Family Medicine

Faculty & Staff

Adam Guck, PH.D.

Where are you from? Omaha, NE

Medical School PH.D, Clinical Health Psychology – University of North Texas

Residency/Fellowship: Behavioral Medicine – John Peter Smith Hospital

Clinical Interests: Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care

Why JPS? I completed my Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at JPS to pursue my interests in integrated primary care psychology and graduate medical education. I stayed as faculty because of the amazing, supportive culture that pervade this residency program. Faculty, residents, and staff come together to advance the health of families and communities throughout Tarrant County. It is an honor to be part of this large enterprise that not only produces highly talented doctors, but dedicated and compassionate people.

Bethany Norberg, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Residency Program: Madigan Army Medical Center Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Houston, TX and raised in Arlington, TX and stayed close to home for medical school in Dallas, TX. I was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship Program in medical school through the military and joined the US Army Reserves and transitioned to active duty in the US Army on completion of medical school. I completed my residency in Family Medicine at Ft Lewis, WA at Madigan Army Medical Center. Through my time in the military I was able to live in different areas of the United States and serve in several different capacities. After residency I was stationed in Ft Bliss, TX where I was a clinic director of a large clinic and served my country in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom providing concussion care to our soldiers who had been injured. After my time in El Paso, TX, I had the opportunity to go back to Ft Lewis, WA and complete a fellowship in endoscopy. I was then stationed at Ft Hood, TX where I had the pleasure of being core faculty for the Family Medicine residency program. I found that I love being involved with training residents as well as providing full scope Family Medicine care. At the end of my time in the military as I was trying to decide where in the country or world I wanted to settle down, I was ultimately drawn back towards family and friends. I now reside in Burleson, TX with my husband and 2 small kids. We love the flexibility of living close to a big city with lots of amenities while enjoying the slower pace of life near family in a smaller town.

Why JPS? I was drawn to JPS because it is the culmination of so many of my interests. I wanted to work somewhere that embraced full scope Family Medicine. In addition, I love being involved in residency training, helping to mold and teach the future Family Physicians who end up working both here in the United States as well as abroad. I enjoy being able to pursue endoscopy and training residents to become proficient in endoscopy. I was also drawn to the opportunity to serve an underserved population in our community. JPS provides me an ability to do all of these things in one place.

Ellisa Krumm, MD, FAAFP
Director of Maternal Child Health

Medical Degree: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Residency Training: Trident/Medical University of South Carolina

I grew up in East TN, and went west to the beaches of California for college at Westmont College. I then came back to East TN for med school at ETSU, where the focus is on primary care. I went to residency in Charleston, SC at MUSC. My first job was at Christ Community Health Services in Memphis, TN where I helped start a residency program from the ground up. It was there also that I learned Cesarean section skills and HIV care, essentially creating my own “fellowships.” I worked at CCHS for 5 years before starting at JPS in 2015, as part of the MCH program as well as seeing patients at Healing Wings, the HIV clinic. I have interest in global health and overseas health care, and currently have been to 39 countries. I also love the outdoors and have been a wilderness and white water rafting guide in Colorado.

Why JPS? I get to teach the best residents, and in such a variety of skills, serving the patients who need it the most. They push me to be better every day and I love the challenge of the people and patients around me.

Jason Brewington, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

From: Cookeville, TN

Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine Nashville, TN

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Hospital Medicine, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Global Missions.

Why JPS? In the JPS Family Medicine Residency Program, we provide broad-spectrum medical care to people who would otherwise have little or no access to health care and we teach our residents to do the same.

Jason Mogonye, MD
Assistant Program Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship

Medical Degree: Texas Tech University

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Sports Medicine Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

I was born and raised in Texas and love to be outside. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking or just sitting out on the porch with a cold drink, I enjoy the outdoors. Primary Care Sports Medicine is the perfect outlet for a physician who doesn’t like to be confined by walls. Covering athletic events from bike races to rodeos, and the opportunity to cover college athletics at TCU, allows me the profession I love in the environment that I love. I also enjoy implementing and teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound in my practice. When I’m not working I like to cook (because I like to eat!) and spend time with my family.

