Class of 2021

Ashley Barash, DO
Resident
Medical School: Nova University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Hometown: Concord, MA

About me: Two truths and a lie: (1) I rafted the Nile River, (2) I was an intern dolphin trainer, (3) I was an Olympic bobsledder

Hobbies: Watching Dr. Tran's Instagram stories, playing with my dog, cooking, making fun of Libby
Emmanouil Kiriakopoulos, DO
Chief Resident
Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

About me: The movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is practically my life story. I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family, friends, and loved ones. I am a better chef than Alex Barabas. On my days off I'll usually spend time exploring the area. I finally have a dog that I show off to my co-residents!

Hobbies: Gym, cooking, eating, pizookies, dessert, naps
Joshua Middleton, MD
Resident
Medical School: University of Florida
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

About me: I am born and raised in Jax and am a huge UCF fan. After experiencing Gainesville for medical school, I just couldn't leave and am excited to continue my career here!

Hobbies: Fitness, semi-pro paintball, and the Jags
Mollie Powell, DO
Chief Resident
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN aka "Naptown"

About me: Born and raised in Indianapolis. Oldest of 4 but the shortest. Lebanese. Self-proclaimed comedian. Former gymnast and diver. I hate coffee and beer...#unique.

Hobbies: tailgating, painting, scuba diving, gymnastics, and shopping
Robert Skinner, MD
Chief Resident
Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Hometown: Memphis, TN

About me: I did a year of General Surgery after realizing my love of emergency medicine too late in my 4th year of medical school. It taught me a lot about what to look for in a program and I am super happy to be training at a place that ensures your are both clinically competent and well. I also have a new puppy that has quickly become our program's therapy dog!

Hobbies: Running, beer, and not surgery!
Joseph Tran, MD
Resident
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of California - Riverside
Hometown: Fountain valley, CA

About me: Hi my name is Joe. Llamas are my favorite animal. I grind my own coffee in the morning. In my spare time I travel to other worldly places.

Hobbies: Coffee, beer, travel, snowboarding
Jessica Yap, DO
Resident
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Hometown: Altamonte Springs, FL

About me: I've lived in Florida all my life (except for 4 years in North Carolina for med school), and am so happy to be here for residency! On my days off, you can usually find me working on some sort of project. I love hiking and exploring new places. I'm a huge fan of music from the 1930s-1960s, but in recent years, have developed an appreciation for 70s and 80s music as well.

Hobbies: Right now? Mostly sewing. But also hiking, knitting/crocheting, music, writing, drawing...
Shelby Martin, MD
Resident
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Louisville
Hometown: Mt Washington, KY

About me: I was born and raised in Kentucky. I love animals and have 2 dogs and a horse. I am interested in critical care and medical ethics.

Hobbies: Horseback riding, reading, traveling.
Post Residency Plan: Critical Care Anesthesia Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Class of 2022

Brock Clark, DO
Resident
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate:University of Central Florida
Hometown: Ocala, FL

About me: I was born and raised about 40 min from Gainesville in Ocala, Florida. I lived in Alabama during medical school, and it has been great getting to spend more time with family now that I am so close to home again. Particular areas of interest to me are critical care and wilderness medicine, and I am considering pursuing a fellowship in critical care after residency. Outside of work, I enjoy going to local breweries with friends, playing a few rounds of golf, watching a new series or stand-up comedy on Netflix, and hanging out with my dog.

Hobbies: Dogs, outdoors, and beer.
William Daly, MD
Resident
Medical School: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Hometown: Scott Depot, WV

About me: I grew up on a farm in WV. Have a large family, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. I enjoy being outdoors

Hobbies: Watching WVU, Steelers and Pirates. Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Disc golf
Jyotirmoy Das, MD
Resident
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Hometown: Gainesville, FL

About me: I’ve lived in Israel and New Zealand. I roast my own coffee. I eat dinner for breakfast. A life goal of mine is to work in Antarctica.

Hobbies: Coffee, travel, cooking, sleep
Anthony DeRenzi, DO
Resident
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Saint Leo University
Hometown: Tampa, FL

About me: I grew up in NY, I spend my free time outside the ER traveling state side and abroad, discovering different cuisines and trying to cook those cuisines, spending time with family and friends, exploring different breweries in the area. I am an avid chef. I have a goal to become a licensed helicopter pilot after residency.

