S. Kathleen Carson, M.D.
Hometown: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Undergrad: Colorado School of Mines
Medical School: University of Virginia
Interests/hobbies: Hiking, Trail running, Nordic and downhill skiing, Backcountry camping, Yoga
Medical interests: Infertility, Postpartum Depression, Fertility Awareness Based Methods of Family Planning
What did you do before medical school: Danced with the Colorado Ballet, Yoga instructor
Why Maine Medical Center: : Academically driven, community based program with welcoming residents and faculty in a beautiful place to live.
Nadi Nina Kaonga, M.D.
Hometown: Durham and Newmarket, New Hampshire, and Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi
Undergrad: Columbia College, New York
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests/hobbies: Travel, reading, listening/dancing to music, writing, spending time with family and friends
Favorite Maine activity: Taking a drive in the fall once the leaves change color (it’s gorgeous!), visiting sugar shacks in winter (maple syrup = delicious), swimming in lakes or hanging out at the beach in spring/summer.
Medical interests: Holistic care, clinical decision-making (and considerations for resource-replete vs -limited settings) and increasing access to safe and quality surgical care for women (especially in hard to reach areas)
What did you do before medical school: Worked with governments, NGOs and for profits as a technical advisor on digital health and health systems strengthening / I still get to do this which is pretty cool and ‘forces’ me to keep learning about the health, global health and development sectors and inspires me to continue to critically think about better ways to approach public health and health service delivery.
Why Maine Medical Center: For me, the question is why not Maine, as Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a gem. MMC has amazing teaching faculty, wonderful and supportive staff, brilliant and friendly co-residents, diverse patients (due in part to the state being immigrant-friendly), research opportunities and more all located in an idyllic setting.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Benkay
Larissa Weirich, M.D.
Hometown: Salem, Oregon (but recently moved from the “other” Portland!)
Undergrad: University of Oregon
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
Interests/hobbies: Running, hiking, backpacking, skiing, board games, exploring places to get good food/drinks with friends
Favorite Maine activity: Not sure yet! Excited to explore
Medical interests: Family planning and reproductive health policy, global health
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine has a smaller community feel within a larger academic center, which is exactly what I was looking for. Top that off with the people and the beautiful surroundings, and I couldn’t be happier to be training here.
If I wasn't a doctor, I would be a... journalist. And travel the world through my work.
Elizabeth Wolfe, M.D.
Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut
Undergrad: College of William & Mary
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Interests/hobbies: Skiing, sailing, hiking, road biking, and baking pies
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: I was once a summer camp counselor for Argentine middle schoolers in Ireland
Medical interests: Obstetrics and gynecology
Why Maine Medical Center: Because it’s the best medical center in the best city in the US!
Celebrity I most resemble: Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Favorite restaurant in Portland: The Honey Paw
Tricia Gianfagna, M.D.
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Medical School: University at Buffalo
Interests / Hobbies: skiing, hiking, biking, baking, eating ice cream
Favorite place in Maine: my apartment (spent a lot of time there in quarantine!)
Medical interests: infertility, high risk obstetrics
Favorite weekend destination: not sure yet, still exploring!
Favorite Maine activity: watch sunsets on the western prom
Personal goals: learn to juggle (clinical responsibilities as well as the actual circus skill!)
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: teaching 5 year-olds how to play tennis!!
Why Maine Medical Center: a supportive learning environment with friendly residents and attendings, all in the beautiful setting of Maine
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be: a calculus teacher
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Scales
Lydia Gill, M.D.
Hometown: Freedom, NH
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Interests / Hobbies: Running, hiking, biking, skiing, cooking, crafting
Favorite place in Maine: Isle Au Haut
Medical interests: Rural healthcare, public health
Favorite weekend destination: New places!
Favorite Maine activity: Exploring rocky beaches
Why Maine Medical Center: A busy medical center which services a broad geographical area, dedicated and approachable faculty and staff, diverse patient population
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Baharat
Luke Roberts, M.D.
Hometown: Rochester, NH
Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Golfing, hiking, biking, skiing, craft beer, reading
Medical interests: Primary Care, Global Health, Rural Medicine, Patient Advocacy
Favorite weekend destination: Any of Maine’s awesome beaches, lakes, or ponds
Personal goals: Hike all 48 4,000-footers in the White Mountains
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted to be at a tight-knit, community-focused hospital with the resources and strong faculty of a larger academic center. Filled with genuine people in the best city in New England, MMC was the perfect fit!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be: a teacher
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Luke’s Lobster, Portland Pie Co
Katie Davis, M.D.
Hometown: Advance, North Carolina
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Traveling, reading, playing volleyball, petting dogs, and learning ceramics
Favorite place in Maine: Walking the Back Cove or East End on a beautiful, crisp morning
Medical interests: Health policy and advocacy, criminal justice health, care for the underserved, health care leadership, high risk obstetrics, family planning
Favorite Maine activity: Finding a new path or trail to walk with a great view!
What did you do before medical school: I worked as a CNA at two nursing homes and a hospital
Personal goals: To be a curious and empathetic physician, strong leader, dependable teammate, and reliable partner.
