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Second Year Residents

Tom Albert

Tom AlbertEmail me. Tom was born and raised nearby in Northboro, Massachusetts. Drawn by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he went south to the University of Virginia for college where he majored in English and Cognitive Science. He was very active in the creative writing scene on campus, and actually thought for some time that he would pursue a career as a writer. However, after graduating, he went to work for a health research firm in Washington, DC, where he spent a great deal of time facilitating focus groups and interviewing patients. He absolutely loved hearing each patient’s story, and forging brief, yet meaningful personal connections with them. It seemed then that medicine would be the perfect way to wed his interests in language and human biology, with his desire to make a difference in such patient’s lives. He completed a post-baccalaureate program in Boston, and as the ghosts of Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t let him go, he returned to UVA for medical school.

During those four years, Tom was active in the medical humanities, including editing a student literary arts journal, Veritas. He also explored new interests in addiction medicine through a research project on alcohol and drug abuse screening in undergraduates. Clinically though, where Tom really found his home was in the family medicine department. He appreciated how the clinicians embraced the bio-psycho-social model of health, truly striving to take a patient’s physical and social circumstances into account when providing care. He also simply admired the family physicians he came to know. They were such dedicated and compassionate people, with diverse interests and skills, and he wanted to be just like them when he “grew up.” Tom is so excited to be joining the team at CHA as he recognizes them as a similarly enthusiastic and dedicated group, committed to making meaningful change in the primary care landscape. He also eagerly anticipates rediscovering his hometown of Boston and cheering on his beloved Red Sox. Beyond medicine, Tom enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, and pretty much anything that gets him outside including hiking, camping, and biking.

Elana Bloomfield

Elana BloomfieldEmail me. Elana comes to the Tufts/CHA community from New York City, where she attended Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, VA, and then headed north to Haverford College. At Haverford, Elana majored in religon and completed her senior thesis on the role of Jewish religious traditions in Israeli reproductive health policy.

Following graduation, Elana lived in Ann Arbor, MI, and worked as a counselor and advocate at SafeHouse Center, a non-profit organization for survivors of intimate partner violence. While she was already destined for medicine, this work ignited her commitment to pursuing full-spectrum primary care centered on family and community systems.

At Mount Sinai, Elana continued to follow her interest in understanding the intersections between personal beliefs and experiences and health behaviors. She co-founded Mount Sinai Spirituality and Health and worked on women's health-related efforts, including volunteering with the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program. Elana was also a founding member of CIRCLES, a longitudinal discussion group centered on reflection and mindful clinical practice for 3rd and 4th year students. She was elected by her peers to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and received the Steven B. Tamarin Memorial Award from the Department of Family Medicine.

Elana is thrilled to be joining Tufts/CHA and looks forward to pursuing her interests in women’s health, improving models of care for survivors of trauma, and providing sustainable, full-spectrum primary care for all. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, particularly when it involves cooking (and most importantly eating!), traveling, and outdoor adventures.

Deviney Chaponis

Deviney ChaponisEmail me. Deviney grew up on a dead-end street on the south shore of Massachusetts, where her mother and enormous Irish/Italian catholic family raised her. During high school she attended Notre Dame Academy, an all-female high school where she played field hockey, ran track, and first became involved in service trips to Appalachia and in local Massachusetts soup kitchens. Deviney followed her love of perpetual spring weather and running track down to Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she was on the track team and received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology. After college, she taught junior high students in Harlem, NY with Teach for America which sparked her interest in adolescent wellness, education and the issues poor, urban families face daily. While she loved her students and teaching, she felt her ability to affect change and to interact with teens as a teacher of wellness would be best served by a career in medicine.

Thus, Deviney returned to Boston, worked in clinical pediatric oncology research at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber, attended evening classes to fulfill medical school pre-requisites, and ran the Boston Marathon. She then attended University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she worked with underserved and adolescent members in the community and volunteered in Worcester’s medical free clinics and community health centers.

In her free time, Deviney enjoys cooking and traveling with her fun-loving and ever- patient husband, Marc. They live in the South End of Boston with their infectiously loveable Boxer pup, George. She is a die-hard Boston sports fan, cheering on the Bruins and Patriots every chance she gets. She is so incredibly excited to become a member of the Tufts/CHA family and serve the families of Boston and its surrounding areas.

Roberta Dennison

Roberta DennisonEmail me. Bobbi was born and raised in the wonderful and chilly state of Maine. For her undergraduate degree she attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she majored in biology and spent her summers researching the stomatogastric nervous systems of lobsters and the feeding habits of sea stars. When she wasn’t busy in the classroom or research lab, Bobbi could be found on the playing fields at Bowdoin. She played varsity soccer and lacrosse in college and had the pleasure of helping lead both of her teams to the NCAA tournament.

Following college, Bobbi finally convinced herself to explore a different part of country, managing to move three hours south to Boston. There, she joined an ophthalmology lab at Boston Children’s Hospital and studied pathological angiogenesis in the retina. While she enjoyed her time as a basic scientist, Bobbi’s favorite days were those in which she had the opportunity to see patients while shadowing her PI in the clinic. This made her realize it was time to start her career in medicine, so she enrolled in Harvard Medical School after two years of research. During medical school she participated in the student-run clinic, where she got to appreciate the joy of working with underserved populations and where she began to see herself in a primary care career. She sought out opportunities to explore primary care in different settings and found that she felt most at home during her family medicine rotation at CHA. Not only did she love the medicine and the patient population at CHA, but she was also captivated by the culture of teamwork and quality improvement. She could not be more excited to be part of the Tufts/CHA program and is hoping to participate in improving team-based care and quality during residency.

