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Residents - PGY I

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Efosa Aghimien MD, MS
Undergraduate: University of Houston-downtown
Graduate School: Georgetown University - Master of Physiology (concentration in Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
Bio: I grew up in Houston, and spent a lot of time in Washington, DC. The main reason I’m going into medicine is to serve in underserve communities where I’m needed the most. Being someone, who patients can be comfortable around because they see a familiar face is something I generally take pride in. I’ve been having a great time in Philadelphia and serving this population, the food, people, and culture are things I really enjoy about living in the east coast. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy live music, film, cooking East Asian cuisine, and gaming.


Christopher Aspromonte, DO.
Undergraduate: Fairfield University
Medical School: PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Interests: Psychotherapy, Neuromodulation, LQBTQI+ mental health
Bio: I grew up and spent most of my life in Old Tappan, NJ. I moved to Fairfield, CT for undergrad where I studied communication and biology. Philadelphia has been my home since beginning medical school, and I’m excited to continue my journey here. I chose Einstein because of its strong focus in psychotherapy and psychodynamics, and the close-knit and supportive training environment that the residents and attendings here have created. Outside of psychiatry, I need music 24/7 to survive and love going to concerts & festivals (I love most genres with hip hop/rap being my favorite). I’m also into meditation/mindfulness practice, running, yoga, checking out new restaurants/bars, and traveling.


Kyle Beckman, DO
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: NYIT College of Medicine – Arkansas
Interests: LGBTQ+ mental health, forensics, psychotherapy
Bio: I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and spent my college years in Gainesville, FL where I majored in Microbiology and Nutrition. Upon graduation, I worked in a level one trauma center as a patient representative for a few years before medical school. I had the distinct pleasure of traveling for my third- and fourth-year clerkships and fell in love with Philadelphia - the food, the culture, the diversity. At Einstein, I immediately felt a sense of family. The exposure to different psychopathologies is unmatched and the caseload is oftentimes demanding, but I rest assured knowing I will be prepared for any role or setting in the future. I’m thrilled to be in such a medical hub for my training and in a city rooted in psychotherapy. When not in the hospital, I love to unwind with my partner, travel, try new restaurants, watch movies and spoil our golden retriever, Jackson.


E. Grace Cho, MD
Undergraduate: The University of Memphis
Medical School: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Interests: C&L, Cultural, Disaster, Forensic, Interventional, Positive, Psychotherapy (psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, psychedelic-assisted), and Public/Community
Bio: Being born overseas and growing up in and out of the US exposed me to many different cities and cultures and influenced my decision to train in a large urban setting for a diverse patient population. Additionally, I chose Einstein for its excellent psychotherapy curriculum and supportive culture. Prior to joining the Einstein family, I completed a preliminary year of Internal Medicine and worked in both public and private sectors in psycholinguistics and clinical research, respectively. My interests are broad, and I envision a fulfilling career combining my passion for working in between spaces (medicine and psychiatry, psychiatry and the law) with an outpatient psychotherapy practice. In my leisure time, I love being outdoors with my pup, exploring the food scene, powerlifting, training Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and traveling.


Abigail Friel, DO
Undergraduate: Gwynedd Mercy University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Child & adolescent psychiatry, gender-affirmative & LGBTQ care
Bio: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philly and am so glad I get to stay here to do my residency and give back to my local community. I have always been interested in mental health and human behavior, so psychiatry was a natural fit. I am passionate about inclusive, gender-affirmative healthcare and making sure all patients feel seen and represented by the medical community. I hope to someday provide a safe space for all individuals to seek mental healthcare no matter how they identify. I also enjoy working with the adolescent population and am considering a child and adolescent fellowship in the future. In my free time, I love riding my bike and discovering new neighborhoods around the city. One of my favorite things about Philly is the endless supply of amazing restaurants and am on a never-ending quest to find the city’s best French fry.


Taylor Goldman, MD
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, LGBTQ+-inclusive care, Psychotherapy, Harm reduction
Bio: I chose to go into psychiatry because I believe that taking care of mental and physical health is key to living a happy life. As of now, I see myself working outpatient where I can get to know my patients over a long period of time and be able to incorporate coping mechanisms and medications, as well as lifestyle modifications into my treatment plan. I like to maintain my own mental health by spending time with others, singing, meditating, exercising, taking care of my house plants, and playing with my dog Nugget! I identify as a California girl, but I feel very at home and well supported at Einstein. I am interested in going into Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and one thing that attracted me to this program is that I was able to do my off-service rotations in pediatrics, allowing me to spend more time working with my preferred patient population.


Maria Gurski, DO
Undergraduate: Catawba College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: C&L, Psychotherapy, Forensics
Bio: I grew up outside of Philadelphia and have now spent the majority of my adult life in Philly. I'm happy I am able to stay in the area during my residency training and take care of a population I have a personal connection to. During my third year of medical school, I spent the whole year rotating at Einstein and loved the supporting environment amongst the residents. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy running, hiking with my dog, baking, and spending time with family and friends.


Albert McHugh, MD
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Interests: psychodynamics, psychoanalysis, mood disorders, PTSD, CBT
Bio: I grew up in NJ, but went to undergrad at Upenn and medical school at SKMC. Despite living in Philly for 10 years now, I’m obsessed with nature and the behavior and complexity of relationships between animals, plants, and fungi. My hobbies include gardening, foraging (for edible plants and fungi), fishing, bodybuilding, hiking, camping, and slacklining. Within psychiatry I am passionate about psychodynamics, psychoanalysis, mood disorders, PTSD, CBT, and particularly the future role of psychedelics within psychiatry. I chose Einstein not only because their psychiatry program is incredibly well-developed, but primarily because of the warm and welcoming culture within the program. The people I get to work with everyday make everyday something to look forward to!


Ria Shah, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
Bio: Originally from New Jersey, I've lived in both Boston and Erie for my undergrad and med school years respectively. I'm stoked to return to the tri-state area and can't wait to indulge in everything Philly has to offer for the next few years! I chose Einstein for a multitude of reasons, but I was blown away by how kind and inclusive the residents are here. We love to do group happy hour, book club, and get togethers during our time off! I feel lucky to be part of such a close-knit family, and to be able to train at a program that exposes me to a variety of pathology, treatment modalities, and medications.


Erica Stagliano, DO, MS
Undergraduate: Penn State University, Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health, with minors in biology and neuroscience
Graduate: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (concentration in Neurobehavioral Sciences)
Medical School: The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Inpatient psychiatry, first-time psychosis, neurocognitive disorders
Bio: I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. Having grown up in both the city and suburbs, I have an appreciation for patients of all backgrounds but hold a particular desire to serve the underserved. I chose Einstein because of its responsibility and commitment to the North Philadelphia community and culture, two things I greatly respect. Outside of the hospital I enjoy volunteering with local animal shelters, staying active in the gym and outdoors (I have been a group fitness instructor for almost 10 years!), and spending quality time with my husband, our two cats and two dogs, and our families.

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