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Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program: Meet Our Residents

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Third Year Residents

John Andrea, DO

John Andrea, DO

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: UMass-Amherst
  • Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Interest: Procedures, primary care, sports medicine, preventive care and clinical research.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Outdoor activities such as kayaking and playing sports, exploring DC, traveling the country to explore historical sites.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? Great people and a supportive environment most importantly. Choosing VCU-Fairfax was also important to me because the program emphasizes establishing a strong base in medical knowledge while also allowing you to figure out your own interests within family medicine.

Frances Ding, DO

Frances Ding, DO

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Tufts University
  • Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: I am interested in rural medicine, and I eventually want to practice in a rural setting. I fell in love with the pace of life while I was living in Maine, and would love to practice in rural New England eventually.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: I really enjoy hiking and being outdoors.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I chose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine because I wanted to train in a premier institution that delivers high quality care. I seek to gain strong inpatient experience, that will help me build foundational skills when I transition to a rural setting which may be limited in access to care. I also wanted to live in Northern Virginia because my husband is training in the area.

Kendall Hancock, MD

Kendall Hancock, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate:  University of Virginia, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  • Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Women's health/obstetrics  and academic medicine.

Non-Medical Areas of Interest: Spending time outside, mostly running and hiking with my dog, exploring the DC area and trying new restaurants, cooking and baking, reading for fun (when I have extra free time!), spending time with friends and family.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I loved this program when I interviewed here! Everyone was so kind and friendly during my interview day, and I felt like I could visualize myself working well this group of people. I also really liked the way the program's curriculum was organized. Our intern year is tough with a lot of inpatient rotations, but it allows us to spend more time with outpatient medicine in our second and third years. This program has been a great fit for me so far, and I feel that it will allow me to continue to grow into an excellent family medicine doctor.

Evangelia Tsapos, DO

Evangelia Tsapos, DO

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: George Mason University
  • Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Preventive Medicine, integrative medicine and women's health.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Hiking, running, biking (anything outdoors!), hanging out with my husband and my sweet dog Maddie, spending time with my family and friends, and traveling. 

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I was initially interested in this program because of the proximity to my family and my husband's work however what sold me was my wonderful experience during my interview day. Everyone was warm and welcoming and made me feel at home. A big draw for me was the structure of the program in which we spend our first year in inpatient rotations at Inova Fairfax Hospital and transition to a smaller Inova hospital for our second and third year, thereby providing us with a broad educational experience. I also appreciated that the program emphasis on resident well being and the fact that the residents feel deeply supported by the faculty and staff is a true testament to this. I'm glad I chose to make FFP my home for residency and I believe the combination of the curriculum and the strong support network will provide me with the tools to reach my full potential as a Family Physician.

Second Year Residents

Elizabeth Flory, MD

Elizabeth Flory, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Colgate University
  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Pediatrics, women's health, procedures, cost of medicine and access to care.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Hiking in the Shenandoah's and all other national parks, running as a means of exploration, restaurant exploring, taking care of my apartment plants and friend time.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? VCU-Fairfax was the perfect choice for me. I loved that the clinic is physician owned, providing more education on the business of medicine than many other programs. I also was very attracted by the schedule, with the last two years spent predominately in clinic, preparing residents to graduate with an easy transition to seeing 20 patients a day in a clinic setting. Additionally, its close proximity to DC enables many different elective experiences, and the program seemed very flexible to helping its residents achieve their educational goals. Most importantly, after doing an acting internship with the program, I could tell the residents and faculty were so down-to-earth, supportive and fun. To top it off, Fairfax Family Practice allowed me to stay in the same city as my boyfriend, stay close to a variety of transportation options to get home to see my family in New Hampshire, and continue to experience the culture and energy of NOVA and DC.

John Grimsley, MD

John Grimsley, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: George Mason University, Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Graduate: George Mason University, Master of Science in Biology and Georgetown University, Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics
  • Medical School: Georgetown University

Medical Areas of Interest: Full spectrum family medicine, preventive medicine, nutrition and weight loss evidence-based medicine, the application of research to clinical practice, practice management and medical ethics.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Spending time with my wife and kids, philosophy and ethics, sports and earning anything new.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? It has everything I could possibly ask for in residency program: A private practice with amazing faculty, associated with an excellent community hospital system (Inova Fairfax and Fair Oaks) and a strong academic foundation. All together these create an environment ideal for a wide breath of training.

Andrew Lam, MD

Andrew Lam, MD

Educational Background:

  • Medical School: University of Virginia
Lisa Li, MD

Lisa Li, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia
  • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Preventive medicine, integrative medicine and geriatrics.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Traveling, movies, trying new restaurants and writing Yelp reviews, knitting, arts and crafts and K-pop.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? It may sound cliche but it really is because of the people! I had a great time meeting everyone at FFP and felt at home during the interview process. I'm confident the program can provide a supportive and friendly learning environment that I was looking for. With our program, we get to work in both opposed and unopposed hospitals, and we start learning about business models and practice management early on. Our program also offers several different tracks to meet everyone's special interests. And last but not least, the location is hard to beat: whether you are a foodie, nature lover, runner, or history enthusiast, there is always something to do and explore!

 

Michael Lopoukhine, DO

Michael Lopoukhine, DO

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: George Washington University
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Preventive medicine, integrative medicine, pediatrics, global health and urgent care.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Travel, scuba, being outdoors/active, cooking, exploring the DC area and its new additions and spending time with friends and family.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I was taken back with VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine when I did a rotation with them in my fourth year of medical school. The residents, faculty and staff were extremely kind, welcoming, and engaging; creating an ideal learning environment. The structure of the program is mainly inpatient at first to build a profound knowledge base, but then with a focus on the outpatient aspect of family practice the latter two years. The residency gives its residents a great deal of autonomy, which only further reinforces the education they receive.

Christian Machado, MD

Christian Machado, MD

Educational Background:

  • Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Samantha Stuek, MD

Samantha Stuek, MD

Educational Background:

  • Medical School: New York Medical College
Sukruti Udeshi, MD

Sukruti Udeshi, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia
  • Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical Areas of Interest: Preventive medicine, healthcare policy, broad spectrum FM, business in medicine.

Non Medical Areas of Interest: Traveling, trying different restaurants/breweries, spending time with family and friends.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I have always had such positive and supportive experiences at FFP since I was a medical student and now as an intern. The training provided at FFP is well rounded, and practical that prepares you well for the full scope of Family Medicine, and one that is highly regarded throughout the country. There are so many opportunities to get involved in such as policy, public health, caring for the underserved, sports medicine, and learning about the business of medicine-- given the wide array of interests and expertise of the faculty. The biggest reason I chose FFP, is how warm, supportive, and approachable the faculty, staff, and my co-residents are, it really makes for a great and happy working environment. Also, being in the Northern VA/ DC metro area; there is always a ton of things to do and see, and different restaurants to try, which I love!