Meet the Residents
A native Michiganian, Fariah Ahmad was born and raised in East Lansing (home of the Spartans). She ventured across Lake Michigan for her undergraduate education, studying psychology with a focus in psychometrics, at Northwestern University. After college, she worked as an educator in an Americorps sponsored program called MATCHCorps in inner-city Boston where she taught rambunctious middle schoolers who taught her so much about life and helped her hone her skills as a patient educator. Returning to East Lansing, she went to medical school at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. There she continued being a passionate advocate for the underserved, serving in many leadership roles in the American Medical Association: including Region 5 Chair for the Committee of Legislation and Advocacy, a grassroots organizer for nationwide advocacy efforts in her capacity as a member for Medical Student Section’s Committee of Legislation and Advocacy, and a member of the Medical Delivery committee for the Michigan State Medical Society. She randomly met the love of her life during a study abroad experience in London…he’s American and was also a student at Michigan State University. They married after she completed medical school and are working on their happily ever after with her emotionally needy cat, Yoshi. She feels so fortunate to be a part of the Genesys Internal Medicine family where she works with so many amazing and hardworking people in a friendly learning environment. Seriously, this program is awesome. A few of her favorite things to do in her life outside of medicine include spending time with her husband, chatting with her younger brother, cuddling with Yoshi, hiking, dancing, cooking, reading, eating candy, and watching intense foreign dramas.
I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and received my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. From there I went to medical school at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, North Carolina--about 45 minutes outside of Raleigh and was part of their Inaugural Class of 2017. I’m an only child and grew up in a Syrian-Lebanese and Venezuelan household (so Thanksgiving was always super interesting at my house). During my free time, I love to spend time with my husband, Mike, another resident in our program and MOST OF ALL—our sweet Golden Retriever-Lab pup, Bailey (Sorry, Mike). So feel free to let us know if you need some dog therapy in your life. I love to bake, read mystery novels, decorate my home, travel and go to the occasional spinning class when I can. This is my first time living in the Midwest and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Genesys team!
I was born in Newport News, VA, but moved to Solomons Island, MD where I spent most of my childhood until attending college at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. I played baseball there and studied Biochem, but ultimately got my degree in Biology from University of Mt. Olive in Mt. Olive, NC (pickle capital of the world). During college my parents moved to (very) rural Victoria, VA where I spent a couple years after school coaching little league, and learning the ins and outs of cattle farming and all things country before moving back to NC to attend Campbell University SOM. This is where I met my beautiful wife and now co-resident Christina. When I’m not in the hospital, I’m probably doing something that involves watching or playing sports, or just enjoying some downtime grilling out with the wife and pup. I also like to fish or do pretty much anything outdoors. Being from the east coast, I had never heard of Genesys before starting the audition/application process, but am so glad to have found them. If you’re looking for a program that is going to push and challenge you to grow while providing an amazing network to support you every step of the way, this is it!
F. Garner Bell
I was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I earned a Biomedical Sciences degree from Mississippi College in 2012, a graduate degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013, and a D.O. from William Carey University in 2017. My parents, Ross and Terri, are some of the best people I know and I am very lucky to have them. I have a younger brother, Preston, who is in medical school back in Mississippi, and I am very proud of him. I'll be getting married to my wonderful fiancé, Ivey, in November 2017 and I could not be more excited. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing my guitars, fly-fishing, and traveling. Since being up here in Michigan, I have enjoyed saying "y'all" as much as I can and watching the "you're not from here are you?" looks that I get. I get asked a lot why I chose to come up here, 998 miles from home. Well, I have a big sense of adventure but until now I had never lived outside of Mississippi. So, I decided to schedule a rotation up here for my 4th year of medical school. Through that experience, I realized how wonderful the people are up here, how great this hospital is, and how good of a fit Genesys is for me. So here I am, and I could not be happier.
I was born in Vietnam and grew up in the bustling and beautiful Brooklyn, NY. Growing up, I had the opportunities to live and travel to various countries including South Africa, Spain, Japan, Costa Rica, Paris, Germany,Belgium, and Ecuador. I received my undergraduate degree from University of Rochester and worked for a couple of years before deciding to go back to school to pursue a career in medicine. I later received my professional degree at Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk School of Osteopathic Medicine and matched into my top choice to receive my internal medicine residency training at Genesys. I enjoy sleeping in late and waking up without an alarm clock, painting, snowboarding, hiking, travelling to different countries, talking about Christmas, and long walks with my boyfriend.
I was born in Chicago, then raised and lived most my life in Indiana. I completed my undergraduate degree at Purdue University (Boiler Up!) and then attended Kansas City University for medical school. I chose to do residency at Genesys after rotating as a visiting student with the IM team. I was attracted to how challenging, but also supportive and positive the program was. My favorite things in life: family, friends, and all things outdoors… hiking, snowboarding, and summers on the lakes here in Michigan. One of my biggest hobbies is traveling. The world has an overwhelming amount to see and experience, so on time off- you won’t find me nearby!
