Meet Our Residents

FreemanVanessa Freeman, MD, Chief Resident, PGY4: I’m Vanessa Freeman. I was born in FL and went to medical school in TN. I was interested in UAMS because it is known as a top program in Psychiatry in the SE region. Between our variety of clinical experiences, fellowships and patient populations, I haven’t been disappointed or regretted my decision for a moment. My favorite part of being here is getting the opportunity to learn and work with some amazing physicians that make me feel confident that I’m on my way to becoming a great psychiatrist. Our residents and faculty function almost like an extended family and it’s the environment of our program that has made residency fun. I look forward to my time left in general residency and have interest in doing our forensic fellowship. Work and life balance is important here and Arkansas has a lot to offer in terms of great restaurants and activities for a wide variety of interests. Come and see what we have to offer, you won’t regret it!

San BuiSan Bui, MD, PGY4: San Bui was born and raised in southern California and received her Bachelors degree at University of California, Irvine in biological sciences. She then relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas for medical school. During her 3rd year clerkship at Arkansas State Hospital, she discovered a passion for treating patients with mental illness and finds getting to know her patients very rewarding. She is excited for the diverse opportunities that psychiatry has to offer. In her spare time, San is always on the hunt for good coffee, enjoys hiking outdoors, and discovering new music.

GrantCydney Grant, DO, PGY4: Cydney Grant is from Charles City, Iowa. I went Wartburg College (BA), University of Northern Iowa (MS) and NYITCOM (DO). I visited here on an away rotation for an elective in forensic psych and fell in love with the program.  Being interested in forensics, having the opportunity to rotate through Arkansas State Hospital (which is located right next to UAMS!) was a big plus. And ultimately, the people in program sold me, truly great people. If I’m not at work, I’ll probably be on the water boating with my husband and dog. And my favorite thing about Little Rock is the food!! LR has so many great restaurants for the size of the city. And bars that have live music.

JacksonSamuel Jackson, MD, PGY4: Samuel Jackson is a native of Magnolia, Arkansas. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and UAMS in 2016 with his medical degree. Before attending medical school he worked for several years working in the Center for Addiction Research at UAMS as a Research Assistant. This spurred his overall interest in psychiatry and medicine. He developed a passion for child psychiatry and advocacy while working in a rural pediatric clinic throughout his second year of medical school. Samuel spends his time outside the hospital cooking and baking for friends and enjoying the outstanding outdoor activities that the Natural State provides.

MuellerMegan Mueller, MD, PGY4: Megan Mueller is a Waldron, Arkansas native. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the UAMS College of Medicine.  Various life experiences led her to be interested in Psychiatry, but her love for the field was solidified during her third year clerkship and fourth year electives. She is interested in all aspects of Psychiatry and can’t wait to see what area she eventually ends up in. Outside of medicine, she is an avid football fan and enjoys spending any free time with her family.

SassoonPatrick Sassoon, MD, PGY4: Patrick Sassoon was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He then moved to Boulder, Colorado where he worked as a psychotherapist at an NGO and in private practice. After 7 years in practice, Patrick went back to school to become a psychiatrist, and received his medical degree from UAMS. He is interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, and mindfulness meditation. He enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing, wood working, playing soccer and doing arts and crafts with his children.

WorleyAndrew Worley, MD, PGY4: Andrew Worley grew up in rural Tennessee. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Harding University and earned his medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas. Andrew became interested in Psychiatry during the basic sciences and his many positive experiences during clerkships solidified his career choice in psychiatry.  He is interested in improving mental health care access in rural areas and also is interested in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as forensic psychiatry.  Andrew is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping, hunting and especially trout fishing on the Little Red River.

BiderErin Bider, MD, PGY3: Erin grew up in Kansas, but she has loved Arkansas for its beautiful rock climbing and hiking since college. She has been interested in psychiatry since she decided to attend medical school, having studied psychology in undergrad. She plans to pursue child and adolescent psychiatry. In her free time, Erin loves to spend time outside with her husband and dogs, read, and play board games.

DasAparna Das, MD, PGY3: Aparna completed her medical school and psychiatry residency in India. She was attracted to psychiatry as she found it to be an exciting and evolving branch with immense scope and potential for research and innovation. This led her to pursue a residency in psychiatry. After her residency she moved to the U.S. and did observerships in Texas and Florida. She enjoys general adult psychiatry as that gives her a chance to care for patients with a diverse spectrum of psychiatric illnesses covering a wide age range. When not at work she enjoys watching movies, painting and cooks amazing Indian food.

KerinMeghan Kerin, MD, PGY3: Meghan knew Psychiatry was her field after she worked with veterans and realized how rewarding it was to help patients with PTSD. She most likely will practice outpatient Psychiatry, as she enjoys following up with patients over a long period of time, and she is also interested in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Meghan would like to treat patients of all ages. Her most interesting personal fact is that she has played guitar in a couple of heavy metal bands, mostly during college.

