Amy Stepp, M.D.
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC
Undergraduate: North Carolina State University
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Favorite place in Maine: Either Acadia National Park or Rangeley Lake
Medical interests: Hospital medicine, Global Health, Advocacy
Favorite weekend destination: Blue Ridge Mountains or Pisgah National Forest in NC
Why Maine Medical Center: MMC is the perfect combination of program and location for me. The smaller program size allows me the ability to personally know my co-residents, attendings and the leadership. I have seen how this has fostered a supportive learning environment and a resident-centric program that values my education, personal goals and time. Maine Med also has a unique blend of community and academic medicine, because it is the main referral center for the entire state of Maine and a partner with Tufts University School of Medicine. That was a huge positive for me, as it allows me to gain ample practice in “bread and butter” pediatric medicine while also being exposed to more complex and rarer pathologies. As someone who learns by experience, I also value that our program doesn’t have a lot of fellowships, as this gives me more opportunities to be “first call” for procedures and other learning opportunities. Oh, and the people are super nice!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Travel Writer
Leah Fox, M.D.
Undergraduate: Carleton College
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: After doing an acting internship on the inpatient floor during my fourth year, I knew MMC was the right program for me. I was looking for a small program with the perfect balance between autonomy with patients and teaching and guidance. With the excellent, engaged faculty here, that has definitely been the case. I appreciate the emphasis on teamwork and support that the attendings and residents show one another. It is truly the people that make this program so wonderful. Though, when you add in a beautiful city like Portland, it really can’t be beat!
Favorite Maine activity: I love the outdoors, and my favorite Maine activity is traveling up to the Bar Harbor area. Acadia has been an amazing park to explore. I am seriously looking forward to seeing what the rest of Maine has to offer. They don’t call it “Vacationland” for nothing!
Emily Jacobs, D.O.
Hometown: Greene, Maine
Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: If you’ve ever loved the ocean, the mountains, lakes, trails, snow, sunshine - then you’d understand why calling Maine home is just about the best feeling there is. Adventure is literally right outside your door, whichever season is in play! Not only is the lifestyle perfect - “the way life should be” - but the hospital and residency program are designed to feel like a family. Working in Maine, you are a name - not just a face. Not only that, in a small program you know you are making a huge difference to the wonderful population in this state. So, adventure outside and adventure in the hospital - every day there’s something new to explore!!!
Favorite thing(s) to do in Maine: Hiking Katahdin, swimming in lakes/rivers, skiing (Nordic and Alpine), exploring tons of TRAILS!, and getting dinner just about anywhere in Portland. Also, brunch. Brunch is awesome.
Ashley Jean, M.D.
Undergraduate: Saint Michael’s College Vermont
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine Medical center was such an easy choice for me as I spent most of my fourth year here and really enjoyed it. Portland is such a fun and beautiful place to live and the people here are so warm, friendly and willing to teach. I love that the program is small and you truly get to know the attendings and residents that you work with. A bonus for me is that all of my close family members live in southern Maine including my six nieces and nephews which make days off extra sweet.
Favorite things to do in Portland: Bringing my dog Luna to swim at the East End Beach, running the back cove, trying out many of the local breweries and restaurants!
Favorite Beach: Popham Beach via the Morse Mountain trail
Favorite restaurant: Hard to choose but definitely Central Provisions, Izakaya Minato and The Green Elephant!
Melissa Keeport, M.D.
Graduate School: Ben Gurion University
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: We wanted to be in a small town (<100,000), we loved that the ocean and other bodies of water are so accessible, we love that all kinds of outdoor adventures are so nearby, and the opportunities for good food abound. You get a diverse, interesting breadth and depth of experiences here as the tertiary referral center for the state.
Katherine Redford, M.D.
Hometown: Malden, MA
Undergraduate: Bryn Mawr College
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harlem Campus)
Interests / Hobbies: Baking, Boston Sports, Dogs
Medical interests: NICU, newborn medicine, inpatient pediatrics, medically complex children.
