Meet Our Residents
Joshua Brandon, MD - University of Minnesota
Dr. Brandon was born and raised in Minnesota and attended Winona State University in Southeastern Minnesota, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and minoring in Biochemistry. While in undergrad, he began working in the Inclusion and Diversity office at his University, finding passion in working with people of different backgrounds and experiences. He was a leader in Student Senate and was involved in multiple multicultural groups. He worked to charter the first historically African-American fraternity in his school’s college system, and invested himself in mentoring young men of color attending high school and college.
He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was elected vice-president of his local SNMA chapter and represented his medical school on a national level as an active member of the Organization of Student Representatives for the AAMC; working as a liaison between them and his school’s student council. He also further pursued his interests in Sports Medicine at the University, volunteering for medical staffing at numerous sporting events and activities, and presenting a case poster at the 2019 AMSSM national conference.
Dr. Brandon chose the Halifax Health – Family Medicine Residency Program because of its commitment to inclusion and diversity, working with the underserved, and strong Sports Medicine opportunities and education. With his goal of securing further training in Sports Medicine Fellowship, he knew there was no better place to help him become the best physician he could be. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his puppy Corduroy “Roy” and being physically active. He is looking forward to taking full advantage of the warm Florida weather, the many outdoor activities in the area, and the absence of snow!
Allyssa Dunn, MD - Howard University
Allyssa Dunn was born in Chino Hills, CA. She grew up enjoying sports and competed in Junior Olympic Softball for 10 years. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Prior to attending medical school at Howard University, she volunteered as a City Year AmeriCorps member where she worked as a mentor and tutor in an underserved elementary school in Washington, DC. During medical school she served as the Secretary of the Family Medicine Interest Group. She enjoyed volunteering at the free clinic and later served as Volunteer Training Chair on the Board. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society during her junior year. Within Family Medicine she is interested in Women’s Health and Health Disparities. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing on the couch, bowling, and being outside with her daughter and husband.
Jason Hudgins, DO - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jason Hudgins is a local to the Central Florida area. After attending Lyman High School in Longwood, FL, he became a manager at Steak n’ Shake while going to business classes at Seminole Community College. He learned that strictly taking care of money was not fulfilling and decided that taking care of people would be much better. He was then accepted to the Radiology program at the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, now Advent Health University. While working alongside physicians, he realized that the only thing coming between him and becoming a physician himself was time and school. Jason was then accepted to the Lake Erie Collage of Osteopathic Medicine while working as a per-diem X-ray technologist at Advent Health Apopka. Keeping X-ray hours at the hospital while attending medical school was demanding, but rewarding due to the experience gained and the tremendous moral support that was offered by co-workers. Jason also helped found the Center for Population Health Research at Advent Health University with Dr. Russ Butler and will continue to use geographic information systems to increase the overall health for as many people as possible. Over the past six years Jason has been volunteering at Shepard’s Hope, a free clinic in Orlando, and has no plans to stop. Jason is the first doctor in his extended family but will be quickly followed by his big brother, Adam, as he gets a Ph. D in genetics next year. Spencer, his younger brother, just turned 15-years old and, along with his big brother, is one of Jason’s favorite people in the world. He enjoys spending time in the Florida sunshine while biking, kayaking, swimming, and gardening.
Courtney Huntley, MD - Morehouse College School of Medicine
Courtney is a native of Georgia. He was born in Augusta, GA and raised in the rural town of Bartow, GA. He graduated Cum Laude from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. Prior to entering medical school, Courtney worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at UB Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Buffalo, NY. He earned his medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine. His medical interests within Family Medicine include Sports Medicine and Rural Health. Outside of medicine Courtney enjoys working out, playing sports, collecting vinyl records, and spending time with family.
