Elizabeth Tarpinian, NP

Master of Science: Endicott College

Nurse Practitioner

A graduate of Endicott College, Elizabeth started her career as a nurse and became a nurse practitioner in 2017. She likes her expanded role helping patients as an advanced practitioner and enjoys diagnosing and treating a wide array of conditions across the entire lifespan. Elizabeth has extensive experience in burn, trauma and emergency surgery which she gained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “I chose to join the ReadyMED team because I enjoyed the fast-paced environment of trauma and knew that working in urgent care would be a great fit for me,” she explains.

Elizabeth says that what she loves the most about being a nurse practitioner is being able to provide patients with the high quality medical care they deserve. “Being a nurse allows me to view the patient as a ‘whole’ and utilize holistic, non-pharmacological treatments when appropriate to help patients live their best lives,” she explains. Elizabeth strives to see patients as more than just a diagnosis on paper. “Many times illness becomes present from outside influencing factors in one’s life, i.e.; stress, diet, sleep, lack of exercise, etc.,” she explains. “If we can correct underlying issues patients can achieve optimal outcomes. That’s why I like to take the time to talk with patients and get a proper history. When we get patients to feel comfortable and able to better communicate with their healthcare provider we can often learn valuable information needed to best treat the patient.”

When she is not busy with patients Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her fiancé doing activities such as hiking, skiing and traveling. She also enjoys crafting and DIY projects. Elizabeth is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

Hoang Trinh, PA

Master of Physician Assistant: Bay Path University

Physician Assistant

A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Bay Path University, Hoang has been practicing as a physician assistant since 2015.

Hoang became interested in becoming a physician assistant during his undergraduate years when he explored the medical field and had the opportunity to shadow a physician assistant (PA). “I admired the respect they received from collaborating physicians, other members of the healthcare team and patients in their communities,” he explains. “Now as a practicing PA, I really appreciate the flexibility to work in different fields of medicine and make impactful positive changes for an individual’s health. In medicine, you truly never stop learning and I have been fortunate to experience that now first hand as a physician assistant.”

Hoang enjoys the challenge of working at ReadyMED, treating many different problems each day. “I believe coming to ReadyMED can save people an unnecessary trip to the ER and help catch an illness before it worsens to the point of hospitalization,” he explains. “I think patients really appreciate the care they receive at ReadyMED.”

Hoang believes the patient is a vital part of the healthcare team. “I think the best outcomes are achieved when everyone listens, understands, and works together. I also enjoy educating patients in the community about taking charge of their preventative health, so they can work to optimize their health as they age.”

In his spare time Hoang enjoys rock climbing, running, hiking, exploring the arts, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dr. Michelle Whitham

Dr. Michelle Whitham

Medical School: University of California San Francisco
Internship/Residency: UMass Memorial Medical Center

Pediatrician

Dr. Michelle Whitham was inspired to pursue a career in pediatrics by her grandmother, who was a pediatrician. After graduating from college and working in market research consulting, she decided to follow her passion for science and caring for children and become a physician.

Dr. Whitham believes that being a mother herself helps her be a better pediatrician. “Being the mother of three children really has a benefit,” she explains. “I’ve taken care of sick and crying kids of my own, and I think that helps me talk a child through being scared or sick, and also build a rapport quickly with their parents.”

In her role as a pediatrician, Dr. Whitham knows that parents only want what’s best for their children. “I try to treat every child like they were a member of my own family. In fact, I will often say, ‘here are the options … and here’s what I would do in this situation.’ ”

Dr. Whitham enjoys the challenge of working in Pediatric Urgent Care. “It’s always interesting coming to work each day and there’s never a dull moment. Everyone here in the department is very dedicated and enthusiastic, and I think that helps make a difference for the patients.”

In her spare time Dr. Whitham enjoys cooking for her family, especially trying out different regional recipes. She also enjoys watching her children’s sporting events and spending time with her husband and two dogs.