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Andrew Bergeson
Andrew Bergeson, DO

Bountiful, UT

Andrew Bergeson earned his medical degree at AT Still University of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. His clinical and research interests include wilderness and sports medicine. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family in the outdoors, cycling, skiing, camping and hiking. "It doesn't matter as long as we are outside together. Lately we love going to the great beaches in Rhode Island and cooking, especially on my smoker." Andrew says.

When asked why he had chosen Kent he said "My choice to come to Kent was more about the people here than anything else. I feel that the biggest jump in medical training is the transition from medical student to resident physician. It is critical to get good training. Central to this is having amazing mentors because we become like those who train us. It is equally important to be surrounded by a supportive staff to help make this transition as smooth as possible.

As a student rotating and interviewing at emergency medicine programs, I was looking for a program with physicians and residents I wanted to emulate. When rotating through the emergency department at Kent, I found that in the program's residents, attendings, nurses and other staff. I felt like this was the best osteopathic emergency program I had experienced. This program is full of attendings who love to teach and push the residents, residents who are motivated and happy and a wonderful supportive staff.

We have the benefits of working in a small community hospital while still getting experiences at world renowned institutions like Brigham and Women's, University of Maryland Shock Trauma and Boston Children's hospital. My family is very happy with Kent and love Rhode Island. We would make the same choice again without hesitation."

Shane Forysthe
Shane Forysthe, DO

Smithfield, VA

Shane Forysthe earned his medical degree at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). In his free time he enjoys hiking, biking, scuba diving and golfing.

Christopher Peters
Christopher Peters, DO

Willmar, MN

Chris Peters earned his medical degree at Des Moines University. His clinical interests include critical care and EMS. In his free time he enjoys Nordic skiing, biking and long walks on the beach with his dog.

When he was asked why he had chosen Kent he said "Great program, nice hospital with a busy ED, and a friendly, cohesive group of residents." He also said that the best part about living in Rhode Island is "Providence is a bike-friendly town with great food and lively arts scene."

Gianna Petrone
Gianna Petrone, DO

Cranston, RI

"Choosing Kent Hospital for my residency training was an easy decision for me. Many may think I chose to return to Rhode Island because this is where I was born and raised, but after living away for eight years I realized just how much Rhode Island has to offer. From beautiful beaches and coast line, to fabulous restaurants and night life, Rhode Island has it all!

When I was interviewing at various programs no other hospital impressed me as much as Kent. I immediately felt welcome by the entire Kent Hospital community and realized what a nurturing and thriving environment I was entering.

Kent exemplified everything I wanted in a residency program: a dedicated and supportive faculty, happy residents, a strong academic curriculum and the opportunity to serve my local community in the place I have always called home." She also said that the best part about living in Rhode Island is the ocean.

Garrett Pluym
Garrett Pluym, DO

Kieler, WI

Garrett Pluym earned his medical degree at Des Moines University. in his free time he enjoys golf, skiing, hiking, boating and biking. When asked why he had chosen Kent he said "I chose Kent because I wanted a strong community oriented program. There are no other programs that compete with me getting procedures, we get to do it all in the ED! The other residents are all happy and fun to be around and the faculty really loves to teach. The one-on-one environment with the attendings is great."

He also said that the best part of living in Rhode Island is "I wanted to explore in a new part of the country, and the New England area seemed like a great place, plenty of beaches, mountains close by to ski on, and Providence seemed like a great medium sized city with lots of culture and plenty of interesting things to enjoy. Plus now I get to acquire a taste for fine seafood!"

Pamela Schwendy
Pamela Schwendy, DO

Bountiful, Towson, MD

Pamela Schwendy earned her medical degree at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - California along with her Master of Public Health and attended Towson University for her undergrad majoring in biology. Her clinical interests include toxicology, sports medicine and international medicine. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dog, running, hiking and spending time outside.

When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "I learned and did so much just on my audition rotation! The didactics are solid and everyone here is friendly, supportive and loves to teach!" She also said that the best part about living in Rhode Island is "Mountains on one side, beaches on the other with great food in the middle!”

Kaitlyn Smith
Kaitlyn Smith, DO

Pittsburgh, PA

Kaitlyn Smith earned her medical degree at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Her clinical and research interests include trauma and disease prevention. In her free time she enjoys sports, kayaking/rafting, hiking, cooking and literature.

When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "I rotated at Kent as a medical student because I liked the idea of living somewhere I never had before. I was surprised that even in a community hospital there is good volume and diverse patient presentations. While here, I met an amazing group of residents who worked as a team, enjoyed their jobs, and enjoyed being around each other. The faculty took every opportunity to teach and to mentor on things from patient care to life as a full time physician. You could tell the environment fostered learning as well as community. And Rhode Island turned out to be a huge bonus to the deal!." She also said that the best part about living in Rhode Island is "There are so many great places to play, eat, and really have a good time here."