Meet Our Experienced Team - Staff
Dr. Steven Zivich
As a family medicine doctor, Steven is often inspired by his patients and their motivations and gets the privilege to help them meet their goals and support them through their hardships. He was ecstatic when he discovered Direct Primary Care (DPC) because allows for quality time with his patients without having to rush through visits or adjust necessary medical therapies based simply on what insurance dictates. This allows him to focus on where health care belongs: on his patients.
Steven’s primary areas of expertise are in performance-based medicine, preventative health management, and lifestyle care. He specializes in the management of chronic illnesses (including HIV), metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and sports-related injuries. Steven also offers a variety of services to the LGBTQ community, of which he is a proud Member.
After trying every fad diet out there and still struggling with his weight well into his 20s, Steven became a nutritional advocate. As a medical practitioner, he believes that it is his obligation when working with his patients’ health to provide proper education and guidance with nutrition. He has a strong interest in building nutritional plans that lead to long-lasting results. Steven completed his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Music at James Madison University in Virginia. Then, he attended the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, completed a Surgical Internship at Boston Medical Center, and a Residency in Family Medicine in 2015 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Steven currently resides in the South End and spends much of his free time experimenting with new recipes, playing on his rugby team, and weight training. He’s excited to be a part of the lives of the patients of Boston Direct Health and to finally be able to be the family doctor that he has always wanted to be and that you deserve.
Amanda Digitale, RN
Amanda Digitale is our primary aesthetic nurse injector here at Boston Direct Health. Amanda’s mission and passion as a registered nurse has always been to simply help people. Graduating from Boston College with her BSN in 2014, Amanda joined the Hematology/Oncology division at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she has been for the past 6 years. She decided to advance her nursing career by pursuing the field of aesthetics in hopes of treating “the whole person,” connecting body, mind, and soul. Her goal for everyone who leaves her office is that they leave with a newfound love and confidence in themselves. Certified under plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph A. Russo and through the Aesthetic Institute of Massachusetts, Amanda has become certified in neurotoxins, dermal filler, kybella, and more. Although Italian, Amanda is fluent in Spanish, a big part of her cultural roots are in Venezuela. When Amanda is not working, she loves spending time with her pup Pasquale, being outside, binging Netflix, traveling, and eating pasta.
Michelle Michienzi, Admin
Michelle Michienzi is Dr. Steven Zivich's administrative assistant here at Boston Direct Health. She is the point person for coordinating patient care and ensuring that each of our clients receives an easy, breezy experience at our aesthetic and primary care practice.
Andy Shin, PA
Having worked for several years in Emergency Medicine under various roles, Andy realized that his passion was in sustained relationships with his patients. He made the transition into primary care so that he could achieve this goal through longitudinal care. To Andy, one of the most important parts of his job is to ensure that each and every one of his patients feels well-heard, understood, and listened to with compassion and non-judgment.
Andy completed his undergraduate degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. He then moved on to Boston University School of Public Health, where he earned a graduate degree in Epidemiology with a focus in Biostatistics. He completed his second graduate degree in Physician Assistant studies at Mercy College of Ohio.
In his spare time, Andy likes to work out, explore Boston’s food scene, learn new skills, and cook. He is excited to join the BDH family and can’t wait to use his skills to provide equitable and effective healthcare.
We are thrilled to introduce our newest addition to the medical team at BDH, Medical Physician Andy Shin, PA. With his extensive experience in Emergency Medicine and a strong commitment to building long-lasting patient relationships, Andy brings a compassionate and patient-centered approach to primary care.
Andy discovered his passion for providing sustained care while working in various roles in Emergency Medicine. Recognizing the importance of fostering lasting connections with patients, he made the decision to transition into primary care. His goal is to ensure that every patient he treats feels genuinely heard, understood, and supported, without judgment. Andy's educational background is diverse and impressive. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. He then pursued a graduate degree in Epidemiology, specializing in Biostatistics, at the esteemed Boston University School of Public Health. His thirst for knowledge and dedication to healthcare led him to complete a second graduate degree in Physician Assistant studies at Mercy College of Ohio.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Andy enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle by working out regularly. He also has an adventurous palate and loves exploring Boston's vibrant food scene. Continuously seeking personal growth, he dedicates his spare time to learning new skills and refining his cooking abilities.
At BDH, we are delighted to have Andy join our family. His unique skill set, combined with his passion for equitable and effective healthcare, aligns perfectly with our mission to provide exceptional care to our community.
Casandra Petrola is one of our administrative assistants as well as our marketing manager. She helps patients with their scheduling, billing, and medical record needs. Her years of excellent customer service brings comfort to all our patients when communicating with them. Casandra comes to us with a degree in graphic design and knowledge about social media marketing. She is the go to person when creating graphics to reach our aesthetic and primary care patients.