Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents

Brian Daniel Ballard, DO Heading east from Rochester, Michigan, with his DO in hand from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), Brian Daniel Ballard, attended Michigan State University’s East Lansing campus for his BS in human biology where he was also both a teaching and research assistant and a tutor for biology, physics, and chemistry. Among his other volunteer experience was working for almost three years at The Listening Ear, a 24/7/365 situational crisis center. Doctor Ballard spend six summers working in his family’s construction business, and he started his own online electronics business which he still runs. A member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and The National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars, he is a co-author of three peer-reviewed book chapters and first or co-author of four poster presentations. Doctor Ballard’s interests are wide-ranging and include all sports, especially football and hockey, brewing beer, playing the guitar, wakeboarding, scuba diving, working out at the gym, stock trading, building and flying drones, and camping.

Katlin Davitt, DO A member of our Southern contingent, Katlin Davitt, DO, will be traveling from Gaithersburg, West Virginia with her newly acquired medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Davitt received her BS in biomedical sciences from Marist College in Poughkeepsie. While at West Virginia, she was awarded silver and gold statuses for her many hours of community service including medical missionary work in the Dominican Republic. She is first author of two peer-reviewed publications and co-author of nine poster presentations including one headed by, our former faculty member, Dr. Tom Zimmerman. She has undertaken additional training in Covey Leadership (that is, Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and in working with the LQBTQ+ community. A former full time gymnastics instructor, her interests include exotic foods, movies, traveling, and taking her Great Dane to the dog park.

Christine Lurie, DO Christine Lurie, DO, born in Johnson City, Tennessee, came to us from Albany to begin her intern year. She received her BA with a double major in philosophy and dance and movement studies from Emery University in Atlanta, Georgia. She went on to obtain an MA in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition—all this before attending and graduating from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her work experience includes being a dance performer, dance instructor, choreographer, and as a proofreader, copy writer, and copy editor. In addition to dance and movement, Dr. Lurie enjoys yoga, working out, cooking and baking, reading, and exploring new cities.

Jonathan Solaimanzadeh, DO A New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) graduate, Jonathan Solaimanzadeh, DO, was born in New Hyde Park and now lives in Great Neck. Doctor Solaimanzadeh attended Yeshiva University for his BA with concentrations in chemistry, Spanish, and art where he was also a chemistry researcher. His other research experience includes working in the lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset where he conducted RNA interference experiments. He has worked providing direct care to adult men with mental disabilities and as a lifeguard for Beth Shalom Day Camp in Roslyn. He is a co-author of four peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been valedictorian twice, both high school and college. A great believer in maintaining an active lifestyle, Dr. Solaimanzadeh runs a youth program for his community in Great Neck and regularly plays in a basketball league. He speaks Hebrew, Farsi, and Spanish.

Michael Villongco, DO Originally from Redwood City, California, Michael Villongco, DO, now resides in Brooklyn. Awarded a BS with a biology major and minors in chemistry and philosophy from the University of San Francisco (USF), he obtained work as both a laboratory assistant for the University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) muscle physiology lab and as a staff research associate at UCSD’s lung physiology lab. Later, at NYITCOM, he was a member of the Morale Committee and a student ambassador. He is coauthor of one peer-reviewed journal article, one peer-reviewed poster presentation, and one peer-reviewed online publication. He was a USF University Scholar, on its Dean’s Honor Roll, and in its Biology Honors Program. He was also a member of the National Biology Honor Society. Doctor Villongco’s interests include photography, cooking, and building computers. He speaks Spanish and Tagalog.

Our Alumni

The Class of 2018

  • Indranil Bhattacharya, DO: South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Oceanside, NY.
  • Joshian Estevez, DO: South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Oceanside, NY.
  • Andrea LaRosa, DO: Bayonne Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Bayonne, NJ.
  • David Portnoy, DO: Jamaica Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Jamaica, NY.
  • Anju Punchamannil, DO: Applying for her NYS medical license and exploring a wide range of career options

The Class of 2017

  • David Ayad, DO: Staten Island University Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, Staten Island, NY
  • Eliran Bracha, DO: Bay State Medical Center’s Anesthesiology Residency Program, Springfield, MA.
  • Zachary Herrmann, DO: John Peter Smith Hospital’s Psychiatry Residency Program, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Wildys Rosario, DO: New York City’s Health & Hospital’s Coney Island Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY.
  • Lite Wu, DO, MPH: Nassau University Medical Center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, East Meadow, NY.

The Class of 2016

  • Daniel Giangrasso, DO: New York University’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, New York, NY.
  • Catelyn Halusic, DO: South Nassau Communities Hospital’s OBGYN Residency Program, Oceanside, NY.
  • Scott Parrotta, DO: South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Oceanside, NY.
  • Donatella Pavel, DO: Norwalk Hospital’s Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, Norwalk, CT.
  • Leah Sutton, DO: Newark Beth Israel’s Medical Center’s OBGYN Residency Program, Newark, NJ.

The Class of 2015

  • Grace Greer, DO: South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Oceanside, NY.
  • Mary Ann Joseph, DO: South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Oceanside, NY.
  • Amy Parikh, DO: Westchester Medical Center’s Psychiatry Residency Program, Valhalla, NY.
  • Tomasz Podobinski, DO: University of Texas’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, Houston, TX.
  • Kelly Tuveson, DO: Pediatric Residency in New Jersey
  • Charles Wenzel, DO: Private practice in Colorado

The Class of 2014

  • Samantha Benjamin, DO: The Sinai Hospital of Baltimore’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, Baltimore, MD.
  • Ray Lee, DO: Psychiatry Residency.
  • Letora Washington, DO: Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Far Rockaway, NY.
  • Akash Patel, DO: The Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Harlem Residency in Family Medicine Program, New York, NY.
  • Dipesh Patel, DO: Arnot Ogden Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Elmira, NY.
  • Zarna Shah, DO: Nassau University Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program, East Meadow, NY.
From the Program Director

From the Program Director

The Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) at South Nassau Communities Hospital is a well-rounded...

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Application Information

Application Information

We are looking for highly-motivated, intelligent, and empathetic people with a strong commitment to osteopathic medicine....

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Our Program

Our Program

Our Traditional Rotating Internship began February 2014 after the closure of a Traditional Rotating Internship at Long Beach Medical Center...

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Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Osteopathic Education

At South Nassau, osteopathic principles and practice are emphasized throughout your training...

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Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty of South Nassau's Traditional Rotating Internship...

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Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents

Heading east from Rochester, Michigan, with his DO in hand from Michigan State University College...

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FAQ

FAQ

Our patient population is very diverse. Our residents have their continuity clinic...

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