Patrycja Garces, DO
Doctor Garces graduated with her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from our affiliate, NYITCOM. Doctor Garces majored in chemistry at Brooklyn College. She has volunteered in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and at Maimonides’ cancer and medical centers. She also spent a year in Poland. Prior to that, she obtained research experience at Brookhaven National Labs where she presented the results of her research at their summer internship poster presentation and symposium. Doctor Garces enjoys animals, travel, hiking, exercise, cooking and karaoke. She speaks a native Polish speaker.
Michael Anthony Guida, MD
After obtaining his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Dr. Guida completed one year of psychiatry at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway where our residents do their psychiatry rotation. He completed his BS in biological sciences at Fordham University where he was also awarded the Loyola Scholarship for Academics. A member of the Armenian American Health Professionals Association, Dr. Guida enjoys golf, skiing, and fishing.
Jumana Jaloudi, DO
The first of our alumnae from Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly, UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine) Dr. Jaloudi graduated from The College of New Jersey, cum laude, with a degree in biology. Doctor Jaloudi was a tutor at the medical school as well as coordinator of the pre-medical research and education program. She has conducted research at Weill Cornell and UMass medical schools. She is also author or coauthor of three articles on binge alcohol drinking. Her hobbies include yoga, tennis, running, traveling, serious cycling, and interior design. She has four older brothers and is, undoubtedly the ‘silver pearl’ (jumana in Arabic) in their eyes. Doctor Jaloudi speaks Arabic and Spanish.
Cynthia Lamour, DO
Our second alumna from Rowan, Dr. Lamour received her BS from Cornell, majoring in human development. She is the recipient of scholarships from the American Association of University Women and the Rowan Alumni Association. Rowan also awarded her membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Cornell awarded her their special education projects public service award. Doctor Lamour has been active in the Student National Medical Association serving in several officer positions in addition to her many activities in community service. At Cornell, she worked with children afflicted with cerebral palsy and children afflicted with autism. Doctor Lamour is a Batman fan and a prolific reader of fantasy novels. With a node to her Haitian roots, she speaks French Creole.
Zafreen (‘star’ in Farsi) Lalani Momin, DO
Doctor Momin is a University of Texas at Austin alumna where she was awarded a BA in Islamic studies and a BA in biology. She earned university honors and was inducted into the national pre-med honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. Doctor Momin’s medical degree is from North Texas Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth. She has researched Th17 cells and arthritis at Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, and has extensive volunteer experience: medical clinics in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama; Longhorn student EMS; and primary education summer teacher. Among our new doctors, she holds the record for the most uninterrupted sleep: two days. Doctor Momin enjoys other, more active pursuits as well, including dancing, Zumba, singing, board games, scrapbooking, traveling and one we are all excited about, making gourmet desserts. She speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Gujarati.
David Mendez, MD
Doctor Mendez obtained his BS in exercise physiology from Florida State University and his obtain his MBA from the University of Florida. He was graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and came to us with extensive volunteer experience in emergency medicine, Habitat for Humanity, and mission medicine in Jamaica. He is a co-author on three published studies in the journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the sole author of a poster presentation on muscle tissue degradation, and second author of two studies presented to the American College of Sports Medicine. Doctor Mendez enjoys softball, tennis, golf, kayaking, and making Latin American dishes. True to his Cuban roots, he is a bilingual Spanish speaker.
Anh-Thu Nguyen, MD
With a given name which means ‘female hero’ in Vietnamese, Dr. Nguyen is an alumna of St. George’s University and the recipient of the medical school’s bioethics award. Born in Canada, she attended York University in Ontario and received her BS in biology. She has volunteered at the Phap Van Buddhist Temple and the Brampton Civic Hospital both also in Ontario. She additionally assisted in research on cystic fibrosis at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. Doctor Nguyen was an active member of the Tae Kwon Do Club at St. George’s and the President of the Archery Club at York. In addition to these athletic pursuits, she enjoys snowboarding, field hockey, and international cuisine. Doctor Nguyen speaks Vietnamese and French.
Dmitry Olshansky, MD
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Dr. Olshansky graduated from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (Sint Maarten) after finishing, dean’s listed, from Brooklyn College with a BS in biology. Doctor Olshansky completed one year of general surgery at Staten Island University Hospital. Prior, he was a research volunteer in the Emergency Department at Maimonides Medical Center. His interests include swimming, bodybuilding, basketball, computer science, drawing and video gaming. He speaks Russian and Spanish.
Justin Kureipe Pathickal, DO
Doctor Pathickal obtained his BS and DO degrees from our affiliate, NYITCOM where he worked at as tutor and supplemental instructor. Doctor Pathickal also volunteered in the emergency room at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. In 2008, he was named the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. Doctor Pathickal enjoys running, building computers, and playing older versions of videogames. He speaks Malayalam (aka Kairali), the principal tongue in the Indian state of Kerala.
Anam (“blessing” in Arabic) Sarfaraz, MD,
With a given name that means ‘blessing’ in Arabic, Dr. Sarfaraz hails to us from New Hyde Park, and is an alumna of St. George’s University School of Medicine having attended the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, which awarded her a BS in biology. As a NYIT undergrad, she also conducted biomedical research. Doctor Sarfaraz has worked as a high school tutor, set up telephone and TV service for patients at St. Francis Hospital, volunteered at a cat rescue shelter, volunteered at a soup kitchen and hunger van in Manhattan, and while studying medicine on Grenada (in her free time), volunteered at a children’s orphanage. She loves snowboarding, jewelry, rollerblading, cooking, and watching the NBA. She speaks Spanish and with a nod to her Pakistani roots, Hindi and Urdu.
Matteo Spera, MD
Doctor Spera has an honors BA in studio art from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and he completed his premed requirements at Barry University in Miami. A 2015 alumnus of our affiliate, Ross University School of Medicine, Dr. Spera has a lot of experience in working with sleepaway summer camp where he doubtless used his skills as a guitarist, hiker and camper. A major Knicks fan, he also enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving, travel, and cooking ethnic cuisines.
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