2021 Inaugural Resident Class

Arjun Meiyappan

Arjun Meiyappan

I was born in India and grew up in the UK, Australia and New Zealand before moving to Canada. I graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and attended the Medical University of Lublin in Poland for medical school. I completed two years of basic science courses in Europe and later completed clinical rotations in Chicago.

I am excited to become a part of the Family Medicine program at Memorial and look forward to exploring my interests in preventative and behavioral medicine.

I am interested in learning more about existing healthcare inequalities in rural communities.

I enjoy reading, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.

Carmenza Valderrama

I was born in New York City, grew up in Bogota, Colombia, until the age of 11, and then moved to Dallas, Texas. I graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and graduated from Ross University School of Medicine.

I am fluent in Spanish and can speak some Portuguese. I am passionate about women’s health.

I look forward to providing quality care and education to my future patients.

I enjoy spending time with family and my dog, traveling, getting to know different cultures and languages, and trying new foods. I also enjoy cooking typical Colombian foods as well as dancing and taking pictures along the way.

Carmenza Valderrama
Gurwinder Kaur

Gurwinder Kaur

I am from Queens, New York, and a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine.

I was drawn to medicine from a young age, and my desire to help people only grew the older I got and with more life experiences under my belt.

Baking, drawing, and movies are a few things I enjoy doing in my spare time. Being physically active is something I strive to do every day. I love meeting new people and I’m always ready for new adventures.

Nazli Goktepe

I was born in Ankara, Turkey, and I and moved to Houston, Texas, when I was a year old. I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, attended Georgetown University to receive my Master of Science in Physiology, and I went on to pursue my goals of becoming a physician by graduating from William Carey University of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

I’m an advocate for mental health and look forward to optimizing patients’ lives as a physician!

I love dogs – I have a half golden retriever and half husky puppy named Pamuk (Paw-mook), which means cotton in Turkish. I can also speak and read fluently in Turkish. In my free time, I like to watch crime-related documentaries, exercise, and go on long walks with my puppy.

Nazli Goktepe
Piu Dey

Piu Dey

I was born in India and grew up in northern Virginia. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and graduated from Ross University School of Medicine.

I have a strong commitment to help the underserved populations in my local communities.

I spent the last year volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps to organize and carry out testing events and vaccinations at a mass vaccination site. I look forward to bringing my community outreach experience to Gulfport.

My hobbies are running and hiking, watching sports, listening to numerous podcasts, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends.

Shazzanne Pennant

I was born on the island of Jamaica and immigrated to south Florida at a young age, where I spent most of my childhood. I completed my undergraduate and medical education at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.
With my combined experiences volunteering in the community and conducting clinical research at the National Institutes of Health,

I hope to translate medical innovation into practical steps for helping individuals live healthier lives.

I am passionate about serving through primary care and remain inspired to pursue a lifelong career in family medicine, where I can work daily to provide equitable healthcare for underserved individuals. My areas of interest are community engagement, global health, women’s health, and lifestyle medicine.

Outside of medicine, I love listening to podcasts, traveling and enjoying outdoor activities.

Shazzanne Pennant
Stanley Dziaba

Stanley Dziaba

I am from a small town in Indiana and graduated from William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. Growing up in a small rural community and seeing the difference even a single physician can make,

I’m extremely passionate about helping underserved communities across America.

Surbhibahen Modi

I am from Gujrat, India, and a graduate of Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, in Gujrat, India.

I chose Family Medicine because I value the concept of continuity of care and developing lasting relationships with patients.

I also enjoy the broad scope of practice, caring for patients of all ages and providing preventive education to the community.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also believe that a healthy mind and body help you do your best work and keep you motivated. I actively try to engage in as much physical activity as possible such as hiking, walking, exploring nature, practicing yoga, dancing.

Surbhibahen Modi
Thinn Zaw

Thinn Zaw

I immigrated to the United States in elementary school and grew up in Los Angeles, California. I received my undergraduate degree from California and majored in biology with interest in global health and public health. From there, I pursued my Master of Public Health at St. George’s University in Grenada. My experiences there showcased how diverse the medical field could be and solidified my interest in becoming a doctor, which led me to enroll in the School of Medicine at St. George’s University.

Before moving to Gulfport, I was in the tri-state area for my clinical rotations, which inspired me to pursue Family Medicine. I love the broad-spectrum aspect of Family Medicine and the continuity of care.

It is a privilege to be able to care for patients over the entire span of their lives.

I hope to further explore my interests in geriatrics, research, community, and preventative medicine at Gulfport. I am excited to start my journey here and serve the community for years to come. I enjoy educating patients, raising awareness, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

I love golfing, gardening, traveling, and exploring new places.

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