Meet The Class of 2019


Ashley Bernotas, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Ashley grew up in Thornhill, a city just north of Toronto in Ontario Canada. She pursued her undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario earning her bachelor of science and then attended the American University of Antigua College of Medicine located on the twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda, in the Caribbean. Ashley completed her clinical training in Baltimore, Brooklyn, Kingston, Atlanta and Augusta, gaining a large variety of experience. Ashley is excited and honored to be a part of the inaugural Family Medicine Residency class at CVPH and looks forward to bringing her knowledge and services to the community. Ashley’s interests include emergency medicine, women’s health and preventative medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, attending live sporting events, travelling and relaxing at the family cottage. 


Aaron Esterson, MD   
Cheif Family Medicine Resident

Aaron was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec where he attended McGill University, completing a Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology. His medical journey brought him to the sunny island of Grenada, West Indies where he began medical school at St. George’s University. From there he went on to complete his clinical training in the bustling hospitals of Brooklyn, New York where he formed a profound appreciation for the positive outcomes strong evidence based medicine could provide his patients. He is thrilled to be returning to the region as a member of the first class of the CVPH Family Medicine Residency. His academic interests are wide with a specific interest in preventive medicine, nutrition, and population health. On his free time Aaron can be found in the gym, on his bike, or in the mountains as much as in theatres and concert halls enjoying the arts. 


Therese Ray, MD                              
Family Medicine Resident

Therese grew up Denver, Colorado before traveling east to complete her B.S. in Psychology-Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She went on to research various disease processes for the Umass Department of Neuroendocrinology and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Genetics, before beginning medical school at the University of Vermont. During her training at UVM, as well as through her work with underserved groups in Nicaragua and New England, Therese developed a strong appreciation for the value of patient-centered primary care and is very excited to begin residency in Family Medicine. Her interests include integrative and preventative medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, community-medicine and focused care for underserved and at-risk groups. To relax and unwind Therese enjoys scenic bike rides throughout the beautiful northeastern countryside, as well as hiking, meditation and dance. Therese is looking forward to getting to know members of the Plattsburgh community and hopes you will not hesitate to say hello!


Stephen Winfield, MD 
Cheif Family Medicine Resident

Stephen is a Nova Scotia native, having been raised on the shores of the Canadian East Coast. He studied Biology and History and received two undergraduate degrees, one from Dalhousie University, and the other from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Stephen then travelled to the Caribbean to attend Medical School, at Saba University School of Medicine, where he graduated with his MD and a Master of Science. Stephen is very excited, and honored, to be part of the inaugural Family Medicine Residency class at CVPH and looks forward to helping build a strong and lasting program to serve the medical needs of the Plattsburgh community and greater Adirondacks. Stephen is especially interested in wilderness medicine, obstetrics, preventable medicine, pediatrics and chronic disease management. Stephen enjoys fishing, lobster boils, being outdoors, athletics, a good book, and travelling.


Meet The Class of 2020

Michael Grasic, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Michael grew up in Mississauga, Ontario just west of Toronto, Canada. He attended a 6-year Medical school program in Zagreb, Croatia at the University of Zagreb where he completed his medical training and received his medical degree. He completed part of his clinical training through out North America including Toronto, Canada, Houston, Texas and Orlando, Florida. Michael is excited and honored to be a part of the second-generation Family Medicine Residency class at CVPH and looks forward to joining the Plattsburg community and bringing his international experience. Michaels interests include preventive medicine and sports medicine. In his spare time Michael enjoys athletics, hiking, fishing, chess  and travelling.

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Andrew Kriger, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Andrew was raised in Ottawa Ontario, Canada's capital city. He attended Queen's University in Kingston Ontario for his undergraduate studies in Life Sciences. Following this, he earned his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, a small Caribbean island in the West Indies. Andrew is excited to join the team at CVPH and help grow the Family Medicine program. Andrew is particularly passionate about community-building, palliative care, and student health. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys camp counseling, hot yoga, and reading Margaret Atwood.

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Julianne Macaulay, MD
Family Medicine Resident

Julianne was born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada where she attended the University of Western Ontario completing a Bachelor of Medical Sciences with specialization in Pharmacology. She then traveled to Newcastle, United Kingdom for her first year of medical school as part of the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program at St. George’s University.  She completed her second year of medical school in Grenada and then went on to complete her clinical training in Detroit, Michigan. Julianne is particularly interested in emergency medicine, geriatrics, preventative medicine and palliative care medicine.  She is thrilled to join the second class of the CVPH Family Medicine Residency and is looking forward to joining the Plattsburgh community. Julianne is an avid soccer player, but caters to the Canadian stereotype and loves watching hockey. She also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, travelling and listening to country music. 