Why JPS? I get the opportunity at JPS to provide first-rate medical care to a population of patients who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to it.

Jean Whitten, MD
Clinical Faculty
Jeanine Ratliff, MD
Director of Pediatrics, Nursery, Neonatal Family Medicine Education

Where are you from? I grew up in Azle, Texas, but I was born in Kansas.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston

Residency/Fellowship: University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston (Pediatrics)

Clinical Interests: Breastfeeding medicine, newborn nursery, and outpatient pediatrics.

Why JPS? I get to serve the people of Fort Worth, and really the world, while teaching great residents. Every day, I’m pushed to keep up with the latest research and treatment techniques. I get to learn something new every day.

Jocelyn Zee, DO
Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Ultrasound, Family Medicine Hospitalist Faculty

From: Dallas-Ft. Worth

Medical School: North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Ultrasound

Why JPS? JPS is my 2nd home, 2nd family – ever since I set foot within its walls, July of 2006, I knew it was where I wanted and needed to be. JPS is unlike any other place I’ve been, its patients are truly unique, the faculty and staff are incredible, and I hope to continue to give back to JPS, in caring for our patients, and in training up future generations of physicians for many years to come.

Joseph C. Martin, MD
Inpatient Medicine Teaching Faculty

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Residency Program: MCMERF Family Medicine Residency Program, Waco, Texas

I was raised as the oldest of 4 boys by an American (Okie, to be precise) father and a Brazilian mother. From an early age I was immersed in two cultures and found myself quickly experiencing others as my family and I moved throughout the Middle East and South America during my childhood. I learned to enjoy travel, learning other languages and valuing other cultures other than my own. Since finishing my residency in family medicine I met my wonderful wife, Tracy, who has kept me grounded and provided the perfect partner for our adventures. We have two great kids, Sebastiᾶo (14) and Isabella (11). Both were born in Texas but grew up in the Amazon region of Ecuador where we served in a small jungle hospital for 7 years as missionaries.

It was during our time in Ecuador that I became more involved in training medical students and residents and realized my love for teaching. My time on the mission field also broadened my skills. I learned ultrasound and endoscopy as well as tropical medicine and continued to admire the breadth of family medicine.

I enjoy traveling (especially to other countries with my family), studying history, running (not very fast!), cycling, hiking and cheering on my favorite teams – Steelers, Longhorns, Rangers, Cardinals, and the Celeçᾶo (Brazil’s national soccer team).

Why JPS? Having trained in Texas I’ve always known the quality of the residents and faculty attracted to the program and knew that I wanted to be a part of JPS’s culture along with the institution’s emphasis on caring for the needy and its emphasis on global health.

Karen M. Kirk, MD
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas

Residency: Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas

Fellowship: Sports Medicine at JPS Health Network

Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, Certificate of Additional Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

Board Certified in Pediatrics, CAQ in Sports Medicine

Katherine Buck, LMFT, PH.D
Director of Behavioral Science

Where are you from? Greenville, NC

Medical School: East Carolina University – PH.D, Clinical Health Psychology

Residency/Fellowship: University of Colorado, Primary Care Psychology and Medical Education.

Clinical Interests: I have clinical interests in health and behavior change interventions in primary care, sleep medicine, and couples therapy. I am an active researcher and have interests in physician burnout and health, medical education, and sports medicine.

Why JPS? If I do something I’m all in on enthusiasm and excitement. JPS’s program presented me with great opportunities to teach behavioral medicine to family docs in fast-paced, fun, and creative ways!

