Danielle is a native of Syracuse, New York and has been interested in medicine from a young age. She was drawn to outpatient medicine while working in her father’s OBGYN office throughout high school, college and medical school. When she moved to Massachusetts to pursue a B.S. degree in Biology at Boston University, her interest in medicine was confirmed by multiple research projects and working as a medical assistant at a local doctors office. During her studies at BU, she fell in love with the amazing and vibrant city of Boston. Danielle then returned to Upstate New York for medical school where she developed a passion for Family Medicine with particular interests in preventive medicine, nutrition, integrative medicine, and medical education.
Danielle is extremely excited to return to Boston to continue her training at Tufts/CHA and to return to her favorite running paths/cafes/shops! While medicine is an important part of her life, Danielle strongly believes in work-life balance and in her free time she can be found running, playing tennis, trying a new exercise class, cooking a new recipe, and traveling every chance she gets!
Fa'iz was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when he was 10. Since then, he's been in New York and was raised in Queens, a region known for its cultural diversity, giving him a chance to learn a lot about different cultures from a young age. He went to school in Brooklyn College where he studied Psychology and did research working with Monk Parakeets. Before College, Fa'iz had been interested in Medicine and his experiences working in Kings County Emergency Department and volunteering with children with developmental disabilities helped confirm his decision.
He went on to attend Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he built on his passion for working with children by teaching and leading exercise groups with elementary school students. He also became involved with the school's Free Clinic where he had the privilege of caring for the uninsured of the Bronx and working with compassionate Family Medicine physicians who served as great models. His experiences have taught him the importance of patient centered care and he is very excited to develop this skill and many more with his new Tufts/CHA family.
Fa'iz's interests include working with the underserved population, medical education and palliative medicine. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing a lot of basketball (probably too much), listening to all types of music and taking long walks through new places.
Jennifer was born in the Beverly Hills, California, but didn’t stick around long enough to realize her next door neighbor was an actor. At the age of 7 she moved with her family to Hong Kong, still a British colony then, and adapted to living in an international city in the heart of East Asia. During her time there she weathered scares of bird flu as well as the SARS epidemic, and gained a deep respect for physicians and their dedication despite the risk to themselves. She originally intended to become a biology PhD, however at Barnard College in New York, she volunteered at a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter and realized her passions for serving the community. She added the extra classes that it would take to become a pre-med and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Biology. She took two years off to volunteer in pediatric endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of NY, where she learned of the ever-growing problem of pediatric obesity in urban underserved populations, and completed her undergraduate research investigating the source of arsenic ground water poisoning in Bangladesh, a huge public health problem that has led to increased risks of cancer in adults and stunted cognitive development in children. She was excited to find herself at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she volunteered at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center to teach adolescent girls about health, well-being and the empowering effects of the Japanese art of Taiko drumming. She realized the alignment of her interests in caring for the young and old within the community after her third year family medicine clerkship at Tufts CHA, and is delighted to return as a resident and a “double jumbo.” In her free time, she enjoys digital photography, travel, watching movies, cooking and finding new places to eat with friends.
Matt was born in New Haven, CT and grew up in Woodbridge, one of the neighboring towns. He moved north to Williamstown, MA to attend Williams College where he studied Political Economy, ran track, and played rugby. After graduation Matt decided to re-visit his high school plans to become a physician, but doing so required completing a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in order to satisfy his premed requirements, during which he volunteered his time in the oncology unit at a local hospital. After completing his post-bacc Matt moved to Washington, DC to began his medical education at Howard University College of Medicine, during which time he cultivated his interest in working with those most in need of health care through his involvement in student groups such as Physicians for Human Rights and student run programs including the New Freedman’s Clinic, HUCM’s student run free clinic. During the summer between his first and second years, Matt received NIDDK funding to conduct diabetes research at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Matt is excited to join Tufts at CHA and begin the next stage of growth on his path to becoming a family physician. He looks forward to engaging with the community to learn how to deliver the best possible care to them.
Outside of medicine, Matt enjoys pretty much anything that keeps him active, especially basketball and soccer.
