College of Medicine / Residencies / Emergency Medicine / Emergency Medicine Residents

Emergency Medicine Residents

Class of 2023

Tony Bruno, D.O.

Tony Bruno, D.O.

Medical School:

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Nova Southeastern University

Undergraduate:

BS in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida

Hometown:

Orlando, FL

Field of Interest:

Emergency Medicine

Hobbies:

Ice hockey, golf, horseback riding

Why FAU:

The attendings and the residents that I worked with as a medical student.

Something about me:

I have an English black lab named Shae.

Timothy Buckley, M.D., M.P.H.

Timothy Buckley, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School:

University of Texas Health San Antonio

Undergraduate:

BS in Psychology, University of Arizona

Graduate:

MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Hometown:

San Antonio, TX

Field of Interest:

Analyzing how metric data is used in Emergency Medicine to provide high quality, patient focused care.

Hobbies:

Watching, playing, and talking basketball. I also enjoy playing video games.

Why FAU:

I rotated here and loved it. Great people, great program, great location.

Something about me:

My favorite animals are bears. I own a dog though, close second and easier to live with. 

Collin Hickey, D.O.

Collin Hickey, D.O.

Medical School:

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University 

Undergraduate:

Indiana University 

Hometown:

Frankfort, IL

Field of Interest:

EMS

Hobbies:

Music, Sports and The Beach

Why FAU:

Beautiful Weather, Friendly Community, Family 

Something about me:

My favorite sports team is the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Daniella Lamour, D.O.

Daniella Lamour, D.O.

Medical School:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas

Undergraduate:

Florida International University Honors College 

Hometown:

Miami, FL

Field of Interest:

Point of Care Ultrasound

Hobbies:

Listening to music, hanging out with my family and friends, watching movies, playing basketball, going for a ride on our boat

Why FAU:

I love FAU’s balance of autonomy and support, its value and execution of the best wellness curriculum, the longitudinal ultrasound and pediatrics curriculum, and not to mention the familial environment amid the residents and faculty.

Something about me:

I love giving back to my community, teaching, and helping others navigate the medical field. I am very excited to begin my purpose and career with FAU Emergency Medicine! 

Mihael Plantak, M.D.

Mihael Plantak, M.D.

Medical School:

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Undergraduate:

BS in Biology 

Hometown:

Berrien Springs, MI

Field of Interest:

Emergency Medicine

Hobbies:

Traveling and exploring new countries, listening to music, movies, cars/driving, watching basketball.

Why FAU:

 Wonderful and caring faculty, great training, family feel, and right next to beach!

Something about me:

Laid back and love to relax outside of work. I'm all about the good vibes :)

Christopher Williams, M.D.

Christopher Williams, M.D.

Medical School:

Lakeland, FL

Undergraduate:

BA Business Administration, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Hometown:

Lakeland, FL

Field of Interest:

Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine

Hobbies:

Surfing, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Spearfishing…pretty much anything in the ocean.

Why FAU:

 I was drawn to FAU because of the diversity of training locations, longitudinal curriculum and welcoming environment. 

Something about me:

After college I worked as a yacht captain and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice. During this time, I developed an interest in medical care at sea which lead me to my current career path.

Class of 2024

Andrew Arteaga, D.O.

Andrew Arteaga, D.O.

Medical School:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas

Undergraduate:

University of Central Florida

Hometown:

Merritt Island, Florida

Field of Interest:

Sports Medicine, Academics/Administration

Hobbies:

Overeating, working out, and anything that gets me outside on the water.

Why FAU:

 FAU has wonderful attendings and residents. I had a great experience here rotating as a student. The pathology, procedures, and overall learning environment I experienced here were exactly what I was looking for. 

Something about me:

 I'm a big fan of pineapple and ham on pizza and I'm tired of pretending that I'm not.   

Alex Deri, M.D.

Alex Deri, M.D. 

Medical School:

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Undergraduate:

Southwestern University

Hometown:

Fort Worth, TX

Field of Interest:

Critical Care, Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine

Hobbies:

Traveling, Baking, Hiking, Movies/TV/Video Games

Why FAU:

The faculty and residents were extremely friendly and welcoming, and the program spans multiple sites allowing for more diverse experiences. I’m also going to enjoy avoiding the north Texas winter weather that I have become TOO familiar with.

Something about me:

I want to visit 100+ countries, and every national park while I’m able to enjoy them to the fullest.

Danny Gersowsky, D.O.

Danny Gersowsky, D.O.

Medical School:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Undergraduate:

BS in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University (FSU)

Hometown:

Boca Raton, FL

Field of Interest:

General Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), International Emergency Medicine

Hobbies:

Soccer, Rugby, Cycling, Traveling, Beach

Why FAU:

I grew up in Boca Raton, so I wanted to return home for residency. FAUs family feel and unique longitudinal curriculum. Beautiful South Florida weather.

Something about me:

 I hope to travel to every country in my lifetime  

Salil Phadnis, M.D.

Salil Phadnis, M.D.

