Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Bios

1st Year Residents

David Chen, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Philadelphia, PA
UNDERGRAD
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I had the opportunity to rotate at St Joe as a medical student. I instantly fell in love with the wonderful Attendings, Residents, and staff. I also really appreciated the learning environment and the monthly social events between the staff and residents.

Fun Fact: I’ve participated in Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting competitions.

Future Plans: I plan on going into a Sports Medicine Fellowship

Joanna Grzadziel, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Torrington, CT
UNDERGRAD
University of Connecticut
GRADUATE SCHOOL
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus

Why I chose St. Joe’s: St. Joseph’s dedication to Osteopathic Medicine. Everyone being very welcoming.

Fun Fact: Hiked the Tatra Mountain range group of the Carpathian Mountains.

Future Plans: Practice Osteopathically.

Nicholas Iaccarino, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
UNDERGRAD
Saint Joseph’s University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I rotated here for Family Medicine in my third year of medical school. I learned about their strong curriculum and their dedication to an osteopathic approach. More importantly, I saw and experienced what it is like to be part of the St. Joe’s family. The faculty and residents were so nice not only to each other, but to the medical students as well. I was treated like part of the team, and everyone seemed willing to help and teach us. I am excited to be here for the next 3 years of my training.

Fun Fact: I run the 10 mile Broad Street Run in Philly with my family, and this year I placed in the top 2%.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine

Sreenath Jagannathan, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Baltimore, Maryland
UNDERGRAD
Towson University, Honors College May 2012
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, July 2017

Why I chose St. Joe’s: No residency program comes close to what this hospital, faculty, and staff provides for their residents and students: Structure and balance between personal life/health and professional life. I love its huge Spanish Speaking population and diverse multicultural aspects. Everyone here cares about treating you fairly and humanly.

Fun Fact: I have perfect pitch singing and have participated in elite level choirs since middle school. I am talented in Spanish and love yoga, zumba, video games, nature exercise, swimming, and logic-induced adventure.

Future Plans: I see myself specializing in community behavioral medicine/child abuse and running an integrative Family Medicine/mental health clinic while being involved in teaching at some point.

Chinwendu Opara, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Silver Spring, MD
UNDERGRAD
University of Maryland Baltimore County
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I chose St.Joes because I was blown away by the family atmosphere! In my short two weeks of rotation as a student, I was challenged more than I had been on other rotations but still felt like my contribution was valuable. I knew I wanted my Residency experience to feel the same way.

Fun Fact: I LOVE thrift and bargain shopping!

Future Plans: Director of my own FQHC.

Brittany Williams, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Philadelphia, PA
UNDERGRAD
Hampton University; Hampton, VA
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: After my interview, I knew I would get the best overall training here at St. Joe’s. The location is not too far from my hometown, and the city of Reading is a pleasant change of pace and scenery.

Fun Fact: I won 3rd place at the Mr./Ms. Natural Philadelphia 2017 Debut Bikini Category

Future Plans: Family Medicine, Medical Weight Loss Management, Personal Trainer

2nd Year Residents

Priya Amin DO

HOMETOWN
Lansdale, PA
UNDERGRAD
The Pennsylvania State University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Lake Erie College of Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: As a medical student, I immediately felt included in the St. Joseph family. As an unopposed residency filled with kind and knowledgeable individuals, I knew St. Joseph would provide me with the best learning environment in my endeavor to become a well rounded family physician.

Future Plans: Undecided

Fun Fact: I love to travel and eat ice cream.

Elizabeth Herrman DO

HOMETOWN
Pittsburg, PA
UNDERGRAD
Penn State University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I decided on St. Joe’s because of the friendly, family-like atmosphere that cultivates an educational environment.

Future Plans: Sports Medicine

Fun Fact: When outside the hospital, I am the queen of DIY crafting and binge watching TV shows on Netflix.

Eric Kleiman DO

HOMETOWN
Reading Pennsylvania
UNDERGRAD
Syracuse University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: This was the best fit for me for my training as a Family Medicine doctor. The unopposed residency was appealing to me and the more rigorous training as well. My family is also living here.

Future Plans: Family Medicine

Fun Fact: I played Division 1 soccer for Syracuse University and I went to a local high school Antietam which we won the State Championship in 2005.

Riley Manion DO

HOMETOWN
Collegeville, PA
UNDERGRAD
St. Joseph’s University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I had a great experience rotating here as a student. All the people were so helpful and welcoming that I knew that was the environment I wanted to work in.

Future Plans: Outpatient medicine, possibly with a focus on women’s health.

Fun Fact: I love to travel and have done medical work in Guatemala and Ghana.

Kathleen Minerly DO

HOMETOWN
Born in Philadelphia
UNDERGRAD
Binghamton University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I chose St Joe’s because of the welcoming atmosphere, the supportive environment, friendly residents, and well-rounded curriculum providing excellent training in both inpatient/outpatient medicine.

Future Plans: I am interested in dermatology, urgent care, and women’s health along with outpatient family medicine.

