Jacqueline Baca
Jacqueline Baca, MD grew up on Cape Cod, MA. She majored in mechanical engineering at Olin College. While at Olin, she enjoyed off-road unicycling with friends on local trails. After college, she moved back to the Cape and worked as a paramedic, shuttling patients between medical facilities. Most of her patients were older adults, but she sometimes got to transfer kids to children’s hospitals and found that she enjoyed taking care of kids and their parents. During this time, she also worked building houses with her dad. After a few years, she attended medical school at Northwestern University, in Chicago. She thought she’d become an emergency physician, but she found that she fit in better with the pediatricians. Within pediatrics, she could see herself being drawn to emergency medicine, critical care, or cardiology. She is excited to have moved back to New England, to have a vegetable garden again, and to have more opportunities to explore nature.
Jonathan Danel

Jonathan Danel, MD grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and attended the University of California, Davis where he majored in Biology and Psychology. Before medical school he leaned into his love for teaching as an MCAT instructor. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, there discovering his passions for pediatrics and medical education. His special interests within pediatrics include general practice, hematology-oncology, and bringing music into the hospital. His hobbies include playing the guitar, singing/songwriting, volunteering within the community, and spending time with his wife and friends. He challenges anyone to match his Marvel Cinematic Universe knowledge!

Kelsey Frey
Kelsey Frey, MD grew up in Cumberland, Maine with three older brothers. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine where she studied biology and philosophy. Before medical school she worked as a medical scribe in a local ER. She has always known pediatrics was her dream, and has volunteered at a children's hospital, with children who recently immigrated to the US, and with a local elementary school choir! She attended Tufts University School of Medicine - Maine Track program where her love for pediatrics grew. Kelsey has loved Burlington since she traveled there for her first anniversary with her now-husband. She is so excited to join the UVM community and is interested in child advocacy, pulmonology, and hematology/oncology. In her spare time she enjoys running, baking, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Naya and Pebble! 
Lacey Gowdy
Lacey Gowdy, MD grew up Broomfield, CO. She attended Metro State University in Denver and received her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages with an emphasis in Spanish and a minor in Geography. She then made the logical progression to working abroad in South Korea where her Spanish skills came in very handy. While there, she had a pivotal interaction with her son’s pediatrician that sent her on the path to medicine. This pursuit led her to the Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, CT where she cultivated her desire to work in primary care pediatrics with underserved populations. She can’t wait to join the community at UVM Children’s Hospital and is elated to be moving to VT with her husband and two children who have already tried most of Ben & Jerry’s flavor offerings. 
Rebecca Merrifox
Rebecca Merrifox, MD spent her first years in Eugene, Oregon and moved to the thriving metropolis of Shoreham, Vermont as a teenager.  For many years, she worked as a pastry chef and baker specializing in slow-ferment doughs and traditional European style pastry before relaunching a career in the medical field. She attended Oregon Institute of Technology for her undergraduate studies in Biology and enjoyed all the amenities that the nearby Crater Lake National Park had to offer.  She was thrilled to be able to return to Vermont for her medical schooling at the Larner College of Medicine, and even more thrilled to be continuing her education in Pediatrics here with the UVM team.  In her spare time, she has more hobbies than she knows what to do with and enjoys sewing her own clothes, puttering in her garden, swimming in the lake, and spending time with her husband and sons.
Nicholas Moore

Nicholas Moore, MD was born and raised in New York City. He attended Harvard University where he studied Human Evolutionary Biology and played for the Harvard Rugby Football Club. After college, he moved to Los Angeles and taught 9th grade English and math as a City Year Americorps Member, as well as drove for Uber. He returned to the East Coast for medical school, attending the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Throughout these experiences, Nick spent his summers teaching basketball at Camp Androscoggin, a sports camp for boys in Wayne, ME. His work with children led naturally to pediatrics and to specific interests in adolescent health, sports medicine, and medical education. Outside of the hospital, Nick enjoys playing basketball, hiking and skiing with his fiancée, watching Scrubs for the umpteenth time, and trying to keep his beagle, Sparky, away from chocolate.