Outside of work, Bobbi loves pretty much anything that involves being outdoors and being active. She is blessed to have a husband who is as crazy about playing sports as she is and in their free time, they can be found running, hiking, skiing, or convincing their friends to join them for some team sport.

Lindsey Fuller

Lindsey FullerEmail me. Lindsey was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. As a chronic overachiever, she graduated as valedictorian of her high school and, much to her family’s satisfaction, attended The Ohio State University. Here she intended to pursue a career in academic science; however, her growing interest in social justice and participation in various student groups, such as Amnesty International and V-Day, encouraged her to consider other trajectories, including medicine.

After graduating from college Lindsey lifted her Midwestern roots to move to coastal northern California where she worked as an Americorps VISTA for the Humboldt Community Breast Health Project. It was here that she was introduced to the concept of healing vs. cure, particularly in the setting of breast cancer, and was exposed to concepts in grassroots community organizing.

Lindsey was influenced by these ideals to move back across the country to attend Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. In an effort to understand and work with her local community, she joined a few of her classmates in developing initiatives to combat obesity and diabetes. This resulted in the creation of a currently flourishing community garden and school nutrition program. She was also able to pursue her interest in integrative medicine by participating in LEAPS into IM, a week-long AMSA program, and later served as co-leader for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine national student group. These experiences combined with the development of mentors from the Family and Social Medicine Department reaffirmed her decision to pursue family medicine.

Lindsey is super excited to be joining the Tufts/CHA family! She looks forward to working alongside motivated and forward-thinking people to improve primary care. Her specific interests include working with an urban underserved population, reproductive justice in healthcare, and using a holistic and wellness-based approach with patients.

While medicine is an important part of her life, Lindsey highly values balance in work and play. Her non-medicine endeavors include being outdoors (running, hiking, biking), reading in parks/cafes (contemporary fiction, news articles, various blogs, etc.), and seeing local indie music shows.

Talia Lewis

Talia LewisEmail me. Talie grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she spent lots of time in differently-flavored religious communities, opening her mind to diversity and spirituality from an early age. As a freshman at the University of Maryland, she began studying philosophy. Inspired by the social justice energy one finds on a college campus, she soon turned in a more multi-disciplinary direction and designed her new area of study, Health, Culture and Inequality Studies. For her capstone project, she explored health and social systems while constructing a public health approach to organ trafficking. Outside of academics, she spent her time playing ultimate Frisbee and initiating conversations about justice, religion and feminism, including an ongoing dialogue about religious identity between Muslim and Jewish women. She finished off her UMD experience as the student commencement speaker at her graduation ceremony.

She then went off to medical school at Ben Gurion University in southern Israel, where she continued to explore complex cultures and realities; this time, through the lens of medicine. During those years, she traveled to Burundi and then to Peru to see how healthcare is thought about and practiced in an even wider variety of contexts. She served as her school’s student council chairwoman, led a student advising system initiative, and completed AMSA’s Sexual Health Scholars Program, turning her awareness toward sexual health needs of patients. She participated in two TEDx events, once when she delivered a talk entitled “Living Thinkmentally,” and then as a speaker coach. In her quiet desert surroundings, she also discovered meditation as an important grounding tool and regularly attended silent retreats. In her final year, she was inducted into her school’s Gold Humanism Honors Society chapter.

Talie loves powerful environments and is excited to cultivate her passions for primary care; community organizing; and mental, spiritual and sexual health as part of the revolutionary CHA/Tufts family. Her other loves include spending time with family and friends, pot-luck dinners, running, writing haikus, and listening to podcasts …namely On Being.

Spencer Rittner

Spencer RittnerEmail me. Spencer was raised in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and moved to Massachusetts to pursue a B.S. in Biology at Brandeis University. While at Brandeis, Spencer began building an understanding of medicine, on both the microscopic level in the lab researching diet impact in a new rat model for type 2 diabetes, and socially, through organizing community activities for youth in low-incoming housing developments. During the summers, Spencer returned home to Rhode Island to mentor children with developmental disabilities at a therapeutic summer program. After graduating from Brandeis in 2010 Summa Cum Laude and as a member Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Spencer continued his education at Tufts University School of Medicine. While at Tufts, he traveled to Haiti twice in 2011 to help train community health workers to establish an emergency response system in Milot Valley, Haiti and also conducted hypertension prevalence research in the Haitian Community. Through these experiences, he realized that his passions lie in taking a patient-centered approach to improve health outcomes.

Spencer is extremely excited to continue his training in Family Medicine at Tufts/CHA. His interests include preventive medicine, quality improvement, medical education, and lifestyle modification. Outside of medicine, his interests include cooking, running along the esplanade in Boston, and rooting for the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots!

Emily Samaha

Emily SamahaEmail me. Emily grew up in the small town of Bow, New Hampshire with two younger sisters and became interested in the clinic setting through working with her parents at their joint dental practice. She attended Boston College where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and participated in multiple research projects, volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital and studied abroad in London. She really enjoyed spending time in the great city of Boston, so she decided to attend medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts, Emily served as the president of the TOPS program, which connected medical students to mentor pregnant teenagers. Through this experience, Emily discovered that she was passionate about the importance of continuity of care and forming strong relationships with patients. She then became a Women’s Health and Sexual Health counselor at the Sharewood Clinic in Malden, Massachusetts that provides care to underserved populations. Her time at the clinic, as well as wonderful experiences in her family medicine clerkships, inspired her to pursue a career in Family Medicine.

Emily is very excited about joining the Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance and is looking forward to pursuing her interests in patient-centered primary care, women’s health, and medical education. Outside of medicine, Emily enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, exploring Boston, and spending time with friends and family.