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Our Team of Doctors

Our incredible doctors aren’t only handpicked for their skill, but for their off-the-charts empathy.

The team of doctors at Medici aren't your ordinary doctors. They often use the power of collaboration to help you achieve the best results as a patient. Between appointments, you’ll often catch them on calls with each other discussing how to best address an individual patient’s specific needs. They truly love their patients and are given the time and resources to care for them.

“It’s everything I need in one place & the care providers truly listen. That’s rare to find in healthcare.”

– Medici Member

Primary Care Team

Primary Care Doctor

Dr. Melendez

Dr. Melendez discovered her guiding principle in the jungles of Bolivia. While doing field research on tuberculosis patients, she was stunned to discover that patients weren’t completing their treatment, despite it being fully paid for by the government.

Deborah realized that patients need more than the right prescription. They need the right doctor and the right motivation. Simply, a consultation with Deborah is a masterclass in motivation for the body, mind and spirit.

“I see the whole person not just a medical profile. I treat the whole person not just a medical symptom. Let me help you live longer, happier, and healthier.”

Dr. Melendez is a board-certified family medicine physician. She began her medical career attaining honors in Biology at Wellesley College, before earning her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

She completed her internship at the Conroe Medical Education Foundation program and finished her residency at The Methodist Hospital in Houston in 2007. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Melendez has worked in private group practices, solo practice, and large federally-funded health centers. She is skilled at managing complex patients with acute and chronic problems.

Primary Care Doctor

Dr. Yan

Dr. Sida Yan served on the front lines in Urgent Care during the pandemic, working 12-hour shifts in crisis conditions, all with a baby at home. Her husband built a UV light sanitizing cupboard in their garage for her to use at the end of each shift. Sida carries this same sacrificial commitment as a Medici Primary Care Doctor. Her empathy, love and experience make her a doctor like no other.

“I am profoundly committed to the health and happiness of my patients.”

Dr. Yan is a board-certified family medicine physician. She attended St. Louis University School of Medicine in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. After medical school, she joined her husband in San Antonio, where he was stationed as an active-duty Air Force officer. Sida completed her family medicine residency at UT

Health San Antonio and continues to enjoy practicing evidence-based medicine specifically tailored to each of her patient’s needs.

Care Concierge


Specialty Care Team

Registered Dietician

Bethany Finstad

Bethany became a nutrition and lifestyle expert because of two great loves in her life: people and food! As a passionate foodie, she doesn’t deprive her patients of the joy of good food. Rather, she helps them play the long game and believes the health elephant is best eaten one tasty bite at a time.

She is a one-person hype team, celebrating every tiny step forward that each patient takes with her. Best of all, having fought battles of her own, Bethany is easy to talk to. She has only one firm rule about her relationship with a patient: it’s a judgment-free zone.

Bethany completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics at Stephen F. Austin State University. As a registered dietitian, Bethany has worked in diverse settings, including sub-acute care for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular, and other chronic health conditions. She has worked for hospice, and Meals on Wheels, and has experience with peritoneal and hemodialysis.

Clinical Psychiatrist

Dr. Thomas

Dr. Thomas’ training and off-the-charts people skills make her an extraordinarily effective psychiatrist.

“I truly care about you. Helping you achieve mental health is my calling and I will serve you at your pace. I will walk alongside you patiently and compassionately.”

Your PCP has access to a huge group of sub-specialists that they can contact directly on your behalf. No additional appointment necessary.

Dr. Smiley

Dr. Aaron Smiley is a distinguished veterinarian who is passionate about animals and their caretakers. He obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois and practices small animal medicine in Anderson, Indiana.

Beyond his clinical practice, Dr. Smiley holds the position of Chief of Staff Advisor at over 25 VetCor clinics throughout the Midwest where he provides professional leadership. He is also a founding member of the Veterinary Virtual Care Association and has been influential in promoting telemedicine and technological advancements in veterinary medicine. He even designed a virtual care course for the University of Illinois iLearning Center.

Dr. Smiley had the honor of being the President of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. During his tenure, Dr. Smiley played a crucial role in helping the profession navigate the COVID-19 emergency and helped ensure animal owners maintained access to veterinary care through collaboration with government officials.

He is a highly sought-after national speaker within the veterinary field and also serves on the Board of the Veterinary Nursing Program at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Haggermaker


Dr. Valentine

Before diving into Cardiology, Dr. Valentine began her career as a successful pharmacist. When her father unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack at 58, she felt called to make a change. She sold her pharmacy and went to medical school, never forgetting her dad’s words that she had the ability, and the heart, to become a doctor. Her personal story led her to craft a safe and loving environment for her patients, knowing that each is screened and cared for with the utmost consideration.

Dr. Valentine's area of specialization is adult cardiology. She has received professional recognition including Texas Super Doctors and is the author of Why most woman die - How woman can fight their #1 Killer: Heart Disease.

Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Eisele-Flint

Expert Second Opinions

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Brian Cole

Dr. Brian Cole is a nationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine and serves as the team physician for a number of teams including the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and DePaul University.

In 2009, he was selected as NBA Team Physician of the Year. Orthopedics This Week has named Dr. Cole as one of the top 20 sports medicine, knee and shoulder specialists repeatedly over the last 5 years as selected by his peers, and Dr. Cole’s awards range from the “Best Doctors in America” since 2004 and “Top Doctor” in Chicagoland since 2003.

Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Haas Hogan

Dr. Haas-Kogan received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in 1991. She completed a research fellowship, followed by a residency in radiation oncology at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC).

She spent 18 years as a radiation oncologist, researcher, and academic leader in the UCSF HDFCCC system before becoming Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital in 2015.

Dr. H is renowned for the treatment of cancers of the central nervous system and brain tumors.

Our partnership with 2nd.MD grants you access to expert second opinions from the best doctors around the world. Through 2nd.MD you receive a comprehensive second opinion and your Medici care team will guide you through the process.


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