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Third-Year Family Medicine Residents

Pheobe Askie

Pheobe Askie, MD, MPH
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical College, 2014
University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Nursing, 2008

Born of Liberian descent, I grew up in the Philadelphia area, across the bridge in South Jersey. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for undergraduate education and received a BS in Nursing and was pre-med. As a pre-med student, I developed a passion for working in community health. Between medical school and undergraduate education, I worked as a telemetry/step down nurse at hospital near my home for about one year.

I attended Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health where I received a combined MD/MPH. I decided to pursue a combined degree in medicine and public health because I love working with underserved populations and hope one day to develop a system based plan to reduce health disparities.

I chose family medicine because I believe the relationships that family doctors have with their patients and community would enable me to achieve my goal of improving the health of patients that live in underserved communities and solve system-based problems that prevent my patients from achieving optimal health.

During my downtime, I enjoy walking around Philadelphia because of the beautiful architecture, murals, and historic feel of the city. I also love to eat and cook delicious food- which Philadelphia is an ideal location to be able to do; as well as travel, read, and spend time with my family.

Lori Atkinson

Lori Atkinson, MD
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2014
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2009

I was born in Boston, MA but I was raised in a small suburb in central New Jersey. I'm the middle of 5 children, so I certainly have some stories from my time growing up there. I first moved to Philadelphia way back in 2005 to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where I received my BA in Biological Basis of Behavior and also minored in Psychology. After college, I worked for a year as a clinical research coordinator at Scheie Eye Institute assisting with a gene therapy clinical trial aimed at curing blindness resulting from a hereditary retinal degeneration. While I already knew ophthalmology would not be the path for me, it was an amazing opportunity to work closely with patients and gain a glimpse into cutting edge clinical research.

I then stuck around West Philadelphia for another 4 years to attend the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (always Penn Med to me). There my most meaningful experiences included coordinating a student-run medical clinic focused on caring for the homeless and transient population in West Philly and working as a teaching assistant for a number of the first and second year courses.

I had always known that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but my passion for family medicine grew midway through my medical school career. I quickly realized that developing long-term relationships with my patients is something that is extremely important to me and I loved the wonderful variety in patients, practice settings, and procedures that family medicine offered. Besides the fact that Jefferson Family Medicine allowed me to continue on my path of becoming a Philly lifer, I ultimately chose this residency program because of its commitment to the underserved, the depth and breadth of its community ties, the academic environment that would allow me to foster my passion for teaching, and the absolutely amazing people you'll find in our department.

When I'm not tied to my duties as a resident, I love exploring the restaurant and craft beer scene in Philly-- a major reason why I've stuck around for so long! Favorite restaurants include Amada, Kanella, Barbuzzo, Zama, and Bistrot La Minette, but there are still so many that I'm looking forward to trying.

Daniel Chung

Daniel Chung, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical College, 2014
Boston College, B.S., 2008

Hey! I was born in Delaware but spent my entire childhood in Cherry Hill, New Jersey just outside of Philadelphia. From there I shipped up to Beantown where I attended Boston College (go EAGLES!) where I majored in Biochemistry. I then moved back home and worked at a federally qualified health center in Philly where my vision of being a physician-advocate in the inner city was solidified. I then went to Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to start my journey into medicine.

I could not be happier to match at Jefferson. The program’s combination of academic excellence and genuinely caring faculty and residents is unrivaled. There is a large array of opportunities including our exclusive family medicine inpatient service, maternal-child health, geriatrics, palliative, adolescent, sports medicine, and LGBT care. But above all those great experiences, Jefferson has a commitment to caring for those in Philly at the margins of society and that’s what makes the program so appealing to me.

One added bonus of coming to Jefferson was being able to come back home! I am an avid Philly sports fan. I love the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers. Also, I eat out way too often. There are a ton of amazing restaurants to go to in Philly but my favorite is Tai Lake in Chinatown because I went there with my family regularly as a kid. I love riding my bike through the different neighborhoods of the city to wind down and relax. Driving around the city is also a favorite pastime of mine. I am always happy to drive friends to different places.

Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Collins, MD
Jefferson Medical College, 2014
Swarthmore College, B.A., 2006

I'm originally from a small town at the foot of the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania -- Uniontown. It's most famous for being on an exit sign on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Also, it is the home of the first Big Mac! You're welcome for the job security, future family medicine docs!

I've been in love with Philly since I was a little girl who bought a huge poster of the city's skyline to hang in my bedroom (nerd alert). I came here for school at Swarthmore College. I took a circuitous route to medicine, first being interested in a career in journalism, public health, and the social sciences. I did some research work after college that led me to find that my interests lie in direct patient care. I moved to New York for work and to do a postbac program at Columbia University. In New York, I saw that doctors could be at once compassionate caregivers to individual patients and agents of change to society at large. In medical school at Jefferson, it was clear that my academic interests (everything) and my desire for social change most closely aligned with family medicine. Also, we give the best hugs.

