Meet Our Class of 2022 Residents

Stefani Beard, DO

Stefani Beard, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA.

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved care
  • Nutrition
  • Preventative care
  • Integrative medicine
  • OMM

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Honors thesis entitled-Public Health and the Poor: Liberation Theology, Social Justice, and Paul Farmer’s Model of Public Health

Awards/Recognition:

  • Gold Health Humanism Honor Society
  • Betty Phifer Community Service Award
  • Marguerite Neel Williams Ethics Scholarship
  • McCrimmon Writing Award
  • COSGP Gold Service Award

Leadership:

  • Past VCOM-VC Bioethics and Humanities in Medicine Chair

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • I’m a bookworm, amateur chef, podcast enthusiast, and very slow runner. I also love spending time with my husband and our cat, Marmalade.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
During my fourth year of medical school I spent a month in Chicago rotating at West Suburban and loved the patient population as well as the excellent training and mentorship I received. I was looking for a residency that could provide me with the foundation of knowledge to practice inpatient and outpatient medicine upon graduation and was also dedicated to providing high quality medical care to the underserved. Not only did I find this in West Suburban, but it is full of kind, loving, and passionate individuals who provide a supportive environment for learning, while remaining patient centered. I’m so glad to be able to call West Suburban my new home!

Liza Brecher, MD, MS

Liza Brecher, MD, MS

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s Health
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Reproductive Justice

Research experience/interest:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Caring for adolescents with disabilities

Awards/Recognition:

  • AOA

Leadership:

  • President of Medical Students for Choice

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Rock climbing, pottery, reading

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
it combines all of the things I looked for – serving the underserved, being able to use my Spanish language skills, lots of obstetric and women’s healthcare, and being able to continue working with patients who have special needs all while being in a new and exciting city!

Elizabeth Burgess, MD

Elizabeth Burgess, MD

Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.

Areas of Interest:

  • Full scope family practice
  • Maternal/child health
  • Global health
  • Women’s health
  • Public/population health

Originally from MA, medical school at Wake Forest in NC! Developed a passion for public/population health while living in Nicaragua working for a sustainable health and development non-profit. Enjoying the challenge of melding all of my interests together, excited to see where they take me. Outside of medicine I enjoy running the 606, pickup soccer, traveling, hiking, spending time with friends.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
I knew it would give me the full scope training I desired. There is a bustling maternal child health service where I will be able to get many deliveries as well as help manage high acuity cases. Also, there was a real family and community centered feel here that I felt was extremely important in choosing where I wanted to spend 3 years of residency!

Allison Byrne, MD

Allison Byrne, MD

Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Areas of Interest:

  • Community Health
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Dermatology

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Primary language impairment in children
  • Multidisciplinary approach to childhood obesity and health
  • Quality improvement

Awards/Recognition:

  • Erich E. Brueschke, MD Award in Family Medicine (2019)
  • University of Illinois James Scholar (2011-2015)
  • University of Illinois Bronze Tablet Recipient (2015)

Leadership:

  • Steering committee for Rush Mini Medical School
  • Rush Youth Advocate at Simpson Academy
  • Instructor at Rush 5 + 1 = 20

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Running, hiking, reading, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family!

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
I was excited about the opportunity to train at an unopposed program with strong inpatient curriculum, high patient volume and diverse patient demographics. I was impressed by the consistent dedication to care for underserved patient populations and commitment to community-based care. I am looking forward to rigorous training that will challenge me to become the best family physician I can be!

Krystle Miles, MD, MPH

Krystle Miles, MD, MPH

Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Areas of Interest:

  • Environmental Health
  • Rural Medicine
  • Health Policy and Global Health

Leadership:

  • Assistant Physician, in a Family Medicine clinic prior to beginning residency

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Yoga, dance, traveling, experiencing new restaurants and bargain shopping.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
West Suburban will afford me the opportunity to train as a full spectrum primary care physician. I also appreciate working with a diverse patient population in a Great City!

Reema Patel, DO

Reema Patel, DO

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX.

