LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Our Residents / 3rd Year Residents

3rd Year Residents

Rima BicharChevon M. Alderson, MD, MPH

Scripps College, BA
San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, MPH
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I was born in Arizona and grew up in Washington State. I found my way to Southern California for college; majoring in Studio Art as an undergraduate and later earning my MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. In my public health work, I focused on Women’s Health and wrote my thesis on hospital-based healthcare response to domestic violence. I then came to Pennsylvania for medical school at Penn State Hershey. Within Family Medicine I am interested in Women’s Health, Integrative Medicine, Functional and Preventative Medicine, Medical Humanities, chronic disease care, and improving medical practice through epidemiologic research. The tangible commitment to high quality, patient-centered care paired with resident-centered learning in an environment of humanistic caring with incomparable faculty is why I am so excited to join the LGH family. Outside of medicine, I love running, getting outside, painting, watching movies, discovering new whole food recipes and spending time with my hilarious labradoodle, Belle, and my wonderful partner, Jarad.


AllportKatie A. Allport, DO

Villanova University, BS
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

I am a southern Lancaster County native and was raised in the quaint town of Quarryville, PA. As a former patient of Walter Aument Health Center, I had no idea I would ever be on the other side of the stethoscope. While growing up, I worked at Maplehofe Dairy, which produces the best glass-bottled chocolate milk. Lancaster is a wonderful place to live and I am very thankful for the opportunity to return home for residency. My undergraduate years were spent at Villanova University, where I became interested in medicine after taking courses in Biology, Psychology, and Gender & Women’s Studies. My interest grew while volunteering as a counselor at Camp No Worries, a summer camp for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Camp taught me the value of approaching medicine— and life— with compassion, positivity, and a sense of humor. Following college, I worked at SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, where I helped promote access to mental healthcare and women’s health resources in the community. I also enjoyed providing childbirth support as a member of the wonderful doula group in Lancaster. I attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I was trained in the holistic approach to medicine—caring for the whole person in body, mind, and spirit. I was drawn to family medicine for its emphasis on encouraging patients at every stage of the life cycle. I especially look forward to pursuing women’s health and integrative medicine training at LGH, while spending time with family and friends. I love running, practicing yoga, shooting hoops, hiking adventures, and caf├ęs.


AussenbergSteven E. Aussenberg, MD

Brown University, BS
The Commonwealth Medical College, MD

Born in Memphis, TN, and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at Brown University. After graduating, I spent two years in the San Francisco Bay Area inspiring students to tread lightly and joyfully on the earth as an environmental educator and mountain-biking guide, followed by two years living and working in an organic farming community alongside adults with developmental disabilities outside Philadelphia, PA. Shortly thereafter, I applied to medical school with the intention to become a family physician, which my training at The Commonwealth Medical College nurtured into reality. Now at Lancaster General, I am excited to continue cultivating my commitment to caring for patients and communities as uniquely complex and whole, whose health encompasses biological, cultural, and personal factors. My other passions include cycling – I have bicycled across the US, Ireland, and England – and food – preparing it for my partner Robyn and I (and guests!), as well as eating what others have concocted – passions I am confident the Lancaster community will preserve.


FoxJenna L. Fox, MD

Temple University, BS
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, MD

My childhood in Rockwood, Pennsylvania was filled with my family’s passion for showing Holstein dairy cattle and a medical curiosity I shared with my mother, a nurse. For college, I chose to venture to Philadelphia and study Biology, developing an interest in primary care medicine via my local and national work with the American Medical Student Association. This interest was expanded upon during medical school at Jefferson, where I continued my work with AMSA and found a new home in the AAFP. Family medicine is a great fit due to my variety of interests, including Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health, Population Health, and a general desire to care for multiple generations of families within my practice. I envision myself returning to my rural roots to practice, but I have certainly enjoyed my work with the urban underserved patients of Philadelphia. Therefore, I am thrilled to be able to practice within the diverse populations of LGH and am excited about getting involved in the Lancaster community! Aside from medicine, my interests include attending live music shows and art exhibits, playing tennis, cooking, watching old movies and addictive new shows on Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.


