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Welcome to The Phoebe Family Medicine Residency Program

Shivan and I are thrilled to serve as the chief residents for the 2023-2024 academic year at the Phoebe Family Medicine Residency. Our program offers a unique blend of opportunities, providing a balanced work/life schedule, diverse patient care experiences, and a welcoming community that embraces each individual.

Being an unopposed program gives you firsthand exposure to a wide range of procedures, allowing you to gain extensive experience in various medical practices. Moreover, you'll have the invaluable support of our faculty and local specialists, who will guide you with their expertise, helping you to develop your medical acumen throughout the three-year residency program.

As chief residents, our mission this year is to collaborate with our fellow residents, utilizing our creative minds to enhance the residency and the hospital. We are committed to supporting you in all your endeavors as you strive to become an exceptional family medicine physician.

Michelle Wilson, MD and Shivan Patel, MD
Chief Residents, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency


Class of 2026 Residents

Christiana Anyanwu, DO

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Nigeria and obtained my MBBS degree from Ebonyi State University. I relocated to the USA after graduating to join my family in California. While in California, I worked in different hospitals as a clinical documentation specialist before going back to New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine for a DO degree and an MBA in progress. My passion for medicine developed from the good experiences I had from caring medical doctors that took care of me as a child in the hospital. At that early age, I decided to be part of a better experience any other patient would have during their hospital visit. Phoebe Family Medicine Residency Program has been so welcoming and has already integrated us as part of the family with excellent established learning opportunities. I am so grateful for the privilege of being here and look forward to giving my best to the community. My hobbies include gardening, cooking, singing, dancing and writing. Outside of medicine, I am a wife to my supportive husband and mother to our four beautiful children.

Jordan Bradwell, DO

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Opelika, Alabama, raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in East Tennessee. 

After shadowing my father in the emergency department, I soon learned that an occupation in Medicine would be one that involved variety, continual learning, and social interactions – all being factors that I have determined to be crucial to a satisfying career. These factors I found to be prevalent in Family Medicine, which led me to pursue this program. My interest in a medical career has further deepened as I have progressed through my undergraduate studies and research at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, graduate studies at Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee, and core rotations in Crossville, Tennessee.

My personal hobbies/interests include tennis, whitewater rafting, computer building, and autocross racing.

Jose Stervil Desinor, MD

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born and raised in Haiti for most of my childhood and migrated to Miami, Florida, with my family at 13 years old. 

I attended St. Thomas University for my undergraduate studies and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. I then worked as a middle school science teacher. Later, I enrolled at Ross University School of Medicine, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree. When applying for residency, I was looking for a program to prepare me to become a full-spectrum family physician to serve the people in my community better, especially the underserved population. I chose Phoebe Family Medicine Residency because it is unopposed, and it has the resources and support I need to grow into the family physician I envisioned. Also, the moment I walked into my interview, I knew I wanted to be trained at Phoebe as I felt right at home and truly experienced the southern hospitality.

Outside of medicine, I am a wife and a mother to a very energetic boy. I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy cooking, dancing, and listening to music.

David Dukes, DO

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I am a Georgia native, born in Atlanta and raised right outside of Atlanta-proper. I am the first person in my family to obtain a medical degree. My passion for family medicine lies in being able to form long-term healthcare relationships. It is incredibly gratifying for me to be able to monitor a patient’s progress and their health outcomes. I enjoy practicing a patient-centered approach, being able to spend adequate time with patients during their visits, and the ability to explain preventative care, disease pathology, and personal treatment plans without feeling rushed. I chose Phoebe Family Medicine Residency because I want to practice medicine in the Southeastern U.S., the program is unopposed, and I can serve underserved and disenfranchised populations, all things that I am very passionate about.

When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching and playing sports, gardening, exercising, DIY projects, video games, movies, exploring, and hanging out with my friends.

Danielle Pham, MD

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born and raised in Papillion, Nebraska. My family immigrated to the US from Vietnam in 1975 & 1990 and highly prioritized education. I graduated from Creighton University with a BS in Mathematics (2019) and then completed my medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2023). I am the first person in my family to graduate medical school, and this is my first time living outside of Nebraska!

