Lora Council, MD
Lora Council has returned to Massachusetts and joined the Malden site in 2014. She has a BS from Brown University and attended UMass Medical School. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the NH-Dartmouth Family Medicine residency in Concord, NH and her Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock. She practiced family medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Hudson, NH for 5 years and was a Patient Centered Medical Home developer for DH’s Regional Primary Care Center during that time. She has also been a consultant with the Center for Medical Home Improvement in New Hampshire. Her interests include implementing patient-centered care plans, primary care quality improvement, team-based care and complex systems. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and greyhound – especially outdoors – as well as hiking and volunteering on a FEMA search and rescue task force.
Monica DeMasi, MD
Dr.DeMasi works at Union Square Family Health. She is the medical student coordinator for that site. She went to both college and medical school at Case Western Reserve University. Her undergraduate degree was in medical anthropology where she focused on Latino Mental Health. During medical school she spent several months working in a clinic in a Mayan village in the Yucatan. She completely her residency in Family Medicine at Brown University. She is interested in primary care, medical education, international medicine, and immigrant health with a focus on underserved populations. She is a recipient of the Mass League loan repayment program. Dr.DeMasi is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is also active in an ongoing medical anthropology seminar at Harvard University Department of Anthropology. She is married to Justin Lodge, an architecture professor, and has a 2 y/o son Jack.
Specialties: Family Medicine
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: UW Department of Family Medicine
Fellowship: University of Wisconsin
Bonnie Engelbart, MD
Born and raised in New Jersey. She earned a BA in Chemistry from Colgate University and attended medical school at The George Washington University. While in medical school she developed an interest in underserved patient populations that has continued to this day. She went on to family medicine residency at UPMC St. Margaret in Pittsburgh. During residency she completed an intensive Spanish course and spent time working in Peru, Honduras, and Mexico. After graduation she took a job at the Lynn Community Health Center where she worked for 6 years with a multi-ethnic patient population (primarily Domincan and Guatemalan) and perfected her Spanish. She also became very involved as a preceptor for Tufts medical students, coordinating all of the medical students working at the clinic and directing a 4th year family medicine elective, "Serving the Underserved". She recently took a position at CHA and is helping to open the new CHA office in Everett. While this site is getting off the ground she is working at Revere Family Health. She will be rounding with residents at the Whidden and will continue her work with Tufts medical students. Her clinical interests include dermatology procedures, caring for multicultural patient populations, and leading medical students to careers in Family medicine using clinical experiences in an underserved setting. Outside of medicine she enjoys cooking, running, and hiking. She lives with her husband Marc, a high school physics teacher, and their 2 year old son Noah, and newborn son Caleb in Medford.
Lara Hall, MD
Grew up in the Bay Area in northern California. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Political Science, then worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo in Central Africa for 2 years. Before attending medical school at UC San Diego, she worked as a medical assistant and clinic coordinator at Planned Parenthood. She completed residency at the Lawrence Family Practice Residency 30 miles north of Boston. Currently, Dr. Hall works at the Union Square Family Health Center in Somerville. She also provides obstetric inpatient care at the Cambridge Hospital. She joined Cambridge Health Alliance in 2007. Dr. Hall speaks French and Spanish and is learning Portuguese. She lives in Somerville with her husband (who she met in the Peace Corps) and their 2.5 year old son.
Yulya Kutsman, DO
Born in Odessa, Ukraine. Completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California San Diego with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology. Worked on clinical research project in UCSD department of psychiatry. Graduated from Western University School of Medicine. Residency training completed at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. During residency worked on development of prenatal education curriculum including both resident training and patient education materials. Participated in Prenatal education group and community based effort for Diabetes Education and Prevention.
Professional interests include group maternity and women's heath, group prenatal care, complementary and alternative medicine integration in practice, asthma management and education, international medicine. Was involved in the international medical work in Honduras.
For the last few years works at the CHA Broadway Health Center in Somerville where she successfully started group prenatal care. Enjoy working with underserved, have large Hispanic and Brazilian patient population. Fluent in Russian and Spanish.
She enjoys teaching, and is actively involved in medical student education at CHA. She has 2 kids, enjoy spending time with kids outdoors, also reading and black and white photography.
Maurice Martin, MD
Graduated from Swarthmore College, NYU School of Medicine, and the UMass family practice residency, where, expecting to be a rural doctor, he trained at the health center in Barre. In 1979, veering from his anticipated course, he founded Somerville Family Practice, supported by three years of National Health Service Corps funding, and then ran it independently, as he still does today.
In the 1980s he helped establish the department of family medicine at Somerville Hospital and served as its leader. He continued as chief of the family medicine department of Cambridge Health Alliance from its formation in 1996 until 2005.
He plays the saxophone and clarinet and is musical director of the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, a fifteen-piece New-Orleans-style marching band. He is one of the founders of HONK!, the annual festival of activist street bands, held in Davis Square. He is married and has two adult children.
Kirsten Meisinger, MD
Medical Director of Union Square Family Health Center, a busy Cambridge Health Alliance practice in Somerville with 10 Family Medicine physicians. The clinic serves a primarily immigrant population with Brazilians, Salvadorans, Indians and Nepalis among the many ethnic groups served. Kirsten has worked there for 9 years, serving as co-medical director since 2008. She is now Vice-Chair of the FM Dept at CHA and is the sole Medical Director of the site. Her professional interests include Gyn procedures including colposcopy and dermatologic procedures, women's health, and group visits. Kirsten is originally from New York City, went to Brown University for a BA, Case Western Reserve U. for medical School and completed her Family Medicine Residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. She has worked in Mexico and Nicaragua. Dr. Meisinger is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. She has 3 children ages 8, 5 and 3 and can be seen running around Arlington with them and the family dog.
