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WilliamCarlsonMDWilliam Carlson, MD

Will graduated amongst the top of his class from St. Matthew’s University in August of 2012. He has lived in Tallahassee for most of his life and graduated from Lawton Chiles high school in 2004, where he demonstrated a talent for playing football. He then continued his education at Florida State University where he became a cum laude graduate in Athletic Training and Sports medicine. During his time at FSU he was fortunate enough to work with the medical staffs of the varsity football, baseball and women’s soccer teams. He has passed the board of certification exam to be a certified athletic trainer and maintains a strong interest in athletics and sports medicine alike.

In his leisure time, William enjoys the outdoors, music, collegiate athletics and spending time with friends and family. He is married to his high school sweetheart Candace who works as a local school guidance counselor. As a native to the area he is greatly looking forward to serving fellow members of the Tallahassee community.

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DavidCastilloMDDavid Castillo, MD

A May 2012 graduate of Florida State University College of Medicine, David is excited to continue medical training in Tallahassee. Completing a BS in Human Sciences at FSU in 2004, he continued his education while completing his athletic eligibility as a member of the FSU football team.

During his time as a student athlete he was named to the ACC All Conference team and was captain of the 2005 ACC championship team. He also received recognition for his work in the classroom including being named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, James Tatum award winner for top scholar athlete in the ACC, and being honored as the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Scholar-Athlete of the year. In addition, he received the National Football Foundation, Weaver-James-Corrigan, NCAA Enhancement and Time Warner postgraduate scholarships. His research “Knowledge and Attitudes concerning Sickle Cell Trait among Minority Student Athletes” was published and presented at several conferences.

David’s love of sports and patient interaction has fueled his desire to pursue a career in Family Medicine with a sports medicine emphasis. David and his wife Nicole love being a part of the Tallahassee community and spending time with their lovely daughter, Anna Grace.

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AmandaPearcyDavisMDAmanda Pearcy Davis, MD

Graduating from Florida State University College of Medicine in May 2012, Amanda is excited to be continuing medical training at Tallahassee Memorial. Family Medicine has always appealed to her due to the variety of patients and pathologies, as well as diverse career paths. Since her time as a mathematics major at the University of Florida to her completion of her medical degree at FSU, she has continued to immerse herself in various aspects of medicine including rural practice, emergency medicine, women’s health, and procedural and diagnostic skills. In addition to her avid interest in medicine, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, Lance, reading about a wide variety of topics, cooking, and visiting family in Central Florida.

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KliveFordeMDKlive Forde, MD

Born and raised on the island of Barbados, Klive is a 2008 medical graduate of the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. His academic career has been characterized by excellence with one of his most cherished awards being a medal he received for attaining the top rank in his class over the first three years of medical school.

Following graduation Klive worked in multiple settings in his native Barbados, and chose a career in Family Medicine because of the diversity of experiences the specialty offers, and the breadth of medical knowledge required. He believes that the opportunity to get to know his patients and their families over time helps him to be able to treat them holistically. He is excited to have the opportunity for residency training in Tallahassee. Outside of medicine, he is active in his church as a youth leader and member of the praise team. He also enjoys camping, hiking, reading and public speaking.

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LynnGarnerMDLynn Garner, MD

Lynn is delighted to continue serving patients as she transitions from Orthopedic Surgery to Family Medicine. After a successful career in Army Medicine as an orthopedist caring for military members stationed in Landstuhl, Germany from 1986 to 1991, she opened a private practice and worked as a solo orthopedic practitioner for many years in Panama City, Florida. She was inspired by the courage of her patients in the face of adversity, particularly those facing chronic disease with little in the way of financial or social support. She especially enjoyed the privilege of caring for diabetics, including on those dialysis service, and developed a special interest in limb preservation. For the past year, she has worked as a physician at a free medical clinic in Panama City and hopes to continue to care for the underserved in the future.

