Dr. Richard Donahue founded Personal Health MD in 2011 to combine excellence in primary medical care with the most effective and safe integrative functional medical care, all under one roof.
“It’s vital to take the time to understand each patient in-depth — as a combination of their biochemistry, epigenetics, goals, emotions, and relationships. Only then can we combine advanced science with the art of healing to best treat illness and personalize health action steps.”
Fascinated by advances in medical science and practicing Primary Care for 28 years, Dr. Donahue enjoys collaborating with Harvard specialists to provide his patients with the most seamless healthcare possible. Dr. Donahue is a Brigham and Women’s Hospital Associate Physician and Beth Israel Hospital Courtesy Staff Physician in the Departments of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Donahue studied cellular biology and political science at Tufts University, earned his MD from the University of Massachusetts and became board certified in Family Medicine at Maine- Dartmouth Residency Program. From 1994 to 2005 he served as Medical Director at the Island Medical Center on Vinalhaven, Maine where he developed the fastest pre-hospital advanced cardiac care for heart attacks in New England, treated adult and pediatric complex medical illness, and provided home visits to the island’s elderly. As the island’s sole physician on call 24/7 for 10 years, he discovered how personalized medical care could lead to earlier diagnoses and help transform lives.
In 2005, Dr. Donahue moved to Boston to study public health policy and environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health where he served as a visiting scientist. From 2005 to 2011 he cared for Harvard students and professors at Harvard University Health Services and taught Harvard medical students as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine. He is a member of Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Samira Gonzalez obtained her Medical Assistant degree from Bunker Hill Community College in 2007 were she graduated with honors. From 2007 to 2015 Samira worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, advancing to management level. Samira joined the PHMD team in 2015. She strives to make the most out of every day by enriching patients’ lives and believes the key to success is a positive attitude. Her smile is heartfelt and welcoming every time you come for a visit.
Michael Cahill, after graduating with an MBA from Bentley, worked as a capital projects manager at Harvard University for 7 years. Interested in health and fitness, in 2011 Michael started and managed a fitness and nutrition business tailoring personalized fitness programs to individual clients. Michael joined Personal Health MD in 2018, as business advisor with public outreach, bringing his experience and caring personality to the practice.
Stacy recently moved to the Greater Boston area from Seattle. After raising her two children she has rejoined the workforce. Physical health and fitness have always been important to Stacy, which is why she is excited to be a part of the Personal Health MD team. With previous experience in the health insurance industry, she appreciates the importance of providing the best experience for patients.
Ally is a Boston-trained Physician Assistant who co-founded the practice in 2011. She now serves as a practice advisor to help translate advancing-edge medical research into clinical practice. She draws upon her past experience as the first PA co-investigator in Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and stem cell researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.
When multiple specialists are involved, Dr. Donahue becomes the hub of your health care wheel, creating a team approach among MD specialists, counselors, nutritionists, physical therapists, geneticists, and integrative medicine practitioners.