Meet Our Class of 201​9 Residents

Residency Program
 

Tiffany Chan MD

Tiffany Chang, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford Campus

Areas of Interest:

  • Behavioral health
  • Underserved medicine
  • Geriatrics

Awards/Recognition:

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Leadership;

  • Bridge Clinic Student Coordinator
  • Students of Medicine for the Arts
  • Underserved Pathways Program

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

I enjoy being outdoors and exploring Chicago neighborhoods.  I am an avid beginner indoor gardener, and love creating unique terrariums.  I always have at least one craft project I’m starting or trying to finish!  I also love listening to podcasts and discovering new favorites.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I knew that I wanted to live and work in the Chicago area, and West Suburban combined both strong clinical teaching and a diverse community setting I am excited to serve.  I was drawn to this program because of the residents and faculty, who are incredibly kind, intelligent and passionate about their work inside and outside of medicine.

Tiffany Forte, MD, MS

Tiffany Forte, MD, MS

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s health
  • Dermatology
  • Prevention
  • In-office procedures
  • Underserved medicine

Research/Experience/Interest:

  • Community Based Participatory Action Research
  • Effects of Centhaquin on Cardiovascular Responses
  • Lifestyle & Diabetes Educational Programs

Awards/Recognition:

  • Global Health Honors

Leadership:

I was a member of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) throughout medical school, and I was the LMSA President for my chapter during my 2nd year.  I was also heavily involved in an educational program called “Viva la Familia” where I served as the Program Coordinator for a year. 

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:
Stand up paddle boarding, organizing, playing violin, attending church activities, kayaking, dance volleyball, tennis scrapbooking, and travel.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

This program has a rigorous curriculum, a great reputation, and, most importantly, a strong focus on underserved medicine.  Family Medicine is all about caring for all members of a community, and West Suburban is a wonderful example of an institution that cares for a diverse community in a manner that treats the whole person.  I completed a rotation at WSMC during my 4th year of medical school.  I was exposed to the passion and enthusiasm that all of the residents, faculty, and staff shared in providing excellent medical care to all of their patients.  All of these factors lead me to choose this program for my residency training!

Lauren Harriett, DO, MBA, MA

Lauren Harriett, DO, MBA, MA

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Areas of Interest:

  • Women’s health
  • International health
  • Underserved medicine
  • Healthcare leadership

Research Experience/Interest:

Development and Utilization of a Rapid Flow Cytometry Assay to Examine Cell Adherence of the Gastrointestinal Pathogen, Plesiomonas shigelloides

Awards/Recognition:

  • Beta Gamma Sigma Member
  • M.B.A. Healthcare Leadership
  • 2nd Place Original Research Award
  • ACOFP 51st Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar 2014 Research Award, Midwestern University 2012

Leadership:

  • SAACOFP President of local KCUMB chapter
  • Honor Code Council Member
  • Anatomy Teaching Assistant

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Running, yoga, hiking, camping, traveling, spending time with my friends and family!

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

It offers unopposed training in a community hospital with opportunities to actively participate in Maternal and Child Health as well as caring for ICU patients.  West Suburban has dedicated federally-qualified health centers as the continuity clinics which fulfills my interests in urban and underserved medicine.  Overall, I was more than impressed with the curriculum, the patient care settings at the hospital and clinics, and the passion of all of the West Suburban residents and faculty!

Madalyn Kovarik, MD

Madalyn Kovarik, MD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Woman’s health
  • Global health
  • Urban underserved medicine 

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Medical Spanish education
  • Antibiotic resistance

Awards/Recognition:

  • Global Health Honors

Leadership:

  • Medical Spanish Teacher
  • Social Chair at Stritch SOM

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Traveling, skiing, tennis, piano, cooking and wine making

I chose West Suburban for my residence training because…

During medical school I rotated several times at the hospital and was very impressed by the residency program and felt like I was able to fit in with the residents here.  I was looking for a program that offered excellent training in women’s health and underserved patient populations.  I felt as though this program would both help me develop my current interest as well as providing a well-rounded education in Family Medicine.

Rebecca Maddrell, MD

Rebecca Maddrell, MD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved medicine
  • Quality improvement

Awards/Recognition:

  • Top 3rd year medical student on family medicine clerkship
  • Global Health Honors

 Leadership:

  • Grand Family Challenge Coordinator
  • Timmy Foundation –Chapter Presidency

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Running…..and baking to fuel the running

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

Because of the passionate residents, dedicated faculty, and ability to provide educational experiences to become the family medicine physician I want to be.

Kristen Moser, MD

Kristen Moser, MD

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Global health
  • Underserved medicine
  • Women’s health and obstetrics
  • Public health

Research Experience/Interest:

Viva La Familia:  Community based project which evaluated the efficacy of a student run health education class in changing health ideology and literacy in the Humboldt Park community.

