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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Family & Community Medicine

Education

Our educational programs provide training in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Prevention and management of acute injuries and illnesses
  • Health and wellness promotion and education
  • Hospital care for acute medical illnesses
  • Chronic disease management
  • Management of physical, emotional and socioeconomic factors influencing a person’s health status and care
  • Maternity care
  • Well-child care and child development
  • Primary mental health care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Supportive and end-of-life care for individuals

Meet Our Newest Residents

Chaitasi Naik, DO

Class of 2022

Chaitasi immigrated from India when she was 9 to Jefferson City, Missouri. She attended University of Missouri – Columbia (Mizzou) for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in Biological Sciences and Nutritional Science. During her undergraduate year, she was heavy involved in research and worked at a Nutrition and Exercise Physiology lab that explored adipose tissue as a endocrine organ for three years. Her interest in research led her to pursue a Masters in Biomedical Sciences at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, MO. When she realized she wanted to interact more with people instead of lab mice, she then attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at the same institution. During Medical School, she was heavily involved with the Pediatrics Club, for which she was Vice President, and organized number educational as well as service events. When she got to her 3rd year, she fell in love with Ob/Gyn and Women’s Health, as well as Pediatrics which lead her to Family Medicine. Outside of school, Chaitasi enjoys painting, hiking, kayaking, cooking/baking, watching movies and spending time with her friends and family.

Shaheen Jadidi, DO

Class of 2022

Shaheen was born and raised in Chicago, where his long-standing passion for sports and medicine led him to major in kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago before moving on to Midwestern University for medical school. While there, Shaheen’s dedication to service culminated in multiple Gold-Level awards by the Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health organization of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine – an honor awarded only to those students who have engaged in over 100 hours of service throughout each academic year. This was accomplished through a wide variety of experiences ranging from adaptive sporting events to hospice care, all while working as a freelance developer for Chicago-area businesses and chairing multiple mentorship committees, including the Chicago Muslim Medical Alliance and Northwestern Discovery Program. In addition, Shaheen’s passion for academic research is demonstrated by his continued contribution to Northwestern University’s Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease, where he investigates cholinergic axonal abnormalities in the brains of "SuperAgers" to remain on the cutting edge of wellness. Shaheen’s medical interests include preventative medicine, sports medicine, and creating lasting changes in patients’ lives by promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Evan Hale, DO

Class of 2022

Evan was born and raised in rural Illinois and attended Illinois State University studying Biology and Chemistry where he met his future wife. He then attended Midwestern University for a Masters in the Biomedical Sciences and was able to continue onto medical school at CCOM. He stayed involved through research of infertility in the Biochemistry Department as well as being a Teaching Assistant in Physiology. While in medical school he got married and had his daughter which drove his love for Family Medicine. Evan is interested in many aspects of Family Medicine and enjoys seeing patients of all ages while building trust through empathy and compassion. He is very excited to be a part of Delnor’s inaugural class and was drawn to Northwestern by the enthusiastic faculty, comprehensive curriculum, and state of the art facilities. Evan’s hobbies include grilling, running, and spending time with his wonderful family.

Cierra French, DO

Class of 2022

Cierra hails from the Midwest and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Northern Iowa, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at Dominican University’s Post-Baccalaureate program in River Forest, IL. Cierra followed her passion for medicine and completed her Osteopathic degree at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school she served as chapter president of the Student National Medical Association, treasurer and secretary of Operation Smile, and was an active member of the American Osteopathic Association all of which strive to give back to communities in need. Cierra is ecstatic to be a part of the inaugural class at Northwestern McGaw-Delnor and hopes to pave the way yet again for future residents to come by showing her continued compassion and leadership within the community and field of medicine at large. Her interests include cooking, writing poetry, journaling on life experiences, working out, and gardening to further cultivate a green thumb.

Ari Epstein, DO

Class of 2022

Ari was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, where he focused his undergraduate research on disparate models primary care physicians used for chronic disease management on Chicago’s South Side between 1960-1980. Prior to medical school, Ari worked as a Federal Healthcare Navigator to assist with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois while he also trained and raced as a competitive triathlete. As a medical student, he continued his leadership in health policy reform as both a student representative on several Illinois State Medical Society committees and Political Affairs Director for his school's chapter of the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association. Ari also explored a life-long love of spaceflight to become involved in aerospace medicine. He has presented internationally on translational research from spaceflight operations and currently serves as an officer and committee member in several aerospace medicine organizations. Ari speaks intermediate to advanced Spanish. Ari loves to play live music as a drummer and still races in open water swimming and road cycling, so he is thrilled to be part of the large and friendly endurance sports community around Geneva.