Hi my name is Reema Patel! I am interested in pursuing underserved medicine with an emphasis on women’s health and global health. I did research in medical school on Turners syndrome as well as on the significance of undiagnosed genetic diseases in pediatric populations. I am a gold humanism honor society member and was a representative for my medical school college. In my free time I love to dance, cook, watch tv and spend time with friends and family. I chose West Suburban for my training due to the diverse patient population as well as the maternal child health opportunities it offered within family medicine!

Maria Meza Perdomo, MD, MSc

Maria Meza Perdomo, MD, MSc

Universidad de la Sabana, Chia, Colombia.

Areas of Interest:

  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Pain management
  • Behavioral Health
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Global Health

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Master’s degree in Palliative Medicine from King’s College London. Dissertation on the use of ketamine for cancer pain as adjuvant to opioids.

Leadership:

  • Member of MOLA (Medical Organization for Latino Advancement)
  • Committee member for International Medical Graduates program at MOLA

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • I love spending time with my family, exercising, playing with my cats, and the outdoors! Traveling is my favorite thing to do and I love exploring restaurants both in my travels and in Chicago. I also enjoy reading fiction in various languages.

I chose West Suburban for my residence training because…
it is an excellent Family Medicine program with an exceptionally friendly work environment. I was looking for a well-rounded training that provides the full spectrum of education in Family Medicine without compromising on quality. I fell in love with West Suburban from day one.

Melany Schiller, MD

Melany Schiller, MD

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s Health
  • OB/GYN
  • Urgent Care
  • Underserved Medicine
  • Latino Health
  • Medical Education
  • Full Spectrum Care

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Medical education
  • Social media in medicine
  • Gender equity in medicine

Awards/Recognition:

  • Calvin Fentress Research Award
  • Excellence in Research Award
  • Dean’s Scholarship Award

Leadership:

  • Peer educator for 2 years
  • Student Admissions committee member
  • Program Director for Basic Life Support

Non-Medical Interests & Hobbies:

  • Cuddling my 2 cats & dog!
  • Baking
  • Traveling

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because….
first and foremost, I was stunned and inspired by the support, kindness, and warmth the residents and staff shared with each other and with their patients. West Sub had everything I was looking for in terms of providing full spectrum care to underserved populations, but what truly made it clear to me that this was my home were the people. I am humbled and honored to be a part of the West Sub family.

Ross Schmaeman, MD

Ross Schmaeman, MD

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI.

Areas of Interest:

  • Global health
  • Health technology
  • Medical education
  • Medical ethics

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Nutritional health education
  • Social health programs

Leadership:

  • Oakland University Biomedical Ethics Club Executive Board
  • University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Club Executive Board

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • Board games
  • Sailing
  • Social dance

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
Dedication to community through outreach and service
A welcoming family of faculty and residents

Erick Skaff, MD

Erick Skaff, MD

Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Areas of Interest:

  • Medically underserved populations in Chicago
  • Addiction medicine
  • Community medicine

Research Experience / Interest:

  • The ALIVE! Research Project. Conducted a community needs assessment then presented poster titled, “Treatment Seeking Behavior for Church’s and their Congregations on Chicago’s Westside.” Led research as an undergraduate about the United State’s Healthcare system and had presented results titled, “Just Care: Healthcare on the Margins.” I would like to continue to engage with community partners through Community Based Participatory Research.

Awards / Recognition:

  • The Edward J. Eckenfels Award in Social and Community Medicine
  • Clarissa D. Haffner Family Practice Endowed Scholarship
  • Capstone Forum Best Presenter
  • Family Medicine Midwest Scholarship
  • Dean’s Summer Research/Service Fellowship

Leadership:

  • Family Medicine Leadership Program
  • Family Medicine Interest Group Leader
  • ALIVE! Executive Team
  • Student Membership Ambassador to American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Peer Advisor
  • Student Council Member

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

  • I am an avid triathlete (when I have the time to train), board game enthusiast (always looking for new game suggestions), dedicated church member, escape room fanatic, and enjoy spending time with my wife and dog in the great city of Chicago!

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…
I wanted to be surrounded by like-minded peers who valued the impact of good primary care on population health and were passionate about helping people. I have met many incredible physicians who trained at West Suburban and knew I too would be well trained to manage a wide range of complex medical and social needs.