Staff

Whittier’s experienced staff is committed to our mission providing comprehensive health care to our patients.

Doctors

Infectious Disease and Special Populations

  • Brian Wong, MD – Lead IDSP Physician View Bio

    Brian Wong, MD – Lead IDSP Physician

Adult and Family Medicine

  • Catherine Taglieri BSP, PharmD, RPh View Bio

    Catherine Taglieri BSP, PharmD, RPh

  • Michelle Johnson, MD View Bio

    Michelle Johnson, MD

    • Clinical Interests: Cardiovascular disease, women’s health
    • School: Boston University, School of Medicine, 1994
    • Residency: Boston Medical Center – Internal Medicine
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 8/2003
    • Languages Spoken: English / French and Haitian Creole
    • Special Interests: Music and reading
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Phillip F. Smith, DPM View Bio

    Phillip F. Smith, DPM

    • Clinical Interests: Diabetic and P.V.D. patients
    • School: Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, 1965 • Joined Whittier Street Health Center (1973)
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Fishing and walking
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Stephen Wright, MD – Lead Physician View Bio

    Stephen Wright, MD – Lead Physician

    • Clinical Interests: Urgent care, adult medicine
    • School: Tufts University School of Medicine, 1996
    • Residency: University of Illinois – Peoria
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in December 2013
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Clinical research, music
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes

Optometry

  • Hanieh Yaghoobi, OD View Bio

    Hanieh Yaghoobi, OD

    Clinical Interests: Ocular Disease

    School: MCPHS University

    Residency: VA Bedford Ocular Disease

    Languages Spoken: English, Farsi

    Special Interests: Biking, Hiking

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Jennifer Le, OD View Bio

    Jennifer Le, OD

    Clinical Interests: Primary Eye Care, Contact Lenses, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Ocular Disease

    School: New England College of Optometry, 2013

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center: October 2016

    Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Vietnamese

    Special Interests: Travelling, running, photography, cooking

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Dan Phuong Nguyen, OD View Bio

    Dan Phuong Nguyen, OD

    Clinical Interests: Optometry

    School: Western University of Health Sciences – College of Optometry

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center: September 6th, 2016

    Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese

    Special Interests: Diabetic exam, contact lenses, comprehensive exam

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Jean-Bernard Charles, MD View Bio

    Jean-Bernard Charles, MD

    • Clinical Interests: Diabetic eye disease, cataracts and glaucoma
    • Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1985
    • Residency: Brockton Hospital, Brockton, MA, 1986
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 7/2003
    • Languages Spoken: English / French / Haitian Creole
    • Special Interests: Traveling and reading
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Sampson Nosike, OD View Bio

    Sampson Nosike, OD

    • Clinical Interests: Comprehensive eye care, refractive surgery
    • School: New England College of Optometry, Boston, 1995
    • Residency: Eye Associates PC
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 2/2001
    • Languages Spoken: English / Ibo / Hausa
    • Special Interests: Special lenses and care, reading
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes

OB/GYN

  • Noreen Post, NP View Bio

    Noreen Post, NP

  • Kimberly Phipps, CNM View Bio

    Kimberly Phipps, CNM

  • Tarcia Edmonds-Jehu, CNM View Bio

    Tarcia Edmonds-Jehu, CNM

  • Anissa Dickerson, CNM View Bio

    Anissa Dickerson, CNM

  • Jill Doyle – CNM View Bio

    Jill Doyle – CNM

    Clinical Interests: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Contraception

    School: Columbia University School of Nursing

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on January, 2016

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Travelling, cooking, spending time with family

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Courtney Massaro, CNM View Bio

    Courtney Massaro, CNM

    • Clinical Interests: Adolescent health, birth control education, centering pregnancy program
    • School: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, TN, 2012
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in September 2014
    • Languages Spoken: English, French
    • Special Interests: International health
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Lorna Wilkerson, MD View Bio

    Lorna Wilkerson, MD

    • Clinical Interests: OB/GYN, women’s health issues, HIV, perimenopause/menopause, contraception, lesbian/transgender healthcare
    • School: Cornell University Medical College, NY, 1990
    • Residency: Magee-Women’s Hospital, PA
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in November 2014
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes

