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

    • Clinical Interests: Infectious Diseases
    • Education: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Joined Whittier in Sept 2019
    • Accepting New Patients: yes

Adult and Family Medicine

  • VILLARREAL VERDECIA, ARTURO- MD View Bio

    VILLARREAL VERDECIA, ARTURO- MD

    • Clinical Interests: Diabetes Mellitus.
    • School: Instituto Superior De Sciencias Medicas Habana
    • Residency: University Of Rochester
    • Special Interests: Substance Abuse Disorders
    • Languages Spoken: English , Spanish
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Robin Mayfield, M.D View Bio

    Robin Mayfield, M.D

    • Clinical Interests: Internal medicine / Pediatrics
    • School: Harvard Medicine School
    • Residency: UCSF and Umass
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center on: September 1, 2020
    • Languages Spoken: English , French
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Rachel Hutchins, DPM View Bio

    Rachel Hutchins, DPM

    • Clinical Interests: Pediatrics, Sports Medicine, Wound Care
    • School: Barry University.
    • Residency: Boston Medical Center.
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Reading, enjoying sunshine/outdoors, family dinners
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Joseph Marcel-Saint-Louis DeMertine, Lead MD View Bio

    Joseph Marcel-Saint-Louis DeMertine, Lead MD

    • Clinical Interests: Infectious Diseases, Heath & Development
    • School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    • Languages Spoken: Haitian, French, Spanish
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes

     

     

  • 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
  • Stephen Wright, MD – Medical Director View Bio

    Stephen Wright, MD – Medical Director

    • 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

  • 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

  • Amy Kogut- CNM View Bio

    Amy Kogut- CNM

    • Clinical Interests: Obstetrics , Birth Control, Abnormal gyn.
    • School: University of Pennsylvania.
    • Residency: Brigham and Women’s
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Ashley Olivier- NP View Bio

    Ashley Olivier- NP

    • Clinical Interests: Health Disparities, Maternal Mortality, Women’s Oncology, Contraception, LGBTQ Health
    • School: MGH Institute of Health Professions
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2020
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Dance, Family Outdoor Activities, Video Gaming, New Food Adventures, Spoken Word, Travel.
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Kimberly Phipps, CNM View Bio

    Kimberly Phipps, CNM

    • Clinical Interests: contraception, gynecological care, pregnancy and post-partum care
    • Education: Frontier Nursing University
    • Languages Spoken:English
    • Joined Whittier in May 2019
    • Accepting New Patients: yes
  • Tarcia Edmonds-Jehu, CNM View Bio

    Tarcia Edmonds-Jehu, 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

  • Lorna Wilkerson, MD, Lead Physician View Bio

    Lorna Wilkerson, MD, Lead Physician

    • 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

  • Adetokunbo Olotu, MD View Bio

    Adetokunbo Olotu, MD

    • Clinical Interests: Pediatrics
    • School: Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School
    • Languages Spoken: English, Yoruba
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Omar Alani View Bio

    Omar Alani

    • Clinical Interests: Asthma, ADHD, Pedicatrics
    • Education: Damascus Univ.
    • Languages Spoken: English, Arabic
    • Joined Whittier in Feb. 2020
    • 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

Mental Health/ Substance Abuse

  • Cynthia Carter, MD View Bio

    Cynthia Carter, MD

    Dr. Carter is a dedicated and experienced psychiatrist with a deep commitment to addressing the mental health of diverse populations including women, minorities and marginalized populations.

    Her Clinical Interests include: Interface of Law and Psychiatry, Addictions, Dual Diagnosis, Anxiety, Depression, African-American Issues, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Women’s Issues.

    She received her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine, did her residency at Yale University and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. She has been in practice for more than 20 years, speaks multiple languages, including Creole.

  • Matthew Ellam, NP View Bio

    Matthew Ellam, NP

    Clinical Interests: Culturally Competent Care and Substance Use Disorders

    Education: MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Helenita Hamer, MD View Bio

    Helenita Hamer, MD

    • Clinical Interests: General Adult Psychiatry
    • School: Federal University, Rio Grande Brazil
    • Languages Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish
    • Accepting new patients: yes
  • Oluranti Adepoju, MD View Bio

    Oluranti Adepoju, MD

    • Education: Univ. of St Eustatius
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • 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

Staff

Laboratory

Clinical Leadership Team

  • Sioufi, Habib View Bio

    Sioufi, Habib

  • 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 – Medical Director View Bio

    Stephen Wright, MD – Medical Director

    • 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, Lead Physician View Bio

    Lorna Wilkerson, MD, Lead Physician

    • 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

  • Isabella Paiva-Gusmao, NP View Bio

    Isabella Paiva-Gusmao, NP

    Clinical Interests: Primary Care, Women’s Health

    Education: MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French

  • 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

  • Ashley Olivier- NP View Bio

    Ashley Olivier- NP

    • Clinical Interests: Health Disparities, Maternal Mortality, Women’s Oncology, Contraception, LGBTQ Health
    • School: MGH Institute of Health Professions
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2020
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Special Interests: Dance, Family Outdoor Activities, Video Gaming, New Food Adventures, Spoken Word, Travel.
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Caroline Smith, NP View Bio

    Caroline Smith, NP

    • Clinical Interests: Pediatrics
    • School: Regis College
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in November 2019
    • Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Asha Kunnenkeri, NP View Bio

    Asha Kunnenkeri, NP

    Clinical Interests: Family Practice, DM, HTN, Chronic Conditions

    Education: South University

    Languages Spoken:  English, Malayalam

  • Jasmine Haque-Ahmed, NP View Bio

    Jasmine Haque-Ahmed, NP

    Clinical Interests: Family Practice, Women’s Health

    Education: Simmons University

    Languages Spoken: English

  • Daphnee Delatour, Lead NP View Bio

    Daphnee Delatour, Lead NP

    • Clinical Interests: Adult Medicine and Management of Chronic Conditions
    • Education: Regis College
    • Languages Spoken:  French, Haitian Creole
    • Joined Whittier in October 2019
    • Accepting new patients: yes

     

     

  • Lilizita Monteiro, NP View Bio

    Lilizita Monteiro, NP

    • Clinical Interests: Geriatrics, Palliative Care, Healthy Lifestyles
    • Education: Regis College, Fairfield Univ.
    • Languages Spoken: Cape Verdean Creole
    • Joined Whittier in April 2019
    • Accepting New Patients: yes
  • 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

  • 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

  • Melody Hwang, DMD View Bio

    Melody Hwang, DMD

    • Clinical Interests: Periodontology.
    • Residency: Boston University.
    • Languages Spoken: English, Chinese
    • Joined Whittier in July 16th 2019
    • Accepting New Patients: yes
  • Carlos Davila Peixoto, DDS View Bio

    Carlos Davila Peixoto, DDS

    • Clinical Interests: General Dentistry
    • School: Universidad San Martín de Porres (Lima, Peru)
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in July 2019
    • Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Helen Nguyen, DMD View Bio

    Helen Nguyen, DMD

    • Clinical Interests: Restorative Dentistry, Patient Education
    • School: UC San Francisco
    • Joined Whittier Street Health Center in October 2019
    • Languages Spoken: English
    • Accepting new Patients: Yes
  • Nael Sayegh, DMD View Bio

    Nael Sayegh, DMD

  • Nawar Issac, DDS View Bio

    Nawar Issac, DDS

    • Clinical Interests: oral & maxillofacial Surgery
    • Education: Tishreen Univ.
    • Languages Spoken: English, Arabic
    • Joined Whittier in Nov 2017
    • 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).