Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Residents


PGY-4 Class of 2023


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Emmanuel Achilike, M.D.

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Hometown: Garland, Texas 
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Internship: McGovern Medical School Department of Internal Medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Photography, Gaming, Music, and Mentorship
PM&R Interest: General rehabilitation, spinal cord Injury, interventional spine, pain medicine, neuromuscular medicine, but mainly I just want to develop a skill set where I can help as many people as possible.
Why Baylor? Matching at Baylor is a true honor because I think it is an institution that has been at the forefront of physiatry since its inception. More important to me than reputation is the willingness to innovate and the bond I formed with the residents when I was only a medical student. I think the willingness of the residents to take a medical student under their wing speaks volumes about the learning environment in a program and department, and I hope to contribute to that type of learning and working environment.


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Aaron Charnay, M.D.

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Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma 
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 
Internship: Pediatric Residency at Columbia University Irving Medical Center 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Ballet, writing music (guitar, piano, ukulele) 
PM&R Interest: Pediatric rehabilitation, spasticity management, cerebral palsy, electrodiagnostic medicine
Why Baylor? Baylor is a remarkable program with legendary faculty and brilliant residents. Baylor’s affiliation with Texas Children’s Hospital was what brought me to Houston. It is the largest children’s hospital in the world with an inpatient rehab unit that stands out amongst other PMR programs. I could not think of a better place for anyone interested in peds physiatry! 


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Bradley Chi, M.D.

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Hometown: Bellevue, Wash.
Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Internship: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Food, sports, sleep
PM&R Interest: Neurorehab, academic medicine
Why Baylor? I enjoy the people and culture. Comprehensive clinical education, robust research mentorship, and strong alumni network.


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Laura Lachman, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Internship: Transitional Year at Redmond Regional Medical Center Rome, GA
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with my family, especially my niece and nephew! Reading, Traveling, Foreign Languages, Foreign Films/TV, Trying New Restaurants
PM&R Interest: Pain Medicine
Why Baylor? BCM is a top PMR program and its location in the TMC provides unique opportunities not found elsewhere. The breadth of training sites and educational opportunities is one of BCM’s greatest strengths. I especially wanted to train at TIRR, a renowned rehab hospital. I also wanted to come home to Houston in order to be involved in the lives of my niece and nephew. And as someone who loves trying new restaurants, Houston is a great place to do so!


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Nicole Nguyen, D.O.

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Hometown: Arlington, Texas 
Medical School: University of North Texas HSC - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Internship: Medical City Weatherford - Internal Medicine 
Hobbies/personal interests: Rock climbing, Hiking, Tennis, really any outdoor activities, trying new foods, playing with pups 
PM&R Interest: General rehab, spasticity management, electromyography 
Why Baylor? It is a privilege to be able to train at a top tier PM&R program in the world's largest medical center. The strength and diversity of training sites provide well rounded experiences that will prepare residents with the knowledge and skills to become proficient physiatrists. It’s definitely a huge bonus that Houston is a Texas gem with delicious food, great diversity, rich culture, and plenty of fun activities! 


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Sharif Palmer, M.D.

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Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Medical School: University of Queensland
Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Staying active, most things outdoors, playing sports, cooking, traveling
PM&R Interest: All of it!
Why Baylor? Baylor is an incredible program that I feel lucky to be a part of.


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Du Pham, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Internship: McGovern Medical School Internal Medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: playing/watching football/soccer/volleyball, rock climbing, traveling, hiking, mountains and ice cream
PM&R Interest: Sports, Brain Injury, General Rehab
Why Baylor? Unbeatable camaraderie among the resident body. Diverse training sites with an excellent well-rounded curriculum. Having a chance to rotate at one of the top rehab hospitals taking care of medically-complex patients.


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Joseph Roys, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Internship: Baylor College of Medicine General Surgery Hobbies/Personal Interests: Reading fantasy novels, exercise, cooking/baking, watching Netflix and video games
PM&R Interest: Cancer rehabilitation, pain management
Why Baylor? Baylor College of Medicine offers a thorough and top tier rehabilitation training program that services a wide variety of patients from all backgrounds. When interviewing at Baylor I felt as though each member of the program I met was not only extremely proud of what they did, but also very happy.


PGY-3 Class of 2024


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Rohan Adiga, M.D.

