At Chestnut Hill Hospital, the faculty has been carefully selected for their academic excellence, medical expertise and ability to enrich the professional experiences of our residents.
Faculty members have diverse interests and special strengths in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, women's health issues, sports medicine, substance abuse and behavioral science. Our faculty members are all members of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. We have an active faculty development program to maintain the highest clinical teaching skills. The part-time faculty is equally dedicated to their academic responsibilities. Part-time faculty includes specialists in obstetrics, gynecology, marital and family counseling and surgery.
Marc W. McKenna, MD, Program Director
- Hometown: Washington, D.C.
- Medical School: Georgetown School of Medicine
- Residency Training: Bowman Gray School of Medicine - Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Fellowship: Faculty Development Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia
- Favorite spot in Philly: Wissahickon Park
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: Wonderful, diverse community committed to excellent patient care and medical education.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Playing sports
Marc McKenna, MD, has been the director of the Family Practice Residency Program since January, 1994 and has been involved in residency education for more than 35 years. A graduate of Georgetown School of Medicine, Dr. McKenna completed his family practice residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina and the faculty development fellowship at Jefferson Medical College. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
His areas of special medical interest include sports medicine - for which he holds a Certificate of Added Qualification from the American Board of Family Practice - procedural skills and community outreach. Dr. McKenna is the primary care sports medicine physician for LaSalle University and a medical consultant for Arcadia University. He has been named on many Top Doctor lists and has also received the Gold Level Program Director's Recognition Award from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. Dr. McKenna continues to embark on a medical mission trip each year to the Dominican Republic.
He can be reached at Marc.McKenna@towerhealth.org.
Russell S. Breish, MD
- Hometown: Fort Washington, Pa.
- Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University Medical School
- Residency Training: Chestnut Hill Hospital Family Practice - Philadelphia
- Favorite Spot in Philly: Nurturing my backyard vegetable garden
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: It all began in April 1981, when I fell in love with family medicine during my third year clerkship at Chestnut Hill Family Practice. The teachers and the patients were amazing. I've been here ever since.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: On my bicycle.
Russell Breish, MD, graduated in 1978 from Temple University and received his MD from Jefferson in 1982. After a residency in family practice at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Dr. Breish joined the faculty in 1985 and is actively involved in all areas of clinical teaching as the associate director of the residency program. His medical contribution extends beyond Chestnut Hill Hospital as he is also the medical director for Keystone Hospice and Cathedral Village, a continuing care retirement community. Dr. Breish is a past president of the hospital's medical staff and is a long time contributor to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He can be reached at Russell.Breish@towerhealth.org
Valerie P. Pendley, MD
- Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
- Medical School: The Ohio State University
- Residency Training: Grant Hospital, Affiliate of Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
- Favorite spot in Philly: Mann Music Center Lawn with Philadelphia Orchestra and a picnic on a beautiful summer night
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: I came to Chestnut Hill Hospital 30 years ago. I could not resist the warm and friendly vibe, in a center providing excellent care to our diverse population of patients, all of whom appreciate the hospital as much as I do.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Sea Isle City with my family and friends on summer weekends.
Valerie Pendley, MD, Assistant Director at Chestnut Hill Familiy Practice, first arrived at this hospital in 1985. Dr. Pendley graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and then received her medical degree from Ohio State University. She completed her Family Practice residency at Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After a year in a rural practice, Dr. Pendley returned to Grant as assistant director.
Dr. Pendley is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She received her certificate for added Oval in Geriatrics in 1993. In addition to geriatrics, Dr. Pendley has a special interest in women's health and college health, being Arcadia University campus physician for the last several years.
She can be reached at Valerie.Pendley@towerhealth.org
Anne Hunter, DO
- Hometown: Philadelphia
- Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Residency Training: Chestnut Hill Hospital Family Practice - Philadelphia
- Favorite spot in Philly: Forbidden Drive
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: It immediately felt like home.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Hanging at home with family.
Anne Hunter, DO, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994. She completed an osteopathic internship at Suburban General Hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania and then transferred into the Chestnut Hill Hospital Family Practice Residency Program as a second-year resident in 1995. Dr. Hunter served as chief resident during her third year and was awarded an excellence in teaching certificate by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She joined the faculty in 1997 as a full-time assistant director of the residency program. Dr. Hunter is board-certified in family practice and was appointed clinical assistant professor of family practice.
Dr. Hunter is the current clinic director, which involves interfacing with the office manager and keeping all physicians current with office policies and all electronic medical record updates. She spearheaded the process for the practice becoming a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. Dr. Hunter is the faculty representative to the Pennsylvania Family Practice Residency Research Collaborative - IPIP. She is actively involved in clinical teaching, providing guidance and support for our interns as well as upper level residents.
In addition, she is a member of the Chestnut Hill Hospital credentials committee and past president elect of the Chestnut Hill Hospital medical staff.
She can be reached at Anne.Hunter@towerhealth.org
Arati Karnik, MD
- Hometown: Philadelphia
- Medical School: Temple Medical School
- Residency Training: Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, N.Y.
- Fellowship: Faculty Development Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, N.Y.
- Favorite spot in Philly: Any of the Ritz Theatres
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: The perfect spot for community medicine in the Philadelphia area with a great group of residents and colleagues that makes coming to work feel more like providing service with a group of friends.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Watching my two boys (or the Yankees) play baseball, solo hiking on the Wissahickon trails, watching movies or eating at the many amazing Philly BYOs.