I feel very lucky for the chance to do family medicine training at Jefferson after doing medical school here. My classmates and I fondly referred to the JFMA faculty as the rock stars of medicine. And while so far, I've only seen Geoff Mills play the electric guitar, I've seen several of them in Van Halen wigs.

When I'm not resident-ing, I enjoy exploring the city I'm so lucky to call home. I love music, yoga (decidedly NOT Bikram), and dogs. I'm still elucidating my post-residency plans, but so far I'm particularly interested in HIV medicine, inpatient work, gyn outpatient procedures and geriatrics.

Danielle Dang

Danielle Dang, MD, MPH
Jefferson Medical College, 2014
Boston University School of Public Health, MPH, 2006
Boston University, B.A., 2004

As a child of Vietnamese immigrants from whom I have inherited an incredible zest for cultural exploration, it was always hard to say where I “grew up.” Northern Virginia is where I call home, but I have had the incredible opportunity to live all over the globe. After obtaining my undergraduate degree from Boston University, I decided to stay on and obtain a Masters of Public Health - mostly because I wasn't quite sure what to do with my life.

One thing led to another and I found myself living in Zambia managing various CDC grants and HIV research projects. As my wanderlust was adequately tempered after years in Africa, I realized that attending medical school would allow me to more fully engage and serve the communities that I had become a part of. Plus I was getting really tired of constantly contracting malaria. After returning to Boston for a short stint directing HIV behavioral health research at the Fenway Institute in Boston, I moved to Philadelphia to attend Jefferson Medical College.

Clearly, I drank the kool-aid as I stayed to complete my residency here. As a family medicine resident in Philly, my desire to work with urban underserved populations is obvious. In brief; underserved care is simply what I think medicine is - and obtaining my clinical training here has put me in the company of like-minded residents and attendings. From homeless outreach to community engagement, every day has both challenged and humbled me, and I feel fortunate to have found a program where I can learn as much from my patients as I do from my faculty.

When not at work, I can be found in close proximity to food. Often, I also balance out all the eating with a combination of yoga, a secret-not-so-secret obsession with musical theater, and an unwavering devotion to my #1 true passion - Bruce Springsteen. (Family Medicine is a very close #2).

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer LaPorta, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical College, 2014
University of Virginia, B.S., 2010

I was born and raised in New Jersey spending time with family and friends at the beach, hiking, and waitressing on the shore. I discovered a passion for helping others and global health while volunteering with the Red Cross Measles Campaign in high school. I attended the University of Virginia (wahoowah!) where I grew my interest in medicine while teaching Chemistry classes, running for the club cross country team, volunteering with APO, and dating my future husband Kevin!

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, I returned back to my home state to attend medical school at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson. During medical school, I spent time working in underserved care at the Promise Clinic, organizing events with student government, and adventuring around NYC’s restaurant scene in my free time. During 3rd year in med school when I couldn’t decide between pediatrics, internal medicine, geriatrics, or obstetrics, I knew family medicine was the perfect choice, and I’ve never looked back!

Matching into Jefferson was a dream come true! My patients come from all backgrounds, they make me laugh, and they truly feel like a part of our Jefferson family since we take care of them inpatient and outpatient with seamless continuity of care. Philly has been a wonderful place to live, work, and eat (especially Beiler’s donuts!)… so come join us!

Robert McClowry

Robert McClowry, MD - Chief Resident
Jefferson Medical College, 2014
Michigan State University, B.S., 2010

Hello! I was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and grew up in the Detroit suburbs. I went to undergrad at Michigan State University (GO GREEN!), where I received a B.S. in Physiology, a minor in Spanish (which involved study abroad), and a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society. I was heavily involved in basic science and medical research in undergrad, but I quickly learned that it was working with people that drove me to enjoy my job so much. Thus, I embarked on the medical school adventure at Jefferson Medical College.

While at Jefferson, I became fascinated by medical education and became a student admissions coordinator. I also worked with local high school students who were interested in medical careers. I was elected to AOA and GHHS, and through these groups, worked to continue to foster my interest in medical education and working with underserved populations. Choosing a field in medicine was difficult because as I rotated through specialties as a third year, I found myself liking everything. Where could I see adults and children, do Obstetrical care, treat psychiatric conditions, and be inpatient and outpatient all while using the biopsychosocial model? Oh- Family Medicine! JFMA has allowed me to explore all of my career interests from the very beginning of residency. I have strong interests in Hospital Medicine, Palliative Care, HIV Primary Care, LGBT Health, Geriatrics, and Reproductive and Family Planning (any wonder I picked Family Medicine?).

For the past six years, I have been eating my way through Philadelphia, exploring its historical attributes, and using its prime location to travel to serve my culture thirst- where else can you see a Broadway show, come back home, and then go to the ocean the next day?

