Class of 2024

Welcome to the Class of 2024

Goitom Abraha, MBBS

Goitom Abraha
Goitom was born and raised in the Northern part of Ethiopia, Tigray state in the ancient city of Axum. He completed Medical school at Mekelle University School of Medicine, where he also practiced as a GP and Lecturer. He was fortunate to attend and practice medicine at the same hospital that treated my acute ailment that he once had as a child. This granted him an opportunity to deepen his interest in health care advocacy and lifelong learning. His future goal is to give back to his community and engage in global health care advocacy. He loves playing soccer, volleyball, tennis, and is a huge Atlanta United FC fan. He also enjoys reading nonfiction and biography books.

Michael Araya, MBBS

Michael was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He completed his medical school at St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Michael hopes to one day pursue a fellowship in Cardiology. During his free time, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, running, playing chess and video games, and going to church.

Kristina Carlson, DO

Kristina grew up in New England, specifically in southern New Hampshire. She attended the University of New England for college and remained in Maine at UNE's College of Osteopathic Medicine for her medical education. She is thrilled to be in the Atlanta area to complete residency! Areas of clinical interest include hospital medicine, palliative care, and harm prevention. She has volunteered her time in the past to soup kitchens, as a camp counselor, and to science outreach in schools. Outside of medicine, her interests include ballroom dance, needlepoint, and exploring new cities.

Shelby Comeaux, DO

Shelby grew up in Georgia and went to Georgia Institute of Technology for her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining medical school at Georgia PCOM, she served as a consultant at the CDC and the director of digital marketing at a local startup.  Shelby is looking forward to exploring her options in internal medicine and cardiology while being able to blend it with her prior professional experiences in consulting.

Beza Gebremedhine, MD

Beza Gebremedhine
Beza was born and raised in Ethiopia prior to moving to Georgia. She attended Kennesaw State University and then attended Meharry Medical College to pursue her dreams of becoming a physician. She is interested in global health. She is fluent in Amharic and English. Her interests outside of medicine include cooking, reading and traveling.

Kelsey Kreyche, DO

Kelsey Kreyche
Kelsey came to GA from the Northeast. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and developed a love for the natural world and the arts. She pursued these passions at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, and received degrees in Biology and Music Performance. During college, she encountered the God’s love in Christ Jesus, and has delighted to follow Him ever since. For several years, she served in campus ministry, and then transitioned into medical ministry.  She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine -Philadelphia prior to matching at Northside Hospital.  She has enjoyed training among a diverse population for a future in global medical missions. In her non-medical time, she loves new adventures, creative cooking, and gardening.

Lan Lei, MBBS

Lei photo

Lan was born and raised in North Guangdong, China. She obtained her medical school degree and master’s degree in Medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University, China. She also completed a breast surgical oncology research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lei furthered her studies in public health at Stony Brook University. Her professional interests include breast cancer prevention and intervention, clinical trial design, and data analysis.

Outside of work, Lan enjoys Chinese calligraphy, traveling/exploring national parks and watching movies.

Mubeen Mandani, DO

Mubeen was born in a small town in India, and he moved to Dallas, Texas, at the age of 8. He grew up watching and falling in love with all sports, especially baseball. He went to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and then got a job as a purchasing manager at a wholesale distribution company. Mubeen later left that job to pursue his dream of practicing medicine and graduated from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2021. In his free time, Mubeen loves to cook, watch sports, and spend time with close friends. Mubeen wants to be a hospitalist after the completion of his residency training

Amsi Medina, DO

Amsi Medina, DO
Amsi was born in San Diego California. Her father, a pastor for a Christian church, relocated every two to three years to a different church.  She spent most of her childhood traveling from town to town to name a few: Tijuana, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Mexico City.  After years of moving around between the US and Mexico, she entered college at San Diego State University and majored in Biology. She then moved to Philadelphia to complete a Masters in Health Sciences at Drexel University. While in Philadelphia, she had the opportunity to conduct research in forensic pediatrics and worked on several community projects with her church community. After graduating from Drexel in 2016, she moved back to Mexico and worked full time while applying to medical school.  She attended Burrell College in Las Cruces prior to matching at Northside Hospital Gwinnett.  Her interests include hospital medicine and primary care.

Sean Montgomery, MD

Sean is often referred to as “the big guy with an even bigger heart.” He worked in public relations and non-profit fundraising before a job with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care helped him realize his passion for working with people facing serious medical conditions. Medicine was not his first career, but after years of soul-searching in Colorado, it was the one he knew he was meant to have. He has been fortunate enough to study in Brisbane, Australia and New Orleans, LA, through the University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School. He enjoyed working with patients across various specialties including endocrinology and palliative medicine. More than anything, he appreciates getting to know the patients, working to help improve their quality of life, and developing plans that may reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. He is thrilled to be part of the team at Northside Hospital Gwinnett because of the variety of patient cases and the compassionate faculty and staff.

Vini Patel, DO, MPH

Vini is a Tennessee native and has spent her entire life in Tennessee (she is a Vol for life!). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University. She then went on to complete a Master of Public Health from Liberty University. In addition, she completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Lincoln Memorial University, and finally, went on to complete medical school at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Medicine.  Her interests include teamwork, leadership, and hospital medicine.

James Rizor, MD

Born in Atlanta, GA, James split his childhood between there and rural Virginia before pursuing anthropology at Rollins College. After college, he continued to pursue anthropologic studies while living in Shanghai, China. While volunteering in a cholera clinic in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, he was inspired to dovetail anthropology and medicine to help the underserved. He worked as a laboratory technician for a few years, attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, and went on to complete an internship in general surgery at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. Working in the ICU during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he discovered an affinity for Internal Medicine, which eventually lead him to decide to change specialties. His interests in medicine include critical care and infectious disease. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys wood-working and drawing. James is excited to be back in his home state working within the Northside family.

Christopher Shoji, DO

Christopher Shoji was born in Staten Island, NY. He went to the University of South Florida, where he majored in Health Sciences and minored in Astronomy. He was on the powerlifting team and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team in college. He went to medical school at ACOM in Dothan, Alabama. His hobbies include fitness and nutrition.

Andrea Theodoru, MD

Andrea is a native Marylander. She completed medical school at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore, and aspires to be a skilled physician incorporating clinical research and patient advocacy into her practice. She has an interest in women’s health.