Meet The Class of 2021
Sarah Asif, MD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 year-around.
Charles Rubin, MD
A native of the West Coast, Charles was born in California and raised in Washington state. He attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate studies, where he received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. After graduation, he lived and worked in the Seattle area as a medical scribe and ER technician before moving cross-country to begin his medical education at Albany Medical College. He is excited to join the CVPH Family Medicine program and to get to know the Plattsburgh community. His healthcare interests include preventive care, emergency medicine, and palliative care. In his free time, he enjoys board games, bowling, college sports, and reading.
Carolyn Tusa, MD
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
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.