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Richard Kalish, MD, MPH, MS

Medical Director, Elder Service PlanRichard-Kalish

Dr. Richard L. Kalish is the Medical Director for the PACE program at Harbor Health.  Dr. Kalish has extensive experience in the delivery of patient-centered primary care services in the community setting. Early in his career he was the Medical Director at the South Boston Community Health Center.  He then served as the Medical Director of Boston HealthNet, a network of 15 community health centers, including Harbor Health’s Boston community health centers, Boston Medical Center, and Boston University School of Medicine. For much of this time he was also the Senior Medical Director for the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, a provider-based managed care plan with 170,000 Medicaid members throughout Massachusetts.  Subsequent to working at Boston HealthNet and BMC HealthNet Plan, he was the founding Chair of the Division of Primary Care and the Medical Director of the Lahey MassHealth (Medicaid) Accountable Care Organization.

Dr. Kalish earned his medical degree, as well as a Master of Science degree in Preventive Medicine, from Ohio State University. He also holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. He completed an internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital (which merged with Boston University Hospital to form Boston Medical Center) and a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Throughout his career he has maintained a primary care practice, which has included a significant number of elders.

Ilona Kopits, MD, MPH

Associate Medical Director, Elder Service Plan

Dr. Ilona Kopits is the Associate Medical Director for the PACE program at Harbor Health. She attended Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine for her MD and Boston University School of Public Health for her MPH. She has expertise in communication with patients and trying to achieve work-life balance. She has also participated in research with the Alzheimer’s Disease Center around genetic testing.

Julia Barbosa RN, MSN, ANP-BCJulia-Barbosa

Julia is an ANCC Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts.  Julia has experience Atrius Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.  Julia is fluent in English, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole and conversant in Spanish.

Kristen Barletta, Psychiatric NP

Kristen is an ANCC board certified Nurse Practitioner with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Kristen has been an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since graduating from Regis College in 2011. Since then, Kristen worked doing supportive psychotherapy, diagnosis, and treatment of mentalKristen-Barletta health disorders in outpatient and nursing home settings. She enjoys a strong connection with clients, by coupling therapeutic relationship with behavioral and medication interventions. Kristen is the mother of 3 children and an aging cat named Sofia. She enjoys photography, being outdoors, camping, gardening, and everything creative – from cooking to drawing to crochet.

Ashmeet Bhatia, MD

Dr. Bhatia is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Ashmeet-BhatiaCITI certified.  She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, completed her medical internship at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana India and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Mass General Hospital, North Shore Medical Center.  She completed her Geriatric Medical residency at BIDMC-Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Bhatia is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi and in her free time was a founding member of the DMC Cultural Organization.

Lady-Thelma Bolduc, ANCC Certified Nurse Practitioner

Originally from West Africa, Liberia, Lady-Thelma immigrated to the U.S. as a child and lived in Boston ever since. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Northeastern University and a Masters in Medical Science at Lady-Thelma-BolducBoston University School of Medicine. She worked in several related positions before perusing a career in nursing and received a Masters of Science in Nursing at Simmons University, formerly known as Simmons College. Before joining Harbor Health Elder Service Plan, Lady-Thelma worked as a Community Nurse Practitioner for six and a half years at Commonwealth Care Alliance providing home based primary care to patients with complex medical, behavioral, and social needs who wished to remain in their homes. Lady-Thelma loves her work and thoroughly enjoys getting to know patients’ stories.

Janaki (Jan) Fonseka, MD

Dr. Fonseka is an internist and geriatrician with over 20 years of experience in multiple care settings. She is passionate about healing and providing age-friendly, holistic, and effective healthcare in collaboration with her patients. Dr. Fonseka graduated from medical school in Moscow, Russia and completed a first internship in Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn in Sri Lanka. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she also served as chief medical resident. She went on to complete a fellowship in Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine. She then worked as a geriatrician at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston before moving to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she worked in acute care medicine for 10 years at Mess General Brigham, Wentworth Douglass Hospital.

Dr. Fonseka is fluent in English, Russian, and Sinhala. She loves to travel, experience different cultures, and enjoys being curious about a wide variety of topics.

