Current Residents

Current Residents

Check out our current residents! They are diverse yet commonly united. Our residents are from all over the world, various medical schools, around the country and work together to advance the field of Emergency Medicine, clinically and academically.




Kaitlin Brill

Kaitlin "Katie" Brill

I grew up in the Charlottesville area and I’m very excited to be returning home!  I completed undergrad at Liberty University earning a degree in mathematics.  During this time I became interested in medicine and after much prayer and consideration decided it was the career for me.  After graduation, I spent two years working as a scribe in the Emergency Department at UVA, which is likely why I think that scribes are the BEST!  I attended medical school at EVMS in Norfolk, VA.  My medical interests include international medicine, critical care, and ED utilization.  In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with family and friends.  I am a big fan of eating out.  It must be something about someone else cooking, serving, and cleaning that makes food taste so delicious!  I like adventures that get my adrenaline moving; and as a random fact, I am determined to learn Spanish.  I’m hoping that putting this goal on the internet will help keep me accountable!

Tyson Hickle

 Tyson Hickle

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN and left to go to undergrad at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  I finished my undergrad, joined the US Air Force and continued on at medical school at Creighton but decided to breakout and go to their regional campus in Phoenix, AZ.  While the desert is great in the winter months, I missed the snow and the Air Force decided they needed me to do an internship in Internal Medicine which I completed at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.   The wanderlust kicked in and I decided to try somewhere new and I’ve now made it to Virginia to complete my Emergency Medicine residency.   When I get outside the hospital, you can find me hiking, camping, mountain biking (anything that can get me outside really), brewing my own beer, or playing with my two Australian Cattle dogs.

Saher IftikharSaher Iftikhar

Saher graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. As a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Saher organized support groups and stress-relieving activities, such as art and music programs, for patients and their families to cope with the diagnosis and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her hobbies include Pilates, reading Urdu literature, traveling, visiting museums, and outdoor and adventurous activities, such as paintballing, hiking, and skydiving.



Marissa KopaticMarissa Kopatic

I grew up and went to college in Austin, Texas (and cheered with the rest during the triumphant Vince Young year!) After college, I moved to Shenzhen, China to teach English in a primary school in Nanshan. I then moved back for medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, binge watching Netflix, and exploring outside with my dog.  I am so excited to join the UVA EM family and to start my life in Charlottesville!






Ashley MadonickAshley Madonick

Hi! My name is Ashley and I couldn’t be more excited to join the UVA EM family! I was born in Massachusetts and spent my summers at a small town off the coast of New Jersey where I met my childhood sweetheart and fiancé, Skylar, and I’m lucky enough to call Charlottesville home. I went to the College of William and Mary for undergrad where I ran track for 4 years (roll Tribe!) and after med school, I found myself back in Massachusetts (and apparently the snowiest city in the country, Worcester…brr!) where I completed an internship in General Surgery at the University of Massachusetts. My happiness is found spending time with my crazy, wonderful, goofy and loving family, great friends (old and new), baking, running and pretty much anything and everything outdoors. My interests in emergency medicine include critical care, sports medicine and ultrasound.  I can’t wait to move back to Charlottesville and I couldn’t imagine a better place or group of people to spend the next few years with!

Raymond Oldham

Raymond Oldham

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but moved at the age of 4 years old to Calera, Alabama, which is about 30 minutes south of Birmingham.   Despite my northern roots I’m definitely a southern boy through and through.   Just like everyone in the state of Alabama, I had to pledge my allegiance to either Alabama or Auburn and I chose to become a huge Auburn fan (War Eagle!).  I completed my undergraduate and medical degree at University of Alabama at Birmingham (Go Blazers!).  My wife and I are very excited about joining the UVA family exploring all that Charlottesville has to offer.  My interests in emergency medicine are ultrasound, sports medicine, and critical care.  Outside of medicine I enjoy hiking, hunting, playing basketball and tennis, watching college football, great food, craft beer, and the periodic Netflix marathon.  If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email!

Kathleen RootKathleen "KC" Root

Hi! My name is KC Root, and I’m so excited to be a part of the UVAEM family! I was born in NH, grew up in Maine, went to McGill University in Montreal, QC for undergrad, and did medical school at the University of Vermont. I am anchored in life by my perfectly chaotic & inspiring family, my incredible dog, the most amazing man from Maine, the best friends you could ever imagine, and my love of Emergency Medicine. (Not necessarily in that order). Also, should you ever find yourself desperate to talk about horses, traveling, public health & capacity building, hiking, learning to cook, water sports, whales, dogs - okay, any animals honestly, bathtubs, or Diet Coke...I’m your girl. 


