Class of 2021

Gisele Arrey, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolGisele Arrey, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolI'm super excited about joining Brown Family Medicine. I’m originally from Cameroon, but moved to Massachusetts 11 years ago. I started out at Bunker Hill Community College and then transferred to Northeastern University where I received a bachelor’s of science in Biology. After college, I spent a year at the NIH in the laboratory of Malaria immunology and vaccinology, working on biomarkers of severe Malaria.

I went to the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine where I learned the importance of Preventive Medicine and thus decided to pursue a career in Family Medicine. After growing up in the developing world, I could not help but appreciate the impact and difference preventive medicine makes.

I am thrilled about the Brown Family Medicine program because of its solid academic focus, supportive faculty and residents, the amazing MCH curriculum, and the Global Health experiences. I also felt right at home there during my interview and found a team that care not just about the academics, but about me as a WHOLE.

My areas of interest include: Obstetrics and women’s health, preventive medicine in general, underserved populations, HIV medicine and Global Health.

Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my amazing husband Prosbert and our son Henry Ebai. I am a foodie! I love trying out different restaurants and cuisines from around the world. I also crochet, knit, and read fiction novels.

Aileen Caceres, MD: Boston University School of MedicineAileen Caceres, MD: Boston University School of MedicineBrown Family medicine was everything I could have hoped for in a program. I felt that it was a great place to care for the underserved and give back to my community. In addition to that, I was blown away by the residents and how much they enjoyed being around each other. It immediately felt like it could be home and I am thrilled to get to complete residency here.

Outside of medicine, I love to bake, especially cupcakes and cakes for birthdays. I also enjoy Harry Potter movie marathons and pretending I play guitar, even though I’m stuck at half-songs for now. 

Linda Cota, MD: Drexel University College of MedicineLinda Cota, MD: Drexel University College of MedicineHello! My name is Linda. I was born in China and immigrated to Portland, Maine at the age of 1. I was interested in medicine from a young age. For college, I went to the University of Maine in Orono, ME, where I studied Biology. After college, I worked for a medical device company as a research and quality control assistant. My research projects focused on developing automated data analysis algorithms and developing an assay for quantifying cell-free DNA as a marker for sepsis. During this time I was also a hospice volunteer and I was greatly inspired by the physicians providing compassionate care to patients at the end of life. For medical school, I broadened my horizons outside of New England and attended Drexel University, where I spent time volunteering in the school’s student-run free clinics.

My interests in family medicine grew during my third year of medical school. I love the continuity of care, the opportunity to really get to know a family and make a difference over many years. My specific interests within family medicine include rural medicine, women’s health, and geriatrics.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends. I also enjoy cooking, board games, and being outdoors. I am excited to have the opportunity to train at Brown Family Medicine and I look forward spending the next three years in Rhode Island!

Sam Donovan, MD: University of Rochester School of MedicineSam Donovan, MD: University of Rochester School of MedicineI grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts. For college, I went north to Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, where I graduated in 2007 with a major in Romance Languages, a minor in biology, and no clue that I would eventually become a doctor. After graduating, I spent two years working for a construction company that was renovating the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I enjoyed learning about construction and getting to know a beautiful old building, but I ultimately decided to trade in my hard hat for a duffel bag and spend nine months traveling through nineteen countries across four continents. This trip reignited my love of languages and planted the seed for my next step: a one-year volunteer position with Partners In Health in Lima, Peru. There, I discovered a passion for fighting inequity by improving health in underserved communities.

Wanting better tools for understanding the big picture, I went to Johns Hopkins for a Masters in Public Health with a focus on qualitative research and behavioral interventions, and spent six months in Ethiopia researching environmentally-minded health programs for my thesis. Studying public health theory and learning to design and conduct research was fascinating and fun, but I realized that I also wanted to make patient care a part of my career, so I decided to apply to medical school.

After a brief stint doing research at Massachusetts General Hospital, I decided that Boston wasn’t nearly cold enough and headed to Rochester for medical school. When it came time to pick a specialty, Family Medicine was an easy choice for me: from Lima to Baltimore to Addis Ababa, I have seen how comprehensive primary care boosts health equity and promotes community wellbeing. Brown was another easy choice, given this program’s strengths in global health, working with underserved populations, and commitment to full-spectrum primary care. I am excited to learn with my patients, co-residents, faculty, and hospital staff here; and I can’t wait to explore Rhode Island’s restaurants, bike trails, and beaches!

