Class of 2019
- Daniel Bernabe, MD
- Claras Ellis, MD
- Sue Ellen Griffith, MD
- Holly Klopfenstein, MD
- Nakeisha Otto-Stewart, MD
- Robert Solomon, Jr, MD
- Dave Stewart, MD
- Mary Jane Tucker, MD
- Alex Vanderby, MD
- Rachel Vanderby, MD
- Kayleigh Ann Wright, MD
Class of 2020
- Maria Andrews, MD
- Wade Baggs, MD
- Romaine Barrett, MD
- Tristan Brooks, DO
- Alexandra Nevett Fernandez, MD
- Ryan Hill, MD
- Zalika Paul, MD
- Jennifer Sanderson-Smith, MD
- Ryan Sanderson-Smith, MD
- Alicia Ward, MD
Class of 2021
- Angela Bradford, MD
- Jessica Hill, MD
- Katherine Mackenzie, MD
- Simone Lescott, MD
- Simon Lopez, MD
- Israel Oloye, MD
- Gillian Richmond, MD
- Brittany Schafer, MD
- Evan Smallwood, MD
- Mary Claire Smallwood, MD
Class of 2019
Daniel Bernabe, MD
Born in Germany and raised in New Jersey, Danny moved to the small town of Bonifay, FL in 2004. He attended Chipola College and Florida State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biological Sciences. While at FSU, Danny was active in several pre-medical organizations including MAPS and USSTRIDE serving as the public relations officer and co-coordinator, respectively. Danny completed a master's program in Biomedical Sciences through the FSU Bridge to Clinical Medicine Program where he helped develop the Dementia Caregiver Problem Inventory (DCPI). He then matriculated into the FSU College of Medicine as a member of the class of 2016 where he served as the Pensacola Regional Campus Vice President. Danny has always enjoyed the science surrounding medicine, but fell in love with family medicine after experiencing the variety and longitudinal patient care that family medicine has to offer.
In his spare time, Danny enjoys cooking, photography, basketball, FSU football, mixed martial arts and paintball. He also loves spending time with his wife, Brenna, of three years. Together, they have a son, Isaac, and a little dog named Leo. His special interests include adolescent medicine and sports medicine. Danny is excited to be returning to the Tallahassee area in which his family considers home. He is looking forward to joining the TMH family and creating a long relationship with the surrounding community.
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Claras Ellis, MD
Dr. Ellis was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to south Florida at the age of 8. She attended Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science. She went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree at Florida State University College of Medicine. She is a Florida State University Seminole through and through!
Claras’ career focus is on underserved populations, health education and women’s health. She hopes to empower her patients to take an active role in their healthcare and help to address health disparities within the community. Claras also envisions herself serving abroad through medical mission work, especially in her birth country of Haiti, where she can use her understanding of the culture and language to provide patient education and general medical care. Her personal goal is to be a mentor because as a first generation college student she experienced the value of mentorship first-hand.
During her free time Claras enjoys FSU football, watching movies, exercising, playing sports and outdoor adventures.
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Sue Ellen Griffith, MD
Completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of West Indies on her home campus in Barbados, Dr. Griffith pursued her Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. Following graduation she worked in Community Health Centers, where she enjoyed managing various cases and age groups, particularly with HIV/AIDS care. Pursuing her interest in expanding her skills she returned to the Pediatric Department in the hospital setting, confirming her interest in working with children.
Furthering her interest in expanding her knowledge and skills, she was able to complete 3 year training in the Department of Psychiatry. Managing patients from all age groups, many with other medical conditions reminded her of an ongoing passion for holistic care. A career in Family Medicine was the perfect next step for her and has brought her to the TMH Family Medicine Residency program.
As an island girl, Sue-Ellen cherishes being at the beach and touring Barbados, photographing the sights presented. Cooking and relaxing with a good book are other major interests. Dr. Griffith enjoys her family time and is grateful for their support given to her over the years that has allowed her to pursue her passion for medicine.
