RESIDENTS CLASS OF 2023
Andrew Kelada, DO
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical Education: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
Andrew started to be interested in medicine from early childhood, seeing patients in need of medical attention in underserved areas. He went to medical school in Alexandria when he was 17 years old. He loves to volunteer to provide medical services to underserved areas. Andrew loves the humane aspect of medicine and seeing patients as a whole; body, mind, and spirit. Andrew is interested in sports medicine and preventive medicine especially educating patients to prevent diseases and follow a healthy lifestyle. He rotated through HMC during his third year and fell in love with Hunterdon because of the nice and friendly people of Hunterdon, where everyone is treated as a family and a friend. He loves the culture and spirit of Hunterdon as a hospital and a Jersey county. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading, Netflix, running, traveling, trying new food, and outdoor activities.
Lauren Fleig, DO
Birthplace: Southampton, NY
Hometown: Raised in Bucks County, PA
Undergraduate: Temple University, B.A. in Psychology
Medical Education: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine- Middletown, NY
Prior to medical school, Lauren worked as a social worker for senior citizens and adults with disabilities in Philadelphia. She primarily made home visits, allowing her to meet Philadelphia, one family, at a time, within their homes, and surrounded by their loved ones. Upon acceptance to medical school, Lauren pursued Family Medicine from the start: the full spectrum care of all ages and entire families allows for advocacy and preventive measures similar to her past life in social work. Lauren’s interests in medicine include public health, preventive medicine, street medicine, refugee health, and women’s health. In her free time, Lauren enjoys silent film, medical history, and museums.
Shivangi Patel, DO
Birthplace: Englewood, NJ
Hometown: Somerset, NJ
Undergraduate: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Medical Education: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Shivangi was first drawn to Family Medicine while completing the rotation in medical school. She saw the value of building long-term relationships with her patients. Shivangi learned that continuity of care is what sets Family Medicine apart from all other specialties. Additionally, she appreciates being able to treat patients of diverse backgrounds. Her specific interests include women’s health. She strives to be a doctor that her patients feel comfortable around. Outside of medicine, Shivangi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, which include her best friends Shivam and Kristen, as well as her bunny, Kaaju. She particularly enjoys watching crime/thriller movies and considers herself a Netflix Queen.
Jessica Montes, MD
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Hometown: Edgewater, NJ
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College, B.A. in Geography
Post-baccalaureate Premedical Certificate from Columbia University
Medical Education: Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
Jessica developed a genuine interest in family medicine during an elective in medical school. She learned that family medicine allows her to build long-term friendships with patients. The versatility and diversity of family practice initially drew her interest, but the wonderful encounters she had with family physicians solidified her desire to pursue a career in this specialty. She is devoted to helping underserved populations through family medicine. Her desire to help underserved populations stems from her college years organizing and serving on medical missions to Ecuador and Nicaragua, where she volunteered and translated for doctors from the U.S. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Hunterdon community. She is an animal lover and her interests include learning languages, photography, gardening, exploring nature, and traveling.
Sarah Shahrabi, DO
Hometown: Branchburg, NJ
Undergraduate: Ramapo College of New Jersey, B.S. in Biology, Minor in Gerontology and Psychology
Medical Education: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Sara gravitated towards family medicine because it gave her the opportunity to treat a diverse demographic of patients at all stages of life, from newborns to geriatrics. She also loved that family physicians built a timeless bond with their patients. Having grown up less than 10 miles from Hunterdon Medical Center, she is excited to be able to give back to her community! Within Family Medicine, she is interested in geriatrics, palliative care, global health, and sports medicine. Sara participated in a medical mission trip to Haiti, and plans to go on more trips in the future! In her free time, Sara loves playing with her dog, traveling, spending time with her family, hiking, relaxing on the beach, and baking.
Danissa Williams, MD
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
Undergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at CUNY City College of New York – B.S. in Biomedical Science
Medical Education: CUNY School of Medicine
Danissa became passionate about family medicine through her Sophie Davis BS/MD program. She experienced all of her clinical curriculum in underserved urban areas. Danissa saw first hand how patients struggled to organize and follow up with the various providers they had for their multiple health conditions. It was because of this Danissa decided to pursue family medicine to be able to comprehensively take care of patients through all stages of life. Danissa has a special interest in adolescent medicine because it is an extremely pivotal point in a patient’s life where they undergo many changes and experience additional stress. Danissa hopes to positively impact this vulnerable population with her knowledge and empathy. In addition to her passion for medicine, Danissa is a lover of performing arts. She has spent many years doing ballet, tap, and contemporary dance, as well as playing flute and piano.
