Meet the Residents
Andrew Dolehanty, DO
Dr. Dolehanty was born and raised in Lansing, MI and went to Waverly High School. For undergrad, he attended Hope College in Holland, MI where he studied Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. Shortly after graduation, he found his way back closer to home and attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his clerkship years at MSUCOM, his base hospital was at Genesys. He was very impressed with the Internal Medicine program and decided to stay. He felt that the residents were very supportive and encouraging, always going out of their way to help and ensure a good learning environment, and were a large reason for his interest in the program. Outside of the hospital, he continues to play ice hockey and enjoys spending time with my wife Katie and dog Hazel! They love to find new and exciting restaurants/breweries to visit and enjoy spending time with their families.
Nick Galyon, DO
Dr. Galyon was raised in the Florida Keys before moving to Jupiter, FL. He went to University of Florida where he graduated with a degree in Finance. After working in finance for a short time, he went back to school to pursue a post bachelor degree at the University of Miami where he met his current girlfriend. He graduated medical school from Nova Southeastern University. Together, he and his girlfriend moved to Michigan for residency where they now live with their cat, Zoe.
Brett Haschig, DO
Dr. Haschig was born and raised in Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston. So naturally, he is still a Boston sports fan for all the major sports. He went to Virginia for medical school and was part of the inaugural class of Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. It’s there where he met his wife Charis and got their very energetic black lab, Fenway. He loves playing basically all sports, especially volleyball, soccer, and basketball. He came to Genesys because of how willing everyone was to teach and the amount of experience available in critical care.
Pujyitha Mandiga, MD
Dr. Mandiga grew up in the Tampa Florida for better part of her life and attended the University of Florida (GO GATORS) for undergraduate. She also attended East Carolina University honors program and graduated with her bachelors degree in biology. Later on, she finished medical school in Manipal University and graduated from UMHS in 2018. While in medical school, she completed her masters in psychology and MBA in health care management as well. Her family has been her greatest support in her life and she says she couldn’t have made it this far without them. After marrying her amazing husband, they moved to Michigan since he grew up not far from Grand Blanc. In her spare time, she loves binge watching Netflix shows with her husband and spending time with their puppy THOR! She chose this program because it definitely challenges you and helps you become the best version of yourself in medicine.
Stephen Manning, DO
Dr. Manning was born and raised in Michigan, originally from the west side of the state near Grand Rapids. I went to MSU for his undergraduate degree and majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Going for the Green and White all of the way, he attended Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is married to the love of his life, who he met in undergraduate. He has no kids as of yet but they have a cute little cat named Tilly. He loves medicine and has a particular interest in cardiology and electrophysiology. His interests outside of medicine include reading, tennis, golf, cooking and just relaxing with family.
Rebeca Maynard, DO
Dr. Maynard was born in California, grew up in Texas and spent my elder years in Northern California which is where her parents currently reside. She took the opportunity to travel during her undergrad and graduate studies which led her to West Virginia for medical school and Michigan for residency. Throughout her medical career she developed an interest in pulmonary and sleep medicine, furthering this interest into a love, which ultimately led her to apply for a sleep medicine fellowship. Outside of the hospital, she is a dog lover and has two chocolate labs, Lexi and Lola. She currently live in Birmingham with her boyfriend where they enjoy taking the girls (our dogs) for outdoor adventures and love exploring the yummy food scene in the greater Detroit area!
Daniel Ramirez, DO
Dr. Ramirez grew up in the High Desert of Southern California and got his EMT and Firefighting certifications right after high school. He went on to the University of California Merced to get his degree in Physiology. He continued his education there as a Master’s student in Quantitative Systems and Biology where he did stem cell research on metabolic pathways. He attended LECOM for medical school and chose Genesys IM residency for its various fellowship opportunities and excellent learning environment. Outside of the hospital, he spends time with his beautiful wife, goes to the gym as often as possible, cooks, plays video games and Netflix binges.