Trish Rawicki, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Medical Degree: UT Southwestern Medical School

Residency: JPS Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical areas of focus: Hospital Medicine, Obesity Medicine

I grew in Northern Virginia and came to Dallas for college at University of Dallas. I still live in the same neighborhood as my University and go to book club with all my college friends. After UTSW, I came to JPS for residency and just couldn't leave. Outside of JPS, I stay busy with my husband and 4 children as well as a huge extended family.

Why JPS? I wanted to provide full spectrum care to a underserved population with many complicated medical problems. The teaching aspect is fun and ensures that I maintain an attitude of lifelong learning.

Lesca Hadley, MD
Vice Chair, Geriatric Medicine

Medical Degree: Texas Tech College of Medicine in Lubbock

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Geriatric Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

My Texas roots run deep. My family is from west Texas, and I was raised on a farm near Cleburne, Texas. After graduating with a Biology degree from Abilene Christian University, I attended Texas Tech University for medical school. I completed my Family Medicine Residency training, and then my Geriatric Fellowship at JPS. Since 2005, I have served as the Geriatric Fellowship Program Director at JPS. I continue to practice full-scope Family Medicine by taking call with Maternal-Child Health faculty along with seeing patients in the outpatient, inpatient, home, and long-term care settings. In addition to Geriatrics, I have a passion for Refugee and Global Health. I have been blessed by caring for patients and teaching Family Medicine in numerous countries throughout the world. When away from work, I enjoy outdoor activities, especially horseback riding.

Why JPS? Nowhere else will you get the same breadth of training. JPS sets the standard.

Mark Koch, MD, FAAFP
Director of Family Medicine Endoscopy

From: Borger, Texas

Clinical Interests: Cancer Screening, Endoscopy, Informatics, Clinical procedures.

Why JPS? JPS embraces a wide range of diverse clinical practices and interests.

Mark Nelson, MD
Director, International Health Center

Medical Degree: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

I am from Maracay, Venezuela, but attended medical school in Houston at Baylor College of Medicine. I have always had an interest in parasitology and tropical medicine so after completing a residency in family medicine (here at JPS) I eventually found my way to work at a rural hospital in the Amazon basin in Ecuador, as well as further studies in tropical medicine in Liverpool, UK. In Ecuador I practiced full-scope family medicine and taught family medicine to Ecuadorian residents and students. Prior to returning to JPS, I worked a year in Ghana. My wife is a pediatrician and together we have three college-aged kids.

Why JPS? I chose to return to JPS after almost 25 years away because of the Global Health program, the refugee population and to be able to teach family medicine residents

Matthew Rios, MD
Clinical Faculty, Director of Palliative Care Services

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Geriatric Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

I trained at JPS Hospital, became board certified in Family Medicine. I then completed a Geriatric medicine fellowship and became boarded in Geriatric Medicine. I practiced at Baylor Senior health Network in Irving, Texas for several years then returned to JPS as a Family Medicine faculty member where I also served as a long term care director and preceptor in Geriatric medicine. I then took a board for Hospice and Palliative Medicine and I have served as a hospice director for about 15 years. For the last several years I have served as the Director of Palliative Care Services at JPS Hospital. I have in the last year completed a board in Wound Care and I plan to join the JPS wound care team soon.

Why JPS? There are many opportunities for professional development, serving the underserved, and lifelong learning. I also enjoy sharing the knowledge I have acquired with residents and fellows in training who are interested in my areas of expertise

Montserrat Abadie-Sole, MD
Maternal Child Health Faculty

Residency Training: St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Obstetric Fellowship: University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma

I went to medical school in Honduras where I’m from. I completed my Family Medicine residency at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Go Thunder! (I am a big basketball fan). I moved to Tulsa and did an OB Fellowship there and stayed as faculty for 6 years, then I came to Texas to the biggest family medicine program with an advanced obstetrical training track.

Why JPS? I enjoy working at JPS because it allows me to treat the Hispanic underserved population and do full spectrum Family medicine. And the residents are the best!