Bradley Weitz
Bradley Weitz, MD was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived in many different small towns and big cities on the East Coast while growing up. After attending College at the University at Buffalo he entered medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science. During this time, he developed an interest in pediatrics through many experiences, particularly during his time as a camp counselor for children with Muscular Dystrophy. The areas within Pediatrics that he is particularly interested in include primary care and emergency medicine. He is thrilled to be completing his training in Vermont and to be a part of this community. Outside of medicine he enjoys spending his time woodworking, baking, running, and playing the guitar.


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Chenthan Krishnakumar, MD was born and raised in Sri Lanka, a small beautiful island in the Indian Ocean well known for the spices and tea for centuries.  I completed medical school there and worked for a few years before making the decision to bring my family to the United States.  I worked as a clinical research coordinator at Emory University in Atlanta where I discovered my love for the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology.  I am now excited to join the Pediatric Residency Program at UVM.  Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter.  We love to do outdoor activities including gardening and exploring state parks.  I also have a side hobby restoring old electrical and electronic equipment.



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Cole Nygard, MD was born in the balmy city of Anchorage, Alaska where he spent 15 years before moving with his family to rural Townsend, WI. After finishing high school in Northern Wisconsin he attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he received a degree in Kinesiology. He proceeded to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Green Bay with the intent on pursuing pediatrics and graduated from their accelerated three year curriculum. Cole was drawn to Vermont due to his interests in rural medicine, child advocacy, and the supportive community that UVM Children's Hospital fosters. It was also hard for him to turn down all the amazing things that Vermont has to offer! In his spare time you may find him enjoying one of his many hobbies, such as snowboarding, rollerblading, kayaking, and eating.

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Vivian Pauley, MD was raised in Bellingham, Washington. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle for undergraduate studies in bioengineering and doctoral medical degree.  Prior to entering medical training, she worked with homeless and street involved youth, taught English at a university in Ecuador, and coordinated multidisciplinary healthcare at elementary school-based health centers. She looks forward to a career in pediatrics including working within diverse communities to improve health equity. She has a strong interest in adolescent and LGBTQ health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys getting outdoors whether hiking, biking or gardening. 
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Sean Rossi, MD grew up in central Massachusetts. He was raised as an obsessive skier and is looking forward to exploring the mountains of northern Vermont. He attended Colgate University where he graduated with a degree in Chemistry, and also played on the club Ultimate Frisbee team. He went straight through to medical school at Boston University, where he discovered a passion for pediatrics while working (playing) with children and their families at homeless shelters as part of BU's REACH group. He's interested in community advocacy for underserved patients, and looks forward to serving the Burlington area's littlest patients.


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Jessica VanNostrand, MD grew up in a small town in the Adirondacks of New York. She attended Elmira College and received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Business Administration. She then attended SUNY Upstate Medical University, where she enrolled in the Rural Medical Scholars Program.  Through this track, she returned to her hometown to complete many of her required clerkships and study healthcare in rural communities. During her time in medical school, she discovered an interest in global health after studying in Nicaragua and working in a pediatric refugee health clinic back in New York. She is interested in pursuing a career in primary care with a focus on underserved medicine. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and dog, Daisy.

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Nathaniel White, MD grew up in Jericho, Vermont. He attended St. Lawrence University where he majored in Biology and Environmental Studies. After college, he spent the next three years working as a Medical Assistant in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont before pursuing a master's degree in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He returned to Vermont to attend medical school at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He is excited to be continuing his training at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. He is interested in many fields of pediatrics including critical care, pulmonology, emergency medicine and cardiology. Outside of medicine, he enjoys skiing, hiking, boating, traveling, cooking and spending time with his wife, son and extended family.