Daniel Taylor, DO
Dr. Taylor was born and raised in the swampy southeast river lands of Richmond, TX. The amber waves of grain called, and he went to Omaha, NE to attend Creighton University for undergrad. After one year of teaching a Spanish GED program, and another year of working with the US Soccer Foundation to address childhood obesity, he went to the purple mountain majesties for medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. In my free time he plays soccer, reads fiction, plays board games, explores the outdoors, drinks coffee, and spends time with my wife, Laura, and our dog Liz Lemon. He says he made the easy decision to come to Genesys after working with the residents here and seeing how competent they were with challenging and critical patients, and how much camaraderie they displayed when interacting with each other and the other residency programs here.
Joanna Wieckowska, DO
A Florida girl in a Michigan world. Medicine has led Dr. Wieckowska on a path that's allotted her the opportunity to live in different states and meet many interesting people. She went to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in French. There, she was also a swimmer whose best strokes were Backstroke and IM. Those four years of being a student-athlete taught her the importance of commitment, dedication, and balancing a busy schedule. She matriculated into medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV, where she fell in love with the leaves of gold and scarlet and the rolling mountainous terrain. It was the perfect place for an outdoor enthusiast like her to hike, spelunk, white-water raft, and ski. She is ecstatic to be able to spend time exploring Michigan and seeing what the "Mitten State" has to offer, so you can bet your bottom dollar that when she's on PTO she doesn't stay in town. Other hobbies of hers include running, solving jigsaw puzzles, and stumbling upon charming cafes with great coffee. She was happy to have matched at Genesys, and is grateful for this opportunity to continue the pursuit of who she wants to be.
Natalie Zimmer, DO
Dr. Zimmer, a Michigan native. I grew up in Traverse City, Michigan and went to undergrad at Grand Valley State University. She left Michigan for a short time for medical school at AT Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. She has a big family with three sisters and six nieces and nephews, all of whom live here in Michigan as well. She enjoys traveling, being outside with her pup and spending time with family.
Missa Abuzamel, DO
Courtney Andres, DO
Natalia Baj-Osiewicz. MD
Dr Baj-Osiewicz was born and raised in Poland, however, she considers herself a Michigander, since she has lived in The Mitten State since late ‘90s. She loves to travel, and had the opportunity to see many countries while serving in the United States Navy. She went to the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and returned to Poland to attend medical school. She chose internal medicine residency with plans to become a primary care physician. She loves living in Michigan as it provides countless opportunities for outdoor activities. She and her family and love to spend time outdoors sailing, camping, and off-roading in the summer; snowboarding or sledding in the winter. When the weather is gloomy, she loves to cuddle with a good book in her hand, a cat in her lap, and a cup of tea.
Colby Brooks, DO
Dr. Brooks grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Human Biology through Lymann Briggs College at Michigan State University. He went to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He completed a Traditional Rotating Internship at Ascension Genesys Hospital. In his free time he is an avid outdoorsman spending summers on the water, and winters on a ski hill.
Lauren Doda, DO
Dr. Doda grew up in Northern Minnesota/North Dakota, with her favorite memory being the summers spent up north at the cabin. She earned her undergraduate degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, where she pursued a major in Spanish language and translation, Chemistry and Pre-med. She studied Spanish language, translation, history & literature in Pamplona Spain, living with an amazing host family who taught her so much. Following college, she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL as a Cancer Clinical Research Coordinator where she enrolled and monitored patients to Sarcoma Clinical trials. Following, life led her to beautiful West Virginia where she attended Medical School at WVSOM, one of her best experiences yet. Clinical rotations introduced her to the Ohio and Michigan region, which then led her to Genesys. While she has many passions, when she's not working or studying, she enjoys running outside, cooking new recipes, Face-timing with family, and exploring the beauty of Michigan with her boyfriend.
Anton Juncaj, DO
Dr. Juncaj is a Michigan native, who left in 2007 for college and graduate school at Boston University. He attended medical school at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama, as well as Tallahassee, FL, and found his way back home to MI for residency. In his free time he enjoys songwriting, playing guitar, playing any outdoor sport, board games, or video games. His guilty pleasure is Taco Bell.