RESIDENTS CLASS OF 2022
Christopher Corcoran, MD
Birthplace: Camden, NJ
Undergraduate: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, B.S. in Pharm/Toxicology
Medical Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
I discovered the impact of the family medicine physician by observing some remarkable family physicians while attending medical school in Newark, NJ. They were incredible in their expansive working knowledge of medicine while remaining humanistic in their consideration of social, economic, and personal challenges faced every day by their patients. One of the many things that drew me to Family Medicine was the diversity and comprehensive nature of the field as well as the unique opportunity to improve the health outcomes of entire communities through intergenerational relationships. My interests in medicine center on women’s health and OB/GYN, hospitalist medicine, and preventive medicine with the ultimate goal of practicing full-spectrum family medicine in a rural underserved community.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy surfing, hiking, cooking new dishes, learning new languages, and struggling to learn to play the violin.
Christopher West, MD
Birthplace: Wilmington, DE
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical Education: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Chris became passionate about Family Medicine while working with high need populations within the U.S. and abroad in India and Haiti and while earning his Masters in Public Health. He grew to appreciate the incredible importance of behavioral contributors to one’s health and the complex multifactorial nature of pathophysiology, that only a holistic view of healthcare can properly weigh. Chris has an especial interest in the Geriatric population and hopes to subspecialize in this area.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys botany, animals of all kinds, hiking, reading, and fixing everything he can get his hands on.
Michael Briski, MD
Birthplace: Watchung, NJ
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, B.A. in Biological Sciences
Medical Education: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Growing up with a family physician as a father, Michael knew from a young age that pursuing a career in medicine would be an incredibly rewarding life path. Hearing stories that captured the broad scope and comprehensive nature of family practice formed in his mind the image of a doctor as one who heals others holistically. Through this model and other experiences throughout his academic career, Michael came to understand a doctor as a pillar of the community, who could be relied upon to address the health needs of that community and allow it to thrive. New Jersey-born, raised, and educated, Michael is very excited to be able to begin his career in medicine in the Hunterdon community. Outside of medicine, Michael is passionate about the arts and enjoys performing music (choice instruments being the guitar and trombone) and making visual art (drawing, painting, etc.). During his time off you’ll find him enjoying the company of his family and friends, and relaxing on the beach.
Arif Hafeez, DO
Hometown: Hackettstown, NJ
Undergraduate: New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY, B.S. in Health Sciences
Medical Education: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
During Medical school Arif discovered that he loved building relationships with his patients. This coupled with the versatility of family medicine as a field was an instant draw. Arif loves to be on the front lines which started with his long-time involvement in the Fire department as an EMT. Here he also saw the need for physicians to consider all aspects of the patient’s life into their treatment. His interests in medicine include women’s health and OB/ Gyn, procedures, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and global health. In his free time, Arif loves to spend time with his family, travel to explore lands far & wide, teaching, and cooking various ethnic dishes. Fun fact! Arif can also speak Chinese, Urdu, and Spanish.
Matt Sallady, DO
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside, B.A. in Neuroscience
Medical Education: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Matt fell in love with the work of medicine while taking care of patients in an ambulance in the city of Los Angeles. Family medicine caught his attention during that time as he saw the value of long-term relationships with patients, as well as the diversity of patients and diseases. His preference for Osteopathic medicine in particular came about by a chance encounter with a book that contained the ideas of A.T. Still regarding the body’s ability to heal itself. Now he is looking to apply all of the ideas he’s learned in medical school to practice effective medicine that will benefit all of his patients. He not only seeks to benefit a patient’s physical body, but his whole person as well, with all of its emotional, mental, spiritual and social dimensions. He is excited to start his journey here at Hunterdon! Outside of working hard in medicine, Matt is a committed Christian, part of a college ministry, a husband, and a book worm. He loves history, biographies, literature, and anything else thought-provoking.
Melissa Burke, MD
Hometown: Matawan, NJ
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, B.A. in Biomathematics
Medical Education: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ
Melissa chose family medicine for the diversity and the depth of knowledge required to be a high-quality provider. During Melissa’s third year in medical school, she developed a desire to see her patients on a long-term basis. She yearned to provide them with continuity of care. Family medicine is a specialty that incorporates all that she loves in medicine. It varies from being able to see the extremes of age in one day, to dealing with diverse medical issues on another day, while, most importantly, building relationships with not only patients but also whole families on an ongoing basis. The power of continuity of care makes a critical difference in the overall healthcare of the patient. While in medical school, Melissa volunteered in a number of programs in Camden, which encouraged junior high school students to follow their dreams. Melissa’s passion is to help all children recognize that they hold the keys to all their dreams and through hard work and dedication they can achieve them. In her free time, Melissa enjoys salsa dancing, hot yoga, running, and watching movies.
