Hi guys! I was born in Brandon, FL and grew up in Zephyrhills, FL. I am a third generation gator, born bleeding orange and blue, so naturally I completed my undergrad degree at the University of Florida. The adventure continued when I moved to Miami, FL where I earned my MD from the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Then my dreams came true when I matched USF Pediatrics!!! I am super close with my family with the cutest two-year-old niece ever and a proud cat mom. I love to go to the beach, exercise, and enjoy the FL sunshine any way that I can. I am so excited to be part of the USF family and start my career in Pediatrics close to home. Looking forward to the next three years!
I was born and raised in a tiny town called Okahumpka, FL, then moved to Gainesville to attend UF for undergad (GO GATA!). I came to Tampa for medical school at USF MCOM and loved it so much I decided to stay. I love my family, puppies, tennis, drawing, and eating delicious food. I am currently interested in pediatric critical care and hospitalist medicine...but who knows what the future holds! I can't wait to be a part of the USF Peds family in the upcoming years :)
Hi! I was born in Miami, but raised in Orlando since the age of 10. I absolutely adore my home state, so it was no surprise that I attended Florida State University for both undergrad and medical school. Go Noles! Tampa is already stealing my heart, I am loving the colorful sunsets, tropical plants, and endless places to explore. You can find me doing outdoor activities or visiting my incredible Dominican family in Orlando during my free time. When I am really lucky, I also get to hang out with my sister who is a coastal biologist in Georgia. I am grateful to be able to share this Tampa experience with my fiance, who couples matched with me at USF. Primary care pediatrics has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I am so excited to spend the next 3 years with USF Pediatrics!
I was born and raised in Tampa, and am very excited to be a part of the USF Pediatrics family! I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree (Go Gators!) and moved to the Midwest for medical school at ATSU-KCOM in Missouri. Although I enjoyed my time in Missouri, I’m glad to be coming home! I’m passionate about my faith, family, child advocacy and serving others. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, family and friends, being outdoors, dance, baking and DIY projects. My professional interests include primary care and child advocacy.
I am originally from France. I have called Florida home for the past 5 years after attending Duke University for my Bachelor of Science in Biology, and University of Central Florida for medical school. Having moved to a different place every 4 years, I am ready to start my new adventure with the USF Family in beautiful, sunny Tampa! I am interested in becoming a pediatric hospitalist and working in academic medicine. Outside of the hospital, I have two cats (Basil and Saffron), love to eat (as you can see by my cats' names!), hit the beach, and swim in the ocean.
I was raised in South Louisiana, but decided to branch out from the Bayou State and attended college at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Go Vols! Following undergrad, I moved to Florida to attend medical school at LECOM-Bradenton. Although I am still a Saints fan and I will always bleed orange (the REAL Tennessee Orange, none of that Gator business), I immediately fell in love with Florida and knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else for residency! After rotating through Tampa General Hospital as a medical student and meeting the awesome faculty and residents, I knew I was home. I truly don’t believe there is a better place to work or live! I have an 8 year old Siberian Husky (my dog child) and the area is so unbelievably dogfriendly that I take her just about everywhere! I am beyond excited to be completing residency here at USF.
I was born across the street from USF, so I guess I was born to be a USF Bull. I did spend 4 years at UCF for undergrad (Go Knights!) but I was thrilled to return home for medical school at USF MCOM. I am so glad I get to stay for residency and advocate for the tiny humans of Tampa. My professional interests include Hematology/Oncology and General Pediatrics. I love all animals and enjoy visiting animal sanctuaries around the country. I love spending time with family, being outdoors and exploring pet friendly St. Pete with my rescue dog, Bingley (yes, like Mr. Bingley, who makes 5000 pounds a year although my Bingley will probably cost me 5000 pounds a year). I am so excited to be a part of the USF Pediatrics family!
Amneris Hernandez Figueroa
I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there during most of my childhood. At the age of 10, I moved to Pine Hill, NJ and then Philadelphia, PA. I moved back to Puerto Rico to attend college and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelors in Cellular Molecular Biology. I completed medical school at Ponce Health Sciences University and School of Medicine in Ponce, PR, where I had the chance to train in a diverse community with unique needs. During my third year of medical school, I married my wonderful husband and best friend, Joel. We are now living in Tampa, FL and we love it! I can’t wait to begin training here as a Pediatrician. It is a privilege and honor to fulfill this dream as a part of the USF Pediatrics family. I am interested in General Pediatrics, and continuing community outreach work, as well as helping underserved communities. I also enjoy reading the Bible, the beach, shopping, drinking coffee, eating good food, watching movies, and amusement parks!
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA (go Penguins!) and took a very snowy detour up north for a few years where I studied Public Health at the University of Rochester, and then attended medical school at LECOM. After living in two cities that averaged >100" of snow per year for 6 years, I couldn't resist the pull close to my parents in Sarasota and am so excited to be moving south to Tampa for sunshine and beaches! I enjoy reading, running and biking, and I'm down for pretty much anything outdoors that doesn't involve getting eaten by a Florida alligator. I'm also a huge foodie- I love cooking and exploring the food and brewery scene in new cities. I'll be moving to Florida with my partner and a future pup, and we can't wait to explore our new home! My wide professional interests include adolescent medicine and primary care. I can't wait to find my passion while training at USF.
As an immigrant, identities can become a bit confusing. I was born in Bangladesh, grew up in Canada and eventually moved to Polk County, Florida where my family currently resides. I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and then went on to SGU for medical school. After being a student in four different countries, I am beyond excited to be starting residency so close to home! I've wanted to practice medicine since I was a little girl, and enjoy working with children. I love family reunions, traveling, trying new food, and most importantly the sunny Florida weather!! I look forward to see what the future holds, and I'm eager to explore the field of Pediatrics!
I was born and lived in Nairobi, Kenya until moving to Atlanta, GA during grade school. I attended the University of Georgia and majored in Biology and Spanish (GO DAWGS!). I came down to south Florida to complete medical school at NSU-COM, and was sold on living in Florida. I’m so excited to be a part of the USF Pediatrics family and explore the Tampa area! I have always loved working with children, and am also passionate about global medicine and community health disparities. Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my family and friends whenever I can. I enjoy traveling to new places, cooking (aka eating everything and anything), watching movies, exploring the outdoors, and finding new spots for coffee. I’m looking forward to the next three years at USF!
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Miami, Florida when I was 8 years old. I studied Microbiology at the University of Florida and completed medical school at New York Medical College. I am blessed to be starting life Tampa to join my fiancé and be closer to my family, not to mention the beaches and warm weather I have missed the last four years. In my spare time, I enjoy painting, sketching, playing tennis and spending time with my fiancé Mark and our cat Macchiato. I am very excited to be joining the USF Pediatrics family!
I was raised in Peachtree City, Georgia. I attended undergrad at Georgia Institute of Technology, where I got my B.S. in Biology. I attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I’m excited to be staying in Florida at USF for the next 3 years! Professionally, I'm not quite sure of primary care vs fellowship and plan to keep an open mind in the years to come. For fun, I like dancing, binge- watching Netflix, drinking warm cups of tea, and spending time with my family.
I was born and raised in Tampa with my three siblings and little awareness of what a “real winter” feels like until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend Johns Hopkins University for my undergraduate education. Despite my aversion to the cold, I had a wonderful experience – I studied Public Health and spent my spare time practicing and competing with my co-ed acapella group (yes, just like “Pitch Perfect”!), and volunteering in underserved clinics throughout the city. I obtained my medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in the charming town of Lewisburg, WV. I am deeply passionate about preventive healthcare and have traveled internationally to provide access to healthcare in remote regions. I love spending time with my family, bringing people together, being outdoors, distance running, playing guitar, and getting people (particularly children!) excited about exercise and caring for their bodies. I couldn’t be happier to be coming back to the sunshine and joining the USF Peds Family!
Hi! I was born a Cajun baby in New Orleans and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago on deep dish pizza and the Cubs. I attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE for college where I majored in medical anthropology. From there, I went to Kansas City University in Missouri where I completed the DO/MBA dual degree program in conjunction with Rockhurst University. I met my now husband on the first day of medical school orientation, and together we moved to Fort Myers, FL for our clerkship rotations. We have thoroughly enjoyed being in Florida and are looking forward to the next several years here. In my spare time, I like to cook, travel, try new foods and restaurants (my husband and I are self-proclaimed “foodies”), and go shelling at the beach. My professional interests are general pediatrics and healthcare leadership. The USF pediatric residency was the perfect combination of everything I could have ever hoped for in a program, and I cannot wait to be a part of this incredible team!
Hi! I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I attended Florida International University for undergrad and UM Miller School of Medicine for medical school. My professional interests include Gastroenterology and working to end food insecurities. My hobbies include traveling, trying new restaurants, going to Disney, and spending time outdoors. I am a proud dog mom. I adopted Penny 2 years ago and I couldn’t be more obsessed with her. Tampa is super dog friendly so I can’t wait to see what adventures await us! I am excited to become a part of the USF Pediatric family and to call Tampa my home!
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I attended the Hallym University College of Medicine in South Korea for the six-year MD course. After graduation, I worked as a public health doctor in Donghae for three years, a small rural town located on the East coast of Korean peninsula. In the late spring of 2019, I visited USF Pediatrics as an observer and was very fortunate to work with so amazing people as a team. My professional interests include Hematology-Oncology and Public Health, and I hope to pursue my career in academia later on. I love drinking coffee, cooking, traveling, and having fun time with my family and friends. It’s still unbelievable to join USF Peds for my residency and my wife and I are really looking forward to living in our new home, Tampa!
Cristina Del Valle-Avila
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and have lived there my whole life. I did a bachelors and master’s degree in Biology both from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. After my masters, I worked in research for a few years before reigniting my desire to become a doctor. I completed my medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine, where I learned from doctors in my community and worked mainly with patients belonging to the underserved population. For residency, I am ready for a change in scenery! I am excited to join the USF Pediatrics Family and begin the next chapter of my life! For fun, I’m pretty laid back, like binge watching Netflix, cooking shows (though I wish I could be as good!). Though I can’t do a handstand to save my life, I love watching gymnastics, from NCAA to elite competitions and in between. I can’t wait to explore the city that will become my home for the next three years and continue on my journey to become a pediatrician.
Hello! I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Sarasota, FL. I love the warm weather so much that I decided to stay in Florida for the rest of my education after high school. I attended University of South Florida for my Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Physics. Two years later, I graduated from USF College of Medicine Aging and Neuroscience Master's program. For medical school, I decided to move to northern Florida to attend Florida State University. I am so excited to be coming back to USF. It feels like I am coming back home. Family means a great deal to me and I love-spending time with them. My faith is a big part of my life and I try to attend church as often as I can. I love going to theme parks and I am a huge Harry Potter fan! Reading books is second nature to me. I love a great novel or autobiography!
Hi everyone! I am a Florida girl through and through. I grew up in Cocoa where I enjoyed beach volleyball, surfing, scuba diving, and anything else that involved the water. I attended the University of Florida for my bachelors (GO Gators!), then USF for my masters – which is when I fell in love with the Bay Area and met my husband! I moved to St. Pete and worked for a year in pediatric allergy and immunology, then completed my medical school education at LECOM Bradenton. I cannot believe my dream to stay in the Bay Area has been fulfilled and I will be completing my pediatric residency at USF! In our off time, we enjoy fishing, boating, biking, gardening and spending time with our three pups. I am so excited to continue my medical education in the beautiful sunshine state and hope to stay here for many years to come.
Hi! I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. After 18 years of snow and cold, I headed down to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Miami, FL, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked full-time as a clinical coordinator in a neuropsychology laboratory at the University of Notre Dame for one year. I moved closer to family where I received my D.O. degree at A.T. Still University KCOM. My significant other and I are very excited to both be joining the USF family together, with him starting his intern year in emergency medicine. We love spending time outside with our chocolate lab, Clark, and are excited to show him the beach for the first time! I am currently undecided as to what area of pediatrics I will work in, but I am excited to incorporate mental health advocacy into whatever I do. In my free time, I love to run, read, and volunteer as a crisis intervention counselor. I cannot wait to be a USF pediatric resident and to start working towards my dream of being a pediatrician!
Hi Everyone! I’m a Tampa native and attended USF for undergrad and medical school. I’m proud to be serving my community while continuing my training in Pediatrics! I look forward to helping my patients and their families live healthy lives! Along with helping my patients, I include education as an important aspect of my work. I love working with students and will make sure to incorporate teaching wherever I end up practicing. Outside of medicine, I like learning about history, running on the Riverwalk, and cheering on my Bucs, Bulls, and Rays! I look forward to meeting you!
Hello! I was born in Atlanta GA, grew up in India for a few years, and attended Emory University for undergrad where I got my Bachelor's in Biology and International Studies. I dabbled in EMS for about a year before attending the Medical College of Georgia. I started out my residency in Med-Peds, where after a few months I realized I'd be happier focusing exclusively on pediatrics. It just so happened that the stars aligned and I was able to transfer to the Pediatrics program here! I'm interested in hospital medicine, environmental health, and am also considering pursuing a fellowship. As for my hobbies, I enjoy running, hiking, reading (mainly sci-fi and fantasy), crafting/drawing, wasting time on tiktok, and eating. I thrive in tropical environments and am so excited to explore Tampa and work with everyone at USF!
I was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) for undergrad. I majored in biology and psychology before attending the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. I have vacationed to Florida multiple times, but fell in love when I visited Tampa. I love warm weather and the beach and knew I wanted to move to Florida. Professionally, I am interested in pursuing a career in primary care. My hobbies include crafting, cooking and travelling to new cities. I am excited to explore Tampa and become part of the USF pediatric family!
Hello! I was born and raised in Florida and went to the University of South Florida for my undergraduate degree. During my time there, I was able to explore much of Tampa, which is when I fell in love with the city. Good food, people, and near-by beaches! I then attended Nova Southeastern University KPCOM in Ft. Lauderdale for medical school but knew I wanted to eventually return to the Tampa/St. Pete area. I am so excited to be coming back for residency and joining the USF Pediatrics Family! Currently, my professional interests include pursuing a fellowship in Critical Care or Emergency Medicine one day. Outside of medicine, I love being outdoors (Yes, even with Florida humidity!) and spending time with my family and friends. I also like petting every dog within sight. Go Bulls!!
I grew up on farm in S.C. as the second to youngest of five. I completed a BS degree in biology at Anderson University where I love pretending to be a wildlife biologist but realized my talents, temperament, and passion was really in medicine. I went to USCSOMG in Greenville S.C. and fell in love with pediatrics. At home I enjoy spending time with my pets, birding, baking and learning to sew. I am incredibly excited to begin my residency training at USF in beautiful Tampa!
Hi all! I am originally from a tiny town called Johnstown in upstate NY. I went to Siena College in Albany for undergrad and then made my way to Erie, PA, for medical school at LECOM. My boyfriend and I met in medical school, and successfully couples matched into Peds and EM! I am a crazy proud mom to a variety of plants as well as to a fantastically adorable pup named Marcy. I am interested in everything within pediatrics, from PEM to Peds Nephrology to Newborn Medicine, and would love to stay within the realm of academic medicine moving forward. Having lived our entire lives in the Northeast, we are ready for some sunshine! We love everything outdoors, so once we leave our snow shovels behind and stock up on some sunscreen, we are looking forward to exploring all of the wonderful things that the Tampa Bay area has to offer!
I grew up just outside of Charleston, WV, in a small town called Cedar Grove. I’m a mountaineer at heart and attended West Virginia University for undergrad, where I received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and minored in dance. For medical school, I attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Never having ventured far from the mountains, my husband comes from Daytona, Florida, and makes me feel like an honorary Floridian. We are excited to be at USF and experience everything Tampa Bay has to offer! My professional interests include medical education, community outreach, and procedures. I am strongly considering pursuing a procedural fellowship such as neonatology! Outside of medicine, I love working out, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends. You can always find me outdoors on a walk, boating, snow or water skiing – anything to be active! I am excited for the next three years in Tampa and for good weather to be outdoors year-round!
Hello everyone! I was born in Houston, Texas, but moved to Florida when I was 1.5 months old, so I’m basically a Floridian. I grew up in Valrico, FL, and attended USF for undergrad. I didn’t move too far away for medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL. The beach is my second home; you can find me there reading, studying, playing volleyball, or swimming. On the days I don’t feel like battling the humidity, I enjoy binging Netflix and crafting. I also enjoy traveling to experience new cultures and try different types of food! My professional interests include pursuing a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology. I am beyond excited to return to the Bulls family as a pediatric resident!
I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, for undergrad, where I majored in biology. After college, I moved back home to work at a pediatric private practice for a year before attending medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. Although I loved Columbia, I was ready for a change of scenery for residency. I currently plan to pursue a career in outpatient general pediatrics but look forward to exploring other specialties over the next three years! Outside of medicine, I enjoy trying new breweries and restaurants, trying out various group fitness classes, playing tennis, and hosting friends for dinner and drinks! I am so excited to be a part of the USF Pediatric Residency family and to make Tampa my new home!
