Class of 2016
- Shamil Corps, MD
- Cory Duncan, MD
- Anna Hackenberg, MD
- Jonathan Nava, MD
- Savitri Ramdial, MD
- Amy Rejaian, MD
- Tamara Sealy, MD
- Nathan Stuckey, MD
- Philip Verel, MD
- Jillian Weissman, MD
Class of 2017
- Leah Anderson, MD
- Marian Babalola, MD
- Jannice Beckford, MD
- Gary Brown, MD
- D.P. Choudhury, MD
- Sasha Gittens, MD
- Todd Hewitt, MD
- Nam Huynh, MD
- Megan McNeil, MD
- Aaron Ward, MD
- Mary Watson, MD
- Mitchell Whitehead, MD
Class of 2018
- Heshani Abeysundara, MD
- Ivy Akid, MD
- Ishaan Arora, MD
- Anil Bajnath, MD
- Jessica Castaneira, MD
- Dairo Castillo, MD
- Holly Klopfenstein, MD
- Ericka Mapp, MD
- Meredith M. Maxwell, MD
- Gayatri Patel, MD
- John Turner, MD
Shamil 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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Cory 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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Anna 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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Jonathan 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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Savitri 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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Amy 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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Tamara 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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Nathan 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 married to his wife, Melissa, and considers himself the luckiest man in the world.
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Philip 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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Jillian 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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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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Mary Watson, MD
After graduating from Florida State University in 2009, Mary did a year of psychiatry training and two years of internal medicine at the University of Florida. She has published articles in the New England Journal of Medicine as well as The Journal of Internal Medicine. Mary has a passion for primary care and would like to work in a clinic setting upon graduation. In her free time Mary likes to spend time with her son, read, run and travel.
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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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Heshani Abeysundara, MD
Heshani Abeysundara, MD, was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At age 15, she moved to Toronto with her family. Four years later she moved to Edmonton and completed her undergraduate studies in Honors Cell Biology at the University of Alberta. Medical school took her to St. Maarten and New York; and she received her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine in December 2014. During her time at AUC, Dr. Abeysundara was listed in the Dean’s Honor Roll, received the Excellence Scholarship throughout her medical education and became a member of the Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society. While at AUC, she volunteered with the Breast Cancer and St. Maarten AIDS Foundation and served as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant.
Dr. Abeysundara’s interest in family medicine continued to grow during the clinical rotations as she saw the importance of preventive medicine and the continuity of care this diverse field has to offer. She is excited to start her training in Tallahassee Memorial and hopes to acquire the many skills and knowledge to serve the community as a competent and compassionate physician. During her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, watching comedies, spending time with friends and exploring new places.
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Ivy Akid, MD
Raised in New York City, Ivy Akid, MD, has a passion for helping others from various backgrounds. At age seven, she united her class by creating the club, “Books Bridging Borders.” Throughout the years she has held diverse jobs, everything from tutoring and waitressing, to working for an engineering firm. Her ambitions led her to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at George Washington University. Later she received her MD from Ross University School of Medicine. Furthermore, she continued to pursue a degree in Masters of Public Health at Dartmouth University. Various research projects she’s involved in include studying the side-effects of the colorectal chemotherapeutic agent irinotecan, testing and detection of H1N1 Influenza during the swine flu epidemic and looking at in-hospital cardiac arrests in non-monitored units and factors that affect the time for defibrillation in those units. Dr. Akid is looking forward to working at Tallahassee Memorial.
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Ishaan Arora, MD
Throughout his childhood, Ishaan Arora, MD, grew up in various cities across India and England. In 2007, he moved to Canada to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto. After graduating in 2011, he joined Saba University School of Medicine and completed his medical schooling in 2015. During medical school, he had the opportunity to complete some of his clinical rotations in Florida and he fell in love with the state.
Dr. Arora was inspired to join the medical field by his family doctor and was determined to specialize in Family Medicine. He has a special interest in Preventative Medicine and Emergency Medicine. After interviewing at Tallahassee Memorial, he was certain he would achieve the required training to excel in his field of interest. In his spare time Dr. Arora likes to travel, cook, experiment with exotic foods and spend quality time with his family. His fiancé is currently completing her final year at a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in Canada and hopes to join him in 2016 in Florida.
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Anil Bajnath, MD
A native Floridian, Anil Bajnath, MD, graduated medical school with honors from Ross University School of Medicine in May 2014. He holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Microbiology and Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University Of Central Florida School Of Medicine. He has also completed a Masters in Business Administration with concentration in Healthcare Services from Keller University School of Business Management. Dr. Bajnath holds numerous certifications and diplomas from various organizations with additional training in fields of Clinical Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Clinical Homeopathy and Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Bajnath chose a career in family medicine because of the diverse patient population, broad spectrum of clinical exposure and emphasis on primary care. Dr. Bajnath’s interests outside of medicine include training Brazilian jiu Jitsu, traveling, cooking, and maintaining his salt water aquarium.
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Jessica Castaneira , MD
Jessica Castaneira, MD, was born in Matanzas, Cuba, she migrated to the U.S. at the early age of seven through the Guantanamo Bay Exodus. She grew up in a loving family, who risked their lives to bring her to America. She states, “These life experiences have taught me to appreciate the priceless gift my parents gave me, the opportunity to grow up in a country of infinite opportunities, where you are the only obstacle to your success.”
Dr. Castaneira had a special connection with her grandfather. It was with him she experienced her first real encounter with medicine, as she became his informal caregiver when he fell ill. Her love for him and her ability to take care of him made her realize she would want to instill that same compassion onto her patients one day.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Florida International University where she had the opportunity to partake on a service trip to Haiti as part of the International Health Connection organization. There she got a chance to reconnect with an underserved community; similar to the one she grew up in.
