CLASS OF 2020  PGY-4


Dr. Lirette enjoys movies, sports, learning, trivia, coffee, and drinking craft beer. He loves living in New Orleans because of all the activity in the city and there never being a shortage of things to do.

"I developed an interest in pain medicine after my exposure during  residency and seeing the tremendous need for quality pain medicine physicians. I am especially passionate in how PM&R physicians can improve the function of this patient population." 

Dr. Lirette, served as Associate Chief Resident 2019-2020. He has matched into the LSUHSC Pain Medicine fellowship, and looks forward to building his family and career. He is originally from Houma, LA

Memberships: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Academic Physiatrists, International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Spine Intervention Society, Southern Pain Society, and Louisiana State Medical Society.



Medical School:  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
PM&R Interests: Interventional Spine and MSK

Outside Interests: Family, friends, basketball, golf




Dr. Nguyen attended recieved his medical degree from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is excited to have matched into the LSUHSC Pain Medicine fellowship.  His PM&R related Interests are sports, MSK, and  interventional pain.

His outside Interests include things he feels are also a compliment to his skills and knowledge in PM&R: gym, sports, food, art, rock climbing, health & fitness, and video games.



Dr. Rault was the chief resident in the 2019-2020 program year. Ethan grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana, and received his bachelor's degree from LSU before attending medical school at LSUHSC-New Orleans. He has matched into the LSUHSC Pain Medicine fellowship. Outside of work, Ethan enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter. He is an avid Saints and LSU fan, and also enjoys working out, running slowly for short distances, going out to eat, reading, and trivia.

"I was initially drawn to PM&R due its unique mix of orthopedic and neurologic pathology and the ability to practice in a wide range of settings."

Clinical Interests: interventional pain, MSK, ultrasound, and EMG,

Honors: Member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

Memberships: AAPM&R, Louisiana State Medical Society, and AOA



Medical School: LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans
PM&R Interests: Pediatric Rehab, MSK, Pain
Outside Interests: Biking, jogging, hiking, camping, traveling, eating, tennis, flag football, basketball

Honors:  Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)


Medical School: LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans

PM&R Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Prosthetics and Orthotics

Outside Interests: Playing Guitar, Building Computers



Class of 2021    PGY-3


Julia Bryarly, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio



Dr. Boudreaux, if his name doesn't give him away, was born and raised in the Bayou region of South Louisiana. He enjoys cooking, exploring New Orleans, walking or jogging around Audubon Park, and long distance biking along the levee.

"I was first drawn to PM&R because it combines several interests of mine in a way no other specialty does: movement, neuro, and functional anatomy. I love that our field doesn't focus on one organ system, but instead looks at the whole patient with function as our gauge and goal."

Clinical Interests: MSK, ultrasound, EMG, concussion.

Medical School: LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans

Honors:   Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)







Medical School: LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans

Honors:   Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)





Dr. Alessandra is originally from Great Falls, Montana and completed her undergraduate education at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington and her medical school education at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado. Although a Northern gal at her core, she has found a very special place in her heart for NOLA. She enjoys good food (cooking and eating out), traveling, hiking and spending time with her husband and friends. She is interested in interventional pain medicine, general MSK and electromyography. 

"Our program affords me the opportunity to gain heavy procedural experience as well as the skills to evaluate and treat general rehab patients (MSK, SCI, TBI, amputees, etc) so that I have a well-rounded training experience - all in a supportive and well-balanced environment." 

Dr. Alessandra is the 2020 -2021 Program Year Chief Resident. This is her second year in resident leadership. She served as the Assistant Chief Resident in the 2019-2020 program year. 



L. Justin Doughty, M.D.

Dr. Doughty was born and raised in Walters, Louisiana, and is a graduate of Jena High School. He owned and operated a barber shop for many years, before completing his undergraduate training at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He received his M.D. from LSUHSC in New Orleans. His clinical interests include Interventional Pain, MSK, brain injury, and procedural ultrasound. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, playing guitar, lifting weights, camping, road trips, woodworking (and acquiring tools), and Saints football.