Laura Parente

Laura Parente, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical College, 2014
Kean University, B.S., 2008

Hi! I was born and raised in New Jersey within a close-knit Portuguese immigrant family. My undergraduate education took place at nearby Kean University followed by an intramural research training program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

I enrolled at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School during which I was involved with The Promise Clinic, a student-run clinic for the underserved New Brunswick population. During my clinical rotations, I liked aspects of each rotation but Family Medicine was where I was the happiest and the most challenged.

When trying to select a residency program, I wanted to train in an environment where I could work with passionate individuals who loved their work and Jefferson Family Medicine was the best fit! On my free time, I enjoy walking through Philadelphia and learning about the different neighborhoods. I'm a big fan of history and we have a lot of it in this city.

Yury Parra

Yury Parra, MD
University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine, 2013
New York University, B.A., 2008

I was born in Colombia, spending part of my childhood there until moving to New York City. I then had the opportunity to attend New York University for my undergraduate education. My road to medicine started while participating in internships at the New City Department of Health that focused on community health interventions and explored the social determinants of health. Those experiences solidified my interested in merging medicine with community health and guided my decision to attend medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of the Urban Medicine Curriculum and subsequently the Patient-Centered Medicine Scholars.

I decided on family medicine after realizing that the most gratifying moments of my day were the ones that involved a direct personal interaction with my patients and that in this field I have the most opportunities to be an advocate and empower my patients to improve their own health.

Why Jefferson? In addition to a strong clinical training, the emphasis in community health was major factor for me to choose Jefferson. It is unique for its underserved medicine track and refugee health program. Additionally, it is very exciting to be surrounded by passionate group of faculty and residents! Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching independent films and spending time with my family and friends.

Elizabeth Steadman

Elizabeth Talley, MD - Chief Resident
Medical University of South Carolina, College of Medicine, 2014
Wofford College, B.S., 2008

I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina (actually this is my first time living outside of SC). I did undergrad at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. I took 2 years off between college and medical school and worked as a clinical research coordinator for the OB/GYN Department at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Following those two years, I attended medical school at MUSC as well.

I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a doctor. My grandfather was a general practitioner in a small town in SC and would let me be his "assistant" when patients came to visit his home office. I came to Jefferson because I was looking for an academically strong program with underserved care and opportunities to volunteer with student run medical clinics, as participating in one at my medical school significantly shaped my experiences.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, walking/running, cooking, crafting, reading, playing with my dog (Grizzie), spending time with my husband, watching old movies, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Second-Year Family Medicine Residents


Zoe Agoos, MD
University of Vermont College of Medicine, 2015
Brown University, B.A., 2007

I’m originally from Boston, MA and then stayed in New England for college at Brown University. I was an anthropology major and did my thesis on ancient Mayan glyphs and ceramics (because why not!) as well as studying abroad on a comparative health program that took me to India, China, and South Africa. After graduating I moved back to Boston and worked as a research and academic assistant in global public health at Harvard Medical School for nearly four years before entering medical school myself at the University of Vermont. At UVM, I was involved with refugee health education and then was lucky enough to receive an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to start a Patient Navigator Program for non-working adults in the local Bhutanese refugee community. I was also a member of our student Wellness Committee and spent a summer working with the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program in Gallup, NM working with Navajo Community Health Representatives.

I chose family medicine because it will allow me to have longitudinal relationships with my patients and their families, and because this is the only field of medicine I encountered that really takes into account the psychosocial, cultural, and financial aspects of life that affect our patients’ health. I’m excited to be doing my residency at Jefferson because of the amazingly committed, talented, and passionate people here from the administration to the faculty to my co-residents. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the many underserved primary care efforts here, especially refugee health, and hoping that along the way I’ll be able to use some of my Spanish and American Sign Language.


Grace Amadi, MD
University of Michigan Medical School, 2015
Duke University, B.S., 2010

Hello! I grew up in Northville, MI and went to Duke University for undergrad, where I double majored in art history and biology. I returned back home for medical school at the University of Michigan. Though I went straight from college to medical school, I took a year off between my third and fourth year of medical school and did several things including working as a server at a restaurant, substitute teaching (every subject from cosmetology to math), starting a health coaching program at a free health clinic, and teaching a course about the intersections between art and medicine to second year medical students at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

I decided on family medicine during my third year, when I realized that I loved the challenge of taking care of people of all ages, wanted to build meaningful, longitudinal relationships with my patients, and wanted to better understand and advocate for my patients in the context of their family and community. I chose Jefferson because of its commitment to providing great quality care to the surrounding community as well as its attention to providing a great educational experience to residents and preparing them to do whatever they want in the future. I look forward to a great three years in Philadelphia!