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Hometown: Austin, Texas
Medical School: UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine
Internship: UT Rio Grande Valley Transitional Year
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Board games, trivia nights, Texas Longhorn athletics and San Antonio Spurs basketball, and playing racquetball
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine, spinal cord injury, general physiatry, electromyography 
Why Baylor? I was lucky enough to do an away rotation here and after four weeks, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I saw that this residency program offered a well-rounded education at a variety of renown clinical training sites with diverse patient populations, giving its trainees the opportunity to treat medically complex patients across the entire spectrum of physiatry. But what really sold me on Baylor was the people. The residents are an incredibly tight-knit group, and the faculty are supportive of every resident and their career aspirations.


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Marissa Catalanotto, M.D. - Administrative Chief Resident

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Hometown: Northport, N.Y.
Medical School: St. George's University 
Internship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Running, rowing, traveling, self proclaimed foodie, and cat mom
PM&R Interests: Interventional pain medicine 
Why Baylor? Baylor College of Medicine is a top tier PM&R program that provides its residents with a great foundational education in physiatry. There was great camaraderie amongst residents on my interview day. I truly felt that the residents were supported not only by the program but, also by one another. In addition, being a part of a world-renowned medical center provides us access to facilities, resources and faculty that are unmatched elsewhere.


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Eliana Ege, M.D.

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Hometown: Istanbul / Michigan / California
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Internship: St. Mary Mercy Hospital – Transitional Year
Hobbies/Personal Interests: traveling, painting, HIIT, yoga, dancing, skiing, scuba, tennis, real estate, books, dogs
PM&R Interests: Interventional pain, cancer, regenerative medicine, integrative medicine 
Why Baylor? Top-notch program with well-rounded training in all areas of physiatry and an outstanding sense of community, in the largest medical complex in the world and a booming city on the forefront of advancing science, research, and technology--plus, it’s warm!


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Stacey Isidro, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry – Rochester, N.Y.
Internship: Rochester Regional Health-Unity Hospital – Rochester, N.Y.
Hobbies/Personal Interests: salsa dancing, cooking, wellness
PM&R Interests: Sports medicine
Why Baylor? Top PM&R program, ability to train at TIRR (#2 rehab hospital in 2021!), caring and respected faculty, multiple educational opportunities, amazing co-residents, diversity, lots of things to do in Houston.


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Thien Ninh, M.D.

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Hometown: Slidell, LA
Medical School: Tulane
Internship: Tulane
Hobbies: Weightlifting, Jiujitsu, Saints football, my dogs, videogames
PM&R Interests: MSK, sports medicine, pain, regenerative medicine
Why Baylor? Comprehensive training and a large medical complex with opportunities to see a wide breadth of cases. Interviewing here, I also got the sense that residents were genuinely happy and that they were confident in their training. To top it off, Houston is a large, affordable, and diverse city with a little bit of everything.


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Nnaemeka “Anthony” Nweke, M.D.

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Hometown: Dallas, Texas… born in Nigeria
Medical School: St. George’s University
Internship: Staten Island university Hospital
Hobbies/Personal Interests: I enjoy playing basketball, making music, motivational speaking, writing, dancing, and just being an overall entertainer.
PM&R Interests: I am interested in pain management, interventional management, and managing sports related injuries.
Why Baylor? Why not Baylor? In the heart of one of the biggest cities in the country. One of the largest medical centers in the world. Baylor has great faculty and the work environment so far has been a happy place for me. The seniors are super helpful and my current class is awesome. I also went to university of Houston, go coogs!, so it’s definitely a pleasure to be close to family and friends.


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Christian Vangeison, D.O. - Academic Chief Resident

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Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
Medical School: Rocky Vista University
Internship: Sky Ridge Medical Center
Hobbies/Personal Interests: BBQ connoisseur, fantasy football manager, travel hacker, three-putt specialist
PM&R Interests: Interventional pain medicine, neuromodulation, regenerative medicine, diagnostic ultrasound, and general rehabilitation 
Why Baylor? BCM offered a diverse opportunity to train in the Texas Medical Center. The program had exposure to wide umbrella of PM&R subspecialties and is a leader and innovator in the world of rehabilitation. The facility are renowned for their excellence within the specialty and are some of the kindest, most selfless physicians. 


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Evan Vidal, D.O.

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Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Medical School: Touro Nevada
Internship: NYC H&H Woodhull Medical Center 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Exercise, Sports, racquetball, traveling, learning new languages and cultures. 
PM&R Interests: Pediatrics, sports, and interventional pain 
Why Baylor? Rotating at Baylor College of Medicine as a medical student is what really made Baylor a dream program for me. The residents and attendings both invested in my education and got to know me as a person. The Texas Medical Center speaks for itself in terms of the depth and breadth of learning you will receive in PM&R, but what makes Baylor stand out is the collegiality between residents, attendings, medical students and everyone contributing to patient care. 


PGY-2 Graduating Class of 2025


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Daniel Briggi, M.D. M.B.A.