My name is Beth DeWitt Morrison. Born and raised in Missouri I am one of five children. After finishing my undergraduate education at Columbia College I moved to Oklahoma. Between undergrad and starting medical school my work experience included two years as a clerk/tech in an emergency department, community outreach and coverage as a certified athletic trainer for an orthopedic group for two years and a six-year career in the cardiac device industry serving as a clinical representative. During this time I earned an MBA. My medical school education was completed at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is with excitement that I am beginning my training in Internal Medicine at Genesys Regional Medical Center. It is pleasure to work with such a great group of physicians.
I was born in India, lived in England for 4 years, and grew up in Grand Blanc, MI. I attended elementary, middle, and high schools in Grand Blanc... I know all the cool spots! I attended Albion College for undergrad and majored in Psychology with a minor in Cell and Molecular Biology and a concentration in Neuroscience. I went directly into medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and did my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations at Genesys Regional Medical Center. During the application/auditioning/interviewing process for residency I found myself comparing all my rotations to the ones I had at Genesys and what stood out to me most was howcompassionate and friendlyall the staff here are. Also, the IM residents are a close-knit family and lookout for one another. The residents and faculty were key in my decision to choose Genesys for residency. I am very interested in heme/onc and hope to pursuea fellowship in the future. In my spare time I like to binge watch Netflix shows, spend time with my new puppy (it can be done in residency!), hangout with friends and family, and enjoy whatever sunshine we have here in the beautiful Pure Michigan.
I grew up in Auburn Hills, Michigan where I've spent majority of my life. I completed my undergraduate studies and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physiology at Wayne State University. During my time at Wayne State University, I conducted sleep research for three and half years examining couple neurophysiologic phenomena that are observed in participants with sleep apnea. I went to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I completed an audition rotation at Genesys which ended up being my favorite rotation in medical school. The residents I worked with were extremely friendly who took a deep interest in teaching me. The attendings I rotated with were also quite interested in ensuring that students and residents had a sound educational experience. In the end, I wanted to work at Genesys because the unique and friendly environment along with the training was unlike any other place I had visited. Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching and playing sports. I took part in Track and Tennis in high school. I also enjoy playing basketball recreationally. One of the highlights of my childhood was being a fan of the Detroit Pistons who won an NBA championship in 2004 in Auburn Hills.
I was born and raised in Okemos, MI. I went to the University of Michigan for undergrad and then attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. There are many great things about the program at Genesys including a friendly learning environment, camaraderie between residents, and the opportunity to provide care for an under-served population at our resident clinic in Flint. In my free time I enjoy exercising, cooking, reading, and spending time with my husband and 2 dogs.
I was born and raised in Spring Lake, Michigan. Spent my early years enjoying the multitude of beaches that Lake Michigan has to offer. I received my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2010. GO GREEN! After undergrad, I took the year off to substitute teach. Loved teaching! In 2012, I started medical school at Michigan State, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Had the honor and pleasure of completing my 3rd and 4th year of medical school at Genesys Regional Medical Center. This is where I found my love for Internal Medicine and the program at Genesys. The residents and faculty were key in my decision for choosing Genesys as my number one choice for residency. Their dedication to patients and competency as physicians were unlike any other program.
I was born and raised on the east side of Michigan. I received my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan where I was also a student athlete on the Men's Rowing Team. I went to Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I was fortunate enough to do a significant amount of my clerkship at Genesys and I knew that it had the training that I desired from a residency program. I am excited to continue my training in Internal medicine and hope to one day hope to become as intelligent and caring of a doctor as the one who inspired me to go into medicine, Dr. Spaceman. Outside of medicine I enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking, and pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. I also enjoy traveling, having just finished a trip through New Zealand.
I was born and raised inthe heart of the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, went to undergrad at Williams College, and studied the ever-useful subject ofArt History. I went to medical school in Washington State at Pacific Northwest University. When I'm not in the hospital, I'm either cooking something deliciousat home with my fiancé (and co-resident) Chris, attempting to maintain my cardiovascular fitness, learning how to read an EKG, or catching up on trashy Bravo reality tv shows.
I was born and raised in Michigan. Completed my undergraduate degrees at Michigan State University (Go green!) and received my medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. I have two younger brothers and a super cute dog. I enjoy yoga, vegetable gardening, and travel.