Bryan Botti, MD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2015
Cornell University, B.A., 2011

I'm from Livingston, NJ, which is about 40 minutes outside New York City. I went to Cornell University for undergrad, where I majored in Neurobiology & Behavior and minored in Spanish, Music, and Theatre Performance. In college I thought I wanted to be an actor or a biologist, but I realized I wasn't talented enough for the former and I didn't like bench research enough for the latter. So I decided on medicine because I felt it encompassed both science and humanities.

I then went back to Jersey to attend medical school at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where I had some difficulty deciding on a specialty because I liked all of my rotations. I decided on family medicine because of its broad and varied nature, the potential to do almost anything in your career, and the opportunity to be the primary healthcare provider for someone. To me, that's what being a doctor has always been about.

I chose Jefferson because of its rigorous academic training in an underserved community setting. I felt it would provide the best way to become a confident, competent family physician while also working with patients who need healthcare the most. Also, after visiting here, I felt the faculty and residents were cool, down-to-earth people with goals very similar to mine.

In my free time I love picking things up and putting them back down at the gym (aka weightlifting), singing, seeing plays, going to the beach, and exploring restaurants and bars in Philadelphia. I'm still new to the area, so I'm enjoying seeing all the fun things this city has to offer!


Laura Emerson, MD
University of Florida, College of Medicine, 2015
University of Florida, B.A., 2010

I am a native of Gainesville, FL, and I attended undergraduate school and medical school at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). My interest in medicine was solidified when I studied abroad in Paris during college. I did an internship in a pediatric ER there, and I learned about the maternal-child health programs available in France. During medical school, I went to rural Mexico as part of an outreach trip, and I volunteered at a free clinic for the underserved in Gainesville. When deciding what field of medicine to go into, I knew I wanted to go into primary care. As I looked at the health care needs of the US and other countries, it became obvious to me that providing sound primary care to a community could make a huge difference in the community’s health outcomes. Furthermore, I knew I would never get bored in family medicine, because there is such an incredible variety in what family medicine doctors see and do.

When it came time to apply to residency programs, I decided it was finally time to branch out and leave the Swamp! I was initially drawn to Jefferson because of the respect the family medicine program has at Jefferson and within the field of family medicine. I wanted to develop a solid background in full spectrum family medicine, women’s health, adolescent health, and urban medicine.

Most importantly, I wanted to spend the next three years of my life in a supportive environment with a group of fun residents and approachable faculty that take mentorship seriously. So far I have been very happy in Philadelphia! There are tons of places that satisfy my inner Francophile (Parc and Miele!) and so many opportunities to experience the arts – the Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Ballet are two of my favorites. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, baking treats for my co-residents, dancing, and cycling.


Mariana Kuperman, MD, MPH
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2015
Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Population Health, MPH, 2013
The George Washington University, B.A., 2003

Hi! I graduated from George Washington University in 2003 with a BA in International Affairs and Spanish. I then returned to my native city of Philadelphia and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with a Puerto Rican women’s group. I worked for four years at the Maternity Care Coalition’s Cribs for Kids program, and it was there that I realized that my passion for Public Health would best be fulfilled as a physician. I completed a two-year postbac at University of Pennsylvania and began medical school at Jefferson Medical College in 2011. While completing medical school, I did not lose sight of my connection to Public Health. During my application year, I completed the coursework for a Master’s in Public Health, and received my MPH from Jefferson in May 2013.

While I loved so many specialties, Family Medicine was the only one where I felt people really cared about all aspects of the patient and where I could really apply my passion for population health. I chose Jefferson because I loved the residents and attendings so much and knew that I wanted to stay in the Philly area.

When not doing medical things, I love to exercise – yoga, running, Pure Barre, Lithe, I’ll try anything! I also love spending time with my husband, parents, twin brother, and all our friends and family in Philly. I have SO many favorite restaurants here, but my #1 is definitely Osteria!


Lionel McIntosh, MD
Yale School of Medicine, 2011
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 2005

I was born in The Bahamas and grew up in Mack Town, a settlement on the southern shores of the island of Grand Bahama. I completed my undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University where I studied Neuroscience and Italian. Medical school took me to New Haven, Connecticut where I attended the Yale School of Medicine. Here I completed my medical studies and a Master’s degree in Health Science.

Prior to joining the team at Jefferson I worked in pharmaceuticals as part of a team producing TDF the active ingredient in Tenofovir and as a physician in the national heath service in The Bahamas. I was drawn to Family Medicine because the patient is at the center of the specialty’s philosophical dogma. Continuity of care, community outreach and the ability to care for patients of all ages piqued my interests. The training facilitates a holistic approach to the care of the patient and provides a solid foundation on which one is able to carve out a niche in medicine based on one’s interests. My interests in medicine are varied but I enjoy adolescent medicine and HIV/AIDS education/outreach.