Dr. Garner graduated from Bennington College in Vermont and from Duke Medical School. She completed her Orthopedic Residency at the Brown University Affiliated Hospitals in Providence, RI. in 1986. She and husband, Terry, have three children, Chelsea, Matt and Todd, and one grandchild, Ava. Chelsea will be attending US Uniformed Health Services medical school in Bethesda as a first year medical student and Army officer. Dr. Garner’s interests outside of medicine include walking, reading, and mindfulness meditation. She loves all the beautiful canopy roads and trees in Tallahassee which is a bit of a change from her coastal home in Fort Walton Beach.

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MichelleMillerMDMichelle Miller, MD

Michelle was raised in Wauchula, Florida, but has been a Florida State Seminole since 2003. Following a BS in Psychology, she earned her medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine in May, 2012. At FSU COM, Michelle volunteered with FSUCares, where she experienced her first international medical trip to Panama. As a national student leader in such organizations such as American Medical Women's Association and American Medical Students Association she was able to see the impact of the Family Medicine specialty. She enjoys reading, crocheting, and walking her dog, Jojo, in her spare time.

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YvonPetioteMDYvon Petiote, MD

A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Yvon graduated with a BS in Biology from Barry University in Miami. After four years working as a client financial advisor for CitiBank in Miami, he was able to return to school. He earned his M.D. from St. Matthew’s University in May 2012. While at St. Matthews he served as a student mentor and Student Government Representative. He says, “I have learned what an important impact one can have on patients’ lives when approaching patient care with honor and humility.”

Training in Family Medicine in Tallahassee is a “dream come true”, and he looks forward to serving his community as a skilled and trusted physician. Yvon enjoys family time with wife, Rachel, a critical care nurse at TMH, and their young daughter, Abigaelle Grace. Other interests include activities with friends, volunteering for church and medical outreach efforts, and jogging.

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ChristopherRiccardMDChristopher Riccard, MD

A native Floridian, Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Stetson University in DeLand, FL, where he graduated with honors. During his time at Stetson, Chris was involved in such extracurricular roles as Captain of the men's rowing team and President of the student body's Honor Council for academic integrity. Following his four year term at Stetson University he attended Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies and Freeport, Grand Bahama where he graduated with high honors. At Ross University he was deeply involved with student government where he held the position of President. He has spent a great deal of time working in the field of Behavioral Medicine and holds a special interest in mental health.

Drawn to medicine by an inherent enjoyment in working with people, his vision of effective medical treatment encompasses patient awareness, a positive attitude, a firm grasp of the medical sciences and a team approach. His goal as a family physician is to work closely with patients to achieve a desirable state of physical and mental wellbeing. When not working, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. He is an avid outdoorsman and grasps every opportunity for adventure and learning.

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KariAnnSnyderMDKari Ann Snyder, MD

Kari graduated from Ross University with highest honors in April 2012 before settling in at TMH. She was born in Montana where the rural family physicians were an integral part of each city. Her passion for medicine was ignited during high school when she took her first medical science class. It continued to grow through obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Texas Tech University.

Kari Ann has been active in the American Cancer Society for over ten years, has volunteered in the pediatric department of University Medical Center, in Lubbock, Texas, along with being involved in medical school clubs such as the Salybia Mission Project, providing medical care for those in need. Her mother’s victorious battle with breast cancer has encouraged her to work harder to become a doctor who can help people and make a difference. She is excited to be continuing her dream through residency at TMH.

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AgustinVilardoMDAgustin Vilardo, MD

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, a country that seems to live and breathe soccer, Agustin got caught up as a youngster training to be a goal keeper. Discovering the value of practice and perseverance, his efforts were rewarded with his selection as Uruguay’s national team goal keeper for indoor soccer. After receiving an MD degree from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay, he decided to take a chance on another of his dreams, studying medicine in the US.