Rachel Dewey, DO

Class of 2022

Rachel was born and raised in the Baltimore/Washington Metro area and initially studied theatre and literature at the University of Maryland. She taught English as a Second Language in Louisiana prior to deciding on a medical career. She spent several years volunteering at hospitals in Louisiana and Tennessee, including at St. Jude in Memphis, and she worked as a scribe before medical school. During medical school, she realized that she wanted a specialty with a long-term relationship with her patients and their families, which drove her towards family medicine. She is very excited to join the first class of residents at Delnor Hospital! In her free time, Rachel enjoys cooking, baking, swimming, and playing with her dog.

Joe Chmielewski, MD

Class of 2022

Joe grew up in the suburbs outside of Detroit, and studied Chemical Engineering in undergrad. He has spent the last several years in Chicago at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His enjoys providing care for the entire family unit. He continues to strive to provide the best care for his patients and his family, and he is excited to join everyone here as a member of the Delnor Hospital team. His hobbies include long-distance running, playing guitar, strategy games, watching movies, and puns.

Tatiana Carrasquilla, MD

Class of 2022

Tatiana Andrea Carrasquilla Villegas was born in Bogotá, Colombia and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 7. She grew up in Louisiana, where she developed a passion in painting and playing soccer. From a young age, she knew she wanted to be a doctor, particularly to better understand the human body and mind while being able to take care of people. She went on to attend college at the University of Alabama, where she majored in Biology and Psychology on the pre-med track. From there, she attended Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and was involved in organizations such as the Latino Medical Student Association, the Family Medicine Interest Group, the MedPeds Interest Group, and the Wellness Student Committee. She has always had an interest in global health, completing medical volunteer trips to Bolivia and Costa Rica, and hopes to pursue a career in global medicine. Tatiana is very excited to be working at Northwestern McGaw at Delnor—she is honored to be part of an innovative program; to be staying within the phenomenal Northwestern system; and to work with an outstanding group of men and women she is proud to call her Northwestern family.

Laura Zhang, MD

Class of 2022

Laura joins Northwestern with many years of working with America’s most disadvantaged patient populations. These experiences inspired Laura to seek a career in Family Medicine. Laura gained research experience at University of California San Diego, University of California LA, and Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Through her research, Laura was able to focus on leukemia in the geriatric patient as well as genomic sequences of metabolic enzymes. Laura looks forward to helping patients “from womb to tomb” and to fulfill the needs of a diverse patient population. She currently takes time to volunteer on the Executive Board of the Stritch School of Medicine chapter of Physicians for Human Rights. Her hobbies include swimming, hiking, skiing, traveling, and volunteering with children. Languages spoken include Chinese.

Christopher Rivard, MD

Class of 2022

Christopher joins Northwestern with a commitment to community service and volunteering. He served as the community engagement chair for his medical school's Pediatric Interest Group by coordinating volunteer events for the campus as a whole. During medical school he worked at a dermatology office where he coordinated holiday toy drives and skin cancer screenings in his local community. Christopher also worked extensively on dermatologic research while working at the dermatology office, but his most recent research involved the geriatric population. His latest publication was on effective antibiotic stewardship programs at long-term care facilities and presented a poster on the therapeutic effect of coloring at his medical school's research day. He joins our residency program in order to work with other primary care physicians to prevent health problems before they happen and to empower patients through education. He promoted wellness at his medical school by founding the Student Wellness Interest Group and planning mental and physical health events. Outside of work he can be found cooking, swimming, skiing, playing tennis, and piano. He thoroughly enjoys traveling with San Diego, Phoenix, and Boston as his favorite places to revisit, but is always looking for somewhere new. He also appreciates the Italian and Spanish cultures, and uses these languages with patients whenever possible.

Zahra Qasem, MD

Class of 2022

Zahra joins Northwestern, bringing with her an outstanding ability to succeed in medical school while providing leadership in her community. She has volunteered with the American Cancer Society, provided tutoring services to college and elementary students, and has shown leadership as a Girl Scouts group leader for a group of over 40 children. She also earned the prescription for excellence leadership certificate through Rosalind Franklin. Zahra gained research experience with cloning protein in E. Coli expressing vector and other positions in the molecular biology research lab during medical school. She looks forward to staying in Lake County to practice family medicine and hopes to be the person that patients can relate to as she enjoys taking care of patients, addressing their concerns, and educating patients and caregivers while advocating for healthier and safer environments. Her hobbies include cross stitching, cooking, and traveling. Languages spoken include Arabic.