Jefferson is a natural fit for me because of the genuine camaraderie that exists between the faculty and residents. Moreover, the program’s legacy of academic and clinical excellence make it an outstanding program in which to train. Philadelphia is also an amazing city with lots to offer in the arts, entertainment, sports and culture.

I consider anything involving food to be a good time. As a newbie to the Philadelphia area I am impressed with the culinary fare and would recommend Petit Roti, Brown Sugar and Erawan as spots to try. Outside of medicine I enjoy running, playing capoeira, going to the beach and sampling new foods.


Allison Rague, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2015
Gettysburg College, B.A., 2009

I am originally from a small town in Northern Pennsylvania where I grew up biking in the summer and skiing in the winters. I left my little town for another small town to go to Gettysburg College where I received my bachelors of arts in Health Science. I waivered in my career choices for a while before finally decided on medicine by my senior year of college. While I studied for the MCAT and worked on applications I moved to Washington, D.C. In D.C I worked as a server at Café Deluxe and enjoyed being a “real person.” From D.C., I moved to Philadelphia to start medical school at Jefferson. I initially found Philly to be a little gritty compared to DC, but soon fell in love with the city!

Deciding on family medicine was an obvious choice for me. I was influenced by the great family physicians I knew growing up. They were my neighbors, family friends, and doctors. I knew I wanted to be a part of a community and families. Going to school at Jefferson allowed me to see all the family medicine can be. There is something here for everyone. I saw people working in communities throughout the city, involved in adolescent care, women’s health, geriatrics, refugee health, working abroad, etc.

When it came to choosing a residency I wanted to find a place and program that felt right. I had worked in the Department as a student and witnessed the unparalleled reputation the residents and faculty have at the university. The residents, faculty, and staff are all incredibly supportive. Everyone wants to see us succeed. Additionally, fun traditions already in place, like a holiday party where residents roast the attendings, retreats, book club, and weekly happy hours. I ultimately couldn’t leave such an amazing community where I was confident I would receive an education that would allow for a wide breadth of practice. I was lucky enough to find all of this and only have to move three blocks!

In my free time I love trying new gym classes like spinning, yoga, and dance-party workout. I also enjoy running and biking along the river. Since life is all about balance I make sure to eat a lot at Philly’s amazing restaurants. Some of my favorites include Barbuzzo, Tria, Hawthornes, and the list goes on and on!


Bruce Reaves, MD
Howard University College of Medicine, 2014
Duke University, B.S., 2010

I was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA then when I was thirteen, I moved to High Point, NC. I attended Duke University for undergrad where I majored in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, and minored in Chemistry and Visual Arts. After undergrad I moved to Washington, DC and attended Howard University College of Medicine; becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college.

Ever since I was five, I wanted to become a physician. Then, it was because I thought that doctors were superheroes and their coats were capes. Little has changed; I still have a love and admiration for the white coat. I specifically chose Family Medicine because I appreciate the ability to be able to treat people of all populations- regardless of age, gender or location. Very few specialties allow you to practice and diagnose medicine with only your hands and mind when called to do so (this is necessary in certain populations- globally and locally)—I experienced this first hand on a medical mission to Haiti while in medical school. It was there that I realized that I belonged in family medicine.

One of many things that attracted me to the Jefferson family was its commitment to the community and our patients. Very few programs have such an array of respected community-based programs in addition to a top-rated hospital. Also the Family Medicine Department at Jefferson is truly amazing; they are personally invested in the residency program and making sure that each new (and old) doctor reaches his or her full potential.

Outside of the hospital I love watching movies, going to the gym and exploring the artistic scene that Philly has to offer—from shows at the Mann to musicals at Forrest Theater to the Barnes Foundation.


Angela Silverman, MD, MPH
Temple University School of Medicine, 2015
Drexel University School of Public Health, MPH, 2011
Appalachian State University, B.S., 2007

I grew up in Cuba, NY - a tiny town two hours south of Buffalo where I climbed trees, swam in the lake, and built snow forts every winter. From there my family moved to North Carolina, where I graduated high school and stayed to attend Appalachian State University. After much internal debate and many English literature classes, I earned my degree in Exercise Science. I spent two years living the young adult dream in San Francisco, working at a fitness center/spa and volunteering with the community when I wasn't out exploring both California's natural world and its urban life. I moved back east in 2009 to get my MPH from Drexel University in Philadelphia and stayed for medical school at Temple University. Philly has grown and truly grown on me over the past six years, and I'm excited to be staying for residency at Jefferson!

I began working with urban underserved populations serving meals to the homeless in San Francisco, and was able to continue to do so in Philadelphia through a local needle exchange clinic and my work with shelter-based health education and clinics at Temple. Along with my MD, I earned a Masters in Urban Bioethics from Temple, which allowed me the opportunity to think outside the hospital and get into the community as a health care provider. I feel fortunate today to be at an institution that values what's important to me - providing high quality, comprehensive medical care to diverse urban underserved communities and doing so with passion and joy. I have interests in HIV care, global health, LGBT health, reproductive health and family planning, and I feel fully supported in learning and exploring my interests at Jefferson. The program and its community partners provide every opportunity to learn as much as I can about all these things and much more!