Craziest Job: Cleaning Operating Rooms
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted an academic program without fellows in New England in a small to medium sized city. When I came to Maine Med and met the people, it was a no-brainer!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… high school math and chemistry teacher
Ryan Donohue, M.D.
Hometown: Stony Point, NY
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
Interests / Hobbies: hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking, playing piano, finding new restaurants, exploring new places
Favorite place in Maine: Camden Hills, Grafton Notch, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough beach, Freeport and the shops, Sugarloaf and Carrabassett Valley area in general
Medical interests: Puzzles (diagnostic reasoning, and physiologic background/understanding); thinking of endocrine versus general practice at the moment though also interested in neonatal and critical care medicine (but it's nice to talk to patients too)
Favorite weekend destination: Beach or mountains
Favorite Maine activity: Swim in the ocean, hike, or ski
Personal goals: Short term: vacation out of this country; long term: to be an all-around awesome doctor and have a positive impact on my patients’ lives
Why Maine Medical Center: I was looking for a residency in New England that would give me a great foundation in general pediatrics to prepare me for whatever I decide to pursue afterwards. I also realized towards the beginning of my interview trail that I liked smaller programs with fewer fellows, as I got the impression that residents from these programs were being well trained to be independent practitioners, and had great relationships with their attendings. Lastly, I wanted to get the heck out of NYC because I felt it was just a bit too big and crowded for my personal liking (with so much traffic!), and I wanted something with more access to the outdoors. Portland is smaller and more comfortable than NYC with little to no traffic, a great foodie town (the Old Port feels like all the nice parts of Brooklyn, plus you can smell the ocean), and it has amazing access to both the ocean and the mountains. Regarding the residency program itself, it’s a small residency with no fellows which means lots of hands-on experience and great one-on-one teaching from attendings, and the match list isn’t too shabby either.
Catherine Ezzio, M.D.
Hometown: Cumberland, ME
Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, Kayaking, listening to music and attempting to play the ukulele.
Favorite place in Maine: Mount Desert Island
Medical interests: I know I love pediatrics, but beyond that it’s hard to pick a favorite! I have an interest in inpatient medicine and medical student education.
Favorite Maine activity: Enjoying the outdoors with my fiancé David and my dog Sparky, and exploring breakfast places, coffee shops, and farmers markets in Portland.
What did you do before medical school: In the 2 months between college and medical school I flew to Europe and spent some time exploring Germany, Belgium, England, and France.
Why Maine Medical Center: It was an easy decision! The amazing supportive and collaborative culture amongst residents, attendings, and other staff members delivers the best care to our patients and makes a busy day fly by! I sought out smaller institutions like MMC that allowed me to take a very active role in patient care and feel like an integral part of the community. Living in Portland and being just a short drive from great beaches, hikes, and ski trails isn’t bad either!
Jay Larmon, M.D.
Hometown: Keene, NH
Undergraduate: Colby College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Skiing
Favorite place in Maine: So many to choose from. Acadia, Higgins, Sugarloaf, Red’s Dairy Freeze
Medical interests: Heme/Onc, Primary Care, Physician Leadership
Why Maine Medical Center: Really it comes down to the people. From the medical staff including residents, attendings and nurses to the administrative staff within the program, everyone is so welcoming and excited to be at Maine Medical Center. I did the majority of my third and fourth year rotations at Maine Medical Center, and as interview season came to a close I found it incredibly hard to envision leaving MMC. The attendings are strong role models who are dedicated to teaching and help to foster a strong, close-knit community. Working closely with the residents I was consistently impressed by their ability and knowledge. I saw in many of them the kind of physician I hope to be and realized that the program fosters well rounded, driven, compassionate physicians who are prepared to go out into practice or fellowship at the end of their time at MMC. As a medical student I had experienced firsthand the academic but friendly side of MMC that allowed a supportive environment that encourages hands on immersive learning. I found that MMC was the perfect match for what I was looking for in a residency program, and the beginning of intern year has only served to validate this feeling.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Eventide Oyster Co., Portland Lobster Co when there is live music, 158 Picket Street Café
Jenny Paul, M.D.
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: University of Queensland, Australia
Interests / Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, baking, eating!