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Holly Klopfenstein, MD
A lifelong Floridian, Dr. Klopfenstein spent her childhood in the town of Oviedo, FL 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. During her time at Florida State University College of Medicine, 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, and in her spare time 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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Nakeisha Otto-Stewart, MD
As long as she can remember, Nakeisha has always wanted to be a physician. It didn't take too long after starting medical school to realize she had a passion for primary care and public health. After graduation from the University of the West Indies, she worked as a general practitioner in both government-run free clinics and private practices. She later trained in Medical Microbiology. She is excited about the opportunity to train in Family Medicine at the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. A native Jamaican, Nakeisha enjoys reading a good book, sampling various cuisines and spending time with family and friends. She is married and has two beautiful daughters.
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Robert Solomon, Jr, MD
A lifelong Floridian, Dr. Robert Solomon Jr. was born and raised in the great city of Jacksonville, Florida. Robert attended Florida State University for all aspects of his professional education. He graduated from Florida State University with a Doctor of Medicine degree, Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. A mentoring physician’s inspiring speech about his profession sparked Robert’s interest to go into a medical career. Through leadership and volunteer roles in various health and community service organizations, Robert expanded his scope of medicine and medical ambitions including his drive to work in underserved communities. Moreover, throughout his preclinical and clinical years Robert was very active working in communities within Leon County and Gadsden County. Also, while earning his medical degree Robert completed a blood pressure study on home monitoring in underserved populations at the Neighborhood Medical Center of Tallahassee. Out of all his experiences, the most influential experience that compelled Robert to become a physician was being a caregiver for his grandmother prior to her passing. Today, Robert strives to be a family medicine physician and is passionate about incorporating preventative care and patient-centered care into his practice to help others like his grandmother. Like many of his colleagues Robert feels it is a privilege to be part of such a prestigious and well-rounded program at TMH. Furthermore, he is very grateful to be receiving exemplary training and is making efforts to contribute to the facets that make TMH great.
Personally, Dr. Solomon has a friendly, fun and down-to-earth persona. He is very family-oriented and enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends. During his spare time Robert enjoys working with computers and technology, attending church, being a movie buff and participating in various sports activities.
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Dave Stewart, MD
From Kingston, Jamaica, Dave fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor at the University of the West Indies. Medicine for him is more than a job, for him it is a calling, a ministry to his patients. While he enjoys a variety of specialty areas which makes Family Medicine an ideal fit, Dr. Stewart has a love for radiology which he studied while in Jamaica.
When not at work Dave enjoys music and is both a trumpeter and a singer. He also enjoys playing table tennis and is always on the lookout for a challenging opponent. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.
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Mary Jane Tucker, MD
Mary Jane Tucker, M.D. is a Florida native. She was raised in Crawfordville, Fl just outside of Tallahassee. Dr. Tucker graduated from Wakulla High School before attending Florida State University for her undergraduate and medical degrees. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at FSU. During her time at Florida State University College of Medicine, Dr. Tucker reaffirmed her interest in primary care. Her diverse interests in medicine as well as the patient-centered focus attracted her to family medicine. Dr. Tucker is also interested in global health and has traveled to Jamaica and Nicaragua on service learning trips with FSU. She enjoys horseback riding, running, yoga and sailing. Dr. Tucker is excited about continuing her medical education at Tallahassee Memorial, close to her family.
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Alex Vanderby, MD
Dr. Alex Vanderby grew up in Melbourne Florida and is extremely proud to be from the Space Coast. He graduated from Florida State with a degree in Biology with an emphasis on evolution and ecology. After graduation he spent several years traveling and working in environmental restoration and trail building for the National Park Service and the U.S. Forestry Service. He then decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a physician at the American University of the Caribbean on St. Maarten. There he met his wife Rachel and they were able to travel and study alongside each other in London, Miami and New York City.
Dr. Vanderby was fortunate enough to complete his Family Medicine rotation at TMH where he felt incredibly supported and at home. He and Rachel were able to couples match into residency here in Tallahassee. When not in the hospital or clinic Alex likes to spend his free time filling his passport, running, spending time outside, hiking, fishing, scalloping, cycling, grilling and hanging out with friends.
