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Family Practice Residents





PGY 3 - Class of 2021



Balraj S Dhaliwal, M.D.

Balraj comes from Abbotsford, BC, Canada. After completing his BSc at UBC he attended SABA Medical School, where he obtained his medical degree. He is interested in community, preventative and sports medicine, and enjoys the fact family medicine allows us to take a broader approach to patient health care. He is passionate about providing healthcare to the underserved. Outside of medicine he enjoys staying active through fitness and outdoor activities, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.


Stefany Kress, M.D.

Stefany was born in Guatemala and raised in Canada where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French. She completed her medical degree at St. James School of Medicine in Anguilla, British West Indies. In her spare time, Stefany volunteers as a district mobilizer with International Justice Mission advocating against human trafficking. Stefany enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling, hiking, traveling some more, working out, and trying new activities and restaurants. Stefany is part of the Family Medicine Community Relations Committee


Manasvi Kulshrestha, M.D.

Manasvi was born and raised in Lucknow, India. She received her Bachelor of Sciences in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She studied one year of medicine at Northumbria University, Newcastle, U.K. and later graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada. She has a strong interest in women’s health, preventive and rural medicine. She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling, yoga, outdoors and time with friends and family. Manasvi is part of the Patient Safety Collaborative as well as program development



Neil H Patel, M.D.

Neil was born in London, England and grew up in Florida. He completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida and received his medical degree from St. Matthew’s University. It was during his time as a medical student that Neil fell in love with community medicine. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Team and the Student Affairs Committee. Neil has a strong interest in pediatric/adolescent medicine and sports medicine. Outside of medicine, Neil enjoys cheering on his beloved Jacksonville Jaguars, wrestling, boxing, cooking and playing with his dog Maximus.



Rayman Johal, M.D.

Rayman comes from British Columbia, Canada. He earned his medical degree from the American University of Antigua. He has particular interests in nutrition, health education and preventive medicine in underserved communities. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Rayman is part of the Inpatient Quality Committee as well as the GME Committee.


Daniel Petersen, M.D.

Daniel was born in Houston Texas but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hartford during which time he was active in research at Hartford Hospital. He then attended Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica where he earned his medical degree. In the winter of 2016, Daniel participated in a Global Health Program Initiative where he traveled to Kazan, Russia. Gaining insight into other cultures and how they perceive healthcare has helped to shape Daniel as both a physician and an individual. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and family, trying new foods and, of course, watching Netflix. Daniel is part of the Hospital Resident Advisory Committee.


PGY 2 - Class of 2022


Ali Aljamali, M.D.

Ali comes from Vancouver, Canada and is originally from Baghdad, Iraq. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology from Simon Fraser University & received his M.D. from Ross   University School of Medicine. He did most of his clinical rotations at Mount Sinai Hospital as a student, during which time he founded the Family Medicine Interest Group. He has a strong   interest in Sports medicine and outpatient practice quality improvement. His interests outside of medicine include many sports, especially soccer, travelling, and he is an avid watch enthusiast.


Jacqueline Gowan, M.D.

Originally from Toronto Canada, Jacqueline began her undergraduate career with the hopes of becoming a medical illustrator, however her passion for learning how the human body works and how to fix it when it’s broken quickly surfaced, making the move from the art studio to the laboratory. Majoring in neuroscience, she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from The University of Toronto in 2014. With her sights on medicine, she decided to attend Ross University School of Medicine. Once there she completed the first two years on the Ross campus in addition to volunteering and organizing several village community clinics. She then spent the final two years of her clinical education in downtown LA and Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to writing articles about unique clinical cases, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running outdoors, exploring new places, and petting dogs.


Ruta Pangonyte, M.D.

Ruta was born and raised in Lithuania. She started her undergraduate degree at Vilnius University and completed it at Loyola University in Chicago. She then completed her medical degree at   Ross University. During medical school she was a part of Salybia group and provided health care services to the Kalinago community, which is the last remaining indigenous community of the Caribbean. During her medical studies she developed deep interest in women’s health. Outside of medicine Ruta enjoys travelling, trying out new cuisines, cooking and spending time with loved  ones.  