GoveiaElyse N. Goveia, MD

Connecticut College, BA
University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD

I grew up on Long Island, New York, in a little red house right next to our town’s public library where I absorbed any books I could get my hands on – fiction and nonfiction alike. I continued my love for reading and learning at Connecticut College, where I majored in English and psychology. It was there that two very important things happened: I met my wonderful husband Rich, and I discovered my passion for medicine that led me to complete my pre-medical studies at Goucher College in Maryland. From there I moved to Boston to work as a research coordinator for a few years, and then moved further north to the University of Vermont for medical school. It was at UVM that I fell in love with family medicine. I knew I wanted to treat all generations within a family, and to develop long-lasting relationships with my patients as I help them live at their optimal state of health. I was drawn to Lancaster General because I knew it would allow me to nurture my many interests within family medicine, including integrative medicine, prevention, nutrition, and geriatric care. Rich and I are so excited to set down roots in Lancaster and integrate ourselves into this vibrant and wonderful community! Outside of medicine I enjoy practicing yoga, running, reading, listening to podcasts, exploring farmers markets, cooking vegetarian food, and spending time with family and friends.


Heisey JamesTiara M. Heisey James, MD

Messiah College, BS
Temple University School of Medicine, MD

Originally from Ohio, I migrated to Central Pennsylvania to attend Messiah College, where I majored in Biology and Spanish, and met my husband, Jason, a graphic designer. Upon graduation, I stayed in Pennsylvania and attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, which fostered my enthusiasm for primary care. While rotating at LGH as a student, the exceptional clinical training and nurturing community influenced me to pursue family medicine. I am delighted to return to Central PA and LGH as a resident--ready to train as a family doctor with special interest in preventative medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy dancing, gardening, and making elaborate plans for my future urban homestead.


KobrinLara G. Kobrin, MD

University of Pennsylvania, BA
Temple University School of Medicine, MD

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but spent most of my childhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After completing my BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, I moved to Thailand and taught first grade for one year. My boyfriend, Will, accompanied me. When our school year ended, we traveled throughout Southeast Asia as well as India and Nepal. During my time in Asia I became interested in global health. While it was tempting to travel forever, we returned home and I began medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine, but I especially love maternal-child health. William and I are really excited to move to Lancaster and are eager to enjoy the many farmers markets, restaurants and outdoor activities Lancaster has to offer!


LeamanLaura A. Leaman, MD

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

I was born and raised in Bolton, CT, a small rural town in eastern Connecticut. Wanting to expand my horizons, I ventured to another small town for undergraduate studies in Biopsychology at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. Little did I know then that I would become captivated by Central Pennsylvania, resulting in my training not only at Penn State College of Medicine, but also residency here in Lancaster! Throughout my college and medical school career, I had the opportunity to work with migrant farm workers, as well as impoverished populations of Latin and South America, which inspired my interests in medicine and health disparities. I love family medicine because of its emphasis on community health, while maintaining attentiveness to the individual. While at Messiah, I met my wonderful husband, Kendall, who works as a mechanical engineer. Together we enjoy hiking, biking, camping, tennis, racquetball, and Frisbee.


MartinezCindy S. Martinez, MD

Boston University, BA
Drexel University, MS
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in Union City, NJ. Spent 4 years in Boston earning my undergraduate degree in Biology with a specialization in Neuroscience. I completed a Masters in Biology in Philadelphia, where my love for cycling was born but more importantly where I met my husband Rainer. The Bronx then became home for 4 years while I completed medical school. Family medicine really captured my attention during my fourth year when I worked with amazing residents and attending physicians whom shared my passion for full spectrum medicine. Some of my interests include women’s health, Latino health, and academic medicine to name just a few. When not working I enjoy being outside either going to farmer’s markets, flea markets, playing Frisbee or wiffle bat, hiking, and exploring new cities. Rainer and I enjoy cooking/hosting friends and family, trying new food and drinks, sipping on some fine coffees, and playing with our two tuxedo cats. We are very excited to call Lancaster our new home!