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Rachel Vanderby, MD
Rachel grew up in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara, California drenched in sun and near perfect weather 365 days a year. Her youth was spent hiking the mountains and swimming in the Pacific. There she graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Physiology and continued her education at the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. While on the island, she met her husband Dr. Alex Vanderby, became a certified dive master, was active in service projects and earned a position in the Honor Society. She and her husband Alex were happy to travel to London for their third year of clinical training and together published four posters at the World Congress for Maternal Fetal Medicine in Crete, Greece. Upon returning to the states they completed their clinical training in Miami, New York and California. Rachel decided to pursue family medicine because of its broad scope of practice and the impact she can have on long-term patients. Rachel chose TMH because of the strong reputation of the program, the engaging and supportive staff and the chance to be near family and friends.
Rachel likes to spend time with her husband cooking together, being outside, riding her bike, traveling and growing a new life here in Tallahassee.
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Kayleigh Ann Wright, MD
Born and raised in England, as a teenager Kayleigh moved to Houston, Texas. Kayleigh wanted to be a doctor from a young age, ever since an inspiring career day at school. To achieve this dream, she went to Norwich Medical School in England. Although studying a long way from home, she enjoyed and was successful at medical school and graduated in 2011.
After graduating from Norwich Medical School, Kayleigh then completed two years post graduate training in the UK. During this time she gained valuable experience in surgery, medicine, palliative care, obstetrics and pediatrics. This wide variety of experience helped solidify her interest in holistic care and shaped her desire to become a family physician.
Outside of medicine Kayleigh is a very active person, enjoying a large variety of outdoor activities. Some of her favorite things to do are sailing, swimming, playing rugby and having new experiences.
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Class of 2020
Maria Andrews, MD
Born right here at TMH, Dr. Andrews is proud to be coming home to Tallahassee for her residency training. She is an alumna of Chiles High School (where she met her husband) and of Stetson University (DeLand, FL), where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Science. After her undergraduate years, Maria moved to the UK for a Master of Science in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, studying the social aspects of illness and the treatment of disease.
Upon completion, she relocated from the UK to North Carolina to earn her MD at the Duke University School of Medicine (Durham, NC). Dr. Andrews was one of 8 students in her class to be chosen to participate in the Primary Care Leadership Track, and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in recognition of her academic success and contributions to the school of medicine and the wider community. At Duke and in Durham, Dr. Andrews reaffirmed her passion of working with families and their communities to achieve and maintain health and wellness.
While there, she carried out research in the areas of health disparities, provider burnout, and community-based interventions for childhood obesity, and earned a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
In true Italian fashion, Maria loves to cook, to make people laugh, and to facilitate and take part in meaningful fellowship. She grew up playing soccer; ran Cross Country and pole vaulted in high school and college; and continues to do her best to stay active through running, yoga, and triathlons. She finds great joy when she is able to combine her interests (science, exercise, and nutrition, for example) in outdoor activities such as hiking or gardening, especially when shared with family and friends.
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Wade Baggs, MD
Growing up in the panhandle and developing a love for the coast, Dr. Baggs considers himself a true Floridian. During his undergraduate studies at Florida State University, his passion for medicine came to life when he was chosen to serve on a medical mission trip to Jamaica. The experience opened his eyes to the unique privilege of taking care of people, and he returned on several trips to Jamaica and Haiti. Dr. Baggs was active in Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society, CRU campus ministry, and The Rifle Association at FSU. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he began medical school at The Florida State University College of Medicine. He served as the service chair for Christian Medical Association for two years. He did his clinical rotations at the Pensacola regional campus where he developed his interest in general practice, appreciation for preventative medicine, and love for the physician-patient partnership. Combined with enthusiasm about global health and medical missions, Dr. Baggs feels strongly that choosing Family Medicine was a fantastic choice.
Family Medicine was also a personal decision for him. Growing up, Dr. Baggs looked up to his father who was not only his hero but a physician. Sadly, his father, Wade H. Baggs III M.D., was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and passed away in 2016. Through this experience, Dr. Baggs began to view the practice of medicine through a different lens. He learned much about terminal illness, hospice, death, and grief through patients’ perspectives and the impact it has on families. As he continues his practice, it is these experiences that define his identity as a doctor and the empathy he has for his patients.