Mental Health/ Substance Abuse

  • Helenita Hamer, MD View Bio

    Helenita Hamer, MD

  • Oluranti Adepoju, MD View Bio

    Oluranti Adepoju, MD

  • Hesham Hamoda, MD View Bio

    Hesham Hamoda, MD

    Clinical Interests: Research and practice, child psychiatry

    School: Kuwait University, faculty of medicine, 2003

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center August 2011

    Languages spoken: English

    Special Interests: Exercise, fitness, traveling, music

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

Staff

Clinical Leadership Team

  • Chigoziri Ojuka, NP – Director of Satellite Clinic View Bio

    Chigoziri Ojuka, NP – Director of Satellite Clinic

    Clinical Interests: Family primary care, preventative care
    School: Regis College
    Joined Whittier Street Health Center in November 2014
    Languages Spoken: English
    Special Interests: Reading, exercise, spending time with family
    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Stephen Wright, MD – Lead Physician View Bio

    Stephen Wright, MD – Lead Physician

    • Clinical Interests: Urgent care, adult medicine
    • School: Tufts University School of Medicine, 1996
    • Residency: University of Illinois – Peoria
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in December 2013
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Clinical research, music
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Lorna Wilkerson, MD View Bio

    Lorna Wilkerson, MD

    • Clinical Interests: OB/GYN, women’s health issues, HIV, perimenopause/menopause, contraception, lesbian/transgender healthcare
    • School: Cornell University Medical College, NY, 1990
    • Residency: Magee-Women’s Hospital, PA
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in November 2014
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes

Satellite Clinic

  • Fadi Farah, DMD View Bio

    Fadi Farah, DMD

    Clinical Interests: Dentistry

    School: Syrian Private University

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on: 05/17/2018

    Languages Spoken: English, Arabic

    Special Interests: Reading, Gardening, Travelling

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Chigoziri Ojuka, NP – Director of Satellite Clinic View Bio

    Chigoziri Ojuka, NP – Director of Satellite Clinic

    Clinical Interests: Family primary care, preventative care
    School: Regis College
    Joined Whittier Street Health Center in November 2014
    Languages Spoken: English
    Special Interests: Reading, exercise, spending time with family
    Accepting New Patients: Yes

Nurse Practitioners

  • Lilizita Monteiro, NP View Bio

    Lilizita Monteiro, NP

  • Valery Joseph, NP View Bio

    Valery Joseph, NP

  • Sophonia Lucien, Lead NP View Bio

    Sophonia Lucien, Lead NP

    Clinical Interests: Chronic Conditions, DM, HTN, Womens Health

    School: Regis College

    Residency:

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on: 4/29/2019

    Languages Spoken: English, Haitian-Creole

    Special Interests:

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • James Rice, NP View Bio

    James Rice, NP

    Clinical Interest: Family Medicine

    School: The George Washington University

    Residency: N/A

    Languages Spoken: English

    Special Interests:

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Juliana Igbinosun, NP View Bio

    Juliana Igbinosun, NP

    Clinical Interest: Family Practice, Health Promotion and disease prevention

    School: Umass Boston BSN, Regis College 2017 MSNFNI

    Residency: Internal Medicine Cardiologist Brookline, MA

    Languages Spoken: English and Benin Language

    Special Interests: Spend time in the presence of God, Travelling and Singing

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Evin J. Howard, NP View Bio

    Evin J. Howard, NP

    Clinical Interests: Family Medicine

    School: University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Language Spoken: English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Asthma

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Julianne Ahern, NP View Bio

    Julianne Ahern, NP

    Pediatrics Clinical Manager

    • Clinical Interests: Adolescent Medicine, Asthma, and Childhood Obesity
    • MGH Institute of Health Professionals, Boston, MA, 2006
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 2/2005
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Community volunteer work, baking, and spending time with family.
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes

Dana-Farber Community Cancer Center

  • Laura Garber, Physician Assistant View Bio

    Laura Garber, Physician Assistant

  • Huma Rana – MD View Bio

    Huma Rana – MD

  • Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH View Bio

    Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH

    • Clinical interests: treating thoracic (chest) cancers, providing access to cancer care and education to Boston communities
    • School: Tufts University School of Medicine
    • Residency: Boston Medical Center
    • Joined Whittier: 1/2012
    • Languages spoken: English
    • Accepting new patients: Yes
  • Ludmila Svoboda RN, BSN, MA, OCN View Bio