Michael Iadevaia, MD: Tufts University School of MedicineMichael Iadevaia, MD: Tufts University School of MedicineHey! My name is Mike and I was born and raised in Rhody and am finally coming back all the way from Boston.

I spent the past 9 years studying at Northeastern University for undergrad and then Tufts for medical school. It was always my dream to live in Boston growing up since I'm a huge Boston sports fan. Actually, before I knew I wanted to be a doctor, I still wanted to play shortstop for the Boston Red Sox (I was 12, I had big dreams). Obviously, that didn't pan out and my general curiosity on how things worked prompted my interest in science and ultimately medicine.

While attending Northeastern, I wanted to solidify my interest in medicine and working with people. I did one of my six-month co-ops (internships) at Perkins School for the Blind as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the secondary school where I worked with my own panel of students in one-on-one physical therapy sessions. This was an amazing opportunity and cemented my interest in medicine.What initially drew me to family medicine was the long-term and family relationship aspect that is at the core of the specialty. During third year at Tufts, there was an interaction that made me realize how important the doctor-patient relationship is between Primary Care Physicians and their patients. I saw the immense impact of this relationship firsthand and this moment compelled me to pursue Primary Care.

I'm excited to be back in Rhode Island with my wife, where we grew up, as we are even closer to family and friends. We're big foodies and love to try delicious beers, so we can't wait to try all the local restaurants and breweries!

Eden Liu, MD: University of Illinois College of MedicineEden Liu, MD: University of Illinois College of MedicineHi everyone! I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Chicago. Fun fact: I graduated from the same high school as Michelle Obama. Growing up in the Chicago Chinatown, I developed an interest in immigrant and community health. This interest grew into passion at Harvard College, where I volunteered with orphans in China and adopted children in the Greater Boston area. After 4 years on the East Coast, I moved back home to Chicago to work at O-H Community Partners, a social impact management consulting company. A year later, I started medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I continued to volunteer with low-income and immigrant communities through various organizations, including the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and the Midwest Asian Health Association. I also spent a lot of time at the New Life Volunteering Society, a student-run free clinic.

I am so excited to train as a family physician at Brown!  During my interview, I was blown away by how friendly, warm, and inviting the Brown residents, staff, and faculty members were. It felt like a piece of the Midwest in New England. 

When I’m not in the hospital or clinic, you can catch me eating and baking bread, trying new restaurants and taking pictures of my food. I can also be frequently seen taking pictures of babies, puppies, and other cute things.

Kathryn McClain, DO: AT Still College of Osteopathic MedicineKathryn McClain, DO: AT Still College of Osteopathic MedicineI am very excited to be joining the Brown Family Medicine Residency! I have a variety of interest including sports medicine, nutrition and lifestyle medicine, OMT, and reproductive health and rights. I think the values of Brown align with my values and offer numerous opportunities to pursue my interests. I feel training here will prepare me for any direction I want to go with my career.

I grew up competitively riding horses and playing soccer. I love horses and trail riding when I get the chance, although I no longer compete. I also love traveling. I spent a year overseas in Australia during undergrad and have travelled to other countries including places in Central America and Europe. I think lifestyle is a very important part of medicine and enjoy healthy cooking and exercising. Other interests include community/cultural events, museums/galleries, history, hiking, reading, and trying new foods/activities. 

Natasha Neal, DO: University of New England College of Osteopathic MedicineNatasha Neal, DO: University of New England College of Osteopathic MedicineHi! Originally from Canada, I never thought that I would end up living in the US. I first came to the US to complete a Master of Public Health at Boston University. While appreciating the ability to make change in the healthcare system on a larger scale, I craved the one-on-one interaction with patients that medicine would offer. It was at Boston University that I met my husband Andrew and we headed up to Maine where I attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, I was passionate about public health and health policy, leading the Physicians for a National Health Program club on campus. After completing my third year rotations in Bangor, ME, I had the opportunity to learn from wonderful physicians who inspired me to pursue family medicine programs with a strong emphasis on women’s health and obstetrics. It was also during my fourth year of medical school that my husband and I welcomed our son Wesley!

I am so excited to be at Brown for residency! The program aligns with my passion for women’s health, obstetrics, and family planning, while offering a strong inpatient medicine experience with a community feel. I am also so excited to be at a program that focuses on advocacy work and health policy. I hope to advocate for the patients I serve at the local and potentially state level if the opportunity presents itself!

In our free time, my husband and I love to go hiking with our 2 dogs and son. We love spending time visiting with family in the US and Canada. I am also trained in traditional Sri Lankan dance and love playing soccer! My family and I are so excited to explore Providence and Rhode Island!

