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Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Mentors

Julie Schirmer

Julie Schirmer, LCSW—Director, BFEF Fellowship

Ms Schirmer is the director of the behavioral science curriculum in the Department of Family Medicine of Maine Medical Center (MMC) and assistant director of the family medicine clerkship for the Tufts/MMC School of Medicine. Once thinking that she would die of boredom if in a position for 7 years or more, she has been constantly challenged and inspired in her more than 20 years as a teacher, clinician, researcher, and a behavioral health consultant in family medicine. With Bill Gunn, she is co-chair of a Northeast Regional Integrated Behavioral Health Care Learning Community. She is an author and co-editor, along with Alain Montegut, MD, of Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Global Perspective, based on their family medicine and behavioral health development work primarily in Vietnam. Ms Schirmer's favorite thing to do is to hang out with her husband and their two twenty-something-year-old daughters who are carving their own paths, despite her efforts to carve them herself.

Kathryn Fraser, PhD—Director, Mentorship Development

Dr Fraser is the psychologist/behavioral medicine coordinator in the Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency in Daytona Beach, FL since 1994. Her special interests include cross-cultural health, anxiety disorders, physician wellness, and the doctor-patient relationship. She especially enjoys one on one teaching/consultation with residents, curriculum development, and doing seminars with professional and community groups. She recently published and continues to work on articles about counseling skills of family physicians with her colleagues in the Florida Behavioral Medicine Consortium. Away from work she enjoys spending time with family, including her husband, son, and daughter; yoga, aerobic exercise, and taking walks and exploring Florida’s parks with their beloved dog (and whichever human family members want to come along). She had the incredibly rewarding experience of being a Small Group Mentor in Year 3 of the fellowship and feels privileged to serve in her current position as Meta Mentor.

Claudia W. Allen, PhD

Dr Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia, where she serves as director of Behavioral Medicine with her colleague Ted Siedlecki, PhD.  Dr Allen directs the Family Stress Clinic, a psychological training clinic staffed by psychologists, doctoral students, and residents, embedded in UVA’s Primary Care Center. Her work is currently focused on further integrating the delivery of mental health services into primary care and making the medical center a more healing, educational, and joyful environment. She loves working in an interdisciplinary setting with the vast array of psychological issues that present in primary care and is delighted to be getting a chance to mentor, and learn from, other behavioralists. Outside the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three teen/young adult children, travelling, working out, and making art. 

Melissa Arthur, PhD

Dr Arthur has been the director of Behavioral Science for the last 20 years at St Joseph's Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Syracuse, NY. The residency program is a 14-14-14, and affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has joint faculty appointments with the family medicine and psychiatry departments. Melissa is also a clinical supervisor for Syracuse University Counseling Education doctoral students. The students participate in their clinical internship by collaborating with the family medicine residents in the family medicine center. Outside of work she enjoys time with her family, two daughters, watching SU basketball, cross country skiing, and walking. She also enjoys the challenges and the privilege of working in medical education. 

Sonya Dominguez, MD

Dr Dominguez is a faculty physician at the St. Vincent's Family Medicine Residency Program in Jacksonville, FL. She has been on faculty since 2006 and has completed a faculty development fellowship and received a certification with the National Institute of Program Director Development Fellowship in 2012. She is also the medical director of Occupational Health and a certified medical review officer. Her interests include community outreach and involvement with Reach Out and Read, as well as emotional intelligence, cognitive behavioral therapy, and prevention of physician burnout. She co-facilitates a Learning Portfolio lecture series with the behaviorist at her residency, which teaches reflection and personal development to the residents. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, 8-year-old son Devon, and 5-year-old daughter Gabby, being a crazy baseball mom, yoga, photography, live music, the beach, and walking her sweet lab Ginger.

Arnold Goldberg, MD

Dr Goldberg is a faculty associate/ physician at Lehigh Valley Health Network. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1981 and completed his residency in family medicine at St. Joseph Hospital/Northwestern University in 1984. In 1994 he joined the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University where he practiced and taught for 18 years as the medical director of the Family Practice Center. He started at Lehigh Valley Health Network/USF in 2011. Dr Goldberg was the president of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Practice and is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Balint Society, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. His special interests are in diabetes care, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, behavioral medicine, the chronic care model, and group medical visits. He is now a Credentialed Leader in Balint Group. He served as a fellowship mentor 2 years ago and is honored to be serving again.

Elizabeth Klein, MD

Dr Klein has been a board certified family physician for 25 years, who started the Providence Milwaukie Family Medicine Clinic and Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency in 1999. She specializes in treating patients from birth until death and enjoys teaching family medicine in the outpatient clinic, hospital, and surrounding community. She has helped develop a strong behavioral health curriculum and integrated behavioral health specialists in the residency program. She has spoken nationally on depression screening and management in primary care, ethics in residency training, and behavioral health integration in the medical home. She especially enjoys teaching about the doctor-patient relationship, team-based care, and resident wellness. She has been married for 30 years to her medical school sweetheart and has two wonderful sons who are in college and graduate school. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and walking half marathons with girlfriends, baking, and playing piano.

George Saba, PhD

Dr Saba has collaboratively developed a relationship-centered model of family medicine for urban underserved populations through the creation of innovative training models, the rigorous study of contextual variables associated with health and illness, the development of models of care to reduce the health disparities, the mentoring of generations of family physicians and health professionals and the national and international dissemination of work for the past 30 years. As director of Behavioral Sciences and associate program director for the Family and Community Residency at San Francisco General Hospital, he has been involved in teaching behavioral science (outpatient and inpatient) and in developing the general residency curriculum. Dr Saba maintained a clinical practice in family therapy in the county based Family Health Center and conducted research in medical education and relationship-centered care. He enjoys the mutual learning of mentoring relationships and the opportunity they provide to advance his field.

Osman Sanyer, MD

Dr Sanyer is a graduate of the University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency. A native of Wisconsin, he received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Dr Sanyer moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 1986 to help develop the community health center system there. In the 12 years that followed, he delivered comprehensive family medical care, including obstetrics, to a medically underserved population. Dr Sanyer has had a faculty appointment in the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine since 1987. Since 1997 he has been the director, or associate director, in the residency program. His professional interests include family medicine with obstetrics, case-based learning, and behavioral medicine. Dr Sanyer's research interests include the evolving role of patient narratives in team-based medical care. Leisure activities include skiing, cycling, running, fly-fishing, the arts, and ethnically diverse food. His two children are currently in college.

Deb Seymour, PsyD

Dr Seymour is an associate professor and the director of Behavioral Health Education for the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency at Denver Health and Hospitals and University Health. Throughout her 21 years in family medicine residency education she has also been assistant residency director, co-director of student mental health for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, co-director of refugee mental health for the state of Colorado, primary care psychology internship supervisor, and teacher of medical school courses including the urban underserved interdisciplinary training track. The role of empathy in providing health care services is a central professional issue for her. Dr Seymour is married to Mark (a family physician), is a mom to 6-year-old Aiden, and the owner of a blue and gold macaw named Blue. She enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking, and planning ways to get to the ocean. She is excited to work with fellows again.



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