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Dr. Hector M. Tarraza

Dr. Hector M. Tarraza is chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center. His clinical area of expertise is gynecologic oncology. He is a graduate of Harvard College with a BA in Chemistry. He attended the Harvard Medical School and completed postgraduate training residency in OBGYN at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His subspecialty training in Gynecologic Oncology was at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Tarraza is board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.

He has an active interest in Global Health. He works with numerous nonprofit organizations providing primary and surgical care to Africa, Latin America and Asia. MMC OBGYN residents participate in many of the overseas mission trips with him as part of their training.

Dr. Tarraza has two grown children. He's an avid New England Sports fan (Patriots and Red Sox) and his hobbies include traveling, boating and skiing.

Dr. John Pulvino
Associate Department Chairman

Dr. John Pulvino was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in rural upstate New York. He completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College. Dr. Pulvino received his MD from SUNY-Buffalo and completed residency at Maine Medical Center. 

Dr. Pulvino was in private practice in Portland Maine for five years before returning as a full-time faculty member in 2006. He has received a number of teaching awards including the National APGO/CREOG Teaching Award on three occasions. Dr. Pulvino is currently an examiner for the OBGYN national oral boards.

Dr. Pulvino lives in Scarborough, Maine where he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and two sons Ben and Will. He is an avid sports fan and reader.

Dr. Kalli Varaklis
Program Director

Dr. Kalli Varaklis is the Residency Program Director and has a long-standing interest and involvement in graduate medical education, both at Maine Medical Center and previously at Boston University. After residency at Maine Medical Center, she focused her professional energies on resident education and pursuing a Hartford fellowship in Geriatrics at Boston University. She completed the Harvard Macy Course, in medical education, just before returning to Maine in 2004.  She achieved a Master’s in Medical Education and Leadership in 2011 and is involved in the Department of Medical Education as co-director of the MMC Institute for Teaching Excellence and Assistant DIO.   She is one of the Resident Continuity Clinic Attendings and supervises resident continuity surgery. She received a personal commendation from the RRC for her work as Residency Program Director, and the CREOG teaching award from residents, which she considers highlights of her career.

Kalli reads voraciously, loves the NYT Sunday crossword puzzle, has a large organic garden and enjoys any outdoor activity, except swimming in the Maine ocean! She is married to Sean, has three teenagers, Grady, Declan and Madeleine, and four hilarious chickens.

Dr. Jason Lachance
Associate Program Director

Dr. Jason Lachance is the Associate Residency Program Director and a gynecologic oncologist at Maine Medical Center/Maine Medical Partners Women's Health. A native of New Hampshire, he completed his undergraduate degree at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA before matriculating at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington in Seattle before moving on to fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at the University of Virginia where he also completed a Master's Degree in clinical investigative sciences. His professional interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education, decision analysis modeling, cost effectiveness research, and quality outcomes research.

In his free time, Dr Lachance enjoys running and vegetable gardening, as well as spending time having fun and exploring Maine with his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Will and Charlotte.

Division of Ambulatory Obstetrics and Gynecology

Debra Sepulveda, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Quality Improvement, Ob/Gyn
Ob/Gyn Clerkship Director

B.A. - Lehigh University
MPH - University of Texas School of Public Health
M.D. - University of Texas Medical School Houston, TX
Residency - Maine Medical Center

Dr. Sepulveda has an interest in Ambulatory OB/GYN, Women’s healthcare across cultures/cultural competency, evidence based medicine and quality improvement.

Dr. Sepulveda's family consists of her husband, and eight home-schooled children, three who have recently graduated college and three still in college.. Her outside interests include music, museums, outdoor activities (hiking, camping, canoeing) and reading.

Kathy Sharpless, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kathryn Sharpless, MD, PhD, joined the MMC faculty in May, 2016. Dr. Sharpless received her dual degrees from the University of Connecticut. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. Dr. Sharpless is an Associate Professor with interests in preinvasive disease of the lower genital tract and family planning. She was the 2013 recipient of the CREOG resident teaching award at Baystate. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with her husband and two children.

Julia Brock, M.D.
Director, Women’s Health Center

B.A. - Wesleyan University
M.D. - University of Vermont College of Medicine, AOA
Residency - University of Vermont

Julia Brock, M.D. joined MMC faculty in August, 2013 after practicing obstetrics and gynecology for 11 years in Burlington, Vermont. In Vermont, she founded a private practice and integrative health clinic, and more recently focused her practice on minimally invasive and robotic surgery.  She was the recipient of the 2015 Resident Teaching Award.   Dr. Brock is an avid runner and potter.  She lives in Yarmouth with her husband Manos and two children Jack and Tia.  

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Michael G. Pinette, M.D., FACOG

B.A. - Bowdoin College
M.D. - Dartmouth Medical School
Residency - Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Hospital
Fellowship - University of Connecticut

Dr. Pinette lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife who is also a physician. They have 5 children.

Joseph Wax, M.D.

B.A. - Colgate University
M.D. - New York Medical College
Residency - Naval Hospital
Fellowship - The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Wax is one of the senior researchers in the division of MFM. He also serves as a National Board examiner for the American Board of OB/GYN.

