LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Our Residents / 1st Year Residents

1st Year Residents


AntonelliRay Antonelli, MD, MPH

North Carolina State University, BS
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, MD

I grew up in the tiny town of Pittsboro, North Carolina, where the tea is sweet, everything’s closed on Sundays, and a grocery run means spending an extra half hour swapping stories with friends and neighbors.
 
I was exposed to health care through my mother who is an RN, through my personal struggles with childhood obesity and asthma, and by working my way through college as a nursing assistant. These experiences sparked my interests in prevention and population health, which I was fortunate to explore further in medical school at the University of North Carolina.
 
At UNC I had the opportunity to staff our school’s free clinic, SHAC, and to participate in an NIH-funded research fellowship focused on intermittent fasting for weight loss and nutritional factors in migraine headaches. This fellowship also allowed me to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training.
 
The opportunity to continue to explore and combine these passions in a collaborative, supportive environment is what drew me here to LGH. The most important (and downright lucky) thing that happened to me while at UNC was meeting my wife, Mona Xiao, who is also a family medicine resident here at LGH. One of our favorite pastimes is going for long bike rides ending in epic meals (together we biked the Historic NC Barbecue Trail), and in Lancaster we think we have found the perfect base for these kinds of excursions. We are thrilled to call this vibrant and diverse city our new home! 
 

BelserTaylor Belser, MD

Holy Family University, BA
Pennsylvania University State College of Medicine, MD


I was born, raised, and have thus far trained in PA, remaining, as of yet, with no desire to depart from the state that has always been my home. I grew up just outside of Philadelphia in the town of Langhorne, during which time I became intrigued with the complexity of human biology, as well as the social and cultural factors that develop us into the people that we are.
 
Growing up, filling notebooks with handwritten tales, reading everywhere and anytime, and performing dramatic recitations to my guinea pig and stuffed animals, I have always been fascinated by the stories of people’s lives and I’m drawn to understand people’s motivations and goals and the experiences they reflect. Because of these interests, coupled with a desire to help others, when my childhood dream of manifesting magical powers then living out the remainder of my life in an alternate world, began to seem less likely, medicine seemed like a natural direction for me to head in. I thus began volunteering as an EMT, working as an ER medical scribe, and attending Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA, where I would eventually attain my BA in biology with minors in psychology and chemistry before completing my medical education to date, at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.
 
I have fond memories of visiting Lancaster County as a child and am very much looking forward to continuing my training here! I enjoy the wide diversity encompassed by family medicine, and I am particularly interested in behavioral health and empowering my patients to develop agency for healthy change. Outside of medicine, I enjoy getting a little lost going on long runs and hiking, reading, trying not to injure myself cooking, knitting, drinking tea, and spending time with family and friends.
 

Lynne A. Booth, MD

Lewis & Clark College, BA
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, MD

I grew up in Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont, graduating from a rural community high school in Hinesburg, VT. I moved to Oregon for college and graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2007 with a degree in International Affairs and Economics.
 
I considered a career in the US foreign service but found my calling in medicine after becoming a certified EMT and volunteering as a chemo pal mentor with the Children’s Cancer Association in Portland. I loved the Pacific Northwest so much that I decided to stay there for post-baccalaureate pre-medical work and later medical school at OHSU.
 
I am excited to return to the east coast for residency training, and especially excited to join the Lancaster General community and be closer to my Pennsylvania family. During medical school I was fortunate to do multiple rural rotations in the lesser travelled parts of Oregon and it inspired me to pursue full spectrum family medicine with a focus on the challenges of rural care. I am especially passionate about addiction medicine, maternal-child health, end of life care, and the social, structural, and economic determinants of health. I speak English and Spanish, and in my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking, knitting, swimming, and hiking. 
 

Emily E. B. Brown, MD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, MD


I grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, working alongside my family at the history museum Colonial Williamsburg. For college, I decided to move up north to attend MIT, majoring in Biological Engineering and discovering my love for science and medicine. After college, I spent a year working as a medical assistant in a dermatology office before starting medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
During medical school, I completed my family medicine clerkship at LGH and found that family medicine beautifully combines my interests in women's health, preventive care, health care for the underserved and health care reform and innovation. During that time, I also fell in love with the outdoor beauty and delicious food of Lancaster. When not working, I love to spend time with my husband Andy and my friends and family. My favorite activities include: eating ice cream, cuddling adorable animals, going dancing, hiking, running and reading. 
 