I chose Phoebe because of the people. During my interviews, faculty and administrators were honest, respectful, and kind — and now being here, this extends to the city of Albany itself. I also wanted to be at an unopposed program where I could develop my skills to the fullest without feeling like I was stepping on other people’s toes. Most importantly, I wanted to be involved in the care of this underserved community.

Outside of medicine, I like to spend time with my family and friends, take a good nap, and explore new places to eat. My talents include Mario Kart drifting, identifying Kpop songs & artists, and being able to drink 5 cans of Coca Cola in a single day (PR). I am hoping to win my family’s fantasy football league at least once in the next 3 years. And I am a proud Slytherin.

Tsvetelina Stoyanova, MD

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Bulgaria, and at age 12 my family and I moved to Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from high school, I decided to move back to my roots and study medicine in my birth country. There I discovered my passion for Family Medicine because I witnessed the importance of preventive care and what a difference it makes for our patients.

Applying to residency, I knew I wanted to apply somewhere warm and somewhere new to me; this led me to Georgia. Phoebe caught my attention because I was looking for an unopposed program where I knew I would receive full exposure to Family Medicine. However, the program truly won me over when I saw how friendly and welcoming everyone was, which wiped away any uncertainty I previously had about choosing this program. It was also pleasantly surprising to find out that Phoebe had built an apartment complex - Flaggstone - just for residents and students. This is something that is almost impossible to find at any other program. 

Outside of medicine, I love go-karting, fitness, horror movies, and exploring new countries. I also enjoy doing all kinds of sports, driving stick shift cars and watching formula 1 races. (Go Red Bull!)

Florida Twentor, MD

Class of 2026, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. Migrated to Georgia, USA in 2011. My undergraduate education was at Georgia Gwinnett College where I majored in Biology. Throughout my undergraduate, I sought opportunities that allowed me to be of service to others, which I find immensely gratifying. Notably, my two-year experience volunteering at the surgical intensive care unit at Grady Health System prior to medical school. My medical education was at American University of Antigua. There, I continued to be of service to the community by volunteering at a care home that catered to developmentally delayed and disabled children. I completed my clinical rotations in New York, Florida, Ohio, Maryland, and California which exposed me to an array of patient populations. I am excited to be part of Phoebe and hope to use my medical knowledge to continue to serve the underserved and diverse patient population as this will serve as the bedrock to build my lifelong career as a dedicated physician.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, decorating and being with my family. Also, I might be the only Florida you’ll ever meet in Georgia. LOL!


Class of 2025 Residents

Kimberly Carrette, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Washington, D.C. to parents from the island of Dominica. I grew up in Maryland, and from a young age my parents exemplified to me what it means to be determined and diligent, while instilling me with the characteristics of generosity and compassion throughout my childhood. Through their many sacrifices, I was able to attend college at the University of Maryland, College Park where I earned my BS in psychology. While in college, I was able to gain some clinical experience and volunteer at primary care offices. These experiences grew my interest in primary care and gave me a better idea of what I planned to do with my future in medicine. 

A few years later I started my medical school training at Howard University College of Medicine where I was able to solidify my passion for primary care and provide care to underserved communities. With that background, I knew that I wanted to attend residency at a place that would allow me the opportunity to work in a community where I could address social disparities in healthcare while continuing my passion for primary care. When I came across Phoebe, I was impressed by the diversity of the faculty and staff and felt that everyone I talked to truly wanted to support me throughout my residency journey. I know that through Phoebe I will be able to excel in my passion for primary care and practice full spectrum Family Medicine. 

In my free time, I love spending quality time with my family & friends, baking desserts, playing Nintendo, and watching Disney movies!

Kirti Chakote, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Staten Island and raised in Long Island, NY. Blessed to be raised by primary care physicians, I was taught very early the principles of service to those underprivileged and the joy for being a patient’s gatekeeper of their health.

I knew that I wanted to be a great family medicine physician from a young age! To achieve this goal, I was fortunate to be accepted to the Leadership in Medicine Program, a BS/MBAH/MD program with Union College, Clarkson University Business School, and Albany Medical College, in upstate New York.

Outside of work, I am an avid sports fan (mainly college/professional basketball and football - Go NY Knicks and Philadelphia Eagles!) and like to engage in all types of intramural sports/fitness.