Thomas SpeakeThomas Speake

I grew up in a small town in Iowa (4500 people, 2 stop lights), went to undergrad at the University of Iowa, and stayed for medical school at the University of Iowa.  I bleed black and gold (only missed one home football game in my 8 years in Iowa City) but I'm excited to add the Cavaliers as my number two team!  Iowa was good to me but I was ready for a new adventure so I can't wait to see all that Virginia has to offer.  Emergency medicine is obviously the best specialty and some of my current interests include EMS, sports medicine, and teaching.  Outside of work, my favorite thing to do is play sports (I'll play any sport but basketball is my number one).  With the rest of my free time, I'm constantly searching for something to do (go out for food/drinks, go to a movie or show, play cards/games with friends, go adventuring outdoors, etc) so let me know if you're ever doing fun activities!

Derrick SwartzentruberDerrick Swartzentruber

Derrick received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Derrick was a volunteer firefighter for six years prior to medical school, and he previously traveled to Morocco to provide medical care to over 1,200 patients in an under-served area over a two-week period. He enjoys camping, deer and dove hunting, wakeboarding, parasailing, volleyball, softball, golf, singing, and playing the guitar and piano. 




Sabrina WeigandSabrina Weigand

I was born in Bath, Ohio, a town only known because it is home to the greatest basketball player, LBJ (go Cavs!).  I completed my undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and my medical studies at University of Toledo.  In that time, I’ve been a basketball and football cheerleader, traveled to Nicaragua for a mission trip, and learned how to roller blade.  In my free time, I enjoy exploring new places, trying new restaurants, reading biographies, and Netflix binging!  My current interests in EM include international medicine and simulation.  I am super excited to start my training in emergency medicine with the wonderful faculty and staff here at UVA. 




Christina Brown

Hey peeps! I'm a California girl, born and raised. I'm half Dominican and half Jamaican by ethnicity and love anything related to merengue or reggae. I attended UC-San Diego for undergrad and landed at Temple for medical school. I'm crazy blessed to be living in Charlottesville and have the opportunity to work with a great team here at UVA EM. My interests in Medicine include International EM and Critical Care. Outside of work, my favorite past times include cooking, eating (salt lover), singing hymns (contralto) and being outside in nature. I love animals (dogs more than cats). I go to the Charlottesville SDA Church & love it. If I haven't met you yet, just say hi!    


Lawrence Patrick "Paddy" Fannon, Jr.

Hi! I'm a Georgia boy, through and through: I was born in Atlanta, attended the University of Georgia (Go DAWGS!), and completed medical training at the Medical College of Georgia. I'm super excited to have landed in Charlottesville and to have the opportunity to train with the wonderful folks at the UVA EM program. My primary interests in Medicine include Ultrasound and International EM (I've worked in hospitals in Peru, Brasil and India), and I would love to be involved with resident and medical student education in the future. Some of my interests outside of Medicine are: international travel and foreign language, tennis, coffee, good people and good music, and being outside--- hiking, camping, skiing... you name it! Please feel free to contact me with any questions!


Aiden Gould

I grew up in Seattle (Go Seahawks!) and went east to Annapolis (Go Navy!) for college. After graduation, I spent five years in the Marine Corps and got to travel to all sorts of cool (and not so cool) places. After I got out of the service I worked in corporate America for a while (read: until I wanted to pour hot sauce into my eye instead of doing another cost benefit analysis) and then made the decision to start on the road to medicine. I’m married to Michael, my awesome (and super patient) husband and we have a little dude, Evan, who is the love of my life (don’t tell Michael). We are beyond excited to start this new adventure in Charlottesville (Go Cavs!).    


Matthew Kongkatong

I was born and raised in north eastern PA and besides a brief stint living in Bangkok, Thailand this is my first time living outside of PA. I graduated from The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA (home of the US version of The Office). I’m excited to start a new life here in Charlottesville with my new fiancé who is also a resident at UVA. My main interest within emergency medicine is resuscitation and my non-medicine hobbies include target shooting, reading, and adventure racing. I’m pumped to be a new member of the UVa EM family and am looking forward to my future here as a resident.


