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Resident Biographies

Third Year

Christina Chovanes, M.D.
Temple University Medical School

Christina Chovanes, MDDr. Chovanes is a proud native of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She grew up on a farm and attended college rurally at Bucknell University, before moving to the big city for medical school at Temple. With a B.A. in Classics and Music, she brings a love of the humanities and a fascination with the human condition to her practice of medicine. Professionally, her interests include both pediatrics and geriatrics. Personally, she enjoys singing, reading, the great outdoors, and spending time with her beautiful family. On nice days she may be found cycling on Kelly Drive on a tandem bike behind her husband, with their daughter and dog in tow. Dr. Chovanes can be reached at

Renell S. Dupree, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine

Renell S. Dupree, MDDr. Dupree was raised in Gary, Indiana. She earned a B.A. in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and worked in a research lab. After working in research for several years, finishing up at the Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), she left to attend the Drexel University College of Medicine. While at Drexel, Dr. Dupree participated in the “CPR Anytime” program, a collaboration of Drexel, the American Heart Association, and Philadelphia Public Schools, by teaching students to perform hands-only CPR. Participating in this program strengthened her desire to teach, and she learned the importance of empowering the community to make a difference. Dr. Dupree hopes to give her patients this same kind of empowerment as she helps them play an active role in leading healthy lives. Her interests in medicine include women’s health, preventative medicine, and international medical missions. Dr. Dupree enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, extended family and friends, as well as her extracurricular activities, liturgical dance, traveling, cooking, and exploring local restaurants. Dr. Dupree can be reached at

Anupriya Grover, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Anupriya Grover, D.O.Dr. Grover was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She attended college at Carnegie Mellon University after which she spent some time working in Investment Banking. Dr. Grover realized that she missed many of the community-health projects she had been a part of in College. She returned to Pennsylvania in 2004 to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Post-Baccalaureate program while continuing her love of working with adolescents through her role as a Research Coordinator at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She then continued onto Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she pursued projects in medical education and serving student needs through her work in Student Government. Dr. Grover’s professional interests include women’s health, adolescent medicine, medical education, the availability of healthcare to underserved and immigrant populations, and narrative medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Grover enjoys reading, writing, knitting, riding her bike, and spending time with her family and friends. Dr. Grover can be reached at

Lauren Inners, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lauren Inners, DODr. Inners was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in Athletic Training with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, she pursued her Doctor of Osteopathy at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Inners decided on a career in Family Medicine because she enjoys the diversity of the field, about establishing long-term relationships with her patients, and the opportunity to care for patients in an acute and chronic setting. Her professional interests include women's health, obstetrics, adolescent medicine, and sports medicine. She would love to spend some time working internationally in underserved areas. In her spare time, Dr. Inners enjoys spending time with her family, baking, any and all sports, reading, and being crafty, especially jewelry making. Dr. Inners can be reached at

Yan Kiriakov, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Yan Kiriakov, DODr. Kiriakov was born in Zhambyl, Kazakhstan. At the age of eight, his family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Philadelphia, where he has since resided. He graduated from Central High School with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and went on to graduate Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. During his time at Temple University, he focused his efforts on resolving student-professor grievances as the Ombudsperson of the Biology Department. After completing his undergraduate education he pursued his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kiriakov believes that family medicine chose him as much as he chose it because of his expressed interest in providing competent, compassionate care for a wide variety of patients. Professionally Dr. Kiriakov’s ever-growing interests range from urgent care to sports medicine. His hobbies include a variety of “manly” interests such as archery, walking his boxer, gardening, and cooking. Dr. Kiriakov can be reached at

Kateryna Kiselova, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kateryna Kiselova, DODr. Kiselova moved to the United States from Kiev, Ukraine at the age of thirteen. She has been interested in health and wellness from a young age. She attended Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida and earned a B.A. in biology. Dr. Kiselova pursued her passion for helping people feel their best by attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Through her experiences in medical school, she realized that she enjoyed interacting with patients of all ages with a variety of health concerns. Dr. Kiselova felt that Family Medicine would allow her the greatest opportunity to combine her love of preventative medicine and dynamic patient interactions. Her professional interests include preventative medicine and women’s health. During her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, running, and spending time with her family and pets. Dr. Kiselova can be reached at

Nate Lent, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University Medical School

Nate Lent, MDDr. Lent was born and raised in Western New York State. After high school, he left for U.S. Army basic training. His service lasted eight years and included deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a medic. After leaving the Army, he attended Penn State’s Abington campus for college and Thomas Jefferson University for medical school. He is married with three beautiful children and enjoys coaching youth sports. Dr. Lent can be reached at

Florence Warren, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Florence Warren, DODr. Florence “Florrie” Warren was raised in Pennington, New Jersey. She is a proud alumna of the University of Scranton where she earned a B.S. in Biology and minored in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Dr. Warren earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She decided to pursue a career in family medicine because she is passionate about patient education, patient advocacy, and preventative medicine. She is also interested in nutrition, integrative medicine, and sports medicine. She anticipates that a career in family medicine will allow her to develop lifelong relationships with her patients.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, volunteering in the community, running and playing the violin.

