Lindsey Carvalho, M.D.
Lindsey was born and raised in Mililani on O’ahu, Hawaii. She moved to the Pacific NW after high school and attended Seattle University. She was the first biology major to be a part of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, where she was the Director of Community Service. During her undergraduate years, she spent her summer vacations volunteering at care homes and playing bingo and blackjack with the care home residents. She was thrilled to return to Hawaii for medical school at the University of Hawaii, where she developed a passion for medical education. She credits her passion for medicine to her amazing mentors in the fields of Neurology and Neurocritical Care. Outside of medicine, Lindsey loves reading, swimming, finding new restaurants to try, and snuggling with cats. She is excited to return to the Pacific NW and to call Portland her new home.
Stephan Castro, M.D.
Stephen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his undergraduate career at Pitzer College, Stephan participated in the varsity basketball team for 2 years while also participating in research projects at Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center and Duke University. One project that garnered his interest in the medical field was working with patients undergoing treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury or stroke and experiencing the dramatically positive effect of patient education. Furthering those interests at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Stephan volunteered in working with children and local adults of the North Philadelphia area to educate patients about healthy habits. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing basketball, hot yoga, biking, and cooking.
Audrey Oliger, M.D.
Audrey Oliger grew up in Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University where she majored in biology, minored in Spanish, and obtained an honors certificate through the Liberal Arts and Management Program. She became interested in medicine while volunteering as an EMT and finance director for IC-EMS, a group of students providing first aid and BLS services for campus events, most notably "Little 500" cycling practices and races. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine at the West Lafayette and Indianapolis campuses. She remained in Indianapolis for internship through the Methodist Transitional Year program before starting neurology residency at OHSU.
William Shimanek, M.D.
William was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Tulsa and his medical training at the University of Oklahoma. While in medical school, Will enjoyed volunteering to serve those with limited access to the medical system and participating in Neurology research. He is an avid birdwatcher, home chef, and amateur musician. While in Portland, Will plans to enjoy hiking among the wonderful scenery and wildlife, as well as exploring the robust food culture with his wife Sara, also a resident at OHSU.
Mary Storm, M.D.
Mary Storm was born and raised in a tiny town in snowy upstate NY. Mary majored in biochemistry at SUNY Geneseo, where she also studied computer science and Asian studies and tutored students in those fields as well as math and German.
While she studied at SUNY Upstate College of Medicine, she enjoyed commuting on her bike even when it was below freezing out, helped revamp several student clubs, and advocated in her state's capital for the passage of the Women's Equality Agenda.
While in residency, she has enjoyed leading medical student workshops on lumbar punctures, representing three departments of residents in benefits discussions, and giving lectures. She finds fulfillment in taking care of people across the spectrum of neurological illnesses.
When Mary isn't taking care of patients or learning, she enjoys traveling, community activism, her neuroscience book club, hosting small events, and playing board games and pinochle.
Huan Vo, M.D.
Huan was born in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam and immigrated to the United States at 14 years old. He grew up in Auburn, Washington then attended the University of Washington for undergrad where he studied Biochemistry. As an undergrad, he frequently went back to Vietnam to volunteer in medical clinics. After graduation, he worked in a biochemistry lab at the UW for one year to research the reductive carboxylation pathway in the retinal pigment epithelium. During his time in the PNW, he developed a love for the outdoors and hiking. He then left the PNW and went to Drexel University – Kaiser Campus in Philadelphia and Sacramento for medical school. In medical school, he enjoyed neuroanatomy and had a great time in his neurology clerkship. He realized that he wants a career in neurology and did research in sleep and epilepsy. He is very excited to come back to the PNW where he will spend his free time hiking, camping, and enjoying the mountains with his wife Alice.
Allison Dycaico, M.D.
Allison Dycaico was born and raised in Davis, California, a university town known for biking and agriculture. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biology and a minor in Professional Writing. After working as an ER scribe for 2 years, she then moved to Detroit to complete her medical education at Wayne State University. Her time in the neurology subspecialty clinic was a highlight of med school and solidified her decision to go into Neurology. She has specific interests in Functional Neurological Disorders and in Medical Education.
In her spare time, she enjoys Sci Fi / Fantasy, true crime podcasts, farmers markets, thrift stores, hiking, cooking, and climbing. And of course, she loves hanging out with her two cats, Kitten Bee and Lil One. Allison is thrilled to return to the West Coast to be closer to family and friends. She looks forward to exploring Portland’s natural beauty.
Matt Creech, D.O.
Matthew Creech is an Oregon native who grew up in a small town on the eastern side of the state where he enjoyed hiking, climbing and snowboarding, along with other outdoor activities. He attended a liberal arts college near Portland where he studied biology and worked in a marine ecology lab studying the microbome of sea sponges off the Oregon Coast. After graduating, he worked at OHSU in the department of biomedical engineering where he published his first article on using super-resolution microscopy to image breast cancer tissues. He traded rain for sun when he moved down to South Florida where his partner, Lindsay, was starting dental school. Before he started medical school, Matt was a founding member of new genetics lab at the University of Miami, studying hereditary thyroid disorders and dyshormonogenesis. Matt attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale Florida for medical school where he also completed his Master of Public Health degree. In his spare time, he enjoys sea kayaking, SCUBA diving, hiking, cooking and playing guitar. Both Matt and Lindsay are extremely excited to return home to the Pacific NW to continue their medical careers.
