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
Keeva Madden, MBBCh
Hey, everyone! My name is Keeva (she/her) and I’m excited to be a part of the UVM Child and Adolescent Psychiatry family. I was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Canada - a place not unlike Burlington, so coming to UVM is like coming home. I attended the University of Ottawa where I studied health sciences, environmental science and the humanities with aspirations of working with children in some shape or form in the future. My father who is a retired pediatrician set an example for medicine, so I decided to pursue medicine. I attended Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine where I honed in on my choice in becoming a child psychiatrist.
I intended to remain in Ireland for further training however I followed my heart to the US (my husband is an American citizen) where I completed my adult psychiatry residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn NY. During my time at Maimonides I pursued my passion for teaching trainees; working with marginalized populations via the Anti Human Trafficking project; and, gaining leadership and advocacy experience as chief resident.
One aspect of UVM’s training experience is the emphasis on therapy and holistic approaches to the patient and their caregivers. I attended the Psychoanalytic Institute of New York during my adult residency where I was seeped in psychodynamic methodology and practice. And I am thrilled to learn from and partake in UVM’s very unique family based approach as I continue to work with patients through a therapeutic lens.
In my downtime, I love going to live shows and performing arts. I grew up in the performing arts world and it took me all across America. I also love cooking, and have recently been experimenting with a new pasta maker. Growing up in Northern Canada, it’s hard to escape the joy of outdoors and snowsports, so I’m excited to be able to step outside and embrace nature and strap into a snowboard and skis. Fun fact! I have met the Queen of England!
Elizabeth Manning, MD
Hey y'all, Elizabeth here! I'm originally from the Midwest and spent six years in Boston getting my M.S. and M.D. before coming to UVMMC to complete my adult psychiatry residency. I am excited to continue my psychiatry training at UVMMC, now as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow. The clinicians in this department are so down-to-earth, committed to education, and invested in their patients’ wellbeing, and it is a privilege to work with and learn from them.
Clinically, I am interested in adolescent medicine, LGBTQI+ health, trauma-informed care, holistic mental health treatment, psychotherapy and the intersection between mental health care and social media. The Vermont Family-Based Approach used at the VCCYF is in fact a treatment model that provides comprehensive and holistic care for patients and their families and is a framework that I hope to use throughout my future career.
Michelle Cross, DO
Hello, I’m Michelle! I am ecstatic to start this new chapter in my life in Vermont with UVM! I grew up in the desert of West Texas and traveled around the state in pursuit of my education – Central Texas for undergrad (Southwestern University), North Texas for medical school (UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) and South Texas for psychiatry residency (UIW-TIGMER in San Antonio). Through my experience living and working in Texas, I witnessed the deep inequities and hardships faced by many families who are new to the US.
In fact, I knew I wanted to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist due to my work in undergrad teaching science to kids who were new to this country, in a summer literacy program. In residency I began to collaborate with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to perform trauma-informed forensic psychological evaluations for asylum seekers who had faced unimaginable hardship. In addition to this work, I am particularly interested in integrative approaches to psychiatry, namely meditation and nutritional interventions. I completed an online elective and course in Integrative Psychiatry last year through the University of Arizona and am currently pursuing certification in mind body medicine through the Center for Mind Body Medicine.
I believe that a strong and caring family and community are the most important elements of success for all of us to be the healthiest and best versions of ourselves. The Vermont Family Based Approach emphasizes these values in its conceptualization and treatment of psychiatric illness and is ultimately what drew me to UVM! I am excited to learn all that I possibly can and use that to contribute back to the Burlington and greater Vermont communities. When not working I enjoy all things hygge (Danish for a mindful kind of coziness) – creating warm memories with loved ones and my sweet corgi, sharing a great meal with others, curling up on a cold day with a good book and spending time in nature.
Sammy Abusrur, MD
Hi! My brilliant wife and I have been thrilled to join the Vermont community and cannot get enough of the exceptional natural beauty this area has to offer. Calling Vermont home these past few years really has been a pleasure! Between Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and places like Shelburne Farms, what more could we ask for? Let’s not forget our proximity to the cultural [and therefore, culinary!] bastions of Montreal and Boston, too! And with all the natural splendor, it does not hurt that I’m also a photographer! However, the real key to happiness here is going to a local sugar house and devouring some maple ice cream or creemees… often.
I am originally from Florida, born to wonderful immigrant/refugee parents. After spending my first eighteen years in Florida, I decided to attend Stanford University in the California Bay Area where I received a bachelor’s degree in the History of Science & Medicine and minored in Human Biology as well as Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Later, I attended the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark, New Jersey where I attained a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree. I then decided to return to Florida to attend medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa.
I went to medical school for the sole purpose of being able to help children in need. To that end, I began my post-medical school training at the University of Vermont Medical Center in the combined Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry program. My interests in the field are broad, but they center on the mental health of children, adolescents and transitional age folks from marginalized communities. If you have made it this far, congratulations—it’s the end and you deserve a creemee!
2nd Year Fellows
Michael Champ, MD
Hi, I’m Mike! I was born and raised in northeastern Connecticut and received my bachelor’s degree from University of Connecticut. I lived and worked in the greater Boston area for six years before moving to Washington, DC to attend medical school at The George Washington University. I completed psychiatry residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Before attending medical school, I spent much of my childhood and young adult life playing percussion with various musical groups, which was fun and incredibly rewarding! Vermont was a big move for me and my family, but joining the wonderful community at UVM made this an easy transition. Training in child and adolescent psychiatry is a dream come true! I was drawn in particular to VCCYF because of their family-based approach to care and strength in promoting wellness in patients, families and their communities. I’m especially interested in interventions that leverage music instruction and performance. Outside of work I enjoy playing music, “retro” video games, skiing and exploring The Great Outdoors. I’m also fascinated with different species of otters (river otters, sea otters, etc). Did you know that a group of otters is known as a romp? Well, now you do!
Christopher David, MD
Hi all, I’m Christopher David, and I am one of the first year CAP fellows. I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan, but my medical career has taken me all over the country to explore new cities and places to continue my psychiatry training. For my undergrad studies, I pursued neurobiological psychology at Cornell University, and then went to the NIMH and worked in the Child Psychiatry Branch for 3 years studying the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of Childhood Onset Schizophrenia. I completed my medical school training at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where I also studied mitochondrial etiologies of Parkinsonian pathology at the Pittsburgh Institute of Neurological Disease. I also specialized in LGBTQI-patient centered medical care and worked to implement new LGBTQI-patient oriented curriculums in the clinical training for future classes of medical school students.
I went on to complete my general psychiatry residency at University of California San Diego, and during my annual visits to the AACAP conference, quickly fell in love with UVM’s Child program and their Family Based Approach. Vermont offered an unbeatable combo of professional excellence alongside the highest quality of personal life-work balance that I found on the interview trail. I love to hike, cook traditional Romanian cuisine, and explore the rolling hills and mountains of Vermont with my golden doodle pup Ozzy.
Tyler Fanning, MD
I grew up in Oregon and come from five generations of farmers on one side of my family, and educators on the other. My educational background includes a B.A. from St. John’s College, a medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University, and adult psychiatry residency here at the University of Vermont (UVM). I’m delighted to be continuing my training here in the child and adolescent fellowship at the UVM.
I have enjoyed working with kids and young people for a long time, and particularly enjoyed teaching middle and high school for two years at a public-charter school after undergrad. In medical school I gravitated toward working with kids and young people, and found psychiatry fascinating, challenging, rewarding, and well-suited to my desire to learn from and help others. The Vermont Family Based Approach here at UVM allows us care for the whole family and take into consideration multiple facets of our patients and families lives - improving the quality of care we offer.
My interests within pediatric and general psychiatry are widespread, though I have a special interest in developmental and neuropsychiatric problems.
When not working with patients, families, or learning from our talented group of clinicians, I can be found spending time with my family, biking, or enjoying the lake or hiking trails here in the green mountain state.
Theresa Flanagan, MD
I am thrilled to be coming back to Vermont for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. I grew up just over the Connecticut River in New Hampshire and was the first grandchild (or child!) to follow in my grandmother’s Catamount footsteps by attending the Larner College of Medicine for medical school. I have managed to venture out of New England at least few times, most recently completing my general psychiatry training at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Vermont Family Based Approach was a major influence in my decision to pursue psychiatry. As a medical student, I loved that even the case presentation order modeled a holistic and strengths-based approach, rather than jumping straight to pathology and psychopharmacology. I saw firsthand how “wellness” is more than a buzzword at VCCYF, and I am looking forward to being a part of a department that emphasizes evidence-based practices not only for patients and their families, but also ourselves. Some of my specific interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBTQ+ mental health, and addiction medicine. During fellowship I am particularly interested in gaining a better foundation in neurodevelopment, as I have found it to be crucial not only for child and adolescent psychiatry but for my practice as a whole.
I have a hard time coming up with answers to superlative questions, but one of the easiest ones for me growing up was “What is your favorite place in the world?” Lake Champlain has always had my heart, and I can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to now call it home!