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    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

First Year Residents



Emilie Petula Biondokin

Emilie Petula Biondokin
Emilie was born in Douala, Cameroon as the fifth child in a family of seven. At the age of 15, she moved to Maryland and started high school. Eventually, her love and curiosity for both the sciences and the arts led her to develop an interest in the city of Philadelphia, PA. Emilie attended Temple University and graduated with a B.A in Chemistry and completion of all medical school prerequisite courses. After graduation, she took two years off to work as a research assistant at a proteomics facility, and later on as a substitute teacher for public schools in the Philadelphia region. Working closely with minority youth, she learned more about the relationship between health, education and socioeconomic considerations within communities. That experience lead her to continue her pursuit of a medical education. Emilie attended Howard University School of Medicine fully intending to pursue a career in family medicine. Her goal was to be part of an institution that had a mission dedicated to serving marginalized populations with low access to dignified and wholesome healthcare. While in medical school, she worked and presented on topics related to intimate partner violence and improvement of communication between youth and parents for better health and life outcome. Additionally, she occasionally volunteered for her institution’s medical-student-run free clinic.

This summer, Emilie will join the Tufts/Cambridge Health Alliance family residency program. She intends to pursue a career in community and population health, with an emphasis on preventive and educational medicine.

In her free time, Emilie enjoys documentaries, spending time with family and friends, visual arts, and fusions of international cuisine.

Elzbieta Jacek

Elzbieta Jacek
Ela was born in Poland and moved to the US when she was 14 years old. She first started considering a career in medicine while attending high school in Brooklyn, NY. Ela matriculated at CUNY Hunter College and after a year transferred to Barnard College where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavior. She credits both of these institutions and the inspiring individuals she met there as instrumental in her professional and personal development.

After graduating in 2010, Ela worked for 2 years at the Hospital for Special Surgery in a lab that studied Autoimmunity and Lupus. As a medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Ela developed a keen interest in challenges related to healthcare economics and innovation; she became involved in numerous student groups and educational opportunities with a focus on healthcare business and design.

Ela's interests in family medicine are broad and include both preventive and integrative medicine, as well as urgent care and ultrasound/musculoskeletal health. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family in New York, visiting old friends, exploring new cities and restaurants with her significant other, going to classical music concerts, drawing, biking and running.

She is thrilled to join Tufts FMR at CHA and work alongside passionate healthcare providers in an effort to transform our healthcare system into one that promotes health and wellness for all.

Jennifer Panosian

Jennifer Panosian
Jennifer was born in upstate New York and grew up alongside her three “J” siblings, endlessly confusing her parents which ultimately resulted in them all being called “Juh.” She stayed in New York and attended college at the University of Rochester where she earned dual BA degrees in biology and psychology, perfectly combining her interests in science, medicine, and the psychosocial contributions to one’s health. From college, she moved to Boston and hasn’t left since. Her first stop in Beantown was the Joslin Diabetes Center where she worked as a clinical research coordinator, helping conduct research on the best approach to care for patients with type 2 diabetes. She was lucky enough to stick around Boston for medical school where she attended Tufts University School of Medicine and was able to fully appreciate the wonderful world of family medicine while learning from some of the best advisors and family docs around, many of whom are also part of Cambridge Health Alliance.

She is excited to be continuing her journey in Boston as a resident at Cambridge Health Alliance where her interest in family medicine was rooted. At CHA, she hopes to pursue her interests in psychosocial and behavioral medicine, adolescent medicine, preventative medicine, and women’s health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé who is a fellow Tufts Med alum, two kitties (Cole and Oliver), and her family of J’s. She is always interested in trying new restaurants and types of cuisine, playing tennis, traveling, and hiking new trails in the White Mountains.

Rebekah Rollston

Rebekah Rollston
Rebekah was born in East Tennessee and later returned to her birthplace to attend high school, undergrad, and medical school. During her years away from Tennessee, she grew up in Baltimore, where she fell in love with lacrosse and the Chesapeake Bay. Rebekah, though, is a Tennessean at heart, as her formative young adult years in Tennessee helped her to develop her perspective on life and love for the Appalachian Mountains.
Rebekah attended medical school at East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and it was during this time that Rebekah developed her passion for sexual & reproductive health. During her second and third years of medical school, she developed and presented self-esteem curriculum to local high school students, as well as studied the correlation between sexual practices and self-esteem in students for the purposes of curriculum development.
Due to her interest in women’s health and sexual & reproductive health, Rebekah took a one-year leave from medical school to pursue a Master of Public Health at The George Washington University. During this time, she acted as the research study director for a George Washington University IRB-approved qualitative study, which focused on cervical cancer risk in transgender men. Rebekah also served as the gender-based violence research intern at The George Washington University Global Women’s Institute where she conducted formative research regarding mobile phone technology developed to respond to violence against women and girls, with a secondary focus on mobile phone apps developed to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college campuses.

Like a true Appalachian, Rebekah enjoys everything about the outdoors, including biking, hiking, and camping. Salamanca, Jerusalem, Quito, and Istanbul hold very special places in Rebekah’s heart, as she adores international travel. Rebekah also enjoys reading and writing, and she is a contributor to the Medical Care Blog (blog for the official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association).