She also enjoys spending time on Long Beach Island, New Jersey with her family and friends whenever she has the chance. Dr. Warren can be reached at

Second Year

Ronald D. Durtschi, M.D.
Drexel University Medical School

Ronald D. Durtschi, MDDrew is originally from Northern Utah. He Studied Laboratory Science and Piano Performance at Weber State University. He received a Masters Degree in Biochemistry from the Mayo Clinic where he also worked as a Medical Technologist in the Molecular Hematopathology lab. He loved working in the lab, but wanted more patient interaction. He attended Medical School at Drexel University School of Medicine. As a medical student he rotated at Abington Hospital and really enjoyed the faculty, residents, and location. On his vacations he enjoys traveling with his family learning to be a foodie Dr. Durtschi can be reached at

Tricia Cavanaugh, M.D.
Drexel University Medical School

Tricia Cavanaugh, MDDr. Cavanaugh was born in Indiana, but spent most of her life in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She attended college at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she studied both biology and psychology. Following graduation, she was thrilled to be able to continue her training in Philadelphia at Drexel University College of Medicine. There she decided to pursue family medicine because of her love for primary care and her passion for teaching. Outside of medicine, Dr. Cavanaugh enjoys spending time her with husband, family, and friends. Dr. Cavanaugh can be reached at

Michael J. L. Hurchick, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Michael J. L. Hurchick, DODr. Michael Hurchick was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He studied at Temple University, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science and English with a minor concentration in French. While working in the legal field and wishing for a change, he volunteered at St. Christopher's Children's Hospital as an Asthma Educator, as well as with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. After completing his Post-Baccalaureate at the University of Pennsylvania, he pursued a DO at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. His professional interests range from Women's Health and Medical Education to Urgent Care and working with underserved populations. Dr. Hurchick can be reached at

Tiffany Lake, M.D., M.S.
Drexel University Medical School

Tiffany Lake, MDDr. Lake grew up in Lewistown, PA. She graduated from Penn State University where she studied psychology and neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to Philadelphia and spent time conducting Parkinson’s disease research while obtaining a master’s degree in psychology from Drexel University. She then continued her education at Drexel University College of Medicine. She now lives in Elkins Park with her husband, and is looking forward to serving her community for years to come. Her professional interests include geriatrics, women’s health, and preventative medicine. In her spare time she can be found reading, sewing, or working on one of many home remodeling projects. Dr. Lake can be reached at

Kelley Ann Vandergrift, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kelley Ann Vandergrift, DODr. Vandergrift was born and raised in nearby Bucks County. She attended Rider University in Lawrenceville NJ where she earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish. At Rider, she also spent her four years doing research in a neuroscience lab. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a strong interest in neurology. While in medical school, Dr. Vandergrift realized her love of preventive medicine, and the long-term patient bonds that are formed with family medicine. Her professional interests include a strong emphasis on healthy lifestyle and preventive medicine, as she believes that a doctor’s job is to not only cure disease, but prevent it. In her spare time, she likes to find new outdoor activities to try and has recently taken up golf, tennis, archery, and rock-climbing. Dr. Vandergrift can be reached at

Alexis Sweeney, M.D.
Penn State University College of Medicine

Alexis Sweeney, MDDr. Sweeney was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Freehold, New Jersey. She attended Freehold High School and furthered her education with a double-major in Biology and English at Rutgers University. Afterward, she earned her MD at Penn State University College of Medicine where she continued writing through medical humanities and pursued research in academic family medicine. She became inspired to join family medicine through the bonds she formed with her patients and the appreciation of treating people in all aspects of their lives. She enjoys writing, martial arts, and spending quality time with her husband and family. Dr. Sweeney can be reached at

Ilana J. Zeises, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ilana J. Zeises, DODr. Zeises was born in Philadelphia and raised in nearby Huntingdon Valley, Pa. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a bachelors degree in Bioengineering with honors in Kinesiology. During her four years at Penn State she competed on the Diving team. She then continued onto Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she served as the president of the Sports Medicine Club and the vice president of the Jewish Medical Association. Dr. Zeises has always had a passion for community service. She began working with the Centre County Special Olympics Swimming team in 2008 and continues to work with the Montgomery County team today. She is drawn to family medicine because it encompasses all areas of medicine and enables her to be the first line of care for her patients. Through Dr. Zeises’ experience with competitive sports she has developed a strong interest in Sports Medicine and hopes to pursue a fellowship following her time at Abington. In her free time, Dr. Zeises enjoys training and competing in 5ks and half marathons, practicing yoga, bootcamp classes, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. Dr. Zeises can be reached at

