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MEET OUR PHYSICIANS

Karen E. Harris, MD, MPH

Physician, Residency Program Director

Dr. Harris is a native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, and went on to attend the University of Florida College of Medicine, and completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2010, Dr. Harris obtained a masters in Public Health Administration from The University of Florida. Prior to becoming the Program Director for the residency practice at the Women’s Group of North Florida, Dr. Harris was with Comprehensive Women’s Health for 29 years, 13 of which she was managing partner.

She is an active member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and is currently the chair of District XII, which covers the state of Florida.  She is also a member of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative, March of Dimes, Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society and Florida Medical Association and has held various leadership roles in each of these organizations. Dr. Harris is especially passionate about reproductive and social justice matters, and is actively working to improve and enhance women’s healthcare.

When she is not caring for patients or mentoring residents, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, and has also been actively involved in the Girl Scouts of America. She also enjoys reading and traveling, and loves gardening.

Mohamed Foda, MD

Attending Physician

Dr.  Foda attended Medical school in Cairo and graduated in 2006 then finished his internship. After completing his internship he joined University of Nebraska Medical Center department of surgery performing clinical and basic science research on wound healing and skin regeneration.  In 2009, he started his obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Marshall University School of Medicine and graduated in 2013.  Dr. Foda then relocated to Florida and opened a  private practice.

As a husband and a father of a young daughter, he believes that providing health care for women is a privilege and is the best way bring happiness and well being to the whole community,  and  understands the physical and emotional challenges of women today.  He particularly wants to ensure that women have access to the most advanced treatments  and health maintenance options.

On his days off he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.  They enjoy trying new restaurants, hiking, fishing, and biking trails- they love any outdoor activity!  His favorite childhood memory was when his father took him on our first deep sea fishing trip.

Jeffrey Schulman, MD

Attending Physician

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Dr. Schulman spent most of his 35 years in private practice at Inova Fairfax Hospital.  As a Clinical Professor for George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University he was intimately involved in the training and supervision of medical students and residents.  He has been rewarded with numerous honors for his teaching.  He developed and taught many courses in advanced endoscopy in gynecology and was a leader in promoting less invasive alternatives to hysterectomy.

Those teaching skills led him to develop an approach to patient care that emphasizes providing education about their medical conditions and potential treatments.  It is his strong belief that an educated patient is the best participant in her own care.  At the same time, he prides himself on being the kind of old fashioned physician (as was his Dad) who sits down with patients to understand and allay their fears and concerns.

Dr. Schulman moved to Florida in 2016 with his wife, Nancy, a retired public health nurse, to escape the heat and chaos of the DC area.  Here they have found a warm and welcoming community that fosters their mutual appreciation for theater, travel and good food.

Mike Cotter, MD

Attending Physician

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Dr. Cotter is a diehard University of Florida Gator fan. Before him, his father, Dr. Julian Cotter, served as an ObGyn for over 20 years in Gainesville. Medicine is somewhat of a family tradition. Dr. Cotter’s wife, Shenary, also practices medicine as a Family Medicine Physician.

Dr. Cotter didn’t stray too far from his hometown for his college education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Following his undergraduate education, he attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and the University of Florida College of Medicine to earned an MD. After graduation, Dr. Cotter completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Shands in Jacksonville, Florida.

When asked what his favorite thing about being a doctor is, Dr. Cotter answered, “I enjoy delivering babies and being part of the pregnancy and birth process with expectant couples.”

Dr. Cotter is guided by the Patient Care Philosophy: Explore and address the patient’s concerns in an effort to fulfill their desired outcome through the use of evidence-based medicine.

The Cotters have four children, and they attend Greenhouse Church. Giving back is very important to the Cotter family. They support several local and international charities, including Arbor House, Compassion International, Heifer.org, and Water.org.  Additionally, Dr. Cotter volunteers his time outside the United States. During his most recent trip, he visited Guatemala where he served as an ObGyn in a small, local hospital for a week. He also supports Michael Rudolph’s mission organization, Aid for Haiti. (Link to charities’ websites)

In his free time, Dr. Cotter spends time snowboarding, working out at the gym, playing with his children, and spending time with family. When he is afforded time to read recreationally, his enjoys the authors, Lee Child and David Balducci.

