Class of 2019

Laura Anthony, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolLaura Anthony, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolHello! I’m originally from Osterville, a small town on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I am the youngest of 4 children, and the first in my family to choose a career in medicine. Throughout my childhood and adolescee I was consistently involved in many activities, most of which involved the ocean in the summer time – like swimming, sailing and biking the local trails. During the colder months of the year I enjoyed developing my love of music by playing the piano and flute. Regardless of the season, I enjoyed being actively involved in volunteer work. While in high school, most of my volunteer time was spent in the Head Start classrooms on the Cape, as my mom is the Education Coordinator for the program. Whether helping to restructure a classroom, organize materials for teacher trainings and parent workshops, or interact with the preschoolers and their parents directly, these experiences helped me recognize the importance of community resources for underserved populations at a young age. This opportunity instilled a passion within me for helping community members become aware of local resources and supporting them in improving the quality of life for themselves and their children. This passion, combined with my intrinsic interest in the biological sciences, led me to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. I graduated from Barnstable High School and went on to complete my studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. During college I shared my love of the sciences as a Peer Mentor for the Biology Talent Advancement Program (BioTAP) where I provided academic and social support to incoming freshman. During college summer breaks, one of my many summer jobs included being a Certified Nursing Assistant in a local nursing home on Cape Cod. This job strengthened my resolve to become a physician and care for those in medically underserved areas. I graduated from the Honors Program at UMass Amherst with a double degree in Biology and Kinesiology, and a minor in Psychology and started medical school the following fall at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During medical school I was given opportunities to volunteer both locally in the Worcester area at local free medical clinics and soup kitchens, as well as abroad in the Dominican Republic during a medical missions trip. My desire to have longitudinal relationships with patients, practice medicine using holistic principles and provide high quality care to patients in underserved and underinsured communities led me to choose Family Medicine as my specialty.

I currently live in Foxboro, Massachusetts with my husband, Ben and our cat, Stella. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling both domestically and abroad, cooking and baking my latest Pinterest finds and teaching myself new skills, like how to crochet. I am so grateful to be joining the team of passionate clinicians at the Brown Family Medicine Residency Program!

William Blair, DO: Edward Via College of Osteopathic MedicineWilliam Blair, DO: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! My name is Will and I’m coming to Brown Family Medicine from…well, a bunch of places. 

I grew up in Philadelphia and did an International Baccalaureate program at the George School, thinking I wanted to go to college abroad.  Instead, I went to Vassar College and studied Psychology and Easter Religions.   After College I spent some time traveling through Europe and took a job doing PTSD research in New York.  During this time I developed an interest in Medicine, and quite frankly, became quite irritated by health disparities and lack of proper mental health care for underserved populations.  I used this as an impetus to complete my pre-medical post-baccalaureate work in New York while doing research on neurogenesis at Columbia University. 

While living in Brooklyn, I was also fortunate to meet my wife, and we eventually ventured south to UNC Chapel Hill for her Ph.D program.  In North Carolina, I occupied myself by doing a few more years of PTSD research, Bipolar Disease research, studying Public Health and learning to navigate both the mental health and criminal justice systems of North Carolina. 

When this was all said and done, I decided to go to medical school and that’s how I ended up in Blacksburg, Virginia for 4 years.  This was a tremendous opportunity, as I worked with Appalachian outreach programs and learned what it means to provide conscientious and well-rounded care to underserved populations.

I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to be at Brown!  This program shares my desire to progressively address health disparities, social determinants of health, maternal child health, addiction medicine, behavioral health and reproductive rights.  The faculty and fellow residents are not only the brightest and most wonderful teachers, but also the most accessible and down to earth people I have worked with. 

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my young daughter, Libby, traveling, hiking, and camping with my wife and black lab, playing golf, and finding a tasty beer in my new state!

Minoo D'Cruz, MD: Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityMinoo D'Cruz, MD: Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Hello! Despite never having heard of Rhode Island throughout my childhood in Muscat, Oman somehow I found myself here when starting college at Brown and almost a decade later I'm still a proud resident of Little Rhody. Growing up in the Middle East and attending an international school was an incredibly unique experience that taught me many great lessons about embracing different perspectives and ways of life. Every October, I looked forward to the UN Day Food Court where we sampled homemade food from over fifty different countries in one big school yard.

During my undergraduate years at Brown, I worked with refugees and immigrants in South Providence teaching ESL and work literacy skills to help smooth their transition to the US. Inspired by Paul Farmer's "Mountains Beyond Mountains", after college I joined Possible Health, a non-profit organization that provides care to heavily underserved populations in rural Nepal. Spending time understanding the challenges of providing quality healthcare to such a remote part of the world reaffirmed my desire to pursue medical training in both individual and community health; I realized how much they depended on each other to be sustainable.

