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Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program: Meet Our Residents

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Third 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!

Second Year Residents

John Brinjak, DO

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland College Park
  • Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Optimizing mental health and hygiene, musculoskeletal medicine including OMM/OMT, preventive care for the whole family, palliative care and office procedures.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: As a native Marylander, John is proud to call the DC metro region home. He and his long-time partner and their energetic dog are excitedly taking in everything Northern Virginia has to offer, especially in terms of foods from around the world and getting outdoors. John likes to spend time with loved ones and blows off steam by rock climbing.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? John applauds FFP for its balance between the rigorous inpatient intern year at a major academic hospital and the primarily outpatient senior years in the clinic and community hospital settings; as well as top-notch business training to allow for cost-effective patient care and office management acumen immediately out of residency. The most attractive feature of the program though is its strong sense of graded autonomy – as a result residents feel bound first and foremost to their patients and where it is common to hear patients refer to our residents as "my doctor."

Emma Damon, MD

Emma Damon, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: William and Mary
  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: OB-GYN/women's health, procedures, and pediatrics.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Family, anything animals (currently I have two cats), running, home projects/building things, just recently started trying to watercolor, baking/cooking, HGTV.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I wanted to be somewhere near my family in Richmond. When I interviewed with FFP, it felt so comfortable, warm, and welcoming in the office. The hospital and the program have wonderful reputations for excellent training and other specialties in the hospital frequently say how much they enjoy working with the FFP residents/program. The program also teaches us billing which, while not everyone’s favorite thing to have to learn, is necessary to learn. I wanted a well-rounded training experience because I love the holistic nature of family medicine and want to be able to treat all people of all ages in many situations. That being said, I want to do more outpatient than inpatient in my career, so I liked how the schedule weights outpatient so heavily in the second and third years. I also couples matched and my significant other was able to find a program in the area as well.

Kevin Edinborough, MD

Kevin Edinborough, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park
  • Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Sports medicine and pediatrics.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: I love the DMV and this has always been my home. I moved back here to be close to my family that is in Maryland and my childhood friends. In my free time, I love lifting weights, reading comics, video games, playing and watching sports, and going to the movies.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? This was my #1 choice and it was one of the easiest decisions of my life. The DMV is my home, so I wanted to train where I was going to spend the rest of my career. The training is incredibly unique as well in that it blends academic medicine with community medicine. In addition to that, when you are rotating through other services you are treated exactly like one of their residents and carry the same responsibilities, so you definitely get to learn a lot. But one of the most important reasons why I picked this residency was based on our clinic and the staff because they create such an amazing and supportive work environment that truly brings out the best in everyone.

Matt Harlan, MD

Matt Harlan, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Medical Areas of Interest: Geriatrics/palliative care, prenatal care, and lifestyle modification as it relates to anxiety/depression.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: I have a beautiful wife and two daughters who I love to spend time with. I like doing the "normal things" in life with them such as going to church, going to the grocery store, going on walks near our home, and playing together on a nearby playground. I also enjoy working on cars and doing home improvement/construction projects.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? FFP was my #1 choice because it is near family and produces some of the best family medicine docs around. We work out of a large and well-equipped hospital during intern year, where we get cases you wouldn't see at other places. Managing these patients gives us superior training for our future jobs as evidenced by the program’s very high board scores. Second and third year are predominantly in our outpatient clinic, which is the kind of work I want to do long term. The other reason for my choice is the faculty who are both personable and highly skilled in diverse fields within the specialty.

Marcia Mauger, MD

Marcia Mauger, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Houghton College, Houghton, NY
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Medical Areas of Interest: Pediatrics, community health, global medicine, women's health, in-office procedures and POCUS.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: My family (two daughters and my husband who is an FM intern at Ft. Belvoir), hiking, running, biking, racquetball, board and card games, photography and church.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? Fairfax Family Medicine was my top choice for two main reasons: the location (being near my husband at Ft. Belvoir) and the people. What stood out above every other program I interviewed at was: 1) how approachable, invested, and accommodating the faculty were, 2) how kind, fun, and overall happy the residents were, and 3) how warm, helpful and well-organized the amazing coordinator Kristi was. I knew I would be well-supported here in a healthy environment to actually enjoy this season of hard work. Since coming here, I have only become more pleased with my choice and impressed with the program.

