Current Residents

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Current Residents

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Chief Residents

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Robert Gousse, MD

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Pratik Patel, MD

Fourth Year Resident

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Calvin Spellmon, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Residency: Pediatrics and Chief Resident at The University of New Mexico Children's Hospital in Albuquerque, NM
Marital status/children: Married with 1 daughter
Interests & Tidbits: I am a foodie; I love sports and children (obviously); My hero is my granny; I am a die-hard Cowboys fan; I still have a dream of making it on Sports Center one day
Why St. Francis FMR: I read about the history of the Campbell Ortho clinic, and told by many people of how great the program is and the physicians there. I figured in order to the best one day I needed to be trained by the best. My interview sealed the deal with how warm, inviting, and down to earth everyone was. Lastly, I wanted to join a program where I too could make a mark and leave a legacy, and I feel as though I can do this with this program.

Third Year Residents

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Ferishta Gousse, MD

San Juan Bautista

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Marital Status: Married to Robert Gousse.
Interests & Tidbits: Love to travel, I'm a HUGE foodie (love trying all kinds of food), enjoy watching HGTV, and most of all I love spending time with my husband, family and friends!
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis because it is an unopposed program with many privileges through the UT affiliation. Another major reason I chose this program is because of the relationship the residents had with the attendings and amongst themselves. The attendings are great and very approachable. The residents are all very close, enjoy hanging out with each other, and help each other out whenever possible. We are a big happy family here!
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Robert Gousse, MD
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: Excellent singer, fishing, food, social outings. My wife and I enjoy trying new things in Memphis. I am a HUGE FSU fan. I speak multiple languages. I like to travel. Most would say I am talkative. I like to have a good time.
Why St. Francis FMR: Because it is an awesome program! The residents are very close. The faculty is approachable and helpful. I truly feel the people here make coming to work fun. We are unopposed, with great cases. Diverse patient population. We offer full scope family medicine with multiple fellowship oppurtunities. Memphis is a fun city, with a lot of history, activities, and night life. The program is well rounded, and it's hard to find a program that combines all of the qualities found here.

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Monica Juma, DO
Lincoln Memorial –DeBusk Osteopathic

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: Loyola University of Chicago
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy running along the Mississippi River and being outdoors. My husband, Stephen, and I love to travel. I'm interested in osteopathic medicine and global health, having spent time in Uganda and Kenya.
Why St. Francis FMR: The unopposed, full spectrum program, strong in OB. I loved the supportive learning environment and community of residents and faculty here!

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Katie Kopinski, MD

Hometown: Medina, TN
Marital Status: Married to Mike and we have 2 kids, Tristan 8 and Logan, our newborn. These 3 boys keep me busier than residency most days!
Interests & Tidbits: I love to bake...when I have time. Also, I am so lucky to go through residency with one of my best friends, Allie!
Why St. Francis FMR: I love the atmosphere of an unopposed program. There is a great relationship with other physicians, specialists, and staff in the hospital, not to mention great inpatient, outpatient, OB, and pediatric exposure for a strong well rounded experience. We also have incredibly supportive residents and faculty! Over the last 5 years my family and I have grown to love Memphis and everything it has to offer. We love calling this city home now!

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Pratik Patel, MD
American University of Antigua

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: Watching movies, TV shows, playing basketball and football. Love to travel.
Why St. Francis FMR: Unopposed program, university affiliated, and loved how the residents all get along with each other and location.

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Riddhi Patel, MD
American International Medical University

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate School: Gainesville State College/Georgia Institute of Technology
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: Music, Traveling, Running, Yoga. Love cooking/baking and spending time with friends and family.
Why St. Francis FMR: One of the reason I chose St. Francis is because of it's residents and attendings. Also it is an unopposed program which gives lot of hands on experience. Program also has great rotations given the affiliation with UT. I was also looking for the program that offer fellowship after the residency and I found that at St. Fracnis. Most of all, everyone is very close and great to work with!

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Allie Tinnin, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate School: University of Memphis
Marital Status: I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 precious cats.
Interests & Tidbits: I love the city of Memphis and plan on staying in this area for the long haul. I love traveling and spending time with my family. I went to University of Memphis and still have season tickets to all the basketball games.
Why St. Francis FMR: When looking for a residency program I was looking for a program where the residents were supportive of each other and also a program that would make me a competent family doctor. With several faculty on our staff that graduated from this program I had no doubts that I would be well trained after 3 years here. We have a great group of residents and amazing faculty, especially our program director. If I had to make the choice again, I would still choose UTHSC.

