Staff

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

Doctors

Infectious Disease and Special Populations

  • J. Morgan Freiman, MD View Bio

    J. Morgan Freiman, MD

    Clinical Interests: Infectious Diseases, Viral Hepatitis, HIV

    School: University of Nevada School of Medicine

    Residency: Boston University Medical Center

    Languages Spoken: English, Some Spanish

    Special Interests: Skiing, Hiking, Cooking, Painting

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

Adult and Family Medicine

  • Nikhil A. Sangave, PharmMD View Bio

    Nikhil A. Sangave, PharmMD

    Clinical Interests: Diabetes, Anticoagualtion

    School: MCPHS

    Residency: University of Southern California

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on: 5/7/2018

    Languages Spoken: English, Marathi

    Special Interests: Tennis, Volleyball

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Alexander Ocampo View Bio

    Alexander Ocampo

    Clinical Interests: Fall Spectrum Family Practice, Community Health

    School: UConn School of Medicine

    Residency: Boston Medical Center

    Joined Whittier: November 2017

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Running, Biking, Trivia, Spending time with my dog

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Dr. Robert Scardina, DPM View Bio

    Dr. Robert Scardina, DPM

    Clinical Interests: General Foot Care, Diabetic Foot Conditions, Podiatric Sports Medicine, Foot Biomechanics & Foot Orthotics, Foot Surgery

    School: California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, CA (1975)

    Residency: Beth Israel – Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

    Fellowship: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on January, 2016

    Languages Spoken: English

    Special Interests: Walking, gardening, boating, learning at least one new thing each day

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Meltem Yalcin, MD View Bio

    Meltem Yalcin, MD

    • Clinical Interests: Internal Medicine
    • School: Hacettepe University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey, 2009
    • Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2014
    • Languages Spoken: English, Turkish
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • 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 View Bio

    Stephen Wright, MD

    • 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 View Bio

    Hanieh Yaghoobi

    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 View Bio

    Jennifer Le

    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 View Bio

    Dan Phuong Nguyen

    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

  • Jessica Dacius, NP View Bio

    Jessica Dacius, NP

    Clinical Interests: Primary Care, Women’s Health, Autoimmune diseases

    School: MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center: November 2016

    Languages spoken: English, Haitian Creole

    Special Interests: Travelling, reading, interior design

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • 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
  • Somphit Chinkham, CNM, MPH View Bio

    Somphit Chinkham, CNM, MPH

    • School: Boston University School of Public Health, 1997
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in December 2007
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • 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

Pediatric Medicine

  • Dr. Elizabeth Tisei, MD View Bio

    Dr. Elizabeth Tisei, MD

    School: Loyola University of Chicago

    Residency: University of Massachusetts

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center on July, 2016

    Languages Spoken: English

    Special Interests: Teen Menatal Health, Newborn Care

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

Behavioral Health

  • Sibyl Salisbury View Bio

    Sibyl Salisbury

    Clinical Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Dimentia, End of Life care and LGBTQ issues

    School: MGH Institute of Health Professions 2010

    Languages Spoken: English

    Special Interests: Playing guitar, History, Social Justice

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • 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

  • Madeline Spinosa, RNP, CNS View Bio

    Madeline Spinosa, RNP, CNS

    • Clinical Interests: Substance abuse, integrated care
    • School: Simmons College
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2012
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Sandra Felder, MD View Bio

    Sandra Felder, MD

    • Clinical Interests: Substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Psychotic disorders.
    • School: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, 1984
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 9/2010
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Jogging, cycling, cooking
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes

Dental

  • Debashree Saxena – Dentist View Bio

    Debashree Saxena – Dentist

    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 View Bio

    Auhilda Lizardo

    Clinical Interests: Dental Hygienist

    School: MCPHS/Forsyth

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Thalita C. Andenmatten View Bio

    Thalita C. Andenmatten

    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

  • Bassel Boulos, DDS View Bio

    Bassel Boulos, DDS

    Clinical Interests:

    School: Aleppo University (Syria)

    Residency: Marseille – Paris (France)

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center

    Languages spoken: Arabic, French, English

    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
  • Jessica Liu, DMD View Bio

    Jessica Liu, DMD

    • Clinical Interests: Orthodontics and General Dentistry.
    • School: The Goldman School of Dental medicine, Boston University
    • Residency: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on May 6th, 2016
    • Languages Spoken: English and Chinese.
    • Special Interests: Spending time with families and Friends , hiking and reading
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Anil Gadre, D.M.D. View Bio

    Anil Gadre, D.M.D.

