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Greetings from the ACLM-Professionals in Training Executive Board! Please join the ACLM-Professionals in Training (ACLM-PiT) to learn how you can get involved. Check out our Facebook page for more information! E-mail trainees@lifestylemedicine.org if you have questions.

ACLM Professionals in Training Executive Board

Deepa Sannidhi, MD 

Elizabeth Morris, MD

Regan A. Stiegmann, DO

Brad Swanson, SPT

Anish Dhamija, MS-3, MS

Amy Joy Sheer, PGY-2

Lucas Shanholtzer, PGY-2

Marsha-Gail Davis, MS-IV

Paiyuam “Pi” Asnaashari, OMS-IV

Elainee Poling, MSIII

Stephen Herrick, DO, MPH

Board Bios

Deepa Sannidhi, MD

Dr. Deepa Sannidhi is currently completing a Preventive Medicine Residency UC San Diego, CA where she is also obtaining her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. She completed a Bachelors in Nutritional Science from Rutgers University, and jokes that she has been trying to find her way back to nutrition ever since! In the interim, she completed a residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey. She has been involved in organized medicine in the past with the American Medical Student Association, having served as Regional Director for New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico during her tenure at Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School. During Residency she was heavily involved at the state level working with the organization Primary Care Progress and the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, trying to increase the number of students going into Primary Care in New Jersey from New Jersey Medical Schools. Dr. Sannidhi is focusing the next couple of years on research in Nutrition, Obesity, Lifestyle and Integrative Medicine Interventions to learn how they can effectively be integrated into the primary care setting, and how the current model of primary care can be expanded to better accommodate preventing chronic disease.

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Elizabeth Morris, MD

Dr. Beth Morris is a Family Medicine resident at Greenville Health System / University of South Carolina. She is originally from outside of Boston and completed a degree in Biomedical Engineering at UVA before heading to Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is a former competitive figure skater, and went on to become a Les Mills group fitness instructor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist while in medical school. Group fitness is one of her passions. She is also interested in medical nutrition, and had had the privilege of working with Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, and (soon) Dr. John Principe during her elective time. She expects to get more involved in the development of the Lifestyle Medicine curriculum at USC School of Medicine in Greenville. After residency, she plans to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship and integrate group medical visits, group fitness, and cooking classes into her future practice.

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Regan A. Stiegmann, DO, MPH

Dr. Stiegmann is a PGY-3 resident in General Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. She is a Captain in the United States Air Force. She received her medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) in Parker, CO including a military medicine honors track. She completed a traditional rotating internship at Columbus Regional Health, Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, GA. As a former Olympic development level athlete in women's soccer, for over a decade she has been attuned to optimum health maintenance via physical activity, healthy food/nutrition choices, and mindfulness. She has a strong passion for Lifestyle Medicine and the promotion of mindfulness in health care. Dr. Stiegmann's professional interests include positive psychology, health care efficiency, mental health, sexual health, and the study of philosophical, quantum, and anthropologic medicine. Outside of medicine, she enjoys photography, gardening, cooking, and adventuring. She is the current President of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) Resident Physician Section (RPS) and served as past President for the ACPM-Medical Student Section (MSS) in 2013. As a Denver native, she hopes to return to Colorado to further pursue her career in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine.

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Brad Swanson, SPT

Brad Swanson is a physical therapy student at Duke University. He is originally from Chicago and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Sociology. Brad served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps officer and then worked for C.A.R.E.S. (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) at Emory University in Atlanta. After seeing the prevalence of preventable injuries and diseases in the Army, Brad became passionate to help others take control of their health by making healthful lifestyle choices. In physical therapy school, he founded the Duke DPT Prevention and Lifestyle Medicine Special Interest Group. He is an avid runner, enjoys cooking, loves spending time with his wife and two pups, and is thankful for the opportunity to work with the lifestyle medicine community.  

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Anish Dhamija, MSIV, MS

Anish Dhamija is currently a 4th year medical student at University of California, Riverside (UCR). Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Anish obtained both his Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from University of California, San Diego in 2010 and 2011, respectively. His interests include spending time with family and friends, exploring new cafes and music, sitting on cliffs watching the waves pass, and stalking his favorite Bay Area sports teams. Previously, he has served as the president of UCR’s Family and Preventive Medicine Interest Group, the medical student Manager of Riverside Free Clinic, a Curriculum coordinator for UCR’s Undergraduate Medical Education Course, and a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Yale School of Medicine.

He hopes to one day be a physician who is kind, compassionate, and focused on treating the whole person. He also strongly believes in the importance of treating the underlying cause behind a patient’s symptoms for improved long-term health and vitality. For these reasons, he is excited and honored to be part of the rapidly growing Lifestyle Medicine movement and plans to pursue a Family Medicine Residency that has a strong focus on prevention and motivational interviewing.