Medical interests: Primary care, underserved populations
Favorite Maine activity: Anything outdoors with my husband and son.
Why Maine Medical Center: The people! I loved the sense of community among residents, MMC staff, and Portland in general. Also, the close proximity to nature, amazing public parks, and fantastic food.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a…farmer
Christopher Rogers, D.O.
Hometown: Hampstead, NH
Undergraduate: Northeastern University
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: I’ve been in bands since I was in diapers, playing mostly genres of rock, funk, and soul, playing mostly bass guitar and keyboards. The most recent band I was in was a medical school band named Tetralogy of Fallot. My love of music draws me to many of the amazing concert venues around the southern Maine area. I also enjoy playing 18 holes of golf when time permits, as I used to be on the Varsity golf team in high school. Over the past few years, my wife and I have been working on completing the Maine Craft Beer Trail, and exploring the beautiful city of Portland has become one of our favorite activities. We also love testing our popular knowledge at Questionnairey trivia at Binga’s Stadium. We have won 4 times! I’m a huge New England sports fan, Patriots > Bruins > Celtics > Red Sox. In addition, I usually have a decent fantasy football team.
Medical interests: General pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: For a number of reasons! It’s a superb teaching facility with experienced, enthusiastic, and dedicated faculty, there is an very diverse patient population, my Acting Internship here was my favorite rotation of medical school, every staff member I have met here is approachable and helpful, and I’m in love with Portland and the state of Maine. I truly feel at home and like I’m part of a family here.
Favorite restaurants in Portland: Italian—Paciarino. Mexican—Taco Escobarr. Thai—Green Elephant. Pub food—Gritty’s. Pizza—Otto’s or Slab. Seafood—Portland Lobster Company. Burgers—Mash Tun.
Karl Santiago, M.D.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Tufts University – Maine Track
Medical interests: Primary care, medical education and simulation
Favorite weekend destination: Sipping coffee and eating doughnuts at one of Portland's many fine establishments
Favorite Maine activity: Exploring any place I haven't been to yet with family and friends
What did you do before medical school: I was a simulation specialist at a New York City hospital, thinking about how to make super-realistic clinical scenarios using simulators and lots of fake blood. Highlight: Crafting a mass casualty simulation and getting 12 high-fidelity manikins running at the same time.
Why Maine Medical Center: Look around other bios on this site and you'll see a lot of "it's the people" testimonials – and that's because it's true. Stellar co-residents, excellent clinical instructors, a culture that values collegiality and continual improvement, and a tertiary care center that sees and treats just about anything, all set in beautiful Portland.
Heather Daigle, MD
Hometown: New Canada, Maine
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Football (Patriots, obviously!), baking, spending time with my husband and friends, escape rooms, soaking up the Maine summer
Favorite place in Maine: Portland!
Medical interests: I’m especially interested in preventative medicine, specifically in reducing pediatric obesity and ACEs.
Favorite Maine activity: Kayaking to Fort Gorges
What did you do before medical school: Between college and medical school, I worked in a lab studying epigenetics.
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: My worst job was my high school job working in a cubicle as a telemarketer selling identity theft insurance. My best jobs have been those where I get to work with kids -- from program director of my town’s summer recreation camp programs to being a resident in pediatrics!
Why Maine Medical Center: In short, I just couldn’t leave! After spending two years at MMC as a Tufts-Maine Track student, I was so impressed by the caliber of people I interacted with! I can’t say enough about their sincerity in putting patients first, or their impressive knowledge base. At MMC, we see it all – from the bread-and-butter to the bizarre. I learned so much as a student from every member of the healthcare team, and know that MMC is the perfect place to continue my training.:
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Baker
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Anyone who knows Portland knows it’s impossible to pick just one favorite restaurant from the 2018 Bon Appetit restaurant city of the year!
