Meet Our Class of 2021 Residents

Morgan Beatty, MD, MPH

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s Health (including but not limited to Reproductive and Maternal-Child Health)
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Behavioral Health and Addiction
  • Public Health Policy, Community Health and Advocacy
  • Care of the Underserved
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Equity

Research Experience:

  • Psychosocial, socioeconomic, medication-related, and other factors contributing to disengagement vs. retention in HIV care in postpartum women in Swaziland; primary care exposures, career interests, and attitudes among students at my medical school.
Awards/Recognition:
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Leadership:

  • I was a student leader and coordinator for a medical humanism course at my medical school. I also helped establish my medical school’s Asylum Clinic and Human Rights Initiative. Before medical school, through an AmeriCorps-type program called Dominican Volunteers USA, I served as an advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence at a domestic violence agency in Oak Park, just down the street from West Suburban! I later worked as a family reunification specialist for undocumented immigrant minors at a shelter in Chicago.

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Socializing, concert going, cooking, fermenting, picking, restaurant and brewery hopping, hiking, cycling, and being outdoors in general!

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
On my interview day, I sensed that the people here really cared. I was inspired by the consistent dedication to the underserved and diverse patient population—something I was looking for in a residency program, in addition to the opportunity to have my continuity clinic at an FQHC. I was also impressed by the robustness of the training; the strong inpatient, outpatient, and maternal-child health exposure will prepare me to meet my community’s needs in a variety of future practice settings.

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Chelsie Carlton, MD, MHS

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s health
  • Obstetrics
  • Health disparities
  • Underserved populations

Research experience/interest:

  • I researched IUD insertion skills among Family Medicine physicians as a medical student research fellow and presented results at the Family Medicine Midwest Conference. My research interests are related to general women’s health and family planning.

Awards/recognition:

  • National Health Service Corps Scholar
  • Family Medicine Midwest Scholarship recipient

Leadership:

  • American Medical Student Association executive board member

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:
Exercise, running, playing with my dog, and all things outdoors.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
I chose West Suburban for its well-known reputation for excellent family medicine training, especially in maternal child health care.  West Suburban offers a rigorous training program in a supportive environment, which is exactly what I was looking for. It was also important for me to choose a program that is genuinely dedicated to serving under-served populations, and I found that at West Suburban.

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Maura Fahy, MD

Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine Thomas Jefferson University

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s Health
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Addiction Medicine

Awards/Recognition:

  • Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society
  • George McClellan Surgical Honor Society

Leadership: 

  • Community Service Liaison for Jefferson’s Learning Society

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:
Hiking, volleyball, yoga, traveling, photography.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because… 
On both my interview day and my second look, I was extremely impressed with how kind and welcoming everyone was. It was very clear to me that the residents at West Sub are very happy and enjoy what they do. West Sub also provides the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population with its location on the border of the Oak Park and Austin communities. The broad-spectrum rigorous training (ICU, OB, etc) paired with the supportive faculty at West Sub makes it the ideal place to train. I feel very confident I will graduate West Sub’s program being able to handle anything as a family medicine physician.

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Audrey Hertenstein Perez, MD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Global Health
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Behavioral Health and Nutrition

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Survey assessment of food insecurity and an interactive nutrition intervention in rural Bolivia
  • Survey evaluation assessing changes in attitudes related to health goals among women participating in a group-based nutrition class
  • Previous experience in research involving placental invasion and preeclampsia

Awards/Recognition:

  • Albert Schweitzer Fellow
  • SSOM Global Health Fieldwork Fellow
  • Ralph P. Leischner, MD, Memorial Scholarship
  • Physician for Human Rights Chapter of the Year

Leadership:

  • Women’s Wellness Group program facilitator at CommunityHealth, Chicago
  • Physicians for Human Rights, chapter president
  • Peer Led Medical Spanish, peer teacher
  • SSOM Community Health Partners Chair
  • Students Advising Students member
  • STEP 1 Stritch, group facilitator
  • SSOM Academic Center for Excellence, peer tutor

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

I like doing just about anything outdoors from hiking, camping, running, or skiing to walking around my neighborhood in Chicago.  I also enjoy playing guitar and drum set, cooking new recipes, and spending time with my husband, family, friends, and cat.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I chose West Suburban because of the diverse patient population and the dedication of faculty and staff in caring for underserved patients. After a rotation as a medical student and during my interview day, I felt at home and excited to find a program with a mission and passion similar to my own. I was inspired by the high quality of learning and culture of teaching in outpatient medicine, inpatient medicine, and maternal child health. As an Illinois native, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served communities in Chicago during medical school and to continue working with this great patient population as a family medicine resident.