Nicholas LeFevre, MD
Maternal Child Health Faculty/Director of Ultrasound Curriculum

Where are you from? Columbia, Missouri

Medical School: University of Missouri, Columbia

Residency/Fellowship: Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, Surgical and High-Risk Obstetrics, Greater Lawrence FMR

Clinical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine including inpatient, outpatient, and obstetrics. Point of Care Ultrasound Population health and evidence-based medicine

Why JPS? I am passionate about practicing and teaching full spectrum family medicine. At JPS, I get the chance to serve some of Texas’ neediest patients alongside a mission-minded co-faculty and some of the brightest residents in the Country. I also enjoy teaching surgical obstetrics and point of care ultrasound to residents who have career aspirations in global, rural, and undeserved medicine.

Reena Mathews, MD
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Medical Degree: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Residency: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship: John Peter Smith Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program

After graduating the JPS Geriatric Fellowship, Dr. Mathews focused on building an outpatient Geriatric practice in an underserved part of the community which further kindled her interest in learning more about social determinants of health. As the Geriatric Service line grew at JPS, she took on a more active role in academics and leadership. She has a strong desire to help provide excellent Geriatric care throughout the continuum of care settings and as a lifelong student she is participating in the Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute and other grant initiatives with the HRSA WEHAIL grant. Born and raised in Toronto Canada, Dr. Mathews has a fondness for all things “Maple” including Leaf’s hockey, autumn leaves and anything maple glazed. In her spare time, she can be found gardening, travelling and exploring the DFW food scene with her husband.

Ricardo Castellon, MD
Medical Director, Viola Pitts-Como Health Center

Medical Degree: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras

Residency Training: St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Originally from Honduras, where I went to med school at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and met my wife. Together we came to the U.S. To pursue postgraduate training and trained in Family Medicine at Saint Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City. After a short time as a hospitalist, I worked for several years as assistant professor with the Family Medicine residency of the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. My professional interests are resident education, care of undeserved populations, diseases of the skin and in-office procedures. Now a father of two, I enjoyed spending time off with my family, traveling, live music, wine and dining, playing and watching NBA basketball, and I’m an amateur photographer.

Why JPS? I joined JPS in 2014 wanting to be part of one of the top programs in the country.

Richard Fulkerson, MD
Medical Director of Utilization Management

Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston

Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

Geriatric Fellowship: John Peter Smith Hospital

I was born and Raised in Fort Worth, Texas I got a degree in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington. I met my future wife in a Chemistry Lab there. We got married while I was in medical school and amazingly she has put up with me ever since. Thirty years ago I came to JPS as a Family Medicine Intern and I liked it so much I never left! I am dual boarded in Family Medicine and in Geriatrics. I have three grown kids and a golden retriever. I love to teach. I am one of the core faculty in our Family Health Center. It truly is a privilege for me to teach our Residents, Fellows and students. While I have some knowledge and experience to pass along, the best thing about my job is not a day goes by that my Residents don’t teach me a thing or two!

I am a big baseball fan. Go Rangers! I read a lot. I have played way to many computer games. I travel every chance I get. I love the outdoors. But, mostly, I just like hanging out with my family and friends.

Why JPS? I believe that a Family Physician should be able to provide whatever services his community needs. The training you get at JPS will allow you to practice comfortably in any Community whether it’s in Zambia, rural Texas or New York City. How do I know? Because our graduates are doing it! If you are interested in full service Family Medicine there is no better place than JPS. It was true 30 years ago when I trained here and it’s true now. The patients here are amazing. We serve a very diverse population, including a large International community. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives, come to JPS.

Stephen Manock, MD
Director of Global Health

Where are you from? Chicago, Illinois

Medical School: University of IL - Chicago

Residency/Fellowship: Case Western Reserve/MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Clinical Interests: Global health, cross-cultural care of the underserved, tropical medicine, malaria vaccine research

Why JPS? I am passionate about preparing family physicians to provide full-spectrum care to underserved patients in urban, rural and developing world settings. There is no better place to do this than JPS.

