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Jennifer Tieman, MD

Program Director

Faculty Physician



BA biology 1993, North Central College

MD 1998, University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine

Fellow 1997-1998, Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at University of Chicago

Residency 1998-2001, Mount Sinai Family Practice Residency of Chicago


About me:  I am a Kansas City transplant, having been a lifelong Illinois resident until I moved here in the summer of 2011 and joined the residency faculty.  I lived in the same county in Illinois, excepting my medical training, for my whole life prior to that.  After residency, I had a very busy rural practice for 10 years, practicing the full scope of family medicine including family-centered medical care.  I love the practice of family medicine, but had always been interested in teaching and academic practice and after 10 years in practice, decided the time was right to make a change.  Research Family Medicine Residency appealed to me as a place where the full spectrum of family medicine was taught, and the curriculum was academically rigorous.  I want to be part of training residents and students to be the most excellent family doctors they can be!


I love all areas of family medicine, and continue to practice and teach inpatient medicine, inpatient OB and newborn nursery,  and outpatient practice including maternity care and office procedures.  I have a particular interest in the doctor-patient relationship, and love the anticipatory guidance and patient education aspects of our specialty.  It’s always my goal to be a member of the patient’s medical team, and to have the patient’s goals always be the most important part of their care.  I also have a particular interest in medical ethics – particularly doctor-patient relationship and medical decision making.  Communication skills and methods to help patients become invested in participatory medicine excite me the most about practicing medicine.


When not working, I spend most of my time with my family.  My husband, Brian is a software architect, and we have 4 children.  Our oldest, Christopher, is married to our lovely daughter in law Amy and they have our grandson Matthew and granddaughter Haley.  They live in the Chicago suburbs.  Our daughter Catherine lives near them, and works as a data analyst for a cell phone company. We lost our son Justin in a car accident at age 21.  We miss him terribly, and also love to talk about and remember him.   Our youngest daughter Caroline is a high school junior and is very involved in marching band, concert band, Kansas City Youth Symphony, and any other opportunity to play her trombone.  I also play the piano and run (a lot.)  I’ve run 22 marathons in 15 states, with a goal to hit all 50 states before I retire.  I’m usually training for one race or another and am happy to bore anyone to death with the details of marathon training!


Anne Sly, MD

Associate Director

Faculty Physician


Undergraduate Degree/ Medical School:

University of Missouri-Kansas City Undergraduate  1978

University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School  1978



Pitt County Hospital, Greenville, NC-Internship Family Medicine  1978-1979

Truman Medical Center East-Residency Family Medicine            1981-1983

Truman Medical Center West-Residency Internal Medicine         1983-1984


Board Certifications/ Fellowships/ Graduate Degree:

Board Certification Family Medicine

Board Certification Internal Medicine

CAQ Internal Medicine-Geriatrics


Professional Areas of Interest:



Hospitalist Medicine


Personal Comments/Philosophy:

Find work that you love, and work hard. Invest in your friends and family, and keep them close.  Find a community to be a part of, and contribute your fair share.  Enjoy everything your life has to offer, and recognize each day is a gift.


Personal Hobbies/Interests:

Gardening, Hiking, Reading, Cooking, Travel….Spending lots of time with family and great friends.


Things you have most enjoyed working as a faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency:

It’s hard to choose what I enjoy most.  I love working with patients on the inpatient service.  I love teaching residents “at the bedside”.  I love the patients I’ve seen in my practice for more than 2 decades.  I love to be creative in designing new learning opportunities for residents.  I love the generous and professional support I receive from our administrative staff.  I love working with a group of talented, hard working and good humored colleagues.  I could go on….


Kavitha Arabindoo, MD, FAAFP, MPH

Associate Director

Faculty Physician


    • Medical School (1989-1995) – Chennai Medical College, Chennai, India
    • Family Medicine Residency (2001-2004) – Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program, Wichita, Kansas
    • Fellowship in Teaching and Learning (2006-2007) – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • Master in Public Health (2013-2017) – University of Kansas, Kansas city, Kansas

Board Certifications, Fellowships, Graduate Degrees:
Board Certified in Family Medicine
Fellowship in Teaching and Learning
Master in Public Health

