LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

3rd Year Residents


Rima BicharRima Bishar, MD

Bryn Mawr College, BA
New York Medical College, MD

I was born in Queens, NY, spent my childhood in Fairfield County, CT, and my young adulthood in Delaware County, PA. I stayed in the Philadelphia suburbs for college and for two years afterward to pursue microbiology research. I was then drawn back to the greater NY area for medical school during which I became greatly involved in student groups and improving the student experience both on campus and beyond. What pulled me into medicine was the opportunity to serve and connect with people while constantly learning in a professional and academic environment. I knew Family Medicine was the right fit for me because it identifies and meets the needs of patients exactly where they are regardless of their stage in life or circumstance. I hope to continually broaden my scope of practice and to recognize the importance of community in both my own and my patients’ lives. I know Lancaster will be a wonderful place to build this community. Of course through it all, what keeps me grounded and motivated are my friends, family, salsa dancing, Zumba, and occasional scarf-knitting.
 


Chelsea BrowerChelsea L. Brower, MD

McGill University, BS
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, MD

I grew up in Northern New Jersey but ventured north to Canada to attend McGill University for college. I returned to New Jersey for medical school to be closer to my family including my twin sister! I decided to pursue family medicine because of the emphasis on preventative medicine and continuity of care. My passion for family medicine and health care policy led me to serve as the medical student trustee to the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians during my final year of medical school. While I am interested in practicing full-spectrum family medicine, I have a strong interest in caring for underserved patients. During medical school, I had extremely rewarding experiences working with the largely underserved population of Newark, NJ. I realized how important primary care is for patients with limited resources while working as a student director for my medical school’s student-run free clinic. I also am very interested in pursuing academic medicine because I really enjoy teaching. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to train at Lancaster Family Medicine because of the strong full-spectrum training and ability to work with both urban and rural underserved patients! My hobbies include playing tennis, reading, running, traveling, cooking, listening to NPR podcasts, playing kickball, and I recently discovered how much fun country line dancing is!


Ruth BurleyRuth A. Burley, MD, MSc

American University, BS, MSc
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Rutgers, MD

I was born in Geneva, Switzerland, but grew up in the quaint suburbs of Exton, PA. Prior to my senior year of high school my family took an adventure and moved to Ridgewood, NJ. I then spent 6 years in Washington, DC studying biology at American University where I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Looking to combine my passions of science and helping others, I pursued my medical degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Rutgers. I am ecstatic to be returning to my Pennsylvania roots to train in Family Medicine at Lancaster General. I love family medicine for its full-spectrum care from babies to geriatrics and having the opportunity to work with multiple generations within one family. When I’m not at work, I like to think a lot about food between searching for recipes, baking, cooking, and hosting parties. I also enjoy crocheting, reading, exploring in the great outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.


Thomas CoyneThomas C. Coyne, DO

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), DO

I grew up in Philadelphia, PA though I enjoyed city life I was drawn to Virginia Tech for undergrad. While at Tech, I majored in Sociology and Political Science. After college I spent three years in Senegal, West Africa with the Peace Corps. It was there where I became interested in medicine. I returned to Philadelphia to complete my prerequisites for med school and met my wife, Trish. Luckily, I convinced her to return with me to Blacksburg for medical school at VCOM. I was drawn to Lancaster General Health because of the training it offers in full-spectrum family medicine, while also allowing me to explore my interests in underserved medicine, sports medicine, and health policy. My wife and I are excited to return to PA with our daughter Caroline. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, and cycling. We are excited to explore all Lancaster has to offer, while having access to Philadelphia sports teams and weekends in Cape May, NJ.
 