Amanda Hussein, MD - Wayne State University
Dr. Amanda Hussein was born and raised in America’s motor city, Detroit, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with honors. Dr. Hussein then completed her medical degree in the heart of Detroit at Wayne State University School of Medicine. During her time in medical school, she was involved in a myriad of professional societies, community outreach projects, and volunteering opportunities, including various free clinics in metro Detroit. Most notably, she was an executive member of the National Arab American Medical Association and singer in the Ultrasounds Medical Acapella group. She was the recipient of the Board of Governors Scholarship for all four years of medical school, the Estelle P. Wachtel-Torres and Raul M. Torres Endowed Scholarship, and the Bruce Carl, M.D. Endowed Scholarship in Family Medicine. Her special interests in medicine are serving underserved populations, preventative medicine, and women’s health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and cat, being outdoors, traveling, and listening to music. She is thrilled to join the Halifax family!
Joseph Jones, DO - Lincoln Memorial University
Dr. Jones is a native of the small town of Cordele, GA. After high school, he attended Darton State College in Albany, GA where he received his associate degree in Respiratory Therapy. He began work in polysomnography while taking additional prerequisites towards his bachelor’s degree. He later moved to Augusta, GA and completed his bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy at the Medical College of Georgia and finished his prerequisites for medical school at Augusta State University. While living in Augusta, he worked for Doctors Hospital and University Hospital as a full-time neonatal respiratory therapist with adjunct positions for adult and pediatric patients on a weekly basis. As a respiratory therapist, he demonstrated mastery in neonatal and adult intubation, administration of surfactant, neonatal and adult resuscitation, mechanical ventilation and further pulmonary-related procedures. Dr. Jones attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in the rural Appalachian town of Harrogate, TN. When not diligently pursuing his medical studies, Dr. Jones volunteered his time tutoring 1st graders in mathematics at the local elementary school and participated in events to serve the rural underserved population in this area. His vast experiences working with patients of all age groups inspired him to pursue Family Medicine as a career. Dr. Jones is happily married with two very active children. Outside of medicine, he enjoys fishing both leisurely and competitively. He has fished tournaments all over the southeast United States and hopes to get the opportunity to do so again in the future.
Nathan Kim, MD - Wake Forest
Dr. Kim was born in Maryland, but he spent most of his early life in the beautiful state of Washington, enjoying fishing for salmon off the shores of Whidbey Island and going on trips to Mount Rainier and Mount Baker with his family. He graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a B.S. in biology, and then attended and graduated medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Kim has a passion for learning about different cultures and has been part of medical mission trips to Tanzania, Haiti, and Jamaica. He also has a passion for mentoring and tutoring children. Since high school, he has shadowed and worked with many family physicians who inspired him to become a family physician. He loves family medicine because it allows him to care for people of all ages and to address a wide variety of medical conditions. He is excited to be joining the Halifax family to continue pursuing this goal. In his free time, you may find him fishing with his dad, playing Christian worship songs on his piano and guitar, playing board games, or simply spending time with his friends and family.
Larissa Raymond, MD - SUNY
Dr. Raymond grew up in a small town in upstate New York. She completed her undergraduate education at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY where she studied biomedical science. She went on to receive her MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. During her training, she was very involved in the Rural Medical Education Program and spent a significant amount of time focusing on healthcare in rural communities. She also spent time in Ghana on a medical mission trip. Outside of medicine, she enjoys being outdoors, playing board games, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Jose Burgos, MD - Frank H. Nettler MD School of Medicine
Dr. Burgos was born and raised in Newburgh, NY. Upon graduation from high school he was awarded an Air Force scholarship and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in Biomedical Science and was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets. While in the Corps of Cadets he served as training cadre, was awarded Sophomore of the Year, was a member of the O.R. Simpson Honor Society and was selected to be the Commanding Officer of his unit his senior year. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2006, Dr. Burgos commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. While in the Air Force he served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer on F-15E Strike Eagles at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC as well as in the 455th Air Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Air Base Afghanistan. He went on to serve as the maintenance Officer in Charge at the F-22 Raptor Test Program and as the Executive Officer of his Squadron at Edwards AFB, CA. While at Edwards Dr. Burgos was selected as the Maintenance Officer of the Year. Dr. Burgos led over 180 Airmen and was a part of Operation Noble Eagle which provided aerial top cover and security for both Presidents Bush and Obama. He was also part of the maintenance team that provided aerial security for NASA shuttle Atlantis’ final launch. After 8 years of service Dr. Burgos was medically retired at the rank of Captain and went on to attend the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine in North Haven, Connecticut. While at Netter he and fellow veteran classmates founded the military medicine interest group. Dr. Burgos was also presented the scholarship in humanism award for his short film on medical student and physician mental health. Dr. Burgos is interested in outpatient procedural medicine as well as in mobile and telemedicine. He and his wife Bethany enjoy traveling, watching football and MMA, going for long rides on their Harley, and enjoy spending time with their 3 Olde English bulldogs.