Medical School:

University of South Florida

Undergraduate:

University of Florida

Hometown:

Tampa, FL

Field of Interest:

EMS

Hobbies:

Movies, motorcycling, running, intramural soccer

Why FAU:

It's not easy to convey the genuine vibe of a program over Zoom, but the faculty and residents did just that and convinced me this was a great place to learn and grow. Also, beaches.

Something about me:

I'm a big Christopher Nolan fanboy. 

Bailey Pierce, M.D., M.B.A.

Bailey Pierce, M.D., M.B.A.

Medical School:

FAU Schmidt College of Medicine

Undergraduate:

University of Florida

Hometown:

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Field of Interest:

Emergency Medicine

Hobbies:

Exercising, hiking, and listening to music/going to concerts

Why FAU:

I chose FAU because it is close to my family so I'll be able to spend more time with them. Also, the weather down here is great.

Christian Schuetz, M.D.

Christian Schuetz, M.D.

Medical School:

University of South Florida

Undergraduate:

University of South Florida

Hometown:

Mesa, AZ

Field of Interest:

Disaster medicine, teaching, administration

Hobbies:

Playing/watching soccer, gardening, landscaping, attending EDM music festivals, learning Spanish to impress my wife and in-laws

Why FAU:

Fantastic residents, faculty, and location! FAU provides the resources and opportunities to become a rockstar EM doctor. The faculty really care about the residents and will do what they can to help us out.  All the residents treat each other like family. Did I also mention that FAU is in South Florida? 

Class of 2025

Tiffany Christian, M.D.

Tiffany Christian, M.D.

Medical School:

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Undergraduate:

University of South Florida, Political Science

Graduate:

Florida State University, Master of American Politics and Policy

Hometown:

Ocala, FL

Field of Interest:

Sports Medicine

Hobbies:

Furniture restoration, weightlifting, traveling, hiking, MMA events, going to the beach

Why FAU:

Friendly faculty and residents with a strong commitment to wellness, and close proximity to the beach and my family.  

Something about me:

I have a 15 year old Australian Cattle Dog named Cooper.

Keenan Dunkley, M.D.

Keenan Dunkley, M.D.

Medical School:

University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia

Undergraduate:

BS in Biology/Minor in History from the University of South Carolina

Hometown:

Charlotte, NC

Field of Interest:

Emergency Medicine, Disaster Relief

Hobbies:

Running, Reading, History, Basketball, College Football, Investing

Why FAU:

After attending both college and medical school in South Carolina, I was ready for a change and rotated as a medical student at FAU. Instantly, I loved the area, the residents, the weather, and the lifestyle South Florida offered. Additionally, I felt I could learn, grow, and become the best Emergency Medicine physician possible with the help of the faculty at FAU and the resources offered through the program. Core faculty were always happy to take the time to teach, challenged me to improve each shift, and were welcoming in their tutelage.

Something about me:

I was a History minor and still enjoy historical study and discussion, specifically Classical Antiquity and Catholic History. I also have a lot of interest in business and investing with a hope to practice Emergency Medicine in South Florida after residency and earn my MBA down the road.

Alyssa King, D.O.

Alyssa King, D.O.

Medical School:

Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate:

University of Florida - Biology

Hometown:

Stony Point, NY

Field of Interest:

Sports Medicine

Hobbies:

Fishing, crafting, exercising

Why FAU:

I loved the faculty and senior residents when I did my away rotation here. FAU has a strong base for education, learning, and an extremely happy and supporting environment.

Something about me:

I started my own small sewing business while in medical school and I have a Shih Tzu named Teddy.

Robert Ledbetter, M.D.

Robert Ledbetter, M.D.

Medical School:

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Undergraduate:

University of Tennessee BA: Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Hometown:

Columbia, Tennessee

Field of Interest:

Social aspects of medicine

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, exercising, plants

Why FAU:

FAU is a place where you can get training to handle intense scenarios and see interesting pathologies with attendings who are genuinely interested in your education as well as your mental well-being.

Something about me:

I've never eaten a Pub Sub

Christian Pilot, M.D.

Christian Pilot, M.D.

Medical School:

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Undergraduate:

The University of Tampa

Hometown:

Sea Girt, NJ

Field of Interest:

Critical Care Medicine and Sports Medicine

Hobbies:

Music production, Golf, Beach

Why FAU:

Diverse pathology with both an academic and community feel. Large volume of procedures and excellent work/life balance. Amazing faculty and co-residents! Can’t forget about the coastal South Florida location.

Something about me:

I have been producing music for several years and play the piano.

Jessica Porterfield, M.D.

Jessica Porterfield, M.D.

Medical School:

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Undergraduate:

Harding University

Hometown:

Prairie Grove, AR

Field of Interest:

Wilderness Medicine

Hobbies:

Running, baking, fishing

Why FAU:

It's a small, tight knit group that greatly facilitates learning and relationships. We value fulfilling work and fulfilling lives outside of work. And we're in an awesome location!

Something about me:

I studied abroad in Australia and got to dive with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.



Last Modified 8/9/22