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Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency Residents
Resident Class of 2018
|Margaret Ciavarelli, DO
Birthplace: Springfield, PA
Education: Drexel University, Biology and Philosophy (minor), BS
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Throughout medical school, Margaret enjoyed both pediatrics and obstetrics. It was not until she discovered family medicine that she realized that she could have the best of both worlds. Furthermore, family medicine parallels the ideals of osteopathic medicine-recognizing the connection of mind, body and spirit. She looks forward to creating meaningful relationships with her patients and their families as she continues her career. Margaret's areas of interest include women's health, adolescent medicine, and integrative medicine. In her free time, she enjoys being active through yoga and running, photography/painting, and traveling frequently to visit family and friends.
Ellen Duveneck, MD
It was during a medical mission trip to Ethiopia that Ellen realized she wanted to specialize in Family Medicine. There, a family physician showed to her the value of treating a wide variety of patients and diseases. She also loves Family Medicine because it is challenging yet rewarding, and it provides the opportunity to develop long term relationships with her patients. Her dream is to make medical missions a part of her career and to be a mentor to others like herself. Her interests include obstetrics and women’s health, integrative medicine, and preventative medicine. In her free time Ellen likes spending time with her husband Ryan, traveling, running, and being outdoors as much as possible. She also loves creating healthier (yet equally delicious!) versions of comfort food recipes. Finally, she is excited to be back in her home state!
Jamie Flynn, DO
Jamie's desire to be a full-spectrum primary care physician was the driving force that carried her through medical school and to a residency at Hunterdon Medical Center. One of her primary goals is to raise the bar on the quality of primary care provided to the people who need it most: those who are under-served due to socioeconomic status and social issues. Some of her most memorable experiences during her medical education include working at the Camden Coalition for Healthcare Providers where she learned firsthand about healthcare disparities in under-served populations and potential solutions to the same. Additionally, Jamie was active in the UMDNJ/Rowan SOM Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians since her first day of medical school, learning about and promoting an integrated family medical practice incorporating osteopathic manipulative medicine. She chose to specialize in Family Medicine because she believes it to be the most powerful and versatile way to make a difference in preventing illness and promoting health for patients of all ages and in all stages of life.
Matthew Kershaw, MD.
Matthew came to family medicine after spending a year in internal medicine. He likes the diversity of patients seen by family practitioners: babies, children and expectant mothers in addition to adults. He is specifically interested in OB/GYN. Matt is passionate about hiking, bicycling, and motorcycling.
Junie Joseph, MD
Growing up the third child of Haitian immigrants, Junie is interested in the impact that culture and socioeconomic status has on healthcare. She recognized the importance of treating the whole person and is an advocate for patient education. While in medical school, she was an active participant of the Student Family Health Care Center which provided quality medical care to residents of Newark who otherwise would not have access to medical care. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crocheting, singing, attending church, and spending time with her family.
Marla Osborne, DO
Marla chose family medicine because it would allow her to have the broadest scope of practice. Moreover, throughout medical school every aspect of medicine and every age group of patients appealed to her. Additionally, she loves being able to care for newborn baby and an elderly grandmother all in one office session. Marla hopes that family medicine allows her to have a diverse and challenging career where she forms long lasting partnerships with her patients. Within family medicine, she’s particularly interested in adolescent medicine, women's health, and preventative medicine.
When not working, Marla enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family & friends.
Resident Class of 2017
|Maria Chavez Santos, MD
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador, grew up in Fort Lee, NJ
Education: Columbia University, Neuroscience and Behavior, BA
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
In medical school, Maria volunteered at Einstein's free clinic, which provides healthcare to underserved, uninsured members of the Bronx community. She also participated in research studying how to best educate mothers about newborn screening. Maria's lifelong dream is to establish a clinic in rural Ecuador that would provide free healthcare and education. She loves family medicine because it challenges her to learn and practice all aspects of medicine, because it allows her to establish rewarding relationships with her patients, and because of its focus on the patient as a whole person. Her special interests include women's health and global health. Maria's personal interests include spending time with family and her Maltese dog Benji, as well as painting and crafts, shopping for antiques, reading, and exploring NYC.
Sara Thurgood, MD
Sara loves the continuity of family care, the idea of seeing patients as people rather than problem lists. She loves rejoicing in patients' personal triumphs, mourning with them in their losses, and being their biggest cheerleader and advocate as they overcome their obstacles. She is interested in maternal care: evidence-based birth, VBACs, breastfeeding, and the education on and prevention of post partum depression. She hopes to start a group for new moms who can support each other "beyond the blues," and is considering an OB fellowship after residency as well as becoming a certified lactation consultant. Sara has a supportive husband and three spunky children who are the center of her world. She enjoys snow skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain climbing. When she needs a creative outlet, she likes to sew, craft, and build furniture.
