Our Residents

PGY-4

Garrett Alderfer, MD

Chief Resident

Dr. Alderfer was born in Brooklyn, New York, but was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School and attended Drury University for his undergraduate education. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and History, Dr. Alderfer returned to Little Rock to attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he received his MD. Dr. Alderfer’s medical interests include health informatics, infectious disease, and critical care medicine. When not working, Dr. Alderfer’s hobbies include building and maintaining computers, video games, watching movies, and spending time with his awesome fiancée, Jennifer.
Jody Coonradt, MD

Chief Resident

Dr. Coonradt is originally from Middleburgh, New York, and received her undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. From upstate NY to Florida, she moved to the warmer world of Ft Lauderdale for medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She recently moved to Tampa Bay for her Med/Peds residency at USF. She is leaning towards a career in primary care, but is looking forward to learning everything she can over the next 4 years. In her free time, Jody loves to cook, decorate cakes, enjoy the outdoors, travel, and spend as much time with her family and friends that she can!
Soniya Bhavsar, MD

Resident Physician
Melanie Letobarone, MD

Resident Physician
Katie Newell, MD

Resident Physician

Dr. Newell is originally from Roundup, MT, a small town in eastern Montana. She received her undergraduate degree from Montana State University of Bozeman, MT and attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. Much of Montana is medically underserved and she plans to go back to work in one of these areas. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, baking, backpacking, and camping.
Melania Poonacha, MD, MPH

Resident Physician

Dr. Poonacha is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. She obtained her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Kentucky. She completed a master’s in public health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Her work in the field of sexual violence prevention led to a position at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. After working there for a year, she decided to return to the US for medical school and completed her MD degree at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She is a 2009-2010 recipient of the CDC OC Hubert Global Health Fellowship. Her medical interests include adolescent medicine, family planning, infectious diseases and global health. In her free time, Dr. Poonacha enjoys surfing, Egyptian bellydancing, and soccer.

PGY-3

Minal Ahson-Niaz, MD

Resident Physician
Jonathan Chan, MD

Resident Physician

Dr. Chan is from Danville, California and did his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Psychology. He spent a brief time at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan working in conjunction with a pharmaceutical research company in California to develop detection agents for the EGFR mutation in non-small cell lung cancer. He also spent some time there teaching English to Middle and High School students. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2011 and has an interest in medical informatics, genetics, metabolic endocrinology & nutrition, and hematology/oncology. In his free time he dabbles in computer software programming, photography, and dessert making. He is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.
Katie Knupp, MD

Resident Physician

As a transplant from the Tarheel state, North Carolina, I'm thrilled to be doing Med-Peds in Tampa, FL! I completed my Undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (basketball season was ah-ma-zing), but moved back to my home town of Greenville, NC to attend medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (Go Pirates!). Now that I've moved to Tampa, I've traded one pirate for another and plan to attend as many Buccaneers games as residency allows. In tow with me to Florida is my husband, Travis, and our dog Sampson and two cats, Bijou and Cairo. I chose USF because the people are genuine, fun, and have the southern hospitality I love. Plus it's never a bad idea to be within 60 miles of some of the most beautiful beaches, ever. A true beach bum at heart, on my free time, you'll find me lounging in a beach chair by the water or grabbing a drink and a bite to eat at an outside cafe I've never explored.
Michelle Tang, MD

Resident Physician
Devi Yalamanchili, MD

Resident Physician

Dr. Yalamanchili grew up in several different countries before arriving in New York in 4th grade. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. After college, she worked in India teaching special-needs children before moving to New Orleans, LA to work with the American Red Cross rebuilding the area after Hurricane Katrina. She stayed in New Orleans to complete her medical school degree at LSU. During that time she helped run a clinic for the homeless population in New Orleans, worked with HIV/AIDS patients in Rwanda, and has been involved in setting up a free clinic in Jacsonville, Haiti since the earthquake in 2010. She plans on continuing her work in inner city and global health initiatives throughout her career. In her spare time, she enjoys running, being outdoors (hiking, canoeing, skydiving, caving, scuba diving), traveling, and spending time with friends.

PGY-2

Darren Adderly, MD

Resident Physician

Jenna Simpson, DO

Resident Physician

I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.  I completed my undergraduate training at San Diego State University in Biology and Spanish.  From there I moved to Phoenix, Arizona to complete my medical school training at Midwestern University.  I absolutely loved living there as hiking is one of my favorite activities.  After living in the desert for four years, I missed the beach, so Tampa was an easy choice for residency.  The beaches are beautiful and the water is warm!

Kenneth Visalli, DO

Resident Physician

Dr. Visalli is from Utica, NY. He completed his undergraduate degree at Utica College of Syracuse University in Biology with minors in Business Management and Chemistry. During his undergraduate years he worked as the Head Chef at a local Restaurant and played the drums in a local rock band. After college he went on to complete his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health Degrees at The University of New England in Biddeford, ME. His academic interests include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cancer prevention and health policy. In his free time Dr. Visalli enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, playing the drums, participating in sporting events and learning about anything new. 

PGY-1

Joao Fontoura, MD

Resident Physician
Martin Guerrero, MD

Resident Physician
Asef Mahmud, MD

Resident Physician