When away from the clinic, you’ll probably find Dr. Baggs spending time with his loving wife Courtney, fishing from his kayak, playing music, serving at church, or traveling.
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Romaine Barrett, MD
Dr. Romaine Barrett was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended The University of the West Indies - Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Barrett attained two honors degree; Basic Medical Sciences and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine (M.B.B.S.). He graduated in November 2013 and completed my internship at Victoria Hospital in Castries, St. Lucia. He then spent two additional years working in the ER at Victoria Hospital.
His non-academic interests include: console gaming and running - at times he would run 8 km (5miles) in the morning before work.
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Tristan Brooks, DO
A native of the panhandle, Dr. Brooks is thrilled to be back in her home state. Born and raised in Pensacola, she attended Salem College in North Carolina for her undergraduate dual degrees in English and International Relations. She then moved to Da Nang, Vietnam, where she volunteered in a hospital and taught English as a Second Language to all ages. After Vietnam, Tristan returned home to teach middle then high school in Escambia County while obtaining her Masters of Science in Administration with Health Care Specialization from the University of West Florida. Dr. Brooks moved to South Carolina in 2013 to attend the VCOM-Carolinas Campus for medical school, where she served as Class President, was involved in free clinic and Hispanic community outreach programs, and participated in mission trips to El Salvador and Honduras. Her passions include women's health, pediatrics, clinic procedures, non-pharmacological interventions in common chronic disease states, and mental health, and thus the variety that Family Medicine affords made it a perfect match for her!
As a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), Dr. Brooks received additional medical training that focused on holistic (mind, body, spirit) medicine as well as an extra 200 hours in musculoskeletal medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Brooks loves to play the guitar and sing, get outside, and cook. She also loves to make playlists and prides herself on knowing the lyrics to most any song! Excited and humbled to be a part of the TMH family, Dr. Brooks hopes one day to go back and serve the Northwest Florida community that did so much to invest in her!
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Alexandra Nevett Fernandez, MD
Alexandra was born and raised in Venezuela. From a young age she wanted to become a physician. She is proud to say she graduated medical school at Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in 2010. After graduating she served as a general practitioner in an underserved community, where she discovered her love to serve others with a holistic approach.
A few years later, due to the difficult political, social and economical situation going on in Venezuela, Alexandra and her husband moved to Boston, where she had the opportunity to work in clinical research while completing the steps needed to apply and become a resident in the united States.
After coming to Tallahassee for the first time, Alexandra and her husband immediately loved the friendly environment of the city and the people living in it, and decided they wanted to raise their family here, while becoming a family physician.
In her free time she loves spending time with her two kids taking them to the park, and doing outdoor activities like riding her bike.
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Ryan Hill, MD
Although born in Blytheville, AR, Dr. Hill and his family have lived in a number of places around the US and abroad before settling down in his transplant hometown of Niceville, FL. Dr. Hill’s aspirations of medicine were a combination of things that included his love for science and passion for working with people. He also had a strong desire to work with rural communities and thought that Florida State University’s mission statement to serving the undeserved fit his goals well. He chose to attend FSU for his Bachelor’s in Biology with the intent of attending FSU’s College of Medicine. He met his wife, Jessica, during that time who also had aspirations of being a physician. After being accepted to FSU CoM, Ryan had the best month of his life in May of 2013 when he graduated with his undergraduate degree, married and honeymooned with the love of his life, and started medical school within 4 weeks of another. Both Jessica and he graduated from Florida State University College of Medicine in 2017, with albeit different goals: Jessica being accepted into a preliminary position with the FSU Surgery Program at TMH in Tallahassee, FL and Ryan being honored to join TMH Family Practice Residency to pursue family medicine. They both share a passion for global health, taking a trip to Nicaragua in December of 2016, and hope to continue their goals of treating and helping people across the globe. In the future, they hope to practice near their hometowns in rural Florida and start a family.
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Zalika Paul, MD
Dr. Zalika Paul hails from the beautiful island of St. Lucia located in the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. As the last of three children in a sporting family she developed a competitive spirit from an early age. This has propelled her to excel not only in academic, but also extra-curricular endeavors.