Second Year Residents

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Zobia Abid, MD
Windsor Medical School

Hometown: Grew up in Toronto, Canada. Currently living in Forrest City, AR.
Undergraduate School: Windsor University School of Medicine
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: I love hockey and am a very dedicated Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I have two cats at this time that i adore. I would one day like to travel the world!
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose this program because it offers excellent training in all fields of family medicine and really encompasses all aspects that make an outstanding family physician. And even more importantly, everyone is great to work with!
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Renee Barnes, MD

Hometown: Newport, NH
Undergraduate School: University of Vermont
Marital Status: Engaged. Children? Two puppies
Interests & Tidbits: I'm a runner and love body pump. I'm thinking about sports medicine. I'm engaged to one of the other Residents, Randy Feather and we have two awesome dogs, a Victorian bulldog named Chaucer and a miniature Schnauzer named Sam.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis because of the great opportunity we have at our own hospital as well as the intense experiences we get for ICU and Pediatrics, we get an unopposed experience in an opposed city. I also of course was hoping to stay near my fiancé.

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Fredricka Barr, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Hometown: Killeen, TX
Marital Status: I am currently unmarried and have no children.
Interests & Tidbits: I was born in Fort Hood, TX and attended Killeen High School. I received my BS in Biology from University of Houston - Main Campus and MD from University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. I enjoy the simple things in life, like spending time with friends and family.
Why St. Francis FMR: I wanted to attend St. Francis FMR because of its unopposed program. I wanted to experience a variety of patient cases. Furthermore, the most important reason why I chose St. Francis FMR was the family oriented environment. During the interview we ate lunch with all the residents. When they told me that they do this every day, I knew this was the family environment that I desired. I know that I will leave St. Francis FMR well trained, with lifelong friends.

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Ashley Matthews, MD
Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Marital Status: Single
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy listening to music, traveling and trying new restaurants
Why St. Francis FMR: St Francis offered everything that I was looking for in a program: unopposed, community based, university affiliated with a strong OB experience. The program has multiple fellowship opportunities to suite everyone’s specific interests and the residents here are more like family than coworkers.

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Amanda Miller, MD
Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Hometown: Manchester, TN
College: University of TN-Chattanooga Major: Biology, Dual Minor: Chemistry, Theatre production
Marital Status: Married for 3 years to my wonderfully supportive husband Joe. We have one "baby" Mika, our rescue dog
Interests & Tidbits: I love to cook and spend time outside at Shelby Farms dog park with my husband and Mika
Why St. Francis FMR: Rotating through St. Francis as a med student on my FM rotation, this program help to solidify my choice in primary care. The program has amazing training opportunities, but the thing that impressed me the most were the residents. They all get along and frequently spend time together outside of work. Plus, every day we eat lunch together in the cafeteria. It's a small thing, but I feel it really speaks to the collegiately of the program. The program has a great structure where we are associated with the medical school but in an unopposed setting. After interviewing with other programs, I couldn't find a program that could compare to my home institution. I'm so happy I matched at St. Francis!

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Jeff Nelson, MD
Chicago Medical School

Growing up in Washington, I never really thought I'd end up here in the Mid-South. But after my brother and his family moved to Murfreesboro, my wife and I (she is a pediatrics intern at Le Bonheur here in Memphis) started looking in the area and feel very lucky to have found Memphis. It is not just a show for interview day, this program really is collegial through and through, and both residents and faculty have positive attitudes with a true willingness to help out each other. Being here at St. Francis allows us the rare situation of having both an 'unopposed' program and an affiliation with premier specialists through our affiliation with the University of Tennessee and the medical hub that is Memphis. Add to that the night shift experience of covering both OB (which gets exciting) and the inpatient service, and you get a truly full-spectrum training environment. As for me, I just bought an electronic drum set (after not touching my drums for years during medical school) and am hoping to form a resident rock band. My wife and I have a super fluffy cat, love to try out the hearty and surprisingly gourmet food of Memphis, and get out to Shelby Farms Park for some nature whenever possible.

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Christina Tran, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate School: Christian Brother University
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: I love food and traveling
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St Francis because I had a great experience here as a student. The residents seems to enjoy their work and their fellow residents. The program has an excellent life work balance. And the attendings are approachable, supportive and enjoy teaching. I also wanted an unopposed program with lots of OB experience.

