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Meet the Residents

The Family Medicine Residency welcomes six new physicians to the North Country each year.

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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.


Meet The Class of 2022

Paige Darby, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Paige was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. She studied Chemistry and Neuroscience at Stonehill College in Massachusetts as an undergraduate and was excited to come home to Vermont to attend medical school at the Larner College of Medicine. During she met her husband who lived in Plattsburgh and introduced her to the charming community of upstate New York which immediately felt like home. She is thrilled to continue to learn about small-town primary care and grow deeper roots in this corner of upstate New York. In her spare time Paige can be found reading a mystery novel, working out at the gym, sneaking in visits to the horse barn or enjoying time on the lake with her family and friends.


Althea Morrison, MD    
Family Medicine Resident

Althea grew up in Middlebury, VT.  She studied neuroscience Middlebury College as an undergraduate and was also a member of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl Ski Patrol. After college Althea spent three years working as a medical assistant at West Cambridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Cambridge, MA. She returned to Vermont for medical school at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She is particularly interested in rural medicine and women’s health.  Althea is excited to join the CVPH family for her residency training in Family Medicine. In her free time Althea enjoys horseback riding, downhill skiing and backcountry touring, baking and she is learning how to mountain bike.


Marten Peterson, MD 
Family Medicine Resident
Marten grew up in rural Tioga County, NY and attended undergraduate studies at SUNY Cobleskill. There he completed an Associate degree to gain his paramedic certification, after which he continued as a Biotechnology major for his Bachelor of Science. Marten obtained his medical degree at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. He was part of the Rural Medical Education program (RMED), which provided specialized training focused on meeting the needs of rural communities. In pursuing that goal, Marten has developed the following professional interests: Palliative Care, Pain and Addiction Management, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine and Obstetrics. He also advocates for better health care as a member of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. Like many others here, Marten fills his free time with outdoor activities. He particularly enjoys being on the water during the summer, on the ski slopes when there is snow, and backpacking

Carolyn Tusa, MD   
Family Medicine Resident

Tusa grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the New York metropolitan area. They completed their undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology at Wesleyan University before earning their medical degree at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Tusa is passionate about affordable, accessible healthcare for all. Their clinical interests include integrative medicine, LGBT healthcare, reproductive justice, as well as rural and wilderness medicine. In their spare time, Tusa can be found hiking, gardening, and spending time with family. They are thrilled to be joining the CVPH Family!


Stanley Yang, MD  
Family Medicine Resident

Stanley was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Toronto and completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. After graduating, he attended medical school at the American University of the Caribbean, St. Maarten, which was known for its family-oriented atmosphere both in the school and in the community around him. He completed his clinical training in many areas of New York, which included Long Island, Bronx, and Staten Island. His clinical experience at multiple sites has allowed him to develop comfort and proficiency in dealing with a diverse range of patient populations. He has also accrued extensive knowledge with regards to helping patients navigate through the complexities of the healthcare system. Stanley is thrilled to be joining the UVM Health Network – CVPH Family Residency program. His interests include community and preventive medicine, and geriatrics. In his free time, he enjoys playing table tennis, reading light novels, studying languages, and spending time with his friends and family.

Meet The Class of 2023

Gabriel Crevier-Sorbo, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Gabriel was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He completed his medical degree at McGill University graduating with honors. During his medical school, he also completed a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute studying neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's Disease. Gabriel loves Upstate New York and is excited to be continuing his training at UVM Health Network-CVPH. He will strive to apply his positive attitude and curiosity as well as his broad interests in family medicine to provide the best possible care to his patients. When not at work, Gabriel enjoys gardening, road biking, and hiking. He is well on his way to becoming a 46er.

Jonathan Langill, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Jonathan grew up north of the border in Ottawa, Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Economics, and pursed his medical education at Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean.  Inspired by his father who runs his own family practice back in Ottawa, Jonathan always admired the qualities of a family doctor as a leader and a listener - who was relied upon for their good sense and knowledge, but who could appreciate and show compassion for the circumstances of their patients.  Having studied at twelve different hospitals in nine cities across the USA and Canada, Jonathan is excited to call Plattsburgh home for the next three years and join the Family Medicine Residency program at CVPH.  He is particularly interested in preventive, sports and emergency medicine.  In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys hockey, playing Settlers of Catan and enjoying the great outdoors.

Nihit Mehta, DO
Family Medicine Resident

Originally immigrating from India at the age of 13, Nihit received his bachelor's degree from California State University, East Bay. After obtaining his degree, he trained as an EMT, volunteered at a local non-profit hospital, eventually moving to the Northeast, and studied medicine from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Family Medicine interests him, as it creates a route to practice preventive medicine, providing the patient to achieve "health." He believes in "Joint Decision Making" and likes to be the guide for his patient population.

Furthermore, he is interested in Osteopathy, as it provides a holistic level of care for individuals as helps a provider be more apt in understanding the patient's needs. He is thrilled to be part of CVPH and looks forward to working with the community. Finally, he is an avid Indoorsman, whose hobbies include sketching portraits, Harry Potter and Doctor Who trivia, cooking, writing poetry along with poor puns and playing the ukulele.

Joseph Rothstein, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Joseph was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He attended McGill University, completing his undergraduate degree in Physiology and graduate degree in Otolaryngology. Joseph went on to pursue a medical degree at St. George's University. His first year of study was spent in Newcastle, England, in the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program. He then participated in a short elective in Nairobi, Kenya before traveling down to Grenada, West Indies, to complete his second year of medical school. Joseph's clinical training was based in Brooklyn, New York, where he encountered patients from a broad range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Joseph recognizes that the one constant across many diverse healthcare settings is patient-centered care. He is thrilled to be joining the CVPH team where he hopes to build strong relationships with his patients in order to best serve their individual needs. Joseph's interests include community and preventive medicine, as well as sports medicine. In his spare time, he can be found playing basketball, learning new songs on the cello, and cheering on his hometown hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens. 

Beth Verdone, DO
Family Medicine Resident

Born and raised in rural Connecticut, Beth is excited to return to her roots and become a part of the North Country community. She is joined by her husband, two young daughters, and her mom, who are all equally excited for the mountain air, snow, and Dunkin Donuts.  She received her Bachelor of Science from Liberty University and attended medical school Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  As a
“non-traditional” graduate, Beth has previously owned and operated a landscaping company, raised/trained/showed horses, and volunteered as an EMT.  She is thrilled and grateful to be pursuing her life-long dream of becoming a family physician and is passionate about partnering with her patients in rural and underserved areas in order to provide full spectrum medical care, including women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics, and utilization of her training in osteopathic manipulative treatment.  In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses and ATV’s, volunteering at local animal rescues, and giving back to the community through medical missions and outreach events.

Connor Whitaker, MD 
Family Medicine Resident

Connor grew up in Denver, Colorado where he enjoyed camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains as often as possible. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree in biomedical science at Colorado State University. He then moved east to Michigan to complete medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine where he developed his passion for primary care as well as working towards accessible healthcare for all. His interests include point-of-care ultrasound, community health, and LGBTQ healthcare. Connor is excited to begin his career and join the CVPH family. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and swimming.