In 2013 Dr. Paul graduated, with honors, from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in Jamaica and became the first doctor in her family for the last three decades. Since graduation she completed her internship at the Victoria Hospital in St. Lucia and then went on to work in the Emergency Departments of both public and private hospitals in St. Lucia. Dr. Paul has developed a passion for primary care and is excited to continue growing in this field here at the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Family Medicine Residency.
Dr. Paul’s other passion is sports. She has represented my country in the sports of netball, volleyball and swimming over the years. Now she still enjoys many sports recreationally. Her favorite place to relax is anywhere near the sea. She enjoys simply being at the beach, sailing on the open waters or participating in any form of water sports.
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Jennifer Sanderson-Smith, MD
Jennifer grew up in Southern Florida, where she was lucky enough to spend most of her time surfing and sailing to the Bahamas with her family. She studied Molecular Biology at Montclair State University, and then worked for 5 years at an outpatient surgical center in New Jersey. She then attended medical school at St. George's University in Grenada, the Caribbean. While there, she also completed her Master's in Public Health and met her husband, Ryan (also a resident here at TMH). They spent many a day in the Caribbean snorkelling and hiking, before doing clinical rotations together in the UK and USA. They have twins, Kai and Lexi, who keep them busy and sleep deprived.
Outside of medicine she enjoys going on quirky adventures with her husband and family such as surfing in Costa Rica, avoiding baboons while hiking in South Africa, sleeping in a tent in the deserts of Namibia on honeymoon, and even being convinced to voyage on the deck of a cargo ship on an overnight trip to Trinidad! Jennifer loves cooking, staying fit and active, and is constantly crafting something for her kids.
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Ryan Sanderson-Smith, MD
Ryan grew up on the Garden Route coast of South Africa, a diverse and multicultural place teaming with beautiful beaches, forests and wildlife. He studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town, before heading overseas to Cambridge University in the UK for a Master's in Biotechnology. He obtained his medical degree and Master's in Public Health at St George's University on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean, doing clinical rotations in the UK and USA.
He met his amazing wife, Jennifer (who is also a resident here at TMH), while at medical school in the Caribbean and they've been attached at the hip ever since. They have 2 very cute and very naughty twins who keep them on their toes. Outside of medicine Ryan has done a lot of fun stuff like driving around most of Northern and Eastern Africa, cycling for 3 months through Southern Africa, working as a kayak guide on Lake Malawi, deckhand on a yacht in the Mediterranean and a sailing trip across the Atlantic Ocean. He is constantly listening to podcasts and wondering why he isn’t outdoors.
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Alicia Ward, MD
From a young age Dr. Alicia Ward’s mind had been set on a career path in the medical field. This stemmed from interaction with her family physician who she visited frequently, due to her tendency to be slightly accident prone.
Dr. Ward completed her medical training at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago and the Cave Hill campus at home in Barbados. During medical school she could never decide on which specialty she liked the most, Dr. Ward enjoyed them all. Her indecision led to work as a general practitioner across Barbados’ public and private clinics. Dr. Ward thoroughly enjoy interacting with the diverse group of patients and managing their illnesses that were equally so.
Naturally, during this time Dr. Ward fell in love with the specialty of Family Medicine.
Dr. Ward is excited to be joining the TMH Family Residency program with other professionals who share the same passion for holistic care and patient empowerment.
Apart from a deep passion of medicine, she is a self-proclaimed foodie, but it wouldn’t be strange to find her reading, dancing, spending time with friends and family or just enjoying an outing at the movies.
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Class of 2021
Angela Bradford, MD
After years of working with the Clerk of Courts in Leon County, Angela decided to pursue her dream of becoming a physician by attending medical school at the Florida State University College of Medicine. There she discovered a passion for primary care, with particular interests in reproductive health, LGBT health and behavioral health.
In her free time, Dr. Bradford enjoys baking and knitting, as well as getting outdoors to hike, kayak and run. She occasionally can be found on stage behind a microphone singing karaoke. Her favorite places to be are at the beach, or anywhere her friends and family are.
Dr. Bradford is excited for the opportunity to practice medicine in her hometown of Tallahassee.
