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Residency Team

Meet our residency team for the Champlain Valley Medicine Residency Program in Plattsburgh, NY - part of the UVM Health Network.

Marianna Worczak, MD John G. King, MD                                
Residency Program Director

Marianna is a native of Western New York.  She has been a fan of the North Country and Adirondacks since her undergraduate studies at Clarkson University.  She received her medical degree from the University of Miami and completed her residency at UVM.  Following residency she practiced in Olean, NY before being recruited as faculty and later becoming PD. So far she has loved teaching and helping to grow the residency program in Plattsburgh. Her professional interests include both inpatient and outpatient medicine, women’s health, and addiction medicine.  She is a competitive runner enjoying distances from 5K’s to Marathons.  She also enjoys being active in the Adirondacks, baking, keeping active in her Catholic faith, and spending time with her husband and family!


Aubrey Wheeler, MD
Associate Program Director

Aubrey is a recent New York transplant, having moved from Geilenkirchen, Germany with her husband and three children to the Plattsburgh area after serving 12 years in the United States Air Force as a Family Physician. She is a Texas native, but completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed her training in Family Medicine at the St Louis University School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency in Belleville, Illinois. Afterwards, she served in the Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and finally Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base in Germany before deciding to move to New York to put down roots.

She loves the strong physician-patient/community connections and breadth of family medicine and is especially interested in preventive medicine, nutrition, pediatrics and migraine care. She is very excited to have the opportunity to be involved in medical education and expects to learn as much from the residents as she teaches. Her interests outside of medicine include spending time with her family, cooking (plant-based recipes mostly, but also baking to satisfy a strong sweet tooth), sewing, DIY home improvements, being outdoors and although Texas did not afford the opportunity for winter sports, she anticipates skiing to be a favorite activity.



Sarah Asif, MD                                                                                    
Core Faculty    John G. King, MD

Sarah grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario and after graduating from McMaster University with an undergraduate degree in Biology, she went on to study medicine at Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands Antilles. After completing her medical education, Sarah joined the CVPH Family Medicine residency program and recently graduated in June 2021. She is thrilled to be given the opportunity to give back to the community and residency program as faculty. She is interested in pediatrics, hospital medicine, and women’s health. Practicing full scope family medicine allows her to fulfill these interests. Sarah lives in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, Noman, and their daughter, Leena. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family/friends and traveling! 


Maegan Cabrera, MD John G. King, MD                                                            
Core Faculty

Maegan is a North Country native, having been raised in Champlain, N.Y. She studied Physiology and received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal. She spent time in both Syracuse and Binghamton while obtaining her medical education from SUNY Upstate Medical School.  Most recently, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Albany Medical Center. 

She is happy to be returning home with her husband and son after their Empire State tour and is excited to be a part of the new Family Medicine Residency Program. She is especially interested in Woman’s Health and obstetrics, but enjoys the wide spectrum that family practice offers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, movies and musical theatre. 



Lindsey Wilhelm, DOJohn G. King, MD, MPH                                                            
Core Faculty

Lindsey graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her medical degree as well as a Masters in Public Health.    She completed her family medicine residency training at Albany Medical Center.  She directs both the Osteopathic Medicine Curriculum and the Wilderness Medicine Elective. 

She has a special interest in women’s health, family planning, preventative medicine, osteopathic manipulation, pediatrics, dermatology, nutrition, physician wellness and wilderness medicine.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, exploring the Adirondack Mountains, gardening and trying to keep up with her kids while skiing at Whiteface Mountain.                              


John G. King, MD, MPHJohn G. King, MD

Vice Chair for Academics and Regional Development at the University of Vermont

John is a Professor of Family Medicine and as Vice Chair of Academics and Regional Development is involved in the development of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UVMHN Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.  He previously held the position of Residency Program Director at the UVMMC Department of Family Medicine.  John grew up in Manlius, NY outside of Syracuse.  After attending college at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Medical School at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Duke University.   He later completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He spent several years practicing in rural upstate NY and was Associate Residency Director at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hanover program before settling in Vermont.  John’s academic interests include evidence informed care, risk communication and shared decision making.  He holds certificates of added qualification in Geriatric and Sports Medicine and remains active in hospital and maternity care.  John is married with three children and enjoys anything that slides on snow or has two wheels, with particular fondness for telemark skiing and off-road triathlon.



George Ciolac, MD                                                           
Core Faculty  

George obtained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from McGill in Montreal.  Thereafter, he went on to complete his medical degree at St. Luke’s University School of Medicine in Belmopan, Belize. After a transitional year residency in Baltimore, MD – He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, OK where he then stayed on as Faculty for three years. When the opportunity came to move back “closer to home” he eagerly accepted the job at CVPH – initially as nocturnist/hospitalist, and now as Academic Hospitalist.  Professionally he has special interests in critical care as well as pain management in the hospital setting.  In his personal life he loves to coach youth football and spend time with his family.      



Aura Cernii, MD                                                           
Core Faculty 

Dr. Cernii is board certified in Internal medicine and nephrology. She has a passion for inpatient medicine and after being a hospitalist for several years at CVPH, she was pleased to join the family medicine residency program as one of the core-teaching faculty on the inpatient service. 
She is honored to have the ability to contribute to the creation of an excellent service and make a difference where it matters the most.






Kathleen Freeman, C-TAGME

CRA, RDCS, FASE, RTKathleen Freeman
Residency Program Administrator

Kathleen was born and raised in Cadyville, NY, one of seven children in a large irish family.  Kathleen' career began at CVPH's School of Radiologic Technology in 1979.  At the age of 20, she moved to sunny Southern California where she stayed for five years before returning to CVPH and the North Country to be closer to her family, friends and the mountains she calls home.

Kathleen has always loved project management and has a long history of Healthcare Administration in Radiology and Cardiology.  During her career, she successfully launched multiple projects from the ground up, including multiple Echo Labs in both NY and Vermont, the startup and Directorship of a multi-million dollar, full service Medical Imaging Center, as well as an Alzheimer’s Benefit called the “Ride to Remember”, in memory of her Mom (now in its 14th year).  Kathleen earned her certificatin as a Radiology Administrator and became a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.  Kathleen was happy to return to CVPH in 2015 to take on a new challenge and loves the variety that the Family Medicine Residency Program offers.

Kathleen has been married to her husband Pat for thirty-two plus years.  They have two grown children and a granddaughter.  She enjoys family holidays, spending time with her family and friends, shopping trips with her sisters, gardening and riding her Harley. 



Heather Lacey
Residency CoordinatorJohn G. King, MD

Heather Lacey Residency Coordinator CVPH Family Medicine Residency.

Heather is a native of Plattsburgh NY and has worked for CVPH for 24 years. Throughout her career at CVPH she has had many accomplishments which include her various roles in the Dialysis Unit as the Coordinator for a National Research Project for Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns a vital role in the Diabetes Center at CVPH since its inception in 2008, and managing the Diabetes Support Group.  For the past 5 years, Heather has worked at the Family Medicine Center as Office Coordinator. Heather has always had a passion for helping people and for finding solutions.  Her proven ability to manage many tasks led her to accept the position of Coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Although Heather is passionate about her career her biggest accomplishment is her family. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jason for 15 years and their 2 children: Jace 13 and Jaelynn 10. When she isn’t watching her kids hockey, baseball or gymnastics you can find her working on home improvements and spending valuable time with her family.