Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Bios

1st Year Residents

Monica Cales, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Garrettsville, Ohio
UNDERGRAD
Kent State University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM)

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: One of the current residents shared with me that St. Joe’s is an excellent unopposed Family Medicine program where the residents gain more experience in hospital and pediatric medicine, which was very important to me. I am so grateful for this program! The residents look out for each other and feel confident prior to graduation. The program is consistently evolving and improving, incorporating new standards, methods, and educational opportunities through affiliation with the ACGME and Penn State Health, without compromising its core osteopathic perspective or the hospital’s Christian mission, which was also important to me as a Christian.

Fun Facts: My husband and I love the outdoors, especially bicycling. We have been incredibly impressed with the beauty and foliage of Pennsylvania, especially along the Philadelphia area’s bike trails! I also love being an aunt! I have two nephews and two nieces, plus one more niece on the way! My favorite part of any given week is worshiping at our new church, Iron Works, in Phoenixville, PA.

Future Plans: I love working with children and see myself caring for patients of all ages in either a Family Practice setting or perhaps as a hospitalist. I am considering fellowships in hospitalist medicine, adolescent medicine, or sports medicine.

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

Anne Elise Drozdoski, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Olney, Maryland
UNDERGRAD
Fairfield University, Connecticut
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: I rotated at St. Joe’s as a medical student and felt so welcome by residents and faculty alike. Everyone I worked with was very approachable and treated me as a colleague, even though I was a student. I fell in love with the hospital: it is just the size I was looking for and has religious affiliation. I have always lived close to big cities and so Berks County is a nice change of pace for me. Our program is unopposed, which allows residents to practice a greater scope of medicine and exposes us to a large volume of procedures—this really piqued my interest in St. Joe’s.

Fun Facts: I have two first names. I enjoy running races and ran several in Philadelphia during my last year of medical school. I speak very good Spanish. I absolutely love Classic Rock and had the pleasure of seeing my favorite band, the Eagles, perform live in Philly during the summer of 2018.

Future Plans: I am open to a number of different options and have not yet decided how or where I would like to practice. My specific interests include endocrinology/diabetes management, behavioral and mental health, women’s health and geriatrics.

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

Crystal Ingram, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Long Island, NY
UNDERGRAD
C.W.Post University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: The family medicine residency program is top notch. The resident’s and staff work together as a family to care for your family and this is how great family medicine physicians are made. So I chose to learn from and with physicians who share the same ideals.

Fun Fact: I have lived on 3 continents.

Future Plans: Family practice for both inpatient and outpatient with emphasis on women’s health and pediatrics.

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.

Ayodeji Delano, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Katy, Texas
UNDERGRAD
Texas Tech University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
PCOM- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: I always had a strong interest in family medicine and the unopposed nature of the program affords me the opportunity for increased training across several specialties which will provide me a strong foundation for my future career.

Fun Facts: I can play the steel drums ( I lived in Trinidad and Tobago for two years as a child).

Future Plans: Sports Medicine.

Brooke Nelson, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Winamac, Indiana
UNDERGRAD
Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I chose St. Joe’s: I have an interest in primary care and women’s health. I wanted unopposed family medicine so I could learn the most about everything and explore my interests. St. Joe’s was a very welcoming place that really opened my eyes to what unopposed family medicine had to offer. The attending physicians in the hospital and clinic (regardless of specialty) are excited to teach us and help us be the best doctors we can be.

Future Plans: Obstetric fellowship/ Women’s health fellowship/ Academic and group practice family medicine.

Malik Varun, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Massapequa, Long Island
UNDERGRAD
PCOM 2018
MEDICAL SCHOOL
PCOM- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: Unopposed Family Residencies are very informative and comprehensive!! And everyone here is great.

Fun Facts: I Fence Foil and Draw/Paint..badly.

Future Plans: Opening or working in a OMT heavy Family practice with a hand in Health Policy and Governance.

Alexandra Volo, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Forest Hills, NY
UNDERGRAD
Adelphi University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: During my audition rotation at St Joes, I was immediately attracted to the family feel of the program. I loved spending time learning from residents and faculty and knew I wanted to become part of the family! The strong curriculum and rigorous training will guide me to becoming the best physician I can be.

Fun Facts: I was born in Siberia and have been a New Yorker since the age of 3!

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine.

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, D.O.

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, D.O.

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, D.O.

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, D.O.

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, D.O.

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, D.O.

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, D.O.

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.

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