I can’t say enough about this program. The people involved here, from bottom to top, are extremely friendly, approachable, knowledgeable, and always willing to help, which creates a very fun and non-threatening environment for me to develop my skills. From outpatient procedures to inpatient rehab, we get excellent exposure, and I can honestly say that I have become much more comfortable and confident across the spectrum of PM&R during my time at LSU."  



Daniel Frugé is from the booming metropolis of Sunset, LA in the heart of Cajun country. He moved to New Orleans in 2008 to attend Loyola University for undergrad then LSUHSC for medical school. For fun, he likes to spend time with his wife and son, play guitar, go camping, canoe, ski, and go to breweries and restaurants in New Orleans.

"I chose LSU's PM&R program because of its broad exposure to nearly all facets of PM&R, great comraderie among the residents, fantastic faculty, and excellent procedural exposure."

Clinical Interests: Interventional Pain, Ultrasound, Sport's Medicine, SCI

Honors: Member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society

Memberships: AAPM&R, AMA, LSMS, AOA




Class of 2022   PGY-2



Allen Degges, M.D.

Medical School: LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans


Gavin Nixon, D.O.

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University


Dr. Stockwell is a native of the New Orleans area.  He attended Tulane University before medical school at LSUHSC-New Orleans. 

His clinical interests are inpatient rehabilitation and pain medicine. 

In his leisure time, he enjoys exploring the Gulf Coast and being outside with family and friends.


Hailing from a mysterious land to the north known as Arkansas, Dr. Morrison fell in love with New Orleans at a young age. The people, cuisine, and overall sense of fun continue to lift his spirits.

His time as a counselor at a camp for children with disabilities has motivated him to pursue pediatrics as a potential subspecialty, and he remains a volunteer with the muscular dystrophy association of Louisiana. He chose LSU for the people and has not regretted one second of it.


Steven Sanchez, D.O.


Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine



Dr. Zack Weilenman has been selected as the 2020-2021 assistant chief resident. Originally from Baton Rouge, he is a huge LSU and Saints football fan, He can be found playing disc golf and soccer in City Park, gardening, hunting, fishing, snowboarding and cooking classic Louisiana dishes. His culinary interests include  brewing beer, and dry aging steaks!

" In our program we care for a diverse population including some critically ill patients. These challenges shape us into excellent clinicians. We get heavy exposure in needle based procedures including EMG, interventional pain, sports as well as a great broad based training experience in all other facets of PM&R"

He recieved his undergratuate degree from LSU (biology, chemistry, and anthropology) He recieved his M.D. from LSUHSC New Orleans andAesculapian Society.  His clinical interests are musculoskeletal/sports, interventional pain,and regenerative medicine.

Honors: Member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)


Class of 2023  PGY-1



Dr. Cleveland is from Western Montana. She studied Biology and Music at Gonzaga University. Following her undergraduate degree, she spent two years in Ghana, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer.  She enjoys playing and watching soccer, running with her rescue dog Ollie, playing classical piano, cooking, and baking. She looks forward to getting back to Montana whenever she gets a chance.

"We get a wide variety of exposure and experiences in PM&R here at LSU from sports medicine with ultrasound guided injections to pediatric rehab and interventional pain. Our program is incredibly supportive and provides residents with the flexibility to focus on their areas of interest while also receiving a broad base of experience." 

Clinical Interests: Sports Medicine, Spinal Cord Injuries, Pediatric Rehab

Honors: Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism Honor Society

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science



Dr. Cutrer grew up just south of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish (Da Parish to those in the know), where the Battle of New Orleans was won and the home of Rocky and Carlo's famous baked macaroni. He attended The University of Mississippi where he was a member of the cross country, track & field, and rugby teams. After graduation, he returned to New Orleans and served as an assistant cross country and track coach at his alma mater, Jesuit High School, and earned his J.D. from Loyola University in New Orleans. A few years later, he returned to medical school at LSU, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He enjoys participating in triathlons, hunting, fishing, cooking, gardening, history and spending time with his family and friends, particularly his wife and three energetic boys. 

"I chose PM&R because it allowed me to pursue my clinical interests in a wide range of settings while affording me the opportunity to prioritize my family life. I don't think there is another specialty that would allow me to give 100% at work and at home while also remaining interesting and exciting day to day. As for LSU, I can't imagine being anywhere else - I feel truly blessed to serve the area I proudly call home with the amazing group of residents and staff in this program. I couldn't be happier."