In my free time, I love to travel - I've made it to five out of seven continents in the past five years (Antarctica, here I come!). My favorite adventures have included driving across the US on my own, writing med school applications beside Montmarte, climbing Masada at dawn, seeing the pyramids and cruising down the Nile, and standing under the falls at Iguazu. When I can't travel, I enjoy biking, fostering kittens, reading until dawn, finding all the best vegan food and drinks, and exploring my own city!


Claire Thesing, MD
Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2015
University of Notre Dame, B.S., 2011

 I grew up in small town New Hampshire, but left the woods, mountains, and beaches of New England for college. I spent four years at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN (Go Irish!) where I was fortunate to have some formative experiences including tutoring at the local homeless shelter, working with refugee populations in my home state, and studying abroad in France. After undergrad I returned to the East Coast for medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine in DC, and now have moved a little further north to join the great community at Jefferson and to explore another new city!

Growing up with a dad who is a family physician and a mom whose unofficial job was to give back to the community, family medicine just made sense to me as a specialty choice. I want to work directly with patients, to care for the many aspects of individual’s life that affects their health such as their social supports, and to help them to live healthy lives.

Jefferson’s family medicine program offers what I am looking for in my training: a strong academic environment with both intensive inpatient training on a family medicine team as well as diverse outpatient opportunities beyond a continuity clinic that include working at a federally qualified health center. Not only does the program’s structure and mission align with my own goals in family medicine, but the people in the program are all driven to care for all patients, regardless of age, income, or background. I am excited to learn from and with them over the next three years.

Besides medicine, I love spending time with friends and family, exploring neighborhoods, finding new coffee shops, and eating delicious foods. I’m slowly starting to pursue these adventures as I get to know Philly. I’m an avid runner (ok, maybe jogger) and love to toss the Frisbee. Really, any chance to be outside I certainly embrace. I am grateful to be in a city and at a program that allows me such a variety of opportunities!

First-Year Family Medicine Residents


Miranda Aragon, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2016
University of New Mexico, B.A., 2012

I'm a native New Mexican, and though I'm spoiled on ridiculously good food there, I'm excited to start the next adventure in a beautiful and fun part of the country! I studied minority and policy issues during undergrad at the University of New Mexico and graduated with a BA in political science. After a whirlwind backpacking tour of Europe, I promptly started medical school with the goal of finding opportunities to work with underserved communities and fire people up about systemic change.

During medical school I spent time working in vibrant communities (including the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico shortly after the Gold King Mine contamination) and on important initiatives, especially regarding reproductive health. It has continued to inspire me to work toward social equity, which is where family medicine comes in! I'm excited to be working in a field that prioritizes relationships and the concept of well-being at the center of a complex web of social, political, economic and environmental systems. Jeff appealed to me because of the diverse patient population, opportunities for family planning training and the warm, welcoming FM family.

I'm a total foodie and enjoy traveling, hiking, intersectionality, live music, road trips, and making really awesome playlists (in my humble opinion).


Kyle Bardet, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
University of California, Davis, B.S., 2010

I’m a California native who has decided to make South Philadelphia home. I was born on the beach in SoCal, grew up in the Central Valley, and attended UC Davis in Northern California. Originally planning for a career as a veterinarian, I studied animal sciences before getting a degree in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior. I managed veterinary hospitals in California and Philadelphia after college, even though I quickly realized I preferred working with patients who talked more and bit less. I realized that anatomy and physiology aren’t nearly as interesting without the social interactions, relationships, and emotional context only human patients have, and I was sold on family medicine early on.

I attended medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and chose to stay at Jefferson for residency to continue working with Philadelphia’s diverse and urban populations. Outside of doctoring, I enjoy TV, napping, and eating dessert (the most important meal of my day). To make up for these vices, you can find me running the Schuylkill River Trail or walking my dog, Gryff, through the many parks in the city.


Sunny Lai, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, 2016
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2015
University of California, Berkley, B.A., 2009

For nearly three decades, I called the San Francisco Bay Area my home. I spent the first thirteen years in the South Bay growing up on the same street as Apple. In high school, I moved to the North Bay, a place with bountiful redwood trees, to attend a high school with a strong orchestra where I played the violin. In college, I ventured to the East Bay to study international development at the University of California, Berkeley. After two years of working at a community clinic in San Francisco, I studied medicine at University of California, San Francisco with an emphasis in urban underserved care (PRIME-US track) and took a year to study public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

I am excited to finally begin my work as a family medicine doctor! I first learned about the specialty while working at a community health clinic in San Francisco after college. As a health coach, not a single day passed without hearing how poverty, violence, and general life chaos caused or contributed to people's health conditions. There I witnessed numerous family medicine doctors who were attuned to this reality and incorporated it seamlessly into their care. Not only were they their patients’ trusted guides in illness and health, they were also their advocates for better social conditions. Ever since, I have wanted to follow in their footsteps.