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Hometown: Croton, New York 
Medical School: The University of Miami 
Internship: The University of Miami/Holy Cross Transitional Year 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Exercise, being outdoors with the pup, reading nonfiction 
PM&R Interests: Sports and Spine, Interventional Pain, Cancer Rehab 
Why Baylor: I had a great experience on interview day, and this is a terrific program at a world-class medical center. Strong resident research output with a track record of good fellowship matches. Large but affordable city with good sports, food, and warm weather. 


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Royce Copeland, D.O.

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Hometown: Vista, California 
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Internship: Transitional Year at Reading Hospital 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Barbecue food, fantasy football, longhorn athletics, golf, and spending family time with my wife, son, and dog 
PM&R Interests: Interventional pain management, regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal injuries, cancer rehabilitation, and sports 
Why Baylor? A unique opportunity to train at one of the top physical medicine and rehabilitation programs in the country with warm weather all year long! Say no more. 


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Timothy La, M.D.

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Hometown: Houston, Texas 
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine 
Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Chess, rock climbing, poetry, eating 
PM&R Interest: General 
Why Baylor? Houston is where my roots are, and BCM is a solid program so my decision was easy. 


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Loc Lam, D.O.

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Hometown: Bến Tre, Vietnam 
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Internship: Atrium Health Navicient The Medical Center 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Enjoy eating, traveling, movies, playing basketball, and rock climbing 
PM&R Interest: General Physiatry, Interventional Pain Management, Prosthetics/Orthotics, SCI, EMG 
Why Baylor? Baylor has proven itself to be one of the top tier PM&R programs in the country where residents are learning from exceptional faculty and rotating at outstanding clinical sites including Texas Children Hospital and TIRR Memorial Hermann. Houston is a fantastic city offering great culture and diversity within its community while also having many phenomenal restaurants. With so much that Baylor and Houston have to offer, it has been a long dream of mine to continue my medical journey here at Baylor. 


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Felix Mintah, M.D.

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Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana 
Medical School: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology 
Internship: General Surgery at Mercy (FitzGerald) Catholic Medical Center 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, Soccer (everything Manchester United) 
PM&R Interest: General rehab, Prosthetics and Orthotics 
Why Baylor? Matching into a world-renowned institution like Baylor was a dream come true! The program structure includes rotations through various institutions within the TMC resulting in a diverse, well-rounded education for a successful career in Physiatry. 


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Colton Reeh, M.D.

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Hometown: Comfort, Texas 
Medical School: McGovern Medical School 
Internship: McGovern Medical School Department of Internal Medicine 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Quality time with family and friends, watching any sport (particularly the Texas Longhorns), running, pickleball, golf, and skiing 
PM&R Interest: Interventional pain medicine, sports medicine, regenerative medicine and general rehab 
Why Baylor: Incredibly genuine staff and co-residents with comprehensive exposure to the most complex patient population in the largest medical center in the world. In addition, the city of Houston provides a great quality of life with its diversity, social opportunities, and affordable cost of living. 


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Thy Ton, M.D.

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Hometown: Irvine, California 
Medical School: Western Michigan Homer Stryker SOM 
Internship: Transitional Year at HCA Sunrise Health: Southern Hills 
Hobbies: Rock climbing, board games, baking, eating, painting 
PM&R Interests: Sports, neurorehab, and general 
Why Baylor? Great training and learning opportunities! Because of the many different rotation sites, and because it is a relatively larger PM&R program, Baylor provides a great opportunity to see a large breath of cases and learn in a variety of different practice settings. This was important to me so I could confidently decide what sort of practice setting I would be happiest in. Also, as someone who loves to eat, I am excited to be in a diverse, affordable city with a solid food scene. 


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Catherine Velasquez, M.D.

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Hometown: Lima, Peru 
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia 
Internship: Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine 
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Painting, cooking, table tennis, exploring new places and food, animal rescue - dog/cats/pigeons you name it 
PM&R Interest: Pediatric rehabilitation, neurorehab, MSK 
Why Baylor? Baylor is everything I was looking for. I love the diversity of clinical sites that also happen to be top training facilities, amazing residents, and faculty. Not to mention the privilege of working in the world's largest medical center! 


Incoming Class of 2026

  • Destiny Anamege, M.D. 
  • Ashlyn Victoria Brown, M.D. 
  • Jason Patrick Caffrey, M.D. 
  • Won Jae Jeong, M.D. 
  • Ton La, J.D. M.D. 
  • Angela Nwankwo, M.D. 
  • Jason Parmar, D.O. 
  • Neha Singh, M.D.