Incoming Physician Leadership Cohort of 2020/2021



Matthew Breckenridge, MD

Matthew graduated from UVM Medical School and trained in anesthesiology. He served 4 years in US Navy as an anesthesiologist and enjoys the outdoors with his family.     

Kevin Brochu, PA

Kevin has practiced at the University of Vermont Medical Center for 23 years and currently works in the Emergency Department as a Physician Assistant. Kevin also leads the Physician Assistant Student Program at UVMMC. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from UVM, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science from the Armed Forces Interservice Physician Assistant Program. He has also been a hockey and soccer coach and lives in Williston with his wife and two daughters.

Rima Carlson, MD

Rima grew up in Maine and moved to Vermont with her husband in 2010 with their two daughters to be close to his family. She loves the outdoors and growing their own food. They just returned from a year sabbatical in New Zealand, and they are happy to be home.

Ryan Clouser, D.O.

Ryan completed his fellowship in Adult Critical Care at Dartmouth Hitchcock in 2008 and he has worked as an intensivist in the MICU at UVMMC since 2011. Currently, he serves as the medical officer for the Regional Transport System and Regional Transfer Center of the UVM Health Network.

Leah Costello, MD

Leah graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2007 and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Utah. She has worked in primary care since completion of residency and joined Timber Lane Pediatrics in South Burlington in 2016. She is interested in population health and quality improvement, serving on committees at OneCare and VCHIP.

Ellen Cheney Davis, MD

Ellen Cheney Davis is a General Surgeon who moved to Vermont this summer to join the UVM Porter staff. For the last six years she practiced in Western Central Maine, but trained at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, including a residency in General Surgery. When she is not at work she enjoys cooking, is a beginner knitter, and along with her husband Todd (a true “Mainer”) is a hobby beekeeper.

Donald Dupuis, MD
Donald received his undergraduate degree from UVM and attened the UVM Medical School as well - go Cats! He is the father of two Vermontsters and the owner of a Vermont trout stream. Surgeon in, and CMO of, a Critical Access Hospital in Vermont - Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

Jennifer Funaioli-Sheehan, D.O.

Jennifer is currently a Post-Acute Care physician at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, having come from several years working in Hospice and Palliative Care in Maryland.

Elizabeth Hunt, MD

As a grown up, Elizabeth served in the U.S.Peace Corps, worked in urban public health and then went to medical school in Brooklyn, NY and trained in Pediatrics at UVM. Fast forward to present day, she works in a large outpatient private practice and enjoys teaching and committee work. She lives in Charlotte with her husband Jesé Moore and three boys.

Karl Jeffries, MD

Karl completed medical school and both adult and child psychiatry training at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been employed at the Brattleboro Retreat for seven years, initially as a staff psychiatrist, and then transitioning into an administrative role two years ago. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Services at the Retreat, a position he has held for one year.

Peter Kassis, MD

As a family physician and addiction medicine specialist, Peter has always championed the needs of underserved populations. In his current role, he provides clinical and administrative oversight for medical services at the Brattleboro Retreat. As a physician leader, he is interested in creating integrated and collaborative approaches to healthcare that meet patients general medical needs as well as their needs for addiction and mental health treatment.

Gregory King, MD

Gregory is a Board certified and re-certified family physician in full time patient care since 1983. He has been in various practice models including solo self-employed, then staff model HMO, then group model HMO (Kaiser-Permanente Northeast), and currently since 2000 in a decentralized physician-owned & independent group practice. Primary Care Health Partners spans several independent offices across Vermont and New York with resources shared in a central medical services organization (MSO). He is also physician manager for many years in his office of four providers at Mt. Anthony Primary Care in Bennington.

John Lippmann, MD

John Lippmann is a graduate of UMASS Medical School and completed his training in Family Medicine at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. He joined the medical staff at North Country Hospital and has practiced there since 2003. He has been medical director of Primary Care since 2017 and serves as chair of the Medical Staff Quality assurance committee and liaison to ONEcare as the regional clinical representative. He is married, has three children and enjoys biking, skiing, gardening and cooking.

Lauren MacAfee, MD

Lauren is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Family Planning specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Katie Marvin, MD

Katie is a family physician and is the managing physician at Stowe Family Practice where she is responsible for her panel of patients, overseeing the clinic and other providers, and leading the MAT (medication assisted treatment) team for opiate use disorder treatment. She is the VP of the Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and also on staff at Copley hospital where she sees newborns. In my free time, she is the mother to three young girls and coaches high school lacrosse. She skis whenever she can and enjoys working with her husband in the woods during maple sugaring time.

Annice Mason, MD

Annice is a board certified Physiatrist practicing at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC). Physician leadership development is essential in today's healthcare environment, and is a particular interest of hers as President of the Medical Staff at MAHHC. She lives with her husband in the Upper Valley with their two energetic young boys and their chocolate lab puppy.

Brian Rodriguez, MD

Brian is a native of Central Vermont and has been practicing Family medicine for the past five years here. He went to Spaulding High school and left the state to pursue his undergraduate education at Colby College, and then attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Following his Family Medicine training in Augusta, Maine, he returned to his home state to practice, and within the past year, has become the physician site leader of UVMMC Family Medicine in Berlin.

Kimberley Sampson, MD

Kimberley is originally from the UK and is now happy to call Vermont her home for the past 5 years. She is an Obstetrician/ Gynecologist with recent additional certification in Obesity Medicine at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, a rural community hospital.

Ryan Sexton, MD

Ryan J. Sexton is an emergency medicine physician and serves as the Medical Director of Emergency Services and President of Medical Staff at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) in St. Johnsbury, VT. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at UMDNJ Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. When not working, Dr. Sexton enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, his two children, and his dog.



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