Resident Life


Current Residents

Chief Residents

Dr. Erin James

Dr. Reena Patel

Dr. Drew Scott

Fourth Year Residents

Benjamin Petty, M.D.

Benjamin Petty, M.D.

Third Year Residents


Jessica Cox, MD

Jessica Cox, MD
Univ of Missouri, Columbia

Hometown: Sikeston, Missouri
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri-Columbia (Bachelor of Science in Biology)
Graduate School: Saint Louis University (Master of Public Health in Epidemiology)
Marital Status: I am currently unmarried and do not have children.
Interests & Tidbits: I am an avid professional boxing and basketball fan. The Boston Celtics are my absolute favorite NBA team, and Sergio Martinez is my favorite boxer. I love music (especially rhythm and blues), long road trips, and spending time with my family and friends.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose UT-St. Francis because the program’s emphasis on full spectrum family medicine. Residents at UT-St. Francis get excellent exposure to obstetrics, outpatient medicine, and inpatient service-all of which, I know that I will need in the future as a rural family practitioner.


Scout Farah, MD

Scout Farah, MD
Univ of Tennessee

Hometown: Clarksville, TN
Undergraduate school: University of Notre Dame
Interests & Tidbits: I love Memphis and our food, music and people! I enjoy traveling and reading and spending time with my fiance.
Why St. Francis FMR: Great program with helpful, approachable faculty. The residents are all very close and friendly. The family medicine program is unopposed but residents have access to the wide network of UT residency programs throughout the city of Memphis for specialty electives. We also have an OB fellowship, which means there are always OB fellows around who are eager to help teach OB principles and procedures. In addition, working alongside the urban track residents allows us to learn how to better address social issues and healthcare problems associated with poverty. Overall UT St Francis provides its residents with a close-knit group of colleagues and a wide range of opportunities.


Randall Feather, MD

Randall Feather, MD
Med Univ of the Americas

Hometown: I’m originally from a small farm town in Southern Illinois. Downtown consist of a 3 way stop that is surrounded by a John Deere parts store, a local bank, gas station and diner. It’s the kind of place where everyone is a neighbor and each September we have the Bean Days festival to celebrate our town’s heritage.
Undergraduate School: LSU - I bleed Purple and Gold
Interests & Tidbits: I have a Victorian Bulldog named Chaucer. I drive a Jeep. I like all things sports. I play the guitar, bass and the Djembe. I prefer reading to watching television.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose UTHSC because it is an unopposed university program with multiple fellowship opportunities. Because UTHSC is only a quick drive downtown we also have ample opportunities to rotate through the Children’s Hospital or any of the other subspecialty fields of medicine.


Erin James, MD

Erin James, MD
Ross University

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate School: Mercer University
Interests & Tidbits: Trying new restaurants, meeting new people, outdoor activities, traveling and working out.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose UT because I wanted an unopposed program with a strong ED experience. The work environment also has intelligent yet down to earth people that are fun to work with.


Sarah Metcalf, DO

Sarah Metcalf, DO
Kansas City Univ of Medicine

Hometown: Fridley, MN





Reena Patel, MD

Reena Patel, MD
American Univ of Antigua

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate School: Christian Brothers University
Interests & Tidbits: Running, gym, travel, spending time with family & friends, reading baking.


Drew Scott, MD

Drew Scott, MD
Univ of Tennessee

Hometown: Bartlett, TN
Undergraduate School: Rhodes College
Marital Status: Married on 6/2/12
Interests & Tidbits: Musician, enjoy golfing and bowling, STL Cardinals fan.
Why St. Francis FMR: I did an M3 rotation in family medicine and really liked the program. The residents were very friendly and great to work with. It also allowed me to stay near mine and my wife’s family.



Second Year Residents

Ferishta Gousse, MD

Ferishta Gousse, MD
San Juan Bautista

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
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 fiance, 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 a big happy family here!

Robert Gousse
Robert Gousse, M.D.
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Monica Juma
Monica Juma, D.O.
Lincoln Memorial –DeBusk Osteopathic


Katie Kopinski, MD

Katie Kopinski, MD
Univ of Tennessee

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!

Pratik Patel
Pratik Patel, M.D.
American Univ of Antigua

Riddhi Patel
Riddhi Patel, M.D.
American International Medical Univ


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Allie Tinnin, M.D,
Univ of Tennessee

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.

First Year Residents


Zobia Abid

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!


Renee Barnes, MD

Renee Barnes, MD
Univ of Tennessee

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.


Fredricka Barr, MD

Fredricka Barr, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Hometown: Killeen, Texas
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.


Ashley Matthews, MD

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.


Amanda Miller, MD

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!


Jeff Nelson, MD

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.

Christina Tran
Christina Tran, M.D.
Univ of Tennessee


Marthinus Zeeman, MD

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 and 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.

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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