Meet our Residents

Class of 2025 Family Medicine Residents

Stefani Beard

Abel Alemayehu, MD
American University of Antigua College of Medicine

My Name is Abel Alemayehu originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I moved to the United States after finishing high school. Afterwards, I was able to complete my undergraduate study in the US. Fortunately, moving forward I joined American University of Antigua and the road to becoming physician became a reality rather than only a dream. I studied preclinical years in Antigua and then moved back to the United States after completing periclinal studies. I did most of my clinical rotations between Florida International University located in Miami, Florida, and University of Maryland Midtown Campus. The entire journey has played significant role in shaping me to become the person I am today. I was exposed to broad spectrum of cases and, I have worked with diverse staff and diverse patient population. Also, I was able to appreciate and understand how medicine is practiced in different part of world meaning in first world countries like the United States versus in a resource limited country like Ethiopia. In this process, I developed interest in practicing full scope inpatient and outpatient medicine, community health, addiction medicine, and pain management. Outside of medicine, my interests are playing soccer, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. West Suburban Medical Center is an ideal place to do all of these for several reasons. The fact that the program couple academics with community service will help me develop broad knowledge and experience. Diversity is another major reason that attracted me to practice medicine at West Suburban Medical Center as it will help me broaden my scope and create an opportunity to work with different people from different background. Also, I was able to understand how much the residents and the staff in general are friendly and create an environment that everyone can confidently work together. 

Liza Brecher

Emily Goodlin, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

My name is Emily and I grew up in the Bay Area, California. I moved to Chicago for medical school and loved the city so much I decided to stay here for residency. My passion for global health began during my undergraduate years after I spent a summer in Arusha, Tanzania teaching about HIV/AIDS prevention. I also went on a medical mission trip to Honduras to provide basic medical care for people who did not have access to a physician. I hope to continue this type of work throughout my career. I am a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors, 49ers, and SF Giants. I also love spending time with my French bulldog named Frankie. In my free time I like to explore the different neighborhoods of Chicago and go to new restaurants and bars.
Elizabeth Burgess

Alma Hajar, MD
Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain

I am originally from Syria but was born and raised in Kuwait. As part of our culture, I grew up with a love for helping people and knew early on that I wanted to become a doctor. After having the chance to work in many places with diverse patient populations, I found my passion for primary care. What excites me about being a family medicine physician is that I can stay connected to patients throughout their lives, from birth to old age. Being a Chicagoan for the last three years and having worked closely with the community, I have developed a special bond with it. One of my goals is to someday open a primary care clinic along with my husband, who is also a primary physician, and give back to the community that has been so kind and welcoming. Furthermore, I have a six month old baby girl and she keeps me busy! However, when I do get some spare time, I enjoy hiking with my husband and traveling. When I travel, I love exploring and trying new things like parasailing in Turkey, swimming with sharks in Hawaii, and paragliding in Switzerland. I also have a passion for cooking and baking. I am especially known for my yummy date toffee cake and vegetarian lasagna!
Allison Byrne

Arthur Hernandez, MD, MS
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Hey there! I’m Arthur Hernandez, born and raised in the Chicagoland (Bensenville, IL), and I’m so excited for this opportunity to practice medicine here at West Sub. A little about me: my family immigrated from Mexico back in the 90s, and as a first-generation graduate/physician in my family, I am immensely proud to take on this role back at home within the limits of our great city of Chicago. It’s an honor to be able continue my training here, in giving back to the very same communities that raised me into who I am today. My academic pursuits include not only training in the full spectrum of family medicine, but a focus in: substance use disorders, mental health awareness, LGBTQ+ health, preventive medicine, and community advocacy. The perspectives I’ve gained towards practicing in a compassionate manner have only been bolstered by the wonderful mentors I’ve met throughout my career. I wish only to continue to hone those mindsets and continue to pass down those perspectives in working towards better health outcomes for the folks around me. In my free time I enjoy traveling (we love our National Parks!), exploring the arts and music scene in town, and of course spending time with friends and family. I think of myself as a jack of all trades and am always eager to try new experiences. My door is always open, happy to share a conversation, and I look forward to serving the people around me to the very best of my ability. Cheers!
Krystle Miles