Stephen Twyman, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Where are you from? Tulsa, OK

Residency/Fellowship: Family Medicine and ARMS (Advanced Rural Medical Surgical) – John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Procedures, Basic Surgery, International Health, Community Health

Why JPS? The JPS Family Medicine Residency program is a leader in innovation and collaboration in the realm of family medicine training. Residents who train here are bright, capable, and self-motivated which makes them enjoyable to teach. As a faculty, it is invigorating to work in an environment where progress is not only encouraged but expected

Vinu Alexander, MD
Maternal-Child Health Faculty

Medical Degree: Stanley Medical, Madras University

Residency Training: Corpus Christi Family Medicine

Residency Fellowship: Procedures in Family Medicine/Operative Obstetrics at Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency

I am involved in surgical obstetrics and office based procedure training for residents in the Maternal Child Health Area of Emphasis (MCH). Procedures performed in the office; non-scalpel vasectomy, contraceptive device placement, pre malignant excisional skin procedures and LEEP for dysplasia treatment. My interests in ambulatory care management with emphasis in Point of care Ultrasound, Standard Obstetrics scans, Antepartum fetal testing and risking of pregnant patients help train residents to have a wider skill set to make safer medical decisions.

I enjoy taking MCH residents to Uganda for a month annually to give them an extensive international exposure to the culture and their limitations to health resources.

Why JPS? It is a pilot four year MCH FM Residency program with special interest to train future teachers, rural and international family physicians to achieve advanced skills.

Whitney LeFevre, MD
Core Faculty

Where are you from? St. Louis, MO

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia

Residency/Fellowship: Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: Women’s Health and low-risk obstetrics, the social determinants of health, and resident and medical student education

Why JPS? JPS offered my husband (the other Dr. LeFevre) and I our absolute dream jobs. Not only do I have the opportunity to have a full scope of practice, work in an underserved community, and teach all-star residents, I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to help develop a new medical school in Fort Worth. From caring for my own patients at Stop Six Clinic, to delivering babies, to working with outstanding residents in their own clinics, to developing medical education curriculum as the family medicine clerkship director at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, I can’t think of a more perfect place to do what I love.

William Bart Pate, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Where are you from? Alpine, Texas

Medical School: UTMB Galveston

Residency/Fellowship: R. E. Thomason General Hospital - El Paso

Clinical Interests: Rural Health, Women’s Health, Geriatrics, Urology, Cancer

Born in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston Army Hospital. Moved to West Texas at age 2. My Dad was a Country Doctor/Surgeon and my mother was a CRNA. I have 4 brothers. The oldest is a Plastic Surgeon in El Paso. My next younger brother is a General Surgeon. The next is an Intelligence Officer (spy) and the youngest is an Architect. I graduated from Alpine High School and attended colleges and Medical Schools in Austin, Boston, Vienna, Houston, and Galveston but the most important part of my education was at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. 1969 – 1971 I was in the US Army – one year in Korea on the DMZ and the next at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso. In May of 1971 I returned to Alpine to practice with my dad and later on my younger brother. I was married to Patty in 1966 and we had two boys. My wife, Cathy, and I were Married in 1977 and we had two more boys. In Alpine I was the typical rural Family Doctor of the time – Delivered over 3000 babies, performed over 5000 major surgeries, assisted in about 10,000 more, attended over 15000 ER visits and averaged over 100 office visits / week, 3-5 nursing home patients, and 3-10 hospital patients daily. My family thought that they needed to see me so in 1990 we moved to Fort Worth the JPS Family Medicine Residency Program where I have been for the past 26 years. I have been blessed with a large family – including 11 grandchildren – and there is nothing more important to me.