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Kimberly Lenkeit, DO

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s health and advocacy

Research Experience/Interest:

Undergraduate experience in chemistry research with a desire to focus on case studies and best practice research going forward.

Awards/Recognition:

  • SSP Honor Society
  • Silver TOUCH Award for community service

Leadership:

  • Class Representative for AZCOM Class 2018 Class Council

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Crafting, collecting records, running, and exploring everything that the city of Chicago has to offer.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because….

It offered strong inpatient training as well as comprehensive obstetrics training.  I felt that this was a program that could train me to practice full spectrum family medicine while still living in my favorite city in the world, Chicago.

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Nathan Lin, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved Medicine
  • Behavioral Health/Substance Use
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Disability

Research Experience:

  • Improving Care for Refugee and Low English Proficiency Patients in Rochester, New York

Awards:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Leadership:

  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Student Wellness Group

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Music!  I enjoy playing cello and guitar (especially with others) and watching live music.  I have recently started rock climbing, specifically bouldering (though my bruised knees resent me).  I love being in nature- hiking, gardening, camping.  Cooking for others is a joy (at least for me, I can’t speak for the consumers…). I like biking around the city. My parents are from Taiwan, and it is a goal of mine to re-connect more with my heritage, whether it be through travel, practicing Mandarin, and/or exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

It emphasizes being a change agent in a medically-underserved community, and I want to contribute to this mission in a grassroots way that minimizes the bureaucracy that is already excessive in our country’s healthcare system.  My hope is that being in a community hospital and FQHC on the west side will provide ample opportunity to learn about the community directly from patients and their stories, break down my own biases, and open my eyes to the complexities of urban under-served medicine.

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Elizabeth Ramirez, MD

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Latino Health
  • Global Health
  • Underserved Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Integrative Medicine

Research Experience/Interest:

During my time in Flint, I was able to do research on the water crisis and how information reached the Hispanic community in the city and on the barriers to colorectal screening in the Hispanic community there as well.

Leadership:

  • Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program
  • Peru Service Learning Trip Leader
  • Former AmeriCorps at PCC South

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Painting, traveling, Latin American literature & music, thrifting, eating all the delicious food, running.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

It was the only program that brought together all the elements I was looking for. The program’s dedication to full spectrum family medicine and commitment to the underserved resonates with who I am and how I want to practice family medicine. The residents, staff, and faculty are incredibly welcoming and friendly as well, and I know that with their mentorship and guidance I can become the well-rounded and capable family physician my patients need.  At West Suburban, I am also able to come back to the West Chicago community that I got to know so well during my time in AmeriCorps and to be at PCC once again! I am very excited to be part of such an amazing program!

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Matthew Rudolph, MD

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Medical Education
  • Underserved Medicine
  • Full Spectrum Care

Research Experience/Interest:

  • I worked with faculty and students to develop and study a wiki for learning aids to supplement our new curriculum.  I’m currently interested in findings ways to innovate in medical education and in how to teach and evaluate clinical communication skills.

Awards/Recognition:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Leadership:

  • Family Medicine Interest Group President

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:
Yoga, traveling with my wife, trying new foods, wine and beer.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I was blown away by my interview at West Sub.  The residents here seemed to do it all, working in intensive care, obstetrics, pediatrics and underserved populations.  And not only did I know I would be challenged to be the best physician I could be, I would be supported by thoughtful, caring and fun coworkers.  I’m proud to call West Suburban my home.

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Leslie Smebak, MD

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

I grew up on a cattle farm in northern Minnesota, and for the first twelve years of my life I thought I would be a farmer and veterinarian when I grew up!   In high school I started learning more about human medicine and that’s when I first got interested in a career in family medicine.  I went to Cornell College and majored in biochemistry. While I was there I spent four years as a member of the varsity track and cross country teams.   After college I worked for a year as a nursing assistant at the University of Iowa Hospital, then moved to Chicago for medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.   While at Pritzker, I got to learn a lot about primary care in urban underserved populations, and I also became interested in medical education and thinking about how we teach medical students and residents. I’m really excited to start my career in family medicine with all of the wonderful residents and faculty at West Sub!

Ariel Talts, DO

Ariel Talts, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus

I am a recent graduate from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate, earning a double major in Neuroscience and Spanish. My interests include behavioral medicine and outreach to Hispanic communities both locally and abroad. My other other academic interests include complementary and alternative medicine, procedural medicine, and spiritual and mental wellness. I have research publications in the fields of neuroscience and molecular biology. In my spare time, I enjoys traveling, teaching yoga, and playing sports and board games with friends. I chose West Suburban Medical Center to continue my training due to its community based experience coupled with an academic perspective. I am excited to join the team and explore all the Chicago area has to offer!