Why Maine Medical Center: I loved the culture here when I did an away rotation during my fourth year of medical school, and I knew it would be a great fit for me! The things that stood out to me were the wide scope of cases we treat due to our large catchment area, the diversity of the patient population, and the program’s mission to serve and advocate for the women of this community. The residents and faculty were encouraging and supportive, and I knew they would help train me to be the best provider I can be.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be: Realistically something in public health or health administration, but I would love to learn more languages and be an interpreter or global diplomat.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: There are so many great ones I love, and I honestly have not had a bad meal here! Pai Men, Honey Paw, Tiqa, Benkay
Madison Doutre, MD
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah
Interests / Hobbies: My German shepherd, Max, cooking/baking, crocheting, attempting many DIY projects, podcasts, and reading
Medical interests: High risk obstetrics, family planning, working with underserved populations
Favorite weekend destination: Anywhere new!
Favorite Maine activity: Going to the beach with my dog and husband.
Personal goals: Learn how to sail.
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted to train somewhere where I could have personal relationships with all the residents and attendings and MMC’s allows for that. MMC also serves a diverse population and large geographic area allowing great breadth of training!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be: Wildlife Biologist
Courtney Hargreaves, MD
Hometown: Easton, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: reading, podcasts, trying new coffee places and breweries, spending time with my friends, family, and my cat Pheo
Medical interests: reproductive endocrinology and infertility, education, access to infertility care
What did you do before medical school: spent a year doing endocrinology research at the NIH
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: I spent a summer working at a children’s museum doing science experiments with kids!
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted a small, supportive program with the research and resources of a bigger academic program.
Catherine Potter, MD
Hometown: Durham, NH
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Maine Track
Interests / Hobbies: Alpine skiing, baking bagels, raising houseplants
Medical interests: Rural medicine, family planning, reproductive access
Favorite weekend destination: The mountains of western Maine, for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Favorite Maine activity: Apple picking!
Why Maine Medical Center: During my AI rotations I met wonderful residents and faculty who were passionate about providing great care in a fun, encouraging environment. This group of people combined with the awesome city of Portland convinced me that I didn’t want to be anywhere else!
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Bird & Co. (delicious and creative tacos!), Baharat (Middle Eastern street food)
Rachel Reiss, MD
Hometown: Panama City, FL
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, cooking, soccer
Favorite place in Maine: Acadia
Medical interests: High-risk pregnancy, healthcare for underserved populations
What did you do before medical school: Worked at a community health non-profit in Chicago
Why Maine Medical Center: Community-academic hybrid serving diverse patient population with welcoming residents and faculty
Hometown: Blue Hill, Maine
Undergraduate: Hamilton College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine (Maine Track)
Interests/Hobbies: Crafts, gardens, food, hiking, relaxing with my partner Andrew and our baby Larkin
Favorite place in Maine: Deer Isle, Maine
Medical interests: Family planning, reproductive healthcare access, medical education
Favorite Maine activity: Island picnics & saltwater swims
Why MMC: MMC is a warm and welcoming community of smart and down-to-earth people who are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and medical education. I love that the program is academic, community-oriented, family-friendly, and located in one of my favorite cities in the world. There’s nowhere I’d rather train!
Favorite restaurant in Portland: I can’t pick just one! Scales, Terlingua, Eventide, Cong Tu Bot, Tandem Bakery
Hometown: Northbridge, MA
Undergraduate: Bridgewater State University
Medical School: UNE COM
Interests / Hobbies: Board games, Peloton, cooking, hanging with my rescue pup
Favorite place in Maine: definitely Portland, I love walking on the Eastern Prom and exploring the Old Port.
Medical interests: addiction and recovery work in pregnancy, harm reduction, reproductive justice
Favorite weekend destination: Moosehead Lake
Favorite Maine activity: walking on the Eastern Prom trail
What did you do before medical school: research at the NCI and Brown University
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: ice cream scooper at Cold Stone Creamery
Why Maine Medical Center: The people are incredible. As an AI I was blown away by the kindness of the residents, attendings, NPs, nurses, scrub techs.. etc. Everyone is so kind and supportive here. I knew this was a team I would fit in with, and would be honored to be a part of.
Celebrity I most resemble: I’ve heard Natalie Portman?
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be: an interior designer
Favorite restaurant in Portland: depends on the meal; breakfast/lunch at Dutch’s, drinks at Apres, snack from Eighty8 Donuts, and dinner at Taj
Hometown: Prior Lake, Minnesota
Undergraduate: Drake University
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Interests/ Hobbies: Going on hikes with my Golden Retriever Olive, yoga, traveling, and camping
Medical Interests: Family planning, reproductive health policy, high risk obstetrics
Favorite Maine Activity: Exploring new hiking places!
What did you do before medical school: I worked as an EMT
Why Maine Medical Center: MMC is an academically driven community program with welcoming and supportive staff and co-residents. All in the beautiful state of Maine!
Hometown: Apalachin, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Interests / Hobbies: Travel, Podcasts, baking, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family
Medical interests: Women’s Health, Health Disparities, High Risk Obstetrics, Reproductive Justice
Favorite weekend destination: Exploring new places
What did you do before medical school: worked at a health department as part of the Rural Health Service Corp. I also completed my MPH.
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine Medical Center provides a small, close-knit, supportive community program, within a large academic center. I also appreciated that MMC serves a diverse patient population.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be: A chef