Class of 2024
Douglas Schuster, DO
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
I wanted my service as a physician to make a difference in people's lives and to genuinely help those facing significant barriers to care. The work of both the faculty and administration of Unity Health and The Wright Center clearly demonstrated to me that they share this philosophy, and are truly working to achieve social justice in medicine and community health. Every residency in the country demands long hours and sleepless nights, but despite the challenges, everyone here comes to work each day with the kind of enthusiasm and energy that only comes with loving where you work, and taking true pride in what you do there. The encouragement and support residents receive are unparalleled, I can't imagine training anywhere else.
Mary Tabakin, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I’m very excited to work with Unity’s extensive network of clinics and I look forward to contributing to the health of our diverse community. My interests in family medicine include mental health, addiction medicine, and women’s health. Outside of work I love spending time with family, in nature, and exploring hobbies old and new.
Wei-Jen Yankelevich, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am grateful I arrived at the ideal specialty and training environment for my pursuits in medicine. Family Medicine affords me the opportunity to incorporate osteopathic principles and practice in the wide spectrum of care for the whole family, may it be acute or chronic issues, mental health, substance use, or end-of-life care. At Unity Health Care in Washington DC, I have the privilege to care for the underserved families in the nation’s capital in diverse settings including our federally qualified health centers, Department of Corrections, public schools, and homeless shelters.
Our didactics and clinical exposure provide me ample opportunities to further develop my interests and skills in osteopathic manipulative techniques, lifestyle medicine, and social determinants of health. I find our core faculty and clinical preceptors passionate about teaching and mentoring. As a Ph.D., I also appreciate that my residency program provides support and resources for us to develop research projects that are pertinent to community patient care. My favorite part of our curriculum is the weekly faculty-led wellness activities where my co-residents and I can attend to our physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Living in the DC metropolitan area, my family and I enjoy hiking, savoring international cuisine, and visiting the National Zoo and museums.
Emily Silberstein, DO
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
I chose family medicine because it gives physicians the opportunity to get to know their patients on a deeper, personal level. I am especially excited to be training at Unity Health Care and to get the opportunity to learn in such a vibrant community setting. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Washington D.C., trying new recipes, and spending time with family and friends!
Sandya George, DO
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Being an osteopathic physician, the principles instilled in me naturally aligned with the values and mission of Family Medicine. Comprehensive patient care, building long-term relationships, versatile pathophysiology, and training in a diverse and underserved patient population brought me here to Unity Health in DC for my training. My professional interests include women’s health, preventative medicine, lifestyle medicine, and mental health. I enjoy cooking, reading poem books, being outdoors, and traveling outside of work.
Jacob Darnell, DO
Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I’m thrilled to be starting my Family Medicine residency at Unity Healthcare. I love how this program provides opportunities in public policy, along with emphasizing connections with the homeless and correctional populations in Washington D.C. In addition to working with vulnerable populations, the program also provides an approachable and supportive faculty. Having previously lived in the area, I was excited to return to a city with so many great museums, restaurants, and sporting events (Let’s go Washington Spirit!)