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Elisabeth Erekson, MD MPH FACOG FACS


Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.
Medical School:
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine – M.D.
Saint Louis University, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Women and Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island/Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Masters in Public Health:
Brown University

Dr. Erekson received her bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Illinois and her Master of Public Health from Brown University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Louis University, followed by a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery and an NIH T32 fellowship in epidemiology and clinical trials, both at Women and Infants’ Hospital of Rhode Island/Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Erekson a clinician-scientist who is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (also known as Urogynecology) and serves as a ABOG sub-specialty certifying examiner. Her research focuses on outcomes in gynecology, the epidemiology of female pelvic floor disorders, health services research in women’s health and quality improvement. Past research endeavors have included investigations of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (ACS NSQIP), the National Survey of Ambulatory Surgery (NSAS), Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS). In 2012, she was awarded the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Career Development award in conjunction with an R03 award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists Transition into Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program.

Dr. Erekson also has a strong focus on quality improvement and outcomes in gynecologic surgery. She serves a voting member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Standing Surgical Committee for the endorsement of quality metrics in surgical care. She also serves as an American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) committee chair, quality council member, and national advisor of the Quality Improvement and Outcomes Research Network facilitating the collection of data on variation in practice patterns and outcomes for the surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence across 9 different health systems in the United States and Canadian. In 2017, she won the American College of Surgeons-American Urogynecologic Society’s joint scholarship to the Brandeis University Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management.

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Jason Lachance, M.D.

OB/GYN Residency Program Director

Undergraduate: Holy Cross – B.A.
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine – M.D.
Residency: University of Washington in Seattle
Fellowship: Gynecologic Oncology: University of Virginia
Master's Degree: Clinical Investigative Sciences, University of Virginia – M.S.

Dr. Jason Lachance is the Residency Program Director and a gynecologic oncologist at Maine Medical Center/Maine Medical Partners Women's Health. Dr. Lachance is a native of New Hampshire. His professional interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education, decision analysis modeling, cost effectiveness research, and quality outcomes research.

In his free time, Dr Lachance enjoys running and vegetable gardening, as well as spending time having fun and exploring Maine with his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Will and Charlotte.

Debra Sepulveda, M.D., M.P.H.

Director of Quality Improvement, OB/GYN

OB/GYN Clerkship Director

Undergraduate: Lehigh University – B.A.
Master’s Degree: University of Texas School of Public Health – MPH
Medical School: University of Texas Medical School Houston, TX – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center

Dr. Sepulveda has an interest in Ambulatory OB/GYN, Women’s healthcare across cultures/cultural competency, evidence based medicine and quality improvement.

Dr. Sepulveda's family consists of her husband, and eight home-schooled children, three who have recently graduated college and three still in college.. Her outside interests include music, museums, outdoor activities (hiking, camping, canoeing) and reading.

Kathy Sharpless, M.D., PhD

Dr. Kathryn Sharpless, M.D., PhD, joined the MMC faculty in May, 2016. Dr. Sharpless received her dual degrees from the University of Connecticut. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Dr. Sharpless is an Associate Professor with interests in preinvasive disease of the lower genital tract and family planning. She was the 2013 recipient of the CREOG resident teaching award at Baystate. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with her husband and two children.

Julia Brock, M.D.

Director, Women’s Health Center

Undergraduate: Wesleyan University – B.A.
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, AOA – M.D.
Residency: University of Vermont

Julia Brock, M.D. joined MMC faculty in August, 2013 after practicing obstetrics and gynecology for 11 years in Burlington, Vermont. In Vermont, she founded a private practice and integrative health clinic, and more recently focused her practice on minimally invasive and robotic surgery. She was the recipient of the 2015 Resident Teaching Award. Dr. Brock is an avid runner and potter. She lives in Yarmouth with her husband Manos and two children Jack and Tia.

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John Pulvino, M.D.

Undergraduate: Harvard – B.A.
Medical School: SUNY of New York, Buffalo – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center

Dr. John Pulvino was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in rural upstate New York.

Dr. Pulvino was in private practice in Portland Maine for five years before returning as a full-time faculty member in 2006. He has received a number of teaching awards including the National APGO/CREOG Teaching Award on three occasions. Dr. Pulvino is currently an examiner for the OBGYN national oral boards.

Dr. Pulvino lives in Scarborough, Maine where he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and two sons Ben and Will. He is an avid sports fan and reader.

Kalli Varaklis, M.D.

Undergraduate: McGill – B.A.
Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center
Master’s Degree: Medical Education and Leadership, University of New England – M.S.

Dr. Kalli Varaklis has a long-standing interest and involvement in graduate medical education, both at Maine Medical Center and previously at Boston University. She is one of the Resident Continuity Clinic Attendings and supervises resident continuity surgery. She received the CREOG teaching award from residents, which she considers one of the highlights of her career.

Kalli reads voraciously, loves the NYT Sunday crossword puzzle, has a large organic garden and enjoys any outdoor activity, except swimming in the Maine ocean! She is married to Sean, has three teenagers, Grady, Declan and Madeleine, and four hilarious chickens.

