SSTAR has two locations for primary health care – The Family Health Care Center @ SSTAR located at the main campus, 400 Stanley Street Fall River, MA (north end) and SSTAR’s South End Services located at 1010 South Main Street (south end).
- George Maxted MD – Family Medicine (Medical Director)
- Genie Bailey MD – Clinical Research and Opioid Treatment
- David Carter MD – Medicated Assisted Treatment Only
- Catherine Schomer MD – Pediatrician
- Donald Rice MD – Internal Medicine
- Vasantha Reddy MD – Endocrinologist
- Amy Beth Weldon DNP – Family Medicine
- Katie Raju FNP- Family Medicine
- Kristen Kowalski FNP – Family Medicine
- Phyllis Cook FNP – Family Medicine
- Adriana Medeiros FNP – Family Medicine
- Nicole Coggins FNP – Family Medicine
- Kenneth Vasques FNP – Family Medicine
- Emery Marcus NP – Medicated Assisted Treatment Only
In addition we have an Infectious Disease consultant Dr. Karen Tashima.
Our providers are associated with both local hospitals, SouthCoast Hospital Group (Charlton site) and Steward Health Care (St. Anne’s Hospital).
Our health center utilizes SouthCoast Laboratory at both our sites 400 Stanley Street & 1010 South Main Street.
George Maxted, M.D.
Dr. Maxted completed his residency in Family Medicine at Duke University in 1980 and has been an active clinician, teacher, and medical leader ever since. He has been a Medical Director for most of his career, and comes to SSTAR mainly to be a clinician, mentor, teacher and medical director. Most recently he was the Associate Program Director and faculty physician at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance. He has served as Medical Director for Valley-Wide Health Systems in Durango, CO, was twice President of the Medical Staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center, and was Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine. In 2001 he retired from the Indian Health Service as a Captain in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, after a 21 year career that included five years on the Hopi Reservation and 16 years at the Southern Colorado Ute Service Unit. He worked with the University of Massachusetts Family Medicine Residency from 2006 to 2010, and as clinician, Assistant Clinical Professor, Education Director and Vice President for Medical Services at the Family Health Center of Worcester.
Dr. Maxted has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. He also has had a CAQ in Sports Medicine. He has particular interest and skill in the areas of geriatrics, sports medicine, addiction, evidence-based medicine, metacognition (decision-making), office procedures, pain management and the breadth of Family Medicine.
Donald Page Rice, Jr., M.D., Infectious Disease
Dr. Rice joined SSTAR as an Internal Medicine provider and Infectious Diseases specialist in December, 2017. He also works for the division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. He graduated in 2012 from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed Internal Medicine residency at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, PA followed by fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT. His clinical and research interests include HIV and HCV care. Dr. Rice speaks Spanish.
Catherine Schomer, M.D., Pediatrician
Dr. Schomer is a Board Certified Pediatrician, skilled in all aspects of general pediatric care. She received her medical degree from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL. Dr. Schomer treats patients ranging in age from newborns to 18 years old. In her personal time, she enjoys photography.
Vasantha Reddy, M.D., Endocrinology
SSTAR welcomed Dr. Reddy in May of 2017 as our endocrinologist. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College at Andhra University in India. She completed her Internship and Residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and completed her Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and Boston City Hospital. Dr. Reddy worked at the Joslin Clinic focusing in diabetes care. She is a clinician and educator and taught many Residents and Fellows in Endocrinology at Baystate Medical Center. She was a director of Inpatient Diabetes Service for seven years. She has worked in community healthcare settings throughout southeastern New England, including leadership positions at the Fall River Community Health Center.
Karen Tashima, M.D., Infectious Disease
Named one of the nation’s Top 10 for AIDS/HIV care by TheBody.com, a resource website for those with the virus. She earned her medical degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Tashima has been practicing at Miriam Hospital and SSTAR for over 14 years, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. Dr. Tashima is bi-lingual and fluent in Spanish.
Our Nurse Practitioners
Katie Raju, F.N.P-C
Katie is a board certified family nurse practitioner practicing for 15 years and employed at SSTAR since 2008. She holds a BSN from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and an MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post Masters in Adult Oncology, both from University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia she was employed as an adjunct professor at La Salle & enjoyed her first Nurse Practitioner position that involved hospital, substance abuse center & nursing home patient care. At SSTAR, she takes pride in getting to know her patients & their families on an individual basis. During free time, she enjoys collecting autographs of favorite Bronco’s players and keeping up with the Celtics & Sox.
Amy Beth Weldon DNP, FNP-C
Amy is a board certified family nurse practitioner with a lengthy educational background. She has earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing and athletic training. Graduate of UMass Boston, Master’s Degree, Sigma Theta Tau recipient, and recently earned her Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice. Amy Beth worked as a maternity and women’s health clinical instructor at UMass, and mentors nurse practitioner students here at SSTAR. She is currently a professor in the graduate nursing program at Simmons College in Boston. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cycling.
Phyllis Cook, F.N.P-C
Phyllis is a board certified family nurse practitioner. Her first degree was from Northeastern University in Boston with a B.S. Degree in Athletic Training. After 8 years at Curry College as an assistant athletic trainer, she decided to further her education and earned a Degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner, both from Regis College. While in nursing school, she worked in Labor and Delivery at Boston Medical Center. She has a background in sports medicine and pain management. Phyllis enjoys yoga and going to the gym.
Kristen Kowalski, F.N.P-C
Kristen was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s degree in science from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. She worked as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital on an adult medicine unit. While pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, she did a portion of her clinical hours here at SSTAR and was excited to join the team as a Family Nurse Practitioner. When not working, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, and traveling any chance she gets!
Nicole Coggins, F.N.P-C
Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from Rhode Island College and earned her MS at UMass Medical School’s Graduate School of Nursing in Worcester, MA. As a family nurse practitioner, she has provided primary care to individuals across the lifespan in urban community health centers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She is an active volunteer with organizations focused on mental health, suicide prevention and geriatric care. She has received professional and academic awards celebrating her commitment to undeserved and diverse populations. She’s currently in the process of becoming a certified mental health Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys cooking, practicing yoga and exploring New England.
Adrianna Medeiros, F.N.P
The Family HealthCare Center welcomed Family Nurse Practitioner Adrianna Medeiros in the fall of 2017. Adrianna is a graduate of Simmons College earning her MS in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. She received her BSN degree from UMASS Boston and an Associate in Science degree from Bristol Community College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Adrianna has clinical experience in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, and women’s health. She has also participated in research projects focused on children’s health and pediatric illness. Adrianna is fluent in Portuguese and enjoys caring for her patients from the local community.
Kenneth Vasques, MSN, F.N.P-C
Ken is a board certified family nurse practitioner who joined SSTAR in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from UMass Amherst and earned his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Yale University. Ken’s approach to care takes into account the whole person including not only their physical health, but mental health and social circumstances as well. As a South Coast native, Ken is excited to return home and provide care to those in his community. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and kayaking.