MatsenPhebe L. Matsen, MD

Haverford College, BS
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, MD

Since I was a child, growing up on a small farm in Chester County, I have loved the rolling hills and farmland of Southeastern Pennsylvania. For college I moved closer to Philadelphia, receiving my B.S. in Biology from Haverford College. From there I headed to the West Coast where I settled in Portland, Oregon. There I worked in neurobiology and cancer research for several years and enjoyed the area's unique beauty. I stayed in Portland to attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. Since that time my medical interests have focused on women's health, intercultural medicine, and helping patients reach their health goals. I am excited to be returning to my roots in this part of the country, and putting down new ones here in Lancaster. I look forward to learning new gardening tricks, taking horseback riding lessons, finding the best zumba classes, and exploring all the area has to offer!


MoyerBrianna K. Moyer, MD

Eastern Mennonite University, BA
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I grew up in Sellersville, PA, a suburb about one hour north of Philadelphia. I first became interested in medicine during high school when I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti on a mission trip with my church. That trip also sparked a love for traveling and I chose to attend college at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia because of the many opportunities for cross-cultural learning. During college, I spent a semester living and learning in South Africa and also took advantage of the many hiking opportunities in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. I moved back to Pennsylvania for medical school in order to be closer to my family and my high school sweetheart, Dan, whom I then married. At Penn State College of Medicine, I enjoyed getting involved in the Family Medicine Interest Group, the Christian Medical Society, and participating in medical mission trips and international health experiences. I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine as well as global health, and I am excited to be working with many people with similar interests at Lancaster General. My husband and I enjoy many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and playing with our energetic chocolate lab, Toby.

UrbanskiLaura M. Urbanski, MD, MPH

University of Chicago, BA
Drexel University, MPH
Drexel University College of Medicine, MD

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia before heading to Chicago for undergrad. While completing the pre-med requirements I studied Romance Language and Literature. After graduation I spent the next two years in Kosrae, Micronesia as a Peace Corps volunteer where I worked primarily in health education, learned to SCUBA dive, and met my boyfriend. My experience in the Peace Corps confirmed my desire to pursue medicine and public health. I love Family Medicine because it encompasses my interest in full-spectrum care, Public Health and preventive medicine, Women’s Health, and Global Health. I am greatly looking forward to opportunities I will have at Lancaster to further explore these areas! Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking and eating varied cuisine, spending time in the sun or on the water, concert-going, and reading.

ZimmermanKristina M. Zimmerman, MD, MBS

Arizona State University, BS
The Commonwealth Medical College, MD, MBS

I was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Scranton area. As a college freshman, I succumbed to some wanderlust and took a road trip out West. After exploring several states, I landed in Phoenix, Arizona. I returned to PA to attend its newest medical school – The Commonwealth Medical College – which has a vision to create empathetic, patient- and community-focused physicians. I chose to pursue medicine because it allows me to serve and connect with people while also intellectually challenging me. During medical school, I became a National Health Service Corps Scholar and officially committed myself to working for the underserved. Family medicine is the perfect fit for me and aligns with what I value in health care: coordinated care, treating the person and not the disease, prevention, wellness, and care continuity. Family medicine also gives me the opportunity to connect with patients and work with them toward their optimal health. My desire to find like-minded medical students and advocate for patients led me to become deeply involved in the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) leadership, where I have made many friends and who have become my second family. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Rob, and our basset hound, Schmu. I also love trying new things – including foods – and being outdoors. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking, kayaking, yoga, and rock climbing. I look forward to the many adventures that await in Lancaster and at Lancaster General Health.