Class of 2019

Ian Doyle, MD

Saba University School of Medicine

Ian is a competitive runner who has traveled to more than 30 countries. His passion for teaching, for connecting with others, and for continuously learning makes family medicine a natural fit for him.  Ian graduated from Cape Breton University with a degree in biology and settled in South Korea for four years, teaching English and science to middle school children, appearing as an actor in the Korean National Education Ministry’s English curriculum, and volunteering with his wife to care for abandoned dogs and teach in an after school program for underprivileged children. Ian graduated from Saba University School of Medicine, where he volunteered as a teaching assistant in physiology and anatomy and was an annual volunteer at the school health fair. Among his many interests are physical fitness, photography, scuba diving, and international medicine. He has participated in medical missions in Nepal and Haiti and looks forward to many more. Ian likes to get involved in the local running scene no matter where he is, but he is most enthusiastic about coaching athletes of all ages and introducing them to the lifelong benefits of exercise—something he plans to continue during his time at Maine-Dartmouth.

Lidwina (Linda) Groen, DO

Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine

Linda’s first patients were the cows on her family’s dairy farm in Ontario. Not only did she gain rudimentary medical knowledge from helping to care for their physical and medical needs, but this farming lifestyle instilled in her an ethic of dependability and willingness to work hard. Linda thrives on adventure and after completing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at McMaster University, she traveled in Southern Africa and volunteered at a hospice in Botswana. Prior to enrolling in medical school she worked as a physiotherapy assistant and a farm hand. Linda was awarded a four-year MSUCOM Canadian Student Scholarship; at MSUCOM she was involved in various student/medical organizations, serving as vice president of the American College of Family Physicians Club and president of the Holistic Medical Society. Linda spent her first eight years of life in the Netherlands and speaks Dutch. She embraces diversity and unfamiliar situations, making her well suited for a career in rural family medicine.

Karim Andres Ali Khan Hernandez, MD

St. George's University School of Medicine

Karim is a true global citizen, having traveled to over 20 countries and lived in 6. He holds a bachelor of science in genetics and a master of science in immunology and microbiology from University of Western Ontario. Karim’s medical path started when he was selected for enrollment in the prestigious and highly competitive medical program at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia; unfortunately, with the country on the brink of war, Karim had to leave partway through training.  Prior to entering medical school at St. George’s, Karim worked in France, as a language teacher and for a nonprofit research information service focused on increasing access to patient outcomes data. During medical school Karim was a participant in a global scholar’s program, learning more about global health issues while studying at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK.

Karim values a physically active lifestyle and hopes to emphasize preventative care in his family medicine practice; he also has an interest in sports medicine. Karim is fluent in Spanish and French and enjoys teaching martial arts (he holds a 3rd degree black belt in Seikido!), lifting weights, soccer, and playing the drums.

Kaitlyn LaMarche, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Kaitlyn envisions a life of full-spectrum family medicine practice within an underserved rural community with ready access to a ski slope so she can continue serving on a local ski patrol. Her passion for wilderness medicine and concern for the psychosocial health of her patients will lend themselves well to fulfilling this dream. Kaitlyn has a bachelor’s in biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and received medical training through the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. At UConn Kaitlyn’s activities included coordinator for the wilderness medicine elective; medical student chair of the honor board; medical student representative of the Professionalism Incident Report Triage Committee; coordinator for the migrant farm worker clinics; Mount Snow volunteer patroller; and manager of a free clinic at a local homeless shelter. She is a rafting guide, avid ski patroller, and a cappella singer who enjoys outdoor adventures and playing the ukulele.

Kylene MacKillop, MD

Saba University School of Medicine

Kylene earned a bachelor’s degree with combined majors in biochemistry/molecular biology and microbiology/immunology from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Prior to enrolling in medical school, Kylene traveled with her husband to South Korea, where she taught English as a second language, volunteered her time caring for abandoned dogs, and initiated an afterschool program for underprivileged children. Kylene, an avid runner, developed a running club for expats in South Korea to facilitate leading active lives while living abroad.

Interested in international health, she traveled to Chabahil, Nepal to volunteer in a community hospital, and satisfied her enthusiasm for hiking by completing the Annapurna Circuit. During her travels, her dream to work in rural medicine grew and she matriculated to Saba University School of Medicine. She was chosen to serve as class representative, held multiple teaching assistant positions and was active in the Student Government Association,volunteering in a number of school and community projects. She recently completed her second medical mission trip to Bas Limbe, Haiti and is eager to continue contributing to international health initiatives. She is an outdoor enthusiast, accomplished runner and enjoys cooking.