Johnnie Wren, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Johnnie is a native Texan, originally from Fort Worth. She completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, earning an interdisciplinary bachelor's of science in anthropology, biology, and chemistry. After graduating, she attended Ross University School of Medicine, located on the island of Dominica in the West Indies, and completed her clinical training in New York City. Prior to applying to UVM Health Network-CVPH, she pursued a master's degree in medical anthropology from Creighton University while working as a clinical teaching fellow at her medical school alma mater. Johnnie is enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue her medical education at UVM Health Network-CVPH, and hopes to apply interests in community medicine as well as hospice and palliative care to her future practice. Her outside interests include being a movie buff, watching baseball, playing piano, and spending time with her husband. 



Meet The Class of 2021

Sarah Asif, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Born in Pakistan, Sarah moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 7. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and went on to pursue her dream of becoming a physician at Saba University School of Medicine, in the Netherlands Antilles. Sarah has travelled all over the United States for her clinical training, including New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and Michigan. Her clinical experiences were exceptionally eye-opening and further intensified her passion for family medicine as she learned about the various advancements in the field of medicine that allow physicians to tackle even the greatest of challenges in healthcare. Furthermore, Sarah is thrilled to be part of the Family Medicine residency program at CVPH and give back to the community. Her interests include women’s health, obstetrics, and pediatrics. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, and photography.


John Bak, MD    
Family Medicine Resident

John was born in Madison, Wisconsin but has lived in several places including South Korea, Florida, California, and Missouri. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. He subsequently attended Boston University where he received his Masters in Medical Sciences before returning to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed a Preliminary Year in General Surgery at the University of New Mexico and is thrilled to be joining the CVPH Family Medicine Residency program. His interests include sports medicine, emergency medicine, as well as health and fitness. In his free time, he can be found traveling, in the gym, playing soccer, or watching movies. 


Joel Cherian, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Joel Cherian was born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada where he developed an appreciation for small town living. He attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, Karnataka, India where he realized his passion for medicine was derived from building connections with patients and making a difference in their lives. He is very excited to be a part of the UVM Health Network - CVPH family and looks forward to investing himself in the community and growing as a physician. In his free time he enjoys trail running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


Zachary Mashaw, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Zach was born and raised on the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, NY. He studied Chemistry at Le Moyne College as an undergraduate and decided to stay in Syracuse for medical school, attending SUNY Upstate Medical University. During medical school he completed clinical rotations in Syracuse, Binghamton, and even nearly a year of training in his hometown through the SUNY Upstate rural medicine program. His passion for small town medicine in Northern New York led him to feel right at home here at the CVPH Family Medicine residency. He is thrilled to be able to come learn the practice of medicine in our community that is new to him yet feels so familiar. In his spare time Zach can be found spending time with his family, working out at the gym, squeezing in a round of golf, or most likely playing guitar or piano!


Tyler O'Bryan, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Tyler was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where he attended the University of Calgary completing both a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelors of Art in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. He attended medical school on the beautiful island of Grenada, West Indies from which he was able to travel the world completing part of his studies in Northern England. He completed his clinical experience in Brooklyn, New York, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Toledo, Ohio. From his own sporting background of competitive swimming and racing triathlons he is enthusiastic about both emergency and sports medicine. In his free time Tyler loves to cook, enjoy long walks on the beach, take in the great outdoors, and train for triathlons. He is thrilled to be joining the team at the CVPH!


Tristen Ripley, MD  
Family Medicine Resident

Tristen grew up in Liberty, a small town in Maine tucked closely between the state’s capital and famous coast line. He pursued his undergraduate degree in Biology at The University of Maine at Augusta before attending Tufts University School of Medicine’s Maine Medical Center Program. This program strives to train young physicians who desire to practice in rural communities. Tristen completed his academic work in Boston during his first two years of medical school before returning to his home state of Maine to complete his clinical work in several rural communities. Tristen is excited to be joining the family medicine residency at CVPH and looks forward to bringing his enthusiasm and experience to the community. Tristen’s medical interests include emergency medicine, community medicine and nutrition. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and watching movies.