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Meet our Residents 2019-20!

PGY-1:

   
 

Laurel Banach, MD

Medical School: UMass Medical School 
Undergraduate: UMass-Amherst
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Family Medicine interests: Homeless & addiction medicine; correctional medicine
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Hobbies: Volleyball, indoor and outdoor gardening
Fun Facts: I have over 40 unique plants in my home!

     
  Daniel Crothers, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine  
Undergraduate: McGill University and University of Southern Maine
Family Medicine interests:  Population health
Hobbies: Dancing, biking, surfing
     
 
Rebecca (Becca) Gwaltney


Medical School
: UMass Medical School
Graduate School:  Tufts University, MS; Biomedical Sciences, MPH
Undergraduate: Providence College
Hometown: Milton, MA
Family Medicine interests:
Global and Public Health, Women's Health, Maternal and Child Care
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? 
I am passionate about working with underserved communities, so FHCW is a great fit. I am so lucky to get to care for the diverse and medically underserved patients at Queen St!
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area:
I love hiking and eating, so my favorite spots are all parks/mountains and restaurants! I love walking around the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Hill Park, and hiking Wachusett Mountain. Some of my favorite places to eat at Fatima's Cafe, Mezcal and Basil n Spice.
Hobbies: I love everything that gets me outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, kayaking! I am looking forward to some fall hikes soon for some excellent New England leaf peeping!
Fun Facts: I recently got the amazing opportunity to drive across the country with a close friend (and fellow UMass FM resident!) for a National Parks Road Trip. We hiked and camped in 5 different national parks - it was an outstanding trip!

     
 

Judy Wang, MD 

Medical School: Ohio State University of College of Medicine 
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: New Orleans, LA 
Family Medicine interests: Maternal Child Health, Addiction Medicine Group Visit Model, Women's Health; Procedures; Global Health
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? I chose to train at FHCW for the patients and the community. The patient population of Queen St. is incredibly diverse, and it is exciting to engage with and learn about the variety of cultures that our patients have. FHCW's clinic structure is also very attractive to me. Patients are able to get labs, medications, behavioral health visits, eye glasses, medical visits, and dental visits all in one place. I love how my clinic is able to serve the community so completely and holistically. I adore FHCW, and I am so lucky to be able to train here for my residency.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area:  Green Hill Park -- gorgeous park with beautiful lake and forested trails
Hobbies: Bubble tea connoisseur; Running at sunset; Trying new foods and restaurants all over the world
Fun Facts: I own lots of watermelon things like doormats and backpacks. My bubble tea order is large milk green tea with half sugar less ice and boba. Iced or hot!

     

PGY-2:

   
 

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine  
Undergraduate: University of Toronto
Family Medicine interests: women's health, addiction medicine and palliative care 
Hobbies: Baking, playing flute and singing

     
   

Giana Dalben, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Graduate: MA in International Relations, Salve Regina University
Undergraduate:
 Hannibal-Lagrange University 
Hometown: I have lived all over the state of MA.
Family Medicine interests: Women's health, emergency/urgent care, global health, preventative medicine, caring for underprivileged populations and immigrant communities.
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? When I interviewed at FHCW, it felt like home. I definitely saw myself fitting in well with the team and being able to bring my multilingual skills and different cultural perspectives to work in order to connect with my patients and help them with their healthcare needs.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: I love going to Whole Foods and Panera Bread in Shrewsbury.
Hobbies: International traveling, reading, eating at different ethnic restaurants, and going to art museums.
Fun Facts:  I have been to almost all continents except for Antarctica and Australia.

     
 

Jordan Howard-Young, MD

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 
Graduate and Undergraduate: MA, International Development,  University of Denver
Hometown: I grew up in Las Vegas, but now consider Denver my home base when I'm not in MA.
Family Medicine interests: Working with marginalized and underserved communities, particularly immigrants, refugees, people experiencing homelessness, and LGBTQI people. I'm also passionate about integrating psychiatric and mental health care into primary care, particularly for communities who face challenges accessing such care.
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? FHCW felt like a perfect fit to me. I wanted to work in a community health setting that was multidisciplinary and holistic in its approach to caring for underserved populations. As an FQHC and PCMH that integrates so many different medical and social services under one roof, FHCW was really a model of the kind of care I wanted to provide. On top of that, I found a faculty and staff that shared my interests and were passionate about teaching and supporting residents looking to become compassionate and socially-conscious providers.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: It's a tie between Worcester Art Museum and BirchTree Bread Co (a fantastic coffee shop near FHCW). I also love all of the parks and restaurants in the area.
Hobbies: Reading fiction and a wide variety of nonfiction (politics, sociology, history, science, psychology, economics, etc.). I'm also a big scifi/fantasy nerd, so I love watching movies and TV shows with a hopepunk bent, from Star Trek to Doctor Who to LOTR to Marvel. I also enjoy hiking and exploring with my wife, Emma, and spending time with our cats and bunny.
Fun Facts: I had a short career in politics and public policy before going to medical school, working as a community organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign and a policy analyst on the legislation that would become the ACA. I love cultures and travel to different parts of the world. I've been extremely privileged to travel extensively in the Middle East and Europe with a few visits to sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. I've also been to 47/50 states and am dying to see Alaska, Hawaii, and Florida.