Alisha Dessavre, MD - University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford
Dr. Dessavre is a native of rural central Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies in community and public health at Iowa State University and her Masters of Public Health at the University of Illinois. Dr. Dessavre worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health in health policy and in local public health as a health inspector before attending medical school at the University of Illinois. During her medical education, Dr. Dessavre was very involved in the Rural Medical Education Program as well as various outreach and mentoring activities which solidified her commitment to family medicine. In her free time, Dr. Dessavre enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, cooking, and crafting. She is excited to join the Halifax team and is ready to explore her new home!
Samantha LaQua, MD - State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Dr. LaQua was raised in the beautiful spice isle of Grenada (great vacation spot!). She swam competitively for the Grenada Swim Team representing them at regional and international swim meets. After high school, she moved to New York and received her bachelors in science at Cornell University. After college she worked as a swim coach before starting medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. During her medical school career she was the president of the family medicine student organization and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society her fourth year of medical school. Dr. LaQua is passionate about women’s health and special needs since she is blessed to have a sister with Down syndrome. In her spare time you can find her praying, dancing, singing, laughing, exercising and cooking. She is excited to join and be involved in the Halifax community!
Kyla Mohler, MD - Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Dr. Kyla Mohler is a native of Georgia. While completing her undergraduate degree she worked as a veterinary technician assistant and volunteered at St Mary’s Hospice House. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Nutrition Science. She received her medical degree from the Augusta University- University of Georgia medical partnership. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor Medical Society during her final year. During all four years of medical school she was involved in sports physicals for underprivileged youth and free clinic visits. In her free time she enjoys cooking, kickboxing, and volunteering with animal rescue. She has fostered and trained over 100 dogs since she started working with rescues in high school.
Victoria Otaño Pereira, MD - University of Kansas School of Medicine
Victoria was born and raised in Argentina, in the northern city of Posadas where her family still resides. She attended the University of North Georgia for her degree in Biology and graduates with honors. She then moved to Kansas City to complete her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. During her medical education, she was involved in various outreach activities with the community and was the director of the BullDoc clinic, a student run high-school clinic. Currently, she serves as the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Liaison to the Latino Medical School Association (LMSA), with goals to increase diversity and create opportunities for Hispanic students in Family Medicine. She was also awarded the Kansas AAFP Hostetter Award, which honors a senior medical student who had promoted the values of family medicine throughout their medical school career. Dr. Otaño‘sgoals are to work in the community and help bridge the gap of Latino access to health. She is interested in advocacy and policy work, and has a strong focus on woman’s and children’s health. During her free time, Victoria enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and travelling to new places with her wife Karla. She hopes to learn sailing and photography in the near future, and continue her love for scuba diving.
Nicholas Stagliano, MD - Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Nick was born in Nashville, TN and raised mostly in Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 2012. He worked in as a pharmacy tech and got married in the year after graduation. He then went back to Florida for medical school, attending Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Abbey, have been involved in multiple ministries supporting kids in the foster care system during their time in South Florida. They are excited to be moving close to family in Northeast Florida and thrilled to be a part of the Halifax family. He enjoys hiking and generally being outside. While inside, he is passionate about coffee and bourbon, as well as board and card games.
