Providers

Adult and Pediatric Dental Care at South Boston Community Health Center

Jennifer Soncini, DMD

Medical school: 
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Board certification: 
Pediatric Dentistry
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Prana Eshaghi, DMD

Medical school: 
Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University
Board certification: 
General Dentistry
Special interests: 
Smile design, Cosmetic dentistry
Languages: 
English, Persian

Abidin Tuncer, DMD

Medical school: 
University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI
Board certification: 
Pediatric Dentistry
Residency: 
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Special interests: 
Pediatric Dentistry; Children with special health care needs
Languages: 
English

Jonathan Foster, DMD

Medical school: 
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Board certification: 
General Dentistry
Residency: 
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Special interests: 
Dental Trauma
Languages: 
English

Carla Kontax, DMD

Medical school: 
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Board certification: 
General Dentistry
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Adult Medicine at South Boston Community Health Center

Sheel Saxena, MD

Medical school: 
Tufts University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston Medical Center
Special interests: 
Sports Medicine
Languages: 
English, Hindi

Mohamed Azzam Mehssen, MD

Medical school: 
University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo, Syria
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Carney Hospital: Primary Care/Internal Medicine Track
Special interests: 
HIV Medicine, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Languages: 
Arabic, English

Linda Paniszyn, MD

Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Suru Lin, MD

Medical school: 
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston Medical Center
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Veronica Hecht, NP

Nursing school: 
UMass Amherst
Board certification: 
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Special interests: 
Family Medicine, Hepatitis C Health
Languages: 
English

Miguel Santiago, MD

Medical school: 
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
Spanish, English

Caitlin Bove, MD

Medical school: 
George Washington University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston Medical Center
Special interests: 
Hepatitis C, Addiction Medicine, Geriatrics
Languages: 
English

Elizabeth Corridan, FNP

Nursing school: 
Simmons College
Board certification: 
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English

Nika Sulakvelidze, MD

Medical school: 
University of Washington School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Colin Pierce, MD

Medical school: 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Petro Gjini, MD

Medical school: 
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English, Albanian

Matthew Cozzolino, MD

Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Megan Chapman, NP

Nursing school: 
Boston College
Board certification: 
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English

Sarah Sloan, MD

Medical school: 
Boston University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston Medical Center
Special interests: 
Women's Health, Community Health
Languages: 
English

Katherine Zeitler, MD

Medical school: 
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Pamela Cattel, MD

Medical school: 
Boston University School Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston Medical Center
Special interests: 
Geriatrics, Women's Health
Languages: 
English

Brian Schwartz, MD

Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Theofanis Kalathas, MD

Board certification: 
Internal Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Behavioral Health & Social Services

Erica Rollock, LICSW

Erica Rollock, LICSW

Board certification: 
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Special interests: 
Outpatient counseling, Group therapy, Substance use intervention, Trauma, CBT, Motivational interviewing, Mindfulness, SBCHC Youth Ambassadors Program
Languages: 
English

Emily Hames, LICSW

Board certification: 
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Languages: 
English
Keith Mantel

Keith Mantel, LICSW

Board certification: 
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Special interests: 
Anxiety, depression, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Languages: 
English
Shaun Gavin LADC

Shaun Gavin, LADC II, CADC I

Special interests: 
Addiction counseling, substance abuse disorder, court involvement, trauma issues, self-esteem building, mindfulness
Languages: 
English

Mary McPherson, LICSW

Board certification: 
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Special interests: 
Anxiety, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, affordable housing
Languages: 
English, Spanish
Kate Moschandreas, LMHC

Kate Moschandreas, LMFT, LMHC

Special interests: 
Relationship work, couples counseling, family therapy, Attachment Theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma issues
Languages: 
English

Kevin Coughlin, MD

Medical school: 
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Board certification: 
ABPN Adult Psychiatry, ABPN Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Certified
Residency: 
Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Special interests: 
Early Childhood Development & Attachment, Early Onset Psychosis, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities
Languages: 
English

Cardiology

Sheilah Bernard, MD

Medical school: 
Chicago Medical School
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Residency: 
New England Medical Center
Special interests: 
Pregnancy and Heart Disease, Echocardiography/Valvular Disease
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Dermatology

Cindy Sershen, DCNP

Nursing school: 
Boston College
Board certification: 
Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Lisa Shen, MD

Medical school: 
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Board certification: 
Pediatric Dermatology
Residency: 
Northwestern University
Special interests: 
Hemangioma, Atopic Dermatitis, Acne, Birthmarks, Moles
Languages: 
English

Eye Care at South Boston Community Health Center

Alexis Malkin, OD

Medical school: 
New England College of Optometry
Residency: 
Northport VA Hospital; Fellowship: Vision Rehabilitation at John Hopkins
Special interests: 
Low vision rehabilitation
Languages: 
English

Elena Biffi, OD, F.A.A.O.