After being a research volunteer at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and working in clinics for underprivileged residents, he saw the importance of preventive medicine and the urgency for people of his community to reach optimal health. This goal is now being fulfilled and he is very happy to be pursuing a career in Family Medicine. He shares, “I am very fortunate to bring my wife, Carmen, our three year old daughter, Andreina and newborn son, Benjamin to a community like Tallahassee. I hope to be able to practice in this community long after graduation.”

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ThomasAustinZornMDThomas Austin Zorn, MD

Austin is a Tallahassee native, born at TMH. He graduated from Leon High School where he was the centerfielder on the baseball team and active in the music program. Receiving a BS in Neuroscience from Furman University in South Carolina in 2008, he worked as a youth director for a local church and spent time volunteering at a retirement community, and singing with an a cappella group, “The Bell Tower Boys.” In 2012, he received his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Having grown up in a family with several physicians, Austin was drawn to Family Medicine because of the diversity of the field and the type of people who choose the discipline. In his spare time, he enjoys being with family, the outdoors, sports, fishing, the beach, and singing.

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ShamilCorpsMDShamil Corps, MD 

Graduating from St. Matthews University Shamil recognized her dream of a career in medicine. Born in the U.S, of Hispanic Cuban and Puerto Rican background, Shamil moved from P.R. to Orlando, Florida at age 18 to pursue medicine which has been her passion since the age of 4. Her interest developed from her immigrant grandfather, a man she admires profoundly. He worked hard to pursue the American dream for his family and grandchildren and has taught her the importance of hard work and perseverance. Attending the University of Florida she participated in research as well as medical missions to Guatemala. It was during this time that she realized the importance of primary care, “There is nothing in the world that I find more rewarding than helping those in need.” Following her BS in Microbiology, she began medical school where she enjoyed all her rotations, especially her family medicine rotation at TMH which “felt like home and I am honored to have training in a hospital like TMH!”

During medical school, she also obtained an MBA in Healthcare Administration and foresees a role in administration, perhaps being part of future medical missions and charity work.

When not working, Shamil enjoys visiting her family and friends in central Florida, dancing, watching basketball games, trying new foods and playing with her long-hair Chihuahua, Simba.

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CoryDuncanMDCory Duncan, MD

A native Floridian, Cory was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Barry University. Coming from a working class family, Cory developed an early interest in Family Medicine after he saw the opportunity to give back to impact the lives of those he could serve as a physician. Developing an interest in Tallahassee Memorial while attending the Florida State University College of Medicine, Cory obtained his M.D. in 2013. While training in Stuart, Florida, he had the opportunity to directly care for patients at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, and hopes to continue to volunteer care for the underprivileged throughout his medical career.

Cory spent much of his pre-medical career performing in a South Florida rock band, and still spends much free time playing his guitar. He also enjoys snorkeling, diving, and saltwater fishing.

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AnnaHackenbergMDAnna Hackenberg, MD

A native German, Dr. Anna Hackenberg grew up moving back and forth between Germany and Texas. Graduating from high school in Texas, Anna attended Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers earning a BS in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Philosophy, while competing on FGCU golf team. She immediately moved on to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean on St. Martin. After two years of study on the island, Anna spent her third year working in a hospital abroad near London, and her final year finishing up her clinical rotations in cities across the US including New York City, Orlando, and Tallahassee. In her free time Anna enjoys running marathons, traveling, playing golf, scuba diving, trying new foods, and most of all spending time with her family.

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JonathanNavaMDJonathan Nava, MD

Dr. Nava was born and raised in Lima, Peru, before immigrating to South Florida. He attended college in at Florida Atlantic University where he earned a B.S. in Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology and Microbiology. A medical student at Ross University, Jonathan was fortunate to visit numerous places and interact with a wide range of cultures and people. His passion for family medicine stems from his desire to aid a diverse population of all ages. Having faced personal medical challenges he learned the value of patient-doctor relationships that will make him a more effective family physician.

