Faculty from both sites comprise the Residency Leadership team.
Faculty from both sites comprise the Residency Leadership team.
Residency Director, Associate Professor (Clinical), Family Medicine
Family Medicine Residency: University of New MexicoMD/MPH, George Washington University School of Medicine; BA, Cornell University
Fadya El Rayess has been a member of the residency leadership team since 2011, serving as Assistant and Associate Residency Director before becoming Residency Director in 2017. A National Health Service Corps Scholar, Dr. El Rayess worked in RI community health centers for 12 years prior to joining the residency leadership. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of New Mexico Family Medicine Residency and completed a Faculty Leadership Development Fellowship at Brown. She also has an MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from George Washington University. Her clinical interests include global health, advocacy, health disparities, reproductive health, LGBT health and care of immigrants and refugees. She is the Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration on Caring for the Underserved at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and volunteer faculty for the student clinic at Clinica Esperanza. Dr. El Rayess is responsible for the department’s global health initiatives for residents and the Family Medicine Global health Fellowship. She serves on the Brown Council for Diversity in Medicine and Brown University’s Global Health Initiative Executive Committee. In 2009, Dr. El Rayess and her family spent a year in Lesotho, Africa, where –as assistant residency director – she provided educational support for the development of a Family Medicine Residency in a small, resource-limited medical school. An avid kayaker and potter, she enjoys running, yoga, reading women’s literature in translation and spending time with her family.
Associate Program Director, Pawtucket, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Family Medicine Residency: Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program
MD, Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, BA, University of Vermont
Charlie Hackett was born and raised in Vermont, where he completed medical school, before traveling to Minnesota for residency. He joined the Brown faculty in 2018 as a clinic, FMOB, and inpatient attending. In 2023 he joined the core faculty in his role as Associate Program Director for the Pawtucket site. His clinical interests include full-spectrum primary care, inpatient medicine, and procedures (including dermatology procedures and vasectomies).
Outside of medicine, Charlie enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, jogging, and playing trivia.
Associate Program Director, Warwick Site
Dr. Arnold Goldberg joined the Thundermist team in August of 2016 as a Family Medicine Physician. With more than 30 years of practice as a Family Medicine Physician, he was Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Director of the Lehight Valley Family Health Center (LVHC). Prior to his time spent with LVHC, Dr. Goldberg was Medical Director and Clinical Team Leader of the Family Care Center at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Dr. Goldberg’s specialty areas includes diabetes care, Group medical visits, behavioral medicine, geriatrics, Suboxone care and Balint Groups.
After achieving a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA, Dr. Goldberg received his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois in a time long ago and in a distant galaxy. Dr. Goldberg was the previous treasurer of the American Balint Society and is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and he previously served as the President of the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians. Presently, Dr. Goldberg is the Associate Program Director of the Brown Family Medicine Residency Program at Kent Hospital/Warwick based out of Thundermist Health Center. Dr. Goldberg has 3 children, and now 5 grandchildren, 2 grandcats and 1 grand dog. He enjoys tent camping, Transcendental meditation for 49 years, baseball, and singing. Also he loves telling BAD DAD jokes.
Academic Director of FMOB, Pawtucket
Mary Beth Sutter is the Academic Director of Maternal Child Health. She graduated from residency at the Brown University/ Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Family Medicine Residency in 2013. She then went on to complete a 2 year fellowship in Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health at the University of New Mexico from 2013-2015. She joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico from 2015-2018 practicing full spectrum family medicine with obstetrics including operative obstetrics, reproductive health, and level 2 nursery, with focuses on substance use disorder in pregnancy/parenting and care for underserved communities. Mary Beth was an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine from 2018-2019 prior to her transition back to Rhode Island in 2019. Her professional interests include resident education in Family Medicine Obstetrics, breastfeeding, and substance use disorder in pregnancy and parenting. She enjoys baking, crafting, gardening, and above all spending time with her 3 children.
FMOB Director, Warwick
Jennifer Buckley (she/her) MD FAAFP is the Family Medicine Obstetrics Director of the Warwick site and practices full spectrum Family Medicine at Thundermist Health Center with deliveries at Kent hospital. She is also the Rhode Island AFP chapter president and a member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science.
Dr. Buckley completed her residency training through the Brown Family Medicine department in 2012. She stayed an additional year at Brown to complete her fellowship in FMOB. She enjoys Family Medicine because it has given her the unique opportunity to practice the entire spectrum of medicine while also focusing in on her areas of interest, which include family-centered pregnancy care, reproductive health, teaching, procedures, advocacy, and leadership. She is also a lover of coffee and enjoys doing anything active & outdoors, especially with her husband and dogs.
Program Coordinator, Pawtucket Site
Judy has been the Program Coordinator for the residency since 2012. In her role, she oversees the main administrative functions of the residency. Prior to her role as Education Coordinator, Judy worked in the department, coordinating the projects of two HRSA grants focused on PCMH and residency training. In a former life, she coordinated, managed, and advocated for various federally funded programs that serve low income Rhode Islanders. In her spare time, she raises three children. Judy holds a degree in Anthropology from the Dartmouth College.
Education Coordinator, Pawtucket Site
Stacie started as the assistant education coordinator for the residency in 2006. She manages the educational conference series, coordinates resident and faculty evaluation, and organizes the Clinical Competency Committee. She also updates this website! Stacie holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and previously worked in public relations for several non-profits. She enjoys learning new things (most recently knitting), yoga, and listening to nerdy podcasts.
Program Coordinator, Warwick Site
Crystal has been the Residency Coordinator for the Warwick site since 2018. In her role, she oversees the main administrative functions of the Warwick site. Prior to her role here, she worked in the Neurosurgery and Trauma departments at Rhode Island Hospital for 17 years, fulfilling multiple roles and functions throughout those divisions. She enjoys putting her feet in beach sand & reading, particularly when combined. Crystal’s formal education focused on Medical and Clinical Administration.