Meet Our Residents 

 

Class of 2022

Kirk Bonner, MD

Hometown: Radnor, PA

Medical school: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

PM&R Interests: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine

Why Kessler: I had always been impressed by the reputation of Kessler, but when I first saw the facility and met with residents and faculty I was truly inspired. Their passion and ambition is palpable and seeing the way that the staff and patients work together for a common goal is unique. People love to be here and that contributes to a very positive and motivated culture.

 

Mark Decotiis, MD

Hometown: Wall, New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

PM&R Interests: Sports Medicine, Interventional Spine, Spinal Cord Injury

Why Kessler: I chose Kessler because it affords premier and well-rounded experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings of physiatry. Add in the close family camaraderie among residents AND attendings as well as an extensive alumni network, and it was easy to see why it's the best program for me.

 

Caitlin Hartsgrove, MD

Hometown: Highlands, New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

PM&R Interests: Still undecided! I like it all. 

Why Kessler? I love Kessler because it is a rigorous academic program that provides residents with innumerable opportunities to learn from numerous leaders in the field. But it's so much more than that-- the people here are incredible. From the patients to the faculty to every member of the staff, I'm continuously impressed by the camaraderie. Kessler is a family.

 

Jamilla Kendall, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: Generalist/Undecided

Why Kessler? I wanted to gain a strong foundation in Physiatry, no matter where my career took me. I knew Kessler guaranteed that.  To be trained by Top-Notch leaders in the field of Physiatry who also foster a warm learning environment and encourage your curiosity is a dream come true. The attendings are amazing; not only are they great teachers, but their passion for Physiatry and our patient population shows.  It's just the beginning, and I have learned so much. I've been blessed to be a part of a wonderful group of residents. The Kessler Family is authentic and provides me with a strong support system. I am so happy to be here.

 

Tulsi Patel, DO

Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

PM&R Interests: TBI, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Amputee Rehabilitation

Why Kessler?: Kessler has an incredible sense of community that immediately drew me in.  The program is also unique in its ability to be flexible for residents to pursue their individual career interests while remaining well rounded and academically rigorous. It is clear when looking at my predecessors that Kessler will foster my career in whichever direction I choose, and I feel very lucky to train here.

 

Paul So, MD

Hometown: Fort Lee, New Jersey

Medical School: Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

PM&R Interests: SCI, TBI, sports and spine, sports medicine

Why Kessler? Amazing co-residents. Friendly staff. Supportive attendings. The opportunity to learn from many of the leaders in PM&R. It's a dream come true.

 

Radhika Sharma, MD

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: Pain Management, Sports Medicine

Why Kessler? I knew this would be a program that would turn me into the best physiatrist I could be. Kessler strives for clinical excellence in all that it does and provides a friendly atmosphere of staff and co-residents that are supportive and truly become like family. Being a Kessler resident is to be a part of an amazing network of faculty and alumni and I am honored to be training here.

 

Monica Zirolli, DO

Hometown: San Jose, California

Medical School: The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

PM&R Interests: Everything! Especially spinal cord injury and musculoskeletal medicine

Why Kessler? After rotating here as a medical student, I knew this was my ideal program. The people are amazing, the education is rigorous, and the resources available to residents make it possible to accomplish anything within the field. I know that after training at Kessler I will be a really well-rounded physiatrist, and wouldn’t want to be training anywhere else!

 

 

Class of 2023

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Nicole Angelo, DO

Hometown: Assonet, MA

Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

PM&R Interests: interventional spine, sports medicine, pain medicine

Why Kessler?

The breadth of pathologies and experiences available, the focus on driving the field forward through research, and (most importantly) the culture full of laughs, smiles, and people who truly enjoy their job every day!

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Chris Bo, MD

Hometown: Marlboro, NJ

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

PM&R Interests: Spinal Cord Injury

Why Kessler?

Where do I start? As a student at Rutgers NJMS thinking about residency, Kessler checked all the boxes of what I was looking for in a residency program. The people here are incredible to work with, you get exposure to so many different facets of this field, and there's a big emphasis on teaching the many students who rotate with us. My passion for PM&R was born here at Kessler and it really feels like a privilege to be able to receive my training here as well.

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Greg De Gruchy, MD

Hometown: Connecticut

Medical School: UConn School of Medicine

PM&R Interests Spinal Cord Injury

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Oscar Dimant, MD

Hometown: New York City, NY/Los Angeles, CA

Medical School: NYU Grossman School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: undecided

Why Kessler?

I chose Kessler because of its outstanding education combined with a sense of community and culture that felt right to me. People at Kessler work together to achieve goals and support one another, the breadth of training is comprehensive, and the attending physiatrists are leaders in our field.  I'm learning things I didn't even know were part of physiatry!

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Nova Hou, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: UT Houston/McGovern

PM&R Interests: pediatric rehabilitation, everything

Why Kessler?

