Peri Akchurin, DO
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hello! I am originally from Iowa but spent my teen years in Lubbock, Texas. I then moved north to attend Vassar College in New York, where I majored in neuroscience and behavior, worked as a peer health educator, and volunteered as an EMT. Between my undergraduate years and medical school, I worked in New York City at a pediatric psychiatry practice before returning to Texas for medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. While there, I participated in multiple women’s health advocacy programs and realized my passion for mental healthcare and adolescent medicine. Though I will always love the warmth and unique character of the Lone Star State, I am thrilled to have joined the Tufts Triple Board family and love my new life in Boston. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, drawing, cooking, hiking, yoga, and eating oysters all while listening to some good classic rock.
Rachel Olfson, MD
Albany Medical College
I grew up in New York City with my parents and older sister, where I attended an international school in Manhattan from elementary through high school. I moved to Connecticut to receive a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University, where I also enjoyed volunteering in local schools to teach children hands-on science projects and discovered an interest in baking. After college, I returned to my home state to attend medical school at Albany Medical College. I am thrilled to be joining the Pediatric team at Tufts, and pursuing Triple Board training over the next five years! I am also looking forward to enjoying life in Boston by jogging on the Esplanade, exploring museums, and discovering all that the city has to offer.
Danielle Burton, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
I was born in New York City and then grew up in a ballet studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. I attended Smith College where I double majored in Dance and Chemistry. After graduating, I was a professional ballerina with American Midwest Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and the Montgomery Ballet. During that time, I was teaching dance as well, which is when I fell in love with working with children. Seeing my students struggle with illness and injury inspired to go to medical school to become a pediatrician. My passion for psychiatry developed when I moved back to Colorado to complete my medical training at University of Colorado School of Medicine. I am thrilled to be a part of the Triple Board Program at Tufts Medical Center and to work at the intersection of pediatrics and psychiatry. I am excited to live in Boston with my husband, Ryan, and two kittens, Autumn and Earl Grey. Outside of medicine, I enjoy dancing, drinking coffee with friends, long walks, and folding paper cranes.
Cassandra Scott, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
Born NYC and raised in the suburbs, and part of a pretty eclectic bunch. I'm half-French, half-born-and-bred-New Yorker, and the product of a biology teacher and a computer engineer. Naturally, I went to McGill University in Montreal and The University of Edinburgh in Scotland to study computer science and biology before making my debut as a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. During my time here, I've become passionate about sex and relationship education, medical student and resident mental health, and preventive psychiatric care. I am so excited to continue my training in the Triple Board program at Tufts with some of the most incredible mentors I've ever had. When I'm not at Tufts, I work on far too many knitting projects, bake bread, and cook new meals with my ever-expanding collection of kitchen supplies. When I'm not doing those things, I spend a lot of time going on walks with my husband, Gregor, who is a recent immigrant from Scotland getting used to New England life. Between the two of us, we have a large collection of stuffed animal friends, including a beluga whale named Keith, a penguin named Pingwing, and an owl named Q-Tip.
Allison Seats, MD
Creighton University School of Medicine
I'm originally from Golden, CO where I grew up skiing, hiking and playing volleyball. After high school, I attended Creighton University and majored in Biology with a minor in Spanish. During this time, I developed an interest in medicine and global health in the Dominican Republic through yearly medical service trips. After my graduating, I returned to Colorado to earn my Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Regis University. Shortly after, I headed back to Omaha for medical school at Creighton. I spent my first two years in Omaha but then decided to pick up and move to Phoenix, Arizona to Creighton's regional campus. That's where I discovered my shared love of pediatrics and child psychiatry. I'm thrilled to move cross country once again to further explore medicine through the triple board program at Tufts Medical Center.
Kathryn Martin, MD MPH
University of Oklahoma
Born and raised in Oklahoma, I grew up devouring stories of global adventures and medical mysteries. My curiosity led me to Georgetown, where my undergraduate studies focused on health and environmental issues in Asia and Latin America. After college, I served for two years as a schoolteacher and health educator in rural Yunnan with Teach for China. After seeing the range of factors that determined my students’ health, I was driven to pursue my MPH in population and family health as well as humanitarian assistance from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. I then served as a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Academy of Medicine and as a Programme Officer in Child Health at UNICEF-China in Beijing before attending medical school at the University of Oklahoma in my hometown of Tulsa. My medical studies honed my interest in caring for the whole child, mentally and physically, which drove me to explore the Triple Board path. I am thrilled to be joining the Triple Board team at Tufts! I also am looking forward to enjoying life in Boston, including exploring the various parks and cooking spicy Yunnan dishes to share.