Our Medical Team

Dr. Hans C. Jeppesen, MD, MBA SFHM

Subacute Medical Director

Dr. Jeppesen is a highly regarded internist and part of Charter Health – an entrepreneurial-minded group that has developed a number of successful services in various settings. He practices internal medicine and is currently devoting more time to helping those with problems with addiction, mental illness, and obesity.

Jatinder “Jolly” Aujla, MD

Subacute Medical Director

I’m an internal medicine physician and most people call me Dr. Jolly. I started my training in general surgery at Brown University but realized as the first year progressed that the more the personal field of internal medicine was a better fit. So, I made the change and graduated as Chief Resident. After training, I worked in post-operative care at Cleveland Clinic followed by Director positions in hospital medicine in Alabama and Massachusetts. For several years I led the hospitalist program at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport. I’ve also done my fair share of teaching as a Chief Resident and as Associate Professor of Medicine. At Anna Jacques Hospital we restructured the hospitalist program and hired several recent nurse practitioner graduates who I trained and mentored in evidence-based medicine. I joined Charter Health in 2018 and am now the Medical Director at three of our facilities. This is honestly the best role I’ve been involved in. Our team is a close-knit group of providers who take care of our patients with the utmost responsibility. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, gardening, and, the most important thing in my life, my family.

Dr. Saeid Elmi

Long Term Medical Director

Dr. Elmi has over 25 years of experience in geriatric medicine. He started his career at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the acute care setting. He has been on staff with Hallmark Healthcare System since 1991.

Kerry Walsh, OT

Rehab Director

Dr. Papaiah Gopal


Dr. Gopal is a physiatrist in Salem, Massachusetts, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Beverly Hospital and North Shore Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Mysore Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is also affiliated with New England Orthopedic Specialists where he also specializes in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Brittany Lareaux, RT

Respiratory Therapist

Brittany graduated from respiratory school in 2016 and has an extensive background working in critical care/emergency medicine at a level one trauma center in Boston. She attended grad school at the MGH Institute of Health Professionals where she obtained her BSN, RN, and is continuing to work towards her NP in women’s health and adult-gerontology specialty tracks.

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