Allison Fluke, MD
Hometown: Ambler, PA
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests and Career Direction: Pulmonology, Critical Care, academic medicine
Why I Chose MMC: MMC is a wonderful place to train during residency. The people are welcoming and the attendings genuinely want to teach. Also, the proximity to outdoor activities makes for an excellent quality of life outside of the hospital.
Interests/Hobbies: running, spinning at Rêve, paddle boarding, snowboarding, hiking, traveling, fishing, and playing with my dog
Favorite weekend destination: Peaks Island or Higgins Beach
Favorite restaurants in Portland: Portland Lobster Company, Katahdin Restaurant, Great Lost Bear, The Honey Paw, Street and Co. I could go on and on because there's so many great restaurants in Portland!
Jarrod Tembreull, MD
Hometown: Becker, Minnesota (Small town USA)
Undergraduate: Winona State University, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical Interests & Career Direction: In typical Med-Peds fashion I’m hoping to carve myself a little piece of everything. At the top of my list is sports medicine, a perfect Med-Peds specialty in my opinion. A few of my mentors back home have also able to do hospitalist medicine in both medicine and pediatrics, so I am hoping to take a leaf out of their book as well.
Why Maine Medical Center? I’m a strong believer that as a resident you will get excellent training almost everywhere. The most important thing for me when interviewing was to find a place that was supportive and would allow me to have a life outside of residency. I wanted to be able to work hard and be ready to go on an adventure as soon as I hung up my stethoscope. The first thing that struck me was the laid back atmosphere of the residents and the cordial interaction with faculty. In my time here I’ve come to appreciate the incredible faculty we have and I think you would be hard put to find better teaching. As a resident you are treated as a colleague and the focus is on learning. Not to mention, the Portland area is incredible and other Maine adventures are waiting just a short trip away. The city is great, the other residents are fun, and the teaching is excellent. What more could you ask for?
Favorite Saying: “Uff da!” - It’s a Minnesotan thing
Best Lobster Roll: Bite into Maine – Get the “Mainiac,” an off-menu special
Favorite Breweries: Allagash & Bissell Brothers
Stephen Pagkalinawan, MD
Hometown: North Arlington, NJ (about 30 minutes outside NYC)
Undergraduate: Rutgers-New Brunswick
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Medical Interests and Career Direction: As of now, I haven’t fully decided if I’ll become a hospitalist versus going for fellowship. If I were to sub-specialize, however, based on my experiences in med school, Infectious Disease and Heme/Onc interest me the most. I also have a burgeoning interest in LGBT health advocacy, so we’ll see where that’ll take me.
Why Maine Medical Center: On my interview day, I got a vibe that told me MMC was a great place to learn from supportive peers (i.e. no gunners) and faculty in an environment with diverse pathology owing to its status as a tertiary care center. Residency is stressful enough, so I wanted to find a program that had people who were easy to get along with, but challenging enough to push me to become the best doctor I could be. The city itself was also a major draw. All I knew about Portland was that it was a small city where my boyfriend had vacationed once. When I came up here for my interview, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the city. There were tons of restaurants that appealed to my foodie side, tons of trails for running, nearby beaches to visit in the summer, and mountains for snowboarding in the winter. It was even gay-friendly and had its own awesome Pride Parade! In summary, I picked MMC because it has great medical cases to learn from, great people to work with, and great small city environment to provide me with fun stuff to do in my downtime.
Favorite place to eat: Otto’s Pizza (Holy Donuts is my runner-up)
Favorite place to grab a beer: Arcadia (videogames and beer!)
Favorite beach: Crescent Beach State Park
Erica Hidu, MD
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
Undergraduate: University of Maine, Orono
Medical School: Tufts University- MMC Maine Track
Medical Interests: Combined primary care and effective transitions of care.
Favorite Thing About Portland: When on foggy mornings you can smell the ocean pretty much anywhere in the city.
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, camping, biking, surfing, dancing, going out to eat, sitting out in the sun with a thick layer of sunblock.
Why Maine Medical Center: Being from Maine, I enjoy being able to serve my state. The people here whether newly arrived or 10th generation are great to work with. I also wanted a program that would challenge me academically in an area where I could easily escape during any time off. MMC fit that bill with awesome co-residents, interesting teaching sessions, and the nearest beach a 10-15 minute drive away. The people here are friendly and supportive, from the residents to the attendings and the administration. Their commitment to teaching and their community is obvious to anyone who visits and despite all that commitment, they still manage to lead well-rounded lives.
Ariel McKenna, DO
Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: Not totally sure yet. I like a little bit of everything. Considering hospital medicine and maybe critical care. Also interested in medical education.
Hobbies: running, hiking, cribbage, fantasy football, cooking and eating good food
Best Job: Middle School Boys Basketball Coach
Favorite Beach: Ferry Beach
Why Maine Medical Center: I did 3rd and some 4th year rotations here. Very good experience with residents and faculty. Strong on the medicine side and the pediatric side. I love living in Maine. I get to still be relatively close to my family.