Professional Areas of Interest:
If I were asked to pick the two things that I professionally enjoy doing the most, those would be include (a) spending time with my patients and (b) spending time with my learning community.
I enjoy stretching myself to reach the nooks and corners of medicine (thanks to our specialty!) in the quest for evidence based, patient centered care, with the exception of obstetrical care (enjoyed doing it for six years post residency). I love my patients – the young, the middle aged and the elderly. I love the process of empowering them to master their own health, when ill and when well. I love the management of chronic medical conditions, love doing all kinds of office based procedures (ortho, derm, gyn, etc.), and love the unfortunate but true complexity of our hospitalized patients. I also thoroughly enjoy sharing this experience and richness in medicine with the actively learning medical community, be it a 3rd year medical student in his/her first day of clinic or a 3rd year resident getting ready to leap into real life practice. I find the constant reciprocation of teaching and learning in the academic environment rejuvenating. I LOVE teaching in creative and innovative ways – small group, large group, formal presentations, using gaming software to teach, etc. My specific areas of expertise include evidence based medicine (I lead bimonthly journal clubs) and population health aside from the routine bread and butter topics of family medicine.
And, did I mention that I LOVE to work alongside my ever-so-smart colleagues?!

I am married to a physician husband and we have one son who is currently an undergraduate in college. Our time together at home is spent cooking Indian food, spoiling our lovely 9 year old doggie girl and watching movies when we can. I also run a little outside when I can to burn off my carb calories (I am a vegetarian). My mantras in life, “Control what you can, let go of what you can’t”.“Medicine and life can both be very humbling experiences – enjoy them but stay humble and be ready for the surprises!”


Revathi Bhat, MD

Faculty Physician


Undergraduate Degree/Medical School: 

Bangalore Medical College, India



University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO-Internal Medicine Residency;  Truman Medical Center, Lakewood, MO-Geriatric Fellowship; University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO-Critical Care Fellowship


Personal Comments/Philosophy:

I enjoy inpatient medicine and teaching incoming residents.


Hobbies/Other Interests:

Reading, cooking


Nicholas Comninellis MD, MPH, DIM&PH

Faculty Physician

Founder and CEO, INMED – Institute for International Medicine



Board Certifications/ Fellowships/ Graduate Degree:

American Board of Family Medicine

American Board of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Professional Diploma in International Medicine & Public Health (DIMPH)


Professional Areas of Interest:

International Health

Diseases Prevention/Health Promotion


Personal Comments/Philosophy:

Pray like it all depends upon God. Work like it all depends upon you.


Personal Hobbies/Interests:

Classical guitar, International languages, aviation


Things you have most enjoyed working as a faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency:

Professional leadership, excellence in patient care, and eagerly learners.


Dr. Valerie Duff, DO

Faculty Physician




Dr. Tricia Fairchild, MD

Faculty Physician



Brent Hrabik, MD

Faculty Physician


Undergraduate Degree/ Medical School:

BS in Biology Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

MD University of Kansas School of Medicine



Family Medicine Residency Truman Medical Center East


Board Certifications/ Fellowships/ Graduate Degree:

Board Certified Family Practice, Fellow Academy of Family Medicine.


Professional Areas of Interest: 

Caring for the entire family as they age, especially for those nearing retirement and those way past that.


Personal Comments/Philosophy:

Keep medical care simple, cost effective, and have reasonable individualized treatment goals.


Personal Hobbies/Interests:

musical interests with guitar, claw hammer banjo and mandolin


Things you have most enjoyed working as a faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency:

I have enjoyed most working with doctors of similar interest as a member of a complete team doing what can be done to provide comprehensive medical care.




Jennifer Kelley, M.D

Faculty Physician


Undergraduate Degree: 

Bachelors of Science, Creighton University, Omaha, NE


Medical School: 

Creighton University School of Medicine; 1993 – 1997



Trinity Lutheran Family Medicine (now closed and merged with Goppert Trinity Family Medicine); 1997 – 2000


Board Certification: 

American Academy of Family Physicians, 2000, recertification 2007


About Me:

I have been with the residency program since 1997, when I started residency.  I had 2 years of private practice experience but continued to staff at the residency on a monthly basis during that time because I like it here so much! I work part-time so I can take care of home, children and an aging parent.  My husband, Tom, is also a Family Physician.  We stay together because we don’t work together! He is in private practice in Liberty, MO.   I enjoy playing tennis and sing at church.   I manage to read some good books late at night when everyone is asleep.  I am a devotee to the science of organization.  Being organized keeps my life together!