    • Clinical Interests: Prosthodontic Dentistry
    • School: Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in 2016
    • Languages Spoken: English, Marathi, Hindi, Hebrew
    • Special Interests: Reading, History
    • 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
  • Nicholas Gordon, DMD, MHP View Bio

    Nicholas Gordon, DMD, MHP

    • Clinical Interests: General dentistry, increasing access to quality care for vulnerable populations
    • School: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 2012
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in June 2013
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Running, playing basketball, kayaking, aviation, reading about history
    • 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
  • Michael Abedon, DDS View Bio

    Michael Abedon, DDS

    • Clinical Interests: Orthodontics in a public health setting
    • School: University of Pennsylvania, 1964
    • Residency: Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on 5/2002
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Reading
    • 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

Staff

Quincy Commons

  • Susana P. Castillo – NP View Bio

    Susana P. Castillo – NP

    Clinical Interests: I enjoy working with people with a variety of challenging health issues. I also enjoy working in disease prevention and health promotion within the community.

    School: Barry University – Miami Shores FL

    Residency: Clinical rotations in various outpatient settings in South Florida

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Special Interests: Reading, photography and travelling

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Chigoziri Ojuka, NP View Bio

    Chigoziri Ojuka, NP

    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

Management

  • Dr. Sameer Chinoy, MD View Bio

    Dr. Sameer Chinoy, MD

    Clinical Interests: Men’s Health, Preventive Medicine

    School: Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India

    Residency: Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center in: 2017

    Languages Spoken: Hindi, Gujerati, Marathi, Urdu

    Special Interests: Yoga, Meditation, Reading, Painting, 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

Nurse Practitioners

  • Susana P. Castillo – NP View Bio

    Susana P. Castillo – NP

    Clinical Interests: I enjoy working with people with a variety of challenging health issues. I also enjoy working in disease prevention and health promotion within the community.

    School: Barry University – Miami Shores FL

    Residency: Clinical rotations in various outpatient settings in South Florida

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Special Interests: Reading, photography and travelling

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Jade Doolan View Bio

    Jade Doolan

    Clinical Interests: Immigrant/Refugee Health, Adolescent Health, Mind-Body Wellness, Global Health Equity

    School: Simmons College (MSN), Oberlin College (BA)

    Languages Spoken: French, English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Music, Running, Hiking, Traveling, Languages

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Sibyl Salisbury View Bio

    Sibyl Salisbury

    Clinical Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Dimentia, End of Life care and LGBTQ issues

    School: MGH Institute of Health Professions 2010

    Languages Spoken: English

    Special Interests: Playing guitar, History, Social Justice

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Lauren Couture View Bio

    Lauren Couture

    Clinical Interests: Primary Care, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, Population Health

    School: Simmons College

    Languages Spoken: Some Spanish, French

    Special Interests: Spending time with family and friends, Photography, Cooking, Going to the beach

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Lorena Loci View Bio

    Lorena Loci

    School: Boston College

    Languages Spoken: Albanian, English, Spanish

    Special Interests: Cooking, Exercise, Dancing

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Emily Ferjuste View Bio

    Emily Ferjuste

    Clinical Interests: Primary Care, Women’s Health

    School: Simmons College

    Languages Spoken: Spanish

    Joined Whittier: September, 2017

    Special Interests: Traveling, Sports, Cooking

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Jessica Dacius, NP View Bio

    Jessica Dacius, NP

    Clinical Interests: Primary Care, Women’s Health, Autoimmune diseases

    School: MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center: November 2016

    Languages spoken: English, Haitian Creole

    Special Interests: Travelling, reading, interior design

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Zoe Paschkis, CNP View Bio

    Zoe Paschkis, CNP

    Clinical Interests: Adult Medicine

    School: Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIP)

    Joined Whittier Street Health Center: January 3, 2016

    Languages spoken: English, Spanish

    Accepting New Patients: Yes

  • Chigoziri Ojuka, NP View Bio

    Chigoziri Ojuka, NP

    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

  • Madeline Spinosa, RNP, CNS View Bio

    Madeline Spinosa, RNP, CNS

    • Clinical Interests: Substance abuse, integrated care
    • School: Simmons College
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2012
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • 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

Dental Hygienists

  • Auhilda Lizardo View Bio

    Auhilda Lizardo

    Clinical Interests: Dental Hygienist

    School: MCPHS/Forsyth

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

    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
  • 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

Dana-Farber Community Cancer Center

  • Dr. Huma Rana – MD View Bio

    Dr. 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
  • Laura Waldman, PhD View Bio

    Laura Waldman, PhD

    • Research interests: health disparities and health care access
    • School: University of Arizona Tucson
    • Joined Whittier: 1/2012
    • Languages spoken: English
  • 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
  • Aymen Elfiky, MD, MA, MPH View Bio

    Aymen Elfiky, MD, MA, MPH

    • Clinical interests: treating prostate, kidney, bladder, adrenal, and testicular cancers
    • School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
    • Residency: NYU Medical Center
    • Joined Whittier: 1/2012
    • Languages spoken: English
    • Accepting new patients: Yes