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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

Ellean Zhang, DO

Ellean Zhang, DO

Class of 2023

Ellean was born and raised in the Midwest and completed her undergraduate studies in zoology at Miami University (Miami of Ohio) where she spent much of her time in the lab trying to better understand how epigenetics influences the differentiation of retinal stem cells in embryonic chicks. This is also when she realized she’d much rather be spending time better understanding human health and caring for people. After completing a Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University, she returned to Ohio for medical school. During medical school, she was heavily involved in community engagement via leadership roles in both the Student National Medical Association and the American Medical Student Association. While the thought of becoming a pediatrician initially drew her to medicine, it became apparent throughout medical school that family medicine was her true calling, as it affords the opportunity to practice medicine in a truly holistic manner in its ability to care for entire family units. As the daughter of a food scientist, Ellean grew up with a side gig as a child taste-tester, so she’s always had a strong interest in food as well. Thus, she’s very much drawn to the idea that food is an important component of both human health and disease prevention. Her hobbies outside medicine include new culinary adventures, group fitness classes, DIY projects, and singing to her plants.

Erica Yeo, DO

Erica Yeo, DO

Class of 2023

Erica was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and received a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Boston College. During undergrad, Erica was heavily involved in research at the Tufts Medical School Lipids Lab. She also took a special interest in mathematical modeling, using formulations to analyze, predict, and provide insight into real world phenomena. After graduating from college, Erica worked at a startup, magicbus.io, aiding in production of algorithmic bus routes to help reduce traffic and create time savings for commuters. Erica has also tutored children with special needs since high school. During medical school, Erica served as a chairperson in both the Student Osteopathic Surgical Association and the American Academy of Neurology. She was also an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Erica was drawn to family medicine because she wanted a career where she could develop long term quality relationships with her patients. Her interests include volleyball, golf, working out, traveling and spending time with her friends, family and dogs.

Daniel Reine, MD

Daniel Reine, MD

Class of 2023

After growing up in a small, rural town outside of Rockford, IL, Daniel pursued his undergraduate studies at Augustana College and received a degree in biology and anthropology. He then worked two years as a medical scribe in a Midwest emergency department, which was a rewarding experience that enamored him to the field of medicine. He went on to attend the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, where he found himself favoring the versatility and continuity of care that family medicine provided. He is excited to be starting residency at Northwestern McGaw at Delnor, and he looks forward to getting involved with the local community and creating longstanding relationships with his patients. Beyond the medical field, Daniel’s interests include biking, playing soccer, watching films, and spending time with his family.

Kyle Plante, MD, MPH

Kyle Plante, MD, MPH

Class of 2023

Kyle was born and raised in Watertown, NY and attended Mercyhurst University where he majored in biology. He continued on to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY where we worked in biomedical research before completing his Master's in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. During his graduate and medical school education he conducted research within the department of family medicine and developed a strong background in health services research. He has been published in both national and international scholarly journals and has presented his work at regional and national conferences. Kyle's passion for primary care and research has led him to pursue a career in academic family medicine. He is very excited to begin his residency training and utilize all of the clinical and academic resources that Northwestern Medicine offers. His interests outside of medicine include golfing, skiing, and spending time with his wife Alex, and their dog, Ruby.

Han Park, DO

Han Park, DO

Class of 2023

Han was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the United States to complete his undergraduate studies in integrative biology at UC Berkeley. Prior to medical school, he worked in the Bay Area tech sector helping to scale and build infrastructure for startup companies. He also spent significant time in rural Thailand on humanitarian trips, where he developed a passion for community medicine. Han earned his medical degree at Des Moines University where he was involved in public health studies and completed rotations serving diverse populations in the Midwest and West Coast. He hopes to combine his expertise in medicine and tech entrepreneurship in ways that can broaden access to care and reduce health disparities. In his spare time, Han enjoys hiking, skiing, politics, and of course, a good Korean drama or two. He is excited to be part of the renowned Northwestern Medicine system and looks forward to providing compassionate care to his patients.

Beverly Onyekwuluje, MD

Beverly Onyekwuluje, MD

Class of 2023

Beverly was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Oak Brook, IL. Currently, her family resides in Irvine, CA. She went to University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign for undergrad and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for medical school. Beverly chose Family Medicine because she loves having a longitudinal relationship with patients and wants to see patients of all ages. Her special medical interests include: Global Health, Advocacy, Administration, and Medical Education. For fun Beverly likes running, cycling, cooking, and reading. Beverly's favorite activities in Geneva are exercising along Geneva's beautiful forest trails and checking out nice restaurants on 3rd Street.