I am originally from Chicago and lived there through undergrad at Loyola University Chicago. After graduating Loyola, I moved to Arizona for a masters followed by medical school at Midwestern University. I have always been a city person, but being on the west coast for the past few years, I've learned to appreciate nature more and like to go on hikes... if there's a view at the end. I love learning about different cultures and hope to do more traveling before life happens in the next few years. I love animals, enjoy being a foodie and am an avid Netflix-er. Otherwise I like to just relax and hang out with friends, watch movies, play video games or board games, and draw/paint. Things I hate in life include all types of bugs.
I was born in Michigan and grew up in Colorado, Florida and Michigan throughout elementary school and middle school. I attended Hope College for undergrad and majored in Chemistry before attending Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical education. During my time at Genesys prior to residency, I noticed the competency and compassion that every attending and resident had for the care and treatment of their patients. I also realized how much of a team presence was here between different specialties. I am very much enjoying my new role on this team and look forward to becoming the physician I know I can be through the guidance I will receive here. Outside of medicine, I find the most joy beingoutdoors, whether it’s camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, scuba diving or simply walking around with friends.
I was born in Sana’a, Yemen. I came to the United States after high school. First I lived in Alabama for two years then moved to Tennessee and that is where I went for my undergraduate education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. I also went to medical school in Tennessee at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in beautiful east Tennessee. Some of the things I love about Genesys are the friendly atmosphere, supportive faculty and staff, and the camaraderie between residents. I like to spend time with my wife and four children and I also like to watch movies and cook authentic Yemeni dishes.
Reginald “Torey” Sandy
I originally was born in Michigan, but my family moved when I was about 3 years old. I was raised in Vincennes, Indianaas the oldest of 5 children. I then attended college at Northwestern University where I majored in Biomedical Engineering. I attended Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I finally returned to the Midwest as a resident at Genesys. My interests outside of medicine include tennis, soccer, computers, music (I play piano and alto saxophone), TV shows, and board games.
Mark Wheeler, born in Detroit, MI and immediately transplanted to sunny Florida at the age of 6 months old joins Genesys after a journey through the state of Florida starting with a brief stay in Bradenton, FL and ending in Davie, FL. Raised in Crystal Beach, FL, a small beach community in Pinellas County, Mark enjoyed growing up on the water. With no human siblings, his golden retrievers became his brother’s and sister—Jim, JoAnne, Joey, Mike, and Frank. Many of his summers and weekends were spent out on the boat with friends wake boarding, skim boarding, fishing, and camping. Upon completing high school at Palm Harbor University High, he attended the University of Florida (UF). While at UF, he earned a degree in Biology, became a fervent Gator Football fan, did cancer research for 3 years, and most importantly—met his future wife, Danielle in a genetics course! Eventually Mark attended the University of South Florida (USF), earning a Master’s in Medical Science before attending Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM). While at NSU-COM Mark took on an active role as Vice President of his class, and worked closely with administration as an advocate for the student body. As fate would have it, he found himself returning to his Michigan roots when he matched into the Genesys IM program to start the next chapter of his life. He has enjoyed the time between medical school graduation and starting intern year by going to Costa Rica with his wife for a week, staying in the jungle hiking, white water rafting, and exploring followed by the long journey from Davie, FL to Grand Blanc, MI. He is excited to join the Genesys team and looks forward to working with everyone here to provide the best patient care possible!
I was born in Fayetteville, AR, but grew up mostly in Seoul, Korea.My family andImovedback when Iwas 16 years oldto Pullman, WA. I went to Pacific Northwest University of Health and Sciences in Yakima, WA. Ilove playing soccer, ultimate Frisbee andgolf. I recently finished a marathon and told myself, never again. I chose this programforthevarious fellowship opportunitiesthey offered andthe friendly yethighly educational environment!
I grew up in a spacious county in Western NY that produced Lucille Ball and a popular fan-fiction depicting the impending Amish revolution (seriously). I began my career in medicine as a pre-med student at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. As I came from a family with a medical background, I was exposed to medicine at an early age. My mom was a nurse, my grandfather a radiologist. I went to medical school in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at Western University of Health Sciences and decided on this residency program as there are many opportunities for fellowships as well as outstanding training in critical care settings. And oh boy, residency is just terrific. My palate has become sharpened on a diet of banana pudding from the cafeteria and Graham Crackers from the employee lounge. My 5 o’clock shadow has a 5 o’clock shadow. But seriously, I have had so much support here. The research department has bent over backwards to help me in getting the first two of many projects off the ground. And let it be known that if I have had any success in medicine, it was only by the good graces of my wonderful nursing colleagues. I enjoy performing procedures, providing care for the underserved, and learning something new every day. When I take off my white coat I enjoy film, the outdoors, travel, and spending time with my family.
