Meet Our Barre Residents!





Anne Gifford, MD is a 2017 graduate of St. Georges University and completed both her BA in Political Science (2007) and her MPH (2009) from Case Western Reserve University. Anne grew up in Wellesley, MA and has academic interests in both maternal child health and geriatrics. Anne also enjoys kayaking, fishing and knitting. 


Jad Jalal, MD is a 2017 graduate of Ross University and a 2013 graduate of University of Ottawa where he studied Biological Sciences. A Canadian native, Jad is fluent in both French and Arabic. Nutrition and community health are among his academic interests. Jad’s personal interests include weight-lifting and soccer.


Michael Maddaleni, MD is a 2017 graduate of UMass Medical School and a 2011 graduate of Boston College where he studied Chemistry. Michael worked as a research assistant prior to medical school and would like to pursue a sports medicine fellowship after residency. His interests outside of medicine include baseball and volleyball.


Julia Vu, DO is a 2017 graduate of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine who earned her BA in Studio Art and Asian Studies from Union College in 2010. Julia is a native of Vietnam who grew up in Massachusetts. Her academic interests include global health and community health. Julia also enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting and playing badminton.




Nicholas Hajj, MD is a 2016 graduate of UMass Medical School and graduated in 2012 from UMass-Lowell with a BS in Biology. At UMMS, Nick has been a co-leader of the FMIG group. His academic interests include osteopathic medicine. Nick’s personal interests are gardening, karate and hiking.      


Michael Murphy, MD is a 2016 graduate of UMass Medical School and earned his BS in Biology from UMass-Boston in 2009. Prior to medical school, Michael worked as an EMT. His academic interests include sports and wilderness medicine and procedural training. Michael’s personal interests include baseball and physical fitness.


Harshal Patel, DO is a 2016 graduate of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated  in 2010 from SUNY-Albany with a BS in Biology and Psychology. Harshal is a member of the Executive Board for his school’s chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He also enjoys cooking and skiing. 


Alexandra Roberts, MD is a 2016 graduate of St. Georges University and earned her BS in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University in 2009. A native Canadian, Alexandra’s academic interests include global health, rural medicine and women’s health. She also enjoys snowboarding, rugby and camping. 





Sandra Augusto, MD, MPH, Chief Resident, is a 2015 graduate of St. Georges University School of Medicine. She earned her BS in Biology from Syracuse University in 2002 and her MPH from St. Georges University in 2009. Before entering medical school, she worked in the Surgical Research Department at Rhode Island Hospital and Amgen, RI. A Rhode Island native, Sandra's interests include global health, MCH and community health. Her personal interests include Portuguese folk dancing, running and good food.


Xiaoshuang Chen, MD is a 2015 graduate of Chicago Medical School and studied Biological Sciences at Smith College in 2009. Xiaoshuang was born and raised in China before arriving in the US to attend Smith. Her interests include underserved medicine and OB/GYN. Xiaoshuang's personal interests include horseback riding and candle and soap making.


Lisetta Shah, MD, MA is a 2015 graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and earned her BA in Biology and Mathematics from Williams College in 2006. Lisetta also holds an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, which she earned from the University of Mississippi in 2008. Prior to medical school, Lisetta taught middle school and high school science both in Mississippi and in Massachusetts. Lisetta has a passion for underserved care. Her personal interests include running and cooking.


Shameen Wijesundara, MD is a 2015 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine who graduated in 2011 from UMass Amherst with a Microbiology degree. Shameen was born and raised in Sri Lanka until he immigrated to Massachusetts at age 14. His academic interests include public health and he anticipates practicing in a rural setting upon completing residency. Shameen also enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting and skiing.


Jen Carty, PhD is our first year Behavioral Health fellow at BFHC. She received her BA in psychology from Wayne State University, in Detroit, MI, where she also recently earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a minor in Health Psychology. Jen completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Primary Care Psychology.

She is interested in women’s health and the links between stress, trauma, and health, particularly in relation to improving health in patients with medically unexplained illnesses and chronic pain. When not at work, you can find Jen doing yoga, playing soccer, and hiking.