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Sandra Augusto, MD, MPH
Education Director
Assistant Professor

St. Georges University School of Medicine, MD (2015), MPH (2009)
UMass Chan Family Medicine Residency, 2018
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Sandra's interests include global health, MCH and community health
Personal Facts: Sandra's personal interests include Portuguese folk dancing, running and good food


Peter Blake PA-C

Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Rural medicine, comprehensive pediatrics and adult medicine.
Why Barre Family Health Center: After practicing and gaining experience I wished to expand to both learn and provide more comprehensive care to patients of all ages. This is where I found that Barre Family Health center offers a location where I may treat families, perform procedures, teach, and learn critical medical knowledge to better treat patients in an outpatient setting.
Personal Facts: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife, son, and labradoodle as well as playing disc golf, snowboarding, and discussing Star Wars.
Quote: "This is the way" (from Disney)


Corey Costanzo, DO, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor 

Boston Medical Center, 2022 
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2019
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Women’s health and obstetrics, family planning, rural medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health. 
About UMass: After finishing residency in Boston, I was looking for a clinic where I could provide quality, full spectrum care, including maternity care and osteopathic treatment, for families. Barre Family Health Center has a long history of dedication to the surrounding communities while also having the benefit of being a part of the UMass system allowing patients access to continuity and specialty care. I also very much enjoy clinical teaching and sharing the knowledge I have learned with the next generation of physicians. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the Barre team and work with such a caring group of staff and providers.
Personal Facts: My training has taken me from coast to coast, from Boston to Colorado back to Boston and finally home to central Mass. I could not be more excited to return and provide care to the communities I grew up close to! Outside of work, I spend most time with family and friends. I enjoy the outdoors and am always trying to fit in as much skiing, paddleboarding, and hiking as possible!


Alex Doering, MD

UMass Family Medicine Residency, Barre
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
Bowdoin College
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Full-spectrum family medicine, geriatrics, palliative care
About UMass: UMass Chans Medical School was founded with the goal of teaching providers how to provide primary care to the Commonwealth, and UMass Memorial Medical Center and the Worcester Family Medicine Residency align with that goal.  The residency program is also unique, in that we have three very different outpatient clinic sites.  Unlike a lot of other residency programs, where you have to match and then enter a lottery for a specific clinic site, our program allows residency applicants to rank each clinic site in the Match.  Despite the different outpatient clinic sites, residents overlap on all inpatient rotations, and it is fun to get to learn from residents at other clinic sites   
Why Barre Family Health Center: I am from a rural town in Maine, and I was initially drawn to Barre Family Health Center for residency because it allowed me to practice outpatient medicine in a rural setting, while also getting to practice inpatient medicine in the second biggest city in New England, Worcester. Barre is also a very procedure-heavy clinic, and I love the breadth of procedures we get to see - everything from laceration repairs to endometrial biopsies.  I am excited that I get to stay as an attending physician and see all of my former co-residents graduate from the residency program
Personal Facts: I love cooking, hiking, and movies. My partner and I are currently gearing up for a northbound through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2024




Elizabeth Dykhouse, Ph.D,
Director of Behavioral Science
Associate Residency Director 

Assistant Professor 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University.
Predoctoral internship with I Ola Lahui Rural Behavioral Health (HI)
Postdoctoral fellowship with Salud Family Health Centers (CO)
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Dr. Dykhouse's background is in primary care psychology and health psychology. She is particularly interested in the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate care and has experience working with interpreters as well as practicing directly in Spanish. 




Lauren Eidt Pearson, MSW, LICSW

Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest:  Integrated Behavioral Health, Geriatric Mental Health, Disaster Mental Health, Grief, Palliative/Hospice Care
Personal Facts: I am a dog mom and have recently completed training with my black lab who is now a First Responder Therapy Dog.   I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time at the ocean.




Stephen Earls, MD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Former Education Director and Medical Director 

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences of The George Washington University
The George Washington University, MD
Miriam Hospital Internal Medicine Residency
University of Massachusetts/Worcester City Hospital
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Rural Health, Healthcare and Practice Management 
About UMass: Our health centers are the strength of our program. Located in the community rather than in the hospital, our residents enjoy an opportunity to be a genuine community family physician while experiencing the excellent training offered in a major university medical center. 
Why I Chose Family Medicine: I grew up with a general practitioner providing care to my family and was impressed with the way in which he was able to make it all seem like it would turn out all right. Meeting a community need as he did became my ambition and I felt I could only do that in Family Medicine. While the science of medicine is interesting, the relationship with patients is what I enjoy. 
Personal Facts: Avid but not very good golfer. Proud father and grandfather.