Dr. Castaneira received her medical degree at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten alongside her husband, Dairo Castillo, MD. Today, Dr. Castaneira is excited to start a career in Family Medicine, where she will act not only as a clinician and confidant but also as an advocate for health prevention and an educator.
During her free time, Dr. Castaneira enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her cat, Luna. She is also passionate about traveling, movies and salsa dancing. She is happy to join the Tallahassee Memorial family and begin this new journey with her husband.
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Dairo Castillo, MD
Dario Castillo, MD, a native of La Habana, Cuba, migrated to the U.S. at the age of 16, to Miami. Having spent his youth in a country of poverty and being witness to the many struggles his parents had to face as immigrants, he grew up determined to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Florida International University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. There he joined the International Health Connection organization and participated in a medical mission trip to the rural slums of Haiti. This eye-opening experience played a pivotal role in his medical career that reinforced his desires to become a physician and contribute to the healthcare conditions people are facing all over the world.
Dr. Castillo earned his medical degree at American University of the Caribbean alongside his wife, Jessica Castaneira, MD. During his clinical clerkships he realized the importance of prevention and primary care. Taking pleasure in being able to care for the underserved population, he finds a great sense of fulfillment. He states, “I look forward to being present throughout a patient’s life, sharing their moments of joy, hardship and accomplishment.”
In his spare time, Dr. Castillo is a sports fanatic, he especially enjoys basketball, weightlifting and spending time with his wife, family and friends. Today, he is excited to initiate this new chapter of his life as a physician at Tallahassee.
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Holly Klopfenstein, MD
A lifelong Floridian, Holly Klopfenstein, MD, spent her childhood in the town of Oviedo and went on to study at the University of Florida in 2006. It was there that she discovered her passion for medicine and science and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Chemistry in 2010. She also studied at Florida State University College of Medicine where she developed special interests in the fields of mental health, women’s health and adolescent medicine. She looks forward to a career in Family Medicine for its opportunities to care for a diverse patient population and to develop lasting relationships with patients and their families.
From an early age, Dr. Klopfenstein has been an avid reader. In her spare time she loves to read everything from modernist literature to mystery novels. She also enjoys attending concerts by her favorite rock bands and stand-up comedy performances with friends and family.
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Ericka Mapp, MD
Ericka Mapp, MD, completed her pre-medical education with a Bachelor of Science and Magna Cum Laude from Howard University in Washington. She is also has Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of the West Indies. Her one-year internship training was undertaken at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, where she gained valuable experience in the fields of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
After her internship, Dr. Mapp served as a Senior House Officer with the department of Hematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. Her duties included diagnosis and management of benign and malignant hematological disease, however it was during her tenure that her love for the holistic care of patients blossomed. Later, her job as a Clinical Officer of Health with the Ministry of Health is where she worked at various clinics throughout the island sealed her fate as a hopeful family physician.
Dr. Mapp is excited about the field of Family Medicine, its scope and the opportunity for strong relationships with patients and their families. She is equally as excited about starting her residency training at Tallahassee Memorial. Outside of medicine, she enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering and time spent with her supportive family.
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Meredith M. Maxwell, MD
Born and raised in New Jersey, Meredith Maxwell, MD, came to the south in 2003 to attend Emory University in Atlanta. As an undergraduate, she double-majored in Psychology and Asian studies, which included a semester in India for a Tibetan Studies Program and neuroscience research in Emory’s Bird Brain Lab. She graduated in 2007 with highest honors and published her research in the peer-reviewed journal, Brain Research. Dr. Maxwell’s fascination with the connection between mind and body led her to medicine. She completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Agnes Scott College in 2009 and graduated as part of the inaugural class of the Georgia Regents University, University of Georgia Medical Partnership in 2014. Dr. Maxwell loves the comprehensive nature of Family Medicine and is excited to be joining the talented team at Tallahassee Memorial.
Special interests include integrative medicine, palliative care, hospice and women’s health. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband John, her toddler Caroline and her mutt, Bunny. She also enjoys scuba diving and the outdoors.
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Gayatri Patel, MD
Gayatri Patel, MD, and her family were relocated to Canada from India when she was 12. She completed her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences at Brock University in Canada. To pursue her passion for medicine, she embarked to Grand Cayman Islands for medical education and she successfully graduated from St. Matthew's University. Dr. Patel was so impressed with Tallahassee Memorial while she was participating her Family Medicine rotation, that she decided to come back for residency training. In her spare time Dr. Patel enjoys cooking, music, traveling and most of all spending time with family and friends.
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John Turner, MD
A Tallahassee native, John Turner, MD, graduated from Lincoln High School where he earned several accolades while competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair for three straight years. As an undergraduate, he served as one of the first two co-presidents of the Honors Medical Scholars Society and was very involved in campus ministry. Dr. Turner graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with double degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in Chemistry. While in medical school, he served in leadership positions with the Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine interest groups and was active with the Christian Medical Association and Family Medicine Interest Group. Ultimately he was drawn to Family Medicine because of its patient-centered culture and focus on general practice. Dr. Turner graduated from the Florida State University College of Medicine in 2015.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Turner has a broad spectrum of interests including playing the piano, painting, train travel, watching high school and college sports. His favorite thing to do is to spend time with his wife Rachel. He is excited to continue his medical training at Tallahassee Memorial and reach his dream of becoming a caring, compassionate family physician.
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