AOA and ACGME Accredited Family and
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Family Medicine Residency Bios

1st Year Residents

Michael Bova, DO

HOMETOWN
Mechanicsburg, PA
UNDERGRAD
Temple University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
PCOM

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: The program is rigorous, and I love the other residents and faculty.

Fun Fact: I took a karate class with Tommy, the white Power Ranger.

Future Plans: Not sure yet!

Gary Clauss, Jr., DO

HOMETOWN
Colchester, CT
UNDERGRAD
Vassar College
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: I thought the unopposed nature of the program along with the cast of super friendly and compassionate docs created a strong environment to learn.

Future Plans: Undecided

Nathaniel Ohlinger, DO

HOMETOWN
Reading, PA
UNDERGRAD
University of Scranton
MEDICAL SCHOOL
WVSOM

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: I knew the quality of the faculty and residents, and I have close family connections in this area. This setting was perfect for me.

Fun Fact: I am a former bassist and was in a rock band for several years.

Future Plans: I want to serve the Reading community as a Family doctor and provide the best care I can for the people here.

Andrew Slater, DO

HOMETOWN
Lancaster, Ohio
UNDERGRAD
Ohio State University
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: What won me over was my second look experience with Dr. Joy and one of the residents. We went out on some home visits and then I was treated to lunch. During this time I got to experience the genuine kindness and generosity that permeates the character of the program. Needless-to-say, the class of 2022 is amazing and I couldn’t imagine doing residency with a better group. Lastly, geographically St. Joe’s is in an ideal place for my wife and I as this is near her hometown and family.

Fun Fact: I’m a 28 year old Christian male interested in working out, reading, recycling, personal finance and spending time with my caring and compassionate physician wife.

Future Plans: My plans are to practice in the outpatient setting incorporating osteopathic manipulative medicine into my practice. Fellowship in sports medicine or neuromuscular medicine are still options I am considering. Most likely we will settle down close to family or where we went to medical school.

Stacey Thomas, MD

HOMETOWN
Bellmore, NY
UNDERGRAD
AUA Kasturba Medical College International Center
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Atlantic University School of Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: Why I Chose St Joe’s: I had a great experience at St. Joes during my interview. I loved the welcoming atmosphere and supportive environment. Also, the unopposed nature of the program provides an opportunity to train under various specialties.

Fun Fact: I enjoy the outdoors and binge-watching TV shows

Future Plans: I hope to work in a family practice that has a strong emphasis in pediatrics, women’s health, and medical weight loss management.

Hannah Velez, DO

HOMETOWN
East Fallowfield, PA
UNDERGRAD
West Chester University Honors College
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: As a student I completed four rotations here, and during that time came to love the program and the people. My time at St. Joe’s was what inspired me to pursue a Family Medicine Residency, despite my prior plans of entering the surgical field. When I was here, I was happy, and I knew that warm and supportive environment was what I needed to grow into the best physician I can be.

Fun Fact: I am very passionate about art and minored in Studio Art in undergrad. My favorites include drawing, painting, and sculpting, and I love applying these to homemade gifts!

Future Plans: All I know for sure is that I love procedures, and I love patient counseling!

Julian Weinstein, DO

HOMETOWN
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
UNDERGRAD
University of New England
MEDICAL SCHOOL
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: They offer an unopposed FM program with full scope of practice, but more than that it was the people here. I was so welcomed and supported as a medical student that it seemed like the perfect place to continue my education as a resident physician.

Fun Fact: I’m a certified flight instructor and love working in a hospital across the street from a small airport.

Future Plans: I have a strong interest in serving rural communities in an urgent care or emergency setting. I also plan to become an aviation medical examiner.

2nd Year Residents

Joseph Sonner, D.O.

HOMETOWN
Honesdale, PA
UNDERGRAD
The University of Scranton
MEDICAL SCHOOL
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why I Chose St. Joe’s: I had a great experience while on audition at St. Joe’s and felt like it was a great place to continue my medical education.

Fun Fact: I really enjoy the outdoors and have canoed almost half of the Delaware River.

Future Plans: Complete the 3 year Family Medicine and then attend a fellowship for Sports Medicine.

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.

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.

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

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.

Varun Malik, 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.

3rd Year Residents

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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