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Second-Year Residents

Mohini Bedi, MD

St. George's University, MD
University of South Florida, BA

I was born and raised in Spring Hill, Florida. I just got married in May 2012 to my best friend and I am thoroughly enjoying married life. I went to college at the University of South Florida, where I earned my B.A. in Anthropology. I have always been fascinated with culture and its role in shaping human nature. Medicine combines my love for anthropology and science, thus it only made sense for me to choose this path, especially Family Medicine. I am excited to join the team at MedStar Franklin Square because I will receive the best training in not only treating illnesses but also creating long-lasting bonds with people. In my spare time, I am a professional photographer. This is something that I started as a hobby during medical school, and which later transformed into an actual business. I hope to one day utilize my photography skills within medicine.

Jill Cotter, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO
Simmons College, BS
Merrimack College, BA

My journey to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center started in New England. I called Boston, Massachusetts home for almost 30 years until 4 years ago when I moved to Maine to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose Family Medicine because of it is one of the most diverse specialties and because it allows me the opportunity to build enduring, collaborative relationships with my patients. I fell in love with Baltimore and MedStar Franklin Square during an elective rotation in the Family Health Center. I was very impressed with the education quality and found the support, compassion and kindness of the residents, faculty and staff to be unsurpassed. My professional interests include nutrition, women's health and obstetrics. When I am not working I enjoy jogging, hiking, skiing, reading, cooking and music.

Daniel Gold, MD

American University of the Caribbean, MD
University of Maryland College Park, BS

After spending most of my life in Virginia Beach, Virginia, I decided to make a change and attended college at the University of Maryland. I received a great education, made some very good friends, and met the woman who became my wife 7 years later. I have always wanted to go into medicine and was able to begin at American University of the Caribbean in 2008. After 2 years on the beautiful island of St. Maarten, I came back to Maryland to complete most of my clinical rotations. My wife and I currently live by the Inner Harbor. We fell in love with the neighborhoods, sports, events, restaurants, and people of Baltimore. At MedStar Franklin Square I found an impressive program with a very friendly faculty and staff. I am very excited to make MedStar Franklin Square my home and find a career in Family Medicine so I can provide medical care to a great community. I am especially interested in preventive medicine, infectious disease, and sports medicine. Outside of medicine I enjoy TV and movies, listening to and playing music, and I have recently started playing golf.

Amanda "Mindy" Guzman, MD

University of Illinois at Chicago, MD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS

I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and have been interested in primary care since completing a community medicine rotation in the Philippines as an undergrad. Having volunteered most weekends during my time in Boston, where I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years, I continued to volunteer with free clinics in medical school. I also participated in the Patient Centered Medicine Scholar program doing service learning projects in Domestic Violence, which helped foster my interest in Family Medicine. I am excited to work at MedStar Franklin Square and to get involved with community medicine here in Baltimore! Outside of medicine, I like to eat good food, watch movies, listen to live shows, explore new cities, snowboard, and cheer on DA BULLS and DA BEARS.

Fatmatta Kuyateh, MD, MS

University of Virginia School of Medicine, MD
University of Maryland Baltimore, MS
University of Maryland College Park, BS

I was born and spent my early years in Washington, DC. I have since moved around quite a bit but have spent most of my life between Sierra Leone and Maryland. I am interested in Women's and Children's Health and Clinical Preventive Medicine and was drawn to MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine because the program's emphasis on these aspects of medicine fits my career goals. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and extended family.

Avinash Narine, MD

St. George's University, MD, MPH
University of Dallas, BA

I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, raised in Vero Beach, Florida, and received my undergraduate degree in Dallas, Texas, where I majored in English. Despite my love for poetry and the liberal arts, I discovered after working for a Pediatric Ophthalmologist that Medicine was where my future would lie. I subsequently entered medical school at St. George's University in Grenada where I also received a Master's in Public Health--and coincidentally met my wife. My so-called "third world" experience along with my exposure to various racial and cultural disparities in medicine left in me a craving to practice primary care medicine.

En route to Family Medicine, I completed one year of a General Surgery residency, absorbing as much information and experience as I could with the goal of becoming a more well-rounded family doctor. And, it was with great fortune that I was able to rotate through MedStar Franklin Square and experience the hospital and its patient population.

My interests are many--from public health to poetry to health disparities, music, and sports. And, though I may not yet know precisely the direction in which my career will lead me, I do know that I am lucky to be in an environment and program that fosters and cultivates excellent physicians.

Ansu M. Punnoose, DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (New York), DO
University of Pennsylvania, BA

I was born and raised in India, after which I moved to Philadelphia. Medical school took me to New York, then residency/marriage brought me to Maryland. As an undergraduate, I majored in Health & Societies, which piqued my interest in public health. I worked as a research assistant on melanoma research at University of Pennsylvania's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, after which I attended medical school at TouroCOM, at which point I developed my interest in Family Medicine. I enjoyed seeing the lifelong relationship family doctors develop with patients of all ages as they care for not just their physical, but also their mental and emotional well-being. After spending a month at the MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency program during my 4th year, I knew I wanted to come here for my residency training. I was impressed by the attendings and residents, who not only had vast knowledge in their fields, but were also extremely easy to approach and made learning fun. I was especially attracted to their Healthcare for the Homeless program, since I am interested in working with underserved patient populations both locally as well as through international missions. Currently, my free time is occupied with spending time with my husband and my 1-year-old daughter, as I learn to balance residency and being a new mother.

Eric Swearengen, MD
Ross University School of Medicine, MD
Salisbury University, BS

As an Army brat, I moved around a bit when I was younger, but spent most of my time in Frederick, Maryland. I attended college on Maryland's Eastern Shore, at Salisbury University, where I majored in Biology with minors in Chemistry and German. From there I headed to the tiny island of Dominica for the first two years of medical school at Ross University. I completed the clinical portion of medical school at various hospitals around the US, from Miami to NYC, all the way out to Chicago, with a majority in the Baltimore area. I enjoy Family Medicine because it requires a wide range of knowledge and you get to see the full scope of patients from the newborn to the elderly and every stage of life in between. I hope to one day combine my love for traveling and the outdoors with my career in medicine by working internationally.