ACH-JHM Pediatric Residency Class of 2018
Brittany Badal, MD
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Developing healthcare advocacy and outreach programs targeted to our community. Exploring how evidence-based medicine and interdisciplinary care can improve the lives of our patients.
Personal Interests: I’m an avid traveler and, admittedly, a bit of a foodie. So I love exploring new cities and restaurants. I enjoy spending time outdoors and am excited to go hiking, biking, and kayaking in my new home.
Angela Coker, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Clinical Interests: I am interested in critical care, particularly the use of ECMO in patients with respiratory failure, and international medicine.
Personal Interests: I love ballroom and swing dancing, and you can always find me tapping my toes to whatever song may be playing nearby. I also enjoy checking out fun events around St. Pete with my co-residents like toga parties at the Dali Museum. My goal for the year is to hit up as many different restaurants and breweries as I can and eat my way around the peninsula.
Stessie Dort, MD
Hometown: Orem, UT
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Many! Including Weight Management and Sports Medicine. The intersect of social determinants of health, ethics, and medicine is particularly intriguing to me and often influences my choice of novels.Personal Interests: My husband and I have enjoyed our move to St. Petersburg. We enjoy the outdoors and look forward to times spent running on the beach, kayaking, camping, and climbing. We also enjoy trying new recipes and restaurants and welcome any recommendations.
Noura Estephane, MD
Hometown: Batroun, Lebanon and Louisville, Kentucky (It’s complicated)
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: I’m leaning heavily towards Neonatology. I also have an interest in medical education and hope to establish a career in academic medicine.
Personal Interests: I’m a pretty simple person. I love to spend time with family and friends, cook, explore new restaurants, binge-watch Netflix, do my nails, and go to the beach. I’m also a huge sports fan and will watch any and all sporting events except baseball- I just can’t get into that game!
Michelle Hidalgo, MD
Hometown: Miami, FL
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: I am passionate about Pediatric Palliative Care, particularly as it pertains to adolescents living with chronic illnesses. I also have interests in Academic Medicine, Global Health, Advocacy, and Ethics.
Personal Interests: My preferred (and only) form of exercise is hot yoga. The only marathons I run require a subscription to Netflix. I love food and activities that pertain to food; including, but not limited to the preparation and consumption of food. I love the outdoors as long as it involves a body of water and an absence of mosquitoes. I am a proud owner of exaclty 2 plants that I have somehow managed to keep viable - thus far. I also have a fondess for the colors orange and blue. Go Gators!
Ashleigh Kussman, MD
Hometown: Kettering, OH
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: I plan to pursue Pediatric Hematology and Oncology with one of my career goals being to improve the healthcare of childhood cancer fighters and survivors through advocacy and research. I also plan to pursue academic medicine and be involved in teaching in some capacity.
Personal Interests: I love music, singing, trying new restaurants, and exploring the great outdoors. If you are looking for a musical attending buddy, I’m your gal, and there are plenty of musicals playing throughout the year at the Straz Theatre in Tampa, FL, for a great get-away. My husband and I love St. Petersburg and its culture. There is always something to do or see, including the beach, festivals, museums, parks, aquariums, nature preserves, escape rooms, Rowdies (Soccer) and Buccaneers (Football) games, etc and plenty of “non-chain” restaurants to try. I also enjoy spending time with my co-residents and their significant others, as they are an amazing group of people! :-)
Sarah Marsicek, MD
Hometown: Auburn, KS
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Delivering patient and family-centered, cost-effective, evidence-based care. Advocating for appropriate systems-based changes to enhance the quality of care given to patients and families. I would like to pursue a career as a Hospitalist.
Personal Interests: Enjoying all of the local festivals and markets St. Pete has to offer. Spending time exploring all of the local attractions with my husband and infant son. My husband and I are huge foodies. We love to discover unique places to dine (of which there are a ton of in St. Pete!). We also make the trek to Orlando to visit Mickey quite often. Our two dogs (Jeffrey and Tucker) love the beach and it is one of our favorite pastimes as well.
Anna Meyer, MD, PhD
Hometown: Manila, Philippines, but have called Charleston, SC home for the past 7 years.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Interests: My clinical interest is in Allergy and Immunology. I am also very interested in community outreach and health education, specifically involving local schools.
Personal Interests: I love spending time with my husband, our two girls and our dog. We visit children's museums, local parks/playgrounds and beaches. We love to travel and explore new places together. I am a foodie - I love trying new restaurants as well as cooking, especially Asian/Filipino cuisine. I also enjoy working in my garden when it's not too hot outside.
Phillip Mote, MD
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Clinical interests: General pediatrics, primary care, quality improvement
Personal interests: My wife and I enjoy spending time outdoors and soaking up the Florida sun. We love taking our playful dog to many of the fun dog beaches nearby, getting to know our neighbors and getting plugged into our local church. I'm super excited to live close to an awesome golf course and get to play more consistently. Cycling is a big deal around here and I am slowly breaking into that culture, and getting fit in the meantime.
Nicole Nghiem, MD, MBA
Hometown: Golden, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: I am interested in improving the usability of health information technology, and exploring the role of new medical technologies in patient care. I would also love to continue my involvement with medical efforts in Vietnam.
Personal Interests: I enjoy singing (in the car), playing piano, photography, snowboarding (which may soon be substituted by paddle boarding), and discovering the best food spots with my co-resdients. I also love the outdoors and it's been great being able to relax on the beach and go dolphin watching by the bay.
Claudia Phen, MD
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and childhood nutrition.
Personal Interests: I love spending time with family and friends! On my days off, you can find me frequenting local coffee shops or trying new foods. I also enjoy piano, writing, traveling near and far, and learning about people's background and cultures.
Mariana Theodoro, MD
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include learning about cost-effective and evidence-based care in the setting of family centered practice. I really enjoy academic medicine and the specialties I am most interested in currently are Neonatology and Hospitalist Medicine. I also love discussing ethics in medicine.
Personal Interests: I enjoy a variety of different activities, especially in the the company of family and friends! I love trying out new restaurants, taking walks downtown and going to art fairs around. Also, since moving to St. Pete, my family and I go to the amazing beaches every chance we get!