Office of Medical Education

JHACH Pediatric Residency Class of 2020


Joanne Alcin, MD   


Hometown: Orlando, FL (by way of Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

Medical School:  University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Clinical Interests: All things primary care and preventative medicine!  I am particularly interested in how I can best use my skills to elicit motivators of and barriers to health smart behaviors in my patients and how to guide them to a healthier life.

Personal Interests: I love to learn and jam to music from different cultures - Haitian Kompa, Reggae, Latin, Afrobeats, etc. I also enjoy a relaxing night at home watching movies and especially love game nights! Otherwise I like to explore my creative side by trying new art forms such as crochet or calligraphy. Oh, and who can forget about food?!


Aditi Dey, MD


Hometown: Lilburn, GA

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Clinical Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Personal Interests: I love being a dog mom to a 12 year old Shepherd and a 3 year old Hound mix. When I'm not napping on the couch with them, I like to pick up heavy things and put them back down. I also enjoy accompanying my fiancé to car events and occasionally in the garage.


Victoria Elliott, MD


Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Clinical Interests: I am leaning towards a career in general pediatrics. I am particularly interested in social determinants of health, childhood nutrition, as well as mindfulness in children. 

Personal Interests: I love spending time with my boyfriend (Alex) and black lab (Bart), gardening (inside and out), cooking, and doing yoga. I’m looking forward to hiking and camping in the Florida winters and I am trying to get into kayaking! 


Machi Kaneko, MD 


Hometown: Tokyo, Japan / Union, Kentucky 

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Clinical Interests:  I have a strong interest in improving outreach to the medically underserved, particularly the Latino population. My career interests at the moment are still broad but they include pediatric emergency, hospitalist medicine and nephrology. 

Personal Interests: I love traveling and exploring other cultures. I especially love trying out and cooking different ethnic cuisine so I'm excited about trying out all the good food St. Pete has to offer! I also recently became a new dog mom to a golden retriever puppy so I can't wait to take him to all the dog beaches, parks and bars in one of the dog-friendliest cities in the country!


Alana Koehler, MD


Hometown:  Macedon, NY

Medical School:  State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine

Clinical Interests:  Child health advocacy- minimizing healthcare disparities and improving access to quality care for underserved families through health policy and community partnerships.  My research interests include nutrition and obesity, neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders, and quality improvement in asthma care.  

Personal Interests:  I love to travel and explore new places!  I enjoy being physically active (swimming, dancing, weight lifting, running, cycling, rock climbing, hiking, SCUBA diving, etc.).  If I’m not at work or at the gym, you can probably find me at home watching late night comedy and baking.  I also love Chargers football, FaceTime with my friends and family back in NY, and not having to shovel snow anymore.  


Maria Leszczynska, MD


Hometown: Oldsmar, FL               

Medical School: University of Florida 

Clinical Interests: The specialties that I am currently interested in include Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. I also have an interest in community outreach and global health. 

Personal Interests: I love spending time outdoors and enjoy the activities that sunny St. Pete has to offer including sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and camping. I am also very excited to try out paddle boarding for the first time while I’m here! I also love to travel, have been to over 20 countries and can’t wait to add more adventures to my list! 


Samantha Lucrezia, MD


Hometown: Wantagh, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate College of Medicine

Clinical Interests: I enjoy the fast paced nature of acute care. I am interested in pursuing a career in either Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care or Hospitalist Medicine. 

Personal Interests: I love trying different foods and am very excited to explore the exciting foodie culture of St. Petersburg. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, especially at the beach! I have traveled to over 20 different countries and aspire to participate in Doctors Without Borders someday.


Pooja Purswani, MD


Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Medical School: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University 

Clinical Interests: I am interested in general pediatrics with a focus on childhood obesity, community outreach, and the effects of social determinants of health on patient outcomes.  

Personal Interests:  I’m a huge fan of warm weather and I am excited to explore St. Pete!   I enjoy trying new restaurants, taking a stroll on the beach, and visiting local attractions, including waterfront parks and museums.   I also enjoy Bollywood dance, scrapbooking, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Jessica Reilly, MD


Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Varied! As of now I have Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Endocrinology on my radar, but I am really excited to hone my interests during residency and see where my training takes me! I am also interested in patient advocacy, and I'm looking forward to becoming involved in our local community and getting to know both the resources we already have and those we still need for kids in our community.
Personal Interests: When I have free time I tend to gravitate towards food and cooking. I love spending time seeking out excellent restaurants with diverse cuisine (the more unassuming the better)! There are so many well known and little-known gems locally. More often than not though, I cook at home with my boyfriend. Italian, Thai, Indian, Mexican... You name it, and we've probably made it. Our beagle-hound rescue loves hanging out with us in the kitchen too. I also love being outside, and am really looking forward to what I know will be a gorgeous "winter" in Saint Pete between the many parks here and of course the beaches!


Kathryn Reynolds, MD


Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Medical School: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Clinical Interests: I’m currently very interested in cardiology and hematology/oncology, but also have wonderful experience in adolescent and sports medicine. I also have a strong interest in global health and academic medicine. 

Personal Interests: Doing anything outside, from sitting and chatting with friends to playing recreational sports. I love to travel! I also enjoy cooking and learning how to cook different cuisines from places I’ve visited. Currently, I’m working on having a green thumb and plant a container garden. 


Aaron Samide, MD


Hometown: Louisville, KY

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Clinical Interests: I am particularly drawn to hospital medicine, but I also have an interest in critical care.  In addition, I hope to be involved in child advocacy and improving coordination between inpatient and outpatient care settings, particularly for children with chronic diseases.

Personal Interests: If I'm on a beach or a tennis court, life is good.  My wife and I are really enjoying exploring all that St. Pete and Tampa have to offer.  Also, we're die-hard Kentucky fans, so we're always looking forward to basketball season.


Catherine Wysocka, MD


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Medical School:  University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Clinical Interests: I am particularly drawn to the fast-paced and complex nature of critical care medicine. I am additionally interested in working with underserved communities, particularly immigrant populations, in helping them navigate through a variety of barriers in order to attain optimal health.

Personal Interests:  I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring the unique and beautiful qualities that the Saint Petersburg/Tampa area has to offer. In my spare time, you will find me either at the beach, Disney World

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