     
     
 

Rami Wehbi, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Family Medicine interests: Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Healthcare Innovation, Direct Primary Care, Refugee care and Non-Profit leadership.
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? FHCW is the perfect mix of diversity that I was hoping to get in a Family Medicine setting. The diverse training environment is humbling and we really get to make a difference in the lives of our patients. I also get to practice my native language of Arabic and provide culturally competent care to this sub-population. The most important thing that stood out to me at all of our health centers is the enormous support from faculty and the encouragement to pursue our uniquely desired paths.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: Green Hill Park. The River. All the incredible places to eat. Downtown Boston (1 hour drive)
Hobbies: Intramural sports, Golf, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Outdoors, Gym, MMA, Podcasting, Blogging
Fun Facts: I host a podcast called Beyond Medicine.

PGY-3:

   
   

An-Hoa Giang, MD, Chief Resident

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine 
Undergraduate: University of Rochester
Hometown: Erie, PA  
Family Medicine interests: Full-spectrum primary care, maternal and child health, global health, population health, quality improvement
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? I chose to train at FHCW because of the diverse patient population. FHCW was also known to have a high volume of obstetrical patients, and that has proven to be true. I have a heavy interest in broadening my experience in working with the Vietnamese population, as that will likely be part of my future career. I am part of the National Health Service Corps, and as such, I was looking to train at an FQHC (which FHCW is) in order to prepare me for my future work in an underserved community.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: Nu Cafe (where I have done a lot of my clinic notes), Worcester Public Library (where I borrow books when I have time to read), Mekong Market (where I do most of my Asian grocery shopping), YoWay Cafe (where I get my bubble tea), Central Rock Gym (where I climb, do yoga and work out)
Hobbies: Rock climbing, skiing, cooking, karaoke, watching movies (in theaters or at home!)
Fun Facts: I very much enjoy EDM (electronic dance music) and long car rides.

     
 

Thanh Thu Ngo, MD `

Medical School: UMass Medical School
Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Family Medicine interests: maternal child health and global health
Hobbies: running, hiking and knitting `

     
   

Nicele Puente, MD

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine 
Undergraduate: Boston University
Hometown: Springfield, VA
Family Medicine interests: patient education, prenatal care, pediatric development, international patient populations, clinic procedures, contraceptive care
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? I love FHCW for the collaborative learning environment - everyone pulls together to better care for our patients when challenges arise. I also love the cultural diversity and complexity of our patient population. We have specialty teams such as the HIV/Hepatitis, OBOT, and prenatal intake teams who provide specialized support to ensure standardized, evidence based care for all our patients. It's an amazing place to learn and no two clinic days are the same!
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: Elm Park, Shrewsbury Street, The Sprinkler Factory
Hobbies: Food tourism, hiking, crossword puzzles, jogging, playing retro video games
Fun Facts: I had a career before medicine as an Army officer, I'm mom to a very giggly toddler boy, I was raised in Virginia but I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

     
   

Tri Trang, MD

Medical School:Albany Medical College
Undergraduate: Union College
Hometown: Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan Vietnam. Grew up here in Worcester, Mass!
Family Medicine interests: Hospital medicine, evidence based practices, systems processes and QI, global health, infectious diseases
Why did I choose to train at FHCW? Was a former patient at the FHCW where I recognized the diversity of Worcester was so well represented here. Underserved care in a patient center medical home is also a huge plus.
Favorite place(s) in the Worcester area: Green Hill Park, Antonio's Pizzeria, Mai Tai Bar, Wachusett Mountain, home with the fam.
Hobbies: International travel, dancing, food adventures, snowboarding.
Fun Facts: I travel so much, my passport is usually filled out before it expires. Love all types of dancing from break dance to bachata. I have 4 nephews and 2 nieces that I love to hang out with to de-stress.




   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     



   
     

 

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