LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Our Residents / 1st Year Residents

1st Year Residents

resident-retreat-1.jpg

 


burnetteJohn O. Allen, MD

Western Carolina University, BS
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD

I took the long way around to medicine. I grew up on the North Shore of Boston exploring the woods and mountains in northern New England. I spent ten years there renovating and restoring historic houses as a carpenter. After enlisting in the Army, I earned my Green Beret and deployed five times overseas as a Special Forces Medic. During this time, I met my beautiful wife and we had three wonderful children. I completed my undergraduate degree in Emergency Medicine while on Active Duty. I was blessed to pursue medical school at UNC where I spent my clinical years of training in the mountains of Asheville, NC. This allowed me to solidify my interest in rural Family Medicine because it involves the care of an entire family from the cradle to the grave.

My passions in medicine lie in Integrative Medicine,
Sports Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, and Substance Abuse Treatment. At times in my life I have enjoyed rock climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and surfing but these days I love to hike, camp, and splash in creeks with my wife and young children. My wife and I also love to organic garden together. I am excited to continue my medical training in Lancaster.

 

carrPineal Bekere, MD

Millersville University, BS

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, MD

 

I was born in Ethiopia, East African country with 13 months of sunshine! I lived there for the first 13 years of my life before moving to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 2007. After finishing high school, I decided to stay in Lancaster to study Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry at Millersville University. Thereafter, I had the opportunity to attend medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in the suburbs of Chicago. And now, I am excited to be back to my home-town to attend residency at LGH, a well reputable and excellent program.

 

I am interested in working with underserved patient population and practicing full-spectrum family medicine. I am also passionate about preventative care and global health. As part of the Global Health Program at Loyola, I was able to broaden my perspective on healthcare needs in other parts of the world through field experiences and public health research, which I hope to continue during residency. Outside of medicine, I enjoy walking, camping, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

sorayaSamantha L. Bush, DO

University of Delaware, BA

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

 

I grew up in Wilmington, DE and am a self-proclaimed “Delaware person.” I attended the University of Delaware where I completed my biology degree with a minor in biochemistry. After college, I worked as a laboratory technician in a reproductive endocrinology office. There I helped couples start families, which was a wonderful experience that ignited my passion for women’s health. After a year, I was ready to take the next step and went to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) for medical school.

 

During my time at PCOM I was able to move back to Delaware to complete my clinical rotations during my third and fourth years. Delaware has a very small town feel where knowledge of the community is paramount for good patient outcomes. I was lucky enough to secure a rural family medicine rotation in Laurel, DE which solidified my interest in rural and community medicine. I hope to practice full-spectrum family medicine as I advance in my career and Lancaster seemed like the perfect place for me to learn and flourish. My interests within family medicine lie in geriatrics, women’s health and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

 

When I’m not in the hospital I love playing volleyball, hiking, cooking, knitting and hanging out with my dog, Rosie.

 

cotterRyan J. Fischer, MD, MEd

DeSales University, BS
Pennsylvania State University, MEd
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

 
I was born and raised in Lancaster County, and I am thrilled to be coming back to Lancaster to continue my training. Throughout high school and during summer vacations in college, I could often be found working at the local hardware store. My job consisted of everything from filling propane tanks; to stocking shelves; to my personal favorite, helping customers solve problems (plumbing, electrical, lawn and garden … anything and everything).
 
I studied biology at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania before going to medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. While in my fourth year of medical school, I worked on an accelerated Masters of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Degree. While I hope to continue to be involved to some degree in medical education throughout my career, the main motivation was to develop skills to better help patients learn about their own health. 
 
In medical school, I was also fortunate enough to get involved in the Global Health Scholars Program (traveling twice to Zambia) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. I truly believe that the key to the health of a community starts with excellent primary care, and cannot think of a better place to continue to learn as a physician then at the family medicine program here at Lancaster General Hospital. 
 
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, and listening to music or a good podcast.