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Marthinus Zeeman, MD
Ross University

Hometown: Pretoria/Chicago/Los Angeles
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: From South Africa, served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, Drove an ambulance in Chicago, I play rugby, guitar with my two daughters and my dog. Wilderness Med, Hiking, Running, Painting, Surfing, Cooking and Reading.
Why St. Francis FMR: I wanted an unopposed program with a strong University backing and access to many fellowships. I was drawn to the friendly and passionate staff. I wanted to live near a big city in the mid-South, with lots of history and where there is an immense variety and exposure to medicine.

First Year Residents

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Charlie Busby, DO

William Carey University

Hometown: Pontotoc, MS
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy basketball and I’m looking forward to jumping on the Grizzlies’ bandwagon. I like to listen to live music in my down time.
Why St. Francis FMR: Because of the location and it offered everything I needed in a program.

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Kristen Dent, MD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Hometown: Woodville, MS
Marital Status: Married to my wonderful husband of 4 years, Brian. We have 2 babies, our dogs Roscoe and Kobe.
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our dogs, binge-watching tv shows, and reading for pleasure while listening to music.
Why St. Francis FMR: It's an unopposed, university-affiliated program in a community hospital. There are lots of opportunities for procedures, which is a passion of mine. There are multiple in-house fellowships to choose from. I feel like the graduates are well-rounded, which is important since I plan to practice in rural Mississippi. It was also in a location where both my husband and I could pursue our careers.

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Ashley Hendry, DO
William Carey College of Medicine

Hometown: Stringer, MS
University of Southern Mississippi
Marital Status:  
Children: One, Evan 5-year-old boy
Interests & Tidbits: 
I  enjoy spending time with my son and family, fitness, weight training, basketball and art. 
Why St. Francis FMR:
The other residents and staff are like a family; everyone supports each other, and it is a great environment to work in. Plus I love Memphis TN; there is so much for me and my son to do here. 

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Leticia Huynh, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Marital Status: Engaged to a former medical school classmate who is now a UTHSC Pathology intern.
Interests & Tidbits: I love to read (mostly fantasy/science fiction and history) and play tabletop games. I also like to play the piano, especially Bach and Chopin, and garden. I play tennis, bike and dabble in hiking, kayaking and clay shooting.
Why St. Francis FMR: I was attracted to the great residents and faculty – everyone is so intelligent, warm and grounded and the community is caring and close-knit. I also really like the unopposed nature of the program; the strong curriculum, especially in ICU, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine; and the large variety of fellowships associated with the program. My fiancé and I participated in the couples match and of course, the fact that he also liked the UTHSC Pathology residency was an important factor.

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Sam Jones, MD

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
Marital Status: Lucky to be married to a great guy who is a second year resident at Resurrection Health.
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy hanging out with my husband, friends and neighbors. Some of my hobbies are cooking, oil painting, riding my bike, canoeing and reading. My faith in God provides a strong foundation for my life.
Why St. Francis FMR: The leadership of this program is focused and passionate about training residents to become effective, high quality doctors. From the first interaction, I felt like a part of the UT family.

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Christine Lamey, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Marital status: I am married. My husband and I have a baby son and two cats who wonder why the baby deserves so much attention when they were here first. 
Interests & Tidbits: My favorite things to do in Memphis include walking the trails at Shelby Farms, seeing movies at the drive in theater, and eating at the many delicious restaurants around town. When I'm home I like to play video games and read. 
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis because it combines the benefits of an unopposed community program with the resources of a large university hospital system. The people here are a great asset too. The faculty is supportive and approachable, and there is true camaraderie among the residents that was far beyond what I saw at most other programs where I interviewed.  I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to learn from and serve the people of my hometown, and I know I will leave my training able to confidently practice Family Medicine in whatever setting I choose. 

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Elizabeth Maldonado, MD


Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Marital Status: Single
Why St. Francis FMR: In looking for a residency program, I wanted a residency family close to my biological family. I found it in the St. Francis Family Medicine program. When I rotated through their program, I noticed that all the residents really worked well together and treated each other like a family. St. Francis also offered me a comprehensive and exciting program for training. I am so glad that I chose St. Francis and can’t wait to learn everything that they have to teach.

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Jena Nakata, DO

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Interests & Tidbits: I love playing tennis, finding great desserts, and running.
Why St. Francis FMR: I am excited to be with UT St. Francis due to many reasons.  It is an unopposed program with an obvious supportive community of faculty and residents and excellent training in all fields of medicine!

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Contact Us

St. Francis Family Medicine Center

1301 Primacy Parkway
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: 901-448-0276
Fax: 901-448-0404

Residency Coordinator
Priscilla Griffith
Phone: 901-448-0230