Class of 2025

Stacey Benben, DO

 

Stacey Elizabeth Benben, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

As someone with diverse and ever-changing interests, Family Medicine is the only specialty that really made sense for me since it encompasses all stages of life for the individual as well as the family, and includes all genders, health concerns, and systems within the body. Additionally, I couldn’t be happier to have landed a residency spot with Unity Health Care in this unique and vibrant city of Washington, DC! To learn and grow in my blossoming profession with teachers and colleagues who are mission-driven, genuinely caring, and passionate about serving our shared community, especially those most vulnerable, is a sincere honor. I also look forward to learning much while partnering in health with future patients and their families - I thank you in advance for this unique privilege.

My specific medical interests include Health Equity, Health Advocacy, Women’s Health, Geriatrics/Gerontology, and Unhoused Patient Care, to name a few. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being in nature, traveling, exploring museums, making art, crafts, and music, looking at art, listening to music, nurturing my expanding indoor garden, spending time with my beloved pets, and roller skating everywhere I can!


Sach Desai, DO

Sach Desai, D

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

I choose family medicine because it is the only specialty with a relationship in its name. At Unity, I look forward to establishing relationships with DC community members in various settings. I have a passion for serving the underserved, which comes from appreciating my parents' sacrifices to help me pursue my dreams. I hope to pay this forward through my service as a physician.

As I was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, it's a pleasure to return to my hometown while progressing my career in the city love. Outside of medicine, my interests and activities include going on adventures with my fiance, trying new restaurants, traveling, sports, hiking, TVV/movies, and playing with my pet cockapoo Buckley and cat Tinker. 

Daniel Gatazka, DO

 

Daniel Gatazka, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose Unity Health Care as my residency because of my strong desire to make an immediate impact as a resident physician in addressing the underlying factors present in vulnerable patient populations. It offers a unique opportunity to both learn from and serve patients who lack key healthcare resources.

As someone who was educated in the Jesuit tradition of service to others, Unity's mission touched me very strongly in this matter. It affords me the opportunity to live these ideals every day. When I'm not treating patients or performing other clinical tasks, I enjoy spending time with my wife and large extended family in the DMV area, supporting our local sports teams (go Nats!), and adding stamps to my National Parks Passport. 

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Hope Hardy, DO

Hope Hardy, DO

University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine 

I am excited to start my career in Family Medicine here with Unity Health Care. I chose this field because I love primary care medicine. I enjoy getting to know each of my patients and look forward to treating whole families. I am passionate about preventive medicine, patient education, and decreasing health disparities. Unity's mission and training opportunities align perfectly with the physician I intend to become.

Outside of healthcare, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dog. I love traveling, hiking, camping, and pretty much any outdoor activity. I'm also looking forward to exploring the museums here in DC!

Urvi Pandit, DO

Urvi Pandit, DO

Rowan Univerity School of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose family medicine at Unity Health Care for the unique opportunity to train in a community health center and serve a truly diverse patient population. I am deeply committed to creating a lifelong partnership with my patients while providing an emphasis on preventative medicine and Unity believes in the mission of wellness at its core. 

This program fosters a supportive environment for residents who are mindful of how the social determinants of health impact patients' lives, and allows residents to receive training in specific areas such as correctional medicine, homeless medicine, and lifestyle medicine to more holistically provide patient care. When not working, I enjoy doing yoga, refurnishing furniture, traveling, and going hiking with my family. 

Evan Smith, DO

Evan Smith, DO

Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose Family Medicine for the longitudinal relationships you are able to build with patients and the community-oriented nature of the specialty. At Unity Health Care, I truly feel I will be able to make a substantial and immediate impact on the lives of those around me.

I am beyond excited to address a wide variety of needs of the underserved community here, with such an outstanding and selfless crew at Unity. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, trail running, gardening, and exploring all of what DC has to offer.