McKinzie Neggers, MD: SUNY Upstate Medical UniversityMcKinzie Neggers, MD: SUNY Upstate Medical UniversityWhat first stood out to me about Brown Family Medicine was the variety within their curriculum. I have many interests within FM (global health, women’s health, geriatrics, procedural medicine) and wanted a program that did not limit me. During my interview here, I was thoroughly impressed by the support faculty members offered to residents. I believe we cannot be compassionate to our patients if we are not also compassionate to ourselves and our colleagues, so being surrounded by an encouraging team is important to me. I am confident I will be supported in all of the directions I decide to take my medical career. Lastly, I am inspired by the work done by staff at Brown and want to practice alongside doctors that I aspire to be like. I can’t wait to begin residency with such progressive and passionate doctors!

Despite never conquering a musical instrument, I love music and enjoy going to live shows. I enjoy pottery. I joined a studio during medical school and have grown to the love the ceramics community just as much as I love the craft itself. I love comedy and thoroughly appreciate all the standup performances on Netflix. Laughing is important! I enjoy exercising and am up for anything that gets me out of the house. I like to run, bike, hike and play volleyball. I enjoying practicing yoga despite being terribly inflexible. Lastly, I love to travel. Of all the places I’ve visited, South and Central America are my favorite. One day I would love to proficiently speak Spanish and am excited to see that so many of my Brown colleagues speak several languages!

Jake Ponti, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolJake Ponti, MD: University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolHello, my name is Jake Ponti. I grew up in the small town of Andover, Massachusetts. I didn’t know I wanted to be a doctor until, by a stroke of luck, I was accidentally placed into a senior-level anatomy course as a sophomore in high school. It wasn’t long before I became fascinated by the infinite complexities of the human body. My teacher recognized my growing interest in medicine, and through a connection he had at Massachusetts General Hospital, I was able to shadow an open heart surgery. I was amazed by the experience, and although it was an improbable start, I knew from that point on that I wanted to become a doctor.

 After determining that I wanted to enter the field of medicine, I began volunteering at a summer camp for New York inner city youth infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS called Camp Amerikids. Many of the volunteers at this camp work in the medical field- doctors, nurses, social workers- and I was able to witness firsthand the ways in which they were able to positively impact the lives of the campers and their family members.

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I studied English and Biology. I was also fortunate enough to walk-on to the UMass baseball team. Playing a sport at the NCAA Division 1 level and balancing school work proved to be difficult, but was an experience that prepared me well for the rigors of medical training. I then attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, which is where I discovered my interests in primary care. Over those four years I was able to volunteer at free clinics in the Worcester area that provided physical exams, well visits, sick visits, women’s health visits, anonymous HIV testing, and other services to underserved populations. I was also able to work with the Worcester Food Bank to improve upon the distribution of organically grown goods to food-insecure citizens. Being a lifelong athlete, I also volunteered at the Massachusetts Special Olympics Winter Games as medical personnel.

 In terms of my interests outside of medicine, I am and will always be an avid Boston sports fan. I still love patrolling the outfield on a baseball diamond, and I like to get involved with as many other recreational sports as possible. I have also discovered a passion for photography and videography, specifically the editing process.

 I am very excited, and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to do my residency training at Brown!

 

Katrina Roi, MD: Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityKatrina Roi, MD: Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityWorking with the Brown Family Medicine residents during my third-year clerkship helped me to decide that Family Medicine was the ideal specialty for me. The resident clinic has an excellent diversity of patients. Another key factor is the deep history of the program and strong institutional commitment to family medicine. 
I love getting outside – a hike in the White Mountains, a bike ride around Providence, or a relaxing walk. Indoors, I like trying to keep ferns alive and reading, especially fantasy and science fiction. 

 

Andrew Rork, DO: AT Still School of Osteopathic MedicineAndrew Rork, DO: AT Still School of Osteopathic Medicine

Andrew Rork  is a 2018 graduate of AT Still University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, where he was involved in the Capacidad Global Health Honors Society (traveled to rural Amazon rain forest in Peru to teach basic medical care to health workers).He attended University of Colorado where he obtained a BA in Psychology. Trained as a paramedic and EMT, Andrew is passionate about  emergency medicine, healthcare for the homeless, ultrasound, procedural skills, free Open-Access Medical Education (FOAM) podcasts, and teaching patients about sustainable healthy eating practices.  His hobbies include traveling, skiing, camping, nano-reef saltwater aquariums, and photography.  He moved to RI to join his partner, Katie McClain also a member of our first year class