Melissa Wright, MD (PGY5)
Melissa received her bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from Brigham Young University before receiving her medical degree from the University of Utah. She was part of the first class of medical students to be accepted into the pilot program “Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum” (EPAC), in which medical students and residents are advanced in a competency, rather than time, based manner. During medical school she was also inducted into the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.
Shanna Swartwood, MD (PGY5)
Shanna was raised in Merced, California and received her bachelor of science in neuroscience at the University of California Los Angeles. She completed her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma after which she moved to Utah for her residency training in Child Neurology at the University of Utah. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.
Luke Heylinger, MD (PGY4)
Luke grew up in Fort Collins, CO where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and master’s degree in biomedical science at Colorado State University. He then completed his medical degree at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society before joining the Child Neurology residency at the University of Utah. He spends his time outside work playing with his kittens, experimenting with new recipes, and writing and recording music.
Allison Chirigos, MD (PGY3)
Though Allie grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, she pursued much of her education prior to residency in Virginia. She attended W&L University, where she graduated with a Biochemistry major and Philosophy minor and then completed her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Afterwards, she moved to Utah to begin her Child Neurology residency and to be closer to the mountains. She spends her free time practicing yoga and getting outside in any way she can including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.
Cassie Turnage, MD (PGY3)
Cassie grew up in Mechanicsville, VA and studied Biomedical Engineering in undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University before attending medical school at the University of Virginia. While her initial love for mountains blossomed in the Appalachians, she decided to gain some altitude with a big move out west. In addition to anything outdoors (especially mountain biking and skiing), she also loves cooking, gardening, and hanging out with co-residents and her dog Mabel. After two years of pediatrics she is excited to be moving into neurology training as part of pediatric neurology fellowship!