 


DewaltAndrew V.A. Foley, MD, MPH

Franklin & Marshall College, BA
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH
Harvard Medical School, MD

 
I grew up in Hershey, PA and completed my bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College here in Lancaster. After F&M, I worked as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholar for Disease Treatment and Prevention in Santiago, Chile for one year prior to starting medical school in Boston. During medical school, I found primary care and Family Medicine to be the best match for my interests, which include providing comprehensive, patient- and community-centered care and improving health systems.

I took an additional year in medical school to complete a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Policy, where my Practicum focused on improving care models and payment systems for patients with complex medical, social, and behavioral health needs. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time in nature (hiking, cycling, running, and bird watching), visiting with family and friends, and reading. I am delighted to return to Lancaster, where I can fully indulge my love of hard pretzels and serve a community that I care so much about.

 

KirchnerLisa Freeman, MD

Dickinson College, BS
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, MD

I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My first taste of the charms of southern Pennsylvania came during my undergraduate training at Dickinson College, where I studied neuroscience and Spanish. After college, I learned about the amazing impact of family medicine during my year in AmeriCorps, doing wellness and nutrition work at a family medical center serving a diverse, underserved population. My love of full-spectrum primary care was confirmed in my medical training at the University of Rochester, where I developed special interests in women's health and addiction medicine. In Rochester I also met my partner, who is starting his residency in emergency medicine. We are both thrilled to be moving back to the area and can't wait to eat and hike our way through the area! In my free time, I love to hike, jog, try new restaurants, read, listen to podcasts, and travel.

 

kofflerKyle R. Lau, MD

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, BS
University of Minnesota School of Medicine, MD

 
My awesome parents raised me in a rural northern Minnesotan town called Cloquet where I was inspired to become a family physician due to a doctor rock star named Pete Olsen. I graduated college from the University of Minnesota majoring in biology and minoring in microbiology and anthropology. I completed my first 2 years of medical school at the University of Minnesota Duluth and then did a majority of my clinical rotations through a program called MetroPAP, which is designed to train students interested in primary care and underserved communities.

Throughout medical school, my mentors Ray Christensen, Jim Boulger, Rahul Kapur, and many others supported my passion in delivering full-spectrum family medicine care and my other interests such as immigrant health, sports medicine, and population health. I love spending time with my partner and family, traveling, and eating tasty food and working out so that I can eat more food. 

 

loudonRobin D. Megill, MD, MSPH

University of Vermont, BS

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MSPH

Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD

 

I grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb, and attended the University of Vermont. I majored in Nutrition, and took many classes in Exercise and Movement Science and Biochemistry. I took a year off after graduating and worked in Auckland, New Zealand, and then completed a graduate degree in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on International Health with a practicum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I moved from nearby Baltimore to Washington, DC to attend medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. In medical school I was a Health Justice Scholar; I focused on advocacy work with people who are living on the streets or homeless.

I thoroughly enjoyed all my clinical rotations in medical school, and I chose Family Medicine because of the broad scope of practice opportunities and career paths available. My current interests include emergency medicine/urgent care, preventative medicine, addiction medicine, sports medicine, and global health. Outside of the hospital, I try to spend time in nature through hiking, camping, cycling, mountain biking, and snowboarding. I love to travel and explore new cultures, and have spent time in 25 countries and 47 out of 50 states.

 

Ana E. Sanchez, MD

Cornell University, BA
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

 
Having grown up in northern York County, I am very excited to continue my training just down the road in Lancaster. While a lifelong Pennsylvanian at heart, I spent some time out of state to attend Cornell University, where a global health minor and international field experience in coastal Ecuador ignited my interest in medicine. From there I returned to central PA to study at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Throughout medical school I was drawn to primary care. I appreciate the longitudinal relationships family med physicians develop with their patients and admire their commitment to creating healthier communities from the foundation of the healthcare system. While I have a particular interest in maternal-child health, I look forward to the strong general training at LGH that will allow me to meet the needs of my community.
   
Outside of medicine, I am an avid dancer whether that’s a quick Zumba class at the gym, social salsa dancing, or my favorite, tap dancing. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, going on long walks, trying new restaurants, cooking Cuban food, and snuggling cats. I am thrilled to be joining the LGH family and to call the vibrantly diverse city of Lancaster my home for the next few years!

