Joel R. Amidon, MD
I’m Joel, from Rome, NY. I attended undergrad at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Science in Basseterre St. Kitts. I choose family medicine because it allowed me to broaden my education in all areas of medicine. Family medicine is about not only treating patients medically but also creating relationships, and I am very excited to be making a difference in the lives of others. I choose Greenville FM for its strong research curriculum and opportunities for multiple electives during my three years. The city of Greenville was an added bonus as it is lively and there is always something to do! I enjoy running, cycling, and hiking/camping in the Appalachian Mountains which are only a short drive away.
Mohamed A. Balout, MD
I am Canadian born and raised, from London Ontario. Attended UWO for undergrad and went to University of Medicine and Health Science for medical school. Greenville is a beautiful place to live with much to explore in your spare time. I feel that once I have completed my training, I am going to be well prepared to go out into the field of family medicine and make a difference in my patients’ lives. The faculty is very active in ensuring everyone’s needs are met, and improving the quality of our time here.
Courtney L. Duffy, MD
I was born and raised in Canada, in a small town outside of Kingston, Ontario. I grew up on the St. Lawrence River, around the 1000 Islands just across from upstate New York. I spent summers boating and playing soccer, and the winters – playing hockey and snowboarding of course! After high school I traveled to Ottawa, Ontario and attended University of Ottawa to study Health Science. After undergrad, I decided to take the non-traditional route and combine my interest in Medicine and travel. I studied at Saba University School of Medicine on the island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean – it was basically like Jurassic Park. I completed most of my 3rd and 4th year in Atlanta – and fell in love with the south! I was pretty confident Greenville was where I wanted to be from the beginning. I wanted a solid academic program in an area where I would be happy to spend my free time. Greenville is an amazing balance of small town and big city. You have the best of both worlds – small town community with plenty of fun things to do. It is also great for young professionals and families and has tons of outdoor activities and great cities nearby.
Sheelah O. Gervacio, MD
I’m Sheelah. I grew up and lived in a small mountain town north of the Philippines before moving to Southern California 12 years ago. I have actively participated in medical outreach missions in my medical school in Saint Louis University-Phil., which entailed long bus drives to unpaved and rugged terrains and mountain hikes to remote areas of our region. This is something I am passionate about and I see myself continuing this endeavor in the years ahead. I chose Family Medicine because I am able to serve patients of different age groups, provide a wide range of patient-centered care, and provide healthcare that is accessible to all. Why GHS? For me I guess it is like having the best of both worlds: the opportunity to be a part of this great residency program with dedicated mentors who will prepare me to become a well-rounded physician; and an amazing place called Greenville where I get to experience the mix of arts and outdoors. That is a perfect balance between my love for medicine and my love for music, dancing, and nature.
Eric Lessard, MD
I’m Eric. I’m a dentist from Montreal, Quebec who always wanted to be a physician and ended up in dentistry thinking it would make me happy. I did a residency in oral medicine at Rutgers University in New Jersey which brought me closer to medicine but not quite there. So, after thinking it through, I decided to go to medical school and I am now fulfilling my dream of becoming a family physician. I chose family medicine because it encompasses everything that interests me. It has many challenges and you get to follow patients making sure their health is always at its best. It also includes all fields of medicine which fascinates me. My hobbies include spending time with my two kids, hockey, movies, and reading.
Laura M. Morrison, MD
I’m Laura Morrison from Toronto, Canada. I attended Mount Allison University for undergrad and Saba University School of Medicine for medical school. I have always been interested in family medicine. I want to work with a wide variety of patients and pathologies. I would never be happy narrowing my practice to only one type of medicine! I am particularly interested in preventative medicine and autoimmune diseases. Outside of medicine, I enjoy exploring the South, international travel, and old buildings.