Andy HooverAndy Hoover, MD

Messiah College, BS
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in beautiful Lancaster, PA and spent my childhood enjoying all that the farmland had to offer. Upon graduating from high school, my desire to serve others and see more of the world got the better of me, so I spent some time doing mission work in Albania. During that time I developed a love for international travel and a desire to have a skill to offer to the communities in which I live. I eventually ended up at Messiah College where I studied biology and ultimately decided that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. I was delighted to stay in nearby Hershey, PA for medical school, and I am even more thrilled that I will be able to begin my career as a family doctor in my hometown of Lancaster! I enjoy the full spectrum of family medicine, and have a particular interest in preventative medicine, working with underserved populations, and effective doctor-patient communication. Outside of medicine, I enjoy biking, hiking, camping, new restaurants, public radio, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.


Alison LimaAlison Lima, MD

Iowa State University, BS
University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD

Born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts by a Cape Verdean and Portuguese family, I chose to explore the country after high school and went to Iowa State University for my B.S. in Biology and International Studies. In Iowa, I gained respect and new love for rural and farming communities which later influenced my match at Lancaster General Hospital. After college, I served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as a community health educator for 2 years. I met and married my husband Donald, a native Nicaraguan, there and we moved back to the U.S. so I could apply to medical school. My passion for working with underserved and global populations fueled my participation in numerous activities while at UMass Medical School like the SNMA and LMSA. Women’s health, obstetrics, diabetes and chronic disease management are among my clinical interests. I’m fluent in Spanish and am excited to reach out to the immigrant, refugee, and migrant farmworker populations of Lancaster County during residency. Other professional interests include health education, health disparities, public health, health policy, and teaching/mentoring medical students. Outside of work, you will find me on the dance floor, exploring Lancaster County’s farms and markets, riding rollercoasters at Dutch Wonderland, trying out Amish recipes in my kitchen, and teaching my daughter Gabi how to grow vegetables in our backyard.


Juliette MandelJuliette Mandel, MD

McGill University, BA, BS

I was born and raised in New York City. I moved to Montreal to complete my undergraduate degree at McGill University in Quebec. I majored in Biomedical Sciences, French Language, and Social Studies of Medicine. After college, I spent two years working in Peru and Nepal in various clinical settings, including: an OBGYN shelter for survivors of domestic violence, an orthopedic hospital, an HIV/rehabilitation center, and a few rural outreach clinics and educational programs. These experiences led me to the realization that I wanted to immerse myself in primary care and medical outreach that thrives on the life-long therapeutic relationships we form with our patients. While in Nepal I became fascinated with Integrative Medicine, and before beginning medical school I became a certified yoga instructor. I attended Penn State in Hershey PA, where I continued to be involved in the global health scene and teach yoga for students at the hospital, and at a studio in the community. My love for family medicine was born out of the diverse opportunities to connect with patients of all backgrounds, while promoting wellness through lifestyle, nutrition, and holistic modalities. I am thrilled to join the Lancaster community and hope to continue to pursue my interests in Integrative Medicine, Global Health, Behavioral Medicine, and Health Policy as a resident. Aside from yoga and medicine, I enjoy running, traveling, farmer’s markets, delicious Lancaster eats, indie bands, and spending time with friends, family, and my brainiac fiancĂ© Doug.
 


Emily MillerEmily M. Miller, MD

Barnard College, BA
Temple University School of Medicine, MD

I grew up in Ridgecrest, CA and spent the majority of my free time dancing. I moved to the east coast at 15 to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts outside of Boston, MA. After that I moved to New York City to attend Barnard College, where I double majored in biochemistry and dance, dividing my time between the lab and the studio. Struggles with injuries and an interest in injury prevention drew me towards medicine, which led to a job as a clinical research coordinator at Hospital for Special Surgery. My work at HSS further solidified my decision to pursue medicine, and I went on to complete medical school at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. It was during my third year rotation at Lancaster General Hospital that I fell in love with family medicine. I have many interests within the diverse field of family medicine – from sports medicine to women’s health to HIV primary care. I am excited to begin my training at LGH and explore yet another wonderful city. Outside of medicine my interests include cooking, running, yoga, dance, hiking, travelling and any other adventures that come my way!
 