David Stewart, MD

Attending Physician

In 1992, Dr. Stewart relocated to the Gainesville area to marry his wife, Lori. Since then, Dr. Stewart has practiced medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and served as an Associate Professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2002 to 2012.

When asked what his favorite thing about being a doctor, Dr. Stewart answered, “The long-term relationships that I develop with my patients. OBGYN is a happy field – patients are happy to come see a doctor they have seen over many years and possibly through one or more pregnancies.”

Dr. Stewart is guided by the medical philosophy, “I’m not here to make decisions for my patients; I believe I’m here to help patients make the best decisions for themselves.”

Dr. and Mrs. Stewart have three children, a son and two daughters. Chad, the oldest, also practices medicine and is an internal medicine physician. The Stewart family with their two daughters, Chloe and Carly, lives on their farm in Alachua.

In his freetime, Dr. Stewart and Lori enjoy long through the country roads on their Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dr. Stewart also likes visiting the beach with his family, going out to dinner with his wife, gardening, and riding his tractor. The farm is a real farm and is home to Anatolian dogs, chickens, a horse, and chinchillas.

Donna Boucher, MD

Attending Physician

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George Thomas, MD

Attending Physician

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Maritza Rivera Montalvo, MD

Attending Physician

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Katherine Mia Choi, MD

Resident Physician

Dr. Choi is a born and raised Floridian from New Smyrna Beach. She attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies and then the University of Central Florida for medical school, before returning to Gainesville for residency.

She has an interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and improving medical knowledge and skills education, having instructed several programs for laparoscopic skills training across national conferences. Women’s health and patient access to healthcare have also been a priority through her previous work at the medical student run free access clinic, for which she held a leadership role.

When outside the hospital and not studying, Dr. Choi enjoys streetpainting and other art, playing tennis, traveling, and watching tv with her cat.

Taschia Lelea, MD, MPH

Resident Physician

Dr. Lelea was born in Fort Hood, Texas and grew up in a military family being raised in various states within the US as well as Germany. She completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of South Florida (USF) in Anthropology and Biomedical Sciences and continued at USF attending the Morsani College of Medicine, where she obtained her Doctorate in Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a Medical Assistant in an OB/GYN office.

Dr. Lelea is passionate about women’s reproductive rights, social justice matters, as well as health disparities and how health inequality and health inequity plays a major role in health status. She worked on projects promoting postpartum LARCs by writing the Postpartum Nexplanon insertion protocol at Tampa General Hospital, and worked to improve birth certificate documenting accuracy through the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the PROVIDE Initiative. She also has a strong interest in LGBQ health, Transgender health, and women’s reproductive cancer. She worked with the Ybor Youth Clinic to help train and certify medical students in running rapid HIV testing and offering patient education. Dr. Lelea has a strong belief that a patient should be a partner in her own healthcare and encourages this by sitting down with patients and managing their care together.

When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Lelea enjoys spending time with her partner and her family, traveling, reading, and supporting and attending the Tampa Bay Inferno Women’s Tackle Football games, where she played as right tackle for two years.

Parker Long, DO

Resident Physician

Dr. Long is currently a PGY-2 OB/GYN Resident at North Florida Regional Hospital. He is originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, and has roots all over the southeast. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and went on to attend the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree in 2013. Dr. Long began his career in medicine as an OB/GYN in the Navy stationed at Naval Medical Center San Diego where he completed his internship. In 2014, Dr. Long was selected to become a flight surgeon with the Navy. He spent the last four years as a practicing physician at Marine Corps Air Station-Beaufort in South Carolina. While serving as the Department Head, of the medical department, Dr. Long lead initiatives to establish well-woman clinics and train other physicians in contraception clinics. Dr. Long is very enthusiastic to bring his five years of experience to Women’s Group of North Florida.

When he is not caring for patients, Dr. Long enjoys spending time with his wife, 1-year-old son, and their family dog. He enjoys the outdoors and fishing, and is an avid sports spectator.

