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Meet Our Residents/Fellows (2021-2022)

 

   

PGY-1:

   
 

Divya Bhatia, MD

Medical School:  UMass Medical School 
Undergraduate: Brown University
Hometown: Sharon, MA 
Family Medicine interests: caring for underserved communities, women's health, adolescent health
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? An amazing community of residents and faculty in the best city of Worcester! 
Hobbies: Anything outdoors (hiking, kayaking, biking), spending time with my family, gardening and caring for numerous houseplants, woodworking, do-it-yourself projects, painting, eating yummy food, traveling to eat more yummy food!
Fun Facts: I have lived abroad in India, Vietnam and South Africa! 

     
 

Sean Hurley, MD

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Undergraduate:
University of Maryland

Hometown: Millis, MA
Family Medicine interests: Social justice, addiction medicine, correctional medicine, homeless medicine, mental health
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? I felt a sense of community at UMass unlike other programs. Residents, faculty, and staff all seem to enjoy working together as a team and supporting each other. Queen Street felt like the perfect clinic fit to be able to care for the most underserved communities in Worcester while receiving excellent training.

Hobbies: Watching and playing basketball, playing guitar, reading non-fiction, drinking cold brew, and watching movies (I've become a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan since the start of the pandemic).
Fun Facts: I've never been to Disney World. I once attended an Aaron Carter comeback tour concert at Patriot Place. I will cancel plans to watch the Celtics (even the summer league.)

     
  Claire Porterfield, MD 

Medical School:
   University of Rochester School of Medicine   

Undergraduate: Alleghany College
Hometown: Allegany, NY
Family Medicine interests: LGBTQ+ care, HIV, Latino health & Refugee health, Prenatal care, Women's health, Outpatient procedures, POCUS, Dermatology
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? The ultimate decider was the people - I loved how they joked with each other & Family Health Center seemed like a collection of wonderfully weird and hard-working residents. This was on top of having access to all the areas of interest & training I am interested in, located in a medium-sized city with lots of diversity, parks and good food!
Hobbies: I am a major foodie - I love cooking food from different parts of the world & eating it! To counteract all my food-love, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, ice skating, tennis, racquetball, yoga... I'm also really into knitting & DIY projects. 

Fun Facts: I removed two of my own moles in my third year of medical school. My husband is from the Dominican Republic & he immigrated 2 days before moving to Worcester. I have four awesome younger siblings, the youngest of which is 11 years younger than me.

     
  Nicole Somes, MD

Medical School:
Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Undergraduate: UMass Amherst
Hometown: Princeton, MA
Family Medicine interests: Everything! Especially reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ care, behavioral health, addiction medicine, advocacy
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? In talking to the residents, faculty and administrative staff on my interview day, I felt that I would “fit” here and be able to get the training I was looking for from a residency program. I was impressed with the focus and quality of training in the areas of family medicine that I love most, and especially on the focus of advocacy. I also knew that by choosing to come to Worcester, I would be caring for a diverse population of wonderful people.

Hobbies:  Hiking, spending time with family and friends, hanging out with my dog, knitting, reading
Fun Facts:  I love pasta, and I’m learning how to make fresh pasta!

     

PGY-2:

   
     
 

Robin Christian, MD

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Undergraduate: University of Colorado
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Family Medicine interests: LGBTQ care, reproductive justice, mental health, addiction medicine, adolescent medicine
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? I wanted an academic program with plenty of opportunities for teaching, as well as a community health setting where I could learn to serve patients with high medical and social needs. I am interested in social justice and using my skills to support communities in need. The Queen St. program is everything I want to do in my career!
Hobbies: Drawing, painting, yoga, meditation, surfing, paddleboarding, exploring new places with my husband
Fun Facts: Before becoming a physician, I was an EMT for 6 years. I also had a career in amusement parks and arcades before starting in medicine. If my life had gone a different direction, I would probably be managing an amusement park or designing carnival games.

     
 

Stephany Giraldo Eierle, DO

Medical School: 
NOVA Southeastern University College
of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate:
Florida International University
Hometown: Born in LA but lived in South FL for the last 15 years

Family Medicine interests: All of it! If I had to name a few, It would be: immigrant, minority, and refugee health; maternal & child health; mental health; prevention, integrative and sports medicine!
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? I fell in love with UMass even before doing an audition rotation during the winter months (I have never lived in a place with real winter). Its patient population truly captiviated me. As a Latina, I was drawn to the fact that 50% of the patients only spoke SPA. In addition, the diversity of the clinic and its status as a FHQC made me feel like I would have all the tools I needed to help my patients as much as possible & learn about all culturals to become a more culturally competent physician. 
Hobbies: I love cooking with my husband while enjoying a glass of wine. I'm also what I like to call a frugile fashionista who loves to put low budget outfits together & do DIY projects around the house. I'm an avid outdoor person so I'm excited to be able to be outside more (FL's humidity is terrible!)
Fun Facts: I got married this year (2020), right before COVID-19 started to close everything down! I have a dog named Cookie who we treat like a human child. I'm the eldest of three and the first generation American, college grad, and doctor in my family.

     
 

Henry Louis, MD

Medical School: Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel/Palestine)
Undergraduate: Tufts University 
Hometown: Medford, MA
Family Medicine interests: health equity, addiction medicine, chronic disease care, refugee health, and community health worker programs.
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? I chose to train at UMASS, specifically at the Family Health Center of Worcester, because of its focus on community medicine, health equity, and social medicine. To be able to care and serve in a community that brings a diverse array of cultural and social backgrounds with a strong consideration for the social determinants of health and the branching effects they have on health and wellness was something I appreciated about my interview process and the goals UMASS has. The focus on teaching and teamwork that UMASS is known for was further motivation for my ultimate desire to become part of the team.
Hobbies: History books, community organizing, true comic book nerd, weightlifting, MMA, basketball, traveling in the Middle East and beyond, and pursuing my Armenian heritage.
Fun Facts: I have spent most of the last decade living, working, volunteering, and studying outside of the US, but always appreciate being back home.