 

mooreShannon E. Seeland, MD 

The Pennsylvania State University, BS

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, MD

 

I was born and raised in upstate New York before venturing off to Penn State where I completed my bachelor’s in chemical engineering. During my time at Penn State, I found my calling for service through medicine, played on the varsity softball team, and met my incredible husband, Mark. I moved back north to attend medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY, where I discovered my passion for working with underserved groups and treating patients holistically across the full scope of life and medicine.

I am thrilled to start this next chapter of life at Lancaster Family Medicine where I will learn from fantastic faculty and co-residents, receive excellent training in maternal-child health, and have the unique opportunity to take care of underserved patients in both an urban and rural setting. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, being involved in our church, hiking, biking, weight lifting, trying new recipes, and learning about regenerative farming principles.

 

ridoutKatherine E. Shoemaker, MD 

Juniata College, BS

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

 

I grew up in Allentown, PA before moving to the small town of Gettysburg, PA where I went to high school. From there, I studied biochemistry at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, discovering my passion for working with underserved rural communities. I attended medical school at Penn State University in Hershey, PA where I continued to learn about underserved medicine, both locally and through Penn State’s Global Health Scholars Program in Ghana.

 

I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere and sense of community in smaller cities and towns, so I am excited for the opportunity to train at Lancaster General. I’m also thrilled to continue working with underserved communities in Central Pennsylvania while exploring my interests in women’s health and global health.

 

Outside of medicine, I enjoy distance running, traveling, reading, and exploring new hiking trails.

 

robertsonCamden Towne, DO, MPH

Grove City College, BS

Arcadia University, MPH

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

 

Hello! My formative years were spent in New England acting on the stage and screen, cycling around New Hampshire and Maine, and playing the piano. Highlights of college and graduate school included learning Spanish and culturally-sensitive outreach in Ecuador, spending time at a friend’s Pennsylvania farm, caring for patients in the back of an ambulance, deep conversations with friends, designing spreadsheets to help find the highest need patients at a bilingual clinic in inner-city Philadelphia, and traveling to Indonesia for an international medical conference with a mentor. Right before I moved for medical school, my lovely (now) wife agreed to date me long-distance, and then we married just before starting clinicals.

I am so thankful for her support, that of my mother who raised me to care for those in need, and God who has always given me purpose and hope. I look forward to growing as a physician in point of care ultrasound, women’s health, addiction medicine, and prevention at such a wonderful program in a beautiful area of the country with my co-residents. I look forward to meeting you!

 

wangAutumn Vogel, MD

University of California, Berkeley, BA

Lincoln University, BS

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

 

Born and raised among the redwoods of the idyllic Monterey Bay on California’s central coast, I spent many summers visiting grandparents in the emerald rolling hills of Lancaster County. A deep love of humanness and healing led me to study medical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where I completed my Bachelor of arts degree. After college I took a job at a non-profit clinic for uninsured women and children where I served as a medical assistant, care coordinator and community health coordinator. My time there at the Santa Cruz Women’s Health center fostered my interest in clinical medicine. After much thought and many adventures (including experiences abroad teaching simple techniques for treating cervical cancer, working as a birth doula, and interning with herbalists) I made the decision to become a clinician myself. This choice led me to move across the country to complete premedical training at Lincoln University, where I completed my Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology and my medical training at Penn State College of Medicine.

During medical school I served as Medical Advocacy Coordinator on the board of our student run free clinic, and deepened my advocacy experience as a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. I believe that physicians should be partners in fostering the health and healing that is innate in you. I am passionate about whole health integrative medicine, reproductive health and preventative medicine and am thrilled to be staying in the area to complete my medical training in Family and Community Medicine at Lancaster General. The Lancaster area brings out my love of hiking, biking, canoeing, and learning about all the wonderful plants that grow in here—all things that keep me healthy and happy. I look forward to meeting you and working together as partners in your health!