Leadership:

  • Committee Member for Community Health Clinic, Loyola’s student-run free clinic
  • Board Member and High School Intern Coordinator for Viva La Familia
  • High school math teacher in Guatemala before attending medical school

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

I enjoy travelling and exploring new cities in the U.S. and abroad.  I love to be in nature, and frequently seek out camping, hiking, and running adventures.  I also enjoy reading, singing and baking. 

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because….

Because of its excellent reputation for training residents in full spectrum of family medicine, with a great balance between hospital/ICU medicine and outpatient care.  Even more than that, the faculty and residents at West Suburban are whole-heartedly devoted to serving the West Chicago population and strive to help patients overcome social and economic barriers.  West Suburban is full of inspiring physician mentors who are dedicated to supporting residents and teaching us the wonderful art of Family Medicine.

Aeri Paek, DO

Aeri Paek, DO

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University 

Areas of interest:

  • Global health
  • Underserved communities
  • Women’s health
  • Preventative care

Leadership:

  • Vice President of the Student Osteopathic Surgery Association (CCOM)

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

Cooking, baking, hiking, reading books, going to the gym, playing guitar/piano, dancing/singing

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I really enjoyed my rotation there and appreciated the emphases on preventative care.  Also, I love the patient population at West Suburban and the opportunity to serve the underserved in the community.

Gabriella Rubino, MD, MS

Gabriella Rubino, MD, MS

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved populations (especially those experiencing homelessness)
  • Women’s health
  • Preventive medicine
  • Full spectrum care

Research Experience/Interest:

I have completed research examining the role of specific proteins in the signaling pathways and development of pediatric T-cell leukemia.  I have an interest in participating in research examining ways to optimize healthcare delivery and quality of care

Awards/Recognition:

Golden Apple Award recipient-given to one underclassman and upperclassman who balance scholastic achievement with outstanding patient care, community service and leadership qualities.  Inducted into the Aesculapians Honor Society by peers for demonstrating a commitment to the city of Detroit

Leadership:

  • Street Medicine Detroit Director of Education
  • Amigos Medicos Covenant Clinic Coordinator
  • Pediatric Interest Group Volunteer Activities Coordinator
  • Founder/Coordinator Pediatric Dialysis Photo Club

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:

I have a passion for crafts and DIY projects.  I also enjoy exploring activities in my local community, especially art and food-related events.  Family and friends are a huge part of my life so I really enjoy spending time with them.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I feel it will offer an excellent environment for building upon my passion for underserved care.  I was also struck by the strong faculty and the intelligent residents and I feel that training at West Sub will prepare me for practice in any setting.  I hope to bring my passion for the city of Detroit and its residents to the patient population at West Suburban Medical Center and continue to grow and learn from my patients.

Sarah Tarnowsky, DO

Sarah Tarnowsky, DO

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Areas of Interest:

  • Underserved medicine
  • Integrative medicine
  • Innovations in primary care/community health
  • Healthcare administration
  • Global health
  • Osteopathic manipulation

Research Experience/Interest:

  • Primary care delivery models
  • Group medical visits
  • Community-based nutrition projects
  • Social determinants of health

Leadership:

  • Chief Organizer, Integrate Chicago Conference 2015
  • Organizing Committee Co-Chair, National Student Conference for Integrative Medicine 2013
  • Vice President, Primary Care Progress campus wide club
  • Student Advocate, D.O. Day on the Hill

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies

Traveling, yoga, cooking, wine tasting, concerts, hiking, camping, snowboarding, kayaking, essentially any outdoor activity, dinner parties, trying new restaurants, reading.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because…

I was searching for a residency program at a community hospital with full-spectrum, rigorous Family Medicine training that served an urban, underserved, diverse population…West Suburban could not have been a more perfect fit!  I had only heard wonderful things while attending medical school in Chicago and felt right at home on my interview day.  The faculty, residents and staff all portrayed passion, intelligence, a sense of community, which was only re-affirmed during my second look.  I am so excited to be part of the West Suburban Family!

Leslie Thompson, MD

Leslie Thompson, MD

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Preventative health care and health literacy to empower patients to be more active participants in their healthcare decisions
  • Women's health and making reproductive care accessible
  • Non-pharmacologic management of stress and anxiety
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Alternative healthcare delivery models

Research Experience/Interest:
I worked with a lymphoma research group at the University of Washington prior to medical school. During medical school I became interested in different teaching models related to medical education.

Awards/Recognition:

  • 2011: American Society of Hematology Abstract Achievement Award for first-time submissions.

Non-Medical Interests and Hobbies:
I enjoy cooking and discovering new foods. I also have a passion for French literature and movies. On my free weekends I'm often doing home-improvement projects, exploring Chicago with my husband looking for new restaurants, or testing out a new kitchen gadget.

I chose West Suburban for my residency training because...
I was looking for a program with a rigorous in-patient training experience that included maternal care, care of critically ill patients, and had excellent support for their residents.