     
 

Katherine Price, MD

Medical School
: Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Undergraduate: UMass-Amherst
Hometown: Concord, MA 
Family Medicine interests: Maternal child health, interconception care, adverse childhood events, health literacy, lifestyle medicine and prevention, group-based visits, population health, health disparities
Why did I choose to train with FHCW? I was drawn to UMass for both the program and the Worcester community. Professionally, I was drawn by the strong inpatient curriculum in the program as well as the opportunity to work in a variety of outpatient clinic settings. I was especially interested in FHCW Queen St for their group-based visits and interconception care. I spent some time prior to med school working on a project affiliated with UMass during which I loved getting to know a bit about the city of Worcester and its residents and I'm thrilled to be joining this program!
Hobbies: Container gardening, sewing crafts (beeswax wraps, masks, reusable bags, etc), casual indoor rock climbing, group fitness classes (pre-COVID), cooking, podcasts (Gastropod, Hidden Brain, Freakonomics, The Nocturnist, Uncivil...)

Fun Facts: Once, before med school, I flew with a life-sized, bubble-wrapped, plastic dummy for work. Also, I like trying to take apart and fix things with the help of Youtube. In the moving process, I've tried to fix a blender, tea kettle, vacuum.

PGY-3:

   
  Laurel Banach, MD, Chief Resident 

Medical School: UMass Medical School 

Undergraduate: UMass-Amherst
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Family Medicine interests: Homeless & addiction medicine; correctional medicine
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Hobbies: Volleyball, indoor and outdoor gardening
Fun Facts: I have over 40 unique plants in my home!
     
     
  Daniel Crothers, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine  
Undergraduate: McGill University and University of Southern Maine
Family Medicine interests:  Population health
Hobbies: Dancing, biking, surfing
     
     
 
Rebecca (Becca) Gwaltney, MD


Medical School
: UMass Medical School

Graduate School:  Tufts University, MS; Biomedical Sciences, MPH
Undergraduate: Providence College
Hometown: Milton, MA
Family Medicine interests:
Global and Public Health, Women's Health, Maternal and Child Care
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? 
I am passionate about working with underserved communities, so FHCW is a great fit. I am so lucky to get to care for the diverse and medically underserved patients at Queen St!
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area:
I love hiking and eating, so my favorite spots are all parks/mountains and restaurants! I love walking around the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Hill Park, and hiking Wachusett Mountain. Some of my favorite places to eat at Fatima's Cafe, Mezcal and Basil n Spice.

Hobbies: I love everything that gets me outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, kayaking! I am looking forward to some fall hikes soon for some excellent New England leaf peeping!
Fun Facts: I recently got the amazing opportunity to drive across the country with a close friend (and fellow UMass FM resident!) for a National Parks Road Trip. We hiked and camped in 5 different national parks - it was an outstanding trip!

     
 

Judy Wang, MD 

Medical School: Ohio State University of College of Medicine 
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: New Orleans, LA 
Family Medicine interests: Maternal Child Health, Addiction Medicine Group Visit Model, Women's Health; Procedures; Global Health
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? I chose to train at FHCW for the patients and the community. The patient population of Queen St. is incredibly diverse, and it is exciting to engage with and learn about the variety of cultures that our patients have. FHCW's clinic structure is also very attractive to me. Patients are able to get labs, medications, behavioral health visits, eye glasses, medical visits, and dental visits all in one place. I love how my clinic is able to serve the community so completely and holistically. I adore FHCW, and I am so lucky to be able to train here for my residency.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area:  Green Hill Park -- gorgeous park with beautiful lake and forested trails
Hobbies: Bubble tea connoisseur; Running at sunset; Trying new foods and restaurants all over the world
Fun Facts: I own lots of watermelon things like doormats and backpacks. My bubble tea order is large milk green tea with half sugar less ice and boba. Iced or hot!

 

Jordan Howard-Young, MD (he/they)
Primary Care Psychiatry fellow

Jordan was born in Southern California and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. Coming from a working class family, he was unable to afford college directly after graduating high school and spent several years working in food service and graphic design before becoming a community organizer in 2007 for former-President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He then worked as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and as a policy analyst on the legislation that subsequently became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2009-10.

Jordan went on to attend the University of Denver for undergraduate studies, majoring in both international development and health and integrated biological sciences, with a minor in religious studies. He earned a master’s degree in international development with graduate certificates in global health affairs and humanitarian assistance from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, spending 6 months in the Middle East studying health access, agency, and political perspectives among Palestinian refugees, government officials, and international organizations in the kingdom of Jordan.

He subsequently graduated with his doctorate of medicine from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where he participated in the population health and urban underserved tracks, served as president of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, and worked as a patient advocate for people experiencing homelessness. He joined the FHCW and UMass families in 2018 as a resident in the Worcester Family Medicine Residency, serving as chief resident in his final year. While there, he also spent two years as co-chair of the Diversity in Recruitment Task Force, was a founding member of the Structural Oppression and Anti-Racism Committee, and completed longitudinal experiences in refugee health, gender affirmation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychopharmacology.

As of August 2021, Jordan serves as our first primary care psychiatry fellow and a faculty physician at FHCW. He brings a passion for community psychiatry, public health and advocacy, anti-racism and anti-oppression work, substance use care, refugee and asylee care, gender affirmation, and the care of underserved and marginalized populations. He was instrumental in leveraging these passions into a proposal for this innovative fellowship.