Please join us in extending the warmest of welcomes to the Class of 2026!
Hannah Bynum, MD
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa OK
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A Maine native with strong interests in rural primary care and gender-affirming care, Hannah hopes to practice within medically underserved communities. She holds an undergraduate degree in entomology from Oklahoma State University and worked as a clinical assistant in urgent care and an administrative assistant in health care quality compliance prior to entering medical school. During medical school Hannah demonstrated her commitment to community outreach and service, co-leading a project designed to reduce feelings of isolation among older adults during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic; mentoring pre-med students preparing their medical school applications; advocating for LGBTQ+ populations through participation in campus diversity and inclusion initiatives; and completing an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship project aimed at addressing a social determinant of health. In her free time Hannah enjoys painting and making paints, kayaking, learning to golf, and ensuring that her house plants thrive.
Sean Byrne, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford ME
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Initially training in emergency medicine, Sean’s early experiences in that specialty swayed him to transition to family medicine in order to be more engaged with patients proactively, focusing on health maintenance and treating chronic conditions before they escalate to life-threatening illness. He feels a powerful connection to Maine and is thrilled to return. Prior to medical school matriculation, Sean earned an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences from the University of New Hampshire and worked as a critical care monitor technician and licensed nursing assistant. He also served as a clinical investigation technician for research studies in the medical chronobiology program at Brigham and Women’s. At UNECOM Sean held several leadership positions, including student government representative and treasurer for the Research Club, and was awarded a competitive predoctoral anatomy/OMM teaching fellowship. He brings to Maine-Dartmouth a passion for healthcare for the homeless and skills as an educator. Sean is an avid cook & home fermenter who outside of medicine enjoys biking, running, soccer, reading, and spending time with his girlfriend and boxer puppy.
Nicolas Debly, MD
Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Dutch Caribbean
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Nicolas grew up in an underserved rural community that constantly screamed for healthcare, and he wants to be able to meet that need. He loves the specialty of family medicine because it provides the opportunity for longitudinal, collaborative relationships with patients. Nicolas holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and is fluent in Arabic and French. He is a long-time hospital volunteer and a volunteer soccer coach. His work experience includes establishing a medical clinic for Canadian newcomers, serving on a pandemic response team in Saint John, New Brunswick, and supporting research in tuberculosis surveillance. Nicolas relaxes by playing guitar and enjoys four wheeling in his spare time.
Andrew Kwikiriza, MD
Mbarara University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine, Uganda
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Andrew brings to Maine-Dartmouth a wealth of medical experience. He was raised in a rural community and had always aspired to train as a family medicine physician. Following completion of medical school, Andrew worked as a physician at a regional referral hospital in Uganda, then completed three years of graduate medical education in anesthesia and critical care medicine. He worked as a physician, leader, and lecturer in critical care medicine and was on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda, managing critically ill patients and later volunteering on a vaccination task force. He speaks multiple languages, is fluent in Bantu, and is currently learning Spanish. He likes to relax by watching soccer and keep fit by playing soccer, and enjoys socializing and meeting new people.
James Langdon, MD
Trinity School of Medicine, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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James found his calling in family medicine during medical school as he developed a growing awareness of how much he enjoyed building relationships with patients over time. He is especially passionate about preventive medicine and has an interest in behavioral health. James earned undergrad degrees in science/chemistry and business administration from the University of Oregon, and an MBA with a healthcare concentration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. During medical training at Trinity, he participated in a dual degree pilot program and obtained a master’s in health sciences while studying medicine. Prior to matriculating to Trinity, James explored the business side of medicine by working in hospital administration as a managed care analyst and interim director of managed care. James is married to a Maine native and has made his home in Maine with his schoolteacher wife, 3 children, and cat. He enjoys being outdoors, running, skiing, backpacking, surfing, woodworking and mechanical projects, and cooking.
Samantha Leung, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton FL
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Maine winters will be a new experience for this Florida native. Samantha is committed to being a compassionate family physician and feels humbled and excited to partner with and empower patients. She has strong interests in serving medically underserved communities, chronic disease care, and advocacy. She earned an undergraduate degree in microbiology & cell sciences from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in medical sciences from the University of South Florida. Prior to medical school matriculation she was employed in health care as a referral coordinator and medical scribe. During medical training, Samantha served as secretary and member of D.O. More Jacksonville and as a contract tracer and trainer in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. She also contributed to a systematic review of the effectiveness of intravascular ultrasound-guided stent placement in May-Thurner syndrome. In her free time, Samantha enjoys playing violin, board games, drawing, and experimenting with fountain pens.
Eric Lynch, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati OH
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Practicing medicine has been a lifelong dream for Eric, whose vision for the future is working in a small, tight-knit community as a family doctor. He loves connecting with the personal stories of patients. His medical interests include integrative medicine, addiction medicine, geriatrics, and rural medicine. Eric holds an undergraduate degree in environmental science from Antioch College in Ohio. Prior to entering medical school he was a wildland firefighter in Oregon, a commercial fisherman in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and a system design engineer optimizing industrial HVAC plants. During his medical training, Eric volunteered as a healthcare navigator with structurally vulnerable groups, provided care for uninsured and underinsured patients at a community health center, and collaborated on a population health project to improve chronic care quality metrics. He was selected for a four-year term as class representative on the medical school’s Honor Council. He is excited to be returning to Maine where he also previously spent time in the mid-coast region with Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and at the wooden boatbuilding school The Apprenticeshop. Eric enjoys spending his free time with his wife and daughters as well as running, gardening, learning violin with his oldest daughter, building community, and practicing meditation and mindfulness.
Michael McCarthy, DO
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Meridian ID
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Born in Cranston Rhode Island, Michael grew up camping, fishing and visiting museums with his family. He started his professional career in tax preparation and auditing after earning an undergraduate and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island, and later became a certified public accountant. During his time volunteering as an EMT and hospice worker, he felt drawn to medicine in order to have a greater impact on the world and to help underserved populations, eventually relocating to Idaho to pursue medical school. His activities during medical school included search and rescue volunteer work, performing Covid-19 testing, and research. He is drawn by the diversity of family medicine and the longitudinal relationships physicians build with patients and their families. He seeks broad-based rural full spectrum training and has interests in OB and sports medicine. Michael enjoys skiing, surfing, and reading.
Gregory Okenabirhie, MD
Windsor University School of Medicine, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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The youngest child in a large family, Gregory aspires to be a compassionate physician who actively listens and has lifelong relationships with patients and families. He is attracted by the diversity that family medicine affords as a specialty, and looks forward to developing collaborative relationships with patients to foster good health outcomes. During medical training, Gregory devoted countless hours to community initiatives, including coordinating volunteers for the Red Cross and coordinating chronic disease screenings for community residents. He served as lead research collaborator on a study of surgical site infections. His work experience includes audiology technician and administrative assistant for an assisted living facility. Gregory enjoys community outreach, volunteer work, high-intensity interval training, cooking, and playing soccer and basketball.
Jenny Winters, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford ME
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Jenny has strong interests in OMM, reproductive care, inpatient medicine and health care access, and is eager to join a family medicine residency rooted in rural full-spectrum training. She earned an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Temple University in Philadelphia and prior to medical school matriculation worked as a certified medical assistant in a cardiology and vascular practice and as a medical scribe in cardiology and emergency medicine. She has had formal wilderness survival skills training and tries to apply concepts of improvisational dance and mindfulness-based stress reduction to her clinical work with patients. Jenny enjoys hiking, backpacking, meeting new people, baking, surfing, dancing, yoga, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.