Meet Our Residents

PGY-1

Joe Biedrzycki, MD
Joe Biedrzycki, DO
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Adult Psychiatry
Lill Chamorro, MD
Lill Chamorro, MD
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: National University of Asuncion, Paraguay
Professional Interests: Child Psychiatry
Stacey Elliott, MD
Stacey Elliott, DO
Hometown: Auburn, NY
Medical School: New York University of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Adult Psychiatry
Ashley MacLean, MD
Ashley MacLean, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Medical School: St. George's Medical University
Professional Interests: Adult Psychiatry
Andrew Manoski, MD
Andrew Manoski, DO
Hometown: Langhorne, NJ
Medical School: New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Adult Psychiatry
Ben Milczarski, MD
Ben Milczarski, MD
Hometown: Boise, ID
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professional Interests: Adult Psychiatry
P. Perry Paparone, MD
P. Perry Paparone, DO
Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ
Medical School: St. George's Medical University
Professional Interests: Adult Psychiatry

PGY-2

Tolani Ajagbe, MD
Tolani Ajagbe, MD
Hometown: Ibadan, Nigeria
Medical School: Ibadan, Nigeria
Professional Interests: Adult
Theresa Blatchford, MD
Theresa Blatchford, MD
Hometown: Amsterdam, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Adult
Personal Interests: She graduated from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Biology and completed her medical school training at St. Geroge’s University. She is from Amsterdam, NY and loves all that upstate New York has to offer. In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, travelling, reading, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.
Hilary Gamble, MD
Hilary Gamble, MD
Medical School: SUNY Upstate University
Professional Interests: Child
Personal Interests: When she isn’t working, she very much enjoys spending time with her two dogs, a yellow lab and a great dane. They are her passion outside of medicine and Preston (yellow lab) is a therapy dog. In addition, she tries to make the most of her days off as she often explores Skaneateles, Green Lakes State Park, and other lovely spots in the nearby area. Between kayaking, biking, joining volleyball teams, hiking local trails, and even snorkeling and SCUBA diving, there is more than enough to keep them occupied! Vacation time is great for the yearly ski trips and SCUBA adventures. This is a great area no matter where your interests lie.
Mark Giordano, MD
Mark Giordano, MD
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Medical School: New York Medical College
Professional Interests: Adult/Child
Personal Interests: Mark joined our program in 2012. He currently plans to pursue a career in Adult Psychiatry, but is considering specializing in Forensic or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from San Fransisco State University and his medical degree from New York Medical College. When he is not spending time with his wife, and 3 children, Mark likes to watch movies, exercise, write fiction, read and catch up on his sleep.
Mirabelle Mattar, MD
Mirabelle Mattar, MD
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Medical School: Universite Saint Esprit De Kaslik, Lebanon
Professional Interests: Adult
Personal Interests: Mirabelle has traveled thousands of miles all the way from the Land of Cedars (her hometown, Lebanon) to the City of Salt to pursue a psychiatry residency program in the United States. She genuinely believes that this country will offer her a valuable integrative learning experience and culturally diverse clinical exposure. Going by Tolkien’s words “not all who wander are lost”, Mirabelle finds joy in wandering, discovering, and dissecting life’s joys and sorrows… all with a broad bright smile! She is fascinated by Cinema and finds in movies a lot to speculate about and contemplate. She also enjoys reading and considers Scott Peck's book "The Road Less Traveled" a prodigy.
Swati Shivale, MD
Swati Shivale, MD
Hometown: India
Medical School: Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, India
Professional Interests: Adult/Child
Personal Interests: Swati graduated from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, where she spent some time working as a house physician in Psychiatry, followed by a short internship at Dr Glatt's PsychGENe lab, here at SUNY Upstate. She was drawn to Psychiatry in her attempt to understand and research human resilience in the face of suffering. She's currently interested in research related to the biological basis of mental health and sometimes fantasizes about a career in academic psychiatry. Among other things, she cares for good food, great wit and free verse.
Sonal Sinha, MD
Sonal Sinha, MD
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio University
Professional Interests: Adult