Adrianna Sung, DO - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Sung, born in China and raised in California, attended the University of California, Davis, where graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Neurology, Physiology and Behavior. After teaching university level anatomy to undergraduates at her alma mater, while also working as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department, she attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Her special interests within Family Medicine include Women’s Health, Behavioral Health and Preventative Medicine. When not working she enjoys ink illustration, watercolor illustration, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
Nicole Wilson, MD - The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
As a gymnast for 15 years, Dr. Wilson was a regular at the doctor's office. She had a wonderful physician in middle school who helped her return to competition after vertebral fractures. He took the time to gain her family's trust and learn her goals. She has wanted to be that physician for other athletes ever since! Dr. Wilson studied bioengineering at Clemson University, where she was on the Clemson club gymnastics team and met her husband Chris playing intramural sports. For medical school, she attended Brody School of Medicine in North Carolina. She fell in love with family medicine for the following reasons: the variety of procedures, ability to treat newborns to adults, and involvement in the community. During med school, she continued to coach gymnastics and choreograph, and was a wish granter for Make a Wish Foundations helping with shopping sprees, Disney vacations, and meeting favorite NFL players. During her residency search, she prayed for God's guidance to find a program that had strong sports medicine training for her fellowship goals as well as family atmosphere among residents and faculty. Halifax was the perfect fit! Outside of medicine she loves watching football, reading on the beach, aerial yoga, sand volleyball, and tennis.
Ariana Abid, MD - USF Health Morsani
Dr. Abid is a native of Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from Emory University with a BS in Biology and a minor in visual arts in 2011. While there, she received an introduction to research methods through working on a project involving autoimmunity with Dr. Jorg Goronzy, Professor of Medicine and Codirector of the Kathleen B. and Mason I. Lowance Center for Human Immunology at Emory University. From there, she won an undergraduate summer scholarship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that placed her at the University of Florida to study rheumatology and contribute to a study on the defects in T-regulatory cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. While at Emory, she also took her first trip to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, where she completed a project cataloging the medicinal uses and effects of rainforest plants. After college, she took time off to serve as a part-time tour guide and a summer-time lead instructor in watersports in Sarasota, FL. She then pursued an MS in medical science at the University of South Florida and an MD from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She enjoys windsurfing, rock climbing, drawing and painting, and music in her free time.
Harry “Buddy” Blanke, MD - Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Buddy is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended The Citadel for his undergraduate degree in English, graduating in 1983. While there he made the Dean’s List, was co-captain of the fencing team, co-editor of the school’s literary magazine, The Shako, and a member of the honor court. After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and served nearly 28 years on active duty in the communications, information technology, and cyberspace career fields, earning the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Air War College Award for Excellence, and other awards and decorations before retiring as a Colonel in 2011. Not ready to really retire, Buddy began taking science courses at Spartanburg Community College, was named to the Dean’s List, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and named Science Student of the Year in 2013. He volunteered nearly 700 hours at St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic in Spartanburg, SC, cementing his interest in Family Medicine. He went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (Hi y’all!) where he served as both vice-president and president of the Family Medicine Interest Group, in the Institute for Primary Care, and the Department of Family Medicine’s FamTracks program. In medical school, he was inducted into the Dr. Paul B. Underwood chapter of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society and recognized as the recipient of the Sandy Nelson Memorial Award for Excellence in Communication. He and his lovely wife of 30 years, Regina, are over the moon about joining Team Halifax Family Medicine Residency and both love to bike, walk, swim, paddleboard, run, travel, read, and learn new things. We hope both our boys, Alex, a police officer in Charleston, and, Andrew, soon to start his Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, come to visit often.