Soraya Djadjo, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa. My family moved to the US after I completed high school. My undergraduate education was at Georgia State University and graduate education at Ross University School of Medicine.

I chose Phoebe because I wanted to train in a smaller town and an unopposed program. The town is warm and welcoming and you truly get to experience the southern hospitality and be part of the Phoebe family.

Outside of medicine, I love to eat (definitely not cook), play video games and participate in pretty much any outdoor activity with friends and family.

Joseph Elphingstone, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

Growing up with a sibling with special needs, I developed an interest in medicine early in life; the numerous concerns my parents expressed at doctors’ visits piqued an interest in anatomy, physiology, the puzzle of diagnosis, and the hope of providing relief to my brother. However, it wasn’t until later in my educational journey that I truly appreciated the complicated nature of providing coordinated care for complex patients, such as my brother. The frustration experienced by my family inspired me to pursue a path that would allow me to promote and foster holistic and collaborative care, and what better field to pursue this than family medicine?

I spent my childhood in Calhoun, Georgia. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biology from Tusculum College in East Tennessee, where I was on the men’s tennis squad all four years. From there I pursued my academic curiosities for stem cell biology at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where I studied osteoarthritis and cartilage biology. I then returned to Georgia to obtain my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.

I chose Phoebe for my Family Medicine training for the vast educational opportunities this opposed program offers, to serve the medically underserved in Southwest Georgia, the ability to stay [relatively] close to my family, the low cost of living, and the proximity to numerous major cities and beaches. Outside of the hospital, you can find me working out in the gym, serving it up on the tennis court, or experimenting with cooking and illustration.

Edwina Henry, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in Jamaica and grew up in Kingston, the capital city. I am the seventh of ten children. I ventured to the other side of the country, where I received my bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the Northern Caribbean University. Shortly after college, my family and I migrated to the US. I worked as a health information specialist for one year before heading back to the Caribbean to pursue my medical studies at the American University of Antigua.

It was during my clinical rotations that I recognized my passion for Family Medicine. I realized that I find it appealing to manage patients of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds focusing on preventive medicine and holistic health. Nurturing long-term relationships with patients is the most attractive part of medicine to me. In choosing a program, it was important that I will be serving the underserved population. Phoebe Family no doubt embodies the qualities that I was looking for. Not only is the program unopposed, the diversity of the faculty members and residents along with the complexity of the patient presentation are some of the few qualities that attracted me to this program. To top it off I was impressed with my interview, though it was virtual there was something about each and every interviewer that made me realize that I definitely want to be a part of this team. I could see how friendly and warm the faculty and residents are which is a huge factor for me. I am humbled to be a part of this team. I am already amazed by the huge support that I have been receiving from my fellow co-residents.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy painting, hanging out with family and drinking boba, doing DIY projects, gardening, juicing, and traveling.

Thanh Huynh, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I am a Georgia native and knew that family medicine was my calling because I always wanted to help others, but to also be challenged on a daily basis.

I pursued my medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. I knew the Phoebe Family Medicine Residency program was right for me during my sub-internship as a medical student. They provided a supportive and welcoming environment where I was fortunate to be taught by residents and faculty. The program is unopposed which means I get access to a plethora of patients and procedures. It is my honor and privilege to be a resident at this program. 

Some of my hobbies/interests are cooking, weight lifting, DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends.

Brian Ritcher, MD

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I have spent most of my life in Wisconsin where I raised my children and have had two careers before concluding that I wanted to pursue Medicine. In my early adult life, I was in food services, holding a management position. I then spent 10 years in construction remodeling homes. My previous work experience has formed me as a person, I have gained a good sense of work ethic and a strong urge to always learn more.

Throughout my life I have witnessed family members struggle with health conditions ranging from Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and acute health complications. I didn’t enjoy the feeling of helplessness; I didn’t know enough to offer any substantial help. I decided to do something about that by obtaining my medical degree. My hope is that through family medicine I will be able to help guide patients through their health struggles and guide them in ways to sustain good health.