Why JPS? Simply, because JPS was training doctors who would be able to go to Rural areas – like West Texas – to provide full service Family Medicine to an underserved population. Family is still the most important part of Family Medicine. Everything good at home or in Medicine is due to MOTHERS. Trying to get DADS on board is the challenge.

Just like West Texas, John Peter Smith is an underserved population that is up to the task of training really good Family docs. For this we are thankful every day. And they are blessed in return.

Andrew Saverine, DO
Family Medicine Faculty

Medical School: UNTHSC TCOM

Residency/Fellowship: JPS Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Homelessness, Complex Social Needs, Utilization Reduction, Population Health, and Quality Improvement

I am a proud husband and father of three who is passionate about helping improve the world around me, I enjoy reading, cooking, building and gardening, as well as playing with my kids.

Why JPS? I chose JPS for its patient population and a culture that supports innovation

Kimberly Wolfshohl, MD
Family Medicine Faculty

Where are you from? Texas

Medical School: McGovern Medical School at UT Health

Residency/Fellowship: JPS Family Medicine Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Outpatient Clinic, Inpatient Hospitalist Service

Born and raised in Texas. I’m a proud JPS Family Medicine graduate. My husband and I moved to Fort Worth for our respective residencies and have fallen in love with the city and the people. In my free time I enjoy spending time with our children, reading fantasy novels, and am an amateur baker and birder. My perfect day consists of my husband and me taking longs walks in our neighborhood with a stroller in tow and grabbing a bite to eat on Magnolia Street.

Why JPS? JPS holds a special place in my heart. I am a proud JPS Family Medicine graduate. My time as a JPS resident was very special, not only because of the top tier training that I received, but also because I fell in love with the people (employees and patients). It’s extraordinary to be able to work at a place where people are passionate about their jobs. And working at a county hospital provides me with a wonderful opportunity to make a big impact in my patients’ lives on a daily basis. I chose to work at JPS so that I could continue to be a part of this unique culture and help train the next generation of family medicine doctors.

Timothy Cahill, MD
Maternal Child Health Faculty

Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Residency/Fellowship: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency

Clinical Interests: FM/OB. I also enjoy Global Health.

I met and married my lovely wife, Lori, while in medical school in Memphis, TN, and we now have 4 wonderful kids (3 girls and a boy). After finishing residency and fellowship here at JPS (and after about 9 months serving as faculty while awaiting the birth of my second daughter), we left the U.S. to go serve at a mission hospital in northern Ghana with Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program. We delivered our third daughter at our hospital in Ghana, and we came back to the U.S. at the end of 2019 to deliver our boy. After serving for about 5 years (2.5 years with SP and the rest with Christian Health Service Corps) in Ghana, it was made clear to us that we would be coming back to the U.S. for a period of time.

Why JPS? When looking for a job once we arrived back in the U.S., my thought was, “Where can I go and still practice full-spectrum Family Medicine, including OB?” JPS sprang to mind, and it perfectly happened that they were going to have some openings at the time when I could start.

Susan Su, MD
Director of Thursday Didactics

Where are you from? Houston, Texas

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Residency: JPS Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship: JPS Maternal Child Health

Clinical Interests: Women’s Health, Inpatient Medicine

Originally from China, I moved to the United States when I was a young toddler and spent most of my childhood in the great city of Houston, TX. I attended Rice University were I double majored in Biochemistry and Psychology. It was there that I discovered my desire to work in primary care and specifically with the underserved. While in medical school, I further developed this passion through various service opportunities and international mission trips and landed upon family medicine as the BEST specialty for achieving my mission in life. I chose JPS for residency because of its focus on providing care to the underserved, global health program, and community of individuals with a similar mission. In my free time I enjoy running, reading nonfiction books, cooking, playing with my dog Tobey, traveling, and spending time with good friends and family.

Why JPS?: After doing my residency here, it was hard to turn down the opportunity to stay and do what I love the most in one of the best family medicine programs in the nation. I love being a part of teaching and inspiring younger generations to become leaders in their field.