Jessica T. D’Souza, MD

University of Texas at Dallas, BA
Baylor College of Medicine, MD

I was born and happily raised in St. Louis, Missouri and have since enjoyed living in Texas. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas where I studied sociology and political science and then moved to Houston for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. I am thankful for my time in all of those places, as well as the people, warmth, diversity and food.

That said, I love to explore new places and am looking forward to the beauty of Lancaster life and getting to know my classmates, co-residents, the incredible LGH faculty, and the people of Lancaster.

My interests in medicine include medical education, adolescent medicine, and family medicine in urban underserved areas. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling and exploring local areas, anything outdoors, baking and cooking, reading/libraries/bookshops, and spending time with family and friends. I am thrilled to settle in a new, exciting, beautiful part of the country.
 

Marina A. Gonzalez, MD

American University, BA
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, MD

I spent my first 18 years in the Philadelphia suburbs and then went to college at American University in DC, where I was a history major and sociology minor. My senior thesis examined the first cholera epidemic in Philadelphia and how the medical community and the general population understood the disease through the biases of the time.
 
After college I returned to Philly, where I completed Temple University’s postbac program and then medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Along the way I developed interests in women’s health, palliative medicine, behavioral health, and am looking forward to exploring all of these and more during my residency.
 
In my free time I enjoy biking, cooking, exploring thrift stores, and finding good tacos wherever I go. Recently, I’ve been working on my cross stitching skills. I also enjoy (and can never avoid) buying too many books at the library book sale. I spend my remaining time off slowly converting my partner Steve into a cat person.
 

Alison L. Mercier, MD

University of Vermont, BS
University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD

I am a Vermonter through and through (though you might have already guessed that as I received both my BS and MD from the University of Vermont).  However; I took a “break” from Vermont and ventured west to Colorado after undergrad, swapping little mountains for big ones (#powder), and a small town with a big city. It was there I found joy in connecting with older adults as I worked with them to navigate the health and social services system through a mobile health promotion clinic, HealthSET. This fueled the spark to apply to medical school, and the call to family medicine.
 
Many things make me tick; I have picked up more interests than I know what to do with. Of particular interest, however; is geriatrics and end of life care, mental health and substance abuse as well as prevention and wellness. I am excited to explore these avenues further with the wonderful team at Lancaster!
 
In my spare time, I am an avid soccer player, yogi, who also likes to climb and hike things. When not being physically active, I enjoy a good game of cards, checking out live music or tasting my way through town.
 

Hannah Miller, MD

Pennsylvania State University, BS
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and several members of my family still live in the area. After high school, I ventured further into central Pennsylvania where I studied biology at Penn State University. My time at Penn State sparked an interest in medicine as a career and I found my way to Penn State’s medical school located in Hershey, PA. 
 
During my time in Hershey, I was drawn to the diverse patient population and variety of opportunities within Family Medicine. I am thrilled to be returning to Lancaster to continue my training at LGH and serve my hometown community. At this point, I have particular interest in sports medicine.
 
Outside of medicine, I am a self-proclaimed foodie and contrast this with lots of time in the gym. I am also a big sports fan and love cheering on Penn State in Happy Valley whenever I have the chance.
 

Kelly K. Phillips, MD

Georgetown University, BA
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, MD

I was born and raised in Lancaster County and I am very excited to return home and join the Lancaster General Health family. I spent my undergraduate years in Washington, DC at Georgetown University where I majored in Linguistics. I particularly focused my studies on doctor-patient communication and cross-cultural communication. I, then, moved to Philadelphia to earn my medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
 
During medical school, I have especially enjoyed my involvement in the student leadership of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. My clinical interests include full-spectrum family medicine, hospice and palliative care, and addiction medicine.
 
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking ballet classes, skiing, and traveling.
 

Michael K. Robinson II, MD, MPH

Wake Forest University, BA
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, MPH
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD

I was born in Charlotte, NC, where I grew up for most of my childhood. I matriculated to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem for my undergraduate studies, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Chemistry and Spanish. I am a very proud Demon Deacon! In between my undergraduate and medical school training, I did a year of service with AmeriCorps through the program City Year Seattle. In this program, I joined 70 other volunteers working as tutors and mentors to underserved students at schools in the Seattle metro area.
 