Nally Calzado, MD - Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Dr. Calzado was born in Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, NY. She graduated from SUNY College at Old Westbury with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Dr. Calzado received her medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. During her medical education, she was involved in various outreach activities with the community such as free clinics and mentoring of middle school students. This Spring she was honored with induction into the Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. During her free time Dr. Calzado enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, as well as traveling, cooking and dancing.
Michael Faille, MD - New York Medical College
Dr. Faille attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for his undergraduate education where he earned his degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During his time there, he served on the Board of Directors for UMass Emergency Medical Services as Director of training, while also staying active in several student organizations and taking part in biochemical research. Dr. Faille obtain his medical degree from New York Medical College. Prior to entering residency, Dr. Faille was lucky enough to work for IBM in their Watson Health division. There he worked with Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence, and helped shape its current and future role in healthcare. In his free time, Dr. Faille enjoys hiking, biking, running, tennis, grilling, enjoying time with friends and family, and finding new things to try.
Erin Hough, MD - Morehouse School of Medicine
Erin Hough is a native of Columbia, SC, but moved to Daytona Beach for high school. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethune-Cookman University with a BS in Biology and went on to get a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University. She then left the Florida sunshine to go to Atlanta, GA to attend Morehouse School of Medicine. Outside of medicine Erin has a 10-year-old daughter named Janelle. She likes to lay on the couch and watch Star Trek and is a huge Sci-fi/comic book nerd. She also loves weight lifting, yoga, and video games.
Kirstin LaBell, MD - University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Kirstin was born and raised in Germany. She moved to the United States when she was thirteen years old. After completing high school, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She then taught high school Chemistry at her alma mater before completing a Master of Science in Molecular Science at the University of South Florida (USF). While at USF she joined a microbiology research lab and stayed onboard upon completion of her degree. Kirstin and her husband Josh welcomed their first child, Mia, in 2011. Kirstin then returned to UCF for medical school. While in medical school, Kirstin’s family grew by one with the birth of their son, Noah. With family close by, Halifax was a natural first choice for residency. Her special medical interests include Sports Medicine and Women’s Health. Outside of medicine, Kirstin loves spending time with her family and traveling the world.
Mallory McInnes, MD - University of Miami
Dr. McInnes attended Auburn University in Alabama and graduated with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in psychology. She received her MD at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. She then spent a year in OB/GYN Residency in New York, New York, where she furthered her obstetric and gynecological skills. She wanted to broaden her training beyond female medicine, and is very happy to have secured a position in the Family Medicine Residency at Halifax. While at Halifax, she has enjoyed the fast pace and acuity of inpatient medicine and urgent care, and she has enjoyed the procedures of medical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. McInnes will be staying in the Daytona area with her fiancé Bill Gustafson at their apartment in Daytona Beach Shores. She will be working as a local Hospitalist and doing urgent care and dermatology work on the side. Dr. McInnes is so very grateful for all the opportunities Halifax Family Medicine Residency has provided her. She would like to express endless gratitude to Dr. Vey and other faculty who believed in her as a non-traditional PGY2 candidate. Dr. McInnes feels like she is truly "living the dream".
Jackson “Brooks” Turner, MD - University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Dr. Turner is a native of Kosciusko, Mississippi. He graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering in 2013. He then attended medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Some of his accomplishments include having a publication in the Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders journal, receiving the Dr. Leonard Scholarship for excellence in the field of Family Medicine, and assisting in carrying the goalpost out of Vaught Hemmingway Stadium following Ole Miss' defeat of Alabama in 2014. Outside of academia he enjoys attending sporting events, playing golf and tennis, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Huyen Trang Van, MD - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Dr. Van graduated from Hendrix College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Prior to receiving her MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, she worked as a research assistant while completing a Master’s Degree in Interdisplinary Biomedical Sciences. In medical school, she was involved with the Global Health Honors Program and traveled to India for an international elective. Her interests include hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Preston.