Meet Our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows
The Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the University of Vermont Medical Center currently is proud of our four fellows who come from all over the country. A short description of each of them and their journey to our fellowship, as written by them, follows.
1st Year Fellows
Aamani Chava, MD - I grew up surrounded by the culture of “wellness” before I could define it as a word. My family had always stressed the importance of yoga, meditation, and healthy living practices yet, I resisted for most of my adolescence. However, during the course of undergrad and medical school, as the stress levels grew, I began implementing those very practices into my daily life. When I started residency, I found myself educating my adolescent patients and their families about the importance of balance and wellness.
After having lived in New York/New Jersey for most of my life, I never thought I would be able to leave the hustle and bustle of the city. However, as I was applying for fellowships, I found myself looking to move outside of my comfort zone and expand my interests. The UVM Family Based Approach appealed to my own ideology of comphrensive treatment and I could not think of a better fit for myself as well as my patient philosophy. Additionally, after interacting with the faculty, fellows, and staff, I was sold that this would not only be a wonderful educational opportunity but a positive partnership in my career. Though I will always miss my New York pizza, Burlington has made up for it with the endless farmers’ markets, hiking trails, and all the mac n cheese (the cheddar is better!) I could have ever wanted!
Kristina Foreman, MD - My name is Kristina Foreman. I am a soon to be second-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
I am originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and I chose to go to St. George’s University for one year of pre-med and my medical degree. Travel is one of my biggest passions and this afforded me the opportunity to live in Grenada, the UK, New York and now Vermont!
I did my adult psychiatry training here at the University of Vermont, and I fast tracked into the Child Psychiatry Fellowship. I was drawn to this fellowship program because of the Vermont Family Based Approach and emphasis of well-being not only for patients and their families but also for staff.
I am infinitely glad that I matched at the University of Vermont for my adult training and even more pleased that I get to continue my child training in this lovely state.
Erica Marden, MD – Hi I’m Erica, one of the first-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. I grew up in Pennsylvania, attended undergraduate university there, and then moved to Vermont for medical school. I attended the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and have stayed at the University of Vermont for my adult residency and child and adolescent fellowship.
I have been thrilled with my decision to do my medical school, residency and fellowship training at UVM. The Vermont Family Based Approach integrates evidence-based treatment with family-centered care and this makes our work so fulfilling. I appreciate that the department emphasizes high quality care and wants to ensure that you have the resources and education to provide this care to all of your patients and families.
My clinical interests are treating transitional age youth, especially college-aged youth. I am also interested in positive psychiatry and suicide prevention work. Outside of work I love traveling, reading, spending time outside and enjoying Lake Champlain.
2nd Year Fellows
Allyson Oshiro, MD - I am originally from Southern California, though I spent a good portion of my childhood in Utah. I attended college at Walla Walla University in Washington, where I decided that I loved school and would continue to go to school “forever” by going into medicine. I attended medical school at Loma Linda University in California, and then completed my general psychiatry residency at Boston University Medical Center in Massachusetts.
When I was applying for fellowship, I was interested in staying on the East Coast and happened upon the program at UVM, which I became interested in after reading about the Vermont Family Based Approach. When I visited, I ended up falling in love with the natural beauty of Vermont, and more importantly, felt the individuals here were people I was interested in both working with and emulating as a child psychiatrist. Not only have my expectations been soundly met, I feel I have been given opportunities to push myself and learn administrative skills I will use in future jobs in a supportive environment that allows me to embrace wellness myself!