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CURRENT RESIDENTS

Get to know our residents who come from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds.

Two female PMLGH Residents

Allie Hecht, DO

Resident

McGill University, BS
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

I grew up in Westfield, New Jersey. Yearning to explore and learn in a new environment, I moved to Montreal, QC where I attended McGill University for my undergraduate degree in anatomy and cell biology. After university, I moved to Brooklyn, NY, where I participated in a service corps program, working full-time at Community Healthcare Network organizing classes in complementary medical therapies such as yoga, meditation, reiki and acupuncture in under-resourced communities in NYC. My passion for medicine was always woven into my passion for community healing and integrative approaches to care, which lead me to pursue my medical education at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

The summer after my first year of medical school, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kula Collective, strengthening my understanding of the spiritual and physical practice of yoga, with the intention of bringing these principles and skills into my practice of medicine. Throughout my time in medical school, I co-founded Students for Integrative Medicine and became involved with Medical Students for Choice, advocating for reproductive health rights. I am so thrilled to be joining the Family Medicine Residency Program at LGH, where I can train in both urban and rural under-resourced communities in Lancaster County and develop my passions in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), integrative medicine and reproductive health. Outside of medicine, you might find me cooking plant-based meals, singing, playing piano or guitar, hiking or spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Leila E. Hilal, MD

Resident

University of Pittsburgh, BS
Drexel University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh (affectionately called “The Burgh”), where I spent 22 years of my life. I grew up with three other siblings, one of whom is my identical twin and will also be my coresident at Lancaster General! I spent most of my childhood playing my violin in classical ensembles but was drawn toward the health-care field after spending a lot of time playing my instrument in hospitals. I attended the University of Pittsburgh for my undergraduate education where I studied biology and minored in chemistry and French.

I then moved to Philadelphia for my medical training at Drexel University College of Medicine. I ended up falling in love with the field of family medicine during my clinical rotations. Family medicine felt like home, with its wide variety of experiences and deep compassion for the community we serve. Despite loving the breadth that family medicine has to offer, I do have developing interests for certain fields. I worked as an intern in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in the Opioid Outreach office and at Prevention Point which deepened my passion for addiction medicine. In addition, I also really enjoy women’s health, which developed out of working at a women and children’s shelter during medical school.

Outside of medicine, I love cooking big Lebanese meals for friends and family, going hiking, playing my violin (or jamming with any musician I can find), sewing, throwing a frisbee, and trying my hand at photography. I am excited to become part of the Lancaster community and start training alongside some incredible people at LGH!

Olivia E. Hilal, MD

Resident

University of Pittsburgh, BS
Drexel University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in the city of bridges, the town of old steel mills, and Heinz Ketchup–Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My earlier years were spent performing my viola all over the city, the country, and sometimes across the Atlantic in our family string quartet. Music has always brought me a lot of joy, and I’d often find myself performing for patients at hospitals to share that joy and peace with them. I closed out my chapter in Pittsburgh by attending the University of Pittsburgh where I majored in Biology and minored in French—an ode to my French-speaking Lebanese family as my father is from Beirut.

Philadelphia was the next place to call home, where I spent my medical training at Drexel alongside my best friend, who happens to be my twin sister. I spent a lot of time in the smaller suburbs of Philadelphia during my training and fell in love with providing care for my community and understanding how to be of service to its needs. During the last two years of medical school, I completed my clinical years in hospitals in both the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas.

Although big city life was an exciting change, I dreamed of moving somewhere where community is the backbone of the town and neighbors take care of each other. Close to a decade ago, my sister and I had our first experience with Lancaster after performing in a regional orchestra, and now we are so excited to call this beautiful city our home. Above all, I love the broad scope of family medicine, and have also developed an interest in palliative/geriatric and addiction medicine.

When I’m not at the hospital, I’m most likely outside hiking a local trail, whipping up a big batch of middle eastern grape-leaves, or singing and playing my guitar with friends.