LeaPayton Lea, MD, PGY3: Payton is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hendrix College and earned his medical degree at UAMS. He became interested psychiatry during his third year clerkship, where he witnessed the immense role that psychiatrists played in both their patients’ mental and overall health. He is particularly interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. Payton is an obsessive sports fan, plays basketball and tennis, and enjoys collecting new and old vinyl records.

MaskreyCaiti Maskrey, DO, PGY3: Caiti is originally from Orange County, California. In high school she decided to pursue a career in psychiatry in order to help individuals suffering from mental illness. She earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California – Santa Cruz. She earned her D.O. degree from Kansas City University. She is thrilled to finally be living her dream. She has a strong interest in forensic psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry. In her free time she enjoys reading character-driven novels and volunteering at the Humane Society with kittens and cats.

OlsonSamuel Olson, DO, PGY3: Samuel chose psychiatry as his specialty because he most enjoyed his psychiatry rotation during medical school, was very excited about the future developments in the field, and had an affinity for the meaningful relationships that psychiatrists develop with their patients. He has a special interest in the interfaces between medicine, neurology, and psychiatry which makes psychosomatic medicine a field he would like to explore further. He enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking in his free time.

PahlsTaylor Pahls, MD, PGY3: Taylor is a native of Little Rock, and is one of our new psychiatric interns. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Centenary College of Louisiana before returning home to Arkansas to attend medical school at UAMS. He decided to pursue psychiatry once he realized that his rotation with the psychiatry department provided him an avenue in which his skills were recognized and appreciated. In his spare time, he enjoys blacksmithing, playing board games, painting, and hiking with his dogs.

RichisonAbigail Richison, MD, PGY3: Abbey is from Galveston, Texas. She attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. UAMS was her first choice for residency training because of the diversity in patients and training sites along with the close relationship between the residents within the program and with the faculty. Abbey’s areas of interest include Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry. Outside the hospital, she enjoys walking her dog, spending time with co-residents at Bark Bar and grabbing a burger from Big Orange.

HallKaren Hall, MD, PGY2: Karen is a psychiatry resident who chose psychiatry as her specialty during her third year clerkship. During that clerkship she rotated through one of the general psychiatry units and the two adolescent psychiatry units at the state hospital, and she immediately felt this was the specialty where she could make the biggest difference. She is currently considering either child/adolescent or geriatric psychiatry but plans to keep an open mind throughout residency. She enjoys learning more about photography in her spare time and takes photos of nature and family members any chance she gets!

JonesKiley Jones, MD, PGY2: Kiley found her passion for psychiatry while on her geriatric psychiatry rotation during medical school. She enjoyed getting to know the patients, incorporating their families into the care plans, and delving into the pathophysiology of their cases. She intends to pursue a career in Geriatric Psychiatry and continue to serve this population of Arkansas. An interesting fact about Kiley is that she grew up on a 400 acre peach farm in rural Arkansas.

KelseyAlex Kelsey, DO, PGY2: Alex is from Hortonville, Wisconsin.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate studies and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.  His interest in psychiatry began during his third-year clerkship which he spent in outpatient general psychiatry.  Alex enjoys the meaningful interactions that psychiatrists share with their patients.  He finds the diversity general psychiatry has to offer interesting and would eventually like to practice in a similar setting.  In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting and casually studying history.

ObregónFabiola Obregón, MD, PGY2: Fabiola grew up in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. halfway through high school. She got a B.S. in Nutrition from U of A – Fayetteville and worked as a dietitian prior to medical school at UAMS. She has lived in California, Iowa, and Oklahoma, but always finds her way back to Arkansas. She hasn’t learned to appreciate winter, since she is happiest at the pool or on her bike around the AR River Trail. When sunshine is scarce, she enjoys coffee/tea at The Meteor, the Mercantile No.1 at Heights Taco, or going to the movies. She is counting down the days until her husband finishes his Neuropathology residency at Johns Hopkins and can join her and their two cats, Misha & Gustavo.

ParconPaul Parcon, MD, PhD PGY2: Paul was born in Manila, Philippines, and grew up in Los Angeles before his family moved to Arkansas, where he attended the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences in Hot Springs, AR. He and his family moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. While volunteering for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, he became interested in memory loss and neuroscience. He plans to pursue geriatric psychiatry and research in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to develop preventive treatments. He is also an avid collector of limited edition video games.

ProvaznikDouglas Provaznik, MD, PGY2: Douglas is from Fayetteville and received a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Arkansas. He then received his MD from UAMS where he became interested in psychiatry upon experiencing the many curious ways in which human behavior can be influenced by mental illness. What he really loves about the field is how psychiatrists can have a significant impact on the quality of life of not only patients but also their families, friends, and colleagues. He doesn’t have a specific area of interest within psychiatry but is looking forward to exploring more in residency. He’s climbed mountains on three continents.