Kyle Deerwester, MD
Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine
Undergraduate: Northeastern University
Medical School: Tufts University
Interests / Hobbies: Rock climbing, astrophotography, jazz
Favorite place in Maine: Acadia National Park
Medical interests: Critical care, congenital heart diseases
Favorite Maine activity: The Precipice Trail
What did you do before medical school: I was a research assistant in the department of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, followed by the molecular genetics core facility at Boston Children’s Hospital. I worked in a bike shop in the Back Bay at the same time as a hobby job.
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted to be in a smaller program that can give individualized attention to each resident based on their academic and career interests. I also wanted to be in a program without clinical fellows so I could be more directly involved in the care of my patients
Hilary Schroeder, MD
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical School: Indiana University
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking and anything else that gets me outdoors. Cooking and exploring new cuisines with my fiancé, Adam.
Favorite place in Maine: Acadia
Medical interests: Rural health, preventative medicine, patient advocacy
Favorite Maine activity: Browsing the farmer’s market
Why Maine Medical Center: This program puts an emphasis on rural health that I did not see elsewhere. I also loved the welcoming attitude and the location.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be… an engineer. My undergraduate degree is in biomedical engineering and while I think my true calling is to be a pediatrician, I think I would have enjoyed being an engineer too.
Lauren Stanley, MD
Hometown: Livingston, MT
Undergraduate: University of Montana
Medical School: University of Washington
Interests / Hobbies: mountain biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, surfing, listening and dancing to live music, and eating lots of good food!
Medical interests: primary care, rural and underserved medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: I chose Maine Med because it checked all of the boxes and then some! I wanted a small program with warm caring people who were invested in my training, shared a passion for rural health, and provided support as well as great autonomy! I found all of those things here as well as a balance of outdoor recreation and life outside the hospital! How can you turn down finishing a shift and then going surfing or mountain biking 15 minutes from the hospital doors?!
Daniel Trigg, MD
Hometown: Manhasset, New York
Undergraduate: Hamilton College
Medical School: The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Interests / Hobbies: Backcountry skiing, resort skiing, hiking, surfing
Favorite place in Maine: Mahoosuc Range
Medical interests: I am interested in rural medicine and working with underserved populations. I also have an interest in pediatric emergency medicine.
Favorite weekend destination: On a free weekend I will drive to the White Mountains to hike or ski.
Favorite Maine activity: I really enjoy surfing at the local beaches, for example Scarborough or Higgins, early in the morning or as the sun is setting.
What did you do before medical school: Before medical school I worked in finance in New York City for four years in both financial planning and asset management. I went on to work as a lift operator at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming. I transitioned to ski patrolling and moved to Vermont where I worked in on-mountain rescue at Killington and Pico. During this same time, I volunteered as an advanced EMT and worked in my local emergency room as an emergency department technician. This time was a wonderful mix of prerequisite medical school courses, sleep deprivation, and nonstop skiing.
Why Maine Medical Center: Simply put, I chose Maine Medical Center because of the people. There was nowhere else on the interview trail where the residents and attendings were as welcoming and friendly. It quickly became clear to me that MMC was the genuinely supportive and friendly learning environment that I was looking for. Further, MMC is close to the two types of outdoor activities that I value. There are fun, close things to do on the water after work as well as incredible places to go for the weekend, whether it is skiing at Sugarloaf, or taking the ferry to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, it is tough to beat living in Portland.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… tired and sore ski patroller.
Kaylyn Utley, MB BCh
Hometown: Belchertown, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Medical School: Trinity College Dublin
Interests / Hobbies: Singing, yoga, walking, paddle boarding and kayaking
Favorite place in Maine: Moosehead Lake, I camped there as a kid.
Medical interests: Inpatient medicine of some sort. I love NICU, nephrology and hematology
What did you do before medical school: I worked in genetic research at Boston Children’s Hospital and did some traveling in Ireland.
Personal goals: Adopt a dog ASAP!
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Worst job by far was working as a library page, working my way through the library book-by-book to make sure they were in order.
Why Maine Medical Center: It just felt like home! I connected with the people I met on interview day effortlessly. Everyone was inviting and seemed fulfilled, but they didn’t take themselves too seriously. They’re simply the best!
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be… a musician.
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Boda for sure! Otto’s is also pretty amazing.