Dr. Tara Friedman

VP and National Medical Director

Dr. Tara Friedman

Dr. Tara Friedman serves as VP and National Medical Director of Aspire Health, where she leads clinical excellence and providers oversight to the Aspire Health Organization. Prior to this role, Dr. Friedman was the Regional Medical Officer for Aspire Health’s East Division. In this role she provided clinical leadership for Aspire Health’s clinical programs in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Dr Friedman has over 20 years of experience in hospice and palliative medicine.  Dr. Friedman served on the board of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) for eight years, serving two years on the AAHPM’s Executive Committee as the Academy’s Treasurer.  She completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Mt. Sinai in NYC and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania respectively. She is a graduate of Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Friedman is board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and is a Fellow of the AAHPM.

Dr. Clare Hawkins

Regional Medical Officer

Dr. Clare Hawkins

Regional Medical Officer

Dr. Hawkins is the West Regional Medical Officer for Aspire Health. This region includes markets within Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He has been with Aspire since 2014. He is a board certified palliative care physician.  Dr. Hawkins has 10 years of experience in Palliative Care and 30 years in Medical Education. He has significant experience in Organized Medicine, with Professional Societies AAFP, TAFP and HCMS as well as Independent Physician Organizations. Dr. Hawkins completed his medical school degree and Family Medicine Residency at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg Canada.

Dr. David Narita

Northern California

Dr. David Narita

Dr. Narita is the lead physician for the Northern California region and has been with Aspire since 2020. He comes to Aspire via Brown University, the University of Cincinnati and completed his internship and residency at the Stanislaus Medical Center (UC Davis). Dr. Narita lived in Northwest Cambodia for twelve years promoting health from village level projects to residency faculty development and upon return, he worked in a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Sacramento area. Dr. Narita is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Michael Gabriel

New York, CT and Rhode Island

Dr. Michael Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel is the lead physician for New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island Markets. After completing a combined Palliative Care/ Geriatric fellowship at Yale University, began with Aspire in 2018. Dr. Gabriel is a board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Palliative Care.

Dr. Neal Gold

Eastern Tennessee

Dr. Neal Gold

Dr. Gold is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Eastern Tennessee. He graduated from Rush University in Chicago and completed his residency and chief residency at Evanston Hospital/Northwestern University. He completed an MBA with a focus in medical management at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rosalind Franklin University, Dr. Gold continues to see patients in an outpatient setting and provides educational guidance to a multidisciplinary group of healthcare students on delivering appropriate medical care. Dr. Gold joined Aspire Health in 2020 and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Nancy Lintakoon Kwan

Houston

Dr. Nancy Lintakoon Kwan

Dr. Kwan is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Houston since 2016. A graduate of Texas A&M and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Dr. Kwan has extensive experience in geriatric and nursing home populations. In addition, she works as a family physician at CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic, an indigent health care clinic for primarily Spanish speaking patients. She is also the medical director for the school based clinic program helping to ensure that children across the Houston region can safely access care within their schools. Dr. Kwan is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Katie Briggs

Alabama and Louisana

Dr. Katie Briggs

Dr. Briggs is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Mobile, Alabama and Louisiana. After completing her internship and residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Briggs completed her fellowship there as well in Palliative Medicine. Dr. Briggs joined Aspire in 2018 and currently supports a clinical work at Tulane in New Orleans. Dr. Briggs is board-certified under the American Board of Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Danielle Godinez

Pennsylvania

Dr. Danielle Godinez

Pennsylvania

Dr. Danielle Godinez is a physician for Aspire Health in the greater Pittsburgh area. She is also Medical Director of Saxony Health Center since 2012 and is a Co-Medical Director for Hope Hospice.  In addition, Dr. Godinez cares for patients in 6 long term care facilities in the northern Pittsburgh region. She is board certified in Family Medicine and graduated from The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Godinez has practiced ambulatory medicine for over 15 years and most recently, has shifted her practice to the geriatric, palliative and hospice fields.

Dr. Matthew Janssen

Southern California

Dr. Matthew Janssen

Southern California

Dr. Janssen is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Southern California. Dr. Janssen graduated from Pomona College in 1996, Phi Beta Kappa.  After working as an ambulance driver for a year, he attended UCLA Medical School. Dr. Janssen completed his residency at University of California Irvine in Emergency Medicine and was also Chief Resident and Resident Teacher of the year in 2005.  Dr. Janssen also completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at University of California Irvine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Simeon Kwan

Texas

Dr. Simeon Kwan

Dr. Kwan is a physician for Aspire Health in the greater Houston area. He completed his palliative care fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Prior to that, Dr. Kwan graduated from the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program with a special focus in international medicine. Dr. Kwan received his medical degree from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Laura Mantine

Pennsylvania

Dr. Laura Mantine

Dr. Mantine is a physician for Aspire Health in the greater Pittsburgh area. She is also employed by Personal Care Medical Associates, a private geriatric and palliative medicine practice in Western Pennsylvania and serves as Associate Medical Director of the Good Samaritan Hospice inpatient unit at Heritage Valley Beaver. She is also a Certified Hospice Medical Director and has previous experience working in PACE programs. Dr. Mantine is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine and a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and completed her residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. David McGrew

Florida

Dr. David McGrew

Dr. McGrew is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Florida. He is a founding member and past president of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Dr. McGrew has been delivering hospice and palliative medical services in the West Central Florida region for 30 years. In one of his prior roles, Dr. McGrew oversaw implementation of a home-based palliative care program that resulted in high patient and family satisfaction as well as a 60% drop in hospitalizations and ER visits for patients living with advanced CHF and COPD. Dr. McGrew earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Dr. Julie Workman

Ohio

Dr. Julie Workman

Dr. Workman is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Ohio. She is also the Medical Director of Palliative Care for Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati. Dr. Workman graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1995 and has been in practice for 21 years. She completed her residency at University Hospital. Dr. Workman is board certified in Family Medicine.

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