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Brown Family Medicine Residency Announces Class of 2016

The Brown Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is pleased to introduce the incoming class of 2016.

"As program director of the Brown Family Medicine Residency, this year I am especially hopeful for the future of primary care.  We have matched with an amazing group of doctors who are dedicated to improving quality and access to care for our patients here in Blackstone Valley."                            - Melissa Nothnagle, MD, MSc

Our program is delighted to introduce the Family Medicine Class of 2016:
Susan Boisvert, MD, New York Medical College
Sarah Buller, MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine
Michael Chen-Illamos, MD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
(Michael) David Dick, DO, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Laurie Garabedian, DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Samantha Greenberg, MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Jessica Hart Henny, MD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
(Katherine) Katya Jarrell, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Bridget Marvinsmith, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine
Gabriel Pleasants, MD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Jeffrey Sorokin, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Jeremy Stricsek, MD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Rachel Trippett, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Congratulations and Welcome!

Click here to read brief bios.

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The March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter has awarded a $20,000 grant to our Department of Family Medicine to support Group Prenatal Care through Centering Pregnancy® as part of a Family Medicine Residency Program. This project is directed at maternal and child health needs in Rhode Island. It aims to successfully implement group prenatal visits. The project intends to improve the adequacy of prenatal care, improve rates of breastfeeding, reduce smoking rates among pregnant women and improve patient satisfaction with prenatal care at the Family Care Center. Over time, group prenatal visits are also expected to improve the rates of preterm birth and low birth weight babies in the community. Additionally, physicians in training will have a better understanding of the key elements in prenatal care as a result of facilitating these group visits with faculty support.


The project will enhance prenatal care through group prenatal visits that focus on maternal education, behavior change and healthy habits. Studies of this type of care, based on the CenteringPregnancy® model, have shown that women participating in group sessions develop significantly better knowledge of important perinatal health issues than those receiving the traditional individual care. Women participating in group visits feel more prepared for labor and delivery and have higher rates of breastfeeding compared to women attending individual visits. Studies of group prenatal visits have consistently shown a reduction in low birth weight and preterm births, even among higher risk groups of women. This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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Pictured left to right, outside the entrance to our Birthing Center, Susanna Magee, MD, Director of Maternal Child Health, Jordan White, MD and Mary Beth Sutter, MD. They are the family medicine doctors responsible for the the administration of an awarded grant from the March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter and the development of the prenatal group visit program.

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Congratulations to the Family Medicine Residents - Class of 2012

Class of 2012

Back row (left to right): Jodi Roque, MD, Derek Andelloux, MD, Sheldon Malcolm, DO, Matt Hall, DO, David Dildine, MD, Jennifer Buckley, MD.

Front row (left to right):Christine Nevis-Hebert, MD, Elise Bender, MD, Brandi Swanier, MD, Stephanie Chow, MD, Alicia Sanchez, MD, Manisha Kumar, MD, Jessica Early, MD.

Picture provided by Colin Shaw 

Special Thanks to the Maternal Child Health Fellowship Graduates

Graduates 2012

Pictured: Heidi Schneider, MD, Kate McCleary, MD, Sue Magee, MD (MCH Director), Aaron Davis, DO

Picture provided by Colin Shaw

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Family Medicine Residency Announces Class of 2015

The future of primary care is on its way to Pawtucket! On March 16, the Brown Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital of RI learned which 13 brand-new doctors would make up the residency's Class of 2015.

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"We are thrilled to have matched with such an impressive group!" said Family Medicine Program Director Melissa Nothnagle, MD, MSc. "With broad interests and strong qualifications, this class will bring passion and commitment to care of Pawtucket's underserved population."


The incoming Family Medicine class of 2015 is:

  • Cara Berkowitz, MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Kristina Conner, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Alexis Drutchas, MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Lauren Goddard, MD, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Carmen Goojha, MD, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Jessica Huang, MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Lu, DO, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Melissa Mackel, DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Tania (Visnaskas) Menz, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Daria Szkwarko, DO, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Mark Turshen, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Sara Watson, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Erin Wisman, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Follow this link to read the Class of 2015 Bio's


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