When I interviewed at Jefferson, I felt right at home! I sensed a strong commitment to social justice and the surrounding community. I knew that I could flourish and become the physician that I want to be here. Although I miss the Bay Area tremendously, I cannot wait to explore all that Philadelphia has to offer. Ask me in a few months and hopefully I can tell you about my favorite underground arts collectives, hikes, noodle shops, and people.


Amy Leshner, MD
University of London, St. George's School of Medicine, 2016
Rutgers University, Rutgers College Honors Program, B.A., 2009

I am from South Jersey, but as many of us from the suburbs do, I call Philadelphia my home. I graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 2009, where I studied biology and cognitive science. Studying cognitive science helped me to see how we could take an interdisciplinary look at the mind and self, and that same mentality led me to a holistic view of health and the body… which has led me to family medicine! After college, I worked at the Center for Studies of Addiction at UPenn for a couple of years and got to know what the behind-the-scenes of clinical research looks like while learning about the important and complex field of addiction.

I then headed off to medical school in a unique program through St. George’s, University of London in which we spent the first two years studying in Cyprus and the second two years in Chicago while earning a UK degree. It was wonderful to live and study in two such different and culturally rich environments. I had classmates from all over the world, and have gained perspective by learning alongside friends and teachers with varied and vibrant backgrounds.

I was drawn to Family Medicine as soon as I entered medical school. I care deeply about health equity, meaningful patient-provider relationships, education, and wellness, and this is the field of medicine that shares my values most closely. I am thrilled to train at Jefferson where they are amazing at turning those values into action. Plus, after a few years spent exploring the world outside of the East Coast, I get to come home to friends, family, and my favorite concert venues to boot. In my free time I like to keep houseplants alive, read recipes and then disregard them, try new fitness regimens for two weeks at a time, and learn to identify birds, but mostly just be outside and get excited about nature.


Erica Li, MD
Boston University School of Medicine, 2016
Boston University B.A., 2013

I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up there with my parents and two sisters. After high school, I decided to do the combined BA/MD program at Boston University. I majored in medical sciences with a minor in anthropology, which I loved. Over the last seven years, Boston has become my second home. Although I am sad to be leaving Boston, I am also extremely excited to move to Philadelphia to start my family medicine residency.

I decided to pursue medicine pretty early on and I haven’t looked back since. Every experience I had during medical school only reaffirmed my choice. During my third year of medical school, it became obvious that family medicine was the specialty for me. I love getting to know people and their stories and I’m excited for the genuine and longitudinal relationships that I will develop with my patients.

I chose the Jefferson program for residency because of the amazing faculty who are committed to teaching and the emphasis on service to the community and marginalized populations. I also immediately felt connected to the residents and staff that I met. I can’t wait to become a part of the Jefferson family!

When I’m not at work, I’ll most likely be eating something delicious, running outside by the water, or binge-watching Netflix. I also love to read books, go to concerts, and cook (or attempt to).


Gillian Love, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
The Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 2012

I grew up in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania - middle of nowhere, known only for the hometown of Yuengling. Cheers! I went to Penn State for my undergrad and majored in neurobiology. I’ve always been interested in human interactions and wrote my thesis in the biobehavioral health department. My combined interests in both people and science led me to Jefferson for med school!

Choosing family medicine was a simple decision for me; it’s the only specialty that allows me to explore all of my (very different) interests. I adore geriatrics and palliative care, but also love adolescents, family planning, and mental healthcare. The eye-opening opportunities I had in med school and all of the amazing people at JFMA made me want to stay for residency!

After growing up in a rural area, I love living in Philly. In my free time, my favorite “hobby” is restaurant and bar hopping with friends. I am so glad to be staying here to continue my restaurant bucket list! I also love traveling, playing piano (keyboard in my tiny apartment), tennis, and going to spin class. When I feel less motivated, I’m great at binge-watching Showtime and Real Housewives.


Rebecca Simon, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
The George Washington University, B.S., 2011

As my love for cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and the Phillies would suggest, I was born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs of the city. I spent my formative college years just down I-95 in Washington, DC, in pursuit of the Obamas and a bachelor's in Public Health at The George Washington University. It was there that I gained awareness for the importance of primary care and built on my passion to community service. My decision to become a family physician and to pursue Jefferson for medical school and residency was inspired by my work with vulnerable populations.