  Kristina Gracey, MD, MPH 
Assistant Professor

Albany Medical College, 2013
Albany Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, 2016
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Resident and medical student education especially in women's health, perinatal services, geriatric care, community engagement
About UMass: It is an honor to be working at UMass, practicing full-fledged Family Medicine at the Barre Family Health Center while delivering babies and taking care of patients of all ages in the clinic and at UMass Memorial Hospital. I have a particular enthusiasm for teaching medical students and residents and feel fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues who share similar passions and have unique clinical skillsets.
Personal Facts: My husband and I, alongside our three young children, love hiking mountains locally and in different parts of the world, meeting new people in interesting places and taking care of our many farm animals. The beautiful rural environment full of centenarians, strong academic community, diverse Worcester community, and countless opportunities for personal and professional growth brought me to (and keep me at) UMass. 



  Nicholas Hajj, MD
Assistant Professor

UMass Chan Medical School
UMass Chan Family Medicine Residency, 2019
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Full-spectrum Family Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, Rural Health education
About UMass:  As a UMass “lifer” (I did my undergrad, medical school, and residency all within the UMass system), I have come to appreciate all that UMass has to offer. The residency program is the perfect blend of high-quality training with amazing support for the residents. There is so much opportunity for learning and growth; when the time came to look for a full-time position, I realized that UMass was the best place to pursue my goals of being an academic full-spectrum family doctor in Massachusetts.
Why Barre Family Health Center: I love our patient population, the people I work with, and the opportunities we have to be a part of the community and practice full spectrum care.
Personal Facts: I enjoy cooking, reading, and keeping bees and chickens.

  Cynthia D. Jeremiah, MD
Medical Director
Assisstant Professor

Medical University of Silesia in Katowice Poland, 2005

Residency at UMass Chan Family Medicine; Barre Family Health Center, 2009
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Rural Healthcare, Adolescent Health, Women’s Health
About UMass: BFHC in my mind defines family medicine as you take care of individuals from the beginning of life until the end.  You take care of their parents, partners, children, and many of the other people who intersect their lives.  In addition to preventative health care and chronic disease management, we also provide procedural care, urgent care, and maternal-fetal care.  We care for our patients when they're admitted to UMass Memorial Hospital on our own in-patient service.  And we care for them when they're admitted to Holden Nursing Home and Rehab for either long-term care or short-term rehab.  You can't get more complete than that. We have learners at all levels, including Medical and APP Students, and FM Residents.  It’s a wonderful place to work and learn. It can get pretty busy, but it never loses its small-town charm.
Personal Facts: I'm a New Yorker, and will be a Yankees and Giants fan forever.  My husband and I enjoy travelling, visiting historical sites and museums, cooking, going concerts and shows, and playing UNO.  I enjoy reading nd music, and spending time with my family and friends.  






Jillian Joseph PA-C

MPAS, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA

Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Women’s Health, Street Medicine, Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Health Behavior Change, Impact of Social Determinants of Health
About UMass: I went to UMass Amherst for undergrad, then UMass Boston for a post-baccalaureate program, then started work at UMass Memorial as an ED Tech before going to PA school. After a quick year working in Connecticut, I came back to UMass Memorial Health at Barre Family Health Center in 2014.
Why Barre Family Health Center: My first practice out of PA school was with a Barre-trained physician, so when the time came to look for another job, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview in Barre. The full-spectrum, whole-person approach to care in Barre is the type of practice that makes it easy to come to work every day, especially when surrounded by faculty and staff who are dedicated to their patients and community. I appreciate that Barre is a place of continual learning, teaching, improvement, and innovation.
Personal Facts: My husband, two children, and I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially at the beach in the summer. I am an avid reader and also appreciate a good challenge to keep up my physical health.



Megan Kresco PA-C

Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Pediatrics, Family medicine, rural medicine
Why Barre Family Health Center: I enjoy that we are a full spectrum medical center and we try to do the most for our patients in our office before sending them elsewhere. Everyone here is very supportive and it is a great learning environment.
Personal Facts: I enjoy baking, traveling, playing with my dogs and spending time with my family.


Michael Maddaleni, MD
Assistant Professor

UMass Chan Medical School, 2017
UMass Chan Family Medicine Residency, 2020
UMass Sports Medicine Fellowship, 2021





  Stephen Martin, MD, EdM

Boston University Medical Center (2002-2005)
Harvard Medical School, 2002
Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1996
Williams College, 1991
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Addiction medicine, oral health, correctional health, complex care, chronic pain, limitations of preventive care, hypertension, telehealth, diagnostic error, rural health, wound care, care transitions, and health disparities.
About UMass: Our training model—difficult to find elsewhere—emphasizes relative clinical independence in a rural setting with the valuable support of our quaternary care medical center colleagues.
Why Barre Family Health Center: I’m grateful to have been a faculty member at Barre Family Health Center since 2009. We have an extraordinary set of colleagues and are dedicated to meeting our community’s needs close by with resources  including integrated behavioral health, reproductive health, osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT), a wide range of helpful procedures, and an expert nurse manager for substance use disorder care.
Personal Facts: Former National Health Service Scholar and Medical Officer in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Enjoy photography, art. museums, and hiking. A former comic book collector and still have all 1,400 issues carefully saved (to the chagrin of my family).




Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH
Associate Professor

Fellowship, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry and Family Medicine, 2008
Internship, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, 2006
Spalding University, 2006
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: I am a clinician, educator, and researcher specializing in the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. In recent years my work has focused on expanding primary care access to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.  I have a long standing interest in the use of Motivational Interviewing in primary care practice.  My own clinical practice is embedded in the Barre Family Health Center.I I am the Director of the UMass Center for Integrated Primary Care. This center focuses on training primary care team members to address patient’s behavioral health needs.  In addition, I am the Director of the Fellowship in Primary Care Psychology and Medical Education which has been training psychologists to work in family medicine since 1999.
About UMass: The UMass Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has a long tradition of training leaders in family medicine.  Massachusetts is a national leader in healthcare.  In our state UMass is proud to be the public medical school preparing the work force to improve the health of our communities.
Why Barre Family Health Center: The Barre Family Health Center has been training family physicians since the earliest days of family medicine.  As the community of Barre has grown, so too has our health center.  We work hard to bring the most comprehensive healthcare possible to the rural communities of central Massachusetts.
Personal Facts: I enjoy gardening and canoeing.  I equally enjoy remote wilderness and great cities.


Sarah Pearson, PsyD (she/her)

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England
Predoctoral Internship, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, UMass Chan Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: My clinical interests include providing brief, evidence-based interventions in integrated primary care, delivering patient-centered, trauma-informed care, chronic pain management, behavioral sleep medicine, health behavior change, and chronic disease management. I am passionate about teaching behavioral science curriculum and biopsychosocial topics to family medicine residents, and continuing to explore and develop ways in which we can best support residents’ learning and wellbeing based on their unique needs and experiences throughout their medical training.
Why Barre Family Health Center: My current role as a faculty member is actually the third position I have held at Barre! My Barre journey started when I was a psychology practicum student receiving my first introduction to practicing primary care psychology, and I learned so much about providing behavioral health interventions in integrated primary care while working alongside incredible family medicine providers. I knew that my first choice for my postdoctoral fellowship was going to be UMass, and I was so grateful to be able to return to Barre to expand upon my teaching and clinical skills as a fellow. And now, I can say that returning as a faculty member in our clinic truly feels like coming home!
Personal Facts: Outside of work, I spend my time with my partner and our goldendoodle, visiting with family and friends, practicing mindfulness, riding my horse, and traveling as much as possible.


   recropped Potts 

  Stacy Potts, MD, MEd
Professor and Senior Associate Dean GME and Clinical Affairs
Former Program Director, Worcester Family Medicine Residency 
Past-President, Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC)
Previous Chair of ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine
Vice Chair, ACGME- International Review Committee for Medicine Based Specialties

University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1998
UMass Chan Family Medicine Residency (Barre), 2001
University of Massachusetts Faculty Development Fellowship, 2002
Clinical/Academic Areas of Interest: Maternity Care, Long term relationship based continuity practice; Adult learning in graduate medical education
About UMass: During my residency search I stumbled across UMass Chan. I was struck by the wonderful balance between a university training program and a rural community continuity site. I stayed because I knew I would never be able to find the breadth, diversity, and strength of a Family Medicine Department elsewhere. UMass Chan is a special place to be as a family medicine physician and I LOVE IT!
Personal Facts: I have a bunch of grown children with all sorts of diverse interests, from orchestra to cattle shows and a whole lot of sports in between! I love marathon running and have completed a quest to complete a marathon in all 50 states.  Looking for ideas for the next great challenge - feel free to make suggestions.


Jessica Salerni, DO
Co-Director of Family Medicine Inpatient Service
Assistant Professor

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Buies Creek, NC, 2017
Residency at Trident Medical Center, SC
Clinical/Academic areas of interest: Preventative Healthcare, Osteopathic Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, Women's Health
Why Barre Family Health Center: After finishing my medical school and residency training in the Carolinas, I was looking for an academic center to start my career in my home state of Massachusetts. Barre was a space where I felt at home from my first time meeting the team. The broad-spectrum care provided to our patients is exceptional. Barre fosters each individual provider's clinical and academic interests to provide a rich and diverse community.  I feel fortunate to be able to help shape the future of our healthcare system through training and learning from our students and residents each and every day.
Personal Facts: I enjoy spending time outside during all times of the year with my family. I also enjoy traveling to and exploring new places!