I started my education with an associates degree in business management from Edgewood College. I continued my education by earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin. During my time at the University of Wisconsin I worked as a CNA at the UW Hospital in Madison Wisconsin, which allowed me to see the innerworkings of the healthcare industry and fueled my passion to continue my education. I went on to earn my M.D from Saint George University.

The Phoebe residency program caught my eye initially because it is in a rural area, and I know how much rural areas need physicians. I wanted to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. After meeting some of the physicians through the interview process, I learned how focused they are on educating and preparing me for success.

When I am not hitting the books I enjoy spending time with my family, a good round of golf, and martial arts.

Brittney Thomas, DO

Class of 2025, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born and raised here in Albany Georgia, completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Georgia . I received my masters from Hampton University in Hampton, Virgina. I completed my medical school career in Auburn, Alabama at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Choosing Family medicine and coming to Albany was the easiest decision to make. It honestly was a full circle moment once I learned I had matched here at Phoebe. I have always envisioned myself working in an underserve area similar to the one I grew up in, so I feel honored to be able to give back specifically to MY OWN COMMUNITY.  Phoebe also stood out to me among other programs due to its diverse population I would have the ability to treat which will allow me to practice full scope family medicine on top of being  in an unopposed program.  I am very confident that once I graduate, I will have all the skills I need to be a successful competent family practice physician .

In my free time I enjoy cheering on my beloved Georgia Bulldogs, GO DAWGS,  I am a Harry Potter enthusiast, and love spending time with my family!


Class of 2024 Residents

Irenna Agazie, MD

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, the youngest of a close-knit family of 9. It was there that I learned my work ethic, watching my parents work non-stop 6 days a week. After studying Biochemistry at the University of Lagos, I moved to College Park, Georgia, where I studied Neuroscience and graduated from Georgia State University. The desire to go to medical school was born out of my personal experience growing up in an underserved community. I was driven by a passion to bridge the gap between doctors and communities like the one where I grew up, where many had some mistrust of modern medicine. What better way to achieve that goal than becoming a family physician! I decided to attend medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Athens at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, where I graduated in May 2021. My decision to come to Albany GA is due in part to the resilience that people here have demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I was also struck by my experience interviewing with the family medicine residency program; it made it feel like Albany GA was one giant family, where the residents are supported in every way possible during their training and beyond. I look forward to working together with this family to serve our community. Outside medicine, I love to spend time with my wife and two children. My hobbies include soccer, tennis (regular and table), photography, and learning new computer technologies.

Uchechi Aguwa, MD

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. I obtained my medical education from the College of Medicine University of Nigeria, after which I worked in an underserved part of Nigeria for several years before immigrating to the United States to reunite with my family. My motivation to become a family physician comes from a desire to care for people of all ages, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. I hope to provide quality patient care to patients in rural, minority and underserved communities of which Albany is one. While preparing for residency, I had the opportunity to serve as a Population Manager for Albany Area Primary Healthcare (AAPHC) and as a Clinic Liaison for the Georgia Colorectal Cancer Control Program (GCRCCP). These experiences further fueled my interest in preventive medicine, and I have learned firsthand that early detection and timely interventions are key to improving patient outcomes. I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 charming boys. I also like cooking, baking, and traveling.

Xavier Capalla, MD

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in the Philippines and spent my early childhood in the city of Iloilo. Both of my parents were nurses there as well as many other relatives in my family. We came to the United States in the mid 1990’s, first settling in Chicago before eventually making our way to the small town of Ellsworth right in the center of rural Kansas. My upbringing was unique in the sense that I got the complete rural experience in the American Heartland (complete with fishing, shooting, hunting, and baseball) while still growing up within a Filipino household. My sister Scintilla’s diagnosis with osteosarcoma in her senior year of high school really pushed me to become more interested in a career within medicine. I was accepted to the University of Kansas School of Medicine where I completed my medical degree. Though my sister passed away midway through my second year, the experience nevertheless made me more aware of the unique role health professionals play in some of the worst situations a human being can experience. This was truly humbling and strengthened my resolve to be a better human being while working to be the best physician I can be. The 2020 interview season was difficult due to COVID-19 and all interviews taking place virtually. What really struck me about Phoebe’s Family Medicine residency, however, was how honest the directors and residents were about the program’s strengths and challenges. I wanted an unopposed family medicine residency program where instructors were willing to invest in my education and development. As a first generation American, I wanted the opportunity to work within a diverse community. I believe Phoebe and the city of Albany, Georgia offered me an excellent opportunity to not only learn, but to serve and grow as a person. I have a broad range of interests ranging from sporting clays (shotgun shooting) to tabletop board games (which I continue to play with friends from all over the United States and the rest of the world through the internet). I really enjoy the outdoors and I hope to get the opportunity to fish and hunt in Georgia.