In his free time, Jonathan is a cooking enthusiast, particularly Peruvian cuisine and enjoys soccer, weightlifting, outdoor activities and spending time with his dog, Sasha.

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SavitriRamdialMDSavitri Ramdial, MD

Dr. Ramdial has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor and graduated as the first Medical Doctor in her family. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of the West Indies where she attended the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.

On completion of her internship, she worked throughout Trinidad in a variety of clinical units ranging from Internal Medicine, Community Medicine, Neonatal Intensive Care and at a Pediatric Emergency Department. Working in these different environments, further confirmed her decision to pursue family medicine. She was elated to receive news of her admission into the program at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

She is sociable and easy going and holds her family and friends close at heart. Being raised by parents who are teachers, she herself enjoys educating younger children. Most of her free summers during medical school were spent giving remedial classes to children within her community. Dr. Ramdial is married and enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures and trying new foods together with her husband. In addition, she loves hiking, running and yoga.

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AmyRejaianMDAmy Rejaian, MD

A native Spanish speaker, Dr. Amy Rejaian was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Miami, Florida. After high school, Amy pursued a BA in Biology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Miami. She then went on to receive her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. During clinical rotations, Amy fell in love with the diversity and all-encompassing nature of family medicine which lead her to choose this specialty. With an empathetic and caring nature, patient needs always remain a focus for her. Although excited to be back in Florida, she hopes to one day work abroad, inspired by the Doctors Without Borders Program.

Some of Amy’s other interests include photography, reading, dancing, and going on road trips with her family.

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SamuelEliRossMDSamuel Eli Ross, MD

Dr. Ross, a native North Floridian graduated from Tallavana Christian in nearby Havana, Fl. In 2008 he graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. He returned home to teach science and coach volleyball at his alma mater before enrolling in St. George’s University for medical school in 2009. As a participant in SGU’s Global Scholars Program, Eli traveled the world visiting seven European countries in his first year of medical school. June 2013 he completed medical training and is excited to be back in his hometown. With all his travels he has realized there is no place like home.

In his spare time, Eli loves to travel the world, doing some of his favorite things: camping, hiking, scuba diving, and exploring new places. Spending time with friends and family along with mentoring kids are other passions.

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TamaraSealyMDTamara Sealy, MD

Dr. Sealy was destined to choose medicine as a career from early teenage years after attending a career day in high school. Tamara is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she attended both the Mona Campus in Jamaica, and the Cave Hill Campus of her native country Barbados. After graduating in 2008 and then completing her internship year in 2009, she worked across the island in a wide array of clinics ranging from Antenatal/Gynecology to Urology to Pediatrics and General Practice in addition to working at the local Geriatric Hospital. After years of working in these varying disciplines, she decided to specialize and pursue a career in Family Medicine as it is the key specialty that would enable her to competently care for patients of every age and gender. She is thrilled for the opportunity to receive residency training with Tallahassee Memorial, and is looking forward to this next chapter in her life.

Tamara is a fun-loving and caring individual who is also easy to get along with and is willing to help others. When not working, she enjoys a good novel (almost any type would do) and is an ardent sports follower, particularly, soccer and basketball.

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NathanStuckeyMDNathan Stuckey, MD

Dr. Stuckey is a native of Florida, born in Gulf Breeze and graduating from Maclay School here in Tallahassee. After eight years of undergraduate and medical school at the University of South Alabama (Go Jags!!), he returned to Tallahassee to continue his medical training. He has always wanted to be a family physician and is very excited to be in residency during a time of increased emphasis on primary care.

Dr. Stuckey enjoys many varied hobbies and pursuits. Some favorites include ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, soccer, chess, and reading outside of work. He also pretends to play the guitar, but aspires to play for real before the next three years are over. Most important of all, Nathan is happily engaged to Melissa as of June 29th, 2013, and considers himself the luckiest man in the world.

