Program Graduate Year – 3
Vincent Ly, DO
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a member of the 2021 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I am originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, and went to undergrad at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, double majoring in Biology and Psychology. After graduating, I decided to stay in Blacksburg and attended medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). I have always been volunteered to work with local communities with an interest in mental health. I’ve worked for a local rescue squad, volunteered at the homeless shelter clinic, and conducted undergraduate research in behavioral health and autism.
Throughout both my medical school and the volunteer experiences, I found that many emergent health situations could have potentially been avoided with preventative care. Family medicine became the most obvious specialty choice for my interests due to the emphasis on preventative care and the exposure to mental health in the primary care setting. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy watching shows on Netflix, and making my own wine. When given the opportunity, I like to scuba dive reefs and shipwrecks, and swim with underwater sea-life. I look forward to diving and exploring new areas in Florida.
Andrea Miser, DO
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I received my medical degree from Marian University in Indianapolis in 2018. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky where I received my degree in Equine Science and Management with a minor in Biology. My medical interests include sports medicine and preventative health. Outside of residency, I am an avid equestrian and compete with my thoroughbred in eventing and dressage. I also enjoy hiking, traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and of course spending time with my horse and rabbit.
Radhika Patel, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a member of the 2021 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I went to undergrad at the University of Florida and medical school at Lake Erie College of Medicine Bradenton campus. I love spending time with friends and family especially with my husband, Jay, and our black lab, Aria. I also enjoy dancing, baking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Andrew Ross, DO
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a member of the 2021 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine residency. I am a graduate of the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate education at Ohio Northern University, attaining a Bachelor of Science in biology. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I attended high school with my now-wife, who is currently training to be a veterinarian at the University of Florida. I have enjoyed a lifelong fascination with medicine and am interested in all aspects of primary care, especially in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventative care. In addition to medicine, I like to spend his time hiking, reading, listening to classic rock, introducing friends to “Game of Thrones” and the “Hamilton” soundtrack, and, on the rare occasion, cheering the success of any Cleveland sports team.
James Vandruff, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a member of the 2021 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I was born and raised in Payson, Arizona. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I earned a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Physiology and Developmental Biology. I then attended medical school in Erie, Pennsylvania at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Professionally, my interests include in-office procedures. I am the fifth of six children and am married to my best friend, Karrah. We are blessed to have two children. I was introduced to medicine by my father, who is a practicing Family Physician in Arizona. From a young age, I knew Family Medicine was what I wanted to do with my life. When not spending time at work or in school, I am active in my church and enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. Some of my hobbies include gardening, camping, hunting, and reading.
Sandria Vernon, MD
St. Louis University School of Medicine
I am a member of the 2021 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I was born in Ocala, FL but grew up in Denver, CO. I returned to Florida to complete my undergraduate education at Jacksonville University before moving to St. Louis, MO for medical school. In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, couponing, cooking, and last minute vacations. I also enjoy playing video games and working on craft/DIY projects.
Program Graduate Year – 2
Jonathan Garces, DO
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a member of the 2022 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the Macaulay Honors College in Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. I later acquired a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. I then completed my medical school training at NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was there that I discovered my passion for hands-on medicine, Osteopathy and utilizing a holistic approach to help people heal. I spend most of my free time with my wife, Patrycja and son, Arthur. I love the great outdoors, dancing, cooking, baking, home-improvement, video games and continually trying to add to my list of hobbies.
Nicholas Heyden, DO
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a member of the 2022 class at Ocala Family Medicine residency. I completed my undergraduate degree at Centre College in Danville, KY and I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, TN. Throughout my medical education, I felt happiest when I was involved with my community. My partner-in-crime, Berenice, and I enjoy helping out at Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics, as well as clinics for the homeless. I chose Family Medicine to help keep my skills sharp so I can treat people from all walks of life. When I am not working or studying, I like to hike, play ultimate frisbee, enjoy board games, and make hot sauce.
Micah Lindsey, DO
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am a Florida native, who was born just down the road from Ocala, in Orlando, Florida. I then moved to Virginia when I was in grade school and have lived in Virginia ever since. For my undergraduate degree, I attended Virginia Tech and studied biochemistry. After college, I married my high school sweetheart and worked as a chemist before attending medical school at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, Virginia. During medical school, my wife and I started a family and are blessed with two amazing sons. Additionally, I witnessed the need for access to primary care, and preventative medicine became a passion of mine during medical school; this passion then led me to Family Medicine residency. I also have academic interests in Geriatrics and Sports Medicine. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, the outdoors, sports, photography, and coffee.
Maura Pipkins, MD
Mercer University School of Medicine
My name is Maura Pipkins and I am a member of the 2022 Residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. For many years I was my parents caregiver and when they passed away I decided it was time to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a physician. I received my Masters Degree in Preclinical Sciences and Medical Degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA. I am drawn to Family Medicine because being a wife, mother and caregiver enables me to connect more closely with my patients of all ages and stages in life. My husband Scott received his PhD from Georgia Tech in structural engineering and we have three boys ages 22, 18, 11 and a Great Dane named Tank. The oldest son is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and is now training to be a pilot at Columbus Air Force Base, my middle son is an Eagle Scout and attends Georgia Tech and the comfort child is majoring in adolescence. I enjoy going to outdoor concerts, baseball games, hiking and kayaking. With many firsts such as starting a Residency and being new to the area, I am excited to see what my future holds in this beautiful city of Ocala.