Jithin George, MD

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I was born in India and moved to United States in 2009. I attended at Temple University in Philadelphia for undergraduate studies where I majored in Biology. After that, I completed my medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. I completed my clinical rotations in California, New York, and Maryland. I love Family Medicine because of its emphasis on continuity of high-quality care, disease prevention as well as the opportunity to build strong lifelong relationship with my patients. I selected Phoebe Family Medicine residency program because it is an unopposed program, and everyone were welcoming and supportive. I am confident that Phoebe program will provide me with an excellent training in the field of Family Medicine. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Phoebe Family Medicine team Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and playing cricket.

Shivan Patel, MD

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I grew up in Long Beach, California. I finished my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology and minored in Global Poverty. During my studies, I took an interest in HIV prevention research. This interest led me to work slums in my parent’s hometown, Surat, India. I continued HIV prevention work for a few years after graduating at California State University, Long Beach. However, the most impactful experience that confirmed my decision to go into medicine was working for The Suitcase Clinic, a UC Berkeley and UCSF student/resident-run free clinic in Berkeley, California. I saw how medicine cut through socio-economic barriers to healthcare and kept the homeless and less fortunate in Berkeley on their feet when they had inadequate access to healthcare. I knew I wanted a skillset to help those in need of basic healthcare in order to survive, treat those with suffering from disease, and prevent disease. I was determined that a Family Medicine Residency would help me get these skills. The Phoebe Putney Family Medicine Residency made me feel the most supported out of the programs I considered. Additionally, my sister resides in Decatur, Georgia, where I worked on COVID-19 Vaccine and treatment clinical trials for before starting residency. Most of my extended family reside close by in North, Carolina. I am very excited to be here in Albany and honored to be a Phoebe Putney Family Medicine Resident.

Michael Sonntag, DO

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I am originally from New jersey, but I grew up in a small town in Florida called Sebastian. I grew up in a single parent household where I was raised by my mother with two siblings, a younger sister, and an older brother. I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a physician but did not know at the time what physician I wanted to be. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology from Indian River State College. I then attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama and after numerous family medicine rotations I realized my passion for family medicine. I enjoyed the physician patient relationship and the relationship between the family of those patients. Family medicine allows me to treat patients from the pediatric to the geriatric while instilling my values of preventative medicine and empowering patients with the ability to understand and manage their own health. When I first heard about Phoebe Family Medicine Residency, I did an audition rotation and worked with various residents and attendings and in that month, I got a sense of the value and caring that Phoebe put into its residents. It was at this point I knew Phoebe was the program for me. With a diverse patient population and being an unopposed residency in addition to recognizing my unique Osteopathic knowledge, I knew I would be getting a diverse and quality training at Phoebe Family Medicine Residency. My goal is to have a full scope practice in a medically underserved and rural population with my brother who is also a resident at Phoebe. I believe this program will allow me to achieve that goal.

Michelle Wilson, MD

Class of 2024, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency

I am a Nigerian-American, born and raised in Miami, FL. Ever since I was a little girl, I have dedicated my life to helping and serving others. Becoming a medical doctor was the greatest contribution I could do for those in my community. I was the first person accepted into the Medical Scholars Program, an 8-year pipeline curriculum between Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and Florida Atlantic University. The program was designed to recruit students out of high school who were committed to becoming medical doctors. It was during medical school I discovered my love for Family Medicine. The versatility that exists in this specialty coincides with my caring personality. During my third year I researched many residency programs and fell in love with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The program values resident wellness and emphasized camaraderie among the team. Although communicating during a pandemic was not easy, I was reassured after I completed my virtual interview with Phoebe that I knew this is where I wanted to be! In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, watching my favorite tv shows, and cooking.