Jessica Schaumburg, DO
Hometown: Clinton, New Jersey
Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: As a med-peds PGY1 I am having trouble choosing, but I keep coming back to global health, infectious disease, HIV primary care, & occupational health.
Favorites so far: Higgins or Moody Beach to surf, Vientiane Market for Thai takeout after work, Salvage for trivia, the back bay to run or bike, Old Port Tavern to dance ... I just moved to Portland and am having a lot of fun exploring!
Dream job of the day: Work part of the year in the Galapagos and part of the year in the US in academic medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: The residents and attendings here are so welcoming and love to teach; this was an amazing learning environment when I came for an elective during my fourth year. I am also interested in global health and we work with a large diverse refugee population in clinic. Also, Maine is beautiful!
Anne Kornkven, MD
Hometown: Laramie, WY
Undergraduate: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Medical School: Loma Linda School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, reading, x-country skiing
Favorite place in Maine: I really like Baxter State Park, but I haven’t visited Acadia yet so I’m withholding my opinion
Medical interests: global health, rural medicine
Favorite weekend destination: usually somewhere in the mountains, although I’m starting to love going to the ocean too!
Favorite Maine activity: sea kayaking, but I’m loving most of the things I’ve done in ME so far!
What did you do before medical school: taught math, math education research, surgical coordinator at an ortho clinic and LOTS of odd jobs!
Personal goals: do a mini triathlon, climb Denali
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted a place that I’d love to live with awesome outdoor opportunities and cool people.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be… an archeologist
Favorite restaurant in Portland: brunch at Bayside or Hot Suppa, but I still have a lot to explore
Eliott Morgan, MD
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
Undergraduate: Bates College
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests / Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, hiking, travel, exploring Portland with my new wife and new pup, IPAs, yard games, and breakfast sandwiches
Favorite place in Maine: Baxter State Park
Medical interests: Hospitalist Medicine/Primary Care. Although I’m still following the common Med-Peds trend of indecisiveness, I would prefer to stay on the generalist side of medicine, combining medicine and pediatric hospitalist work and/or a blend of inpatient and outpatient.
Favorite weekend destination: Still yet to be discovered…but I’m hoping to explore more of the White Mountains, enjoy skiing weekends in Maine, NH, and Vermont, and explore the Canadian border.
Favorite Maine activity: Skiing
What did you do before medical school: Waited tables and installed irrigations systems in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while volunteering in the local hospital and free clinic
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine was always on my radar since growing up in New England and going to college in Lewiston. I went to medical school at a large institution in a decently sized city and I was looking for something a little smaller, more intimate, but still with the same diverse pathology with a similarly diverse patient population. When I came for my interview, I felt like I had struck gold. I instantly connected with the faculty and residents, recognizing a similar passion for both patient care and teaching. The attendings are all approachable, patient, and eager to teach which sets a wonderful environment for learning and interacting with patients. Also, even in just my first few rotations so far, I have been exposed to huge variety of bizarre cardiac cases in addition to classic acute complaints down in ED. It also doesn’t hurt that the hospital is a stone’s throw from the beach, a quick drive to the mountains, and not far from my family.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a: ski patroller
Favorite restaurant in Portland: High Roller for Lobster Rolls, Otherside for Breakfast burritos, El Corazon for quick Mexican, Fore Street when I’m not paying
Bhavini Prajapati, MD
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Undergraduate: The College of New Jersey
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, running, binging Netflix, painting
Favorite place in Maine: haven’t got a chance to discover all that much, but eastern prom has been great to sit and watch the sunset
Medical interests: cardiology, hospital medicine
Favorite Maine activity: biking around the city
Why Maine Medical Center: There’s a good balance of autonomy and supervision. All the residents here are approachable and readily available to help. The location’s great - never too far from the water.
William (Bill) White, MD
Hometown: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Undergraduate: Carleton College / Northfield, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School / Minneapolis, MN
Interests / Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, biking, dance, learning useless languages
Favorite place in Maine: Mackworth Island
Medical interests: Dual hospitalist, critical care
Favorite weekend destination: Crescent Beach
Favorite Maine activity: Kayaking! Or hiking! Or paddleboarding!
What did you do before medical school: Two years working in basic science research on evolution + behavioral ecology. Carried guppies in a backpack through river valleys in the northern mountains and forests of Trinidad. Caught and bred butterflies on the plains in MN. Later helped start a prospective, action-oriented detection system for less serious safety events in a PICU.
Personal goals: Read in three foreign languages!
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Guppy Butler. Carried guppies (and a lot of water) on my back through river valleys in the northern mountains and forests of Trinidad. Caught, hauled, anesthetized, identified, posed, photographed, tagged, and brought them back to their streams. Skipped gingerly around Fer-de-lance and Bushmasters.
Why Maine Medical Center: Warm, engaged, passionate community of residents and attendings in a beautiful corner of the world.