In medical school, I met my husband Ravi who just finished his Pediatrics residency at Brown and is soon to be a NICU Fellow here! I also collaborated with The Minds Foundation to design and conduct a study in rural Gujarat, India, examining the association between structural violence and common mental disorders among women. Later, I discovered a strong interest in maternal and child health initiatives and became a trained facilitator in the Centering group prenatal care model, and co-facilitated group visits with Brown family medicine residents. Getting to know the Brown FM family was such a positive experience and resonated so well with my own values and aspirations; I am so excited to spend three more years here training with them!

Angel Eads, MD: Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion UniversityAngel Eads, MD: Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University

  • Undergraduate: University of Hawaii, BA, Theatre Arts 
  • During medical school, served as AMSA treasurer and volunteered at a Bedouin high school 
  • Completed internship at Marshall Family Medicine Residency in West Virginia 
  • Speaks conversational and medical Hebrew 
  • FM Interests: Underserved Communities, OB, Procedures Outside Interests: Cooking, Running, Hiking, Writing, Dog ownership

Robert Fruggiero, MD: New York Medical CollegeRobert Fruggiero, MD: New York Medical College

Hello!  I grew up right here in Rhode Island and am thrilled to be back.  As a kid and still today, I have had many hobbies and interests including music, astronomy, and the life sciences.  I spent much of my teenage years at the piano and continue to pursue my musical interests as much as possible.  My latest endeavor is becoming a jazz pianist. 

I attended college at the University of Rhode Island where I majored in Biological Sciences.  During this time, I worked at the campus bookstore, participated in the University Chorus, and began teaching myself to play guitar.  I also had several great opportunities before and during college to work in the local hospitals, including working at Women & Infants Hospital at the Women’s Primary Care Clinic and shadowing in the Emergency Department at Rhode Island Hospital.  Immediately after graduating college, I spent a year as a medical scribe at Miriam and Rhode Island Hospital.

I started medical school at New York Medical College the following year.  When I wasn’t studying medicine, I was leading the school a Capella group known as the “Arrhythmias.”  My interest for primary care and family medicine really began to grow in my third year of medical school.  I truly enjoyed most topics and specialties within medicine, but I quickly came to realize that my calling was in primary care.  Family medicine allows me to cover an enormous range of medicine while building life-long relationships with a diverse group of patients and their communities.  I am thrilled to be starting residency at Brown in my home state of Rhode Island where I can truly flourish as a primary care physician.     

Amanda Kelvey, DO: NY Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic MedicineAmanda Kelvey, DO: NY Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi there! I’m a first generation Portuguese-American born and raised in Rhode Island. My family immigrated here from the island of Terceira in the Azores. Besides the four years I was in medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, I’ve spent my entire life here in R.I. and I am truly excited to have the opportunity to train in my home state and have the opportunity to serve the greater Providence community!

My passion for medicine grew from a love of science and human biology. As an undergraduate, I majored in biology and chemistry at Salve Regina University. I spent a significant amount of time there in a chemistry lab researching the intricacies of calcium signaling pathways in cells and volunteering at Newport Hospital. After graduating, I attended Brown University Graduate School to obtain a Master’s in Public Health. I was fortunate to experience an internship at the R.I. Injury Prevention Center in Providence, which led to my thesis on assessing the effectiveness of webinars as an educational tool to prevent youth sports injuries such as concussions and overuse injuries. I also participated in other projects including data organization for R.I’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, and collecting data for a research study regarding nutrition and physical activity in child-care facilities sponsored by Duke Medical School. It was this love of public health and preventative medicine that led me to family medicine because I believe there is no better place to implement these interests. Additional family medicine interests of mine include geriatrics and palliative care.  

Beyond medicine, I love spending time with my family. My husband, whom I met in high school, has been on this amazing journey with me since the beginning. We love soccer and have season tickets for the New England Revolution- Go Revs! I enjoy reading and am a former competitive synchronized figure skater. If you’ve never heard of it, I recommend searching some Youtube videos! I promise it’s worth it!

Amy Kwok, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolAmy Kwok, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hi! I’m from the suburbs of Boston and I’m excited to start residency an hour away in RI! I was born in Boston and raised in Malden, MA. I went to Simmons College in Boston where I fell in love with molecular biology research. After I graduated, I worked as a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston researching DNA repair mechanisms in a molecular biology lab. Although I enjoyed my work, I was toying with the idea of becoming a physician. I was volunteering at a hospital nearby after working hours and found that I liked assisting patients. After 4 years working in research, I decided to go to Tufts for my master’s degree in biomedical sciences. After graduating with my master’s degree, I entered UMass Medical School for my medical degree. I chose to go into family medicine because I like caring for the entire family and the variety of experiences that this field provides. I’m interested in oral health and bridging the gap between medical and dental health.

