Dhimitri Nikolla, DO
My name is Dhimitri Nikolla, and I am a 3rd year resident at AHN Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. I originally hail from Tuxedo, NY where I continue to volunteer as an EMT. I graduated from LECOM – Erie, and last year I was Secretary of the Resident Chapter. I look forward to leading you as your RSO President!
Olivia Reed, DO
My name is Olivia Reed, and I am currently a 3rd year resident at Norman Regional Health System in Norman, Oklahoma. I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and Rocky Vista University. My passions within emergency medicine include critical care and public health awareness. As your RSO Vice President I look forward to bringing innovative ideas and events to conference, and promoting residency program involvement in the ACOEP.
Christina Powell, OMS III
Director of Student Affairs
My name is Christina Powell, and I’m honored to serve as your new Director of Student Affairs. I am a Floridian, born and raised, and graduated summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University’s Honors College with a degree in Biochemistry. I am currently finishing my third year at LECOM-Bradenton, Florida. Prior to my entrance into the medical field, I lived in the business world. I owned and operated a web development and marketing company for 10+ years and established a few nonprofits along the way. Graphic design has become my hobby, and I’m happy to apply my skills to my work here at the ACOEP, instead of being limited to fancy birthday invitations for my three kids. I have been involved with the ACOEP since my first year of medical school and previously served as Publications Co-Chair, witnessing the development of the RSO and the new online platform for social media campaigns and publications. The college has grown immensely during my time here, and I’m beyond excited to continue the development of the RSO in the upcoming years. As a liaison for our osteopathic students, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions – I’m here to help and make the best of your journey toward becoming an emergency physician!
Jacob Schwab, OMS III
My name is Jacob Schwab and I’m a 3rd year student at WVSOM. I’m from Farmington, Utah, and I come from a family of four sisters and a dog. My family is amazing, and I feel very blessed to have some pretty incredible people in my life. I have an amazing wife and a child on the way and we couldn’t be happier. I grew up enjoying the outdoors. I love hiking, camping, water skiing, skiing, fishing, golfing, farming and just about anything else you can do outside. When I grow up, I want to be a tee-ball coach. State champs or bust! Last year, I served as the GME Chair and this year I look forward to serving you as the RSO Secretary. If there is anything I can do to be of service to you, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my best to help!
Cameron Meyer, DO
Hi, my name is Cameron Meyer. I am a 2nd year resident at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and love the outdoors. I have got a smok’n hot wife and 4 crazy kids. I was your treasurer last year, but have been involved with the ACOEP since my first year of medical school. The ACOEP has literally changed my life and helped me to reach my lifelong goals. Through this great organization, I have met some of my best friends including board members, fellows, residents, and students. I am honored to be able to serve in this role again and would love to help/serve anyway I can. Do not hesitate to contact me for anything.
Kaitlin Bowers, DO
Immediate Past President
I’m Kaitlin Bowers, a current PGY-3 at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. I had the honor of serving as your RSO President over the past year! I am very proud of our new Resident Student Organization and can’t wait to see how it continues to grow in the future. As past president, I am excited to provide support and guidance to our new leadership team. I look forward to being a part of such an experienced and enthusiastic crew.
Dominic Williams, OMS IV
Immediate Past Director of Student Affairs
Hello again, my name is Dominic Williams and I am a fourth year at LECOM-Bradenton. A year ago, I had just received the honor of representing the students of the ACOEP on a national level. What an incredible year it was. Now I am, like many of you, in the midst of interview season and figuring out the intricacies that go into each individual’s match list. Many of my previous passions and hobbies have been put on hold until the chaos of this process is through. I can’t wait to get back on the soccer field, into the archery range, and back to taking my children on exciting adventures. That said, one of the many constants that remains is making sure that the RSO in its new form continues to help as many students as possible achieve their goals in Emergency Medicine. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via the RSO website. We are here to help!
John Oh, MD
Conference Co-Chair Resident
I am Sae Jin Oh (also go by John) and am currently a first year resident at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island. I graduated from Johns Hopkins for undergrad and then UMass Medical School. I am originally from South Korea and moved to Massachusetts when I was eleven. I love New England, from the unpredictable weather to the beaches and the people and the sunshine and the snow. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the 2017 ACOEP Scientific Assembly in Denver, and I am looking forward to organizing the bi-annual conferences in Spring and Fall 2018 to make them even better.
Ryan Anderson, DO
Conference Co-Chair Resident
Greetings, my name is Ryan Anderson, I am currently a PGY-3 at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA with a personal interest in critical care medicine and toxicology. I completed my undergraduate education at Virginia Tech and then stayed to complete my medical education at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am excited to serve as a Conference Co-Chair and hope to bring you the best ACOEP Scientific Assembly yet.