Elizabeth Payment, MD

Class of 2022

During medical school, Elizabeth has been active in Brody School of Medicine’s mental health resources committee, scholars for healthcare advancement and process excellence, wellness committee, and the affiliated medical student volunteer clinic (Pitt County Community Care Clinic). Her previous research experience includes pediatric and geriatric studies providing valuable perspective for a career in family medicine. Additionally, Elizabeth pursued family medicine to continue building long-term relationships with her patients by providing holistic care across the lifespan and treating the whole person. Elizabeth’s dedication to academics has led her to receiving the family medicine rural summer scholar role, taking part in many honors programs, receiving the outstanding senior award, receiving the Who’s Who among medical students award, and obtaining the WiSE research and travel grant. Her hobbies include singing, painting, baking, and running.

Temiwumi Ojo, MDE

Class of 2022

Temiwumi joins Northwestern to pursue her calling as a family physician. She has worked in family medicine clinics since she graduated from undergraduate school. Temiwumi has a natural ability to spring into action whenever a situation that needs solving. During her interview, she shared a moving experience of her time with the Maasai tribe in Arusha, Tanzania that allowed her to comfort many families. The mothers in the tribe were grateful for Temiwumi’s assistance and provided her a cherished tribal bracelet in appreciation for helping their children. Her exceptional work has been recognized through many awards including the student leadership team unity award, still standing award, and multiple academic excellence memorial scholarships. She is actively involved in the Student National Medical Association, Cornerstone Services (an organization that advocates and provides services for people with disabilities), and the Rosalind Franklin higher learning commission. A few of her hobbies include basket weaving, tutoring and traveling.

Ryan McCabe, DO

Class of 2022

Ryan joins Northwestern with a passion to provide healthcare to all by building capacity through sustainable community health initiatives based on available, safe, and quality care. Prior to medical school, Ryan was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia. This experience taught him to investigate, explore, and understand the unique cultures, perspectives, individual values, and ways of life that influence the health and wellness of patients. During medical school, Ryan received the Michigan Osteopathic College Foundation Scholarship, Northwest Michigan Osteopathic Scholarship and the Michigan Rural Health Scholar Award while also participating in many student organizations. Lake County and our residency program are a great fit for Ryan as he enjoys hiking outdoors along with other activities including soccer, volleyball, broomball, and yoga.

Joyce Jones-King, MD

Class of 2022

Joyce joins Northwestern while being involved in national and community organizations. Her demonstrated commitment to Lake County includes working with local elementary school teachers presenting AAFP’s Tar Wars smoking cessation curriculum, assisting with establishing mobility community clinics in vulnerable communities, and other service and community engagements. Recently, Joyce received the Rosalind Franklin student leadership and team unity award for outstanding contributions of a multicultural organization. Joyce is a nationally recognized leader. Her participation in the Student National Association (SNMA) has led to a leadership project fellow position, a Regional Director position, and her most recent role as National Vice President of SNMA. By joining our residency program, Joyce will continue to provide compassionate patient-centered care that promotes healing and quality of life for her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and baking.

Clare Brady, MD

Class of 2022

During medical school, Clare has been active in maintaining wellness for her peers and patients alike. She started a Wellness Learning Community, teaching free yoga classes on campus and at a nearby federally qualified health center. She was selected as the sole student member of the AAMC’s Advancing Holistic Review Initiative, takes part in mentoring students into future medical educators, and is a class representative for her Medical School’s Executive Council. She looks forward to being an empathetic physician capable of explaining the science and advocating for her patients. She believes integrative medicine and preventive medicine are the best ways to improve health outcomes in the country. Clare is an accomplished harpist who enjoys yoga, integrative medicine, and making a positive impact on her patients.

Stephen Whitfield, MD

Class of 2022

Stephen rotated with us on both inpatient and outpatient and was a great fit for Erie clinic! He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During medical school he served on the Inclusion and Bias Task Force through which he helped to assess the curriculum for biases in education. He wrote a curriculum for health for incarcerated men at Cook County Jail and wrote several resolutions to the city regarding asking banks to divest from support of private prisons and the Dakota Access pipeline as well as asking the AAFP to write a position paper against medically unnecessary surgery in the intersex infant population (which was passed). He worked as a researcher for the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health investigating barriers to health care experienced by MSM. He speaks Spanish.