I am also a musician. I’ve been playing the Chinese hammered dulcimer for almost 20 years. Before medical school, I performed regularly in the Boston area. I also performed around New England, New York, California, and Hawaii and abroad in the UK, Germany, France, China, and Taiwan. In medical school, I started a group for students to use their music talents towards patient care by playing music on the wards for cancer patients. By playing music, students found that playing music on the wards increased their own wellness.

In my spare time, I volunteer to mentor Simmons college students who are majoring in the sciences and are interested in getting a job in research or applying to graduate or medical school. It’s been fun to reconnect with students and help them start networking! I’ve recently started crafting jewelry as a creative outlet and started a small business on Etsy. Also, I do a lot of babysitting for my nieces and nephew so I might talk about them a lot!

Ye Li, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolYe Li, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hi there! I was born in China, grew up in Japan, and received education in Boston. At home, I speak Chinese to my dad, Japanese to my mom, and English to my sister (and all three to our multitalented cat). With all these languages, you may think I majored in linguistics, but I was a premed at Boston University. Language did shape my career, however, as I interpreted lectures at an acupuncture school. Fascinated by what I saw, I attended New England School of Acupuncture and received a Master’s degree in Japanese and Chinese acupuncture. I loved treating various conditions, but often I found it difficult to provide holistic care with a gap between Eastern and Western medical practices. In order to practice medicine as a whole, I pursued medical school. I was drawn to University of Massachusetts for its focus on primary care education. There, I participated in integrative leadership programs and taught wellness classes to patients and their families. My research project at UMass involved providing acupuncture to clients at a substance abuse clinic. What I learned in medical school is that good physicians are good teachers. I am especially passionate about preventive medicine, as nothing pleases me more than seeing a healthy patient at a physical exam. I am thrilled to join the Brown Family Medicine program and promote wellness. On my free time, I enjoy taekwondo, disc golf, cooking, movies and anime. My fiancé, our cat Masala and I are foodies and we are looking forward to exploring Rhode Island and becoming a part of the community.

Claire Lyons, MD: University of Rochester School of MedicineClaire Lyons, MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine

I grew up on Long Island, where I loved going to the beach in all seasons and playing imaginative games with my three sisters. I ventured north and west to gorgeous Ithaca, New York for college at Cornell where I majored in Human Development, researched health education for teenagers, and led a volunteer group providing afterschool programs to children living in underserved mobile home parks. After college I spent a year working at the National Cancer Institute researching health behaviors.

I moved back north and west to snowy Rochester, NY for medical school. During medical school at the University of Rochester I was able to continue to pursue my interests in health promotion and education through volunteer work with local former refugees and a summer in Ethiopia working on health education for children living with HIV and their caretakers. Through participation in the medical education pathway, I taught first year medical students, lecturing on childhood vaccines and communication about vaccine safety, as well as leading small groups as they learned the basics of patient interviewing. Most importantly, during medical school I discovered my passion for family medicine.

My interests in family medicine include preventive medicine and health promotion, adolescent health, women’s health, and education. But what I love best about family medicine is the ability to be the primary care doctor for multiple generations of a whole family and to have continuity of care with patients over many years. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Brown Family Medicine to pursue these interests with an amazing group of people. I am also excited to make Rhode Island my home and to explore the many local beaches!

Angelina Palombo, MD: University of Vermont School of MedicineAngelina Palombo, MD: University of Vermont School of Medicine

(to the tune of Fresh Prince of Bel Air)

In Massachusetts where I was born and raised, 

undergrad at Loyola in Maryland is where I spent most of my days 

studying sociology and hiking in the woods

playing board games and trying new foods

When I graduated, what was I to do?

Off to Mozambique where I'd learn Portuguese too!

I had a lot of jobs in my Peace Corps glee

but in the village hospital I thought, YO HO, medicine is for me!

I came back for postbac at Goucher College

and went to UVM COM to get my doctor knowledge,

Family med is perfect for helping all kinds of folks,

and I'm pumped to be at Brown with some really cool blokes!

 (End rap)

But really, I love it here.  I couldn't fit my whole life into a short song, so I'll also note here that I'm particularly interested in rural medicine, women's health and wilderness medicine, and that I went into family medicine because I was so inspired by the doctors I met both abroad and in rural Vermont and Maine who really seemed to be able to help everyone who walked in the door.  I'm delighted to be working with Spanish and Portuguese-speaking patients and hope to spend my life applying experience from both medicine and sociology to improve the lives of patients from under-served communities.