Things I Most Enjoy as a Faculty of the Residency:

I love seeing patients in the office and doing procedures.  I precept the community medicine rotation for third year residents and enjoy getting them out in to the city for new experiences.  This rotation also gives me a chance to discuss some hot topics in community health with residents one on one.  I really like the relationships I am able to form with the residents during their time here.  I learn something from them everyday! It is fun to see them graduate and go off to all different parts of the city and country to practice.  I really enjoy hearing back from them.

Sandra Lepinski, M.D.

Faculty Physician


Medical School:
University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1983


Post Graduate Training:
Affiliate University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, 1986


Personal Comments/Philosophy:

I have been part of the faculty of Goppert-Trinity Family Care and the Research Family Medicine Residency Program since January 1993.  I obtained my medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1983, and completed my post-graduate training in Family Medicine through the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1986.  After residency, I joined a semi-rural group practice in Illinois for 6  years providing care in the clinic and hospital, assisting in general surgeries, and providing obstetrical care, delivering an average of 50 babies yearly.


However, I missed the academic environment, and had always wanted to be closely involved with medical education.  On meeting the people at this program, it felt like 'home'.  Throughout the time I've been here, it continues to feel like 'home' and 'family'.  Due to the people here, the environment remains very supportive even with the many changes in people and personalities as resident classes come and go.  Our program has always focused on maintaining the best education possible, and an open, sharing environment for questions and ideas by faculty and residents.  We encourage our providers to grow both professionally and personally.


My personal philosophy on teaching and learning involves the necessity of curiosity.  The simple word 'why' is often our most powerful tool in gaining knowledge and skills, in sight into a patient's medical condition, learning about the patient's motivation for behavior, or understanding our own attitudes, behaviors and motivations.  We learn best maintaining adaptability and flexibility, with the realization that learning for both faculty and residents is developmental and life long.


I have special interests in women's health, obstetrics, pediatrics and preventive health and nutrition.


I also greatly enjoy my relationship with my daughter Meagan, who gives me perspective on families and what truly matters in life.  She is bright and creative, and we have fun discussing recipes she researches and creates for her gluten free blog.  With both having under graduate degrees in chemistry, we often share some what 'geeky' conversations on things like nutrition and effects of the microbiome on health.  Outside of work, I also enjoy singing, gardening and a variety music, arts and crafts.



Shari Ommen, MD

Faculty Physician



Gazala Parvin, MD

Faculty Physician


Medical School:

V.S.S. Medical College, India



Trinity Lutheran Family Practice Residency, Kansas City

Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India (OB/Gyn)


Board Certifications, Fellowships, Graduate Degrees:

American Board of Family Medicine

Fellowship in Integrative Medicine


Professional Areas of Interest:

I enjoy providing patient-centered comprehensive medical care to my patients. Integrating beneficial aspects of complementary medicine with the conventional medicine to provide healing for mind, body and spirit is my goal during each patient interaction. I want to teach this art to all the residents and medical students.


Family/Bio: I have been in Faculty Position since 2003.  Research Family Medicine Residency Program trained me to be an efficient Family Physician.  As a Faculty, I enjoy the healthy learning and teaching environment.  I love teaching Integrative Medicine to our Residents.


Hobbies and Interests:  

Poetry writing and journaling. Gardening. Pausing to feel the natural beauty around me and enjoying that experience. 








Mark Suenram, M.D.


Faculty Physician


Undergraduate Degree:
University of Kansas


Medical School:
University of Kansas


Personal Comments/Philosophy:

Everyone needs a family doctor.  This belief has sustained and nurtured me through my career in family medicine.


After residency I began practice in Lee's Summit, Missouri, at that time, a smaller town, small group atmosphere.  I stayed 11 years developing a busy and satisfying practice.  Always having a desire to teach, I joined the faculty at Goppert in 1992.  I have stayed here since that time and my great enthusiasm for teaching continues to grow.  I consider it an honor to be involved with the teaching program and strive to be an excellent instructor and mentor.


The Research Family Medicine program is an excellent learning environment.  The obstacles to a resident’s education are very few while the opportunities that facilitate learning are easily accessed.  It is truly a great place in which learn Family Medicine.


I have been honored to be chosen as "Super Doc" for each of the last 7 years, most recently 2015.