Sophie Pokhrel, MD
Jillian Roberson, MD
Dr. Roberson was born and raised in South Carolina. She went to undergrad and received a BS in Biology from College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and did her 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations in Atlanta, Georgia. Eager to experience all four seasons along with some snow, she chose Internal Medicine at Ascension Genesys with plans to pursue a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. most importantly her two pups Nahla and Rigsley.
Bita Semsarieh, MD
Dr. Semsarieh is originally from Iran, born and raised there until she was 15 years old. She feels fortunate that her family chose to settle in the Midwest, more specifically in a nice suburb of Chicago. She stayed in Chicago after graduation and attended Loyola University where she completed a degree in Chemistry. She graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine and was again fortunate to be able to complete her clinical rotations in the Midwest, including Chicago, Cincinnati, and Michigan. She is very close with her family and feels it is nice to know home is only a few hours away. She chose this program because after her rotation here she knew the program had all the qualities she was looking for and the location was a nice bonus! Michigan is a beautiful state and she feels that this part of the country will always be home to her. She loves the outdoors, especially in the Fall and can hardly wait to have my family here for some sightseeing during the color change. She was told by other residents that she needed to pick between MSU and UM before the season starts so she chose...Alabama. Roll Tide!
Elise Wojcik, DO
Garrett Beck, DO
Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Beck completed his undergraduate education at Central Michigan University and medical school at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his clerkship years, he was based at Ascension Genesys Hospital, where he decided to continue his career within the Internal Medicine program. After interviewing at programs all over the state, he realized that Ascension Genesys provided the best fit for him, his interactions with the residents playing a large role in this decision. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Kelsey, and his mini golden doodle, Piper. He also enjoys watching and playing sports, including golf, football, and softball.
Zachary Blanchard, MD
Dr. Blanchard grew up in Rockford, MI and has lived in Michigan all of his life. He attended undergrad at Albion College where he was lucky enough to meet his wife and receive his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. After college he spent 2 years working as an EMT before attending Central Michigan University College of Medicine for medical school. He currently lives in Saginaw with his wife, an OB/GYN resident in Saginaw, their two cats (Arrow and Tux), and their dog (Ellie). He feels that being a part of the Internal Medicine program here has been a great experience. He immediately felt welcomed as part of the team and has loved working with everyone here. He is an avid hunter and loves spending time in his tree stand in the woods. He also enjoys his fair share of videogames and finds it a great way to relax after a long day of work.
Ahmed Elzein, MD
Born in the east Horn of Africa, Sudan, Dr. Elzein grew up in Boulder, Colorado where he attended Monarch high school (where he played varsity soccer). He went to medical school at the University of Khartoum, where they spent most the time providing medical care at remote and underserved areas. Following graduation, he rotated at hospitals in Pennsylvania, California, and Indiana. He has traveled to 14 countries and 20 states. He has learned different experiences from each and every one. He spent the year prior to residency volunteering to provide medical care to our hero veterans in San Diego, California. He is extremely grateful to have matched at Ascension Genesys Hospital, and enjoys working with an exceptional faculty and supportive residents. He enjoys working out, playing soccer and traveling!
Kelsey Finkel, MD
Dr. Finkel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and came to Michigan after completing her undergraduate coursework at Boston University. She carried out a 3 year long research project studying targeted therapy for oropharyngeal cancer at University of Michigan before joining Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Her 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations were based at Ascension St. John Hospital; she completed a preliminary General Surgery year there before transferring to Internal Medicine at Ascension Genesys. She feels that the residents and attendings here are dedicated to teaching while the program camaraderie and collaborative environment contribute to a positive residency experience. Outside of medicine, she and her husband (a Pediatrics-Medical Genetics resident at Children’s Hospital of Michigan) spend time running, baking, and playing with their twin boys and dog.
Brandon Govan, MD
Dr Govan grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science from Grand Valley State University. Thereafter, he worked for a few years in the medical field before starting medical school at Central Michigan University. When he is not busy at work he likes to spend his free time watching movies and going on hikes with his wife and two dogs.