Lindsey Purcell, MD

Lindsey Purcell, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
  • Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA

Medical Areas of Interest: Geriatrics, in-office procedures and mental health.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Spending time with my immediate family close by, cats/dogs, yoga and brunching.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? My reasons for choosing FFP are very similar to my other co-residents. Of course, the location in Northern Virginia where my entire immediate family resides is ideal. The program also feels like a second family. Our attendings, residents, program coordinator, and staff have been extremely welcoming and supportive since even before I started residency in July. They are genuinely interested in your well-being as well as your education. Yes, residency is full of hard work and long hours, but FFP makes this journey doable and even enjoyable.

Madeline Underwood, MD

Madeline Underwood, MD

Educational Background:

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

Areas of Interest: Palliative care, gyn procedures and nutrition.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Cooking, hanging with family, seeing live music and staying active.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? One thing that stuck with me after my interview day was the residents — they had a level of confidence in their training while also being down to earth. I also was drawn to the combination of working in a high volume tertiary care center for our intern year and the outpatient focus of our second and third years, allowing for comfort with billing and the business side of family medicine. Finally, having grown up in the area, I was looking forward to spending more time with friends and immediate family.

Keegan Weaver, DO

Keegan Weaver, DO

Education Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia
  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Full spectrum primary care, osteopathic manipulative medicine, LGBTQ medicine and global health.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Slalom water skiing, pygmy goats, yoga and family.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I had the pleasure of working with many of the graduates of the VCU-Fairfax residency program over the past 10+ years; among whom I have met some of the most knowledgeable and compassionate physicians. With the curriculum and the expertise of the faculty members I know I’m getting the best education for my style of learning. Having grown up in Northern Virginia originally, I also have the added bonus of being close to family and friends in the area, which are very important to me.

Anthony Wu, DO

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
  • Medical School: Campbell University

Medical Areas of Interest: Academic medicine

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Hanging out with my family and my youngin, playing golf with my wife, sports (I’m a huge fan of DC sports and my alma mater Virginia Tech), playing video games, country concerts and enjoying all of the great restaurants and activities in Northern Virginia.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Who wouldn't want to learn and train at the hospital in which they were born in? As a lifelong Virginian except for my time at medical school, I knew I wanted to do residency in the area. At the end of the day, the people, as cliche as it sounds, and the breadth of the training you get here is what sold me. Before going to medical school, I was told once by a physician to choose a residency program in which you will be exposed to things that you may never see again, and this program certainly gives you that opportunity. Everything was just a complete package.

First Year Residents

Caroline Crowe, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
  • Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Health disparities, in-office procedures, immigrant populations and rural medicine.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: I enjoy hanging out with my two dogs and my husband, I also love hiking, running, weight lifting, eating, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I chose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine because it was the only program I felt as though I immediately clicked with the people on my interview day. Everyone I met was extremely welcoming and their philosophy of having a work-family is truly put into practice. The philosophy of the program and its great location gives its residents the amazing opportunity of developing a work-life balance while working hard and learning a ton.


Abby Evans, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
  • Medical School: Georgetown University

Medical Areas of Interest: Women's health, procedures and preventive medicine.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Volleyball, hiking and camping, spending time with family and Survivor.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I left my interview day feeling really good about my interactions with every person I spoke with! The residents were kind and it was obvious that they got along and were happy to be going through residency together. The inpatient training intern year seemed like a strong base for education and I liked the idea of working with other residents within the Inova system. I'm also from Northern Virginia and wasn't ready to leave; I love the DMV and appreciate the variety in activities, people, and landscape that it offers.


Charles Fencil, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Saint Vincent College
  • Graduate School: Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Health equity, preventive medicine, community medicine and integrative medicine.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: I greatly enjoy spending as much time in the woods as possible, whether on a multiday hike or just a stroll. If I am not in the woods or at work then I am likely reading a book, preferably fiction, on the couch. However, where I spend most of my time is with my partner, family, and friends.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? Out of everywhere I interviewed I never found a program that just clicked so effortless with me. At the heart it was the people that I met during my brief experience with the residents, faculty, and staff that made me feel welcomed and that my residency would be a place full of great mentors and support. Outside of that, I was drawn to the program through the potential diverse interest of the faculty and the ability to become engaged in many areas of public health through the diverse interests of both the primary and associate faculty.


