Meet the Residents

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Edidiong Akpan
Undergraduate: Abilene Christian University
Medical school: Ross University in Dominica
Dr. Akpan is drawn to family medicine because she enjoys the full spectrum of medicine. Prior to going to medical school, she received a BSN and worked as a home health nurse in rural Texas. Seeing patients in their home context helped her understand the importance of high quality primary care and inspired her to pursue medicine. Outside of medicine, she enjoys listening to music, interior decorating and taking solo trips.

 

Saad Khan
Medical School: Dow Medical College Karachi, Pakistan.
Dr. Khan is drawn to family medicine based on his desire to serve all of humanity. He excels at multitasking and brings a passion for learning to his practice. His unending optimism and “can do” attitude helps to bring people together. He is excited to serve as co-chief resident for the 2021-2022 year. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time singing and dancing for his wife and 4 month old daughter. He also enjoys playing football, cricket, table tennis and basketball.

 

Aniebietabsi Okun-Umoren
Medical School: Ross University in Barbados
Dr. Okon-Umoren is proud to have been born and raised in Nigeria, but since undergrad has lived in many places across the world including Canada, Barbados, and now Detroit. She is devoted to caring for her patients, and particularly loves the lasting relationships that she has made with her patients here in Detroit. She is happily married to her husband who lives in Hamilton, ON. She identifies as an introvert who thoroughly enjoys spending time alone- during her free weekends, you might find her lounging in bed, watching cheesy movies and tearing through 2-3 novels at a time.

 

Shaheen Sarthaj
Undergrad: University of Toronto
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Dr. Sarthaj is passionate about incorporating holistic health practices into her practice of family medicine; including yoga, meditation, plant-based diets and superfoods. She finds joy in helping her patients live their healthiest lives both with and without medicines. She hails from Scarborough, ON but enjoyed doing her clinical rotations in medical school in New York and Atlanta. She loves being part of the Detroit and Henry Ford community!

 

Tanvi Virnave
Medical School: Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
Dr. Vinave enjoys the full spectrum of family medicine and is passionate about providing care in underserved communities. Her adventurous spirit, which attracts her to all things outdoors (including biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming), also attracts her to urgent care and emergency medicine. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, who is an automotive engineer, and eating food from all over the world.

 

Samuel “Jessie” Weinberg
Undergraduate: Queens University, Kingston, ON
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Dr. Weinberg was attracted to family medicine by the prospect of forming lifelong relationships with his patients. He is committed to providing excellent primary care in underserved communities, and particularly enjoys the opportunity to care for patients here in Detroit. When not in clinic or in the hospital, you might find him reading books, reading pop-culture blogs, being a terrible home cook, rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Sean Yaphe
Undergraduate: McGill University, Montreal, QC
Graduate: Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Medical School: St George’s University School of Medicine
Dr. Yaphe’s interest in Family Medicine stems from answering the question of how to reduce barriers to access to health services and improve health outcomes, particularly in vulnerable populations. He is interested in providing primary care to people living with HIV, Indigenous health, maternal health, public health, preventative medicine and epidemiology. His work ethic and commitment to advocating for others is why he will serve as co-chief resident for 2021-2022. Dr. Yaphe loves to travel and explore the city in which he lives. He is always in search of a new restaurant or recipe to try. He also enjoys weightlifting, running, and yoga.

 

Kristina Zebic
Undergraduate: York University, Toronto, ON
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)
Dr. Zebic has committed her life to caring for others. Prior to starting medical school, she immersed herself in nursing, in both rural and urban settings, and while she found her work to be very rewarding, she felt that she would be able to make a bigger difference in her patient’s lives as a medical doctor. It is in her nature to take care of people and you will find that she brings snacks to share wherever she goes. Aside from her training, she has been bewitched by the beautiful state of Michigan and loves to explore- some of her interests include photography, fishing, mycology and hiking.

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Megha Abraham
Undergraduate: American International College of Arts and Sciences in Antigua
Medical School: Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba
Dr. Abraham loves family medicine because of her ability to serve multigenerational families while building strong connections with her patients. She was drawn to the Henry Ford Family Medicine Residency Program for its close-knit and family-like atmosphere, its heavy focus on preventative medicine, and an aspiration to constantly serve the community in which she lives. She has special interests in women's health, adolescent medicine and aesthetic medicine. Outside of medicine, you might find her spending quality time with family and friends, volunteering with different organizations, doing charity runs, playing soccer, working out, dancing, or watching football (go pack go!).

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William Childs II
Undergraduate: Wayne State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Childs was drawn to family medicine because of the ability to cultivate and nurture long-term relationships with patients. Additionally, he is acutely aware of the generational health impacts of poverty and discrimination and is dedicated to dismantling social barriers and systems of oppression that perpetuate those health disparities. As a proud Detroiter, he aspires to inspire the next generation of young Black Detroiters and firmly believes in the importance of representation in caring for the Detroit community. To him, Detroit embodies pride, resiliency, and a spirit of audacity and he is looking forward to providing the highest quality of care to his community. Outside of medicine, he enjoys all things creative, reading, and watching television and movies. He also loves to bring family and friends together by cooking delicious meals for them. He has been married for 16 years to his childhood sweetheart and is a proud father of 3 girls.