Lara Guindi, MD
Egyptian born, New York raised, Dr. Guindi went to SGU-SOM in Grenada, one of the most picturesque and adventurous Islands in the Caribbean, for medical school. Now transplanted from the tropics to Michigan for residency here at GRMC, which she chose for both the many opportunities it has to offer after residency, as well as the tight knit community among the residents and faculty. Coming from the Hudson Valley NY and growing up in the Catskill mountain region, she loves being outdoors, hiking, rowing, kayaking and bringing her dog, Timmy, along on all of her adventures. With that being said, transitioning to life here in MI was pretty seamless for her, with all of the trails and lakes in the surrounding area, she and Timmy immediately felt right at home! When it’s too cold to be outdoors, watching British baking shows on Netflix with her own snacks in hand is her go to favorite activity. In undergrad she was a studio art minor and so when she finds the time she tries to pick up a paint brush or do some photography while out in nature, (although she does admit most of her pictures now consist of her dog being the best boy and doing absolutely nothing interesting). All in all she'd say she and Timmy are very happy and thankful we they are here and they can’t wait to see what fun new adventures life has in store for them in the coming years!
Fabian Nalichowski, MD
Dr. Nalichowski was born and raised in Poland and lived there until about 12 years old at which point his family immigrated to Michigan. Being a very outdoorsy person he thinks Michigan was a great place to grow up. Having all four seasons allows him to enjoy all of his favorite activities like playing soccer, swimming, hiking and snowboarding every year. He attended Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI for undergrad, and then proceeded to attend Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland for his medical degree. He feels that being able to stay in Michigan close to family is ideal and Genesys was the perfect choice. He thinks that all faculty, residents and staff have been immensely supportive and the facility provides a great balance of challenging and educational opportunities with many fellowship options.
Kanksha Peddi, MD
Dr. Peddi hails from Southern California, specifically a town called Rancho Cucamonga. She is originally south Indian but grew up in California for the majority of her childhood and adulthood. This is her first time in Michigan and experiencing any other weather than summer. She thinks that it’s been great to see all the seasons and she's been enjoying her time here with loved ones, friends and her co-residents. She is an avid coffee drinker, enjoys the long winded jog, and loves spending any time she has in good conversation with family and friends. She is also a huge basketball fan! She grew up a Laker fan, and still is to this day. Mamba mentality for life! Prior to medical school she was a bioengineer but found a desk job was definitely not for her! She finished up medical school during the beginning of the COVID pandemic and began her training shortly after as an intern. She feels that it was a quick and challenging transition but definitely an interesting way to start residency and one that she’ll never forget. She thinks that Ascension Genesys Hospital faculty, residents and staff have been very supporting and during her short time here, she has learned so much about medicine and has grown both personally and professionally. She hopes that candidates choose our program and she looks forward to meeting those who match with us!
Oskar Ubysz, MD
Dr. Ubysz was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. He feels at home in Michigan and loves all the outdoor opportunities provided by this great state. He attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate education and completed his medical education at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He wants to continue serving the people of Michigan through his residency and beyond. During his free time Oskar loves visiting and hiking in national parks and traveling to cool new places with his fiancée. Oskar is grateful to be a part of the Ascension Genesys Internal Medicine residency, and likes the supportive environment created by his fellow residents and the faculty.
Brandon Wiggins, DO
Dr. Wiggins was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and grew up in South Lyon, Michigan for the majority of his childhood. He grew up bleeding green and went on to become a three time Spartan (Go Green), achieving his Bachelor degree in psychology and pre-med with a specialization in bioethics, humanities, and society, then his Masters of Public Health, and finally my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. He went on to complete a transitional year residency down the street at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, which he feels really helped him prepare for when he matched into the Internal Medicine program at Ascension Genesys. Since matching, he bought a house in the area and spends most of his free time with his fiancé Megan, his one and a half year old daughter Arianna and his miniature Husky Izzo. He also loves all MSU sports, professional sports, video games, music, movies, trivia, and constantly trying to improve his handicap in golf. He thoroughly enjoys training at Ascension Genesys, as he thinks it is a wonderful facility with good people and a challenging and extremely educational residency program. He aspires to continue his training here after graduating residency by pursuing fellowship!