Hope Christiansen, DO

Hope Christiansen, DO

Class of 2023

Hope grew up in Mankato, Minnesota as the oldest of five children. She stayed close to home to complete her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Minnesota State University in Mankato. During her undergraduate education, she worked full time as a manager at a local Vietnamese Restaurant. After graduating, she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she spent a year working in multiple departments as a medical scribe and assistant. She attended Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL, where she was involved in groups such as the student pediatric organization and psychology interest group. Hope has a passion for long-term care of patients of all ages, and is excited to be a part of a growing medical residency with many opportunities for community involvement and research. Outside of work Hope has a passion for animals and the outdoors. She currently has two dogs, Chester and Lacy, and enjoys taking them on adventures with her fiancé at the local forest preserves and state parks.

Autumn Bernicky, DO

Autumn Bernicky, DO

Class of 2023

Autumn grew up in Plainfield, IL and is excited to be near her family during residency. She received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Albion College in Michigan. It was there that she developed a passion for helping others, organizing many fundraisers and community service projects. She then returned to Illinois to attend medical school at CCOM. During medical school, she was involved in many student organizations, and held leadership positions in the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and Midwestern University’s chapters of the American Medical Women’s Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Autumn enjoys baking, sewing, listening to music, watching musicals, and game nights with friends.

Vanessa Rose, MD

Vanessa Rose, MD

Class of 2023

Vanessa Rose joins Northwestern ready to train as a family medicine physician, a goal that is synonymous with making a difference in her community by providing care and education to vulnerable populations. Vanessa is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and has received the following awards and recognition: Board of Trustees Service and Contribution Award, Chicago Medical School Deans Merit Scholarship, Chicago Medical School Centennial Scholarship, and Cook County Physicians Association Scholarship. Vanessa has completed two fellowships with projects that are dear to her heart. She did her Franklin Fellowship Project on Teen Pregnancy Prevention at Waukegan High School and researched Alloimmunization in Sickle Cell Disease and its correlation with stroke through her NASTH Research fellowship. Her community projects are evidence of her passion to care for the underserved community. She is involved in the American Medical Association, North American Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis, and Student National Medical Association. Her experiences as a teacher, Vice President of RFUMS Executive Student Council, and Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees at Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine and Science has allowed her to develop and utilize her leadership skills and advocate for students. Vanessa enjoys volunteering her time to tutor fellow students and high school students in Lake Forest through Grace Tutoring, LLC. During her training as a family physician, she is looking forward to developing long term relationships with her patients where she can impact patients’ health and lifestyle choices. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and event planning.

Dhara Patel, DO

Dhara Patel, DO

Class of 2023

Dhara Patel joins Northwestern with the knowledge that by becoming a family physician she will experience the pure satisfaction of making an impact at the most central part of an individual’s life--their health. Through Dhara’s volunteer work and medical school training she has found the diversity experienced as a family physician to be rewarding and foresees expanding this training to positively influence her patient population. She is looking forward to becoming a well-rounded physician here at Northwestern, someone who can care for and connect with all populations. Her hobbies include woodworking, volleyball and crocheting.

Stephanie Miles, MD

Stephanie Miles, MD

Class of 2023

Stephanie Miles joins Northwestern, aspiring to work in primary care and advocate for the health needs of women of color. She has served as a prenatal educator, conducted extensive research, volunteered at underserved clinics and has created forums for others to shed light on and reduce health disparities prevalent among African American women. Stephanie received the 2018 Excellence in Public Health Award from the United States Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. Her devotion and deep commitment to social justice was recognized when she received the "Rising Rosalind Award.” Women’s health is near and dear to her heart and she will strive to incorporate health education, promotion and literacy into her practice. Her hobbies include reading and traveling.

Ariel Magallon, MD

Ariel Magallon, MD

Class of 2023

Ariel Magallon was drawn to Family Medicine because of the unique perspective it brings to medicine by looking beyond a patient’s diagnoses and recognizing they are products of their culture, values, beliefs, and community. She is excited to work with Northwestern’s diverse patient population and is looking forward to learning and growing with her patients and the community. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new recipes with her fiancé and going on long walks with her dog, Norman. She also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, playing volleyball, baking, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Danika Johnson, MD

Danika Johnson, MD

Class of 2023

Danika Johnson joins Northwestern to pursue her passion of becoming a family physician. She’s excited to fulfill her goal of building longitudinal relationships with future patients. Danika developed a curriculum for the students of the Boys and Girls Club of America to teach healthy lifestyle habits and taught interactive lessons with an emphasis on nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. Danika looks forward to partnering with her patients to develop treatment plans that best align with their individual goals and values. In her free time, Danika enjoys running, swimming, hiking and reading.

Steffy James, DO

Steffy James, DO

Class of 2023

Steffy James joins Northwestern with a passion for teaching people in the community about their health and promoting preventative medicine. While participating in national and community healthcare events, she realized that, as a family physician, she would be in the best position to increase her patient’s medical literacy. Her main goal is to encourage patients to have a better understanding and be a more active participant in their own care. Steffy is passionate about how family medicine provides a holistic, long-term personal relationship between patient and doctor. Her hobbies include volunteering, dancing, and visiting local fairs.