From: Springboro, OH
UNDERGRAD: The Ohio State University
Med school: De-Busk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES!!, Traveling, fast cars, movies, marathons-real housewife marathons
I grew up in Grand Blanc then went to University of Michigan for undergrad (probably the only one that didn't go to MSU from our program). I then went to Nova in Fort Lauderdale for medical school then did clinicals in Alabama. I came back to Michigan for electives and was lucky enough to match at my top spot. When I'm not in the hospital I'm either working out or trying to spend time outside.
I grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan. I received my undergraduate degree at Oakland University, with a major in Nursing. I graduated from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and attended classes at a satellite campus in Macomb, Michigan. During medical school, I wasan active member of student osteopathic medicine association (SOMA). During 3rd and 4th year of medical school, I did my core rotations at Genesys and Ifell in love with GRMC. Genesys had compassionate and caring staff, excellent teachers, and so many other things that impressed me! I knew I wanted to stay for residency, and, I am thankful to be completing my residency training here! Outside of the hospital, my husband and I have four fur children; I enjoy cooking, running, and love to travel.
I am originally from NYC, home of the best pizza (take notes Victor). I moved to the bustling town of Grand Blanc because ofthis program, the hematology/oncology fellowship and Dr. Enright (also because Hogwarts was not taking residents this past year).When I'm not in the hospital, I like to spend time hiking at Seven Lakes State Park, watching New Girl, eating meat once a year and imitating minions. My long term goals include becoming a hematologist/oncologist, pursuing street medicine and achieving a constant state of happiness.
I am originally from the Midwest and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota. I had the honor of receiving my professional degree from the Western University COMP-Northwest in Oregon as part of its Inaugural Class of 2015. I chose to receive my Internal Medicine Residency Training at Genesys Regional Medical Center due to its commitment to serving the underserved, diverse patient population, challenging academic curriculum, and support for professional development and career planning. My passions include patient care and safety, public and global health, administration, and curriculum development. For now, I am further developing my craft both in the inpatient and outpatient setting and am fully investing into each rotation. I can envision being happy in many fields of medicine, and want to allow myself the time to thoroughly learn and enjoy the things I can only experience in this lifetime as a resident. Hobbies of mine include playing the guitar and creating art with water color and oil pastels. I love to travel, especially for street food and a good cup of coffee.
I was born and raised in Michigan, originally from Farmington Hills. I went to Michigan State University for both undergrad and medical school, Go Green!My undergraduate degree was in physiology. I was a base student at Genesysand chose to stay here for residency due to the strength of the program andthe supporting nature of all the residents in this program. Wehavevery smart and approachable attending physicians who love to teach medicine here as well asthe opportunity to perform many procedures, especially in our ICUs. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing soccer and basketball in my free time as well as attending professional/collegiate sporting events. I often get mistaken for Aziz Ansari. I'm way funnier.
I went to MSU undergrad and MSUCOM for medical school. Currently I am a second year internal medicine resident with plans to either pursue a fellowship in cardiology or to become a hospitalist. I am involved in research with a local cardiologist group where I am reviewing trans-esophageal echocardiograms and identifying factors for recurrent atrial fibrillation. Idecided to go to Genesys for residency as the atmosphere is of a close-knit community with pathology of atertiary hospital.
I was born in Sacramento, California. Traveled to Poland for medical school at the University of Lublin with clinical rotations in New York and now am currently in Michigan! This program has everything I want in a program; it’s challenging and so fulfilling. It pushes me to be thebest physician I can be.In the future, I plan to pursue a hematology/oncology fellowship after residency!
I'm Eric Smith, born and raised Michigan State Spartan, originally from Farmington, Michigan. After undergrad at MSU, I worked in a microbiology lab for a couple of years. I went to medical school at LECOM-Erie, and I am happy to be back in Michigan after couple of years in Pennsylvania. I love Medicine and being a resident, and when I'm not busy in the hospital you could find me hitting 300 yard drives down the fairway or catching 25 lb. salmon in Lake Michigan. And I'm getting married soon, life is good. I love this hospital and it has got a lot to offer. Internal Medicine residents here are so much more than residents; we are involved in every aspect of the hospital I could think of, from how ICU patients are admitted to designing electronic medical records. This is my ideal community hospital, it is on the larger side, we have 3big ICU's, and the fellowship opportunities are second tonone.
I grew up around the world: born in South Korea, then travelled around the US, including South Carolina, Alaska, Iowa, and Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, and New York. Growing up, I was fortunate to have worked with many physician mentors who exposed me to various areas of medicine. Finding my passion in internal medicine was easy, but what drives me to work harder and strive to be better are the challenges that this field brings. In particular, cardiology has been my favorite. Oh the joy of EKGs! Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and trying new food. I love mountains and water, so moving to Michigan with my fiancé has been an easy adjustment. Photography and scrapbooking are my favorite pastime activities.