Amit Kumar

I was born in Goa-India, grew up in Bergenfield-NJ, and attended Drexel University & Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. It was easy to tell UVA EM was the perfect fit on interview-day, which just happened to fall on my 25th birthday! Outside of saving lives, I enjoy pickup basketball/soccer, swimming, road trips, and playing guitar. Perfect day-off starts with a fresh cup of coffee and pancake breakfast. Philly’s been great, but I’m ecstatic to leave behind the snow, and explore Charlottesville’s wineries and hiking trails. Looking forward to the beautiful outdoors, delicious eats, live music, and working Cavaliers games…when I’m off and not sleeping! "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" - Dr. Seuss    


Claire Melin

I am originally from Philadelphia, PA and and went to Swarthmore College for my undergraduate degree. I then attended the University of Rochester for medical school and couples matched to UVA with my boyfriend who will be an Internal Medicine resident. While I really enjoyed my time in Rochester, I am looking forward to warmer weather and less snow! I can't wait to explore Charlottesville and all of the incredible restaurants, wineries, and outdoor activities that the city offers. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, binge Netflix-ing (House of Cards, how are you so amazing?!), whitewater rafting, hiking, and running (I recently completed my first half marathon).     


James Myer

I’m from Birmingham, AL (more specifically, Homewood) and went to undergrad at Auburn University where I majored in Zoology.  I’m a huge college football fan and was heavily involved in Auburn football recruiting for 4 years.  I also met my wife and mother of my twin boys on The Loveliest Village on the Plains.  I went to medical school at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.  I’m very excited about joining the UVA EM family, and I can’t wait to explore Charlottesville and the surrounding areas.  In my time off, I enjoy basically any sport, but especially racquetball, basketball, and football.  My family and I love good music and good food with good people, and especially Auburn football games and tailgating.     


Gregory Pettaway

I was born in Orlando, FL where I spent the early years of my life.  I moved to Alabama my freshman year of high school and attended UAB for undergrad and medical school.  I am excited to begin my emergency medicine training at UVA and a little terrified since I have never been this far north! My interests in emergency medicine include ultrasound, critical care, and getting through residency.  Outside of emergency medicine, I enjoy playing basketball, attempting to cook, and watching college sports. Oh and last but not least, GO NOLES!!  


Meredith Thompson

I was born and raised in the Florida Panhandle (the popular spring break destination of Panama City to be more specific), and much to my FSU alum parents’ dismay traveled down to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida for undergrad. While there I majored in Microbiology/Chemistry, played piccolo for the “Fightin’ Gator Marching Band,” and worked as a nurses’ aide in local nursing homes. I also met my wonderful husband Steven there. Be warned… we are big Gator fans! After graduation I traded the sunshine for Richmond, Virginia where I worked for a year as a nurses’ aide at VCU Health System and where my husband still works as a nuclear engineer. We then made the short move west to Charlottesville for me to attend medical school here at UVA.  Outside of work I enjoy cooking/baking, sampling area restaurants, crafting, and watching college sports. Steven and I are also active members in our church, Rugby Avenue Church of Christ. My current interests in EM include critical care and ultrasound.  I am so happy and blessed to continue my medical education at UVA as an EM resident!


Mary Warlaumont

I was born and raised in a suburb of New York City but fled to rural Maine for undergrad at Colby College.   After loving every second of the “Colby Bubble”, I followed my friends to Boston, where I worked as a research assistant and truly embraced “workin’ 9-5”.  After Boston, I once again fled from the big city, this time to Omaha, NE for medical school at Creighton University.  While I definitely second-guessed my decision as I drove through the cornfields of Iowa to get there, Creighton provided me with a great education and friends of a lifetime.  I feel very lucky to have landed at UVA because of the wonderful people and the beautiful scenery (definitely an upgrade from the flat Midwest!) and I am looking forward to exploring all that Charlottesville has to offer.  When not in the ED, I enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, swimming (pretty much anything outdoors), as well as shamelessly cheering for all NY sports teams.


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Everett Austin

Everett's interests include home construction/remodeling, RC airplane making, and automotive mechanics/classic automotive.

Kristen Cadden Swann

I was born and raised in Northern California, but moved to Charlottesville to go to UVA for undergrad (and I have been in Virginia ever since!). After undergrad I went to the Medical College of Virginia to get my masters in physiology for two years, and I was an emergency department scribe during that time as well. I then moved to Costa Rica for two years to learn Spanish, manage a small hotel in the jungle, and volunteer at various clinics and hospitals. I came back to Virginia after my adventure in Costa Rica to attend medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. I have now come full circle and have ended up back at UVA for my residency in emergency medicine, and I am so happy to be back in Charlottesville and back at UVA!