 

Daniel Freedman
Undergraduate: Western University, London ON
Medical School: Technion University, Haifa, Israel
Dr. Freedman pursued family medicine because he enjoys the longitudinal relationships he forms with his patients. He particularly enjoys outpatient primary care because he is able to get to know his patients on a deeper level and make an impact on their day to day lives. He is also passionate about sports medicine and adolescent medicine. He has thoroughly enjoyed living in Detroit (which is not far from his home and family in Canada) and looks forward to continuing to support his patients and the community here. When not at the hospital or in the clinic you might find him on the golf course, playing guitar, or relaxing on Belle Isle.

 

Kristina Le
Undergraduate: University of California Irvine
Medical School: Western Michigan University
Dr. Le was drawn to family medicine for many reasons, namely, the opportunity to provide care across generations, the impact one can make on their community, the wide range of fellowships available, and the ability to shape and mold one’s future practice to fit their interests. Her clinical interests include full spectrum family practice, adolescent medicine, maternal/women’s health, HIV care, and international medicine. She loves the tight-knit family of the Henry Ford Family Medicine Residency. Outside of medicine (but oftentimes while in the hospital or clinic) she is an avid illustrator and enjoys drawing the amazing people and patients she meets. She also enjoys binge watching good TV shows, playing board games and D&D, as well as going on hiking adventures.

 

Lakshmi Sundaresan
Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Dr. Sundaresan is originally from Chicago and has spent most of her life and training in the Windy City. After interviewing in Detroit with Henry Ford’s program, seeing this wonderful and dynamic place and meeting the faculty of this program, she had a hard time imagining training anywhere else. Before coming to medical school, she worked as a community health educator in HIV prevention. Later, as a medical student she took a particular interest in incarceration medicine, queer/gender affirming care, and health accessibility for people experiencing housing instability. She has an interest in learning pretty much everything and working with like-minded people in creating the conditions for a more equitable world.

 

Raphael Szymanski
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Western Michigan University
Dr. Szymanski grew up in São Paulo, Brazil and moved to Michigan in the 8th grade. While in undergrad, he studied music with a focus on composition and sound engineering in addition to biology. He then completed a graduate degree in basic medicine sciences at Wayne State University. During medical school, he was involved in two organizations that hold great meaning for him: Arts in Medicine, a group which hosted workshops and provided creative outlets for medical students, and Proyecto Solidaridad, a Latino Medical Student Association project connecting medical students to clinical volunteering opportunities at a pediatric practice serving a large Spanish-speaking migrant community. He is passionate about community work, preventative medicine, patient education and physician wellness. Outside of the clinic, you might find him hiking, enjoying music or listening to podcasts.

 

Christopher Velez
Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Dr. Velez was born in Puerto Rico, where he was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by nature. He is interested in community work and outreach and believes that the best medicine is practiced through education, primary prevention and making health resources available to those in need. His clinical interests include geriatrics, sports medicine and women’s health. In his free time, you might find him practicing Taekwondo (he is a blue belt), listening to Eminem, hiking or mountain biking. Above all else, he loves spending time with family and friends. Dr. Velez is thrilled to continue his medical education at Henry Ford; a place that places great value in working as part of a big extended family with the ultimate goal of helping the Detroit community.

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Emilyn Anderi
Undergraduate: University of Windsor
Medical School: Wayne State University
As a recent graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Anderi is excited to be starting her career in Family Medicine here in Detroit! Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, the city of Detroit has always felt like a second home to her. She was drawn to family medicine as a specialty that allowed her to develop trusting relationships and support systems for her patients. She particularly loves working with entire families, and many of her most meaningful extracurricular adventures involve working with children and their family members to learn about healthier food choices, daily exercise, and emotional health. In her free time you can catch her camping, running, spending time with family and friends, or testing out tasty new recipes!

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Celson Belton
Undergraduate: Oakland University
Medical School: Wayne State University
Dr. Belton decided to pursue family medicine because it pulled together many of his favorite elements of different core rotations during his third year of medical school. He specifically appreciated the ability to work with a diverse patient population and to create lasting, meaningful relationships with his patients. After undergrad, he completed a post-bach program at Wayne State and continued on at Wayne State for medical school. He completed his sub-internship month with the Henry Ford family medicine inpatient service (aka B6) and was impressed by the level of teamwork and dedication to the community that he saw there. During that time, he fell further in love with Detroit and felt committed to staying here for residency at Henry Ford. Outside of medicine, he enjoys watching gamers stream on twitch and youtube. He also loves to take advantage of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is a beautiful place to soak up cultural experiences such as special art exhibits and performances, or to just sit and study. He has recently taken up a regular calisthenic workout program. While he largely grew up in Michigan, he was born in Alabama and is a die-hard University of Alabama fan. Roll Tide!

