Center for Community Wellness

Team Bios

Paul Ridker, MD, MPH

Executive Director

Paul Ridker, MD, MPH, serves as the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is a preventive cardiologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) where he directs the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. Dr. Ridker has served on the Board of Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center for 9 years including two terms as Board Chair and was instrumental in the creation of the BWH Center for Community Wellness. With research interests ranging from inflammation biology to the social determinants of disease, Dr. Ridker has served on multiple panels for the US National Institutes of Health addressing inequality and access to health care. Formally trained in cardiovascular medicine, epidemiology, and public health, Dr. Ridker was designated in 2018 as a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association.

Rich Joseph, MD, MBA

Medical Director

Rich Joseph recently completed his residency in Primary Care-Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He was a member of the HVMA Primary Care and Population Medicine cohort of primary care trainees. During his training, Rich helped to develop programming for the BWH Center for Community Wellness in Dorchester, co-chaired the Partner’s Graduate Medical Education Council on Resident and Fellow Wellbeing, and authored articles on burnout, medical education, and the future of medical training. Rich received his medical and business degrees from Stanford University. He earned his B.S. from Yale University. Rich aspires to help build community through the collective human pursuit of health and wellbeing. Rich will continue to implement health and wellness programming for the Dorchester community as the Medical Director of the BWH Center for Community Wellness. His clinical practice will focus on Weight Management and Obesity Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Mandy Bass, RN, MS

Programs Director

Mandy Bass, RN, MS, has been at Sportsmen’s since 2016 as the Summer Camp Nurse, a Health and Wellness Advisor, and volunteer in the School to Sportsmen’s
program during the school year. Mandy has been a nurse for many years, in roles of nurse manager, clinical specialist and school nurse before joining Sportsmen’s.

The positive energy, curiosity and incredible potential of the students in this community are what draw Mandy to Sportsmen’s. She works to assist others in their own journey to healthy eating, wellness, understanding how opportunities and obstacles in their home community affect their health, and empowering the young people to better understand all these factors in order to reach their potential.

Gayna Sealy, M.Ed

Programs Coordinator

Gayna Sealy has been an active member and volunteer at Sportsmen’s since 2012, when she first started playing the sport of tennis. In 2015, she became the Program Coordinator and provides operational support to the Tennis, Enrichment, Community Outreach, Development, and General Operations areas of the club. She exhibits creativity and flexibility in helping to design the scope and reach of this position Ms. Sealy holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Smith College, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Boston College. She immigrated to Boston 30 years ago from Barbados, and currently resides in Hyde Park.

Tina Meade

BWH Chief Medical Resident

Tina grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts, and attended Williams College where she obtained a degree in Chemistry. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia for her medical school education at Emory University. She met her husband, John, in Atlanta, and they moved back to Boston for her residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in the Division of General Internal Medicine Primary Care Program. She completed residency in June 2020 and is now serving as the Primary Care Chief Medical Resident for the Brigham and Women’s Internal Medicine Residency. In this role, Tina continues to help facilitate BWH physician engagement in CCW programming.
In her free time, Tina enjoys going for runs with her husband, spending time with family and friends, and cooking – most recently learning new recipes for grilling.

Paulette Chandler MD, MPH

Medical Advisor and Nutrition Director

Paulette Chandler, MD, MPH, is a primary care physician and cancer epidemiologist with a focus on preventive medicine. Dr. Chandler studies the connection between nutrition and cancer prevention at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chandler is passionate about educating the public about the power of healthy lifestyle choices for preventing disease and promoting wellness.