    Ludmila Svoboda RN, BSN, MA, OCN

    • Clinical interests: promoting cancer education, screening, and prevention
    • School: St. Peter’s College and Columbia University
    • Joined Whittier: 1/2012
    • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French, German and Czech
    • Accepting new patients: Yes

Dental

  • Nael Sayegh, DMD View Bio

    Nael Sayegh, DMD

  • Nawar Issac, DDS View Bio

    Nawar Issac, DDS

  • Fadi Farah, DMD View Bio

    Fadi Farah, DMD

    Clinical Interests: Dentistry

    School: Syrian Private University

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on: 05/17/2018

    Languages Spoken: English, Arabic

    Special Interests: Reading, Gardening, Travelling

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Rafael Carmona, DMD View Bio

    Rafael Carmona, DMD

    Clinical Interest: Endodontics

    School: Central Del Este University

    Residency: Iberoamericana University

    Languages Spoken: English

    Special Interests: Reading, Hiking, Spending time with the family, Travelling

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Debashree Saxena, DMD View Bio

    Debashree Saxena, DMD

    Clinical Interests: To provide good care to my patients

    School: BU Henry Goldman School Dental Medicine (Currently Clinical Assistant Professor)

    Residency: BU Henry Goldman School Dental Medicine

    Languages Spoken: English + Hindi

    Special Interests: Love to spend time with my son

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Auhilda Lizardo, RDH View Bio

    Auhilda Lizardo, RDH

    Clinical Interests: Dental Hygienist

    School: MCPHS/Forsyth

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Thalita C. Andenmatten, DMD View Bio

    Thalita C. Andenmatten, DMD

    Clinical Interests: Pediatric Dentistry

    School: Faculdade de Odontologia de Pernambuco

    Residency: Danvers, MA

    Languages Spoken: Portuguese, English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Photography, Hiking, Traveling

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Dalba Naveo – DDM View Bio

    Dalba Naveo – DDM

    Clinical Interests: General Dentistry

    School: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra

    Residency: PUCMM Dominican Republic

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Reading, Travelling, Spending time with family

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Simran Grover – BDS, MSD, CAGS View Bio

    Simran Grover – BDS, MSD, CAGS

    Clinical Interests: General Dentistry

    School: Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

    Residency: DDS, MSD, CAGS

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on May 16, 2016

    Languages Spoken: English, Punjabi

    Special Interests: Cooking, Watching TV

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Thomas Zelinski, DDS View Bio

    Thomas Zelinski, DDS

    • Clinical Interests: Oral Surgery, Endodontics
    • School: Marquette University
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center August 2015
    • Languages spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Cooking, Sports
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Francisca Tan, RDH View Bio

    Francisca Tan, RDH

    • Clinical Interests: Preventative treatment
    • School: Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS, 2012
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in July 2014
    • Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese
    • Special Interests: Working with children
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Gregory Galasyn, DMD View Bio

    Gregory Galasyn, DMD

    • Clinical Interests: Endodontics, restorative therapy
    • School: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 2013
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2014
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Sports (especially basketball), computers, technology
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Ashley Paige, RDH View Bio

    Ashley Paige, RDH

    • Clinical Interests: Public Health
    • School: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 2010
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 1/2011
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Mireille Charles Alexis, DMD View Bio

    Mireille Charles Alexis, DMD

    • Clinical Interests: Prosthodontics
    • School: Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, 1997
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 12/2012
    • Languages Spoken: English / French / Haitian-Creole / Conversational Spanish
    • Special Interests: Painting and sewing
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Nurulla Diyanat, DMD View Bio

    Nurulla Diyanat, DMD

    • Clinical Interests: General Dentistry / Oral Surgery
    • School: N. Narimanov Medical University, School of Dental Medicine, Baku Azerbaijan, 2000
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 8/2007
    • Languages Spoken: English / Farsi / Urdu /Conversational Russian
    • Special Interests: Traveling, working outside (yard work)
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes