Ben Berthet, DO
I grew up in the Bay Area in California and later went to U.C. San Diego for a B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience. I took a gap year to better understand the world I would be serving as a physician, travel around the world for 7 months, and turn my experiences and lessons into a book. I started medical school at A. T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and added an extra year for a pre-doctoral Fellowship in osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT). I’m ecstatic to be in sunny Tampa to pursue my interests in Med-Peds primary care, international, and underserved medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new areas by actively running, biking, snorkeling, and eating with friends. Fun fact, I moved 20+ times during medical school so I’m really happy to live in one place again.
Isaac Cha, MD
I was born in San Diego but grew up in Texas and Oregon. I attended Duke University in North Carolina where I earned my bachelor's degree in religion. After graduating, I worked in technical services and as a team lead for Epic. I became interested in medicine while working at Epic and eventually gave up a good career to pursue medicine. After two years of pre-reqs at Abilene Christian University and a year working as a senior Epic consultant with Accenture, I began medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where I completed my medical degree. I am excited to begin the next chapter of my training in Tampa and feel blessed to be part of the USF Med-Peds family.
Katie Finley, DO
I grew up in the land of ice and snow in Michigan and have been slowly migrating south over the past 5 years. As an undergraduate, I attended the University of Michigan where I majored in Cellular & Molecular Biology and minored in French & Francophone studies. I then spent one year teaching English to middle and high school students in Oyonnax, France before attending medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis. In my spare time, I love all things active/outdoors - exercising, going on walks, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and soaking in the sunshine. I also love to cook and experiment with new recipes. My professional interests include global health, health disparities/underserved populations, and Cardiology. I hope to spend the next 4 years continuing my involvement in global health projects both locally and abroad, while incorporating my interests in research and Cardiology into those projects. I am also so excited to get to know my residency family in such a beautiful city!
Sherri Huang, MD
I grew up in the California Bay Area and attended Washington University in St. Louis for college, where I studied biology, writing and anthropology. With these academic interests I entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at Indiana University SOM. For my PhD I studied the transcriptional control of life stage transitions in Toxoplasma gondii, and during medical school I got the chance to learn more about Indiana communities through my work with rural and homeless health. My dream is to combine my academic experiences into studying the role of toxic stress on both pediatric and adult health. I am beyond excited to join my internal medicine-pediatrics class at USF, where the residents are super fun and close-knit! The gorgeous nearby beaches, the wide blue sky, and vibrant colors of Tampa also stole my heart when I visited. I look forward to exploring the city with my husband, a half-Floridian and surfer soul.
Ashley Perry, MD
I was born in Rhode Island and raised in East Lyme, Connecticut. I then moved to Boston, MA to attend Northeastern University where I received my bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. I stayed in Boston for several years working as a research coordinator in hematology-oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. I continued my journey to Tampa, FL to attend medical school at the USF Morsani College of Medicine. My professional interests include teaching, working with underserved populations, and research (particularly focusing on health disparities). In my free time I enjoy traveling, anything involving the water, board games, and trying new things. I had an amazing experience at USF and am thrilled to be staying on as part of the med-peds family!
Fatimat Shotande, MD
I was born in Miami, FL and grew up in Pembroke Pines, FL. I received my Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and went to medical school at Florida International University in Miami. I'm interested in primary care, working with underserved communities, and transitional care for individuals with disabilities. In my free time I enjoy watching TV, salsa dancing, and spending time with friends and family. I'm looking forward to being a part of the USF MedPeds family and exploring Tampa.
Michelle Edward, MD
Home for me spans two countries, the United States and Nigeria. I was born and raised in a city south of Atlanta before relocating with my family back to Nigeria. After spending a couple of years there, I returned to Georgia to complete my undergraduate education at Kennesaw State University and later went on to obtain my medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. I enjoy learning about different cultures, visiting new places, and trying new foods. My family and friends keep me going, and I am truly blessed to have them. I am excited to join the Med-Peds family here at USF, and I am looking forward to this journey and what the future holds for me in Tampa.
Jean-Claude Guidi, DO
I was born and raised right here in Tampa, FL. After finishing high school at Jesuit, I spent four years at FSU, graduating with a degree in Biochemistry. While getting my master’s at USF, I spent a lot of time performing improvisational comedy (i.e., Whose Line). Medical school brought me to LECOM in Bradenton, FL. Throughout my four years, I found a love for medical education, global health, and obviously Med-Peds. I had always hoped to return to my hometown and become a provider for the community where I grew up. In true Med-Peds fashion, I have a variety of passions. I’m a big fan of Lofi hip-hop music, fantasy novels, complex board games, and rock climbing. And if there’s something you’re passionate about, I want to hear about it!
Emily Shipley, MD
Hailing originally from Damascus, Maryland, I moved west to the University of Colorado, Boulder, for my bachelor’s degree. I then moved to Guatemala, where I spent seven months exploring the political, socio-economic, and cultural factors that affect the healthcare system of Central America. Upon return to the United States, I completed my master’s in anatomical and translational sciences at George Washington University in Washington DC before moving to Tampa to receive my medical degree from USF. My professional goals are to work in primary care for underserved populations, with an emphasis on preventative community medicine and reducing barriers to healthcare. In my personal time, I enjoy fangirling over everything Marvel, snuggling my cats, and getting outside. I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age and hope to visit a new country every year (post-COVID, of course). I am beyond excited to join the Med-Peds family and can’t wait to start this new chapter of my life!
I grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and completed my undergraduate education at Mississippi College. Afterwards, I moved back to Louisiana and started medical school at LSU (Geaux Tigers!) in Shreveport. I am currently interested in inpatient medicine, but excited to spend my first year deciding if I want to pursue a fellowship. In my free time I enjoy exercise along with watching and playing sports (basketball/golf are my favorites) but also love spending time relaxing on the beach and trying new restaurants! I am excited to spend the next stage of my life here, where I can learn the art of medicine in this great city and be a part of this program for the next four years!
I grew up in Tallahassee, FL and attended Florida Southern College for undergraduate, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology and grew to have a love of writing. I attended USF MCOM for medical school where I took a special interest in medical humanities and medical education. In my free time, I enjoy running, indoor cycling, listening to music, reading, and going to Disney World! I am excited to continue my medical education and to grow as a member of the community in the Tampa Bay Area.
I grew up in Williston, Vermont, and have been gradually crisscrossing across the United States ever since. After undergraduate in Vermont, I worked for a year as a Medical Scribe in Houston, Texas, before starting at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I am excited to come to USF and explore Florida and all of the beautiful weather Tampa has to offer! Several of my hobbies include outdoor activities, such as running, rock climbing, and canoeing, but I also enjoy salsa dancing and am trying to learn piano. I have a wide range of career interests and am looking forward to joining the USF Med-Peds Residency Program!
I was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina and attended college at UNC Chapel Hill (Go Heels!). After college, I spent a year in Madrid, Spain teaching English to elementary schoolers, then moved to Richmond, Virginia to start medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University. As I bounced between my rotations, I felt that my time on pediatrics and internal medicine complemented each other, and I loved learning how to care for a person of any age and the variety that came along that. I’m keeping my mind open to future career options, but I am interested in inpatient medicine and care of underserved populations. Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching Carolina basketball, running, traveling, bingeing true crime podcasts, and being outside. I’m super excited for the next four years in Tampa and for the amazing warm weather and beaches!
I was born in San Diego but grew up in Las Vegas before returning to San Diego to study biochemistry and psychology at University of San Diego (and also got to enjoy the wonderful weather and beautiful city!). I then returned to Nevada for medical school at University of Nevada, Reno, where my passions were medical education, mentorship, and volunteering in our clinic treating underserved populations. In my free time, I love listening to music, reading a good book, trying out new restaurants, music scenes, bars, and enjoying a show or movie. My professional interests are currently very broad, but I know I will continue working with underserved communities. I hope to spend the next 4 years exploring my diverse interests within med-peds and spending time with the wonderful people at USF! Living in the beautiful city of Tampa is also a huge plus!