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Furry friends, lunches, chair massages for wellness

Chair massages and two furry guests named Mully & Sadie were the unofficial hits of a recent well-being event for resident physicians, fellows, faculty, and GME staff March 6 in Merliss Brown Auditorium.

About 50 people attended the station-based education & enrichment program, designed to deliver well-being information in a fun way. Stations included: Fun in Flint & HMC Resources; Creativity & Gratitude; Water for Wellness; Sleep, Dream, Be Well; Laughter as Medicine; Chair Massages; Pet Therapy (with special guests Mully, a golden doodle who visits adult HMC patients, and Sadie, a basset hound-sharpei mix who visits behavioral health patients at HMC); and Self Care. Oh - and the to-go lunch was a big hit, too. Resident physicians voted on their top two favorites to eat that day, and the winners were: Taboon and Cantonese Gourmet.

Participants could enter their names into a drawing for prizes at each station. And one name was chosen from all resident & fellow names, whether they could attend the event or not, to also win a prize. Amazon gift card* prize-winners were:


Winner Name

Program Name

Fun in Flint/ HMC Resources

Rashee Gupta MD



Nirmala Nagothu MD


Water for Wellness

Jacob Nosewicz MD


Sleep, Dream, Be Well

Diane Casini DO


Laughter as Medicine

Dominic Awuah MD


Pet Therapy

Manuel Merida MD


Self-Care (Stress)

Monika Rachamallu MD


Randomly selected

Abinash Parajuli MD


*Courtesy of the Hurley Medical Staf

Special thanks to the Hurley Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee, GME staff, and friends for planning, setting up, working at, and cleaning up after the event: Psalm Bingham, Jim Buterakos, Julie Campe, Danielle Campbell, Thair Dawood, Jamal Dozier, Rashee Gupta, Jason Harrod, Danielle King, Jenny LaChance, Crystal Cederna-Meko, Audrina Roberts, Cheyenne Sanborn, Pauline Tippett, and Hallie Vanitvelt. Also, thank you to Doug Pike, Nikki Koliopoulis & Steffany Hillis in Marketing for their assistance.