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PhilipVerelMDPhilip Verel, MD

Dr. Verel was raised in Ocala, Florida. After earning a chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he owned and operated a chiropractic clinic for over 10 years. He realized after helping numerous patients with musculoskeletal issues that he wanted a broader scope of practice. He knew family medicine would fulfill his dream to provide comprehensive care to his patients. Philip returned to medical school and earned his M.D. from Ross University in May 2013. At Ross he served in the student government as a health & environmental representative and as an EMT. Prior to receiving his chiropractic degree, he received emergency medical training in the United States Army Reserve where he was trained as a combat medic and fulfilled a 6 year military obligation. He is excited to be part of the family medicine residency team at TMH.

Philip enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His other interests include working out, biking, hiking, golf and his newest hobby learning how to play guitar.

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JillianWeissmanMDJillian Weissman, MD

Born and raised in Plantation, Florida, Jillian has lived in Florida all of her life until attending medical school at St. George’s University on Grenada. Earning a Bachelor’s of Science in 2005 from the University of Central Florida, she progressed to Florida Atlantic University where she completed a Master’s of Science in 2008, before completing medical school in 2013. Ever grateful to her parents, she shared, "I am very close with my family and am so happy to be able to stay in Florida near them. My parents are my biggest support system. They are both retired teachers and always said that they didn’t care what career I chose, as long as I received a good education."

Looking forward to residency at TMH she explained how much she felt at home when she interviewed here and the encouragement from Dr. Zorn that she displayed the heart of a family physician affirmed her choice for residency. With strong interests in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Emergency Medicine, she is planning to explore fellowship opportunities after residency. Away from work, Jillian treasures time with her family; and enjoys gardening and yard sales.

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Leah Anderson, MD Leah Anderson, MD

Dr. Anderson grew up in the small town of Tremont, Miss. By the age of seven she was inspired by her local pediatrician to become a doctor. She attended Millsaps College and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2008 with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She then entered into the Professional Portal Track Program at the University Of Mississippi Medical Center, where she completed a Master’s of Science degree in Biomedical Science with honors, in 2010. Dr. Anderson was then accepted into the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (class of 2014). In 2011, as a second year medical student, she was awarded the Mississippi Rural Physician Scholarship for the remaining three years of medical school. She is passionate about practicing full-scope family medicine with obstetrical privileges in rural, medically underserved areas. Dr. Anderson reports that she is very excited to join the TMH family and to train in such a strong, well-rounded, family medicine program. Dr. Anderson has two boys and a wonderful husband, with whom she is passionate about spending her spare time with. In addition to each other, the family enjoys the beach, camping, the outdoors and soccer.

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Marian Babalola, MD Marian Babalola, MD

Born in Nigeria, Dr. Babalola’s family relocated to the United States when she was nine. After several moves, Jacksonville, Fla. became and remains home. It is there that she completed high school and then a Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Public Health at the University of North Florida. Attending medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Science she graduated in 2013. She also completed a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Davenport University.

“Through my medical journey, I have come to appreciate the truth behind the saying that “Prevention is better than a cure.” That is why Family Medicine was the natural choice for me and I could not be more excited to continue this journey here at Tallahassee Memorial. In my spare time I love traveling, spending time with my family, watching sports, cooking, shopping and if there is any time left I also like to sleep.”

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Jannice Beckford, MD Jannice Beckford, MD

A true “island girl,”Dr. Beckford was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica in the West Indies so it is no surprise that she loves going to the beach for a relaxing day with family and friends, in addition to cooking, singing, and getting her hands dirty in the garden. Her undergraduate and medical degrees were obtained from University of West Indies in Jamaica. Her experiences following graduation have been diverse, including Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Anesthesia. Making a commitment to Family Medicine, she is able to draw on her work experience and brings that knowledge to residency training at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

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Gary Brown, MD Gary Brown, MD