Hi! I am originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and I attended the University of Florida for undergrad. I took a year off before medical school and served with the National Health Corps as an AmeriCorps member and spent the year as a Patient Navigator at River Region, a substance abuse treatment facility. I started medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I met my significant other, Nikhil, who is also a pediatrics intern at USF! Growing up, I always wanted to be a pediatrician, and I am so excited to spend the rest of my career advocating for kids and families. My professional interests include Pediatric Endocrinology and Adolescent Medicine, but I am definitely keeping an open mind! In my free time, I like to travel, eat good vegetarian food, and play tennis. I am so excited to return to Florida for the next three-plus years and be a part of the USF Pediatrics family!
Hi! I am a first-generation Cuban-Iranian American and grew up in Miami, FL. I attended the University of Florida for undergrad (Go Gators!), got an MPH at Florida International University, and graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a medical student, I rotated through TGH and loved how friendly and down-to-earth all the residents and staff were. My professional interests include emergency medicine, advocacy, and improving health disparities. In my spare time, I enjoy organizing á la Marie Kondo for friends and family, traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with my fiancé, Logan (a USF IR resident!), and our pup, Chloe. We are thrilled to be joining the USF family and are looking forward to exploring everything Tampa has to offer!
I was born and raised at the base of the canyons in Sandy, Utah. After graduating from Brigham Young University in exercise science. I attended medical school at A.T. Still College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and I am excited to start a new chapter in sunny Tampa, Florida. I am interested in Critical Care and Neonatology, but I am open to the new experiences that training at USF Pediatrics will bring. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, going on hikes and walks, and trying out the local cuisine. I also enjoy rock climbing, surfing, soccer, and basketball.
Hello! I was born in Dallas, TX, but moved to Fort Lauderdale in high school and haven’t wanted to leave Florida since! I attended the University of Florida for undergrad (GO GATORS) and Nova Southeastern University for medical school. I fell in love with the Tampa/St. Pete area and with the USF community, and I am so excited to be joining this awesome group of people. I moved to Tampa with my husband and our small rescue dog, Callie, and we can’t wait to explore the dog beach and all the other dog-friendly activities the city has to offer.
Hi everyone! I was born in Bohol, Philippines, and moved to Tampa when I was three years old. I was raised in Tampa and attended school in the Tampa Bay area all the way up to college. I attended the University of South Florida and earned degrees in biomedical sciences and anthropology. I loved Florida so much I decided to stay in the sunshine state for medical school and went to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Bradenton Campus. I am so excited to return to Tampa as well as be a USF Bull again! I believe it has come full circle for me as I now can complete my residency training at the institution that helped me build the steppingstones towards my medical career. For fun, I love to travel, hike, go on runs, kayak, and spend time with family and friends. You can also find me in the kitchen cooking/baking or on my patio, tending to the many houseplants I enjoy collecting. I am so grateful to be joining the USF Peds family!
I was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Atlanta, GA. I went to Emory University for undergrad, where I majored in biology. A couple of fun facts about me are that I am an Eagle Scout, and I was an Uber driver in Atlanta. I went to medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I met my fiancé and fellow pediatrics intern, Roshini Pudhucode! As of now, I am interested in Critical Care medicine, but I will keep an open mind throughout my residency. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and playing tennis, and I also love watching sports, movies, and TV shows. I am excited to explore Tampa and be a part of the USF family for the next three-plus years!
Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Houston, TX, attended high school in London, England, and received my undergraduate degree in biology from Washington College in Maryland. After college and being ready for something new, I made the wise decision to move to the Tampa Bay area and fell in love. During medical school at Nova Southeastern University, I spent a month at USF, where I met the amazing faculty and residents and knew that I had found my dream program. I am so excited to join the USF Peds family! I am interested in general pediatrics or any subspecialty that will allow me to know my patients for years. When not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling (40+ countries and counting!), singing, listening to podcasts, and cuddling with my cat, Peter.
Hi! I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I attended Florida International University for undergrad, where I majored in biomedical engineering. I later went on to conduct research for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis before attending the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for medical school. Currently, my professional interests include Allergy and Immunology, Hematology/Oncology, and General Pediatrics, but I plan on keeping an open mind during residency and learning as much as possible about all aspects of Pediatrics. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being outdoors, especially near the water. I grew up dancing ballet and love taking dance/fitness classes whenever I can. I also enjoy playing the guitar in my free time. I am so excited to be a part of the USF Peds family and can’t wait to explore all of Tampa!