Hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, I developed an early interest in deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Not far from the Windy City shores, I went to college at Northwestern University, where I studied biology, international studies, and languages, and also enjoyed playing volleyball and basketball. I volunteered as a Spanish translator for one of my language courses at a free local health clinic and it was here that I realized that I enjoyed taking care of patients, and decided to become a doctor. Subsequently, I attended Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Global health has been a passion of mine ever since I did a public health study abroad elective in Paris, France during college where I studied the French healthcare system. I continued along the global health trek in medical school and did a global health rotation in South Africa where I learned about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in that country, and I returned to France to do a second rotation in Strasbourg to work in the pulmonology department and treated patients with lung cancer. I hope to apply my interests in global health to my future specialty of dermatology.
While I spent most of my childhood in Indianapolis, I have lived on the east coast for about a decade. I was an undergraduate at Brown University where I graduated with a degree in biochemistry. I then moved to Boston to enroll in the MD/MPH program at Tufts. In medical school, I fell in love with the OR. Much of my time was spent trying to decide what kind of surgeon I would become. However, my plans changed during a fourth year elective in anesthesiology. When I discovered that I could combine my love of the OR with my critical care interests, I was hooked. After what is certain to be a great year at CHA, I will return to Tufts for my anesthesiology residency.
In my free time, I enjoy running, riding my bike and travelling. Boston is a great running city and you can often find me along the Charles when the weather is nice. In college, I spent a summer participating in a cross-country cycling trip from Providence to San Francisco. My bike trips now are mostly of the commuting variety, as biking a great way to get around in Cambridge. As a medical student I had the opportunity to spend several months in southeastern India. I would love to travel more in Asia and hope to do so during my residency and clinical career.
I was born and raised just outside of Boston in Chelsea, MA and I am the first in my family to graduate from college. I've wanted to go into medicine for as long as I remember, inspired in part by my father's stories working as an EMT/firefighter. To pursue my goal I went to Boston University where I studied Biology and Psychology. In my time between college and medical school I spent time working as a bartender and as CNA at Lahey Clinic. In 2009 I matriculated into UMass Medical School where I thought I would pursue emergency medicine or surgery. I became interested in anesthesiology because it mixed pharmacology/physiology with hands-on procedures in a fast changing environment. I wanted to come back to the Boston area to train, as well as see a wide variety of patients during my pgy-1 year so CHA was high on my list. After this year I will be moving across town to Tufts to train in Anesthesiology. In my free time I'm into martial arts (Kenpo black belt) and tenpin bowling.
Born in the distant and exotic land of Redondo Beach, California, I spent much of my early life as a nomad, moving all over the country until I finally landed in Western Massachusetts at the age of 8. From there I moved to Boston and eventually went to Baltimore to study physics and engineering at Johns Hopkins. Somewhat late in my undergrad career, I was working in a breast cancer research lab and realized that I wanted to go into medicine. After getting a Masters degree in engineering I made my triumphant return home to Boston and attended Tufts University School of Medicine. I entered med school eager to learn and quickly became very interested and excited about pursuing a career in surgery. During my 3rd year surgery rotation I quickly became very interested and excited about pursuing a career in radiology.
Outside of medicine, I find it important to keep up with extracurricular interests. As such, I enjoy being an avid piano player, cheeseburger connoisseur, and amateur theoretical physicist (feel free to ask me about my theories if you have a few hours to spare). I am heading to Lahey Clinic for a radiology residency next year, but hope to take advantage of all CHA has to offer while I’m there.
I'm a North Carolinian with roots in a lot of different places. I was born in Minnesota in 1986, and spent the rest of my childhood on a whirlwind tour of New York, Mississippi, Denmark, and North Carolina. I left home to attend a boarding high school, the North Carolina School of Science and Math, before completing my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina (go Tar Heels!). After exploring an entrepreneurial interest in college which led to a couple of small businesses, I was inspired to combine my interests in medicine and entrepreneurship during a project at the ingenious L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, which provides free eye surgery to poor patients by using a unique business model. I enrolled at Harvard Medical School to pursue my interest in using innovative business models to address unmet healthcare needs, and there, I discovered the field of interventional radiology. In it, I saw a rapidly growing specialty with potential for application throughout the human body. Interventional radiologists use imaging technologies like CT and MRI to perform minimally invasive therapies that seem poised to revolutionize the medical field. Seeing the perfect opportunity to combine inventive medical practice with my business interests, I applied into radiology and will complete my residency at Duke University after my internship year at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
Alyce Michelle Richard
I was born and raised in a city that is known for its crawfish, festivals: particularly Mardi Gras, creole cuisine, and rich history. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler is a term that we New Orleaneans know well, it means “Let the Good Times Roll.” After graduating from Ursuline Academy, I attended Xavier University of Louisiana and majored in Psychology. At Xavier, my interests in medicine began to peak as I encountered individuals experiencing: obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Following graduation, I did a year of graduate work in Indianapolis before coming back to New Orleans to go to LSU School of Medicine. That’s right, only one year away from New Orleans! During clinical rotations my third year, I was able to work on a research project involving a possible correlation between Blue Baby Syndrome and certain anesthetics. This experience only compounded my interest in Anesthesiology, because it encompasses aspects of other fields. Around the same time, I decided to live by the words that I counsel patients on as I became involved in physical fitness. It is definitely a challenge, but I personally feel that it is my biggest accomplishment outside of medicine to date.
I was born in Varanasi, India also known as the “oldest living city in the world.” At a young age, I moved to Cambridge, England where I lived for six years while my father pursued a post-doctorate fellowship in low-temperature physics. Eventually, my family and I found ourselves in Silicon Valley where I attended high school. I decided to leave sunny California for much colder Ithaca, New York where I attend Cornell University and majored in Biomedical Engineering.
After college I moved to Bethesda, Maryland to train at the N.I.H. in cellular immunology before moving to Boston for medical school. After my first year, for a summer at Children’s Hospital Boston I learned about the immune mechanisms underlying Atopic Dermatitis. After my third year, I moved to Los Angeles to further my training in cutaneous immunology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute where I focused on the role of innate cells in skin lesions before returning to Boston.
During my free time, I enjoy CrossFit, P90X, running along the Charles, kayaking, playing competitive soccer, cooking and traveling. Someday I hope to adopt a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Lastly, I am honored to be part of the Cambridge Health Alliance family and privileged to start a Dermatology training program at Boston University Medical Center in 2014.