Patricia Gillan, Psychiatric NP

Patty has been an ANCC Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and Psych NP for over 28 years. She received her Master’s in Science in Adult Mental Health Nursing from Northeastern University and did a postgraduate fellowship at Harvard patricia-gillanCommunity Health Plan. Prior to her 15 years with PACE, Patty worked in private practice, eating disorder units, and substance abuse programs. She practices using a combination of insight-oriented, supportive and interpersonal psychotherapy with medication and dementia-related behavioral management. She particularly enjoys supporting patients with substance abuse, chronic mental illness and those needing advocacy. Patty is a mother of two adult children. She enjoys walking, hiking, crocheting and being with her dog, Zeke. Maine is a favorite vacation spot.

Samantha Evans, FNP

Samantha is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) who graduated from Frontier Nursing University in 2021. She receivedSamantha-evans-bio-pic her undergraduate degree in Biology from Salve Regina University. Before joining Harbor Health Elder Service Plan, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a community health clinic in Fall River providing care for patients of all ages. Prior to becoming an FNP, she practiced as a registered nurse for seven years in various settings including sub-acute rehab, long-term care and internal medicine. She enjoys learning about her patients and developing a bond while providing patient-centered care. Samantha was born and raised in Dorchester, loves reading, and speaks English and Haitian Creole. When she is not in clinic, you can find her keeping up with her two children.

Michael Kramer, MD

michael-KramerDr. Kramer is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and received his education and training in Chicago, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and University of Illinois Medical Center. He is English speaking and has practiced Internal Medicine since 1996. Dr. Kramer has practiced in PACE programs since 2017. His training allows him the opportunity to provide comprehensive Internal Medicine and Geriatric care to those he serves. In his free time, Dr. Kramer enjoys team sports – particularly softball – and movies with his family.

Elizabeth Maffie, NP

Elizabeth is board certified in Adult Medicine, ANP, BC (ANCC) and graduated with a MSN from Northeastern Lisa-MaffieUniversity. She has been at the Harbor Health Elder Service Place since 2008. Elizabeth’s professional interests include geriatric syndromes, falls, polypharmacy, and end-of-life care. Her professional affiliations include Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Clinical Preceptor, and American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing: Nursing Practice Advisory Panel (NPAP). Elizabeth is fluent in English.

Claudia Marquez, FNP

Claudia is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and graduated from Barry University in 2012. Claudia moved to MassachusettsClaudie-Marquez from Florida in 2016 and to work at The Dimock Center, a community health center located in Roxbury. Claudia’s professional interests include complex medication management and supporting older adults increase their physical activity. She loves traveling and speaks both English and Spanish.

Christopher (Chris) Rabidou, AGNP

Chris is a board-certified adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) who graduated from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2019. He received his undergraduate degree in nursing in 2017 from MGH Institute of Health Professions and a degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before joining Harbor Health Elder Service Plan, he worked as a nurse practitioner in a community health clinic in Boston providing care for adult patients in various settings and populations. Prior to becoming an NP, he practiced as a registered nurse for an outpatient community clinic, mostly serving people experiencing homelessness. As part of his practice, he places a premium on building connections with his patients and their support system, recognizing that it takes a village to provide compassionate and informed patient-centered care.

Chris was born and raised in Massachusetts, loves reading, running, speaks English and is conversational in Spanish. When not in clinic, he is likely chasing his puppy or swimming at the beach. He is excited to get to know you and our entire community!

Judy Tran, Board Certified FNPJudy-Tran

Judy graduated from Simmons College in 2017. Prior to becoming an FNP Judy practiced as a nurse in a variety of settings but kept returning to her passion of home-based community care. Judy loves working with elderly patients and their families to meet their care goals. As a practicing FNP, she values meeting patients in their communities so she can support them medically to live at home independently and safely. She was born and raised in Boston, loves to bake, speaks both English and Vietnamese.

Francesca Villanueva, NP

Francesca is a nurse practitioner at Elder Service Plan. She is excited to get to know her patients and their caregivers.

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