Celebrity I most resemble: Billy Zane (on a good day)
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Chef! Masseuse! Physical therapist! Dancer! Actor!
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Duck Fat
Russell Behmer, M.D.
Hometown: Westborough, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Interests / Hobbies: Boston Sports, Music, Cribbage, Amateur (very amateur) DJ’ing, Cooking Poorly But Trying My Best
Favorite place in Maine: Nubble Lighthouse/Fox’s Lobster House
Medical interests: Transitions of Care, Primary Care
Why Maine Medical Center: The location, community, and the residents. I knew I loved Portland—the food, beer, easy access to the ocean, and variety of things to do close to the city are hard to find all in one place. The culture is supportive and friendly, with a small enough community to know your colleagues as friends and a large, diverse patient population to learn from. Most importantly, the residents here are happier than anywhere else I’ve been, and at the end of the day that is what matters most in the tough moments of residency.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a: teacher, DJ, or event planner
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Solo Italiano (especially if someone else is grabbing the check)
Emily Kelly, M.D.
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Carleton College
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Interests / Hobbies: biking, hiking, canoeing, trying to get my cats to cuddle with me, exploring all the breweries in Portland, kayaking, planning adventures, looking things up on UptoDate, making friends
Favorite place in Maine: I feel like I've barely begun to explore! But the lake at the top of Tumbledown Mountain seems pretty hard to beat. As is the view of the sunrise over Back Cove from my living room window
Medical interests: pretty much everything; I'd love to live the Med-Peds dream and practice inpatient and outpatient medicine on both sides
Favorite weekend destination: anywhere outside with fresh air and the opportunity for adventure
Favorite Maine activity: hiking, kayaking, brewery-hopping, camping, dog-watching...
What did you do before medical school: I taught English in France for a year (and explored a bit of Europe along the way), worked in administration at the U of Minnesota's student health clinic, worked at a hostel in New Zealand, and held every position under the sun at my French immersion wilderness summer camp.
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: For 11 years, I've worked at this French immersion wilderness canoe camp in Northern Minnesota. I've been Waterfront Manager, Head Chef, Assistant Dean, Dean... once I drove 4 hours round trip at 11:30pm to retrieve a camper's fancy backpack that she had placed in a black trash bag (to protect it from the rain) which we had thrown out with our actual trash at a rest stop on the way home from a canoeing trip.
Why Maine Medical Center: As soon as I stepped into the pre-interview dinner, I felt right at home. I met residents who were excited to see each other! And excited to meet me! They were (and are) as passionate about making their time outside the hospital count as much as their time within the hospital. They were funny, down-to-earth, and loved being in Portland. Since I knew I was going to be far from home, I was looking for a community I could call my family, and I felt that right away. I wanted a hospital small enough to smile at everyone in the hallway, but big enough to handle a large, diverse, and complex patient population. I found all of those things here. I left my interview day with one of those funny feelings that I would be back - and I couldn't be happier.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… canoe guide
Favorite restaurant in Portland: ooh, probably Duckfat for the fries. And you didn't ask, but my favorite breweries are Lone Pine, Rising Tide, and Oxbow
Rute Rothwell, M.D.
Hometown: Sao Miguel, Acores
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Favorite place in Maine: Moosehead Lake, any of the beautiful beaches (Pine point, Crescent, Higgins).
Medical interests: Primary care and hospital medicine, although I am still exploring subspecialty options as well.
Why Maine Medical Center: Friendly and passionate residents and attendings, who serve a diverse population, including a significant number of refugees. Large tertiary care center that provides essential care to a large and diverse state, yet a small enough hospital where I felt like I could be a part of the community while training.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Chef, Pilot
Jay Vance, M.D.
Hometown: Litchfield, New Hampshire
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Track
Interests / Hobbies: Dogs, hiking, climbing, dogs, kayaking, basketball, dogs, woodworking, soccer, and dogs.
Favorite place in Maine: Higgins Beach during dog-friendly hours
Medical interests: Hospital medicine, congenital heart disease, pulmonology
Favorite weekend destination: White Mountains in NH
Favorite Maine activity: Skijoring with my two huskies!
What did you do before medical school: Research year, master’s program, scribed, taught after-school science programs, SAT tutoring, UPS driver, retail, and some other odd jobs.
Personal goals: Win the lottery so I can buy a 100-acre plot of land in Maine, fence it in, and start a dog sanctuary.
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: I have three degrees, have held at least a dozen different jobs, and still have never made more money per hour than when I sold TVs at Sears in high school.
Why Maine Medical Center: I did two years of medical school at MMC and learned quickly that the Med-Peds residents and faculty here are some of the most nurturing, intelligent, and convivial people you'll ever want to meet. I've also fallen head-over-heels in love with Portland and plan to live here for the rest of my life!
Celebrity I most resemble: Woody from Toy Story
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… dog rescue coordinator/haunted house critic/ranch hand
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Little Tap House