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Amy Joy Sheer, PGY-2

Dr. Amy Sheer is a second year Internal Medicine resident at the University of Florida, where she also attended medical school. She is originally from Long Island, New York and knew from a young age she wanted to go into a medical field. She completed a degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida. Prior to medical school she completed a two year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and a M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It is while earning her MPH her passion for primary care and lifestyle medicine was ignited. She has spent time at innovative primary care practices across the country and at the CDC involved in population based diabetes research. She is currently the first Primary Care Track IM resident at the University of Florida. After residency she hopes to incorporate her interests in chronic disease prevention and research to make positive lifestyle changes on an individual patient level. In her spare time she enjoys participating in races, cross-training, traveling, and spending time with her fiance, David, and two animal babies, Tank and Cooper.

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Lucas Shanholtzer, PGY-2

Dr. Lucas Shanholtzer is a 2nd year Family and Preventive Medicine resident at Loma Linda University. He completed his Bachelors in Nutrition Science at UC Davis. His interest in nutrition and preventive medicine continued to grow as a medical student at UCSD School of Medicine while he worked at the Nutrition Specialty clinic at the Student Run Free Clinic and co-taught healthy cooking classes within the community. Motivated to keep his patients, family members, and friends healthy, he began attending the annual Lifestyle Medicine Conferences and became hooked on benefits of Lifestyle Medicine. During residency he has continued to strive to learn how to better promote healthy lifestyle changes among his patient. He has also worked with his co-residents to encourage healthier lifestyles among other resident physicians in their program. Now as part of the PiT Board he is excited to collaborate with other PiT Members with great talent and passion to further promote Lifestyle Medicine as the new standard of care.

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Marsha-Gail Davis, PGY-1

Marsha-Gail Davis is a graduate of UCSD School of Medicine and is currently an intern in Internal Medicine at Yale. She originally hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica. Marsha-Gail has had a passion for health and wellness since her freshman year of high school. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Swarthmore College where her interest in disease prevention really began to blossom. She began to learn about lifestyle medicine and its powerful impact on health, wellness, disease prevention and disease treatment. She has been involved with ACLM informally since 2011 and formally as of 2015, as a member and now serving as the Co-VP of Development for the second year. After completing her Internal Medicine training, she plans to complete a Preventive Medicine Residency where she will gain the skills to impact patients on an individual and community level. She is extremely passionate about Lifestyle Medicine and excited to be a part of this movement to move our focus to treating the true causes of disease.

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Paiyuam “Pi” Asnaashari, PGY-1

Paiyuam is currently an Family Medicine PGY-1 at UC Davis. He is originally from Sacramento, but completed his Human Biology Degree at UCSD. His primary areas of interest are nutrition, exercise, and patient engagement. He hopes to complete residencies in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine in order to focus on Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine as a clinician. It is no longer enough to tell others to just exercise and eat a proper diet; consequently, he believes in empowering the patient to shift the burden of many preventable diseases from society to the individual.

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Elainee Poling, MSIII

Elainee is a third year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, MI. She recently founded a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group and is currently working to develop a Lifestyle Medicine elective rotation. Elainee obtained a degree in Biomedical Science from Central Michigan University, where she became involved with multiple volunteer projects focused on lifestyle and community health, including serving as a Girls on the Run coach and participating in a service trip to help an urban elementary school sustain a culinary arts program. After connecting with a physician who integrated the “Exercise is Medicine” initiative into family practice, she became inspired to pursue a medical career that integrates her three greatest passions: clinical lifestyle medicine, medical education, and community outreach. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and doing outdoor activities, such as camping, kayaking, gardening, running, and group fitness/sports.

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Stephen Herrick, DO, MPH

Stephen is a PGY-2 in Family Medicine at Marian Regional Medical Center on the central California coast. He graduated with a B.S. in Health Sciences from University of California at Santa Cruz. He then completed his medical degree and obtained his Masters in Public Health with a focus on global health at Touro University, California. During medical school he was co-founder and President of the Touro Univeristy LIfestyle Medicine Club. During his residency he has continued to pursue his interest in Lifestyle Medicine, and has particular interest in the application of Lifestyle Medicine to socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. He looks forward to serving as co-VP of education and expanding both providers’ and patients’ understanding of the impact of healthy lifestyle behaviors. Stephen hopes to serve as Medical Director of a multidisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine and Family Medicine practice after residency. Outside of medicine, he does his best to maintain a healthy lifestyle through his participation in martial arts, making home-cooked meals, and enjoying life with friends and family.

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