AnnaMaria Maples, MD

Resident Physician

A Midwesterner at heart, AnnaMaria Maples grew up in rural southwest Missouri on a farm with cattle, chickens, and llamas. She moved north to the “big city” for her undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In addition to developing a profound love of city life, Kansas City BBQ, and Royals baseball, she found her calling as an Obstetrician Gynecologist. Her interests are centered around her dedication to comprehensive women’s health and while in medical school co-founded both her university’s chapter of American Medical Women’s Association and Medical Students for Choice. Dr. Maples is passionate about reproductive justice and empowering women to be advocates for their own health to create a future of informed and savvy woman leaders. She was thrilled to have been selected for residency at North Florida Regional Medical Center and is excited for the opportunities that this new practice will provide for the community.

In her free time Dr. Maples enjoys hiking, biking, going to zoos, annoying her tortoise, Doug, and watching the ducks around the pond outside of the Women’s Center.

Rachael Postlethwait, MD

Resident Physician

Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, Rachael Postlethwait completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University. She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Postlethwait is passionate about all aspects of women’s health. She is particularly interested in perinatal outcomes and issues of access to care. She also participates in projects related to health literacy and to the humanities in health. Dr. Postlethwait served as the director of an annual, academic symposium “Communicating Through the Arts: Lessons for Medicine and Health” for four years and has recently transitioned to coordinate a colloquium for a medical student elective based at Emory University School of Medicine. She is an advocate for the use of the arts to help bridge divides between patients and providers.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Postlethwait loves to travel, run, and spend time with her family.

Eryn Wanyonyi, MD

Resident Physician

Dr. Wanyonyi was born and bred in Columbia, Missouri (Go Tigers! J). If you’re wondering how she got her super cool last name, her family is originally from the beautiful country of Kenya. She completed her undergraduate and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She was drawn to field of obstetrics and gynecology when she witnessed the magic of childbirth for the first time in high school and her love for the field only grew through medical school as it provides a unique opportunity to serve and advocate for women in incredibly significant moments in their lives. During medical school, she served as an HIV and STD peer educator in for middle and high school students in the Kansas City Metropolitan area through the Dramatic Health Education Project. Dr. Wanyonyi is passionate about advocacy as it relates to woman’s health and global health. In medical school, her role as a member of and as the National Vice Chairperson of the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee for the Student National Medical Association gave her the opportunity to work with underserved and underrepresented populations as well as address health disparities and social determinants of health. When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Wanyonyi loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, singing and playing piano, playing soccer, traveling, and watching copious amounts of Netflix and Hulu.

Tejumola “Teju” Apata, MD

Resident Physician

Dr. Apata was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was raised in a country where quality healthcare was mostly available and affordable to people of higher socioeconomic status. She moved to the United States with her family when she was only 15 years old, attended the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s degree and Morehouse school of medicine where she received her Doctorate Degree. She chose an obstetrics and Gynecology residency program that is devoted to teaching and demonstrates excellence in providing quality care to a culturally diverse patient population. Her long term goals include indulging in healthcare policy, reform and advocacy for socioeconomic equity in the United States as well as in developing countries such as Nigeria. Her specific field of interest in Obstetrics and gynecology include female reproductive health and infertility, family planning and contraception care in developing countries and understanding health disparities and factors that contribute to maternal morbidity in African American patient population. Her hobbies include watching Netlix and other reality TV shows, travelling, reading fantasy fictional novels, and watching vlogs about hair, makeup and travel on YouTube.

Swati Somuri, DO, MPH

Resident Physician

Coming soon!