Arati Karnik, MD, joined the faculty at Chestnut Hill Family Practice in August 2010. She attended medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia and then went on to complete her training in the Bronx at Montefiore Medical Center’s Department of Family and Social Medicine. After her Family Medicine residency she stayed on at Montefiore to complete a Faculty Development Fellowship. Her educational interests include evidence-based medicine, clinical teaching, and enhancing ambulatory medicine curricula. With a passion for holistic care, Dr. Karnik received her license in acupuncture after completing the Structural Acupuncture for Physicians course at Harvard Medical School in 2014. She is working to develop ways to integrate her training into her current practice. Clinically she wants to continue caring for the underserved while addressing the health disparities that continue to exist.
She can be reached at Arati.Karnik@towerhealth.org.
Andrew Berta, MD
- Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
- Medical School: Drexel University, Philadelphia
- Residency Training: Chestnut Hill Family Practice Residency - Philadelphia
- Favorite spot in Philly: Running the Wissahickon Trails
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: I came as a fourth-year medical student and it felt like home. After that, they couldn't get rid of me.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Running, biking, swimming, cheering for my beloved 76ers or hiking with my rescue pitbull Mabel.
Andrew Berta, MD, joined the faculty in 2014 after graduating the residency program as chief resident. Originally from Lancaster, Pa., Dr. Berta has been living in Philadelphia since 2002 during which time he attended St. Joseph's University for his undergraduate degree, completed a year of service in the Philadelphia Health Corps and got his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Berta first came to Chestnut Hill Family Practice as a medical student where he formed his interest in family medicine and his love for patient care. Dr. Berta serves as the assistant program director and spearheads our community medicine experience.
He can be reached at Andrew.Berta@towerhealth.org
Rachelle Nelson, MD
- Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
- Medical School: State University of New York, Upstate College of Medicine, Syracuse, N.Y.
- Residency Training: Medicine/Pediatrics combined at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill Hospital Family Practice Residency - Philadelphia
- Favorite spot in Philly: The Wissahickon trails, Mount Airy
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: My people are here. The community that exists among faculty, residents and staff is very special. People smile and say hello anywhere you go in the hospital. I also love the mix of inpatient and outpatient and how we integrate them for excellent continuity of care. Additionally, it is the Philadelphia capital of snacks. The snacks are varied and plentiful. They have international flare but also celebrate the Philadelphian roots of the program with every kind of pretzel-based snack. It's where I go for snacks. I can rely on the snacks at Chestnut Hill Family Practice for approximately 30% of my caloric intake.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Pulling weeds in my garden, mommying my 5 year old, and making crafty things. But generally, I'm at Target, pretending I'm only going to buy one thing.
Rachelle Nelson, MD, joined the faculty in 2018, after completing residency at the Chestnut Hill Family Medicine Program. She is originally from Rochester, N.Y., and attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Nelson came to Philadelphia in 2014 to join the Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she completed her intern year. At Chestnut Hill, Dr. Nelson's role includes supervising residents in both the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as facilitating the geriatrics curriculum at Cathedral Village. Dr. Nelson has a special interest in Pediatrics, Geriatrics and Resident Physician Wellness.
She can be reached at Rachelle.Nelson@towerhealth.org
Janet Sim, MD
- Hometown: Redmond, Wash. (Russel Wilson has used my parents' dry cleaners!)
- Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Residency Training: Chestnut Hill Hospital Family Practice Residency - Philadelphia, PA
- Favorite spot in Philly: Hmart!
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: The people who make up CHFP. I did not know much of Chestnut Hill Family Practice. Compared to the other big name residency programs I applied to at the time, the program was smaller and less well-known to me. When I visited, however, I felt an overwhelming sense of comfort, safety, and trust. Then I met the faculty and our Program Director, Dr. Marc McKenna. His passion for teaching, caring for people and having fun stuck with me as I made my rank list. I can say that these feelings have not changed; I can be at my best and my worst, but at CHFP I feel safe enough to show those sides of me and know I will be supported and guided to a better me.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Watching anything Marvel Universe, planning my next vacation, eating at new spots, catching pokemon in the wild or singing with friends.
Janet M. Sim, MD, joined the faculty in 2018 after graduating from the residency program as co-chief resident. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in Biology, and found herself graduating from University of Cincinnati Medical College with her medical degree in 2015. Dr. Sim is of South Korean heritage and is fluent in Korean. She enjoys all facets of family medicine. From newborn to geriatrics, she enjoys meeting and treating patients from all different backgrounds.
In her free time, Dr. Sim can be found getting her steps in by walking around her neighborhood, cooking, enjoying the Marvel universe, and searching for new restaurants to try.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda J. Zavodnick, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Therapist
- Hometown: Marlboro, N.J.
- Graduate School: University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
- Favorite spot in Philly: Reading Terminal Market for Beiler's donuts and any dog park
- Why Chestnut Hill Family Practice?: I love helping residents integrate behavioral science and family systems theory into the practice of medicine.
- Where can we find you when your pager is turned off?: Chasing after my two children, fostering homeless puppies, on my yoga mat, or at a candy store.
Amanda J. Zavodnick received her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She coordinates our behavioral science curriculum and helps residents integrate behavioral science and family systems theory into the practice of family medicine. In addition, Amanda supervises residents and faculty in Balint discussions, facilitates support groups for residents and conducts co-therapy sessions with patients using family physicians as the co-therapist. Amanda completed her Behavioral Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in 2012. In 2017, Amanda completed a two year fellowship program with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. As a more integrative approach, Amanda is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and trained in teaching mindfulness to children. When not at work, Amanda loves spending time with her family, helping her husband chase around their two children, and their crazy dogs.
She can be reached at Amanda.Zavodnick@towerhealth.org.