RESIDENTS CLASS OF 2021
Yasmine Mourad, DO
Birthplace: Paterson, NJ
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Undergraduate Education: Drew University, B.A. in Neuroscience
Medical Education: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Prior to medical school, Yasmine spent years in the lab doing research in neurology and stem cell biology and continued this research throughout her graduate education; however, Yasmine knew from the start that her ultimate goal was to become a doctor. She loved her cell cultures and microscopes, but her true desire was always to interact with people, not cells, and to make a difference in not only their health but in their lives. Her experiences during her medical education proved to her that she had a passion for family medicine. She loves diversity; she wants to care for the elderly, but still be able to deliver her patients’ babies, then become that baby’s doctor and watch him grow up as well. Her specific interests include obstetrics, women’s health, and preventative medicine. Yasmine loves traveling for medical mission work and has been to Kenya and Nepal for this reason. In her spare time, Yasmine loves kayaking, hiking, camping, martial arts, and spending time with the one-eyed-cat she rescued!
Cecilia Perez, DO
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical Education: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus
Cecilia became passionate about family medicine during medical school. She was always interested in primary care but after various rotations in this field, she fell in love with it. She enjoys family medicine because it gives her the opportunity to care for and leave a positive impact on individuals of all generations. She is an advocate for conservative and preventative medicine, such as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and lifestyle modifications. Other interests she has in this field include gynecology, geriatrics, medically underserved communities, and procedures. Other things outside of medicine that Cecilia is passionate about include spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and watching movies.
Rita Sokkar, DO
Birth Place Alexandria, Egypt
Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, B.A. in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Medical Education: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Rita chose family medicine because she enjoys “whole person” patient care management and providing up-to-date preventive care measures to patients of varied age groups. She wanted to pursue family practice because it is the only field that encompasses care to the whole family and to the whole individual. As a family medicine physician, Rita has the option of combining functional medicine and preventive medicine to tailor a holistic treatment that uniquely fits each individual patient. Another appealing fact of family medicine, to Rita, is the opportunity it offers to build long-term relationships with both individual patients and entire families. In her free time, Rita enjoys spending time with her family, as well as writing.
Jessica Mason, DO
Birth Place: Woodbridge, CT
Undergraduate: Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, B.S. in Biology
Medical Education: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jess chose Family Medicine because of the unique relationships you are able to build with your patients. She was amazed to see how many patients had been with the same physician their entire lives, which builds a special level of trust. She also loves the variety of patients that Family Medicine allows her to see each day. Within Family Medicine, she is interested in integrative medicine, OMT, and global health. She has participated in a medical outreach trip to Ecuador and traveled to Sri Lanka to learn more about their health care system and practices. Jess grew up in Connecticut before moving out to Colorado to attend medical school, and is very excited to be back on the East Coast! Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, CJ, and bunny, Bear. She also enjoys traveling, going out for a nice meal, reading, hiking, Broadway musicals, and, more recently, renovating her house.
Beata Pazdan, MD
Birthplace: Livingston, NJ
Hometown: Union, NJ
Undergraduate: Temple University, B.S. in Biology
Medical Education: Jagiellonian University Medical College
During an internship at a NJ community health center, Beata first discovered the significance of the family physician and comprehensive primary care services in the underserved community. Since then, she has been drawn to Family Medicine due to its unique opportunity to form lasting relationships with patients, provide continuity of care, as well as deliver accessible health care to those in need. Beata now strives to utilize the multidisciplinary training during residency to serve as a patient advocate and to better understand how to improve quality of care in the Hunterdon County community. Her interests in medicine include women’s health and OB/ Gyn, underserved medicine, urgent care, and global health. In her free time, Beata loves exploring new cities, volunteering, hiking, or experimenting with cooking recipes. She also enjoys reading on the beach and spending time with family. She is excited to be back in her home state of New Jersey.
Shannon Mimnaugh, DO
Birthplace: Chatham, NJ
Undergraduate: The University of Notre Dame, B.A. in Anthropology
Medical Education: MWU-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Shannon has seen herself as a family physician since she began contemplating a career in medicine. This aspiration took shape when she found herself inspired by almost all of the medical specialties she encountered in medical school. Hunterdon Medical Center is the perfect place to begin her career – a full scope family medicine practice firmly rooted in the community, and it brought her back to her home state! Shannon aims to build a career enriched with lifelong patient-provider relationships, being active in community leadership, and advocating for preventative medicine. She looks forward to experiencing the challenges and rewards family medicine has to offer. Her specific interests within family medicine include women’s health/obstetrics, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and preventative medicine. Outside of the office, Shannon enjoys being an indulgent yet firm cat mom, spending time with friends and family, traveling the world, and baking!
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