Sarah Law, MD

Resident Physician

Raised by a pharmacist (her mom) and family medicine doctor (her dad), Sarah Law always knew she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. After graduating from Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Sarah went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in Public Health at the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina. While in college she served on the executive board of USC’s GlobeMed chapter, completed community service hours with her sisters in Omega Phi Alpha, promoted safe sex on campus as a Bedsider Campus Ambassador, and studied abroad in Copenhagen to learn about health systems in Northern Europe. After college she attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. There she quickly fell in love with women’s health and realized that Obstetrics and Gynecology was the perfect speciality for her. She stayed active in extracurriculars by serving as the Grant Writer for MUSC’s free health clinic, advocating for reproductive justice with Medical Students for Choice, and volunteering with at-risk teen girls at Florence Crittenton. Sarah firmly believes that good quality reproductive care is essential to the well-being and success of women and all people who can get pregnant, and she wants to dedicate her career to making all types of health care available as a right and not just a privilege that some get to enjoy. In her spare time, Sarah can be found scouring antique stores for vintage finds, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or enjoying time with friends at a local brewery.

Jacqueline Mercado, MD

Resident Physician

Janelle Alvarez, MD

Resident Physician

Erin Manglardi, MD

Resident Physician

Henna Ahsan, MD

Resident Physician
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MEET OUR OFFICE STAFF

Ellen Parker, RN

Registered Nurse

Tina Hathcock, RT, RDMS

Ultrasound Technician

Tina has been in the medical field for over 40 years. She worked in Nuclear Medicine and cross training in addition to becoming a registered Ultrasound technician. She also worked for 5 years with UF Health Shands as a perinatal sonographer working with high risk OB patients. She enjoys performing diagnostic ultrasound procedures on both OB and GYN patients. She loves see families enjoy looking at their children and/or grandchildren with ultrasound before they are born. She has two grown children and three grand daughters which are the love of her life.

Marshay McClendon

Office Administrator

Marshay McClendon relocated from West Palm Beach to Gainesville, FL in 2005 with her husband of 11 years and four children. Marshay received her certification as a CNA in 2013, and just recently graduated as Salutatorian of her 2018 graduating class with an Associates Degree in Science for Medical Office Administration. Marshay plans to continue her education to include a PhD in Healthcare Administration.

Valeria Giraldo

Medical Assistant

Valeria recently graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology with a focus on Medical Anthropology and Health Disparities. She is currently working on pre-requisites to apply for a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. She became interested in women’s healthcare through anthropology courses at UF and wanted to continue expanding her knowledge of the field. She believes women’s healthcare matters because women and girls remain victims of gender inequality. Despite the ongoing battle of eliminating the social and health disparities between men and women, gender equality remains an elusive goal. Women and girls have specific health needs, and health systems around the world are failing them, and this issue needs to be a priority. The way that we can help improve women’s healthcare depends on the global domain and social, political, and economic environment to create reliable and effective health programs, initiatives, and advocates catered to that region to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Patricia “Trish” Collazo

Financial Counselor, Billing Specialist

Trish is the Financial Counselor here Women’s Group of North Florida. She has worked in healthcare for 29 years. Raised in Palatka, FL, Trish recently moved back to Florida in 2016 from Bolingbrook, IL. She received her Medical Coding degree in 2003/2004 from College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL. She enjoys working in women’s healthcare because it gives her the chance to help and meet the needs of our patients at important times in their lives. Her 20 years of experience as a financial counselor allow her to ease the stress that many patients feel from the financial burden of healthcare. She is able to walk them through the process and make them feel comfortable every step of the way.

Sary Tafur

Front Office Specialist

Sary enjoys working at the Women’s Group because the staff is caring, professional, humble, and giving. She is honored to be a part of the rapid growth of the practice and to be able to work with so many amazing patients. Though her degree is in journalism, Sary enjoys being able to learn and grow as a part of the Women’s Group team!

Ashley Maxwell

Front Office Specialist

Born and raised in Gainesville, Fl, Ashley Maxwell recently graduated with her Associates of Science in Medical Billing and Coding. She is currently obtaining her Bachelors degree at City College and plans to get a masters degree. Ashley has a heartfelt love for babies and Women’s health rights. Ashley has a strong belief that every woman should have a voice, and be themselves no matter what situation they may endure. In her free time Ashley loves to read books, take trips to the beach, and spend time with her family and friends.

Lingfei Liu, MA

Medical Assistant

Lingfei has worked in the OB/GYN area for over 36 years. She enjoys serving her OB and GYN patients and appreciate the opportunity to be part of their lives.