity to my family and friends in Ontario.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I spent my first two years of medical school living in the Lansing area, so it was an easy choice to make it home again. I like having access to all the perks of a larger city, without the traffic! We are close to cities like Detroit and Ann Arbor, so there are always things to do in the area!


What are your hobbies?

Baking, hiking, traveling to new places.


What are your career goals?

General outpatient pediatrics




Amna Mousa, MD
Amna Mousa, MD

Where is your hometown?

Nablus, Palestine


Where did you attend medical school?

Jordan University of science and Technology, Jordan


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Friendly environment. It is a varied, medium sized program with diversity of clinical experience. Attendings and residents are such a welcoming and supportive, productive learning environment.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Diverse population, beauty of nature, surrounded by the Great lakes, exploring Michigan in the winter.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Safe and quiet city, people are friendly and helpful.


What are your hobbies?

Cooking,photography, traveling and exploring different cultures.


What are your career goals?

To pursue a fellowship after Residency.




Erin Skelly, DO
Erin Skelly, DO

Where is your hometown?

North East, Pennsylvania


Where did you attend medical school?

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The interview was my favorite by far and I felt like the residents were really genuine. I knew I'd get a strong gen peds education here as well.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Michigan is beautiful! As someone who grew up on Lake Erie, I appreciate how close the other Great Lakes are.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I love my quiet apartment that is steps away from a scenic walking trail. When I’m not working, I’m usually at home with my cat or on a walk.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy reading (scifi/fantasy), in the winter I crochet and knit, I’m trying to learn how to make cookies that aren’t flat and burned


What are your career goals?

General pediatrics with a goal to own my own practice.




Delaney Tognolini, DO
Delaney Tognolini, DO

Where is your hometown?

Roseville, CA.


Where did you attend medical school?

Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I was a sub-I student in the PICU here during my fourth year. All of the attendings I worked with were very passionate about teaching their specialties, which made me more excited to learn from them. I got the sense that regardless of what my long-term career goals were, the program would support me and ensure that I was prepared for the next steps after residency.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

This is my first time not living on the West Coast, so I am hoping to take advantage of my new spot and travel to more of the East Coast. I like to camp and I am looking forward to adventuring to the UP since everyone recommends it for the outdoor activities and wine tasting. I can’t wait to compare some Michigan wines to my beloved Washington wines.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I like to try new restaurants and since I am new to the area, they are all new to me! Since I am in the middle of the state, I hope that it will make exploring around the state a bit easier. Also, I am close to Chicago where my West Coast friend lives (hi Sara!).


What are your hobbies?

I am currently repainting my entire house, during which time I listen to a fair amount of audiobooks (shout out to Libby). I like to ride my Peloton, but mostly for the Cody classes. Wine tasting became a favorite in medical school. Lastly, I have always liked to cook and bake even though I undoubtedly mess something up every time.


What are your career goals?

What are your career goals? I would like to do a Fellowship. I am currently most interested in PICU and Heme/Onc.