After college I returned to my beloved Philly and worked with Project HOME in their medical clinic and as the healthcare services coordinator for the Hub of Hope winter initiative, which aims to house chronically street homeless individuals. In medical school I joined the Urban Underserved Program, traveled to Rwanda with JeffHEALTH, rotated with IHS in Shiprock, New Mexico and directed a weekly clinic through JeffHOPE and its partnership with Prevention Point Philadelphia — all focused on addressing healthcare needs of medically underserved populations.

In my free time you can find me running around the city with my dog, a black lab-basset hound mix, or eating at one of the city’s amazing restaurants. I am so excited to be staying in Philly for the proximity to my family, the food, and the Phillies!


Daniel Sizemore, MD
The University of Toledo College of Medicine, 2016
University of Toledo, M.S., 2012
Cedarville University, B.A., 2011

I was born and raised in Freehold, NJ, but wanting to see more of the world I decided to do my undergraduate education at a small school in central OH called Cedarville University. There I learned that much of the world consists of unending cornfields. However, I also developed my passion for medicine during this time. While I majored in Psychology and planned on an academic career, I did an internship at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) where I soon fell in love with their philosophy of providing high quality healthcare to underserved populations.

I stayed in the Midwest as I completed my Masters and Medical degrees at the University of Toledo. Even before starting med school, I pretty much knew that I would end up in primary care and my time spent volunteering at the student-run free medical clinic and on my clinical rotations only cemented that fact. Seeing the breadth and variety of services a family doctor can provide and the core tenants of continuity of care, community involvement, and holistic care made it obvious that family medicine was the only choice for me.

After witnessing the academic rigor and passion for underserved care that both the residents and the faculty at Jefferson exhibit, it became clear that this was the best choice for the next step in my medical education. (Plus it didn’t hurt that my co-residents seemed to share my enjoyment of good food and drinks.)

When not in the clinical setting, I spend my time walking around and exploring the city, being an amateur movie critic, looking at pictures of cute animals on the internet, and attempting to teach myself Spanish.


Michael Weissberger, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 2016
The College of William & Mary, M.S., 2010
The College of William & Mary, B.S., 2005

I’m originally from Norfolk, VA which is known for its Navy base and for its proximity to Virginia Beach — neither of which I frequented. I went to the College of William and Mary (Go Tribe!!) for undergrad and graduate school where I studied computer science.

Afterwards I worked as a software engineer and web/graphic designer for several research projects and for a not-for-profit. In fact I spent ten years in Williamsburg, VA again rarely visiting its main attraction — Colonial Williamsburg! It was here however that I would find the first sign of my future: a Thomas Jefferson statue on campus and TJ re-enactors in class with me (I should have known)... I really enjoyed working as a computer nerd, but wanted more human interaction in my day to day life, so I decided to attend medical school at MCV/VCU School of Medicine in Richmond, VA, a whole 45 miles up the road.

While at MCV, it became very quickly apparent to me that family medicine was the specialty that so much enjoyed the kinds of gratifying longitudinal connections I was searching for in a career. I also felt a close shared sense of humanism with many people I met in the field. Also I liked everything in medical school!

I chose Jefferson because of its focus on community medicine, its work helping the marginalized populations of Philadelphia, its focus on women’s health and family planning, and because of the great people with whom I clicked during my interview. Jefferson really embodied what I was looking for: an excellent academic program, passionate people, a socially progressive mission, and a warm environment. It also helps that Philadelphia is a WONDERFUL city.

In my free time I enjoy baking bread, cooking, reading and getting involved in politics, ultimate frisbee, watching baseball, singing (I was in a barbershop quartet and the glee club!), watching movies, playing with my dog Murphy, and going out to eat. I am really looking forward to eating my way through the city!


Anna Woods, MD
SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, 2016
University of Chicago, B.A., 2010

Born and raised in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, I ventured to the Midwest to play basketball and pursue a degree in Human Development at the University of Chicago. After graduating I realized my days as a competitive athlete were over, but my interest in the medicine was only just beginning. I returned to the Philadelphia area to attend Bryn Mawr's post-bac program and work as a research assistant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Upon completion of the program, I obtained my medical degree at Jefferson, and it was there that I solidified my passion for family medicine.

I chose family medicine because it spoke to both my interests in human development and primary care. I decided to continue my training at Jefferson because it is near the people I love, in the city I call home, and is such a fantastic program I could not leave. When I am not practicing medicine, I like to stay active-whether it's playing a game of knock out for old time's sake, swimming, or even letting my dog lead the way as we go for a stroll through the historic yet lively streets of Philly.

Christine A. Arenson, MD

Christine A. Arenson, MD
Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

R. Patrick McManus, MD

R. Patrick
McManus, MD

Director, Residency Program

Krys Foster, MD, MPH
Fourth Year Chief
Clinical Instructor

Daniel Doggett
Program Coordinator

Department of
Family & Community Medicine

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