Our Residents

Erin Dainer

Erin Dainer (PGY-5) 

Hometown:  Augusta, Georgia
Undergraduate: Georgia Tech
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Erin moved to New Orleans after immediately falling in love with the vibrancy of the City and the Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Program.  Since her time at Tulane University, she has become even more firm in her belief that Geriatric medicine/psychiatry presents an opportunity for her to thrive as a combined physician.  In her free time, she has become involved in competing in sprint triathlons and is about to race in the Jazz Half Marathon, her first half


Chris Debernard

Chris Debernard (PGY-4)  

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Med School: Tulane University
Chris is a fourth-year Med/Psych resident. He is married to his beautiful wife, Carey and they have two wonderful kids. He grew up in Baltimore, MD and studied chemical engineering at the University of Virginia. He worked in IT consulting and natural gas engineering for seven years prior to completing med school at Tulane University. Chris really likes the mix of inpatient medicine and inpatient psych we get at Tulane. The C/L service is his ideal service at our program. He is considering an inpatient medicine and psychiatry unit for a future job but he really wants you to ask him about bicycling... 

Bobbie Jo Dodson

Bobbie Jo Dodson (PGY-4)  

Hometown: Arlington, TX
Undergraduate University: Texas A&M University, Class of 2004 Whoop!
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bobbie Jo chose Tulane because it is the perfect residency trifecta: People, Education, Location. She loves her fellow residents and the attendings! Didactics are frequent, informative, and casual. Bobbie Jo feels that the Med/Psych program and independent Medicine and Psychiatry programs are made up of thinkers who are also doers. It has been a motivating and fun work environment that has met all of her expectations. She hopes after residency to work in an inpatient Med/Psych unit but also really loves inpatient psychiatry and consult/liaison psychiatry.

Ashley Ellison

Ashley Ellison (PGY-3)  

Hometown: Greenville, NC
Undergraduate: Wake Forest University
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In medical school, Ashley came to love the critical thinking of Internal Medicine but noticed that so many patients had mental illnesses that were being pushed aside. In a functional GI clinic, she had the amazing opportunity to see the rewards of Medicine and Psychiatry combined, most significantly being able to treat the whole person. She chose Tulane specifically because of the eclectic city, the severity of illnesses, and the ability to learn numerous modalities of psychotherapy. And the city of New Orleans and Tulane have not disappointed! Ashley has come to love this crazy, wonderful city and is thankful to be training with motivated peers and very complex patients.

Ben Bailey

Ben Bailey (PGY-2)  

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, TN
Undergraduate: Lipscomb College
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Born and raised in a small town in Middle Tennessee, Ben moved to Nashville for college at Lipscomb where he studied molecular biology while working part-time as a laboratory assistant and tutor. After transitioning to medical school, he began to develop an interest in psychiatric illness, specifically in regards to the impact of mental health on comorbid illnesses and overall quality of life. He was attracted to the Med/Psych program at Tulane due to the approachability of the residents and staff, the service-centered culture, and its notable respect for residents maintaining an appropriate work-life balance. After residency, Ben hopes to split his workload between hospitalist medicine and consult-liaison psychiatry. In his spare time he enjoys reading, jogging, video games, and discovering new local eateries.

Jeff Sibrack

Jeff Sibrack (PGY- 2)  

Hometown: Cary, NC
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Jeff grew up in Cary, studied Spanish at UNC, and went to medical school at East Carolina. While attending ECU, he was drawn to Med/Psych because of the high prevalence of mental illness in all of fields of medicine and the challenge that comorbid mental illness brings to delivering effective care for any type of patient. Jeff chose residency at Tulane because of the patient population in New Orleans, the resident-centered programs, and a good feeling from the residents and faculty he met on interview day. Jeff thinks he may try to pursue a career in inpatient medicine or geriatrics.  After just a year, living in New Orleans has exceeded his high expectations, and Jeff is looking forwards to becoming even more of a New Orleanian over the next several years.

Gabe Feltle

Gabe Fette (PGY-1)

Hometown: Denton, TX
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Psychiatric/Professional Interests: Integrated Psych/Med care
Personal Interests: soccer, reading, cooking
What I like about Tulane/New Orleans: the people, the attitude, the smell, city park, bayou St. John

Sarah Miletello

Sarah Miletello (PGY-1)

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School:  Baylor College of Medicine
In medical school, Sarah noticed the emphasis on integrative and comprehensive care, leading her to understand the relevance of Med/Psych training and that every patient is a Med/Psych patient. Tulane was an easy choice for Sarah after interviews were all said and done.  Moreso than other programs, she felt that the patient care mission at Tulane permeated all aspects of both the medicine and psychiatry residency programs. She felt that people come to this program because they are excited to work with this community, in this city.  She believes that that motivation creates an amazing team. And it doesn’t bother her that the music and food scenes are actually the best in the world.


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