Khadija Jones-Shelton, DO, MS

Resident

Darton State College, AS
Emory University, BS
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, MS

I am a true southerner from Thomas County; however, I am proud to say I was raised in Barwick, Georgia, a lovely rural town in South Georgia. Barwick is small in size, but big at heart! My first major exposure to medicine was in first grade when I had open-heart surgery. Growing up, I remained a truly adventurous kid and participated in many sports and outdoor events such as basketball, track and field, softball, cheerleading, and fishing.

Through my passion for basketball and playing the point guard position, I began my journey to my first undergraduate college. I attended Darton State College (DSC), acquired my Associate of Science degree, and had a full athletic scholarship for basketball. Upon completing my time at DSC, I attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, for my Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. I decided to obtain my Master of Biomedical Science with a concentration in medical simulation from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). I ultimately attended PCOM for my medical school degree.

Growing up in a medically underserved area fueled my interest in rural medicine and my decision to pursue a career in family medicine. I dedicated my time volunteering at various community service events throughout my collegiate years, advocating for holistic and quality health care, and mentoring the next generation of physicians in medically underserved areas. My passions in family medicine are medically underserved populations, women’s health, obstetrics, full-spectrum care, and sports medicine. I was fortunate and thankful to rotate at Lancaster General Hospital for my clinical rotations. I was exposed to the fantastic patient population and faculty at LGH, making the decision to move from Georgia to Pennsylvania easy!

I enjoy being a cat mom, listening to music, watching Disney Plus/Netflix with my husband, crafting, playing basketball, spending time with family outside of medicine, and photography. I am genuinely excited and humbled at the opportunity to call Lancaster my new home, continue my medical training at LGH, and be surrounded by a community with so much diversity!

Omasiri Okogbule-Wonodi, MD

Resident

University of Maryland, BS
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, MD

I am a first-generation Nigerian who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to the U.S. with my parents when I was a baby. I was raised in the beautiful suburbs of Columbia, Maryland, where I completed grade school and eventually attended the University of Maryland, College Park. I majored in neurobiology and physiology, did a lot of volunteering in the community, was in a pre-health fraternity, briefly played on the rugby team, took dance classes, and was a general body/ e-board member of several clubs and organizations.

After college, I decided I wanted to have a meaningful life experience before committing to medical school, so I decided to join the Nigerian National Youth Service Corp (NYSC). NYSC is a year of national service in Nigeria after graduating from college. I served as a community health worker at a public health NGO and worked on the Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Team, which is charged with eliminating maternal-infant transmission of HIV during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. This experience allowed me to learn about my culture and opened my eyes to the importance of primary health care and serving the underserved and most vulnerable members of society. It also piqued my interest in global health.

I attended medical school at SUNY Downstate in East Flatbush, Brooklyn NY. I had always had a passion for pediatrics, but after completing clinical rotations I realized that I liked bits and pieces of different fields. I am a big people person who loves building bonds in the community and felt that I wanted to practice medicine in a way that allowed me to have longitudinal relationships to my patients and allowed me to care for the whole patient and not just an illness. My experiences during medical school showed me that the all-encompassing physician is a family medicine physician because they are the “gatekeepers” of health care who possess a unique interphase with the social determinants of health. I aspire to be a physician who builds long-lasting ties and cares about the holistic health of patients, family members, and their communities.

I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to learn full spectrum medicine at the amazing LGH which is also so close to home in Maryland! My passions in family medicine include fm-ob, women’s health/ reproductive health, pediatrics, global health, and procedures.

When I am not in the hospital, I love exploring restaurants and the social scene, listening and dancing to music, dabbling in Netflix and and HBO, exploring cities, and game nights. I also want to get more into fitness and the outdoors, so I am very excited to explore Lancaster!

Trevor L. Shenk, DO

Resident

Messiah College, BA
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

Growing up in nearby York, PA, I lived close enough to Lancaster General Hospital to be born at the hospital nearly 30 years ago. Since that time, I have enjoyed living in southcentral Pennsylvania where I stayed to complete a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. After college, I was fortunate to marry my precious wife and to enjoy a year of working as a medical scribe in urgent care centers and at a family medicine practice before moving to Philadelphia for medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Even before I got to medical school, I was committed to the full-spectrum, community, and patient-centered service of family medicine. This commitment only solidified as I enjoyed learning about all aspects of medicine and as I thrived on patient interactions and providing direct patient education and care.

