Blake Bourgoyne, MD, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

I chose LSU Psych-BR because of the close family atmosphere that the program exhibits. I was excited to be able to move closer to my own family and have the chance to start a family in Baton Rouge. I try to continue that familial atmosphere and foster that environment when interacting with other members of the program. I am excited that the program is continuously growing and improving, and I am excited to contribute to that growth as I move through the program.  

     Bio

I enjoy many of the comforts of living in South Louisiana, such as the great food and the Sportsman’s Paradise it provides. I also enjoy following sports, specifically LSU and the Saints. I am always listening to a podcast wherever I go, whether it be about sports, politics, or popular culture. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, young daughter, and all my other close family and friends. I enjoy being a dog owner, as do many of the other residents in the program, though I do wish my puppy was more polite and playful towards the other puppies of the program!

 

Amber Boutwell, MD, PGY 3

     Why LSU BR?

Well, being a Louisiana girl, I knew I wanted to be in the state for residency. When I interviewed here, I absolutely loved the feeling of the program. Everyone was so nice and made me feel "at home." Our program places an emphasis on education, which was what attracted me to this program specifically. Also, South Louisiana has some of the best food in the country!

     Bio

Born and raised in South Louisiana, I enjoy many water sports, kayaking, and boat riding. I'm a die hard Saints fan, and love to watch Netflix on my free time.

     Areas of Interest

My clinical area of interest is forensic psychiatry.

   

Stephen Deweese, MD, PGY 4, Chief Resident

     Why LSU BR?

Prior to my interview, I had never even visited the state of Louisiana so the whole experience was novel to me.  I initially placed the program on my interview list in order to visit a new place with no great plans to rank it highly.  However, after visiting the Baton Rouge area, speaking with the faculty regarding the nature of the rotations and degree of resident autonomy offered at the program, and seeing the degree of happiness that the residents at the time expressed, I ultimately decided to rank the program #1.

     Bio

I was born and raised in West Virginia and went to West Virginia University for both undergrad (majored in psychology) and medical school.  My hobbies include gaming, weightlifting, biking, and traveling to new places. 

     Areas of Interest

I am interested in forensic psychiatry and have been accepted to Tulane University’s forensic psychiatry fellowship starting in 2021.

 

Leah Dlugolecki, DO, Intern

     Why LSU BR?

When I interviewed at LSU-BR I felt like the program was tailor-made to my interests. With its strength in psychotherapy and emphasis on education and service, I could see how the program would help shape me into the psychiatrist I picture myself becoming. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, after meeting the faculty, staff, and residents I felt excited to work here and become part of this community.

     Bio

:I enjoy travel, long-distance running, creative writing, and dance.

     Areas of Interest

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders

 

Regan Fawcett, DO, Intern

     Why LSU BR?

During my interview I remember how happy the residents were! Work-life balance is very important to me and this specific program definitely puts an emphasis on wellness. Having not known much about Baton Rouge or even Louisiana prior to moving here I have been absolutely blown away by the friendliness of every single person I have met as well as the beauty of the lakes.

     Bio

In my free time I like to try new restaurants, walk the lakes, kayak/paddle boat, and travel. New Orleans is a quick hour down the road and Orange beach is a little less the 4 hours.

     Areas of Interest

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Caroline Fu, DO, PGY 3, Chief Resident

     Why LSU BR?

I chose LSU BR because of how supportive and collegial the faculty and residency is. The faculty here really listen to you and help guide you through any situation. There are many opportunities here, with a diverse range of rotations. They will also cater your rotations to your specific interests. I have had a great education here and feel very prepared to manage all types of psychiatric illnesses and its comorbidities.

     Bio

I grew up in Houston, TX and NY. I went to NYU for undergrad, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art and Chemistry. I went to Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in NY for medical school. I love film, and animation. I also love food, and will often review restaurants and watch food-based TV shows. I have recently started cooking and baking and that has been very rewarding. I also like to do yoga and go on hikes.