Ben Rardin, M.D.
Ben is a native of Asheville, a city located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics at UNC Chapel Hill and spent two years conducting research in Autism Spectrum Disorders prior to attending medical school at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. During medical school, Ben was heavily involved in his school’s peer mentorship program and student-run health clinics. He also spent time on quality improvement projects relating to neuromuscular ultrasound and critical care recovery. Ben’s personal interests include hiking, cooking, home brewing, and cheering for his beloved Tar Heels. Both he and his wife Alex (along with their two dogs) are so excited to be joining the Portland community and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Yuliya Pepelyayeva, D.O., Ph.D.
Yuliya Pepelyayeva was born and raised on the coast of the Black Sea in Yalta, Ukraine. She first came to the U.S. as an exchange student when she was fifteen years old through the Future Leaders Exchange scholarship program. She served as an ambassador of her home country while living with an American host family, who became her second family. Yuliya returned to the U.S. to pursue pre-medical undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Delaware, where she discovered a passion for research. She conducted biochemical research for two years, where she studied the function of selenoproteins in order to understand their role in cellular homeostasis and tumorigenesis. Yuliya then moved to Michigan to pursue her goal of becoming a physician-scientist by enrolling in the combined D.O. - Ph.D. program at Michigan State University. Her lab research examined the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis and investigated the role of immune modulators as novel therapies. During clerkships, Yuliya discovered a passion for neurology and decided to pursue her career as a physician-scientist in neurology with plans to conduct research in immune-modulated neurologic diseases. Outside of medicine, Yuliya enjoys hiking, bicycling, figure skating, and cooking. During a trip to the Pacific Northwest several years ago Yuliya and her partner Luul fell in love with the PNW, and they are thrilled to be back in Portland with their cat Bella.
Kyle Sharf, D.O.
Kyle Sharf was raised in Bellingham, WA. He had his first encounter with neurology while studying neuroscience at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC, and while volunteering with the Victoria Brain Injury Society (VBIS). Following his return to the USA, Kyle attended medical school at Kansas City University in KCMO where he fell in love with neurology and all of the mysteries it includes. Outside of the hospital, Kyle loves to mountain bike and snowboard. He is elated to be at OHSU, and return to the beautiful PNW.
Julie Crocker, M.D.
Julie Crocker grew up in Honolulu, HI, enjoying the many beautiful beaches, hikes and parks. When she turned 18, she decided to get as far away from the islands as she could, and attended college at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Tired of the cold, she returned to Hawaii to attend medical school at the John A Burns School of Medicine. While in medical school, she enjoyed mentoring undergraduate students while researching environmental risk factors for Multiple Sclerosis and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on neurologic patients. In her free time she enjoys hobbies such as writing, woodworking, knitting and sewing. Julie is excited to start a new chapter of her life at OHSU with her rescue dog, Puna.
Alicia Dupre, M.D.
Alicia Dupre grew up in small town Barrington, New Hampshire where she spent her free time around dogs and flying planes before traveling down to Boston for college and Medical School at Boston University. A history buff, Alicia loved the “Wicked” old buildings and atmosphere of New England, and throughout college split her time between a Cellular, Molecular, Genetic Biology Major and a History Minor before finding her place in medicine after volunteering with Boston Children’s Hospital. Throughout medical school, she continued volunteering, engaging with Boston’s homeless population on once-monthly Tuesday evenings and Parkinson’s Patients on Sundays. It was through these extracurriculars that she came to love Neurology, in particular the Neuro-ICU. However, she was not just content with exploring the brain on Earth, and was fortunate to spend time researching our bodies in space with NASA at the end of her medical school career. She saw the Pacific Northwest for the first time when she started her PGY-2 Neurology year Bootcamp but is loving everything about it. In her spare time, she loves reading, is a huge movie buff, spending hours at the beach or on the water, and taking up new hobbies such as Paddleboarding, learning the Ukulele, and trying to understand the piano.
Michelle Nguyen, M.D.
Michelle Nguyen was born in SoCal but grew up in the boonies of the San Francisco Bay Area. For college, she moved across the country to Alabama where she reluctantly adopted the phrase “y’all” and discovered her secret talent of eating her weight in crawfish in record times. She studied Neuroscience and Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and became interested in public health and addressing health inequities. Throughout her undergraduate career she volunteered her time as a counselor for the Crisis Hotline, worked as a rural medical outreach volunteer, and founded a chapter of PERIOD, an organization promoting equitable access to menstrual hygiene products and empowering menstruators to take charge of their lives through advocacy, education, and service. She stayed at UAB for medical school where she continued to work with underserved populations and discovered her passion for Neurology, engaging in multiple QI projects related to stroke and memory disorders. In her free time, she loves to hike, make origami, eat spicy food, and watch sci-fi/dystopian television shows. After a long stint in the southeast, Michelle is thrilled to be returning to the west coast (best coast) and fulfilling her long-time dream of living in the Pacific Northwest.