My interests in urban, underserved medicine grew through my work with a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in north Philadelphia. Over one summer, I spent several weeks going door-to-door with other students and community ambassadors to provide health screenings and COVID-19 vaccine education.

My medical interests include underserved medicine, global medicine, and lifestyle medicine. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, I also enjoy as much hands-on medicine as I can provide through osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT). Outside of medicine, I primarily enjoy spending time with my wife and our young son. Together, we enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible!

Elliott D. Brady, MD, MEd

Resident

University of Kansas, BA
University of Kansas School of Medicine, MD, MPH

I grew up in the Kansas City, Kansas metropolitan area, a suburban/urban portion of a predominantly rural state. Regularly visiting family in the Kansas countryside, I also retain rural roots. Throughout my K-12 education, sports and musical instruments were big parts of my life, focusing on piano, trombone, and marching baritone toward the end of high school. This passion continued in the University of Kansas (KU) marching band. I was also more than privileged to volunteer in medical missions to Panama at KU as well as underserved medical care at a local FQHC.

At KU School of Medicine, I along with several peers operated our school’s student-run free clinic, JayDoc Free Clinic. My experiences with underserved patients highlighted the importance of population health, spurring a leave of absence to earn a Master of Public Health before my clinical years. This year allowed reflection on my role as a future physician, providing opportunities for networking and research when not in the classroom.

In retrospect I was always a future family physician, but getting to know current family doctors confirmed my decision. Finding creative ways to overcome barriers to care for individuals having trouble navigating the complicated and unforgiving health-care system is deeply rewarding. I love family medicine’s recognition and action prioritizing social conditions’ influence on human health.

Julie C. Cox, MD

Resident

Tufts University, BS
New York Medical College, MD

I am originally from Valley Forge, PA, outside of Philadelphia. For college, I attended Tufts University in Boston where I studied biology but after graduating, I returned to Philadelphia for my first job at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducting pediatric oncology research. Working at CHOP confirmed my desire to become a doctor, so I went back to school at New York Medical College. Much of my volunteer work previously surrounded women’s health and patient advocacy as a crisis counselor and I continued to foster that passion throughout my time in medical school.

At NYMC, I was the president of our chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and worked at the school’s human rights clinic where I assisted with medical evaluations for those seeking asylum in the United States. During my clinical rotations, I realized I had many interests within medicine and enjoyed working in the primary care setting. I plan to include women’s health in my practice but also want to incorporate LGBTQ health, HIV care, immigrant health, nutrition, and geriatrics as my patient panel continues to grow.

When I am not working, I really enjoy practicing yoga and biking. My favorite form of exercise is indoor cycling as I am not a skilled dancer but love to pedal the bike to the beat of the music. I’m also a pretty avid fiction reader and am always looking for a new good book. I am so excited to be moving to Lancaster to start my career practicing full spectrum family medicine.

Marco A. Cunicelli, DO

Resident

The College of William & Mary, BS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia Campus, DO

I’m originally from Langhorne, PA, but my family moved to Guam when I was in elementary school for my dad’s job. After three years there, we had the option to move back to PA or try somewhere new. My family opted to move to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. I spent the rest of my childhood growing up in Northern Virginia before moving to Williamsburg, VA to attend the College of William & Mary.

While there, I studied biology and Hispanic studies and had the opportunity to study abroad in Cadiz, Spain. Following undergrad, I took two years off from school and worked full-time as a patient care technician at Inova Loudoun Hospital and as a substitute teacher with Loudoun County public schools teaching math, Spanish, and English. I also worked at an escape room as a game master during this time.