Justin Watkins, MD
University of Louisville School of Medicine
I am a member of the 2022 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I received my BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University. I graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2019. One of the highlights of my medical training was traveling to rural Tanzania on a medical mission. My current professional areas of interest include mental health, addiction medicine, and global health. I am married and have three energetic, Pokemon-loving children. My hobbies include fanatically cheering for the Edmonton Oilers, fishing, traveling the world, and dabbling in cryptocurrencies.
Stephan Zehring, DO
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
My journey into family medicine started when I was a child. My father, a paramedic, and my mother, a nurse, unknowingly started planting seeds during childhood dinnertime conversations that frequently revolved around their adventures and experiences within their respective fields. Their love for people and commitment to serving others acted as a metronome for my heartbeat.
I didn't know what I wanted to do when I grew up until I was in my mid 20's. Initially, I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist, then considered going into ministry because I loved to serve and care for others and help them in their most vulnerable moments. As I came to find out, medicine allowed for the enjoyment of science, service, and human connection in one tidy package.
I met my wife and best friend, Krystin, while I was in medical school at Midwestern University in Arizona. I knew I wanted to marry her after the first meal she cooked for me. We have one daughter, Bria, who is our joy. We enjoy playing board games, going on walks, reading, playing sports, and traveling. We also look forward to getting to know our community.
Program Graduate Year – 1
Manal El-Hag, MD
University of Pecs
Growing up in a household of 6 always kept things busy, fun and full of great memories. I spent most of my early childhood in Dublin, Ireland and later in a small town in Ontario, Canada. Growing up in such a close-knit community emphasized the importance of being involved and helping others around you, whether it was a food bank, volunteering at the local hospital or long term care facility. It was this sense of community and family that solidified my passion for family medicine.
The twist in my story- medical school in Hungary! This led me to have an incredible cross-cultural medical and social experience. I was fortunate to travel throughout the rural villages of Hungary, discovering my passion for the full spectrum of primary care and its importance in society. I have always had a strong passion for working with underserved populations and will aim to continuously do so. My other passions are journalism (former writer and editor for my city newspaper), keeping active by hiking and playing tennis as well as cooking and spending time with my family.
Shing Ko, DO
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, I have always known I will have a career in science but wasn’t quite sure where. Then in my Physiology course in NYU, I started noticing the flaws in the human body design and started brainstorming ways to correct it. It was then I knew I wanted to be a doctor. My medical mission trip to Honduras only solidified my desire to serve others through medicine. My current professional areas of interest include mental health and geriatric medicine. My hobbies include ping pong, hiking, bowling, handball as well as drawing and painting, playing my Pokemon games. I am also an avid fan of board games and would welcome all to join me for a board game night!
Candace Kuzma, DO
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
I went to undergrad for a Bachelors in Chemistry at the University of South Florida and medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. My family was part of the Navy, so I have grown up in Virginia and Maryland before my family settled in Cocoa Beach, FL. Medical interests include Osteopathic Manipulative medicine, Sports medicine and Obesity medicine. My goal in medicine is to help patients learn ways to help prevent chronic diseases that fit their lifestyle and goals. I spend a good amount of time looking into different ways for people to exercise and fix technique for injuries as well as the different diets and food lifestyle choices that I myself don’t do but wish to learn for my future patients.
I am an avid fan of the USWNT soccer team, Pittsburgh Steelers and Orlando pride. I also enjoy baking, reading, playing ultimate frisbee and spending time with my friends and family. I’m the youngest of four with siblings that will all have children who I wish to be a part of their lives.
Eslam Mohamed, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi my name is Eslam Mohamed. Originally, I am from Egypt and am fluent in Arabic but I’ve lived in Florida my whole life. I completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences and continued pursuing my medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton Florida. I am excited to start the next chapter of my education in residency in Ocala and plan on working in Florida as a hospitalist soon after that. Hospital medicine is by far my favorite line of work because you are always taking care of critically ill patients with atypical presentations which keeps medicine exciting for me.
In my spare time I like to take my wife out and spend time with our friends back in Tampa. I am a huge soccer fan and love watching the UEFA Champions league. My friends like to go out on fishing expenditures and fix up some project cars. I am an uncle to two nephews and a niece who we love dearly. I love reading fiction novels and watching movies together with my wife. We are big fans of cooking at home and try out a new recipe and desert at least once a week.
Morgan Nowlin, DO
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
I’m a member of the 2023 residency class at Ocala Health Family Medicine. I graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2020. I completed my undergraduate degree at California State University, Fullerton. I grew up in an underserved part of Long Beach, California. Underserved Medicine and integrating osteopathic principles are my future interests. Ocala Health aligns with my future and current interests. Outside of Medicine, I’m a sports fanatic, particularly with basketball and mixed martial arts.
Kaviya Sathyakumar, MD
Ross University School of Medicine
I am originally from India and moved to the States when I was in middle school. I went to Rutgers University in NJ, where I received my Bachelor’s in Biotechnology. I did my medical schooling at Ross University School of Medicine, where I met my husband. We recently got married on February 29, 2020 in Puerto Rico. My husband will be starting Pediatrics residency at Monmouth University, NJ, while I begin my Family Medicine residency at University of Central Florida/Ocala, FL. We have a boxer puppy together named Oreo, aged 6 months. Besides medicine, I love everything that involves dance – choreographing, teaching, performing, and learning new styles. I also enjoy going to the gym with my twin brother and competing to see who can be the most fit.
Class of 2020
Class of 2019
Maryam Abid, DO
Anthony Espinoza, DO
Ryan Julian, DO
Tyler Robertson, DO
Syed Sher, DO
Class of 2018
Eva Bradford, DO
Richard Edwards, DO
Todd Eichelberger, DO
Nathan Hastings, DO
Gabriel Johnson, DO
J. Casey Turner, DO