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Jessica Hill, MD
Growing up on the emerald coast, Dr. Jessica Hill considers Florida her true home. After completing her bachelor’s degree in History from FSU, she continued her journey in Florida and Tallahassee for medical school. Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program’s purpose to provide quality, compassionate medical care to North Florida remains one of the main reasons that Dr. Hill desired to stay in Tallahassee to continue her graduate medical education. This combined with her desire to stay close to family made it the perfect fit for her to continue her medical education and grow as physician.
In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new music, reading book series, cooking/baking, and traveling, whether for leisure or for medical missions. Looking forward, she and her husband, also a physician, desire to continue to deliver care to the rural areas of northwest Florida, as well as partner with other communities in underserved countries to provide quality medical care to those areas.
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Katherine Mackenzie, MD
Katherine Mackenzie was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Miami, FL. She attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Human Nutrition. While at UF, Katherine was active in several extracurricular organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, where she served as president and member, respectively. Dr. Mackenzie also became interested in global health during her time at UF and traveled to Nicaragua and Ghana on service learning trips. It was during this time that she developed a passion for primary care and patient education. Upon graduating UF, Katherine worked as an urgent care scribe at Baptist Hospital. She then matriculated into the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. While on the island, she held a leadership position for the AMSA and was an active member of the AUC HIV/AIDS student association. Katherine completed her third and fourth year medical training in Miami and New York City.
In her spare time, Katherine enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, and traveling.
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Simone Lescott, MD
Growing up in Trinidad, Dr.Lescott always loved caring for others. From the age of 7, she started volunteering in many outreach services, including after school supervision in a local orphanage and visiting the sick and terminally ill patients in the local hospice. Her love for medicine, however, only developed after serving as a caregiver for her ill father at the tender age of 9.
Throughout her medical school training at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, Dr. Lescott always admired the holistic approach to medicine that Family Medicine employed but always thought of herself as an emergency physician.
Following graduation, she worked in the Emergency Department and the Anesthetics and Intensive Care Departments but never really felt fulfilled. It was only after volunteering in a once monthly medical clinic that serves the poor and underprivileged in Trinidad, that she re-discovered her love for Family Medicine.
Dr. Lescott is only 5’3 but don’t let her height fool you! She is an avid basketball player- she has represented her high school and university teams as a point guard for many years. In her free time, besides playing basketball, Dr. Lescott enjoys watching cricket and spending time with her friends and family.
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Simon Lopez, MD
Despite being born in the First State of Delaware, Dr. Simon J. Lopez grew up in various towns across South Florida and acknowledges his truly Floridian roots. Those roots reached from South Florida all the way to Tallahassee where he planted himself at the Florida State University. During his first round as a Seminole, Dr. Lopez could be seen on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium as a sideline photographer for the FSView, the student-run university paper, or being involved in various honor societies he was inducted into. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and dual minors in Biology and Film Studies, Dr. Lopez pursued a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences at the University of South Florida. Following his time in Tampa, Dr. Lopez then returned to Tallahassee to become a Seminole again by attending the Florida State University College of Medicine. He served as the Class of 2018 Historian as well as the Secretary for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group. He did his clinical rotations at the Daytona Beach regional campus under the tutelage of a phenomenal faculty that molded his interests in women's health and preventative medicine. Inspired by the main campus of FSUCOM and the instruction of Dr. Jeffrey Smith, his preceptor in Daytona, Dr. Lopez witnessed firsthand the unique way family medicine physicians were able to combine their personalities with medicine and found it the best fit for his life and career.
Education aside, Dr. Lopez has spent his life combining his passion for science (which came from seeing the classic film "Juarassic Park" as a child) with his desire to help others. During the little free time afforded him, he can often be found at the theater seeing the latest movie, testing his knowledge at trivia events or trying his best to make others laugh.
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Israel Oloye, MD
Dr. Israel Oloye was born in Sierra Leone, but was raised in the suburbs of South Miami. His journey to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare began shortly after his acceptance into the School of Nursing at Florida A&M University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a minor in chemistry in 2010. His time rotating at TMH as student nurse that convinced him to join the TMH family as a sitter, nurse, and ultimately, a physician.