     Areas of Interest

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry

 

Ana Garces-Wood, MD, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

I wanted to go somewhere different that gave me the opportunity to see the various aspects of psychiatry. I love that they have a psych ED and the focus is on our education, not to cover the hospital. Additionally, I love the faculty and the desire to have a good work-life balance. The faculty is very invested in your success.

     Bio

I grew up in Texas, but ventured to Vermont for college (again to have the experience of a new place and culture) where I received a degree in art history. I love to travel to new countries and spend hours in art museums, with a special love for modern and contemporary art. I grew up in a Cuban household where Spanish was prevalent and the Cuban food a plenty. Much of my childhood involved late parties with my Cuban family filled with loud people and even louder music. Being from Austin, I take breakfast tacos very seriously, and have found no other place in this country like that. I am always looking for a great coffee place (like French Truck and their patio)  and new places to go out to eat. My husband and I love to take our dog, Mozart on walks around the Lakes and in the park by our home.

     Areas of interest

child & adolescent psychiatry and women’s health

 

Marylyn Mathew, MD, PGY 3

     Why LSU BR?

LSU Psych-BR was the first interview that I did during my residency interview trail. The faculty and the residents here were so amazing that they made me feel at ease and it made for a memorable experience. After being here for two years now, I would have to say that I could not be happier in a different program. The administration cares about our well-being and the attendings are not only incredibly intelligent but also eager to teach.

     Bio

I tend to enjoy doing most things as long as it is with good company. Although, some things that truly give me joy is traveling, enjoying nature, and learning about new cultures. I have lived in 2 different countries (India, Oman), studied abroad in one (Spain), and visited a few others. Other things I enjoy is dancing, playing video games, cooking, and getting deeply engaged in a craft or project.

     Areas of interest

I am hoping to pursue Child and Adolescent Fellowship. Ideally, my patient demographic would include patients of all ages and if possible, I would like to do a combination of outpatient and inpatient.

 

Elaine Meyers, MD, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

The program emphasizes education and values resident feedback.  Dr. Crapanzano is an incredible leader not only for our program but also for the community.  

     Bios

I love seeing new places and meeting new people from around the world. A few of my favorite trips have been to India to work with and learn from Tibetan refugees, Vietnam, and Tanzania where I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. I enjoy the outdoors, music (preferably live), yoga, kickball with the other residents, soccer, Mardi Gras, and hosting parties. Laissez les bon temps rouler! My partner is an ED resident and we recently got a goofy puppy named Olive that we are training to be a hospital therapy dog.

     Areas of interest

Child and adolescent psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, psychodelics, trauma

 

Kristina Pham, DO, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

I applied broadly as my medical school suggested and initially had plans to stay in TX to be closer to family. However, I was blown away by my interview experience here. Everyone was so welcoming, supportive, down-to-earth, and genuinely wanted to get to know me. No doubt this still holds true! As I spend more and more time with my co-residents and staff, my love and appreciation for this program grows!

     Bio

My hobbies include cooking, watching anime, reading comics, and gaming.

     Area of interest

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, ACT Teams

 

Abby Shoenfelt, MD, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

I rotated during my third year with the BR LSU OLOL Psychiatry Residency, it was one of my most favorite and most memorable rotations. Attendings and residents were passionate, personal and kind and it was obvious that everyone had a healthy work-life balance. The choice was a no-brainer!

     Bio

I graduated from Wittenberg University where I majored in Psychology. Following college I completed Teach For America in New Orleans. I attended medical school at LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans where I met and married my husband.

     Areas of Interest

General Psychiatry, Psychiatric Oncology

 

Hillary Smith, MD, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

I fell in love with the program on interview day.  The faculty genuinely cares about your professional growth and take every opportunity to share their knowledge. I am really enjoying my time here.

     Bio

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, binging Netflix documentaries, and reading fiction novels

     Areas of interest

Adult inpatient psychiatry

 

Tom Ritcher, DO, PGY 3

     Why LSU BR ?