First Year

Jonathan Andrews, M.D.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Jonathan Andrews, MDDr. Andrews was born in Danville, PA but spent most of his childhood in Dover, Delaware. After graduating from Salesianum High School, he studied biology and chemistry at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Following his undergraduate education, Dr. Andrews attended Jefferson Medical College and graduated in 2012 to perform his internship in Internal Medicine at Drexel College of Medicine. At the conclusion of his internship, Dr. Andrews then completed a 3-year NIH-sponsored basic science research fellowship in the department of dermatology and cutaneous biology at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Andrews’ scientific focus has been on abnormal wound healing and cutaneous fibrosis, specifically keloid development. Dr. Andrews has authored several publications, most recently two comprehensive review articles in Matrix Biology on keloid pathogenesis and animal models of cutaneous fibrosis (Keloids: the paradigm of skin fibrosis). Dr. Andrews has particular clinical interest in disorders of the skin from a systemic perspective and is thrilled to be a part of the Abington family! In his spare time, Dr. Andrews is an avid music fan, loves fly fishing and camping, and of course, spending time with family and friends! Dr. Andrews can be reached at

Catherine Cicco, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Catherine Cicco, D.O.Dr. Cicco was born and raised in Scranton, PA. She attended college at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and studied Biology and Health Care Ethics. She also attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated from in 2016. She is an active volunteer in the community (with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Mural Arts Philly and Philadelphia MRC).
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening and other activities such as baking (especially decorating baked goods), reading, and trying new restaurants. She is also an amateur crafter and recently purchased new “cricut” machine for craft activities. Dr. Cicco can be reached at

Andrew Fang, D.O.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Andrew Fang, D.O.Dr. Fang grew up in Lansdale and went to the North Penn School District. He graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology. Dr. Fang completed a post-baccalaureate program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in preparation for medical school. He earned his D.O. at LECOM in Erie, PA. Dr. Fang is especially happy to be back near home around family and friends while training at Abington. His interests include the family dogs, saltwater aquariums, and he also tries to be involved in his parents’ non-profit work with orphanages in China. Dr. Fang can be reached at

Darya Heim, M.D.
The Commonwealth Medical College

Darya Heim, M.D.Dr. Heim was born in Russia and raised in Schaefferstown, Pa. She attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland and graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Biology. Dr. Heim pursued her interest in the health care field and attended medical school at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pa. Wanting to treat the patient as a whole; she felt Family Medicine provided her with the best opportunities to accomplish her goals. In her free time, she enjoys road cycling, hiking, reading, trying new recipes and binge watching her favorite Hulu and Netflix shows. Dr. Heim can be reached at

Sophie Kerszberg Oh, M.D.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Sophie Kerszberg Oh, M.D.Dr. Kerszberg Oh is originally from Belgium and grew up in central Pennsylvania. She majored in neuroscience and philosophy at Smith College. She worked for several years as a counselor and case supervisor at a group home for teenage girls, then for a few years at a chemistry lab testing the purity of pesticides and makeup samples. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Within family medicine, her interests are inpatient medicine, procedures, dermatology, and women’s health. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, writing, reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband Sewon and their two dogs, Max and Mandi. Dr. Kerszberg Oh can be reached at

Nicole Newingham, D.O.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nicole Newingham, D.O.Dr. Newingham hails from the Pittsburgh area. She attended the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and graduated with a degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Sciences taking the nontraditional route to medicine. She spent time deciding what career path would suit her best. She had dreamt of becoming a physician and working alongside her father one day, but was not convinced that it was her calling. Caring for others was always the central goal, so she began a year of classes to prepare for nursing school. After being accepted to nursing school, she reconsidered her passions and instead pursued her childhood dream of becoming a physician. Following several more years of classes and neuropsychiatric research, she started her medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. There she discovered her love for learning, teaching and the idea of full spectrum community care. Professionally she is interested in integrative medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, sports medicine, and pediatric care. Dr. Newingham can be reached at

Yousef Talavari, M.D.
Howard University College of Medicine

Yousef Talavari, M.D.Dr. Talavari grew up in southern Iran, oldest of nine siblings. Since childhood he had a dream to become a physician. But taking care of his parents, who had chronic diseases, and supporting his sibling changed his educational path. He accepted a full scholarship in electrical engineering that was his second interest. He came to US on 2005 to study medicine. Dr. Talavari entered Howard University College of Medicine in 2011. Naturally, switching from engineering to medicine presented a challenge in and of itself. However, given his determination, motivation, and discipline he soon blended into the academic background with minimal difficulties. He applied for Family Medicine that he had been interested in for a long time, and Psychiatry which was relatively new for him. He matched with his choice at Jefferson’s Psychiatry program. After 3 months at Jefferson, he came to a point to do an adjustment in his journey in medicine. Dr. Talavari believed that he was the kind of person who should instead match to a specialty that is ALL inclusive. He wanted to be the kind of doctor who is able to serve each patient in all health related matters. Therefore, he reapplied for residency. And this time he matched at Abington Family Medicine. His experience in psychiatry is invaluable and would be greatly useful in his practice as a primary care doctor in future.

For fun, Dr. Talavari has a diverse set of interests which include traveling, connecting with nature, Yoga, listening to music, Jogging, and quality time with family and friends. His professional interests include procedures, women health, preventative medicine, nutrition, pain management, dermatology, and teaching. Dr. Talavari can be reached at