Mountainside Residency Program


Bettina George, M.D.

Medical School: University of Sint Eustatius

Undergraduate: UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana)

"From my first visit to Mountainside, I felt right at home and knew this was the perfect fit for me. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to train amongst a talented group of physicians, in a community hospital that shows commitment to education and patient care. Having grown up in the area, I am blessed to be part of a program where I can serve the very community that I've called home my entire life."




Rima Amin, M.D. - Chief Resident

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of California - San Diego

"The  Mountainside Family Medicine Residency encompasses everything I want in a program. I am excited to train at a community hospital, where the faculty takes an active approach in practicing patient-centered care. The faculty and staff are welcoming, friendly, and extremely supportive. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the residents as well. This program is the perfect fit for me and I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing team!”



Imren Ozturk, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Montclair State University

“Mountainside is the perfect facility I was looking for: a strong program that focuses on quality-driven patient care. As a resident at Mountainside, I have become a part of a family—a family who is welcoming, supportive, and encouraging. Not only is the program and the hospital great, but the Montclair area is fantastic as well! There hasn't been a time where I couldn't find something fun to go do around town. Trust me, you want to be here!”



Valery Vera-Connolly, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Seton Hall University

“I knew I belonged at Mountainside's FM program as early as my third year of medical school. Here, it is our culture to form tight-knit bonds with our co-residents that extends beyond the hospital/office. Our faculty and staff prioritizes our academic growth along with our personal well-being. In addition the practice is located in a culturally rich area which allows for a diverse patient population with a wide range of disease presentation. I feel very fortunate to call myself a Mountainside FM resident and look toward to an unforgettable 3 years.”



Beqir Muharremi, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: St. George’s University

“The reason I chose Mountainside Medical Center Family Medicine program is because it offers such a strong residency training program in such a welcoming atmosphere. From the first day, you can sense the dedication of the faculty and fellow residents to our education.”


Gilchris Burton, M.D. - Chief Resident

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: The College of Staten Island - CUNY

“I chose to train at Hackensack UMC Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because the program has exactly what I yearned for; a superb quality of education fueled by faculty who are truly sincere and dedicated to their residents, the program and the specialty.  After my initial interaction with the Mountainside Family It was apparent that this program provides a supportive environment which fosters the growth and development of its residents into great primary care physicians.  I was also impressed with the camaraderie among the residents
and their efforts in working as a team in achieving the common goal.”





Kristine V. Cornejo M.D., MPH.

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Penn State University

"I chose Mountainside Family Medicine Residency due to the incredibly committed, patient-centered, and team-oriented faculty, residents and staff. The minute you walk in the door you’re greeted with a smile and everyone is willing to work hard to offer the patients the best care possible. Also, I was born and raised in Manahawkin, NJ. Therefore, I am hoping to remain a pillar in the community. In my next three years here, I hope to further develop my skills particularly in professionalism, medical knowledge and procedures, as well as foster an everlasting bond between the local community and my colleagues."

Emmet Fenichel, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Richard Stockton University of New Jersey

"Many different factors lead me to choose the Hackensack Meridian Health Family Medicine Residency program. One of the main reasons was because of the people. I was very impressed with the faculty as well as the residents who are in the program. Their commitment and passion for the residency is obvious. It is also a very welcoming environment. This program is well established, it has been producing well rounded physicians for over 40 years. Last but not least it is a dream come true to be able to serve my home state of New Jersey for the next three years and beyond!

Melissa Gonzalez, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"New Jersey is my home and it has given me so much. I was determined to stay home so I could be a part of the communities I loved growing up in.  Mountainside Family Medicine is a place I knew I could grow and learn. The program was also able to look at me as an individual instead of a file number. Focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses. You truly get a sense of family the moment you walk thru the doors. I saw it as a potential candidate and I saw it in their devoted patient population. They were able bring together people from all walks of life with a common goal: to make everyone better, whether as a patient or staff member.  A diverse program united serving a diverse community."


Adam Kunkis, M.D., MBA

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"During my interview for the Family Medicine residency at Mountainside Hospital, I quickly learned that the residents and staff of the program were more than just colleagues, they were a family who supported each other and enjoyed always staying positive.  The morning report was light hearted, congenial, and residency staff all treated each other with a great deal of respect.  These are the qualities that attracted me to want to be a resident at this fine institution.  Upon starting my residency, our intern class quickly grew into a harmonious huddle of happy healthcare providers, and together we are all extremely proud to be a part of the Mountainside family."


Yeasol Lee, M.D.

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Boston University

"I chose the Mountainside Family Medicine residency program because of the welcoming faculty and staff. Everyone is very friendly and truly wants you to excel and become the best physician that you can be.  The faculty is very supportive and you can tell that they truly care about the program and the residents.  It really feels like one big family here at Mountainside."