Howsiya Sethukavalan, M.D.

Howsiya comes from Toronto, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto majoring in Biology and Sociology and minoring in Psychology. She attended the   Medical University of the Americas (MUA). She is passionate about providing service to under-served communities and she looks forward to doing this throughout residency as well as   afterwards. She enjoys watching sports, working out and reading. 



Naga Pranavi Ellanti, M.D.

Pranavi comes from Brampton, ON. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. She then went to American University of Antigua to   obtain her medical degree. Her goal is to inspire future generation of family physicians by working closely with medical students as a teaching attending. She is also further interested in sports medicine, women’s health and preventive medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new restaurants, volunteering, and traveling. 


Michael Yu, M.D.

Michael was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After high school, he attended McMaster University for a year before heading abroad to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for his medical   studies. Michael enjoys traveling, having been to over 30 countries, and is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. He is particularly interested in the fields of inpatient medicine and urgent   care. Outside of the hospital, Michael can be found spending time at the park or the beach with his friends and family.  


PGY 1 - Class of 2023


Anthony Messiha, M.D.

Anthony comes from Toronto, Canada. He received his bachelors in Biomedical Sciences from Western University, Ontario and his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He spent his first year of medical school studying at Northumbria University, UK, his second year in Grenada, and his final two years in Chicago. He is passionate about community medicine and incorporates his drive for community service into his academia and day-to-day life.  Outside of medicine, you can find him swimming laps, cooking new recipes, and seeing the world.


Alexandra Van der Weyden, M.D.

Alex was born and raised in Montreal, Canada.  Following an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, she obtained her MD from SABA University School of Medicine.  She loves exploring new places and cultures, and is most passionate about preventive and community-based medicine.  Hobbies include playing music, hiking, bicycling, and puzzles.


Fernando Traslavina, M.D.

Fernando Traslavina was born and raised in Venezuela and graduated med school from La Universidad Central de Venezuela, with over a year experience in OBGYN residency in said country and primary care experience for underserved populations. He is interested in primary and inpatient care focused on minorities, and to expand his horizons as a physician learning new skills every day. His hobbies include movies, books, board games with friends, spending time with family and friends, and outdoors activities like going to the beach and biking in the park, as well as traveling.


Kaysha Ribao, M.D.

Kaysha is a daughter of Filipino immigrants, born and raised in Hawaii. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and a post-baccalaureate degree from Georgetown University. She received her MD from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Being immersed in different cultures and recognizing health disparities, Kaysha has a strong interest in Global Health, Women's Health, and Community Medicine. In her free time, Kaysha enjoys yoga, Broadway, reading, cooking and travel.


Nardeen Morkos, M.D.
Nardeen was born and raised in Egypt. She earned her medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo. She has special interest in medical convoys and mission trips for the under served areas in Egypt as well as the refugees in which she has been participating in since she was a medical student. Aside from medicine Nardeen loves cooking, traveling and exploring different cultures. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.

Nicole Paul, M.D.

Nicole was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. She spent several years in the south of Chile with her family, who implemented multiple social entrepreneurship initiatives in rural underserved communities. That passion translated into an interest in medicine in low-resource settings. As a medical student she worked on multiple global health projects (India, Colombia and Argentina) and decided to pursue advanced research training in Global Health. She completed a Masters in Global Health at Duke University. Her thesis work centered on family planning and strategies to decrease maternal mortality in Haiti.  Her work ultimately resulted in a family planning curriculum which was implemented in the first birthing center in Fondwa, Haiti. She worked on clinical research initiatives targeting health disparities for Duke University and the University of North Carolina before coming to Sinai to pursue her interest in community-based medicine. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, sampling new flavors of Mexican paletas while taking walks around Little Village.