Kanthi grew up in the land of sunshine and seashore, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida (go Gators!), where she worked in a cancer research laboratory, volunteered with an organization to recycle bulk quantities of leftover food from campus cafeterias, and studied Microbiology and Cell Science. Following undergrad, she worked briefly as a Girl Scout camp counselor, which was an incredibly rewarding and fun experience.
As a medical student at New York Medical College, she cultivated her interest in primary care by volunteering at a student-run clinic in Harlem, NY, presenting immunization education at the local health fair, and being involved in Family Medicine Interest Group. She also was an active member of her school's all-student acapella group, "The Arrhythmias." As a third year, she led a fundraiser and organized a team for NYC AIDS Walk 2013. Kanthi also attended the 2014 Family Medicine National Conference of Students and Residents, where she was inspired to enter the field.
Her interests include women's health and immunization awareness. In her free time, Kanthi enjoys baking, singing, kayaking, practicing yoga, spending time with family, reconnecting with childhood friends, and discovering new foods. She is very excited to serve and explore the Boston area as a part of the Tufts/CHA community.
Devorah Donnell was born and raised in the suburb of Manchester, CT –down the street from a soccer field—and enjoyed playing soccer, dancing ballet, and acting in plays. Recognizing her interest in medicine at an early age, she attended the University of Connecticut’s Combined B.S./M.D. Program. While an undergraduate, Devorah started the UConn Pre-Medical Society, and enjoyed seeing the membership quickly grow and organization continue to flourish. After graduating UConn as a Rowe Scholar and Honors Scholar, she advanced to UConn Medical School.
One of Devorah’s favorite experiences in medical school was her weekly Student Continuity Practice at a community family medicine office. She quickly recognized how much she enjoyed the patient continuity, comprehensive and preventative care, and patient range of family medicine.
As a second year medical student she brought primary care advocacy to her community by starting the UConn chapter of Primary Care Progress. Then, as the 2014-2015 National Primary Care Progress Training and Engagement Fellow, she coached new chapters in their development (spanning from Hawaii to Albany), taught many webinars and conference seminars, and developed a new Spring webinar curriculum teaching leadership and community organizing skills for primary care advocacy across the country. In addition to teaching multiple classes to undergraduates, Devorah helped teach the first year medical students’ clinical medicine course throughout her fourth year. Loving the opportunity to make a difference in future physicians’ training and improve future patient care, she also developed new curriculum integrating education about abuse and violence into UConn Medical School’s second year clinical medicine course. In 2012, Devorah served as a Coordinator of UConn’s mobile Migrant Farm Worker Medical Clinics, where she has been volunteering since 2005, which provide free medical care to migrant workers at farms across Connecticut. As an UConn Urban Service Track Scholar and member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, she enjoys helping underserved populations, and interdisciplinary team-based, patient-centered care.
Devorah loves traveling, making collages, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to join Tufts/Cambridge Health Alliance FMR!
Meera comes to Tufts after a journey that included substantial stints in the Indian and British healthcare systems. Born and raised in Bangalore in Southern India, Meera decided at an early age that she wanted to be the first doctor in her family. She pursued her dream at St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, an institution that is reputed for its commitment to helping the underserved. She worked closely with the underprivileged in urban and rural India and conducted health camps and health education events in these communities. She developed a keen interest in women’s health and decided to train as an OBGYN. She moved to England to continue her OBGYN training. She attained membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and also trained as a generic instructor with the Acute Life Support Group, U.K. She moved to Needham, MA with family 2 years ago. She joined the Department of Community Health Improvement, CHA as a Volunteer Health Adviser and rediscovered her passion for primary and preventive care. She played a lead role in the development of the CHA’s community health adviser certificate course curriculum and is one of the instructors at the course. She is also a Child Assault Prevention specialist with the Needham Community Council where she uses dolls and role-play to teach the Needham elementary school children strategies to stay safe. She is very excited to join the TUFMR family as a family medicine resident this year. She speaks Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Urdu and English and is working on her Spanish speaking skills. In her leisure time, she enjoys cooking, painting, walking and spending time with friends and family.