Elizabeth (Libby) Gorbe

Hi! Born and raised a Tarheel, I graduated from Chapel Hill with a degree in American Studies. (what? Yes.) I've always had trouble picking one thing to learn about (why hello there, wonderfully interdisciplinary EM...) so American Studies completely fit the bill as an undergrad.  After college, I moved to St. Louis with the ultimate goal of becoming a museum curator.  However, after seeing the light, priorities changed and I fell in love with emergency medicine. I pursued a post-bacc pre-med at Washington University in StL and then completed med school at Mizzou.  I am now happy to be back in the Southeast! Nothing beats a firefly lit night on the porch while catching up on my patient notes - ha! But seriously for me, Charlottesville felt like home from day ONE; incredible hiking, delicious local food and libations, awesome live music from upcoming artists and big names, and at the end of the day just good, down-to-earth people that you can't help but feel right at home.

Erin Talman

I was born and raised in Ohio.  I went to Marshall University (We Are...Marshall) in West Virginia for undergrad.  I played soccer for the Thundering Herd and met my now husband, Kyle, there.  I went back to Ohio for medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  In my spare time I like to run, play soccer (or really any sports), snowboard, listen to music (especially live music), and watch movies.  I also LOVE trivia.  I have a lifetime goal to be on jeopardy some day.  I am so excited to be a part of the UVA EM family and be living in Charlottesville.  My husband and I can't wait to try out the amazing local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and outdoor activities that Charlottesville offers.

Kyle Kindley

Growing up in a rural area, most of my hobbies are related to outdoor recreation. I love to fish during the summer and hunt during the winter. Growing on the largest reservoir in Virginia. I have always enjoyed boating, skiing, swimming, jet-skiing, and hanging out with family and friends on the lake. Throughout medical school, I had many cookouts that included grilling, corn hole, and much needed relaxation. Finally, I am a BIG sports fan and often catch myself spending too much time on


David Kumar

I was originally born in Calcutta, India and was adopted at a few months of age by my parents, who grew up in Guyana, South America. Logically (or not so much), my folks and I then settled in northern Wisconsin, where I went to undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My fiancé Dayna is a mental health therapist and we are excited to explore Charlottesville and escape the frigid Wisconsin winters. In my free time, I enjoy rooting on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, golfing, working out, and playing guitar.


Justin Rizer

I was originally born in Louisville, Kentucky but was raised in Tampa, Florida which is also where I attended undergrad & Med school at the University of South Florida. Less than a month before moving up to Charlottesville for residency, I got married to my wife, Angela. My interests in EM include International, Wilderness, and Sports. Outside of the hospital, my hobbies include being a sports nut - both watching and playing. I also enjoy going to the gym and most any outdoor activity. I'm looking forward to working in Charlottesville and learning some winter sports as well.


Joran Sequeira

Hi! My name is Joran (rhymes with Duran Duran…the 80s band). After growing up in NJ, going to undergrad in upstate NY, and attending med school at NY Medical College, I finally left the cold weather for beautiful Charlottesville! Current interests in EM include Geriatric EM, Medical Education and Ultrasound. Other interests include singing, baking (an excellent stress-reliever), and traveling/backpacking. I experienced Charlottesville for the first time during an away rotation in medical school, and loved the city and UVA’s EM program. Thus, I’m thrilled and blessed to be a resident here. Also looking forward to trying out the restaurants, hiking, discovering Jeffersonian history, touring the vineyards, and cheering for the Cavaliers!


Jennifer Silber

I moved to Charlottesville from Baltimore with my husband, Dan, and my dog, Willow. We’re excited to trade in Baltimore corners (The Wire, anyone?) for The Corner. I’m from Maryland originally, but I went to Duke for my undergraduate degree. This was followed by a year in Central America working for a public health NGO, and a year in DC working for an HIV/AIDS non-profit organization. I attended University of Maryland for medical school, and I’m glad to keep it in the ACC family by joining UVA! I’m looking forward to exploring local trails, learning how to home brew, biking to work, and finally having a backyard big enough for grilling and corn hole. Feel free to contact me with any questions!


Michael Wakim

Michael enjoys playing basketball, flag football, cooking, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.