From there, I went back to NC for medical school, spending five years at UNC School of Medicine to obtain my MD and MPH (despite being at UNC for half a decade, I remain loyal to my Deacs). I also became good friends with Mona and Ray at UNC, and am very excited that we will all be together at LGH!
 
I knew coming into medical school that I wanted to pursue a career in family medicine and work with underserved populations, which remains a goal of mine to this day. I am also interested in addiction medicine, mental health advocacy, and the intersection between individual medicine and public health. I was drawn to Lancaster General due to the outstanding faculty that I met, the program’s commitment to care for the underserved, as well as the opportunity to train in both a rural and urban medical setting.
 
My interests outside of medicine include following sports (primarily NBA, college basketball, NFL), playing sports (soccer and basketball), photography, reading, travelling, and going to the gym. I am proficient in Spanish and am very interested in serving the Hispanic/Latino community.
 

Jonathan K. Wood, MD, MBA

Yale University, BA
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, MD

Although born in Texas (with a little soil from Yankee Stadium sprinkled under the hospital bed), I’m a rural New Englander at heart, having grown up in bucolic northwestern Connecticut. I went to college at Yale, where I flirted with pre-med but opted to study the Classics and join the Air Force first. For over seven years I had the privilege of serving with incredible, dedicated special operations teammates around the world; but in time I felt called into a more intimate kind of service to my neighbors through medicine. So at the tender age of 31 I left the military, started Goucher’s post-baccalaureate pre-med program and found my way to Penn for medical school and Wharton’s Healthcare MBA.
 
Along the way, I became excited about church-based community development, and lived intentionally in west Baltimore and north Philadelphia. Living in the inner city helped me see the complex social roots of medical problems, but also the dignity and hidden strengths of underserved communities. My dream is to live in community with my patients one day, working alongside them toward physical, socioeconomic, and spiritual healing.
 
Full-spectrum Family Medicine, particularly as taught at Lancaster’s excellent program, is exciting to me because it uniquely addresses the whole patient within their social context. Outside the hospital, you might find me hiking (I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013) or trying to catch a free standby flight out of Philadelphia with my beautiful wife, who’s both a pilot for American Airlines and an aspiring Lancaster flower farmer.
 

Mona Xiao, MD, MBA

Duke University, BS
UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business, MBA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, MD

I moved to North Carolina at the age of two and have lived in the Land Of The Pines pretty much ever since (aside from one year in Wisconsin, and until now!). In college I studied the evolution of human cognition and cooperation, but it was in volunteering at a downtown Durham health advocacy organization that I found people in their completely un-theoretical communities to be infinitely more wonderful and compelling.
 
After graduation I glimpsed the world of clinical workflows from the much maligned IT perspective in my work as an implementation consultant for Epic. Finding myself not the best at providing tech support to frustrated clinicians and wanting very much for more direct interactions with patients, I was fortunate to be accepted into medical school at UNC. Some of my favorite med school experiences included staffing a continuity patient panel at SHAC, UNC’s interdisciplinary student-run free clinic (alongside TWO of my then-future LGH co-residents, Mikey Rob and Ray!) and writing parody lyrics for our class’s Skit Night performance each year. 
 
When Ray and I visited Lancaster on our interview day (we couples matched) we fell in love with the warm and collaborative culture at LGH and the quirky and diverse region. We are so excited to continue learning about underserved care, rural medicine, and systems-level process improvements throughout our training, and I have specific interests in women’s health and physician leadership. 
 
Outside of work I may be found buying too much stationery, spending time with Ray, and wanting more to eat.
 

Alice Zhang, MD

Duke University, BS
University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA but moved across the state and spent my formative years in the suburbs of Philadelphia near Valley Forge. I went to Duke University for my undergraduate studies and majored in biology, with a concentration in marine biology.
 
While at Duke, I developed a love for global health and obtained a certificate in global health as well. I deferred my admission to medical school to pursue a research fellowship in Australia, studying health disparities in Aboriginal Australians. As much as I loved Australia, I came back and attended medical school in Baltimore at the University of Maryland.
 
I still had my global health itch and took a year off in medical school to do another research fellowship in China, this time focusing on HIV cure. I’m looking forward to returning to my home state of Pennsylvania to train at Lancaster. I have a strong passion for global health, community medicine, and behavioral health and hope to integrate my family medicine training with public health work in the future.
 
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, drinking tea, visiting art museums, and running.