Shikeba Khan, MD
St. George’s University School of Medicine

I am a Pakistani-American who was born and raised in sunny California where I grew up with my beloved parents, twin sister and two brothers. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with Highest Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where the field of human physiology, anatomy and medicine piqued my interest. From there, I went on to study medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies and had the opportunity to work with families in the community. Not only did I learn medicine, I learned about the need for better healthcare access in communities of developing nations. Given my experiences working with families, my passion in medicine lies in children and women’s health, particularly in societies with limited access to health care. My career goals include providing quality care to multi-generational families and to help our community thrive with sound health and wellness. Outside of my career, I enjoy spending time with my family, going on walks, baking, traveling the world and trying new cuisines with my husband and son.
Reema Patel

Harleen Multani, MD, MMS
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Hi everyone! I’m coming here from Madison, MS, and I’m very excited to be relocating to the Chicagoland area for my training. My interest for a career in medicine came when I was younger after witnessing how proper patient education could really impact the quality of life for my loved ones. This has been a motivating factor as I’ve progressed through my training, and I hope to be able to educate my patients to the best of my ability throughout my career. Outside of medicine I enjoy being out in nature, trying out new restaurants, traveling, listening to true crime podcasts, and just turning my mind off while I binge watch a tv show.
Maria Perdomo Meza

Hoang Tommy Nguyen, MD
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

I was born and raised around New Orleans, LA and come from a Vietnamese background. I went to a boarding high school in Wisconsin and returned to Louisiana for university and medical school. My main hobby is playing PC video games. I also enjoy traveling and have visited Japan a couple of years ago, but I have mainly traveled across the states recently, like Los Angeles, San Diego, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. I hope to travel to Europe and Asia in the future.
Melany Schiller

Nkiruka Osefo, MD
American University of Antigua College of Medicine

I grew up in Tampa, Fl and went to University of South Florida to receive a degree in Biomedical Science. I went to American University of Antigua for medical school. I spent my time organizing health fairs during undergrad and in medical school and found a passion helping the underrepresented communities. I continued working with children by creating “Let’s Talk and Eat”, a group which teaches the youth positive ways to deal with daily stressors. After medical school, I spent time in research in Maryland, focusing on J&J COVID vaccines and RSV vaccines for 65+ adults. On my free time, I enjoy long distance running, hiking, and snowboarding. I love traveling with friends and family, trying new foods/restaurants and spending time with my 2 children and husband.
Ross Schmaeman

Karla Tytus, MD
Meharry Medical College

My name is Karla Tytus. I was born and raised in South Los Angeles, went to college in Providence, RI, medical school in Nashville, TN, and now residency in Oak Park, IL. When I was younger, I wanted to become a doctor because I loved science, math, and helping people. Throughout college and medical school, I read books and listened to podcasts focused on the social and political determinants of health and medicine for me became about social justice and activism. I believe medicine is about more than treating and preventing illnesses; it is about teaching people about their own bodies and how to advocate for them. My passions are preventative medicine, women’s health, anti-racism, and health equity. My goals are to improve health equity and health literacy for marginalized patients. In my spare time I like to read, dance, exercise, listen to music (Reggaetón and Afrobeat especially), go to concerts, and plan my travels around the world.
Erick Skaff

Kevin Wu, DO, MBA
Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi! I was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Naperville, Illinois and have lived in the Chicagoland area for the past 23 years. I graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a BS in psychology/biology and then attended Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management to earn my DO and MBA degrees. Some of my clinical research interests include patient flow and efficiency in clinic and effects of orthotics on balance and pain in patients after foot/ankle surgery. Outside of medicine, I am an avid martial arts practitioner and hold a 1st degree black belt in Shotokan karate; I plan to also learn judo! An interesting fact about my heritage is although I am Taiwanese and Mongolian, my great, great grandmother was Dutch. In my free time, I love going to EDM festivals, visiting museums, and working out with my family.