John Bucek, MD, FAAFP
Program Director and Director, Graduate Medical Education
Dr. Bucek has been a faculty member at Somerset since 1997. His interests include medical ethics and developmental pediatrics. In addition to teaching in our Family Medicine Center's maternity program, he has delivered more than 700 babies with 100 different residents here at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
- Graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, AOA, 1993
- 1996 graduate of Overlook Family Practice Residency Program, where he was a chief resident
- Received the Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award from the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, 1996
- Fellowship in Obstetrics for Family Physicians at SUNY/University Hospital-Stony Brook, 1997
- Chairman of the hospital's Institutional Review Board since 2006
Lalitha Hansch, MD, FAAFP, DABMA
A member of the Somerset Family Medicine Residency family for more than 15 years, Dr. Hansch served as a chief resident in 2001-2002. She received additional training in medical acupuncture at the Helms Medical Institute at UCLA School of Medicine, and is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Hansch sees patients, supervises residents on our inpatient service, precepts Family Medicine office patients, serves as the 3rd year manager, and is a resident advisor. Her special interests include medical acupuncture, women's health, pediatrics, practice management and nutrition.
- Graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine, 1999
- 2002 graduate of Somerset Family Medicine Residency
- Attending Physician, Franklin Family Practice, 2002-2005
- Attending Physician in a solo micropractice, Bridgewater Family Health, 2006-2010
- Attending Physician in private practice, Bridgewater Family Practice, 2010-2012
- Fluent in Sign Language
Barbara Franzblau, MSW, LCSW
Ms. Franzblau has been educating residents at Somerset since 1980. She teaches behavioral medicine, coordinates training in psychiatry, facilitates weekly RAP groups and resident retreats, and works with residents to support professional development. Her clinical practice involves helping individuals and couples use their inner wisdom and strengths to heal and repair their relationships.
- Graduate of Bucknell University, BA in Psychology, 1973
- 1975 graduate of Indiana University Graduate School of Social Work, MSW
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
- Listed in the National Register of Clinical Social Workers
- Received teaching award from the Department of Family Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1991
- Named Somerset Medical Center Employee of the Year, 1991
Margaret Guyton, MD
Dr. Guyton manages our Practice Management curriculum. She prepares residents for successful practice following graduation. Dr. Guyton directed our effort to achieve recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Somerset Family Practice now has the highest PCMH certification possible. In addition, Dr. Guyton’s perspective as a former midwife contributes an added dimension to her teaching.
- Graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1995
- Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society 1993 to present
- 1998 graduate of Overlook Family Medicine Residency Program
- OB Curriculum Coordinator, Overlook Family Medicine Residency Program
- President, House Staff Association, Overlook Hospital 1996-1998
- President, Somerset IPA Board President 2000-2002 & member 1999 to 2005
- Bylaw Committee member, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset 2002 to present
- Interim Associate Director, Somerset Family Medicine Residency, 2004-2005
Joanne Lundholm, MD
Dr. Lundholm returned to Somerset as a faculty member in 2008. During her third year of residency she served as a chief resident. After graduation, Dr. Lundholm spent two years in a busy urban practice in Wilmington, Del., providing comprehensive medical care to the underserved and gaining the valuable clinical experience that enhances her teaching style. She sees patients, supervises residents on our inpatient service, precepts Family Medicine maternity visits in our office and is a resident advisor. As the PGY-2 Year Manager, Dr. Lundholm guides the rotations and activities of our second-year class. Her special interests include pediatrics, women's health, obstetrics and international medicine. Dr. Lundholm has volunteered on several medical missions to Belize, Honduras and China.
- Graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, 2003
- 2006 Graduate of the Somerset Family Medicine Residency
- Named Family Medicine Resident of the Year by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, 2006
- Received the Carl F. Meier, MD Award for exemplifying the qualities of a Family Physician, 2006
- Attending Physician, Westside Family Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware, 2006-2008
Laura Micek-Galinat, MD, MPH
Dr. Galinat's commitment to preparing residents for careers in family medicine is energized by her passion for the specialty and her considerable educational expertise. She created our innovative HEALERS program, an integrated curriculum designed to teach Somerset graduates to provide compassionate patient-centered health care. As of July 2014, she directs an optional Integrative Medicine track of study collaborating with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Her special interests in nutrition and mind-body medicine contribute to her popularity as a highly knowledgeable and effective teacher.
- Graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, 1983
- 1986 graduate of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was chief resident
- Fellowship in Prevention, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1987
- MPH in Family Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1987
- Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, 2014
- Board Certified, Integrative Medicine, 2015
- Director of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Family Medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1995-February 2001
- Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Rutgers Medical School, 1995 to present
- Named Teacher of the Year by the Class of 2003, Somerset Family Medicine Residency Program
Elisabeth Spector, MD, MPH
Dr. Spector brings a unique blend of public health, international medicine and leadership experience to our program. As the PGY-1 Year Manager, she guides the rotations and activities of our first-year class. Dr. Spector conducts clinical office-based research and is a member of the NJ Network of Affiliated Residencies Research Committee. She has spearheaded a community-outreach program on diet and exercise involving local schools, as well as developed “Healthy Families,” a unique opportunity partnering patients with their providers to encourage healthy lifestyles. She also brings our residents with her on an annual international health elective (previously to sites in Belize and St. Lucia).
- Graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1997
- 2000 graduate of Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency Program where she was a chief resident
- MPH in Family Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1995
- Clinical Prevention Fellow, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1994-1995
- Resident Trustee, New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Board of Trustees, 1998-2000
- Member, New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Board of Trustees, 2005-2006
- Recipient of Mead Johnson Award and Scholarship, 1999
- Received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year Award, 2000
Frances Wu, MD
Dr. Wu has been a member of the faculty since 1990. She orchestrates workshops in procedural skills that provide hands-on training in colposcopy, minor skin procedures, and IUD insertion and removal. Her interests in patient safety and medical ethics have generated a series of regularly scheduled didactic sessions. Dr. Wu also administers our clerkship and acting internship programs, and has earned a reputation among medical students as a highly effective educator.
- Graduate of Brown University Medical School, 1984
- 1987 graduate of Mountainside Family Medicine Residency Program
- Holds a clinical teaching appointment at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
- Preceptor at Promise Clinic, UNDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School student-run clinic in New Brunswick
- Volunteer clinician, Human Rights Clinic of Health Right International, 2008-present
- Contributing author, Griffith’s: 5 Minute Clinical Consult, 1998-present
Donna M. Kaminski, DO
Dr. Kaminski recently completed residency at RWJ Somerset and has joined our faculty in 2014. While in residency, Dr. Kaminski served as chief resident, and helped facilitate workshops on Medical Spanish, HIV research, and Osteopathic medicine. She has contributed to several publications on HIV, and has worked with an HIV education group within the NY State Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY. She currently assists with the management of the Somerset County Ryan White HIV Clinic. Dr. Kaminski also has a deep interest in global health, and has helped with medical missions in Mexico, Guatemala, the Amazon region of Ecuador, Russia, South India, Rwanda, and Malawi. She continues to return to communities in Malawi with residents. Her special interests include women’s health, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, HIV & infectious disease, community and global health and integrative medicine.
- Graduate of UMDNJ, School of Osteopathic Medicine, now Rowan University, 2010
- Graduate of RWJ Somerset Family Medicine Residency, 2014
- Named Family Medicine Resident of the Year by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, 2014
- Received the Society of Family Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year Award, 2014
- To commence Integrative Medicine Fellowship at University of Arizona February 2016 while continuing her role with us
- Fluent in Spanish and Polish
Anna Lim-Kates, MD
Dr. Lim-Kates joined the Somerset Family Medicine Residency faculty in July 2014. She graduated from Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency where she served as chief resident. Dr. Lim-Kates sees adult, pediatric, and maternity patients in the office. She brings a fresh and up-to-date outlook to our residency program while supervising residents on our busy inpatient service, on labor and delivery, and in the office. Her special interests include inpatient adult medicine, evidence-based medicine, and obstetrics.
- Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, 2011
- Graduate of Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency, 2014 where she was chief resident
- Received Teacher of the Year Award at Hunterdon Family Medicine Residency, 2013
Melissa Rivers Richardson, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner/ Nurse Manager
Mrs. Richardson joined Somerset as our Family Nurse Practitioner in 2007 and became our Nurse Manager in 2009. She cares for patients in the Family Practice Center, where she also supervises the clinical activities and development of our nursing staff. As coordinator of our Home Visit Program, Mrs. Richardson travels with residents to assess and treat homebound patients. Additionally, she provides instruction to residents in pediatric health screening and wellness promotion at a local child health clinic. Her professional interests include women's health, pediatrics, home care and community medicine. In February 2010, Melissa participated in her first medical mission at Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center in Zuni, New Mexico to provide comprehensive health care to the underserved Native American population.
- Graduate of Rutgers University, BSN, 1993
- 2003 graduate of Rutgers University, Masters Degree in Nursing
- Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
- Certified School Health Nurse
- Preceptor, Advance Practice Nursing students
- Clinical Site Supervisor, Advanced Practice Nursing, Monmouth University
Luigi Brunetti, PharmD, MPH
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Dr. Brunetti joined Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in 2007 to establish a practice site for Doctor of Pharmacy students. An accomplished clinician and educator, he also dedicates his time and expertise to our residents’ education and clinical practice. Dr. Brunetti makes weekly rounds with our Family Medicine Inpatient Service and is a popular lecturer in our Family Medicine conference series. He conducts clinical research studies at RWJUH Somerset and is involved in several hospital committees. Dr. Brunetti has published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and is involved in several grant funded research projects. He has included Family Practice residents in several projects.
- Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions
- Graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doctor of Pharmacy cum laude, 2006
- Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Council for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, 2009 and Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, 2010.
Kathryn Schmidt, MSW, C-TAGME
Ms. Schmidt coordinates the day-to-day management of operations for our residency, faculty and residents. She arrived at Somerset in 1996, and brought with her the experience and skills she gained during ten years as a clinical social worker in residential treatment, early childhood education, and parenting resource settings. In 2009 she became one of the first Family Medicine residency administrators to obtain certification from the National Board of Certification for Training Administrators in Graduate Medical Education. Her special interests include resident recruitment, residency management software, and organizational efficiency.
- Graduate of Cedar Crest College, BA in Sociology/Minor in Social Welfare, 1975
- 1978 Graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana School of Social Work
- Co-founder, The Parent Tree Center for Parenting Education in Metairie, Louisiana, 1983
- Clinical Social Work with children and families, 1978-1995