Christian Litton, M.D.

B.A. - Collage of William and Mary
M.D. - UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center
Fellowship - Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr.  Litton  joined the staff at Maine Medical Center in 2013. He lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife and two young children. He enjoys skiing, hiking, cooking and outdoor activities.

Kelley Conroy, M.D.

B.S. - University of Florida
M.D. - University of Florida
Residency - Tufts Medical Center
Fellowship - Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Kelley Conroy joined the Maternal-Fetal Medicine group in 2015. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and daughter. Dr. Conroy enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling, and outdoor activities.  

Rebecca Hunt, M.D.
Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology

B.A. - Wesleyan University
M.D. - University of Vermont School of Medicine
Residency - Maine Medical Center

Dr. Hunt grew up in Portland, Maine, where she resides once more - this time with husband (an artist / home-dad) and son. Dr. Hunts interests are many but include caring for and learning about women from different cultures, especially disenfranchised women. Outside of obgyn, she is an avid reader and filmgoer.

Candice Dersch, M.D.

B.A. - University of Wisconsin
M.D. - Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency - Maine Medical Center

Dr. Dersch received degrees in anthropology and zoology. She completed three years of virology research before attending medical school. She has a special interest in international medicine. Dr. Dersch lives in Portland and enjoys reading, movies, and travel in her spare time.

Claire Danby, M.D.

Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Emmanual Soultanakis, M.D.

M.D. - University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency - Fletcher Allen Healthcare
Fellowship - Women and Infants Hospital

Dr. Soultanakis joined the staff at Maine Medical Center in 2013 as the director of the division of gynecologic oncology.  He is an avid and very experienced sailor, having sailed across the Atlantic ocean.  He lives in Falmouth with his wife Julia and their two children Jack and Tia.  

Laurie Small, M.

B.A. - Bowdoin College
M.D. - University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency - Oregano Health Sciences University
Fellowship - Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Small lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband who is an internist and their two children. Her hobbies include swimming, reading and the outdoors. She has a passion for Red Sox baseball.

Christopher Darus, M.D.

B.A. - Ohio University
M.S. - Ohio University
M.D. - Wright State University School of Medicine
Residency - University of Colorado Health Science Center
Fellowship - University of Virginia Health System

Dr. Darus lives in Falmouth with his wife, their son and young daughter. Dr. Darus won the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Darus is responsible for the research oversight in the division of Gyn Oncology.

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology

Daniel I. Spratt, M.D.

Dr. Spratt is the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division at MMC. He also oversees the resident research program. Dr. Spratt grew up in California and graduated from Stanford University before attending University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Spratt's received his fellowship training in the Stanford and Massachusetts General Hospital programs. He is currently involved in teaching, patient care, and research with a lab at MMCRI. Dr. Spratt actively conducts and publishes research studies and holds leadership positions in the Endocrine Society. When not working at MMC, Dr. Spratt enjoys outdoor activities, music, running, reading, and eating with his wife and their two daughters.

Division of Urogynecology

Mary Brandes, M.D.
Director Urogynecology

B.S. - University of Michigan
M.D. - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency - Maine Medical Center

Dr. Brandes is the Division Director for Urogynecology. She and her husband have a daughter in medical school and a recently graduated son. Her hobbies include coach/umpire field hockey, painting, anything to do with sports, hiking, running and golf.  She is an accomplished triathlete.

Dr. Brandes will be joined in 2016 by Dr. Caroline Foust-Wright who is completing a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  

Caroline Foust-Wright, M.D.

B.S. - Aviation Sciences & Economics, Oklahoma State University
M.B.A. – Oklahoma State University
M.D. – University of Oklahoma
Residency – Maine Medical Center
Fellowship –Massachusetts General Hospital, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Foust-Wright lives in Freeport with her family.  She has clinical interests in surgical and nonsurgical management of pelvic floor disorders, medical education, and global health, specifically providing urogynecologic care in resource-poor settings. When away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, reading mystery novels, sailing, and hiking with their Labrador rescue. 

Volunteer Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty

  • Ann E. Adams, M.D.
  • Kevin P. Andrews, M.D.
  • Cecelia L. Caldwell, M.D.
  • Erin C. Dawson-Chalat, M.D.
  • Emil C. Gotschlich, M.D.
  • Caroline M. Hodsdon, M.D.
  • Charlotte A. Kassab, M.D.
  • Jason Lachance M.D.
  • Robin B. Noble, M.D.
  • Andrea Pelletier, M.D.
  • Anne M. Rainville, M.D.
  • Martin L. Robbins, M.D.
  • Robert D. Sansonetti, M.D.
  • Jennifer N. Shinners, M.D.
  • Barbara D. Slager, M.D.
  • Anne Marie Van Hengel, M.D.
  • Carol M. Vaughan, M.D.
  • James W. Wilberg, M.D.
  • Joseph L. Wilkis, M.D.
  • Tasha A. Worster, M.D.

Maine Medical Center is a member of the MaineHealth System