Katherine Miller, MD
The Associate Chief of Family Medicine Maternity Services for Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Miller is a native of Tucson, Arizona, where she received her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering followed by her MD from the University of Arizona where she also completed her residency in 1996. After working 2 years in Tucson, Dr. Miller completed a 5 month Fullbright teaching scholarship in Argentina, then relocated to Massachusetts. She has spent the last 7 years in Cambridge and Somerville working with a multi-ethnic (but mostly Salvadoran and Brazilian) population. She is fluent in Spanish, speaks medical Portuguese. Outside of medicine, Dr. Miller is an avid Flamenco dancer and runner. She and her husband Chris live in Somerville with their 3 cats.
Amiesha Panchal, MD
Amiesha Panchal, MD joined the faculty in April 2014 after moving to Boston to live with her husband.
She graduated from the University of Western Ontario and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, where she was heavily involved in community service activities. She completed her residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she grew to love teaching medical students and residents.
After fellowship, she served on faculty at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) for four years, where she taught medical students and residents, and provided primary care for a diverse patient population. She also worked extensively with medical students in the longitudinal integrated clerkship at UCSF, including serving on the leadership committee and managing the longitudinal curriculum.
Dr. Panchal has trained and served as a small group facilitator for Practice Inquiry (a practice-based learning and improvement method.)
She sees patients of all ages in her practice and enjoys the breadth of Family Medicine. Her areas of clinical and academic interest include: information mastery, office procedures, care of refugee patients, longitudinal integrated clerkships, clinical uncertainty, and professional development.
Patrick Sabia, MD
A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook who completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. He joined CHA in 2004 and sees patients at Union Square Family Health in Somerville, MA. He provides the full range of family medicine care, including prenatal care and deliveries. Dr. Sabia served as a faculty member at the Lawrence Family Medicine residency for 8 years, where he was a member of the Outpatient Curriculum Committee and supervised residents in both the outpatient and all inpatient settings. He also served as the medical student clerkship coordinator at the Lawrence program for 4 years. He has a special interest in womens health, obstetrical care and pediatrics. He has been a colposcopist for almost 10 years and continues to provide these services at his current practice. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is fluent in Spanish and speaks some Portuguese as well. He is currently on the Perinatal Committee and Pediatric Quality Improvement Committee at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Sabia is married to a Swiss and has two young boys, Gian and Andrino. He is currently trying to add German and Rumansch to his language skills!
Stanley Sagov, MD
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Graduated from University of Capeton Medical School and moved to New York City to do an extended rotating internship passing throughout Bellevue, New York Hospital and Grasslands County Medical centre in Westchester. His other reason for going to NYC was to play Jazz piano with many of my heroes. After 2 years there I came to Boston and did a degree in Jazz Piano and Oboe at the New England Conservatory of Music.
He then did fellowships in family medicine and community health at Childrens Hospital, The Brigham and Beth Israel hospitals as part of the Harvard Family Health Care Program.
He came to the Cambridge side of the river and has been on staff at Cambridge and Mount Auburn Hospitals since the 1970's. I am currently Chief of Family Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital
Dr. Sagov developed the Family Practice Group as a teaching community practice then and they are now located in Arlington after about twenty five years in Cambridge. They delivered babies for twenty seven years but now do just everything else that Family docs can do, including colposcopy, biopsies, D&C's, vasectomies etc…They accept students and residents from all four schools in the state and love the teaching and learning as they care for their patients. He is particularly interested in the politics of the doctor patient relationship and family systems opportunities in family medical practice.
He is married with two daughters and one feisty granddaughter. He takes photographs all the time and remains fanatical about playing and recording Jazz piano (check him out on itunes,CDBaby).
Timothy Stephens, MD
TUFMR Class of 2008. Tim graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine - Kansas City in 2005. He is originally from Sydney, Australia, and has professional interests in teaching, obstetrics, pediatrics, and the international development of family medicine. His travels include short-term work with a General Practice residency training program in The People's Republic of China, and he has presented Information Mastery topics in the U.S. and China. He is currently an instructor candidate for the ALSO course. He is now practicing at the CHA Windsor Street Health Center in Cambridge, Mass, where he provides primary care to a diverse patient population in English and Spanish, including office Derm & GYN procedures, colposcopy and obstetrical care.
Rachel Wheeler, MD
A graduate of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology who counts herself lucky to have discovered an unanticipated career in family medicine during a fourth year elective with a family doc in central Massachusetts. After completing her residency at U Mass, she served as residency faculty for 7 years before leaving to join what is now the Cambridge Health Alliance system. She is Medical Director of Union Square Family Health in Somerville and enjoys practicing there in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese). She was one of the first physicians in this area to begin offering group visits and continues to work with a group of diabetic patients who have been together since 2001. She is passionate about culturally competent patient centered care and about creating systems to improve practice quality. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians. She founded a Balint group with other experienced clinicians over15 years ago that still meets regularly to discuss challenging patients. Outside of medicine, she enjoys reading, travel and hiking and is the proud mother of two young women.