A native of the beautiful island of Jamaica, Dr. Brown attended the University of the West Indies in Kingston and obtained his medical degree in 2005. After graduation, he worked in various medical settings including a stint aboard a European cruise liner as an aesthetic physician. He also served in the United States Navy where he enjoyed contributing to the health care of the military community. His choice of Family Medicine was driven by the myriad of experiences the specialty offers coupled with the depth of medical knowledge required. He is excited at the opportunity to complete residency training at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. An avid sportsman, Dr. Brown was an integral member of his university’s soccer and cricket teams, helping them to national collegiate titles in both sports. His fiancé is also a physician and is completing fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine.

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DP Choudhury, MD D.P. Choudhury, MD

Born in Kolkata, India but raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Dr. Choudhury found a strong interest in medicine at a very early age through his family doctor. After high school, he enrolled in St. George’s University School of Medicine earning a BSc in Medical Sciences, and completing his medical training in June 2013. He also found his choice of medicine reinforced by rotations during medical school in New Jersey. As the only child of a high school teacher and a university professor, it is no surprise he has an interest in teaching and educating others and taught summer classes during medical school vacations. Outside of medicine, Dr. Choundhurty is an avid tennis fan and player, having been nationally ranked in the Bahamas and also fortunate enough to play with a few legends of the game such as Mark Knowles, Jim Courier, James Blake and Serena Williams. In addition, he enjoys going to the gym, playing the piano and trumpet and trying out different cuisines.

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Sasha Gittens, MD Sasha Gittens, MD

Born and raised on the Caribbean island of Barbados, Dr. Gittens is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she attended both the Mona Campus in Jamaica and the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. Dr. Gittens graduated as one of the top students in her class attaining honors in surgery, and receiving The Lionel Stuart Prize for the best performance in the final surgery examination and the Merck Sharpe and Dohme Prize for the highest aggregate mark in the medicine examination. Following graduation from medical school in 2008, Dr. Gittens completed her internship and then worked in the public polyclinics on the island. There, she managed pediatric, antenatal, postnatal and other adult and geriatric patients daily in the clinic and at a nursing home in the community. She also cared for patients in their homes. Managing patients and their families and assisting them through crisis fascinated Dr. Gittens, and soon it was not just her job, it was her passion. Dr. Gittens was always intrigued by the plethora of conditions patients encountered, as well as the lasting relationships formed. Consequently, she decided to pursue formal training in Family Medicine. Dr. Gittens is truly excited to have the opportunity for residency training at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, as this is where she sees her dream becoming a reality. In her spare time, Dr. Gittens likes cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and outdoor activities.

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Todd Hewitt, MD Todd Hewitt, MD

Dr. Hewitt joins TMH after a successful career as a Chiropractor for 13 years in Pasadena, Calif. While in practice, he served on many professional, as well as volunteer health related organizations. Through his exposure and close work with other medical specialties (and with the support of an incredible family), he decided to fulfill a goal set as a child and left practice to enter medical school. He considers being active one of the key tenants in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and has been extremely fortunate to be involved in and associated with a wide variety of athletic activities in his life. He was a college football player and attended East Texas State University for undergraduate education and he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. While there he was a member of the U.S. National Rugby League team and a student member of an organization that provided care to professional Rodeo cowboys. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Medical Health Sciences in 2014. While a medical student, he was privileged to serve as one of the Team Physicians for the nation of Nevis's Olympic Triathlon/Cycling team. He is extremely enthusiastic about returning to practice and thankful for the opportunity to continue his education in a dynamic community like Tallahassee. Through all of his experiences and training, Dr. Hewitt has maintained strong interest in Rural Medicine, Sports Medicine and Pain Management, but also appreciates the comprehensive role a Family Medicine physician is entrusted to play in the lives of their patients. Dr. Hewitt and his wife Michelle have been married for 18 years and welcomed a joyous and enthusiastic daughter, Campbell, to their family three years ago. As a family they celebrate any activity that allows them to be outside and on the water and are excited by the many unique opportunities in their new North Florida home. They share a passion for college football and thanks to Campbell, throw one heck of a "Fancy Tea Party."