Fheza Saleem, M.D.

Medical School: Gulf Medical University

Undergraduate: Gulf Medical University

"I chose Mountainside Family Medicine program because this program will give me the opportunity to develop clinical skills under the leadership of excellent faculty. I knew right from the beginning that this would be a great place to learn high quality primary care and encourages research activity alongside great faculty, staff and residents who are always approachable. What I love most about the program is that it supports and promotes work-life balance. Each faculty and staff member is genuinely invested in your growth. I am confident that by the end of my training, I will have strengthened my clinical skill as we have exposure to a very diverse patient population."


Sneha Sreekumar, M.D.

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

"It was the perfect fit for me! Rotating through Mountainside Medical Center and Family Practice at Verona as a student, I found myself being surrounded by a diverse patient population, cordial co-workers, and immensely supportive faculty. I found the program very educative, organized and endearing. I was brought up in New Jersey and I wanted to complete my residency close to home; this way I will have an opportunity to give back to the state that supported me through my journey to fulfill my dreams."






Judith Albert, M.D.

Medical School: Ross University

Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University

"I knew Mountainside was the place for me right from the minute I walked in to my interview. Everyone that you interact with genuinely cares about you and wants to help you become a better physician. Now after being here for some time, we truly are a family within the residency program. Having grown up in New Jersey I could not think of a better place to train. This is my new home away from home and could not be more grateful. Mountainside Family Medicine Residency is an established program that truly takes pride in bringing out the best in each and every resident."

Reintine Han, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Antigua

Undergraduate: SUNY Buffalo

"I chose Mountainside Family Medicine Residency because this program felt like home. I instantly felt at ease, a feeling that was unmatched by any other program I interviewed at. The faculty members and staff are all easily approachable and fully committed to the success of the program and its residents. Since starting residency, my experience has been nothing short of amazing. I am so grateful for being offered the opportunity to train here."

Miriam Hanna, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: University of California Irvine

"Simply stated: The people! Everywhere you look the people at Mountainside Hospital exceed your every expectation. As a student, at the interview, and on my first day up until now, the staff was overwhelmingly pleasant and inviting. The transition into intern year was made painless by the receptive nature of the program’s attendings and senior residents alike. The clinical work is seamless because of the dedicated aids, front office staff, and directors. This comforting environment helps academics thrive and allows for a more patient-centered mindset. The outcomes are visible during patient encounters as the care for one another is clearly palpable and reciprocated by the patients."

Marwah Khalid Tareen, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Integrative Sciences

Undergraduate: George Mason University

"Simply put, Mountainside is exceptional. The staff puts patients first, works hard to ensure residents succeed, and provides a friendly environment. As a resident I couldn’t be happier, because being here will help me reach my full potential as a family physician. Mountainside has the feeling of a small community in which you can get to know everyone in the hospital. My co-residents are helpful and a pleasure to work with, and the patient diversity allows for a rich learning environment. I also enjoy being a part of Montclair, which has a small town feel with the perks of being close to a major city!"

Jason Mendelsohn, M.D.

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Undergraduate: SUNY Albany

"The impression I immediately got from Mountainside Family Medicine was that everyone here had been treated right- and was paying it forward to everyone else. The residents are immensely collegial, friendly, and supportive of one another, and the faculty are happy to teach and that ensure you are becoming the best physician you can be. The leadership of this program make me feel like they genuinely have their residents' best interest in mind, all the while providing a comprehensive training environment and the involvement with my patients that I look for as a family doctor. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else."

Joseph Perez, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin

"I choose to train at Hackensack Meridian Health -Mountainside Family Medicine due to the strong faculty support and diverse patient population. Being so close to New York City, the patient population really is diverse, with patients hailing from all over the world in all different ages. I was fortunate enough to rotate through the residency as a medical student, and during that time I really got a sense of rapport between residents, faculty, and staff. It really is a family here! The emphasis of home visits along with the various community relationships with universities and schools really spoke to the importance of primary care in the surrounding area. As there are only two other residencies at the hospital, there are many opportunities for hands on training and learning!"

Iniobong Ukonne, M.D.

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

Undergraduate: Temple University

"I chose Mountainside Hospital Family Medicine Program because of their commitment to patient care. The faculty, staff and residents are all friendly, welcoming and enjoy teaching. From day one, you feel like you are part of the team and can feel the excitement behind being a Family Medicine physician. Also, as a New Jersey native, I knew the diversity of patients would allow for various and interesting clinical scenarios. I am grateful for the opportunity to train at Mountainside Hospital and look forward to giving back to my community."

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