Payal Patel, MD: Univeristy of Maryland School of MedicinePayal Patel, MD: Univeristy of Maryland School of Medicine

Hi! I was born outside of Philly and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore.  Growing up, I did a lot of sports- soccer, tennis, swimming, and I even got a black belt in tae kwon do along the way.  I went to the University of Maryland in College Park, MD (Go Terps!) for college and majored in General Biology and Psychology.  I was really involved in the Student Health Advisory Committee, which aimed to voice student health concerns and needs to the Student Health Center administration.  I also spent a few summers volunteering at a local psychiatric hospital.  Both of these experiences helped me discover my passions for mental health, primary care, and health advocacy, so I decided that medicine was the right path for me.

I started medical school at the University of Maryland SOM (in Baltimore, MD) after college.  I was involved in CAPP, which is a program that immerses students in the pre-clinical years to psychiatry.  We were able to work closely with the patient population of Baltimore, which is largely underserved and has diverse medical needs.  I actually thought I was going to do Psychiatry until I had my Family Medicine rotation and realized I could bring together a lot of my passions into one specialty.  I’m excited to start at Brown, where I’ll be able to further explore my family medicine interests, which include maternal child health, reproductive health, and mental health in the primary care setting.  I’m also really excited to be in Providence, which is proving to be quite the foodie city!

In my free time, I love trying new restaurants, especially vegetarian and vegan places.  I also love cooking, baking, and making healthier versions of comfort foods. I love farmer’s markets, I’m a spinning and yoga addict, and I’ll take any opportunity to walk along the water.

Jennifer Tran, MD: Virginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineJennifer Tran, MD: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Originally from Arlington, Virginia and having lived in Virginia for the past 27 years, I'm excited to explore everything that Rhode Island has to offer! I attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I majored in human biology, which combined my interests in the biomedical sciences with bioethics, public health, and social justice. The time I spent volunteering at free clinics and coordinating student volunteers for a local soup kitchen during college propelled my conviction to provide primary care in underserved communities. After graduating from UVA, I spent a year at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, conducting cutting edge research on sphingolipid metabolism and signaling pathways. Although I'll always have a soft spot for research, I knew that the clinical side of medicine and empowering patients to take control of their own health were my true passions. After this postbac research fellowship, I subsequently went to medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. At VCU, I participated in a longitudinal program called the International Inner City Rural Preceptorship (I2CRP) Honors Program, which enabled me to foster my passion for primary care through experiential immersion in different underserved settings. Through my clinical clerkships, I was always drawn to the doctor-patient relationships that were developed through ambulatory visits and I am especially interested in practice innovations that can improve the delivery of health care. Moreover, the VCU family medicine department gave me the strong sense of mentorship and support that helped me carve out my career goals. Consequently, I knew that family medicine was the right specialty for me because I am able to incorporate my strong interests in women's health and community health. In my free time, I enjoy baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Diana Wohler, MD: Harvard Medical SchoolDiana Wohler, MD: Harvard Medical School

Hi! I'm a native New Englander who grew up just south of Hartford, Connecticut. I was always interested in science as a kid, but it was a summer anatomy class at Brown University as a high school student that I discovered a love of medical science. I went south to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where I majored in biology and minored in music. At Hopkins, I studied abroad in the Dominican Republic conducting community public health projects and organized volunteers for the Baltimore Rescue Mission Clinic, a walk-in primary care clinic for homeless men. These experiences introduced me to long-term clinical relationships and community partnerships, and I was hooked on primary care.

At Harvard Medical School, I became very involved with the Family Medicine Interest Group and the Center for Primary Care to advocate for increased primary care educational experiences at Harvard and provide mentorship opportunities for students interested in primary care. After my third year of medical school, I took a year away to research educational in teamwork and leadership. During that year, I also co-founded an interprofessional student-faculty collaborative family medicine clinic that cares for an underserved immigrant population. These experiences solidified my commitment to education, underserved and immigrant medicine, and interprofessional practice. As a fourth year student, I spent a month studying and researching primary care policy in Washington, D.C. at the Robert Graham Center. During fourth year, I also married my husband, a classmate and now OB/Gyn resident at Brown/Women & Infants Hospital.

Brown Family Medicine was a perfect fit: diverse patient population, strong women's health and community curriculum, and welcoming and inspiring residents and program leaders. My husband, Andrey, and I love trying out new recipes, biking, hiking, and playing music together- he plays the piano and I sing!