Clinical Interests: Interventional Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Health Law and Policy, Medical Student Education




Dr. Eric Fincke, known by his middle name “Thomas”, is a bayou-born boy from the heartland of Cajun country Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McNeese State University in the archaic period of 2008 and returned to his homeland of Lafayette where he worked for 7 years as a registered nurse before finding the gumption to pursue his dream of medicine. He is, somewhat lamentably, a sesquipedalian. He is married to a beautiful wife who works as a nurse practitioner and together they are parents to a joyfully spirited little boy. He enjoys camping, fiction novels, fitness, volunteering at his church, graphic design, hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and spending time at the beach. He is an ardent and unabashed supporter of the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, and LSU sports. He sought out PM&R due to its versatility and its ability to merge all aspects of medicine and body systems that he finds important and fascinating.

Clinical Interests: musculoskeletal based medicine, interventional pain medicine, regenerative medicine, diagnostic ultrasound, ultrasound guided injections, and sports medicine.

Life Goal: Give more than he takes, be a dutiful husband, a devoted father, an empathetic physician, and an exemplary Christian.

Career Goals: Help his patients adapt and grow beyond their illness.

Favorite Books: Gilead – Marilynn Robinson, Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy, Farewell to Arms – Earnest Hemmingway, To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Favorite Musicians: Van Morrison, The War on Drugs, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Radiohead, Duke Ellington

Favorite Colleague: Dr. Thomas Grenier because he keeps it 110%.

Favorite PM&R Residency Program: LSU

Accomplishments: LSU School of Medicine Class of 2019 President, Aesculapian Society Member, LSU School of Medicine Bobbie A. Millet Award recipient, Eagle Scout



Dr. Patrick Fitzsimmons, lovingly known as 'Fitz' by his contemporaries, is a former Navy brat who settled in New Orleans right before high school. He is now a Tiger through and through after attending LSU for undergraduate studies, medical school, and residency. He is married to a dermatology resident, creating a paragon of lifestyle-in-medicine. He's an avid martial artist who trains regularly in wrestling, brazilian jiu jitsu, and kickboxing. He also enjoys snowboarding, skiing, hiking, and pwning noobs on Xbox live. It is unclear whether his attempts at humor are successful or just considered tolerable by his peers. 

Clinical Interests: procedural physical medicine, musculoskeletal regenerative medicine, interventional pain management

Career Goals: participate in the evolution of physical medicine as a field; retire as a wrestling coach

Life Goals: become a father; raise successful children; receive a black belt in BJJ.

Applicant Advice: none; he only applied to one program. Don't listen to a coach who hasn't played the game. 



Dr. Grenier is from Baton Rouge, LA where he studied Biochemistry at LSU before attending Medical School at LSUHSC in New Orleans. He enjoys soccer, disc golf, cooking, eating, movies, video games, and writing short bios about himself in the third person. His clinical interests include sports medicine, interventional pain, regenerative medicine, and spinal cord injury.

Favorite Teams: Arsenal FC and LSU

Favorite Movie: The Best of Men

Favorite TV Show: Fargo (Season 1)

Favorite Book: Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Least Favorite Book: First Aid for USMLE Step 1

Personal Hero: Elyse Cleveland, MD


Dr. William Lee was born and raised in Baton Rouge, where he spent most of his childhood traveling to compete in the sport of racquetball on a national and world level. He attended Catholic High School followed by Louisiana State University. After completing a degree in Computer Science with a focus on video game design, he worked briefly with EA Sports. In the end, he found his true calling in medicine. 

In his free time, he enjoys studying fitness, nutrition, music, and all things geek.

Clinical Interests: Interventional procedures, ultrasound-guided procedures, EMG, nutrition, and sports medicine.

Memberships: AMA, AAPM&R, LSMS



Resident Social Events


Social events for residents are held throughout the year. 

  • July - Intern Welcome Party
  • September through December - Prospective Resident Interview Evening Socials (5 events)
  • December - Holiday Party
  • May- Resident Retreat
  • June - Graduation Ceremony and Party