Lauren Joseph, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: Boston University
  • Medical School: West Virginia University

Medical Areas of Interest: - OB-GYN/prenatal care/women's health, mental and behavioral health, transgender medicine, adolescent medicine and procedures

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, enjoying the outdoors, learning new crafty hobbies (currently working on knitting), watching old Iron Chef America episodes with my boyfriend and hanging out with our two kitties.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? This program was my #1 choice and I'm so glad it was. I was looking to train in the DMV since my significant other is completing a graduate program in the area, but aside from location, the program was just so unique and stood out in a really special way for me. I loved that the program offers the best of both worlds when it comes to "opposed vs unopposed" FM — in our first year we get a primarily opposed experience in the big academic setting of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, and in the following two years we get a more unopposed and community experience at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. My interview day made me feel so welcomed and at ease knowing I would leave this program with an incredible amount of knowledge to practice full-spectrum family medicine and run my own practice effectively and efficiently. The faculty and staff here absolutely want to support us in every way possible, and it really does feel like a second family.


Vivian Lam, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles
  • Graduate School: Columbia University: Institute of Human Nutrition
  • Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Medical Areas of Interest: Preventive care, working with underserved populations, using technology to improve health and evidence based medicine.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Arts and crafts/DIY projects, board game enthusiast, turn-based strategy computer games fan and a proud cat mama (@wolff.p.w).

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I had the luxury of rotating with some of the FFP residents during my medical school years, and appreciated how inviting the team and staff were. It always felt like a safe and effective learning environment. The program has wonderful mentors from a variety of different focuses within family medicine, and I knew I would be able to find the guidance I needed to become the type of physicians I aim to be.


Natalie Linwong, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate University of Chicago
  • Medical School: Columbia University

Medical Areas of Interest: Global health, community health, peds, women's health and health equity.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Writing, podcasts, noodles, libraries, finding the best vegan dessert in any given city, beaches, advice columns, fun socks, soup, public transit and all of the Jurassic Park movies except for the third one.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I was looking for a family medicine program in the DC area to be near my partner, and FFP was a great fit. I'm interested in global health and want to be able to work internationally in the future in low-resource settings, so I wanted to build as versatile a skill set as possible. I knew that FFP would give me great training in full-spectrum family medicine, and I was really attracted to the diverse patient population in this community as well as the global health opportunities within the program. The other key piece was that everyone I met on my interview day seemed genuinely happy and excited to be here, and I really wanted to be with nice, down-to-earth people who I would enjoy working with for three years.


Camilla Maybee, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Medical Areas of Interest: Women's health, health policy, veterans' health and care in underserved areas.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Spending time with my growing family, traveling, cooking/eating and wine.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? The people, both residents and faculty, sold me on this program! I also wanted a program that had a solid inpatient focus early on to help build a foundation of medical knowledge but that would let me spend the most possible time in a clinic environment for the latter half. I love that the Inova system is a world-class organization and the benefits are fantastic. I also love that I was able to stay in the area, since my husband has a job that he loves and both sets of our parents are nearby.


Tyler Murray, MD

Educational Backrground:

  • Medical School: Tufts University

Medical Areas of interest: Full-spectrum primary care, in-office procedures and practice management.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Family, cooking, yoga, exercise, Star Wars and spending time outdoors.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? I grew up in the DMV and have definitely enjoyed starting residency so close to home. I met one of the senior residents at the Family Medicine National Conference and was drawn in by his enthusiasm and high praise for the people and the training at FFP. He did not lead me astray, I have enjoyed my experience thus far and have learned a lot. Everyone at FFP and Inova at large has been very supportive and I am excited where residency will lead me next!


Nelya Nemcek, MD

Educational Background:

  • Undergraduate: University of California - Davis
  • Medical School: University of California - Davis

Medical Areas of Interest: Procedures, practice management, and broad spectrum medicine including mental health, women’s health, preventive services and urgent care.

Non-medical Areas of Interest: Outdoor activities with my husband and friends including hiking, running, and biking (especially since COVID). For a relaxing time, I enjoy going to church, road trips, and campfires.

Why did you choose VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine? The residents and staff at Fairfax Family Practice stood out as genuinely happy and treated each other like family. I was also impressed with the balance in experience you get between working at a private practice and at one of the world's finest health systems.