 

Arrice Bryant
Undergraduate: Yale University
Medical School: University of Michigan
Dr. Bryant is a native Detroiter who is passionate about helping others live their best lives. A proud graduate of Renaissance High School, she has dedicated her life to positively impacting the health of communities in Southeast Michigan. After graduating from Yale University, she served as an Americorps member with City Year Detroit. Next, she attended the University of Michigan where she graduated with her MD/MPH in Health Management and Policy. While there, she served as president of the Black Medical Association, a student representative on the Admissions Executive Committee, and served as a mentor to premedical students in various capacities. She was also selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received multiple awards for her volunteering & mentorship efforts. In addition to mentoring, she enjoys spending time with her family, being an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., watching sports, working out and trying new restaurants. She is excited to join the Family Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital where she can serve her hometown and people of all ages, in sickness and in health. She also has clinical interests in integrative medicine and women’s health.

 

Eli Eisman
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Eisman was attracted to Family Medicine because it is a combination of all of his favorite parts of medicine: forming meaningful relationships with a variety of patients, being part of an interdisciplinary team, working in a variety of clinical settings, and conducting research at the forefront of primary care. He has been volunteering and working in Detroit for over 20 years, so continuing on for residency at Henry Ford was a natural choice. He is particularly interested in harnessing the healing potential of nature in support of health and wellness. He had the chance to explore that passion during a rotation with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, which inspired him to pursue future training in integrative and functional medicine. His long-term goal is to bring a wellness-oriented approach to caring for underserved populations emphasizing preventative medicine, nutrition, and the mind-body connection. In his downtime you can usually find him exploring the music scene in Detroit and throughout Michigan, supporting community agriculture (shout out to Eastern Market!), and trying to be outside as much as possible. Other fast facts: he is a member-owner of 6 food co-ops throughout Michigan, he has a PhD in Chemical Biology, and he was a touring musician with an Americana band!

 

Manpreet Mahal
Undergraduate: Wayne State University
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Dr. Mahal is a proud metro-Detroiter who is excited to be learning family medicine in the heart of Detroit. She completed medical school at a beautiful Caribbean island called Sint Marteen. Her training was unfortunately interrupted by Hurricane Irma but she didn’t let this stop her. She is drawn to family medicine because of the opportunity to build long lasting and meaningful relationships with patients. She is also passionate about addressing health disparities which she has witnessed throughout her education-- including while volunteering at the Woodbridge Community Center in undergrad and rotating in a safety net hospital in New York. The love of community health, social awareness, and building relationships is what drew her to Henry Ford. During her free time, she loves to annoy her dog, Simba (whom she adopted from Sint Maarten), dancing, working out, hiking, and most importantly cooking.

 

Symone Martin
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan
Dr. Martin was drawn to Family Medicine because of the opportunity to connect with people and provide patient-centered care in a way that embraces cultural humility and a holistic approach. As a woman of color who was born and raised in the metro-Detroit area, she is passionate about working towards health equity in underserved communities and is thrilled to be doing her residency in Detroit. During medical school, she mentored underrepresented minorities in medicine and spent most of her extra-curricular time participating in different pipeline programs associated with the Black Medical Association. Her most meaningful clinical experiences during medical school include delivering her first baby during her OB/GYN rotation, completing health disparities electives in Detroit and Ypsilanti, and Family Medicine (of course!). In her free time, you will probably find her at home watching movies with her fiancé, Cameron, and their puppy, Chip, or cooking/baking new recipes.

 

Colt Moran
Undergraduate: Wayne State University
Medical School: Wayne State University
Dr. Moran decided to pursue family medicine because of the opportunity to form longitudinal and meaningful relationships with patients as well as the ability to practice with a broad scope and treat a wide variety of conditions. He fell in love with Detroit when he moved here after highschool to start undergraduate studies at Wayne State and he looks forward to the opportunity to continue his journey during residency at Henry Ford. He is passionate about working with underserved communities and spent his first two years of medical school working with and being part of the board for the Student Run Free Clinic, which is a fully functional primary care clinic that provides free care to uninsured people of Metro Detroit. Outside of medicine, he loves to spend time with his wife and family, play pretty much any game: golf, rec sports, video games and board games!

 

Kaitlyn Perkins
Undergraduate: Kalamazoo College
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Perkins was drawn to family medicine because of the long-term relationships that she gets to build with her patients and the variety of clinical experiences that one can have. She chose Henry Ford for residency in large part because she fell in love with Detroit during medical school and did not want to leave. Her family and partner are also in the area so that was an extra bonus. She is passionate about nutrition and women’s health. While in medical school she worked as a nutrition education coordinator for a community outreach program. She also served as the president of the American Medical Women’s Association and worked at a family planning clinic. When not in the clinic, you might find her practicing yoga or aerial acrobatics, which she has been doing since undergrad. She also loves cooking, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her cat named Sam.

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