Sarah Couser

Sarah Couser, MD grew up just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Macalester College where she majored in Biology and minored in Environmental Studies. In college, she played tennis on the Macalester Women's Varsity team and spent a semester studying rainforest and reef ecology in Queensland, Australia. She then attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine - Maine Track program. She was a part of a longitudinal third year clerkship program and learned very quickly that Tuesdays (her Peds days!) were always her favorite! Within pediatrics she has many interests including quality improvement and continuity of care. She is thrilled to be completing her residency at UVM and getting the opportunity to live and explore in Vermont. Outside of medicine she enjoys baking, swimming, playing tennis, birdwatching, and spending time with friends and family.

Patrick Duff

Patrick Duff, MD was born and raised on Cape Cod, MA. After high school he attended Emmanuel College in Boston where he studied neurobiology. After graduation, he stuck around Boston for a number of years; first, working as a lab technician at Massachusetts General Hospital, then as a medical assistant in primary care at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. After a brief diversion to New York Medical College in Westchester, NY, he is back in New England and ecstatic to be joining the UVM team! He has a strong interest in primary care and rural medicine. In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking with his wife (a native Vermonter) and his dog, kayaking, cooking, and trying out the many amazing restaurants in the area.

Kelly Finnegan

Kelly Finnegan, MD is a Colorado native, and obtained both her undergraduate and her medical degree from the University of Colorado. Between college and medical school, she worked as a medical assistant as well as a community HIV educator and HIV tester. While she has loved growing up in Colorado, it was time for a new adventure and Vermont was the perfect fit! Kelly is thrilled to join the UVM community and explore all the forests, lakes, and cheeses that Vermont has to offer. She is particularly interested in primary care, and has a special interest in making child and community advocacy part of her career. In her spare time Kelly enjoys attempting various craft and sewing projects, and loves spending time with her husband exploring this new and amazing side of the county.

Annie Novak

Annie Novak, MD grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison and majored in nursing. She returned to her hometown to work as a nurse at the community hospital for a year prior to returning to Madison to study medicine. She was a student in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and spent her last 2 years of medical school completing rotations in rural northern Wisconsin. This experience confirmed her love of community pediatrics, particularly working with underserved populations in rural areas, but still she remains open to exploring all the different fields of pediatrics. Outside of the hospital, she loves spending time outdoors running, hiking, camping, biking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing and is excited to explore Vermont with her husband and dog.

Whitney Sevey

Whitney Sevey, MD grew up in the small state of Rhode Island. She then spent 8 years in a combined program at UConn where she studied physiology and neurobiology during her undergraduate years in Storrs, CT before moving to Hartford, CT to attend UConn's medical school. During those 8 years she developed an interest in pediatrics through many activities, including her work at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a camp founded by Paul Newman for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. She is interested in many fields of pediatrics including primary care, palliative care, and hematology/oncology. She is thrilled to be moving to Vermont and joining the team at UVM for residency. Outside of medicine she loves to cook, read, and explore the great outdoors through any means possible, especially hiking, skiing, and sailing.

Kelsey Sullivan

Kelsey Sullivan, MD grew up in Jericho, Vermont, just outside of Burlington, Vermont. She attended the University of Vermont where she majored in French, with minors in Chemistry and Biology. She also spent a semester at l'Université de Franche-Comté where she studied French language and literature. After college, she spent a year working at Howard Center for Human Services in Burlington, Vermont in the area of residential mental health. She then attended medical school at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She is excited to stay at the University of Vermont Medical Center for her pediatric residency, where she can continue to serve the Vermont community. Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with her family, especially hiking, walking her dog, and generally spending time outdoors.

Andrea Tidman

Andrea Tidman, MD grew up in Charlotte, Vermont. She left the Green Mountain State for her undergraduate education at Hamilton College in Upstate New York where she studied Biology and Mathematics. She returned for medical school at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. There, she fell in love with Pediatrics and is excited to be staying for her residency training. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, snowboarding, and discovering new music.


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