ShawBrett Shaw, MD, PGY2: Brett was born and raised in Alberta, Canada and then attended undergrad at Brigham Young University. I became interested in psychiatry during my 3rd year rotation during medical school at Texas A&M and have interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but am excited to explore all aspects of the field. I chose UAMS because of its diversity of clinical sites and experiences, and it seemed the right fit with the residents and clinicians I had the chance to meet. I’ve also loved Little Rock so far! I spend most of my time with my wife and daughters but also love sports (hockey & soccer), video games, and exploring the outdoors.

SpurgatStephanie Spurgat, MD, PGY2: Stephanie is a native Texan. She earned a BA in music at Rhodes College and a BS in biology at the University of Memphis. She attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where upon beginning her psychiatry rotation, knew she had found her career of choice. She is drawn to the field because it incorporates so many elements of medicine, including pharmacology, research, enormous opportunity for patient advocacy, and deeply personal patient interactions. She enjoys trail running, mountain and road cycling, and kayaking in her free time.

BrinkleyTodd Brinkley, MD, PGY1: Todd is a proud native of North Little Rock, a two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and a former Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Maintenance Officer in the United States Air Force. His interest in psychiatry blossomed after his third year rotations at the VA and the Arkansas State Hospital and was fully cemented after meeting all of the fantastic people in the psychiatry department. He spends most of his spare time obsessing about soccer, running, and hanging with his family and his pals.

CampKyle Camp, MD, PGY1: Kyle Camp is originally from Cabot, Arkansas. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and obtained his BS in Biology in 2015. He then attended medical school at UAMS. He has always been fascinated by mental health but his choice to pursue psychiatry was solidified during his 3rd year rotation at the Arkansas State Hospital. During this time, he learned a great deal about mental illness and gained an appreciation for the variety of patients he interacted with. In his spare time, he enjoys going for walks/runs around his neighborhood, power lifting, gaming, grilling, trying new places to eat, and spending time with family and friends.

CowanPhillip Cowan, MD, PGY1: Phillip was born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Arkansas and attended medical school at UAMS. He became interested in psychiatry during his preclinical years; he found himself reading about topics in mental health for fun rather than obligation. Phillip enjoys the personal nature of psychiatry. He intends to pursue general psychiatry due to the pace and diversity of patients. He enjoys playing guitar, recording music, and exercising in his free time.

DuhonJace Duhon, MD, PGY1:  Jace grew up swimming the river in Mermentau, Louisiana. After completing Semester at Sea and graduating from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, Jace attended medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport. Jace chose the UAMS Psychiatry family after being blown away during my away rotation. Jace love shooting pool, my pup Gator, cooking Cajun cuisine, cheering on the New Orleans Saints, and hiking/kayaking.

NanceMary Nance, MD, PGY1: Mary grew up in Bryant, Arkansas, and attended UALR where she got a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She knew early on in medical school that she wanted to do psychiatry and work with children. At this time, she plans to do child and adolescent psychiatry and work with children from difficult backgrounds. She really enjoys getting to know her patients and help them identify and achieve their goals when it comes to their life and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. If she is not with family or friends, she is probably watching a show on Netflix with her goldendoodle, Charlie.

SandersKarina Sanders, MD, PGY1: Karina was drawn to psychiatry during her third year clerkship at the North Little Rock VA, where she enjoyed the field’s person-driven approach to patient care and had positive experiences with multiple faculty. She was motivated to stay at UAMS because of its variety of training sites in close proximity and the obvious camaraderie amongst residents. She’s keeping an open mind for fellowships, but has so far enjoyed the patient advocacy and fast-paced variety of consults, as well as the early intervention opportunities of child and adolescent. Karina loves to spend time in the sky piloting a single engine aircraft, on the water at nearby Lake Ouachita, or in the stands cheering on the Razorback.

ShenasanGoli Shenasan, MD, PGY1: Goli Shenasan grew up in Orange County, California. She initially became interested in Psychiatry after earning a B.S in Neuroscience and Behavior and Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. UAMS was a top choice for her because of the unique opportunities offered to the residents and for the family friendly nature of the program. Outside of work, she enjoys watching and creating short films, cooking new foods, spending time with family, and watching the HLN channel.

YarpAlison Yarp, MD, PGY1: Alison grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. She has a BS from Emory University with a double major in Biology and Anthropology & Human Biology. Alison earned an MD and MPH from the University of Texas Long School of Medicine in San Antonio. During her third year rotations she was drawn to psychiatry with its emphasis on talking to patients and learning about their lives. While she is undecided on what to pursue within the specialty, she aspires to a future in undergraduate academic medicine as she wishes to work with medical students throughout their training. In her spare time, Alison enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, and trying out new restaurants.