The Residents Program Year 2

SOUTH NASSAU PRIMARY CARE
Family Medicine Residents Program Year 2

Ethan Beaudett, DO
A native of Hampstead, N.H., son of a psychiatrist and a nurse, Dr. Beaudett now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their cat. He earned his BA in neuroscience at Colgate University and obtained his DO from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Research Fellowship in 2011.  His research has involved performing stereotactic surgery and in vivo microdialysis to assess serotonin release and using animal models to study multiple sclerosis. He has volunteered as a docent at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and as an usher at several theatres. Dr. Beaudett enjoys cooking and is famous for his chili pizza. His other interests include sports, running and writing.

Hope Cassano, DO, MS
Another of our NYITCOM alumnae, Dr. Cassano is originally from Syracuse; she now resides in Rockville Centre. She received her undergraduate degree from Colgate, majoring in cellular neuroscience; she then completed an MS in human nutrition at Columbia University.  She has worked on research projects at the National Institutes of Health, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, and The Mount Sinai Medical Center, which have led to co-authorships on several publications and poster presentations at annual conferences. She enjoys baking, yoga and spending time with friends and family.

Raysha J. Crawford, DO
Dr. Crawford was born in Geneva, N.Y. and settled in Webster, N.Y. after her father retired from the Air Force. She enrolled for the first half of her undergraduate education at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., where she was chosen to participate in the 2+2 NIH Summer Research Program at Clarkson University. Graduating with distinction with an AS in biology, Dr. Crawford transferred to SUNY Brockport and participated in additional research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, graduating cum laude with a BS in biology and a chemistry minor. While enrolled in Brockport’s master's program in cellular biology, she was accepted to NYITCOM, which awarded her the Doctor of Osteopathy, May 2014. She lives in Lake Grove and enjoys reading, cultural events, kickboxing, attending church and spending time with her family, which includes her Yorkshire terrier, Spartacus.

Dina Elnaggar, MD, MS
Originally from Chicago, Dr. Elnaggar graduated with a BS from DePaul University, Chicago, in biological sciences, chemistry and Spanish. She then attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for her MS in medical microbiology and immunology, where she worked in two research labs.  She graduated from The University of Toledo with her MD.  Dr. Elnaggar’s experience includes being a respite care provider for autism, Rett syndrome and cerebral palsy, and volunteering with Sew Hope, an NGO that provides basic services and actively combats cervical cancer in Guatemala. She has published in two peer-reviewed journals and has made numerous oral presentations. An avid traveler and exercise enthusiast, Dr. Elnaggar runs marathons, bikes, skis, rock climbs and does yoga. She also speaks Spanish.

Gracie (Gigi) Greer, DO, MS
Born in South Korea and raised and educated in Virginia, Dr. Greer commutes to us now from Rockville Centre. The daughter of a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice, she completed her premed studies along with a major in studio art and a minor in chemistry at the historical and prestigious College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. In addition to the DO from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, she obtained an MS in medical sciences from Hampton University in Va.  She transferred from our traditional rotating internship into our AOA residency program. Dr. Greer enjoys painting (after all, she majored in art), cooking and traveling.

Mary Ann Joseph, DO
A recent graduate of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Manhattan, Dr. Joseph was born in the Bronx and now resides in Hastings-on-Hudson.  She completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY New Paltz.  Dr. Joseph came to South Nassau as a transitional rotating intern, and transferred into our AOA residency.  Her interests include playing the piano and singing, and touring with her brother’s band. She plays a mean game of volleyball and produces charcoal (black and white) art.

Theresa Mastronardi, DO, MS
Another alumna from NYITCOM, Dr. Mastronardi is originally from Newburgh, N.Y. and currently resides in the Bronx.  The first physician in her family, her mother has been a critical care nurse for over 30 years.  Dr. Mastronardi earned her BS and MS in education at The College of Saint Rose in Albany and began a career as a speech language pathologist, working in early intervention, private practice and adult acute care rehabilitation settings.  She retains her NYS speech and language pathology license.  Dr. Mastronardi was able to integrate both careers at The Center for Discovery in Monticello, N.Y. through examination of dysphagia rates and gastronomy tube placement in children and adults.  She is passionate about working with children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities. In her free time, Dr. Mastronardi enjoys family, exercise, reading and the outdoors. She also is conversant in American Sign Language.

Diego Hernan Suarez, MD
Dr. Suarez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up locally in Nassau County and now lives in Woodmere.  A son of two physicians, Dr. Suarez received his BS in biology with a studio art minor from Boston College, where he was also a resident advisor.  After receiving his medical degree from Ross University, he volunteered at St. Barnabas Hospital Clinic in the Bronx. His interests include, art, sailing, tennis, soccer and running.  Dr. Suarez is a native Spanish speaker.

Sergio Alberto Suarez, DO, MS
Dr. Suarez earned his BS in exercise science at Ithaca College in upstate N.Y.,  before attending the dual-degree program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, where he conducted research in the human performance and biomechanics lab. He has participated in two research poster presentations and volunteered at health fairs and in a project focused on helping the elderly winterize their homes. He has been a physical trainer and substitute teacher at his high school alma mater in chemistry, precalculus and fitness. Dr. Suarez is a sports enthusiast, enjoys table tennis, cooking, travel and playing the bongos, as well as time with family and friends. He is also a native Spanish speaker.

Program Year 1