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Nam Huynh, MD Nam Huynh, MD

Dr. Huynh immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of eight and lived in several parts of the country before calling Florida home. He earned a bachelor in Biomedical Science at the University of South Florida, while working as a pharmacy technician and helping run a salon business with his mother. Attending Ross University School of Medicine, he graduated with high honors. Dr. Huynh had the opportunity to travel and work in many underserved countries during his time at Ross University. Fluent in his native language, he hopes to improve quality of care through effective communication with Vietnamese patients. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, going to the movies, learning to play the electric keyboard, and enjoying his fiancé’s outstanding cooking.

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Megan McNeil, MD Megan McNeil, MD

Dr. McNeil, a Mississippi native, completed high school at Leake Academy in 2003 as an Honors graduate and All American Athlete in softball and basketball. After receiving a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology from Millsaps College in 2006, she worked as the Lead Chemist in a small start-up Biodiesel plant and spent her free time volunteering at local children's homes and nursing homes. In 2008, she obtained her Masters in Biological Medical Sciences from Mississippi College and began to pursue her true passion - Medicine. Finishing her medical degree in 2014 from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten and having rotated as a student through TMH, she was instantly drawn to the Family Medicine program and all it had to offer, namely the altruistic nature and diversity. Special interests include Hospice/Palliative Care, Emergency Medicine, and Sports Medicine.

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Aaron Ward, MD Aaron Ward, MD

Born and raised in Valdosta Ga., Dr. Ward served as a paramedic in South Georgia for 18 years and a flight paramedic in Tallahassee, Fla. from 2002-2005. As a flight paramedic stationed in Tallahassee in 2005, he was fortunate to assist the rescue efforts in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Serving as a flight paramedic also led to strong relationships with several of the physicians at TMH and solidified dreams of becoming a physician. In order to earn the funds to attend medical school, he worked internationally in the Bahamas and the Middle East. Attending Windsor University School of Medicine on the island of St Kitts in May 2008, Aaron graduated in 2012. Upon returning to Florida he worked as a physician’s scribe in the Bixler Emergency Center while seeking a residency position.Married to Carla, while on the island of St. Kitts in August 2008, they now have four sons. Passionate about family time, he also enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything else that involves the sun and saltwater!

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Mitchell Whitehead, MD Mitchell Whitehead, MD

Born and raised in the small North Florida town of Cottondale, Dr. Whitehead has always had a passion for medicine in rural communities. He began his college education at Chipola College, where he was a founding tutor for the Academic Center for Excellence and a member of the nationally ranked Brain Bowl team. He was also a founding officer of the Pre-Med Society, active in Honors, Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa. He had the opportunity to shadow physicians in rural Jackson County, which inspired him to pursue family medicine. After transferring to Florida State University, Dr. Whitehead became part of the Latin and Greek honor society Eta Sigma Phi and Golden Key. Participating in the Honors in the Major program, he successfully defended his thesis entitled "Malaria: An Investigation into the View of Disease in the Classical World." This researched the concept of disease in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, and focused on writings found in the Hippocratic Corpus. Dr. Whitehead graduated with honors from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in classical civilizations and a minor in chemistry. He then attended the Florida State University College of Medicine where he was an active officer in AMA, FRHA, FMIG, and FMA. For his third year of medical school, he chose to be a part of the FSU Rural Track program, which allowed him to take his core third year clincals in rural Marianna, Fla. For his fourth year at FSU COM, Mitchell became part of the Pensacola regional campus and focused his electives on family medicine in the community. Mitchell graduated from the College of Medicine in May 2014 and is excited to now be a part of the family at TMH, where he hopes to continue pursuing his dream of practicing medicine in North Florida.

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