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Michael G. Pinette, M.D., FACOG


Undergraduate: Bowdoin College – B.A.
Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School – M.D.
Residency: Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Hospital
Fellowship: University of Connecticut

Dr. Pinette lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife who is also a physician. They have 5 children.

Joseph Wax, M.D.

Undergraduate: Colgate University – B.A.
Medical School: New York Medical College – M.D.
Residency: Naval Hospital
Fellowship: The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Wax is one of the senior researchers in the division of MFM. He also serves as a National Board examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN.

Christian Litton, M.D.

Undergraduate: Collage of William and Mary – B.A.
Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – M.D.
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Litton joined the staff at Maine Medical Center in 2013. He lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife and two young children. He enjoys skiing, hiking, cooking and outdoor activities.

Kelley Conroy, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of Florida – B.S.
Medical School: University of Florida – M.D.
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship: Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Kelley Conroy joined the Maternal-Fetal Medicine group in 2015. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and daughter. Dr. Conroy enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling, and outdoor activities.

Rebecca Hunt, M.D.

Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology

Undergraduate: Wesleyan University – B.A.
Medical School: University of Vermont School of Medicine – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center

Dr. Hunt grew up in Portland, Maine, where she resides once more - this time with husband (an artist / home-dad) and son. Dr. Hunts interests are many but include caring for and learning about women from different cultures, especially disenfranchised women. Outside of obgyn, she is an avid reader and filmgoer.

Toby Fitzgerald, DO

Associate Program Director

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Maine Medical Center

Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Emmanual Soultanakis, M.D.


Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine – M.D.
Residency: Fletcher Allen Healthcare
Fellowship: Women and Infants Hospital

Dr. Soultanakis joined the staff at Maine Medical Center in 2013 as the director of the division of gynecologic oncology. He is an avid and very experienced sailor, having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. He lives in Falmouth with his wife Julia and their two children Jack and Tia.

Leslie S. Bradford, M.D.

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD
Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowship: Mass General/Harvard Medical School, Gynecologic Oncology

Laurie Small, M.D.

Undergraduate: Bowdoin College – B.A.
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine – M.D.
Residency: Oregano Health Sciences University
Fellowship: Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Small lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband who is an internist and their two children. Her hobbies include swimming, reading and the outdoors. She has a passion for Red Sox baseball.

Christopher Darus, M.D.

Undergraduate: Ohio University – B.A.
Master’s Degree: Ohio University – M.S.
Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine – M.D.
Residency: University of Colorado Health Science Center
Fellowship: University of Virginia Health System

Dr. Darus lives in Falmouth with his wife, their son and young daughter. Dr. Darus won the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Darus is responsible for the research oversight in the division of Gyn Oncology.

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology

Daniel I. Spratt, M.D.

Undergraduate: Stanford University – B.A.
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School – M.D.
Residency: Stanford
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Spratt is the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division at MMC. He also oversees the resident research program. Dr. Spratt grew up in California. He is currently involved in teaching, patient care, and research with a lab at MMCRI. Dr. Spratt actively conducts and publishes research studies and holds leadership positions in the Endocrine Society. When not working at MMC, Dr. Spratt enjoys outdoor activities, music, running, reading, and dining with his wife and their two daughters.

Division of Pelvic Medicine

Mary Brandes, M.D.

Director Pelvic Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Michigan – B.S.
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center

Dr. Brandes is the Division Director for Urogynecology. She and her husband have a daughter in medical school and a recently graduated son. Her hobbies include coach/umpire field hockey, painting, anything to do with sports, hiking, running and golf. She is an accomplished triathlete.

Claire Danby, M.D.

Medical School: Royal College of Physicians in Ireland – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center
Fellowship: Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Dr. Danby joined Maine Medical Partners as a full time faculty member in 2015. She is married to her husband who is an Emergency Room Physician. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and outdoor activities.

Caroline Foust-Wright, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Undergraduate: Aviation Sciences & Economics, Oklahoma State University – B.S.
Master’s Degree: Oklahoma State University – MBA
Medical School: University of Oklahoma – M.D.
Residency: Maine Medical Center
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Foust-Wright lives in Freeport with her family. She has clinical interests in surgical and nonsurgical management of pelvic floor disorders, medical education, and global health, specifically providing urogynecologic care in resource-poor settings. When away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, reading mystery novels, sailing, and hiking with their Labrador rescue.

Volunteer Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty

Ann E. Adams, M.D. Kevin P. Andrews, M.D.
Carla Burkley, M.D.
Erin C. Dawson-Chalat, M.D.
Emil C. Gotschlich, M.D.
Caroline M. Hodsdon, M.D.
Charlotte A. Kassab, M.D.
Emily Kenney M.D.
Julie McFarland M.D.
Mary Lavoie M.D.
Robin B. Noble, M.D.
Andrea Pelletier, M.D.
Jennifer Pofahl, M.D.
Anne M. Rainville, M.D.
Martin L. Robbins, M.D.
Robert D. Sansonetti, M.D.
Jennifer N. Shinners, M.D.
Joshua Sinkin, M.D.
Barbara D. Slager, M.D.
Anne Marie Van Hengel, M.D.
Carol M. Vaughan, M.D.
James W. Wilberg, M.D.
Tasha A. Worster, M.D.