Wayne State University

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Past Graduates

Yedishtra Naidoo, M.D.

Year of Graduation: 2015
Medical school: Ross University, Dominica
Post-residency: Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Rochester, NY

"For me psychiatry was a path, rather than a career. I have come to appreciate this over the past 4 years, and it has   reinforced my passion as each year comes and goes. The Wayne program allowed me to develop professionally, and socially in a way that was consistent with my values and demeanor. I am particularly interested in forensic psychiatry, and the program has provided great research, clinical and networking opportunities. On a personal note, I enjoy outdoor activities, live music, tennis, athletics and new restaurants. I have been very happy living in Detroit the past 4 years, its thriving social scene provides tons of entertainment and a great balance to resident life."



Shana Kirby, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2014
Medical school: Wayne State University
Post-residency: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of South Florida

"Looking back at my time at Wayne State, I really learned a lot in residency, especially during my third year when I had the most autonomy, as well as on-call. Dr. Balon is a relaxed humorous program director, which makes many of our didactics with him a joy. My class of residents were really close, and you could count on them, rain or shine. I believe the WSU/DMC Psychiatry Residency program is a great place to learn, and anyone who goes there will come out ready for real-world experiences in psychiatry."



Meha Saxena, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2014
Medical school: J.J.M Medical College, Davangere, India
Post-residency: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Southern California - Los Angeles

"The WSU/DMC Psychiatry Program helped me grow not just on a professional level but also on a personal level. The psychopathologies in various settings and the diverse patient population provided me a great learning experience.  The psychotherapy and psychopharmacology supervision are huge strengths of the program. Rotations are very well-rounded and designed to help you learn more and more as you progress through the post-graduate years.  Being on call at two different settings trains you well for all kinds of psychiatric emergencies.  One of the best features of this program is that it is very cohesive and collaborative. Dr. Balon, our program director, is very approachable, friendly, open, and accessible. He becomes your mentor, guide, and advocate. My co-residents were my home away from home. They were always there for me as a family for physical, mental, and emotional support.  The WSU/DMC Program helped me train as an excellent psychiatrist and achieve my dream fellowship position. During my time there, I developed the most precious relationships with my mentors and colleagues, which I will continue to carry with me wherever I go."




Laurie Boore, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2011
Medical school: Wayne State University
Post-residency: Completed Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Michigan.Currently is a staff psychiatrist at Dept of Veteran Affairs, Ann Arbor, and Clinical Instructor for University of Michigan Medical School.

"The WSU/DMC Psychiatry program was thorough and well-rounded, providing us with hands-on experience. The balance between autonomy and supervision was ideal. My director was very encouraging and supportive of my mental health advocacy work outside of the program."

Sheena Joychan, MD

"The WSU/DMC Psychiatry program allows residents to hone their clinical skills through a variety of settings and excellent supervision. There is a particular and rather unique sense of family that this program fosters, and that support and mingling between the different classes sets us apart from many other programs in my mind. Our program director, Dr. Balon, as well as numerous other faculty members, are great advocates for the residents, and their interest in teaching and guiding the next generation of psychiatrists is clearly evident. 


Medical school: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Future plans: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship


Monifa Seawell, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2012
Medical school: Wayne State University
Post-residency: Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University

Faye Zuhairy, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2012
Medical school: Wayne State University
Post-residency: Inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, community mental health

Peter Grandon, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2012
Medical school: University of Michigan
Post-residency: Psychosomatic Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Michigan

Kristina Levang, M.D.
Year of Graduation: 2012
Medical school: American University of the Caribbean
Post-residency: Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Michigan