Family Medicine Residency

PGY-3 | PGY-2 | PGY-1

PGY-3

Omar Ahmad, MD

Omar Ahmad, MDHometown: Panama City, FL
Undergraduate School: Saint Leo University
Major & Degree: Criminal Justice
Masters in Public Health - Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Medical School: International American University College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Working out, playing sports, watching college football, traveling/backpacking through different countries, and spending time with family. Also have interest in Geriatric medicine.
What do you like about the program?


Jorge Del Rio, MD

Jorge Del Rio, MDHometown: Lares, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate School: University of Puerto Rico
Major & Degree: General Sciences
Medical School: Univer of Medicine & Health Sciences, St Kitts
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, cooking, being outdoor, hanging out with friends.
What do you like about the program? I chose this program because of the interaction between faculty and residents that I experienced during my interview. Everybody seem to be working in a harmony environment. To top it off, Macon gives you the benefits of living in a small town while being close to Atlanta.


Ryan Gilbert, MD

Ryan Gilbert, MDHometown: Douglas, GA
Undergraduate School: Valdosta State University
Major & Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology; Minor in Spanish
Medical School: Saint George's University
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, running, soccer, college football, learning foreign languages.
What do you like about the program? What initially attracted me to the program was the friendly environment shared among residents and faculty as well as extensive inpatient and outpatient training.


Alka Kalathil, MD

Alka Kalathil, MDHometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate School: Manipal University
Major & Degree: Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Hobbies/Interests: BBQs, watching football & basketball, hiking.
What do you like about the program? What attracted me to this program is the friendly and open relationship between the residents and attendings. Macon being a small town has so much to offer, which is perfect for a resident.


Octavia Lawton, MD

Octavia Lawton, MDHometown: Warner Robins, GA
Undergraduate School: Mercer University
Major & Degree: B. S. Biology
M.P.H. Community-based Health Assessment
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my teenage daughter, traveling, the great outdoors, live music, reading, movies, cooking, baking, trying new cuisines, comedy shows, church, spending time with friends and family.
What do you like about the program? This is home for me. I definitely like the location. Macon is such as beautiful city with a rich history. I like how well the residents get along with each other and work as a team. I also like the wealth of knowledge that the program has to offer-especially the integrative medicine aspect. I can hone in on my preventive medicine skills as well as add alternative medical options to my toolbox.


Huma Rahman, MD

Huma Rahman, MDHometown: Kingwood, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Houston
Major & Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology
Medical School:
Hobbies/Interests: I like to read, try new and different types of foods, and spend time with family and friends.
What do you like about the program? I like the supportive and friendly environment at our Family Medicine residency program. I feel that the curriculum offered at MCCG family medicine will help us become the well-established and fully rounded family physicians needed to better serve our patient community.


Jennifer Sims, DO

Jennifer Sims, DO Hometown: The Colony, Tx
Undergraduate School: TCU
Major & Degree: B.S. Biology
Medical School: Ga-PCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, College Football
What do you like about the program: Everyone has been super friendly and welcoming.


PGY-2

Jennifer Achebe, MD

Jennifer Achebe, MDHometown: Olympia, WA
Undergraduate School: Eastern Washington University.
Major & Degree: Biology/ Pre-Med
Medical school: Xavier University School of Medicine/ Aureus University School of Medicine.
Hobbies/Interests: traveling, reading, working out/ fitness, cooking, spending time with friends and family.
What do you like about the program: My colleagues are amazing to work with, I love the fact that we all get along. I also appreciate how diverse our program is, and I really enjoy living and working in the city of Macon.


Mansi Amin, MD

Mansi Amin, MDHometown: Lakeland, FL
Undergraduate School: University of South Florida
Major & Degree: Biomedical Science, B.A.
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Hobbies/Interest: Cooking, spending time with family and friends, GOT
What do you like about the program: MCCG Family Medicine program provides a well-rounded training curriculum. Also, the interaction between residents and faculty. One of my favorite attributes about this program is the way residents work as one cohesive team. Specifically, the upper level residents are always willing to guide and teach the other residents.


Antonio Gobenciong, MD

Antonio Gobenciong, MDHometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Davis
Major & Degree: Psychology w/ Emphasis in Biology
Medical School: University of Medicine & Health Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: Nap expert, beach lover, and a food enthusiast. You can certainly buy my friendship with desserts, especially with a tiramisu cheesecake. I love spending quality time with my family and friends, which typically always involves food.
What do you like about the program: I love this program because of the immense support our amazing faculty, staff, and fellow residents provide for us. As an intern, I am confident that no matter how difficult this path may be, I will be able to receive guidance from anyone in this program.


Merlyn Kaalla, DO

Merlyn Kaalla, DOHometown: Snellville, GA
Undergraduate School: Emory University
Major & Degree: Biology, B.S.

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, international travel, board games, learning new languages, outdoor activities, guitar, friends and family
What do you like about the program: I like the close-knit and friendly atmosphere amongst staff, faculty, nurses, and fellow residents. The program offers a supportive environment which is great for learning and medical training.