Fun Fact: I’ve danced the Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

Katelyn Schaeffer DO

HOMETOWN
Landisburg, PA
UNDERGRAD
The Pennsylvania State University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I was looking for a strong unopposed Family Medicine program with a well-rounded curriculum and an osteopathic focus.

Future Plans: Outpatient family medicine practice serving rural areas of central Pennsylvania with a focus on women’s health.

Fun Fact: I was raised on a commercial hog farm in rural Pennsylvania.

Holly Weeks DO

HOMETOWN
Levittown, PA
UNDERGRAD
Ursinus College
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: Everyone was like me- friendly, considerate, fun and down to Earth.

Future Plans: I’m not sure what my future in medicine holds. I do not think I will specialize any further but you never know what will happen. Either way, I’m excited to start the next phase of this journey with my St. Joe’s family!

Fun Fact: My husband is from England. We dated long distance between our countries for 5 years before we got married the summer after my first year of medical school. Now we have a beautiful baby boy named Eli.

3rd Year Residency

Michael DeVine, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Reading, PA
UNDERGRAD
University of Pittsburgh
MEDICAL SCHOOL
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s:Being from Reading, coming back home to serve the community that raised me was a wonderful opportunity. Along with the breadth of experiences that come with being an unopposed residency program, and an atmosphere that breeds excellence and compassion, I could not imagine a better fit than St. Joe’s.

Future Plans: Sports medicine fellowship

Fun Fact: I once ran 50 miles through the mountains of West Virginia, nonstop, overnight.

Jaclyn Lazaro, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Huntington, WV
UNDERGRAD
Eastern Kentucky University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I came to St. Joseph’s because of the welcoming family atmosphere, inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences, and supportive attending physicians and faculty.

Future Plans: Currently, I’m undecided. I love continuity of care in the outpatient setting as well as women’s health. I’m excited to continue my training at Penn State Health St. Joseph’s and see what the future has in store.

Fun Fact: As a majorette in high school, I danced and twirled in the half-time shows at the Gator Bowl, Alamo Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

Shrina Patel, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Cheshire, CT
UNDERGRAD
Boston University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I was looking for a family medicine residency in the Northeast. After my interview at St. Joseph, I felt this hospital was the right fit for me. Everybody was so welcoming and friendly, and it seemed to be a great learning environment. I knew that I would have a rewarding experience, and I am excited to spend my 3 years of training here!

Future Plans: I am interested in women’s health, OMM, and public health, so possibly an integration of these three fields.

Fun Fact: I love traveling and have been to 13 countries so far. I’m hoping my next trip will include Italy, France and Spain!

Rachel Sachs, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Bala Cynwyd, PA
UNDERGRAD
Syracuse University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I chose to come to St. Joe’s because of my great experience while rotating here. I found that the residents and faculty got along really well and I wanted to be a part of that family. I was looking for an unopposed Family Medicine residency that provides excellent training in both inpatient and outpatient medicine which I found at St. Joseph’s. On my rotations here as a student I also found that the faculty were eager to teach and willing to put in extra time to facilitate a good learning experience. I am thrilled to be a part of this program and I am looking forward to these next three years of my career.

Future Plans: Family Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine

Fun Fact: I played on the USA U-20 Women’s National Rugby Team from 2006-2008.

Jillian Ventuzelo, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Bay Shore, NY
UNDERGRAD
Boston University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: When I rotated with the program as a medical student I enjoyed how the residents, faculty, and staff supported each other with continuous efforts to improve patient care. I also wanted to train at a program that was unopposed because I felt this would provide me with a well rounded training experience. Being that I have past professional experience I knew that I wanted to be part of an environment where there was a great sense of camaraderie and that is what I found at St. Joe’s.

Future Plans:Family physician with an interest in Women’s Health and Obstetrical patient populations.

Fun Fact: I worked as an exercise physiologist and medical assistant before I went to medical school.

Earle Williamson, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Reading, PA
UNDERGRAD
Penn State University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: The culture of the residents and faculty.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Practice in the area

Fun Fact: I like to golf but I am not good at it.

Hubert Wu, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Rockville, MD
UNDERGRAD
University of Maryland
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: There are so many reasons why I chose to come to St. Joe’s. First and foremost was the rigor of their curriculum. I have no doubt that I will come out confident and comfortable handling anything that comes to me in the future. The second reason was more personal and arguably just as important as the first reason. Out of all the places that I rotated as a student there was no other place that treated me more like family than St. Joe’s. There is a unique warmth and spirit about this place that can’t be experienced anywhere else. From the moment I stepped through their doors I was welcomed with open arms and a friendly smile. To be shown this amount of love as a student, I absolutely couldn’t wait to see what it would be like to be a resident.

Future Plans: Outpatient family medicine/Sport Medicine fellowship

Fun Fact: I was a member of the USA Juniors National Badminton Team, formerly ranked within the Top 10 in Mens Doubles as an adult, and have coached badminton since I was 16 years old.

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