William McDougall, DO

University of New England - College of Osteopathic Medicine

Billy is a Maine native, born and raised in Bangor.  He received his bachelor of science in biology at the University of Maine while working as a server in his hometown. After graduation he joined the family business as a carpenter and contractor focusing on eco-friendly design. He attended medical school at University of New England, receiving the Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship as well as the Earl Freeman Scholarship in both 2012 and 2013.

Family medicine is a natural fit for Billy because it allows him to treat the whole person and help individuals achieve balance and wellness.  He maintains his own balance and wellness by spending time with his family and venturing into the great outdoors. Billy takes advantage of all the seasons by going camping, hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, and cycling. He is also an avid reader, an Eagle Scout, and a sustainability guru – ask him about his tiny eco-footprint!

Shamano Minhas, MD

American University of Integrative Sciences - St. Maarten School of Medicine

Shamano’s path to family medicine began with a love of sports (and the injuries that often accompany play at a highly competitive level), completion of a doctor of podiatric medicine degree, and entry into a surgical podiatry residency. There, witnessing the countless amputations that could have been prevented by education, he realized the importance of disease prevention. Recognizing that a career in family medicine would be more personally satisfying than podiatry, Shamano applied to medical school.

Shamano is originally from rural British Columbia; he holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Victoria in BC, and a DPM from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He spent a year in post-graduate podiatry training in New York, specializing in foot and ankle conditions. Shamano subsequently graduated from the American University of Integrative Sciences, St. Maarten School of Medicine. His personal interests still include sports and fitness as well as travel and reading.

Rishi Ramkissoon, MD

American University of Integrative Sciences - St. Maarten School of Medicine

Rishi comes to Maine-Dartmouth with an extensive background in rehabilitative care. He has an undergraduate degree in physical and health education and returned to school to earn a diploma in massage therapy and subsequently a diploma in sports injury management. He continued his studies, next graduating as class valedictorian from a five-year program in traditional osteopathy from the Canadian College of Osteopathy, then studying medical acupuncture. Rishi owned and operated a private practice in Ontario, using multiple modalities to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries. He also served as faculty at Centennial College in Ontario, teaching massage therapy students within the college’s massage therapy clinic and teaching pathophysiology, clinical anatomy, and anatomy and physiology courses within the college’s health science program. Rishi is truly a life-long learner; his quest for additional knowledge in order to be more effective at helping others led to matriculation at the American University of Integrative Sciences. There he served as president of the Integrative Medicine Club and his superlative knowledge of anatomy led to an invitation to assist in the anatomy wet lab and to serve as teaching assistant for anatomy, physiology, and psychiatry courses. Rishi enjoys spending time with his very supportive wife and two young children. Other interests include sports and fitness, automotive engine repair and scuba diving.

Emma Sachs, DO

Western University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Emma graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a degree in microbiology and nutrition. A summer experience as a health volunteer in Nepal during her college years inspired her to consider a career in health care. Prior to entering medical school in Oregon she worked in her college student health center and in a bacteriophage lab, and spent a year assisting with procedural research trials through the Center for Pain Relief at the University of Washington. During medical school Emma volunteered her time often, delivering medical and health education services at free clinics as well as utilizing motivational interviewing skills to staff a crisis line. She was chosen to be lead teaching assistant for the Essentials of Clinical Medicine program; in this role she displayed an aptitude for educating and for facilitating discussion. Emma completed a four week geriatric medicine elective rotation at MDFMR. She has an appreciation for health promotion and working with underserved populations, and has a particular interest in chronic pain management. In her spare time she may be found enjoying nature, hiking, camping, gardening, preserving seasonal fruits and vegetables, doing yoga, reading, spending time with friends and family, or savoring a good cup of tea.

Sarah Tomasz, DO

University of New England - College of Osteopathic Medicine

Choosing between medical school and midwifery was a dilemma for Sarah until a midwife delivered Sarah’s son. The experience made her realize that limited training would not permit her to establish the kind of sustained relationships she envisioned having with patients; she must attend medical school for that. Prior to this epiphany, Sarah graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in biology. During this time she was exposed to international medicine through experiences volunteering in medical clinics in Panama and the Dominican Republic. She also coached gymnastics, studied the role of a melatonin receptor and gonadotropin inhibiting hormone in controlling seasonal reproduction, and briefly competed in diving. Upon graduating from college Sarah certified as an EMT-Basic and worked as a lab technician at the Broad Institute in MA. At UNECOM, she was a founding member and co-president of the Medical Students for Life club, active in the campus chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and involved with medical student recruitment and orientation efforts.

Free time is spent with her family, and enjoying the outdoors, camping, hiking, and traveling. Sarah especially loves the beach and surfing.