Rebekah is honored to join the primary care revolution at Tufts FMR at Cambridge Health Alliance!

Courtney Scanlon

Courtney Scanlon
Courtney Scanlon was born and raised in the beautiful ocean state of Rhode Island. After high school, she attended Boston College (Go Eagles!) where she majored in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. At BC, she explored the business side of healthcare through internships at CVS Corporate and Dana-Farber and continued her love for volunteering at Rhode Island Hospital. From her experiences, she discovered her true passion for direct patient care and changed paths to pursue a career in medicine. She was excited to stay in Boston and attend Tufts University School of Medicine.

Throughout her time at Tufts, she worked to integrate both disciplines of medicine and business to improve the quality of patient care. She worked with the Director of Emergency Services at Tufts Medical Center on communication initiatives for the Hospital’s Incident Command System. She also helped organize MedStart, an annual healthcare start-up competition, whose mission is to bring together diverse minds to change the way care is delivered.

During her third year clerkships, she was drawn to the field of Family Medicine and its practice of patient-centered comprehensive care with a focus on family and community.

She is thrilled to join the Tufts/CHA family and hopes to continue working on quality improvement initiatives during residency.

In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, participating in obstacle races, and spending time with family and friends.

Racheli Schoenburg

Racheli Schoenburg
Racheli was born in Dallas, Texas and lived there three short months before moving to Memphis, Tennessee. She finished elementary school and middle school in St. Louis, Missouri before settling with her parents and younger sister in the metro Washington D.C. area. Her desire to study medicine was sparked during a high school genetics class. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she was pre-med and studied Biology, Global Health, and Jewish Studies. Her interest in primary care developed while traveling to Argentina, South Africa, and China on a study abroad program focused on international health policy.

Between undergrad and medical school, Racheli served in Avodah: the Jewish Service Corps in Washington D.C. She worked at the non-profit Food & Friends delivering meals and groceries to recent immigrants, the elderly, and others with chronic diseases. At Georgetown University School of Medicine, Racheli regularly volunteered at the student-run health clinic at DC General, a family shelter. She helped patients access additional medical services and provided health education about nutrition, tobacco use, and mindfulness. Racheli also organized a free community integrative health day in collaboration with GW and Howard Schools of Medicine staff and students.

Racheli is excited to join the Tufts/CHA Family Medicine Residency program. She looks forward to learning about Boston and exploring the restaurants, farmers markets, and nature that the area has to offer!

Tia Tucker

Tia Tucker
Born in Lima, Pennsylvania, Tia was transplanted to the warmth of the south due to her father’s job in petrochemicals. She was raised in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana where she acquired a taste for spicy food and fast friendships. Her love of languages and different cultures drove her to pursue a degree in International Studies of the Middle East and North Africa at Louisiana State University, and afterwards she was granted the opportunity to live in Morocco as a Peace Corps Youth Development volunteer from 2004-2006. In Morocco, she discovered the importance of public health in the lives of her young students, and also found she had not forgotten her childhood dream of practicing medicine. She acquired her MPH from Tulane from 2007-2009 while working with various organizations for homeless rights and HIV prevention.

Tia combined her love for social justice and medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, and also met the love of her life, her husband Eduardo. She is so excited to join the CHA family where the family medicine revolution is real! She is passionate about family medicine, and is especially interested in behavioral health, infectious disease, medical education, and integrative medicine.

In her free time she enjoys dancing Cuban salsa, making friends with random strangers, gospel choir, trying to play the ukulele, trying new restaurants, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring African fashion and hairstyles.

Lakesha Williams

Lakesha Williams
Kesha was born and raised in the small city of Anderson, South Carolina, surrounded by family and community influences that encouraged her seemingly big dreams. A band geek, smart student, and athlete all in one, she graduated from T.L. Hanna High School and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree at Clemson University. Subsequently she completed a Master of Science in Neuroscience from University of Hartford before returning to SC to complete her medical degree at University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Very early in her life she learned the importance of mentorship and community involvement, because these very experiences are what allowed her to expand her interests in basketball, music, science, and healthcare. As she embarked on her journey to medicine, the first in her family to do so, she found ways to combine her love for the sciences with her drive to help underrepresented and disadvantaged youth succeed in their own lives as a tutor, teacher, mentor, and supporter. She has worked with students at the Welfare Baptist Church in Belton, SC, students of Metropolitan Nashville Schools, students in the Aetna HPPI Academies at UConn Health Center, and undergraduate students at the University of Hartford where she was a professor prior to beginning medical school.

Her 3rd year medical clerkships reinforced her belief in the importance of patient-provider relationships in tackling chronic disease states to reduce the amount of healthcare dollars spent in inpatient care of chronic disease sequela. The interactions with her patients also reinforced the importance of empowering patients with information to be active participants in the care of themselves, their household, and their communities. She saw Family Medicine and the Patient Centered Medical Home as the platform through which the biggest impact can begin in the transformation of health care and is elated to be joining the team of revolutionaries at TuftsFMR!

Kesha and her fiancée look forward to immersing themselves in the lives of community youth, enjoying some professional sports games, eating plenty of diverse cuisines, shopping, and enjoying all that New England has to offer.