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Psychiatry Resident Academic Year 2020-2021

PGY I


Sarah Friedrich, DO, MBA
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Forensics, C&L, Psychotherapy
Bio: I grew up in a small beach town in southwest Florida, walking distance to the ocean. As a result, I enjoy any activities related to the water or beach, traveling abroad, reading, pick-up volleyball, and gardening. I am an avid sports fan and I love how close Philly is to NYC so it's easy to make a quick trip to visit friends. Having two parents from Philadelphia, I was raised with stories of adventures in the city, its historical importance, and preponderance of good food and culture. Philly has always held a special place in my heart and I could not imagine a better place to train in psychiatry. There is such diversity in pathologies and many great opportunities to pursue whatever you are interested in. Upon completion of residency, I hope to pursue a fellowship in either Forensics or C&L.

Robert Gordon, DO
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical School: PCOM
Bio: I grew up in Northern California between Sacramento and Tahoe, and came East to Philadelphia for medical school after a stop in Wisconsin for undergrad. I am so excited to be staying put in Philadelphia for my residency at Einstein. For me, the most rewarding aspects of psychiatry is helping people become more comfortable with themselves. This shared journey, guided by both the patient and provider, toward a more stable and cohesive experience of life is not a bad way to spend a career in medicine. I am particularly interested in incorporating a psychodynamic approach to building a strong therapeutic relationships with my patients in whatever environment of psychiatry I end up practicing. I chose Einstein Psychiatry because the program offers a diverse set of training experiences allowing each resident to form their own professional identity in such a dynamic field. From strong training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, ECT, multiple in/outpatient environments, and a diverse patient population there is an opportunity develop a large set of treatment tools in a field without many magic bullets. In these social distancing times, I enjoy jogging on the Schuylkill, Netflix, walks with friends, watching sports (if those ever happen again) and small group get-togethers to do just about anything. Hopefully, I can add to this list again when COVID slows down one of these days.

Tina Joseph, DO
Undergrad: Temple University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: I've been a proud Pennsylvania native for nearly my whole life, growing up in Bucks County and living in Philadelphia for the past 10 years. I couldn't be more excited to continue my training in my favorite city. Outside of Psychiatry, my interests include travel, food (Food is life. I fantasize about working at the Bon Appetit test kitchen), and singing. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at Einstein and give back to the Philadelphia community that I have grown to love over the past decade.

Adam Kiejdan, MD
Adam was raised in Linwood, NJ. He went to undergrad at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where he studied Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He spent his gap year in Austin, TX teaching underserved kids after school for 4-H CAPITAL through AmeriCorps. He attended Sidney Kimmel Medical Center at Thomas Jefferson University for medical school. His interests include going to the beach and playing Catan. Within the field psychiatry, he is interested in psychotherapy.

Chase Ossenkop, MD
Undergrad: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Interests: LGBTQI+ Mental Health, Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Bio: I was born and raised outside of Fort Worth, Texas and have dreamed of moving to the northeast since I was a child. After interviewing all across the east coast I fell in love with the city of Philadelphia and was lucky enough to find Einstein! As a loud and proud gay man from the south I, and many people I know, have experienced lesser care from health professionals due to either prejudice or miseducation. These experiences led me to my interest in LGBTQI+ health while personal experiences in my coming out process spurred my desire to become a psychiatrist. I spent my medical school years addressing disparities in health care for LGBTQI+ patients through trainings, various educational programs, and research projects focused on improving interprofessional provider cultural humility when treating LGBTQI+ patients. The ideal endgame is to create a multidisciplinary clinic that would provide health services, law services, social services, etc to LGBTQI+ patients so that they can visit one safe space for comprehensive care. While I have a strong passion for my career, I also strive to maintain a healthy work/life balance. I love to cook and have been known to make delicious cocktails, I'm a plant zaddy to a small indoor forest, and I'm a pretty nasty piranha plant main.

Nicholas Prewett, DO
Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Personality disorders, substance use disorders, psychotherapy
Bio: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and spent my college years in Cleveland, OH, where I double-majored in biology and music. Upon graduation, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue a master’s in bioethics and clinical conflict management at Penn, where I took special workshops in mediation. Until my third year of medical school in Florida, I was confident that I wanted to pursue a surgical specialty, but quickly switched gears when I realized that my true calling lay in the realm of mental health. Completing many hours of volunteer work for a crisis hotline helped to embolden me in my decision. When I’m not in the clinic, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, practicing classical piano, traveling (and eating), yoga, and collecting niche fragrances. My specific interests in psychiatry include personality disorders and substance use—the effects these issues have on patients and on those close to them.

Nicholas Talamonti, DO
Undergrad: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Bio: I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Pennsylvania where I attended college and majored in biochemistry. In medical school, I was interested in many specialties but fell in love with psychiatry because I’m very passionate about mental wellbeing and love the dynamic world of the human mind. When I’m not engrossed in medicine, I love to do physical activities including bodybuilding, yoga, hiking, and rock climbing! I also love to meditate, read, and expand my mind in all avenues of life.


Dasylia Willoughby, DO
I was born and raised in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area and I went to undergrad at the University of Maryland-College Park. I then went to medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Erie. When looking for a residency program, I wanted to return close to home, but I also wanted to explore a new city and Philadelphia was the perfect place for me. Philadelphia has many things to do and tons of great food and these are things that drew me to the city. I became interested in psychiatry during my psychiatry class in second year of medical school and this interest blossomed during my psychiatry rotations my third and fourth year. I was amazed by being able to help people in an aspect of medicine that is often neglected, and I wanted to help this patient population. My current interests in psychiatry include outpatient psychiatry, psychotherapy, and neuromodulation therapies like TMS.

Tarik Zeid, DO
Undergrad:  Penn State University
Medical School:  Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Born and raised in Buffalo, New York known as “The Queen City” where I enjoyed playing football and, of course, the chilly winters.  I originally became interested in medicine when I was 16 due to some medical issues while playing high school football so this is where my journey started.   I enjoy playing as well as watching sports. My favorite sports team is the Buffalo Bills. I am avid about mental and physical health.  I like to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle of both mind and body.   I love to read, albeit medical books, over the past several years and enjoy history and current events.  I feel blessed to be here at Einstein in psychiatry which has been a passion of mine over the years and the great city of Philadelphia with its rich history and culture.  I look forward to the years ahead meeting new people and my interactions with patients as well as my colleagues.

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