Amita Nawathe, MD

Amita Nawathe, MDHometown: Suwanee, GA
Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Major & Degree: Biology B.S., Psychology B.S., Broadcast News B.A.
Medical School: Mercer University
Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, spending time with family and friends
What do you like about the program: The programs emphasis on physician wellness and the community. The staff and the residents genuinely seem to care about one another and strive to care for each patient as a whole.


Ifeoma Njoku, MD

Ifeoma Njoku, MDHometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, Drexel University
Major & Degree: B.S. in Biology, B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
Medical School: International University of Health Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: I love listening to music, cooking, and visiting new places
What do you like about the program: I love the friendly environment and great interactions between the faculty and residents. I also lobe how diverse the programs curriculum is especially the integrative medicine component.


Hubert Pare, MD

Hubert Pare, MDHometown: Burkina Faso
Undergraduate School: Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA
Major & Degree: Biochemistry, Healthcare Administration
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, Basketball, Football, MMA, Music, Movies, Time with friends and family
What do you like about the program: The genuine family atmosphere, the great learning opportunities with very knowledgeable faculty and the emphasis on serving the community.


Ravija Patel, MD

Ravija Patel, MDHometown: Warner Robins, GA
Undergraduate School: Georgia Tech
Major & Degree: B.S. in Biology
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoy running, swimming, good food, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends
What do you like about the program: Excited about the integrative medicine portion of the curriculum and enjoy the atmosphere conducive to learning. Co-residents are always willing to help. Program also allows me to stay close to my family.


Aaron Tawes, MD

Aaron Tawes, MDHometown: East Lansing, MI
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University
Major & Degree: B.A. in Chemistry
Medical School: Ross University
Hobbies/Interests: In my spare time, I enjoy playing all kinds of sports including rugby, soccer, tennis and others. Other than sports, I thoroughly enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking Cajun food with family and friends nearby.
What do you like about the program: I was lucky enough to do a sub-internship with the program. During that time, everyone in the program welcomed me with open arms and really made me feel at home. The training here is so well rounded, I know Ill be a prepared physician come graduation.


PGY-1

Crystal Chiu, MD

Crystal Chiu, MD Hometown: Roswell, GA
Undergraduate School: Emory University, Kennesaw State University
Major & Degree: BA in Art History/Visual Arts, BS in Biology
Medical School: St. George's University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending quality time with friends and family, trying new restaurants and cooking, art and painting, and napping whenever I get the chance!
What do you like about the program: What drew me to this particular program is the way the residents and faculty truly care for each other. There's also respect and camaraderie between the different residency programs here at Navicent Health.


Vince Chukwukelu, MD

Vince Chukwukelu, MD Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate School: Texas Tech University
Major & Degree: Exercise and Sports Sciences, Biology; Bachelor of Science
Medical School: International American University College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors, anything sports, traveling, working out, cooking, spending time with friends and family
What do you like about the program: Everyone is so friendly and helpful, literally like one big family. The staff go out of their way to make sure residents have a great learning environment with all the tools necessary to succeed.


Kaya Jackson, MD

Kaya Jackson, MD Hometown: Athens Georgia
Undergraduate School: Xavier University of Louisiana
Major & Degree: Bachelor of Science
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, spending time with friends and family
What do you like about the program: This program offers excellent training in a very supportive environment. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming.


Paulna Lorimaire, MD

Paulna Lorimaire, MD Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
Undergraduate School: University of Central Florida
Major & Degree: Biology, Bachelor of Science
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, cooking, spending time with friends and family and working out.
What do you like about the program: Everyone is friendly and supportive, from the residents to the attendings. It really does feel like one big family.


Shuichi Nakai, MD

Shuichi Nakai, MD Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Undergraduate School: Northeastern State University
Major & Degree: Biology, Organismic Emphasis
Medical School: Saba USOM
Hobbies/Interests: Lifting, Poker, Board game, Soccer, Scuba, Snorkeling, Ski, Snowboarding, NBA gossips, Hiking, Traveling
What do you like about the program: We are one big family. Love that people never hesitate to offer help here. Residency is not easy but people around us make it enjoyable experience.


Parth Patel, MD

Parth Patel, MD Hometown: Kadi, India
Medical School: C. U. Shah Medical College
Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with family and friends, traveling, watching movies, going to soccer games, playing sports.
What do you like about the program? I like the sense of family that the faculty and staff have created. I like that the residents and attendings work as a team.


Christal Uthaman, MD

Christal Uthaman, MD Hometown: Newark, DE
Undergraduate School: University of Delaware
Major & Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences
Medical School: Aureus University School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling, tennis, yoga, ethnic cuisines, and spending quality time with family and friends.
What do you like about the program: The friendly and supportive interactions between Attendings and Co-residents. Also, the opportunity to work with such a diverse patient population.


James Vlahos, MD

James Vlahos, MD Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
Undergraduate School: Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia
Major & Degree: Pre-Professional Biology, BS Biology degree
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, rock climbing, working out, coffee, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and most anything outdoors.
What do you like about the program: I like the environment and that everyone in the program is like a family. Everyone is so nice, welcoming, and helpful which creates a good working and learning environment.