Rebecca Lee, MD
Rebecca has been interested in community medicine and global health since she was a teen, raising funds, volunteering, and teams for various medical clinics in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. She is eager and grateful to learn and practice full-spectrum family medicine in order to further contribute to the health of communities, and feels she is in the best residency program to do so. Her interests in medicine include tropical medicine, community health, integrative medicine, and women's health. In her free time, she enjoys creating music via her violin in New York, cooking, and exploring new roads on her bicycle.
Irina Lisker Weil, MD, MPH.
The most meaningful aspect of family medicine to Irina is building relationships across the lifespan. In family medicine, the focus is on the person and to partner with the patient to help them achieve their goals. Additionally, the foundation of family medicine is prevention-one of Irina’s passions. Irina spent a significant portion of her medical education learning about nutrition and is excited to incorporate nutritional counseling with her patients at Philips Barber. In medical school, Irina organized cooking demonstrations, conducted group visits/educational presentations for Spanish-speakers, and created an annual medical student wellness retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her goal is to complete a fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Outside of the hospital, she loves boot camp style exercise, yoga, meditation, and creating/experimenting with new recipes.
Justin Nealis, MD
Justin enjoys primary care because he really enjoys getting to know his patients and managing many disorders across all disciplines. He enjoys working with patients in managing and preventing complications from their chronic diseases, and treating patients of all ages. During medical school Justin became interested in clinical research and soon after graduation coordinated a NIH sponsored clinical drug trial. He also spent time working in outpatient offices caring for predominantly Polish speaking immigrant patients. Justin’s interests are full-spectrum family medicine, preventative care, small procedures, and clinical research. He enjoys fencing, football, kayaking, fishing, and snowboarding.
Yasmin Sharif, M.D
Yasmin chose family practice because family physicians treat the physical and emotional needs of patients and their families while focusing on preventive medicine. In the midst of her career, her two children and husband regularly participate in community events. Yasmin has been an asset to the NJ community as she leads coordinated efforts in humanitarian aid missions domestically. Yasmin's goals after residency is to specialize in women's health and provide care in an all-women’s clinic. She is currently in the process of becoming an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Resident Class of 2016
|Andrew Chiromeras, M.D.
Birthplace: Princeton, NJ, grew up in Delaware Twp, NJ
Education: Rutgers University, Genetics BA
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
During college and medical school, Andrew was co-founder and co-leader of a health literacy program serving the elderly, Spanish-speaking community of New Brunswick. He also participated as a member and chair of patient recruitment for The Promise Clinic, a free health clinic in New Brunswick, NJ. Andrew chose family medicine because it is a unique and challenging field where physicians care for multiple aspects of a patient's life at any age, allowing for true patient-centered care and thus, improved outcomes. His interests in family medicine include community health, geriatrics, and sports medicine
Deirdre Brazil, M.D.
Deirdre pursued research in physics towards gaining a PhD, and before she went to medical school at one point worked as an actuary. She also spent time in a Navajo reservation. Most recently, she completed writing her first novel, a fictionalized memoir about sickness and family. Deirdre decided on family medicine because “it is the specialty where the need to know the science of the body and the individuality of the person is most important. It is the all-inclusive specialty, one where a provider can care for sick and well patients across their entire lifespan.” Her interests in family medicine include full-spectrum family medicine, obstetrics/women’s health, integrative medicine including medical acupuncture, and preventative care.
Jigger Patel, M.D.
During medical school Jigger did volunteer work in Grenada. He chose family medicine because he feels it is the most challenging, yet most rewarding, field of medicine. His interests lie in practicing the full-spectrum of family medicine, as he loves the idea of taking care of an entire family/community by doing prenatal care to geriatric care while maintaining the roles of a healer, role model, and teacher for his patients and his community.
Sapan Bindal, M.D.
After graduating medical school, Sapan finished a year of rotating internships in various hospital departments and conducted ambulatory clinics in the slums of Bombay for childhood vaccinations and well-child exams as part of the Indian government’s Pulse Polio program. Sapan worked as a development associate for the foundation of UMDNJ Newark, a physician adjudicator for the Women’s Health Initiative, then moved onto a role as clinical coordinator with transplant infectious diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY. Sapan chose family medicine because of the ability to care for and connect with a wide range of patients on a personal level. He resides on the medical center campus with his wife & 2 beautiful children.
Selina Patel, M.D.
During medical school, she mentored a teen, volunteered, and worked as hard as she could to get into an amazing residency program (her words, not ours!). Selina decided to go into family medicine because she wanted “to care for a family, from the first ultrasound at pregnancy to the first bone density scan....[she wanted] to be able to answer and teach a teenager about their health decisions and to be able to treat their future kids as well as their own future health problems. Family medicine is where the ability to change the future starts! “
Steven San Filippo, M.D.
In medical school, Steven spent time rotating at the Betty Ford Center in California which opened his eyes to what can be done for victims of substance abuse. Steven chose family medicine for the ability to provide high-quality primary care to patients of all ages and backgrounds and to be able to make a difference for whole families and communities. Steven holds special interests in geriatrics, hospice, palliative medicine, community medicine, and urgent and emergency care.
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