Medical school: 
New England College of Optometry
Residency: 
SUNY State College of Optometry
Special interests: 
Occular disease, diagnostic testing, primary care optometry
Languages: 
English

Judith Darrow, OD

Medical school: 
New England College of Optometry
Special interests: 
Pediatrics, Primary care optometry
Languages: 
English

Susannah Rowe, MD, MPH

Medical school: 
John Hopkins University
Residency: 
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Special interests: 
Quality Eye Care to Underserved Populations
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Meng Meng Xu, OD, F.A.A.O.

Medical school: 
University of Montreal
Residency: 
Eye Institute at Salus University
Special interests: 
Ocular disease, Public health, Primary care optometry
Languages: 
English

Family Medicine at South Boston Community Health Center

Evelyne Chiakpo, MD

Medical school: 
University of Ibadan
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
St. Joseph's Hospital
Languages: 
English, French, German

Heather Miselis, MD

Medical school: 
Boston University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Medical Center
Languages: 
English

Jaime Skrekas, FNP, BC

Nursing school: 
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Board certification: 
Certified Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English

Thomas Hines, MD

Medical school: 
Tufts School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
Special interests: 
Families and Health, Graduate medical education
Languages: 
English

Laura Goldman, MD

Medical school: 
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Brown University Family Medicine Residency Program
Special interests: 
Women's Health, Geriatrics
Languages: 
English

Aram Kaligian, MD

Medical school: 
Tufts University
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Claudia Ma, MD

Medical school: 
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Special interests: 
Women's reproductive health, Family planning
Languages: 
English

Mallika Sabharwal, MD

Medical school: 
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Special interests: 
Women's Health, Mental Health
Languages: 
English

Isabella Brout, MD

Medical school: 
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania
Special interests: 
Addiction medicine, LBGTQ+ care, Women's health
Languages: 
English, Portuguese

Emily Geldwert, MD

Medical school: 
Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Special interests: 
Addiction, Adolescent Medicine
Languages: 
English

Candice Hu, MD

Medical school: 
Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Special interests: 
Addiction Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
Languages: 
Mandarin, English

Carolyn Arnold, MD

Medical school: 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Lidya Wlasiuk, MD

Medical school: 
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

James M. Winer, MD

Medical school: 
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Alison Presti, MD

Medical school: 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Heather Ross, MD

Medical school: 
Jacobs School of Medicine/Biomedical Sciences at University Buffalo
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English, French

Gastroenterology

Uri Avissar, MD

Medical school: 
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology
Residency: 
University of Pittsburgh Internal Medicine Residency Program
Special interests: 
Gastroenterology; Hepatology; Liver transplant
Languages: 
English

OB/GYN at South Boston Community Health Center

Thao Thieu, MD

Medical school: 
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Residency: 
Tufts Medical Center
Languages: 
English, French

Pediatrics at South Boston Community Health Center

Veronica Hecht, NP

Nursing school: 
UMass Amherst
Board certification: 
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Special interests: 
Family Medicine, Hepatitis C Health
Languages: 
English

Amelia Fisher, MD, MPH

Medical school: 
University of California, San Francisco
Board certification: 
Pediatrics
Residency: 
University of Vermont Medical Center
Languages: 
English

Elizabeth Corridan, FNP

Nursing school: 
Simmons College
Board certification: 
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English

Jocelyn Guggenheim, CPNP

Nursing school: 
Northeastern University
Board certification: 
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English

Nisha Thakrar, MD

Medical school: 
Emory School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Pediatrics
Residency: 
Children's Hospital of Boston
Languages: 
English, Gujrati

Thomas Schuch, MD

Medical school: 
Tufts University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Pediatrics
Residency: 
Children's Memorial Hospital
Languages: 
English, Spanish

Sarah Ghabbour, MD

Residency: 
Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
Languages: 
English

Podiatry

Deepa Jhaveri, DPM

Medical school: 
Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine
Board certification: 
American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: 
Plantation General Hospital
Special interests: 
Podiatric procedures and surgeries, Pediatrics, Gait analysis, Diabetic and dermatologic conditions
Languages: 
English, Hindi

Pulmonology

John Berk, MD

Medical school: 
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Board certification: 
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care
Residency: 
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Special interests: 
Pulmonary Manifestations of Amyloidosis, Pulmonary Fibrosis
Languages: 
English

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Aram Kaligian, MD

Medical school: 
Tufts University
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Boston University Family Medicine Residency Program
Languages: 
English

Elizabeth Corridan, FNP

Nursing school: 
Simmons College
Board certification: 
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Languages: 
English

Meenakshi Kumar, MD

Medical school: 
Manipal Academy, Karnataka, India
Board certification: 
Family Medicine
Residency: 
Family Medicine at Resurrection Health Care, Evanston, IL; Fellowship-Palliative Medicine
Special interests: 
Functional Medicine, Integrative Health, Palliative Care, Ayurveda, Nutrition-Food as Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, Allergies, Telemedicine, Stress, Meditation, Sleep, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Lyme, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Genomics
Languages: 
English, Hindi, Spanish