My hobbies include traveling, fishing, a lake house that is always in need of something, and care of my grandchildren.  As a family we have explored Ireland, and much of Europe, been trout fishing in Montana and New Zealand, and have river cruised through southern France!


My nonprofessional life is very family centered.  Four of my eight siblings are in the Kansas City area and two of my three children live here also.  My wife and I are empty nesters, but stay quite busy with an expanding family of grandchildren.



Terry Suppes, D.O.

Faculty Physician


Medical School:
University of Health Sciences- College of Osteopathic Medicine


Trinity Lutheran Family Medicine


Board certifications, Fellowships and graduate degrees:
Board Certifications in Family Medicine and Geriatrics
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy


Professional areas of Interest:
I am interested in working with elderly patients and their families to provide comprehensive care.  I'm also interested in Preventive Medicine to promote and maintain health and well-being.  I encourage every patient to recognize risks and benefits of medical screening.


Years with the Research Family Medicine Residency:
24 years


Family Bio:
Married with 3 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 birds and a lot of fish.


Walking our dogs, vacationing on the beach and reading.


Things you have most enjoyed working as a faculty member at RMC:
I enjoy working with each resident on a daily basis and getting to know them both professionally and on a personal basis.


Casey Tramp, MD

Faculty Physician





Julie Wood-Warner, Ph.D.

Faculty Physician


Undergraduate Degree:
BA in Psychology, University of Kansas


Graduate School:
Master's in Counseling, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas


Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas


Personal Comments/Philosophy:
When I joined the faculty in 2001, a friend of mine asked how I could leave the University of Kansas after being affiliated with the Jayhawks for nearly half of my life. True, I did receive all three of my degrees from KU, and I worked in Student Counseling and Educational Support Services at KU Medical Center for nearly 5 years before I broke away. But I was ready to expand my horizons-- not just by working in Missouri (no Tiger blood in me!), but by moving to a Family Medicine program. Don’t worry fellow Jayhawks, I am still a HUGE KU fan, especially during basketball season - the residents can attest to this fact when the Final Four brackets are posted.


Working in a family medicine residency program is a natural fit. I too am a generalist with experience and training ranging from Behavioral Pediatrics to Geriatrics, my primary interest has always been in health psychology.  I also grew up in a medically-oriented family (my father and grandfather were physicians, my mother was a medical technologist, my grandmother was a nurse, and my aunt is a Nurse Practitioner) Given this and my previous work with medical students and residents, I feel right at home in the family medicine residency program.  My position as the Behavioral Science faculty member gives me a lot of role diversity and is always exciting. I love teaching, advising, supervising, developing curriculum, collaborating with the faculty physicians and residents and continuing my clinical work as a psychologist in a family medicine environment. I feel like I get to do it all! Most of all, I love watching people grow. Whether it is my family, my own clients, or the residents here.  I feel a tremendous sense of privilege being able to participate in their efforts to gain confidence and understanding, learn new skills, and become empowered by self-discovery.


One of the things that I’ve learned in my own self-discovery is that my efforts to do it all are possible only because I have tremendous love and support from my family. My husband, Chris, is an incredible partner. He’s a better “wife” than I am and a terrific parent to our 2 children.  I am truly passionate about my work and professional interests in women’s issues, balancing career and family, and stress and coping responses, but my own family makes it all happen for me.


Professional Society Memberships:
American Psychological Association, 1986-present                                                                  

Society of Teachers in Family Medicine, 2001-present
Kansas Psychological Association, President, 2003,2005, Past President, 2004, 2006
Kansas Psychological Association, Kansas City area representative, 2001
Greater Kansas City Psychological Association, Board Member 2000-2003


Other personal Information:
Much of my “free” time is spent commuting from one kid’s activity to another. Not only do I love cheering for my daughter, son, and husband in their soccer games, but also I am a REAL soccer mom. I play in a Mom’s league on Monday nights, a great way to relieve stress and have fun.  My athletic skill (or ability to create comic relief for others) expanded when my husband and I joined the residents' softball team, "Big Daddy's Night Floaters".  When I get a spare moment, I also love to garden, take pictures, make homemade greeting cards and other arts and crafts projects, and cuddle with our 115-lb monster dog,  two rabbits, cockatiels and our latest pet project 2 hermit crabs.