Jared NissleyJared A. Nissley, MD

Eastern University, BS
Penn State College of Medicine, MD

I’m excited to have the opportunity to begin my career in medicine in Lancaster, the community where I grew up and consider home. After studying Biology in college near Philadelphia, I spent a year in the Middle East and returned to central PA for medical school in Hershey. I’ve come to love family medicine because of how it is oriented toward helping patients achieve overall health. Along the way, I married Bethany and my daughter was born. When I’m not working I enjoy watching baseball, gardening, cycling, and especially spending time with my family.
 


Karl ReisigKarl V. Reisig, MD

SUNY Upstate Medical University, MD
Drexel University, MS, BS

I was born and raised in western NY where early on I learned the importance of hard work, serving others, and living a balanced life. I attended Drexel University in Philadelphia where I studied biomedical engineering and experienced life in a big city. I then moved to Syracuse, NY for medical school where I developed an interest in full-spectrum family medicine and sports medicine. I was drawn to Lancaster by the charm of the area, the strong, supportive faculty, and the friendly, happy, and smart residents. Outside of medicine, I enjoy the outdoors in all seasons – fishing, backpacking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, kayaking, cycling, and road tripping. I also enjoy cooking and crocheting.


Alison StanleyAlison M. Stanley, MD

The George Washington University, BA
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in Lancaster County, just outside of Lititz. My husband and I met while in high school and our families still live in the area, so we are thrilled to be coming back home and establish our roots in Lancaster. I attended college at GW in Washington, DC, where I earned a bachelor of arts in art history. I also developed an interest in healthcare through public health volunteer activities. Wanting to further explore this interest, I returned home and worked here at LGH as a patient care assistant in the ICU. My passion for medicine was confirmed, and my experiences sparked an interest in preventive care. After a great year at LGH, I was seeking an opportunity to give back with a year of community service. I moved to Philadelphia and became a City Year corps member, where I tutored and mentored underprivileged youth in schools. My next step was onto medical school at Penn State in Hershey, PA. Through many experiences here, I had excellent role models who taught me about the incredible variety of roles a family physician can fulfill. While my special interests include patient education and palliative care, I look forward to the opportunity to learn full-spectrum family medicine with the diverse patient population in Lancaster. Outside of medicine, I enjoy vegetarian cooking, Zumba, going to art museums and concerts, watching Netflix, planning parties, and traveling.
 


Mike VizacheroMike Vizachero, MD, MBA

University of Michigan, BSE, MBA, MD

I grew up in metro-Detroit and attended the University of Michigan for college, where I received an Industrial Engineering degree as well as my MD and an MBA. It was during my early college career that my personal interest in health and wellness transformed into a mission to help others achieve their health goals. During medical school I married my high school sweetheart and have since been blessed with an amazing son named Ben (and another on the way!). I enjoy family time as well as any athletics, the outdoors, growing and fermenting sustainable foods (that includes a good micro-brew), and am always up for a new adventure. I am passionate about helping people throughout the full-spectrum of life, motivating behavior change, and using my broad educational background to create innovative solutions to healthcare's most pressing problems. I chose LGH because this is a program where I felt like I could become great in all aspects of family medicine. From an incredibly strong OB program, to deep experiences with both rural and urban populations, we see it all. I am excited and honored to be a part of the LGH community and the lives of my patients!


Caitlin WhiteCaitlin M. White, MD

Franklin & Marshall College, BA
Jefferson Medical College, MD

I was born and raised just north of Gettysburg, PA, the Apple Capital of Pennsylvania! I studied Neuroscience and Spanish at Franklin & Marshall College (go Dips!), just down the street from Lancaster General Hospital. After college, I worked as a research assistant at the National Institute on Aging, part of the NIH in Baltimore, MD. I then returned to Pennsylvania to attend medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. I am so excited to be back in Lancaster for residency! Family medicine is the perfect specialty for me because I like a little bit of everything – pediatrics, women’s health, obstetrics, and preventive medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, sports, and spending time with family and friends. My husband, a Millersville University graduate, and I are so happy to return to the Lancaster community!