Faculty from both sites comprise the Residency Leadership team.
Faculty from both sites comprise the Residency Leadership team.
Residency Director, Assistant 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.
Missy Gleckel, MDAssociate Program Director, Pawtucket Site
Family Medicine Residency: University of Massachusetts; MD: Ben Gurion University of the Negev; BA, Johns Hopkins University
Missy Gleckel is thrilled to join the faculty at Brown Family Medicine Residency. After completing residency at UMass Family Medicine Residency, she continued to practice at Family Health Center of Worcester, a federally qualified community health center in Worcester, MA. While on faculty, Missy focused on maternal-child health care, LGBT care and on teaching medical students and residents. She feels passionately about caring for urban, underserved populations and continues to relish the privilege of working with all families in the full spectrum of their care.
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 Maternal Child Health, Pawtucket Site
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.
Maternal Child Health Director, Warwick Site
Dr. Jennifer Buckley joined the Kent Family Medicine Residency program and Thundermist Health Center in September 2016, taking on the role as the Director of Maternal Child Health. Prior to her arrival, she was an Assistant Professor at the UMass Family Medicine Residency Program and a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Brown University. With the merging of the Kent and Brown Family Medicine programs in 2020, Dr. Buckley continues in her role as the Maternal Child Health Director of the Warwick site and is also the Family Medicine Maternal Child Health Chief of Kent Hospital.
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and being named to the CoSida All American Athletic Academic soccer team, she studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and then went on to complete her residency training through the Brown Family Medicine department in 2012. She stayed an additional year at Brown to complete her fellowship in Maternal Child Health.
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 maternity care with operative obstetrics, and women’s reproductive health. She is very active in the local RI Academy of Family Physicians chapter and is currently the president elect as well as a member of the education committee. In addition, she serves as the Reproductive Health Access Project RI Liaison. Dr. Buckley likes team work, doing procedures, teaching, and staying up-to-date on the latest evidence-based medicine. A lover of coffee, she delights in doing anything active & outdoors, especially with her husband and dog. She is currently seeing patients and precepting the Warwick site residents at Thundermist Health Center and practicing Maternal Child Health at Kent Hospital.
Judy has been the Education 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.
Assistant Education Coordinator, Pawtucket Site
Stacie has been the assistant education coordinator for the residency since 2006. In that role, she manages the educational conference series, coordinates resident and faculty evaluation, and organizes the Clinical Competency Committee. She also updates this web site! 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 over the last two years. In her role, she oversees the main administrative functions of the Warwick residency. 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.