Class of 2014
Joseen Bryant, MD - University of Tennessee
Joseen attended medical school at the University of Tennessee, where she worked as a guest commentator on the local radio show “Ask the Doctor.” She was also the recipient of the Tennessee Scholars Fund, as well as the Rona Jefferson Scholarship Fund. Among many other activities and accolades, Joseen spent valuable time conducting research as a summer assistant at MIT.
Emma Daisy, MD - Northwestern University
Emma Daisy grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and completed her BA at Oberlin College in Biology. After graduating, she moved to Chicago where she explored careers in photography and in biological research. During this time, she worked and traveled in Brazil, where she was first exposed to community medicine, epidemiology, and issues in public health. Upon returning to Chicago, she began volunteering at a community health clinic in Humboldt Park where she gained exposure to underserved medical needs here in America. She attended medical school at Northwestern, where she solidified her interests in primary care and urban underserved medicine as well as reproductive and sexual health. Emma is happy to be continuing her medical training at Northwestern’s new Family Medicine residency, with its unique leadership opportunities in primary care and its clinical sites at a Federally Qualified Health Center and a community hospital. She is an avid bike commuter and enjoys the abundant local music, art, and global cuisine Chicago has to offer. Her husband, Tim, is a professional musician who is constantly filling the house with music and art—medicine for the soul.
John grew up in Ohio between Toledo and Cleveland (It rocks!) and came to Chicago for medical school (UIC). He is passionate about healthcare for the underserved, health policy, and healthcare reform. John believes healthcare reform can be our generation's civil rights movement. He loves endurance sports (marathons/triathlons), good food, film, hiking trips, and spending time with his wife and animals. He chose the program for the focus on underserved medicine and the opportunity to train at an FQHC as amazing as Erie. He loves Chicago for the lakefront, cool neighborhoods, and the amazing restaurants!
Ruben Frescas, Jr, MD, MPH - Loyola University
Ruben is a world traveler that has his roots in Chicago. Newly married, he shares his interest in global health with his wife, Lopa, whom he met at Johns Hopkins while attending the Masters in Public Health degree program. Global health, with a focus on marginalized and underserved populations, is of special interest and Northwestern's Family Medicine program offers the opportunity and support to continue to develop professionally for working in an international setting. Working alongside his wife, they have already piloted a curriculum on social determinants of health in Haiti. Traveling and immersing in new cultures is a passion for Ruben that knows no borders.
Anna Pierzchala, MD - Michigan State
Anna was the recipient of the Kalamazoo College Honors Scholarship, as well as the National Merit Scholarship. Her impressive list of volunteer work includes serving as the project coordinator for the WISEWOMAN project, and as a leader for the Intercare Community Health Network.
Sana Rezai, MD - Chicago Medical School
When considering family residency programs, because of the sheer nature of this specialty, one looks at a variety of often competing factors: "is it better to have unopposed, community hospital experience or rotate at large academic centers?" "should I look for a program with young and energetic attendings or ones with years of experience?" "do I want a program with an emphasis on health care systems analysis or one that focuses on individual clinical skills?" "should the residents be super cool or super awesome?" Behold! This program has the best of both worlds! It's a new, fresh, flexible residency program for those who want to take initiative and be leaders.
Nicole Yanez Zamora, MD - Loyola University
Nicole is a born leader, which she proved by founding Sigma Lambda Gamma and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students at Loyola. She is also active in medical research, completing a Research Honors Track in medical school and writing a peer-reviewed publication for the American Journal of Pathology.