Daniel Quinlan, M.D.
Daniel was raised in Eagle River, Alaska, located 20 minutes north of Anchorage. He received his Biology degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and during college, researched Alaskan ethnobotanicals and worked in mental health and as a scribe at his local ER. During medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine, he volunteered by talking to high school students about careers in medicine and worked for a year as a pathology “post-sophomore fellow” in the UW pathology department. Ultimately, he followed his original passion for Neurology with plans to return home to Alaska to serve his community. Outside of medicine, Daniel loves rock climbing, mountain biking, reading, movies, and playing board games and video games with friends. He also enjoys spending time with his partner and his dog, Axel. Daniel is thrilled to stay in the Pacific NW, and to train in Portland at OHSU.
Paige Skorseth, M.D.
Paige was born and raised in Baldwin, Wisconsin. She moved to River Falls, Wisconsin prior to high school, and then attended DePaul University (Chicago, IL) for her undergraduate degree in Bioscience. At DePaul, Paige was also captain of the cross country and track & field teams. It was her experience as a Division I athlete that interested her in the role of lifestyle, and specifically diet and exercise, in neurologic disease. She returned to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. During her medical school time, she also pursued certificates in clinical research and public health. Some of her past research has focused on eating disorders and iron deficiency in elite athletes, parental and patient expectations for the diagnosis of pediatric concussion, ketogenic diet in pediatric epilepsy, and the correlation of concussion outcomes with certain social determinants of health. Her hobbies include kiteboarding, surfing, trail running (often with her parents), fishing, hiking, and traveling. This year, she is looking forward to making new friends, entering the amazing Portland running scene, and visiting every yurt in the Pacific Northwest.
Rachael Eby, D.O. is from Traverse City, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Music. During her time at the University of Michigan, Rachael worked in a neurolinguistics lab researching models of language comprehension and their connection to neural data collected via EEG. After undergrad, she spent a year volunteering in a community for people with developmental disabilities in Chicago called Misericordia before returning to Michigan to attend medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. At MSUCOM, she was on the board for the school's AMWA chapter and helped plan mentoring events for her fellow students. Outside of medicine, Rachael enjoys playing with her cat, Nox, hiking, cycling, running, and traveling with her boyfriend.
Alexa Lyon, M.D. was born and raised in Shakopee, MN. She headed just across the border to Milwaukee, WI to attend Marquette University, where she completed a BS in Biomedical Science. During her undergraduate studies, Alexa began working as a nursing assistant and nurtured a passion for working with patients, which she continued after graduation. Embracing the lakes and snow of Minnesota, she decided to further pursue medicine at the University of Minnesota. Throughout medical school, she continued volunteering with underserved communities at the Integrative Health Clinic of Minnesota and developed a special interest in Palliative Care. Outside of medicine, Alexa enjoys discovering new restaurants, bookstores, and plant nurseries. She loves hiking and is excited to spend time exploring her new home in Oregon. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Lucas, and their two cats.
Scott Shakal, D.O. was born and raised in Plano, Texas. He headed south to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he earned degrees in both biology and ancient history & classical civilization. After college, Scott took a full-time position in a cognitive neuroscience lab at UT Dallas, a lab in which he interned for four years prior to accepting the full-time position. In the lab, he worked on projects focused on semantic memory and word finding in healthy adults and patient populations. Scott’s interest in neuroscience transitioned into neurology by working with patients, particularly veterans, at the lab. One year later, he attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center for medical school where his interests in neurology continued to grow. Outside of medicine, Scott enjoys hiking, swimming, and running, is an avid reader and enjoys watching movies. Scott is thrilled to be embarking on a new adventure outside of Texas and looks forward to exploring the Pacific NW.
Luke Smith, M.D. was born in the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the northeast of the United Kingdom. He moved stateside at a young age and grew up in the northeast of Nebraska, in a town called Norfolk. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Luke’s love of the outdoors drew him westward, and he completed his medical degree at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest (COMP-NW) in Oregon. During his time at COMP-NW, he founded and led a chapter of Students for a National Health Program, completed and presented his research in the field of neurodegenerative disease, and served as a volunteer to help establish a bingo/exercise program at the Lebanon Senior Center. In his free time, Luke enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, playing and watching soccer, and being mediocre at pub quizzes. He is thrilled to be starting at OHSU and staying in Portland with his wonderful partner, Tara, and their cat, Momo.
Andrew Valenciano, M.D. was born and raised in San Diego, California. He didn’t move far for undergrad, attending the University of California, San Diego where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. After graduating, he became EMT certified and worked as an EMT serving the city of San Diego, a role he served in for two years until his acceptance to the UCSD School of Medicine. As a medical student, Andrew discovered his passion for Neurology and pursued academic interests in Neuropalliative Care, medical education, and Neuroimmunology/Neuro-COVID-19 clinical research. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, trail running, playing guitar, and listening to podcasts, and he has a newfound interest in meditation. Though San Diego has always been his home, Andrew is incredibly excited to start his residency at OHSU and to explore Portland!