Hobbies: standup comedy, Fishing, Cooking, working out, traveling, wood working
James Lee, MD
Resident
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

About me: I grew up in Jacksonville, Fl and went to one of the best college prep schools in the nation. I've worked numerous jobs prior to practicing medicine including landscaping, making pizzas and teaching high school chemistry. All those experiences helped me broaden my horizons and learn to respect and revere all people from the CEO to the janitor. These days, I'm focused on becoming the best EM physician I can and mixing in vacations here and there. After residency, I plan to continue practicing in my home state of Florida and will do my best to improve the health of all

Hobbies:Sports, politics, traveling, podcasts
Marcos Marugan-Wyatt, DO
Resident
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Hometown: Dover, FL

About me: I am a native Floridian, a Spaniard, and a board game enthusiast. I spend my days off with my family and my pet cow, Tippy.

Hobbies:Travel, Board Games, D&D, Napping
Jayden Miller, MD
Resident
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Undergraduate: Arizona State University
Hometown: Glendale, AZ

About me: I was born and raised in the Phoenix area, I ventured east to medical school in Augusta, GA, and now down to the Sunshine State! I have a dog named Oatis who makes sure I laugh and get fresh air when I’m not at work.

Hobbies: Papercrafting, DIY projects, adventures with my dog, travel, baking
Andrew Nicholas, DO
Resident
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Hometown: Chicago, IL

About me: Born and raised in the Summer Time Chi, relocated to the sunshine state. Spend most of my time outdoors except if there is a Blackhawks game on. My number one passion is frequenting breweries to pet other people’s dogs.

Hobbies: Mountain Biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, Jeep-things, long walks on the beach at sunset

Class of 2023

Precious Eze, MD
Resident
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Augusta University
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

About me: I was born and raised in Metro Atlanta. I’m the youngest of 4 siblings. I’m Nigerian. I’m a newlywed! I have a YouTube channel called "White Coat Chronicles" which I started in med school. I love spending time with my husband and playing tennis in my free time.

Hobbies: fitness, tennis, traveling, videography
Alex Basara, MD
Resident
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergraduate: University of Saint Thomas
Hometown: Andover, MN

About me: Born and raised in Minnesota. Married with two daughters. Interested in informatics and administration.

Hobbies: Cooking, whiskey, travel, hockey, Minnesota sports
John Day, MD
Resident
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of New Orleans
Hometown: New Orleans, LA

About me: I have over 22 years in the Army. My career has spanned Special Forces, Intelligence, and Aviation. I've deployed to Afghanistan 3 times, and been to many other countries. I stopped counting at 65. I speak Russian and Spanish. I worked as a Deputy Sheriff and Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilot prior to medical school. I'm interested in EMS, Tactical, and Disaster Medicine.

Hobbies: Flying both airplanes and helicopters, Fishing, Hunting, Scuba Diving, Traveling with my airline pilot wife, Languages, Cooking Cajun food (and other lesser forms of food), Playing with my Great Dane and Catahoula, Hosting parties, LSU and Saints football
Hank Gureasko, DO
Resident
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Hometown: Ponchatoula, LA

About me: I grew up tinting windows for my father’s business. Then after having a benign tumor removed during undergrad, I transitioned my goal to becoming a physician and ER was the only way for me. Fitness and exercise are also a huge part of my life and help to keep me sane during this crazy ride.

Hobbies: Gym, Tennis, Casino, Board Games, Fantasy Football… and anything else competitive
Thomas Lemaster, MD
Resident
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Hometown: Orlando, FL

About me: Born in Maryland—raised in Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Arizona. I crave new experiences and love anything to do with nature. Certified goofball.

Hobbies: Exploring Gainesville’s trails on my Onewheel, Gardening, Kayaking, Freshwater Aquariums, Grilling, Listening to true crime podcasts
Johnny Nguyen, DO
Resident
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate:University of South Florida
Hometown: Tampa, FL

About me: I’m a lover of all things outdoors, a Florida native, and Time magazine’s person of the year 2006. I’ll never turn down an invite to go fish or go to the beach. I was a first mate on a fishing charter for a bit during med school. I can talk for days about Lightning hockey, Bucs football, and the inevitable heartbreak associated with being a fan of both teams.

Hobbies:Offshore fishing, olympic weightlifting, running (slowly and with poor form), kayaking, and snorkeling.
Sri Harsha Palakurty, MD
Resident
Medical School: USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Undergraduate: niversity of South Florida
Hometown: Tampa, Fl

About me: Born and Raised in South India until moving to Tampa, Fl at the age of 8. Gainesville is the smallest town I have lived in. I like exploring and will have a curated list of the restaurants to go to by the time I am done with residency.

Hobbies: Board games, Gym, Outdoors, exploring the city.
Manna Varghese, MD
Resident
Medical School: Univ. of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Univ. of Missouri - Kansas City
Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

About me: Born and raised in Maryland. Love traveling and hanging out with friends/family. VERY competitive with any type of game. Afraid of dogs/cats and most other animals too.

Hobbies: Baltimore Ravens football, traveling, board/card/group games, reading, baking/cooking