Dana Vowels, OMS III
Conference Co-Chair Student
Hi everyone! I am Dana Vowels, and I am excited to serve on the board this year. I am a third year medical student at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, originally from Houston, Texas and I graduated from the University of Houston. I worked as an EMT and Paramedic through undergrad (then got addicted and didn’t apply to med school right away) and I miss it so much. So, naturally, I’m drawn to the ED. When I’m not in school, I have hobby ADD. I like anything active or creative such as hiking, snowboarding, gardening, sewing, and I’ve recently built coffee tables! I’m very excited to help plan and promote the upcoming conferences. Feel free to reach out with any suggestions or questions!
Andrew Langille, OMS II
Conference Co-Chair Student
My name is Andrew Langille and I am the newest Canadian addition to the ACOEP team! Originally from Oshawa, Canada, I was later recruited to run for Monmouth University’s Track & Field team in Long Branch, New Jersey. I completed a degree in chemistry while pursuing my passion; running and competing alongside a great track and field team to win many Division I conference Championship titles. My journey towards medicine began while in college where I worked in various scribe positions in different fields of medicine from surgery to internal medicine. No specialty could compete with the exciting, fast-paced environment that Emergency Medicine offered. Fast forward a few years, I am now an OMS-II at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine where I also serve as Vice President of KCU’s Emergency Medicine club, a school ambassador and an anatomy tutor. I am thrilled to be joining the RSO team and I look forward to seeing you at future ACOEP conferences!
Chris Swyers, DO
Media Co-Chair Resident
Hi there! My name’s Chris Swyers, and I’ll be serving as one of the Resident Media Co-Chairs for the coming year. I’m currently a second-year resident at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in Boardman, Ohio.I served as a student publications chair a few years ago, and I’m excited to be back working with everyone as a resident. Along with working on the Fast Track, one of my goals is to give a voice to all of our members. Over the coming year, I’ll be working to share your stories in both print and online. Academically, my areas of interest include medical education, narrative medicine, palliative care, and tactical/military medicine. Personally, I enjoy writing, running, being outdoors, and homebrewing with my co-residents. I’m excited to work with all of you over the next year!
Brittany McShane, DO
Media Co-Chair Resident
I am Brittany McShane and I will be serving as one of the Resident Publications Co-Chairs this year. I’m originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and chose to attend Oklahoma State University for both undergrad and medical school. I’m currently a PGY-1 at Norman Regional Health System in Norman, Oklahoma. Outside of Emergency Medicine, I enjoy traveling with my husband, playing soccer and tennis, and cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Richard Newman, OMS III
Media Co-Chair Student
My name is Richard Newman, I am a third year at WVSOM. I am originally from the great state of Idaho, and yes, I do love potatoes, but I’m afraid I don’t have a pet llama named Tina. I am a tech geek who looks forward to owning my own Bluetooth glasses. I love movies, soccer, and football. I love snowboarding, so much so that I chose my undergrad solely based on the fact that they let me run their ski-school program and ride for free. My wife and I recently had a baby girl and she has quickly become the center of my universe. I look forward to working on the publications board and hope to be able to provide you with articles and research that will educate and elevate you. Here’s a few fun facts I’ve learned from living in Costa Rica: Toucans do actually love fruit loops and monkeys are not all tempted by free bananas.
Michael J. Brennan, OMS III
Media Co-Chair Student
My name is Michael Brennan and I am delighted to introduce myself as Co-Chair of the Publications Committee and Editor of The Fast Track. Prior to medical school, I worked in research, completing a public health degree and studying the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. I made the switch to EM and have never looked back! Some of my past projects involve opioid toxicology and international systems development for EM as a specialty. I joined the ACOEP-RSO to help make research more accessible to medical students who might be unsure where to start. If you have any questions about study design or research methods do not hesitate to reach out to me or this great team to get your pet projects rolling! When I’m not crunching odds ratios or confidence intervals, you might find me racing sailboats, brewing snobby coffee or traveling off the beaten path in India.
Clairisse Hafey, OMS II
GME Chair Student
Hey everyone, my name is Clairisse Hafey and I am a 2nd year medical student from LECOM Bradenton. I am thrilled to serve as your GME Chair and can’t wait to dive in. After growing up in New England, I attended college at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and later worked at Boston Children’s Hospital as the ED Coordinator. Being in Boston for so long, I developed a love for the Patriots so deep that after the “deflate-gate scandal” I seriously thought about coming forward as “the locker room guy” … but a few others already did that for me on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show. Academically, I have strong interests in pediatric EM, advancing women in leadership positions in EM, and ultrasound. During my free time, I enjoy all things rugby, running, and training for dog shows with my mini Aussie.
Sasha Rihter, DO
Research Chair Resident
I am Sasha Rihter and am currently a second year resident at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, WV. Originally, I moved to the wild and wonderful from the Wisconsin/Chicago area for medical school and fell in love with the beautiful outdoor adventures this area has to offer. Last year, I was one of your Resident Conference Co-Chairs, and although I loved working to bring you awesome RSO events at conference, I am looking forward to using my prior research experience as your Research Chair!