Family culture, broad clinical experiences, and proximity to NYC.

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Noble Jones, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

PM&R Interests: spinal cord injury, cancer rehabilitation

Why Kessler?

Kessler offers rigorous training with opportunities to engage in cutting edge research in rehab medical technologies.

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Sharon Ong, MD

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: undecided

Why Kessler?

I am still undecided regarding what I want to do within the field of PM&R, so it was important to me to get good, well-rounded training, so that I could go really anywhere after residency. Kessler seemed that a great fit from this perspective! I also loved the resident culture. Everyone is kind, supportive, and it definitely makes work more fun!

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Kevin Pineda, DO

Hometown: New Milford, NJ

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown

PM&R Interests: general inpatient/outpatient MSK, MSK ultrasound, COVID long hauler rehabilitation and long term care strategies, prosthetics/orthotics amputation, SCI robotic exoskeletons, pediatric chronic pain program, CP management, OMT, CAM including acupuncture and dry needling, VR, blockchain technology, concussion clinic

Why Kessler?

The multitude of opportunities to work with leading experts in the different subdisciplines of PM&R, whichever your interests may be!

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Rick Schneider, DO

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

PM&R Interests: sports medicine, interventional spine, pain medicine

Why Kessler?

I chose Kessler because of its long-standing reputation for a well-rounded education in PM&R. The Kessler family made me feel that I would grow both as a physician and person while in residency, which was very important to me.

 

Class of 2024

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Evan Chung, MD

Hometown: Dalton, GA

Medical School: Loma Linda School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: sports and spine, musculoskeletal, pain medicine

Why Kessler?

On paper, I was drawn to Kessler's strong curriculum and fellowship options. On interview day, I was set on making Kessler my top choice because of the friendliness and authenticity demonstrated by all of the faculty and residents.

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Matthew Delbert, MD

Hometown

Bayonne, NJ

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

PM&R Interests: musculoskeletal, sports, pain, amputation rehabilitation

Why Kessler?

As a student fortunate enough to complete several Kessler rotations, it was blatantly clear that the residents and attendings function more like a large family. Administration, attendings, and residents went above and beyond to provide me with career guidance and an amazing education. The patient diversity and severity of disability and disease I'll be exposed to throughout the multiple rotation sites is second to none. I know that I'll have the opportunity to be very hands on as a Kessler resident. The scheduled didactics and workshops are engaging and high-quality. I am confident that I'll be comfortable treating anybody after residency here. I'm truly fortunate to be a part of this family.

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Sabrina Dieffenbach, MD

Hometown: Holland, MI

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: pediatric rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury

Why Kessler?

Kessler offers endless opportunities for learning both on the inpatient and outpatient side of PM&R. There is also a great feeling of camaraderie and sense of community. I feel Kessler will help me grow into the best possible physiatrist through its premier education. I'm excited to be a member of the Kessler community.

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Hwajin Lee, MD

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea/Dix Hills, NY

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

PM&R Interests: traumatic brain injury, neurorehabilitation, public health/global health

Why Kessler?

Well-rounded clinical experience, great research opportunity, amazing faculty. But most importantly, what makes Kessler special is the people. When rotating as a medical student, I appreciated the friendly and supportive atmosphere and camaraderie among residents and faculty. And it was clear to me that this program was the best choice for me.

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Tom Lin, MD

Hometown: Queens, NY

Medical School: Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

PM&R Interests: sports and spine, regenerative medicine, cancer rehabilitation

Why Kessler?

I knew I would get an extremely well rounded rehabilitation education while also having the resources available to focus on whatever interest I chose to pursue. The faculty and residents were incredibly welcoming and I felt a great sense of camaraderie among everyone that I didn't see anywhere else.

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Ken Peyser, DO

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

PM&R Interests: regenerative medicine, performing arts medicine

Why Kessler?

Kessler fosters forward thinking; there is an abundance of research in regenerative medicine. The faculty are fantastic teachers in addition to being leaders in shaping treatment models. I'm grateful to train in a supportive and encouraging environment which is committed to learning.

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Grace Suttle, MD

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

PM&R Interests: neurorehabilitation, general rehabilitation, sports and spine

Why Kessler?

I was drawn to the program because I wanted to have a strong foundation and exposure to outpatient and inpatient physiatry. Along with being a challenging program, the Kessler community offers an equally supportive environment, including leaders in the field. Another positive is the opportunity to work within the community and serve a diverse patient population, which I wanted to continue during my residency training. It is a blessing to be part of this community and learn from the best in the field.

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Tabinda Syed, DO

Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

PM&R Interests: spinal cord injury, sports and spine, musculoskeletal medicine

Why Kessler?

I wanted to be part of Kessler because it offered the opportunity to learn from very knowledgeable faculty and be a part of cutting edge research. Kessler also has great residents and staff, who are easy to get along with and prioritize camaraderie in and out of the work place.