After being awarded a nursing scholarship from TMH, he committed himself to clinical nursing on the internal medicine unit where he was nominated for an iCARE award. His time spent working with the medical staff and family medicine residency was inspiring enough for him to pursue a medical degree at Ross University after 3 years of service in nursing.
Dr. Oloye is excited to return to Tallahassee and provide holistic and compassionate care to the community that inspired his journey into medicine. He is humbled by the opportunity to tend to a broad spectrum of patients and has a special interest in preventative, integrative and hospital medicine and hopes to use the culmination of his experiences to deliver the high-quality care that our community expects and deserves.
If he’s not in the hospital or clinic, you may find him out and about enjoying the local salsa dancing scene. Otherwise you may have a hard time spotting him as he may be in the water with a wetsuit on, riding around in motorcycle gear, traveling to a country he has never visited or simply at home playing console games with his friends abroad.
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Gillian Richmond, MD
Dr. Gillian Richmond grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. She was raised by active parents who taught her the joy of sport and cultivated her love of the outdoors. She attended the University of Calgary where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, while competing for Canada in short track speed skating. Gillian received her medical degree from St. George’s University and lived in 11 locations throughout the UK, Caribbean, Africa, USA and Canada, fostering a love for global medicine. She is currently involved in raising Winston, a therapy dog, in order to better serve the needs of her future patients. She enjoys playing tennis, baking and decorating delicious cakes, and spending time with her incredible parents, siblings and their partners and her 5 nieces and nephews.
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Brittany Schafer, MD
Brittany grew up as the oldest of four children in Miami, where she grew to love other cultures and learned to serve her community. From a young age, she knew she wanted to become a physician like her parents, who were always wonderful examples. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish. During college, Brittany volunteered as a leader in Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and a tutor/mentor to middle school girls. Following graduation, she returned to Miami to complete a post-baccalaureate science program at Florida International University. While in Miami, Brittany served as a leader with Caring For Miami's Mobile Health Unit, providing medical and dental care to under-resourced and uninsured communities around Miami-Dade County. In addition to local missions, she was involved in many international faith-based and medical mission, including traveling to Nicaragua, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Spain. Brittany moved to Tallahassee in 2014 to attend the Florida State University College of Medicine. She met her husband during the 2nd week of medical school in a small group Bible Study at their church. She completed her 3rd year of medical school in Marianna, FL and grew to love taking care of families throughout the community, which led her to pursue family medicine.
She is also an active member and volunteer at her church, City Church. Brittany has a passion for gardening, cooking, enjoying outdoor activities, mentoring younger girls and spending time with her husband, Gray, and her family and friends. She and her husband are very excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their family this September. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to practice medicine and invest in the great community of Tallahassee.
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Evan Smallwood, MD
Evan grew up with three little sisters in North Georgia where he spent a lot of his time on the lake enjoying the outdoors. He studied Biomedical Science with a minor in Business at Auburn University where he spent time shadowing and volunteering at several youth programs in the community, and becoming an avid Auburn fan. Dr. Smallwood went on to attend medical school at The Medical College of Georgia where he met his wife, Mary Claire (fellow resident) and found his passion for Family Medicine.
Outside of Medicine Evan enjoys reading, being on the water, playing golf, basketball, softball, cooking and watching college football.
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Mary Claire Smallwood, MD
Born and raised just across the Georgia line in Bainbridge, Mary Claire is excited to be back close to her home in Tallahassee. She grew up playing competitive tennis and ended up choosing to attend Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina where she studied Biology and played Division II college tennis for two years. After this time, she moved to the great city of Athens, Georgia where she graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Here she met her husband Evan, who is a fellow TMH Family Medicine Resident. She fell in love with Family Medicine because it gives her the opportunity to combine preventative medicine, women's health, and pediatrics all in one practice. She is thrilled to be joining the wonderful team that makes up the TMH Family Medicine Residency.
In her free time, Mary Claire enjoys gardening, yoga, cycling, kayaking, cooking and traveling with her husband Evan. She also loves spending time with her dog, Maizy, and two cats, Emmett and Bailey.
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