Alexandra Giedd, MD

Alexandra Giedd, MD

Class of 2023

During medical school, Alexandra has been active in international, national, and community organizations such as the Malaria Awareness Programme, Student National Medical Association and SUITS Immigration Clinic. Alexandra was awarded the Gold Standard of Care Certificate, submitted by patients who feel they received exemplary care. When selecting family medicine, Alexandra knew she wanted to be part of a team where she could meaningfully connect with and advocate for patients and learn to treat a broad range of ailments in diverse populations. By joining our residency program, Alexandra will continue her passion for public health and its ability to effect positive change in the lives of those who need it most. Her hobbies include data analytics and programming, running, and spending time with her favorite people and pets.

Sreevidya Bodepudi, DO

Sreevidya Bodepudi, DO

Class of 2023

Sreevidya Bodepudi joins Northwestern with an excitement for family medicine and preventative medicine. She volunteered with organizations that support underserved populations at both the local and global scale, including the DuPage Community Clinic and UNICEF. Sree looks forward to achieving her ultimate goal of serving as a leader in the community and providing patient-centered care with a focus on chronic disease prevention in a variety of patient populations. Sree’s hobbies include volunteering with UNICEF and Feed My Starving Children, cooking, baking and playing the flute.

Sydney Doe, MD

Sydney Doe, MD

Class of 2023

Sydney is a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, was elected as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and was awarded the Student Senate Service Award in 2017. She was elected as student delegate to represent the Student Congress at the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegate. Sydney was also awarded the Highest Scoring Student Abstract by the Women’s Caucus of the American Public Health Association when presenting her research on Secondary School Experiences of Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Saad Siddiqui, MD

Saad Siddiqui, MD

Class of 2023

Saad was awarded the John R. and Margaret C. Tobin Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Saad completed the Bioethics Honors program, where he focused his research on the development of a hospital violence intervention program, and served as a member of the Loyola Dean’s Leadership Council. He has also been a presenter in the Ministry Department’s Interfaith Spirituality Series where he presented on Islam, Muslims, and culturally relevant information for the medical community. Saad was a member of the Class of 2020 Board and was Co-President of SAMSA.

Nohemi Herrera, MD

Nohemi Herrera, MD

Class of 2023

Nohemi has been an active member of her school’s chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association and served as Community Service Chair and Social Chair. Nohemi was a Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation: Jay G. Hirsch Medical Student Fellow and was also one of ten students awarded nationally the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Summer Medical Student Fellowship. She conducted research with Dr. Marilyn Griffin over the course of 12 weeks in the summer of 2016 and presented their research on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at AACAP's annual meeting in New York in October 2016.

Maria Granadillo Castellon, MD

Maria Granadillo Castellon, MD

Class of 2023

Maria served as a volunteer with Helping Hands Medical Missions Venezuela where she served indigenous and underserved communities in the Venezuelan Amazon. She also served as a volunteer for the Padre Venard Medical Student Clinic and as interim Medical Director for part of her experience. In addition, Maria participated as a member of her school’s LCME accreditation survey preparation team. Prior to transitioning to medicine, Maria worked in development for Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Foundation.

Lukasz Jaros, MD

Lukasz Jaros, MD

Class of 2023

Lukasz has been volunteering at Community Health Chicago since undergrad, initially as a Polish translator and then as a medical team member. He created a mentorship program and continued to mentor students interested in applying to the medical field while in medical school as part of NU Feinberg Connections, Phi Delta Epsilon board member, and through personal connections. Lukasz was also a recipient of the Polish American Medical Society Scholarship and the Women’s Eleemosynary Foundation Scholarship.

Jessica McGee, MD, MPH

Jessica McGee, MD, MPH

Class of 2023

Jessica created a curriculum for middle school students, which encompassed physical activation and nutrition and was taught through the program, Empowering Youth Today. She also served as an active member of the Admissions Committee for her medical school. Jessica volunteered with the Saint Louis University Health Resource Center, providing healthcare to underserved persons and served on the fundraising committee for this organization. She assisted in the pre-matriculation program for under-represented minority medicals students in the summer prior to their first year.

Esmeralda Rosales, MD

Esmeralda Rosales, MD

Class of 2023

Esmeralda was awarded the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship, the Kaiser Permanente Medical School Scholarship, and the Cavero and Cieslak Scholarship. She was also inducted into the Golden Humanism Honor Society and a member of the Urban Medicine Program. Esmeralda was actively involved in her chapter of LMSA and co-founded a school organization called Physicians for Human Rights. Prior to medical school, she was an AIDS United AmeriCorps Health Educator and worked with Erie’s Lending Hands for Life Program.

Bianca Jenkins, MD

Bianca Jenkins, MD

Class of 2023

Bianca is a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, the Hurt Family Endowed Scholarship and a Central Michigan University School of Medicine Mission Based Awardee. She was a co-founder and executive board member of her school’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and an executive board member of her chapter of the Student National Medical Association. Bianca also volunteered with CMU Street Medicine and the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.

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