Get to know our fellows

Our fellows are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds with unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!

Class of 2023

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    Sabrina Huq, DO

    Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I previously rotated in the PICU here and I remember how much I learned and how nice everybody was. When I returned for my interview, it felt like I was back home again.

    What do you like most about your program?
    I am looking forward to working with complex congenital cardiac kids. I'm also excited learn from attendings who have trained at a variety of programs. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in nutrition and how it plays a part in the critical care setting.

    Living in West Michigan: 
    You are less than an hour away from Lake Michigan. I can't stress enough how amazing that is! Also Grand Rapids has a great swing dancing scene

    : I love baking desserts and doing most types of dance. I also love reading murder mystery novels.

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    Arya Payan, DO

    Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
    Medical School: Touro University Nevada

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Choosing Helen DeVos Children's Hospital was easy; I would be able to provide high quality care due to compassionate attendings, exceptional facilities and a supportive world-class educational environment. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I look forward to utilizing Spectrum Health's robust research facilities to better the lives of patients and improve clinical decision making through research. Also, I look forward to learning through working side by side with clinical faculty.

    Clinical Interests: 
    At this time, I am interested in post-PICU outcomes and the translational research we can do to ensure that this knowledge both reaches the patients and is implemented correctly.

    Living in West Michigan:
     The Michigan outdoors are second to none they always raise my spirits whether I am hiking, skiing or just enjoying a meal outside.

    : In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, escape rooms, salt water coral reef tanks and playing board games with family and friends.

Class of 2022

  • Conway-Megan

    Megan Conway, MD

    Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    There were so many things that drew me to this fellowship. One of the most significant being the people here. When I met everyone, they were so supportive and interested in fellow development. This has continued to be true in my first year of fellowship.

    What do you like most about your program?
    The teamwork and global desire for excellence makes this program a great team. From the attending physicians to the bedside staff, everyone is constantly striving to make things better for our patients.

    Clinical Interests: I have enjoyed everything in my first year, excited to see what my second year has in store!

    Living in West Michigan: Grand Rapids is an incredible city. I lived here during medical school, left and went to Chicago in residency and have come back for fellowship. The city is not too big or too small. There are tons of activities, museums and restaurant. West Michigan is only a 2 hour drive from North Michigan, which has lots of wineries, breweries, outdoor activities and beautiful parks.

    Hobbies: I love being outdoors. We live in a lake community south of Grand Rapids, so some of my favorite hobbies including boating and water sports. We have a boat and often go waterskiing or wakeboarding after work in the summer months. During the winter, we head up north or out west for skiing.
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    Chadd Mays, DO, MPH

    Hometown: Knoxville, TN
    Medical School: LMU DCOM, Harrogate TN 

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    I chose Spectrum Health for fellowship because it is a rapidly growing organization in the field of pediatrics, having recently developed or developing multiple new pediatric fellowship programs. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    The teamwork and global desire for excellence makes this program a great team. From the attending physicians to the bedside staff, everyone is constantly striving to make things better for our patients. 

    Clinical Interests: I am currently in training to become a Pediatric Intensivist, with hopes of one day pursuing a career in administration/state health policy making. Spectrum has been willing to work with me on pursuing these goals that are often outside the scope of critical care medicine.    

    Living in West Michigan: As a transplanted southerner, I enjoy the food and beer scene here in MI as much as anything!

    Hobbies: Golf, fishing, and working on cars.

Class of 2021

  • RebekahWakemanMD

    Rebekah Wakeman, MD

    Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
    Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

    Why did you choose Spectrum Health?
    Grand Rapids is my hometown and I have been raising my family here for 20 years! I was able to attend medical school in part because of Michigan State's medical school here in Grand Rapids and was introduced to Spectrum Health in my student rotations. I chose to stay here for my Pediatrics residency and now my Pediatric Critical Care fellowship because of the individualized attention I receive from the excellent attendings. In addition, it is a growing center of medicine with a beautiful children's hospital where I'm able to learn from all specialties, but it is small enough that I am known by the specialists. I love the support that our residents and fellows receive from Spectrum Health as an institution - they see and appreciate our contributions to the system and are responsive to our needs and requests. 

    What do you like most about your program?
    I love the wide variety of patients that we see. As we have a wide referral area, we are able to see many rare diseases as well as have plenty of experience managing the most common pediatric illnesses. We are part of new and exciting research because of the involvement of both Michigan State University and the Van Andel Institute. The personal nature of our program, the atmosphere of cooperation and support among disciplines, the feeling of being known - these are the things that I feel have allowed me to continue to grow and develop here. 

    Clinical Interests: I am interested in preventing kidney injury in the intensive care setting, as well as other nephrology related intensive care issues. I am also interested in early mobility and ICU liberation strategies. I hope to be able to learn more about post-intensive care syndrome in both our patients and their families. I am interested in increasing equity in medicine and supporting educational opportunities for those from underserved backgrounds. 

    Living in West Michigan: Spring and summer in West Michigan are my favorite! There are so many outside activities in which to participate - from festivals to races to Lake Michigan and many smaller lakes and parks.  I love the cultural opportunities including concerts at Frederik Meijer Gardens outside in the summer, Broadway shows and the Grand Rapids Symphony, and ArtPrize - an event that takes over the city with free art installations every other year. 

    Hobbies: Most of my free time is spent doing life with my wife and our six kids! We love outdoor activities like walking our dogs, hiking, and visiting the beach in the summer.  We are all fans of different types of music (and musicians - I was a flute and piano minor in college) and love to go to concerts or Broadway shows. Reading a good book is my favorite way to relax.