My decision was primarily based on my interview day experience, which seemed personalized (preparation and interest shown by interviewers about specific details on my statement/application) and my interactions with the residents that day (personalities and their experiences at the program). Other reasons included my desire for an academic setting, as well as a curiosity about the unfamiliar geography and subcultures (being raised in Idaho) in Louisiana.

     Bio

Interests include the outdoors/travel, attending sports/events, podcasts, audio books, NASA/SpaceX.

     Areas of interest

Psychosis/schizophrenia, virtual reality (applications in psychiatry), psychiatry/physiology research of NASA astronauts at the ISS, wilderness medicine (medicine in austere environments), and trauma treatment (patient physical/psychological injury, involvement with cults, human trafficking).

 

Sydney Smith, MD, PGY 3

     Why LSU BR?

As a medical student I had the opportunity to rotate in Baton Rouge in the psychiatric emergency room. This was the first time I felt as if I were a true doctor due to the level of autonomy I was given. Clinical staff allowed me to talk to patients independently, come to my own conclusions, make recommendations for treatment and discuss alternative options to care. Even as a resident, the hands-on clinical staff continues to be one of the many reasons I love this program. Attendings are enthusiastic and passionate about their work.  They treat their patients with respect and empathy while also challenging the residents to bring out our full potential.  I have never felt uncomfortable asking for advice or recommendations, with staff or other residents.As a medical student I had the opportunity to rotate in Baton Rouge in the psychiatric emergency room. This was the first time I felt as if I were a true doctor due to the level of autonomy I was given. Clinical staff allowed me to talk to patients independently, come to my own conclusions, make recommendations for treatment and discuss alternative options to care. Even as a resident, the hands-on clinical staff continues to be one of the many reasons I love this program. Attendings are enthusiastic and passionate about their work.  They treat their patients with respect and empathy while also challenging the residents to bring out our full potential.  I have never felt uncomfortable asking for advice or recommendations, with staff or other residents.

     Bio

I grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, right outside of New Orleans. I have two brothers and two beautiful sister-in-laws! I grew up loving all the wonderful things Louisiana has to offer. I am a huge LSU sports fan and love spending Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium. Sundays are normally enjoyed with family, cheering on the Saints, and eating way too much food! In my free time I enjoy running the LSU lakes, playing tennis, doing yoga and barre classes, and trying new restaurants in the Baton Rouge area. I have a sweet puppy named Winnie and she loves going on runs and playing fetch. I enjoy traveling and my favorite place to visit is my family in Chicago!

     Areas of Interest

I’m interested in Consult-Liaison and Geriatric Psychiatry. I enjoy the medical complexity of these patients’ care and the challenges of thinking outside the box. We have a very busy CL service, which is completely resident run, and allows for a lot of hands on learning. The fast pace nature of these rotations has kept my attention, while allowing me opportunities to work with other services (in-patient psychiatry, medicine, neurology, social work, care management, etc.) in a team setting. I’m hoping to pursue a fellowship after finishing residency.

 

Vinay Vaz, MD, PGY 2

     Why LSU BR?

LSU Baton Rouge was my favorite interview. I loved my interactions with all the faculty and residents I met. I especially loved my interview with our program director, Dr. Crapanzano. During the interview she was very open and it was clear that she had carefully reviewed my application. I really appreciated that she provided me with advice to help advance my academic career before I even matched here. Her dedication to the residency program here made me just fall in love with the program. I also appreciated that the program had us interview with our program coordinator Amanda, who has helped us navigate the ins and out of residency. The Interview day made me confident that I had found program which would always put resident’s educational needs first and had faculty and staff that would always support us.

     Bio

I was a Government and History major in College. After working in politics for a few years I made a career change to pursue a medical degree. I love to travel, and try new foods (I would describe myself as a foodie.) I also enjoy music, listening to podcasts, playing pub trivia, and rooting for my favorite sports teams.

     Areas of interest

Currently interested in Inpatient Adult Psychiatry