Allison Betts, PA

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Master of Physician Assitant Studies:
MCPHS University

Bachelor of Science:
Stonehill College

Physician Assistant

A graduate of Stonehill College and MCPHS University, Alli has been a practicing physician assistant since 2010. Alli has always been interested in emergency medicine and urgent care, ever since she first watched some medical TV shows when she was younger. In her work at ReadyMED, Alli strives to make her patients feel at ease. “No one wakes up in the morning and wants to be sick or injured and spend their day in the doctor’s office, ER or urgent care center,” she explains. “That’s why I work hard to make people feel better and take care of their injury. For me, it’s incredibly satisfying to help someone and put a smile on their face at the same time.” In her spare time Alli enjoys being with family and friends. She also enjoys all things Disney, running, skiing and playing softball.

Matthew Brown, PA

Matthew Brown, PA

Master of Physician Assistant Studies: MCPHS University
Bachelor of Science: University of Connecticut

Physician Assistant

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Matthew started out working as an EMT before becoming a Physician Assistant. He enjoys putting his skills to work in an urgent care setting. “At ReadyMED, every day is something new and you never know what will walk through the door,” he explains. “Plus there are many different procedures I can perform here.” Matthew enjoys the wide variety of patients he gets to see each day. His philosophy is to treat every patient with an open mind and the way he would want to be treated. He looks forward each day to having a positive effect on his patient’s lives. “It’s very satisfying to work with a patient and have a big impact on their life even with a relatively short interaction,” he explains. In his spare time Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Linda Ciu

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Doctorate: University of Tirana
Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center & UMASS Memorial Medical Center

Pediatrician

Growing up in Albania, Dr. Linda Ciu’s parents always had a lot of respect for physicians. “My parents weren’t doctors but they always revered physicians and saw medicine as an important profession. I think that influenced me to become a doctor,” she explains. “Now I enjoy helping others using my medical skills and my daughter is also a physician.”

Dr. Ciu spent many years as a pediatrician before becoming a full-time urgent care physician. “I enjoyed helping families with their different needs. Over time, you can become very close. Working with families is a unique part of medicine because parents trust you with the most precious thing they have – their children.”

Although Dr. Ciu spent much of her career as a pediatrician, she enjoys the fast pace of working at ReadyMED. “Urgent care is a unique way to practice because you have to make important decisions about plans of treatment or accessing the gravity of the situation in a short amount of time,” she explains. “When you walk in the door to the exam room you never know what you will see.”

Dr. Ciu really strives to bring the warmth and caring that she fostered in primary care to her work at ReadyMED. “I want to make people as comfortable as possible when they visit. I like the fact that in urgent care you can help people immediately and put them at ease.”

In her spare time, Dr. Ciu enjoys working in the yard, being with friends, and traveling. She also enjoys exercising to stay in shape, including aerobics.

Kristen Direnzo, NP

Kristen Direnzo, NP

Master of Science: MCPHS University
Bachelor of Science: University of Massachusetts Boston

Nurse Practitioner

Kristen worked as a registered nurse for nine years prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. Although she thoroughly enjoyed her years in nursing, she wanted to continue her education to expand her knowledge base and broaden her role as a caregiver. “One of my favorite things as a nurse practitioner is being able to facilitate a greater understanding among my patients of the care they receive,” she explains. “This not only helps enhance compliance with medical regimens but also helps overcome their own personal barriers to better care.” Kristen always takes the time to listen carefully to her patient’s needs. “This really allows me to understand what obstacles they may have adhering to prescribed treatment plans and allows me to work with them to make sure they get the day-to-day care they need to improve their quality of life.” When she is not busy with patients Kristen enjoys staying as active as possible and working out. She also loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son. She especially enjoys visiting the New England coast.