PGY-3

Stephanie Achilles, MD
Stephanie Achilles, MD
Hometown: Geneva, NY
Medical School: St. Matthew's School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Adult
Narmin Aliji, MD
Narmin Aliji, MD
Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: Child
Personal Interests: Narmin did her undergraduate at Houston Baptist University in art and biology, and she completed her medical school training at St. George's University. She's a born and raised Texan and looks forward to all 4 seasonal changes the northeast has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, cooking, baking, eating, hiking, biking and whatever else the great outdoors or life has to offer!
Viral Goradia, MD
Viral Goradia, MD
Medical School: Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, India
Professional Interests: Adult
Personal Interests: Growing up, he wanted to be a mathematician, but his adventurous zeal drove him towards psychiatry. He went to medical school in Bombay, India and plans to continue his career with a special interest in Psychotherapy. He enjoys reading (his favorites are - any book by P.G.Wodehouse, Calvin and Hobbes comic strips and sports related autobiographies). In his spare time he enjoys Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock movies and is a big fan of South Park and Futurama. He enjoys watching sports of any kind (usually because he cannot play most of them). He is also an avid quizzer and loves participating in and conducting sports, film and trivia quizzes.
Luba Leontieva, MD
Luba Leontieva, MD
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia
Medical School: St. Petersburg State Medical Academy
Professional Interests: Adult
Personal Interests: Luba came to the United States from St. Petersburg, Russia in 1997. She practiced psychiatry in Russia for seven years. She received her PhD in Psychology from West Virginia University in 2004 and worked as a research psychologist in our department and as a licensed psychologist at a state psychiatric hospital in Syracuse. She is interested in treating adults with major mental illness and doing research in the area of schizophrenia, cognition, addiction, and borderline personality disorder. She settled in the Syracuse area and enjoys arts, travel,skiing, yoga, and spending time with her husband and her daughter. She also enjoys her cat, Watson.
Eric MacMaster, MD
Eric MacMaster, MD
Hometown: Auburn, NY
Medical School: Upstate Medical University
Professional Interests: Child
Personal Interests: Eric has been a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area and other than developing a high tolerance for snow, will be more than happy to recommend things to do around the area. In his spare time he enjoys traveling internationally, cooking, hiking, and building/refinishing furniture.
Curtis Phillips, MD
Curtis Phillips, MD
Hometown: Trinidad
Medical School: St. George's Medical University
Professional Interests: Adult/Addiction/Psychosomatic
Personal Interests: In his spare time Curtis enjoys volleyball, soccer and FIFA.
Kamal Poovalingam, MD
Kamal Poovalingam, MD
Hometown: Sri Lanka
Medical School: Psg Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Professional Interests: Adult/Addiction

PGY-4

Don Pilch, MD
Don Pilch, MD
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Professional Interests: Adult
Personal Interests: Don joined our residency program in 2010 and plans to pursue a career in plain vanilla adult psychiatry. He received a BS in accounting from Clarkson University, worked in business for several years, worked as a massage therapist for a few years, and then returned to his home town, Syracuse, for his medical education at Upstate Medical University. Don occasionally teaches a massage therapy elective at Upstate. He hopes to include some elements of his prior work experiences in his adult psychiatry practice.
Diane St. Fleur, MD
Diane St. Fleur, MD
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Professional Interests: Adult / Child/ Addiction
Jamie Vizcarra, MD
Jamie Vizcarra, DO
Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Adult / Addiction
Personal Interests: Jamie graduated medical school from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her spare time Jamie loves to travel and write poetry.
Brandon Yeager, MD
Brandon Yeager, MD
Hometown: Hershey, PA
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Professional Interests: Adult / Rural Psychiatry

What graduates are saying about our program:
I chose SUNY Upstate Psychiatry program for several reasons. The small city atmosphere, the welcoming faculty and staff, and the fact the program is more psychotherapy based. The program was inviting, allowed for me to make time for my family and my work without compromising either of them. After four years in this community, it was difficult to walk away and go back home near family for a job. The support network and relationships built within the psychiatric community ultimately kept me here in Syracuse working a full time job at Hutchings Psychiatric Center.
  – Jessica Aslam, Class of 2012

This was the place where I felt I was able to pursue and fully find my passion. Learning how to do therapy from so many well accomplished people has been a real gift. In particular, I did not realize that I would find a real fit for my passion for children and families. Encountering Dr. Keith and having the chance to train with him was exactly what I looking for.
  –Lindsey Schrimpf, Class of 2011