Following my gap years, I attended the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA, where I earned my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. In medical school, I had the opportunity to travel on a medical mission trip to Honduras and provide care to the village surrounding Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was also a member of the OB/GYN and family medicine student organizations where I developed my passion for women’s health and primary care.

When searching for residencies, I knew I wanted to be close to my family in Philly. I was drawn to Lancaster because of its beauty and history, but it was the full-spectrum family medicine curriculum that really sealed the deal. Within medicine, I have specific interests in maternal-child and women’s health, treating the LGBTQIA+ community, contraceptive counseling, HIV primary care, and substance use disorders. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, traveling, running, hiking, cooking, watching movies, reading, and playing guitar & piano.

Riley Ewen, DO

Resident

Virginia Military Institute, BS
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Virginia Campus, DO

I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and attended Virginia Military Institute for my undergraduate studies. Upon graduation I was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, where I spent my formative years serving alongside many humble and selfless people who taught me the meaningfulness of simple acts of service in ordinary life. After the Army, my wife and I spent some time doing medical mission and humanitarian relief work in conflict areas in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Caring for others in the face of tremendous suffering and austerity had a profound effect on my life; it ultimately formed the foundation of my passion to serve others as a physician.

I attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where I maintained a strong interest in global and rural health and community medicine. It was a natural progression from my Catholic faith and previous experiences that I fell in love with the practice and presence of full-spectrum family medicine from the beginning to the end of life. I’m so thankful for the incredible opportunity to grow in the practice of medicine at Lancaster General Hospital.

My lovely wife and I currently have three children (the third will be born in July of intern year). In previous years you could find me skiing, climbing, or mountaineering in Alaska, where we lived prior to medical school. Nowadays you could find me with my family, involved in our church parish, reading a good book, carving spoons, sourdough baking, hiking, or biking.

Ryan J. Fischer, MD, MEd

Resident

DeSales University, BS
Pennsylvania State University, MEd
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

I was born and raised in Lancaster County, and I am thrilled to be coming back to Lancaster to continue my training. Throughout high school and during summer vacations in college, I could often be found working at the local hardware store. My job consisted of everything from filling propane tanks to stocking shelves to my personal favorite, helping customers solve problems (plumbing, electrical, lawn and garden … anything and everything).

I studied biology at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania before going to medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. While in my fourth year of medical school, I worked on an accelerated Masters of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Degree. While I hope to continue to be involved to some degree in medical education throughout my career, the main motivation was to develop skills to better help patients learn about their own health.

In medical school, I was also fortunate enough to get involved in the Global Health Scholars Program (traveling twice to Zambia) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. I truly believe that the key to the health of a community starts with excellent primary care, and cannot think of a better place to continue to learn as a physician then at the family medicine program here at Lancaster General Hospital. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, and listening to music or a good podcast.

Autumn Vogel, MD

Resident

University of California, Berkeley, BA
Lincoln University, BS
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD

Born and raised among the redwoods of the idyllic Monterey Bay on California’s central coast, I spent many summers visiting grandparents in the emerald rolling hills of Lancaster County. A deep love of humanness and healing led me to study medical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree. After college I took a job at a non-profit clinic for uninsured women and children where I served as a medical assistant, care coordinator and community health coordinator. My time there at the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center fostered my interest in clinical medicine.

After much thought and many adventures (including experiences abroad teaching simple techniques for treating cervical cancer, working as a birth doula, and interning with herbalists) I made the decision to become a clinician myself. This choice led me to move across the country to complete premedical training at Lincoln University, where I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and my medical training at Penn State College of Medicine.

During medical school I served as medical advocacy coordinator on the board of our student run free clinic, and deepened my advocacy experience as a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility. I believe that physicians should be partners in fostering the health and healing that is innate in you. I am passionate about whole health integrative medicine, reproductive health and preventative medicine and am thrilled to be staying in the area to complete my medical training in Family and Community Medicine at Lancaster General. The Lancaster area brings out my love of hiking, biking, canoeing, and learning about all the wonderful plants that grow in here—all things that keep me healthy and happy. I look forward to meeting you and working together as partners in your health!