Nicole Paprocki, DO

Class of 2022

Nicole is graduating at the top of her class as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society, was elected as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was a Schweizer fellow through which she founded the Scholars de Salud Program which is a mentoring program for high school students serving to increase access to health careers and education among youth from under-resourced backgrounds on Chicago’s Southwest side. She worked as a teacher through the Teach for America Program and is a National Health Service Scholar. She is the student board member for Family Medicine Midwest, is part of the AAFP Family Medicine Leads program, was awarded the TOUCH award, the Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Award and the United States Public Health Service “Excellence in Public Health” award. She has held leadership positions in her medical school for the AMA, the ACOFP (American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians) and Chicago Scholars. She has done volunteer work with the refugee population of Chicago, was the student ambassador for The Health and Dignity of Women through Americans for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and has volunteered at various free clinics throughout Chicago and in Peru. She speaks some Spanish.

Lucia Rodriguez, MD

Class of 2022

Lucia has focused much of her academic career on partnering advocacy with cultural competency. In medical school she worked on a project assessing the barriers and access to health care of Latino populations, she worked on another project regarding resiliency in children of Flint who had experienced Adverse Childhood Events and she studied accessibility to properly provided translator services for a population of Spanish speaking patients. She wrote a resolution for the AMA promoting LGBTQ/gender neutral intake forms and a similar resolution for the Michigan State Medical Society. She volunteered with the Hispanic Latino Collaborative and was a board member for her school’s chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as the co-president of her school’s chapter of LMSA. She is fluent in Spanish.

Eric Sullivan, MD

Class of 2022

Eric is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Research Society. While at U of C he participated in a NIH funded research project exploring how med school curriculum influences interest in primary care and he conducted research on STD testing on female sex workers in India. He served on his medical school’s diversity and inclusion steering committee, was the class representative on the Dean’s Council, was the co-founder and co-president of Pritzker’s chapter of Doctor’s for America and was the co-president of his school’s FMIG. He facilitated discussion groups amongst co-students on topics of race, identity and class, was the co-president of his school’s AMSA chapter and the co-president of the Health Policy Interest Group. He volunteered at several free clinics, a domestic violence shelter and was a volunteer with regional Native American organizations. He co-led a course on health disparities along with several other required medical school courses and was a community service fellow. He was an associate board member for Urban Initiatives and he speaks some French.

Christina du Breuil

Class of 2022

Christina graduated AOA from UIC where she participated in research looking at health interventions for Latino caregivers of children with disabilities. She gave health education talks at Deborah’s House as part of her Urban Medicine program and participated in research on music in China. She was a staff minister on campus in college where she ran weekly Bible study and gave presentations on spiritual topics. She speaks French and some Chinese.

Carol Platt, DO

Class of 2022

Carol is graduating at the top of her class as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society and was awarded the TOUCH service award for her community service. She is an Associate Board Member for EverThrive supporting the health of women and children through policy initiatives and is an associate board member of Urban Initiatives empowering youth through sports and recreation. She is a member of the leadership committee for the National Outreach for Diversity at Midwestern University. She volunteered at her school’s free clinic and worked as a perinatal educator. She worked as a Spanish interpreter at multiple underserved clinics and as a teacher through CPS for several years for 4th and 5th graders. She is fluent in Spanish.

Carla Villarreal, MD

Class of 2022

Carla was awarded the M3 Family Medicine clerkship award and 2 certificates for community service while in medical school. She worked for Teach for America in Detroit prior to medical school. In medical school she served as a Hispanic Outreach Services Mentor through which she connected medical students with Hispanic youth to educate and guide them on healthy living choices as well as pursuit of academic interests. She was the community service chair for both her school’s chapter of AMWA and LMSA and was the vice president of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group. She helped start up a small clinic in a shelter and volunteered at her school’s free clinic. She has a teaching certificate in secondary education and is fluent in Spanish as well as speaking some French.

Bushra Anis, MD

Class of 2022

Bushra grew up in Sri Lanka, started a health camp for refugee women in northern Sri Lanka after the 26 yr civil war; volunteered at a homeless shelter in med school as part of an education coalition for health advocacy and helped to start a culinary medicine initiative at Temple.

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