Emily Aquadro, MD
Hometown: Albany, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
I am originally from Albany, GA, I graduated from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets) in Atlanta for my Bachelor’s and Medical College of Georgia for my medical degree. I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible program and couldn’t enjoy living in Savannah more. I spend most my free time with my husband, son and canine companions, but also enjoy studying Japanese language/culture, various music and workouts, and getting together for game night with my awesome colleagues. I look forward to getting up every day to be a part of a program that cares so genuinely for its patients and is continually making profound advancements in mental health resources. I have always enjoyed connecting with patients and helping them find the resources they need to recover. After my interview, I saw how much Gateway had to offer and could not feel more privileged to be a part of this team.
Yvonne Erusiafe, MD
Hometown: Benin, Nigeria
Medical School: Madonna University, School of Medicine.
I was born and raised in Nigeria. Over the last several years, I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. I enjoy music, poetry, and trying out new restaurants. Most of all, I love spending time with my husband and our two children.
The first time I came to Gateway. It felt like home. Everyone I met was kind, genuine and very dedicated to the residency program. Additionally, I get to live in the beautiful city of Savannah and serve a diverse patient population.
Domonic Hill, MD
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
I was born and raised in Tampa, where I completed my undergraduate studies at University of Tampa. My interests include sports, comedy, videogames, cooking, hiking/fishing, traveling, gym and playing with dogs.
I chose Gateway because of its strong commitment to community health, and its forward thinking when it comes to solving community problems. Gateway empowers not just the individual patient but it also empowers the community to play a role in its own community health. Also, Me being “A Florida Boy”, the fact that there is a beach nearby is a huge plus.
Sitwat Malik, MD
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Jinnah Sindh Medical University.
I am from St. Louis, Missouri; I was born, raised, and attended medical school in Karachi, Pakistan. Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my family, biking, and cooking. I chose this program because it immediately felt like home due to the welcoming interview experience and the possibility of being mentored by highly experienced faculty. And I am glad and excited that I was right! Gateway is an awesome program to get trained by. It’s a honor for me to be a part of the inaugural class!
Johnathan Pierson, MD
Hometown: Henderson, KY
Medical School: Louisville School of Medicine
My name is Trent and I was born and raised in rural western Kentucky. I received my Bachelor's degree in biology at Murray State University and my medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. After completing my medical school training I did a year of research on the topic of suicidality in the veteran population. My main passion in psychiatry involves helping the underserved, rural and military populations.
In my spare time I enjoy a plethora of activities consisting of, but not limited to, hiking, kayaking, camping, playing hobby board games, landscape photography, finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants, landscaping, taking care of my awesome dog, going to yard sales, cooking, and listening to bluegrass & folk music.
I believe Gateway will give me the opportunity to explore my areas of interest in psychiatry while also giving a great quality of life balance.
James Ritchie, DO
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
My name is James Ritchie. I am from Orlando, Florida. I attended undergrad at The University of Central Florida. I chose Gateway Behavioral Health Services because I want to be involved in creating a new program. The faculty at Gateway were so enthusiastic and I could see how much they cared. There were so many opportunities for electives. I didn’t feel like there would be any limitations to learning. Savannah is also a great city! It has so much to offer including great restaurants, nightlife and parks.
Shahin Zohoori, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
I was born in Iran and relocated to the United States to begin high school. I lived in California before coming to Georgia. I completed my undergraduate studies at UCLA with a bachelor of science degree. I attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Caribbean, Dominica West Indies. I enjoy a variety of sports; I like to walk and hike as well as participate in yoga. I do set aside time to bike, swim, cook, play card games, go to the beach, watch movies, hang out and go camping.
I chose this particular program because of the fact that it is community-based and I’m familiar with that infrastructure. I like the fact that it is brand new and while very much organized some flexibility is also welcomed. I also admire the city and believe in the program’s mission.
Lorelys Arroyo Rivera, MD
Hometown: Camuy, Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St Kitts
I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where I received my Bachelor of Science in Cellular Molecular Biology. I attended medical school in the Caribbean and received clinical training in various states. I made Augusta, Georgia my home ever since, where I fell in love with the warmth, kindness and cuisine of the south. I knew then, that I wanted to care for the Georgian population. I enjoy caring for my patients, popular culture, and a good glass of wine. I have full confidence in the opportunities this program has to offer, and I’m eager to nurture my abilities to better serve the community and the family at Gateway Behavioral Health, CSB.
Modupe Babalola, MD
Hometown: Peachtree city, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
I am originally from Nigeria. I moved to the United States in my pre-teen years and I have lived in Georgia for most of my time here. I completed my undergraduate studies at Georgia College and State University, received my MPH degree from Georgia State University, and received my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Apart from medicine, I enjoy music, traveling, staying active, movies, and learning new things.
I chose Gateway because of the program's emphasis on community psychiatry and also because I got an overall good feeling of the program during the interviewing process. Living in Savannah, GA has been a bonus; I especially like that it is close to the beach. I am pleased to be joining the Gateway psychiatry team and I look forward to working with the diverse patient population.
Caitlyn Fitzgerald, MD
Hometown: Wall, NJ
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St Kitts
Originally from a coastal town in New Jersey, I obtained my BA in Psychology from New York University and Medical Degree from UMHS St. Kitts. While I have been committed to advancing the treatment of mental health since high school, my specific areas of interests include adolescent psychiatry, addiction medicine, and emergency crisis intervention. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, reading, traveling, cooking, practicing yoga, bike riding, and relaxing at the beach.
I chose Gateway BHS because I was excited at the prospect of being part of a new program committed to providing psychiatric care to an underserved community in need. I was impressed with their commitment to all levels of community care, particularly with their initiative of getting out into the community to provide hands on relief for those who need it the most. I look forward to serving the people of Chatham county and I am thankful to Gateway BHS for giving me that opportunity to do so.
Naomi Gunadeva, MD
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia.
I am from Snellville, Georgia. I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with my Bachelor’s degree and the Medical College of Georgia with my Medical degree. When I first came to Gateway, I was impressed by how friendly everyone was and how they made their interviewees feel at home. Their kindness, emphasis on resident wellness, and passion for the program made me excited for the opportunity to continue my medical education here. I believe that Gateway will give me the chance to work with a diverse patient population and explore my areas of interest in psychiatry further. I enjoy traveling, coffee shops, hiking, backpacking, camping, and exploring all that Savannah has to offer.
Mary Ashley Mercer, MD
Hometown: Pawleys Island, SC
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
I was born & raised in SC. For the past decade I’ve called Charleston (SC) home, where I’ve attended the College of Charleston for undergrad & majored in Psychology/Neuroscience, and then hopped down the street to MUSC for medical school. I have quite the unconventional path to where I am today. I worked in research for several years before applying to med school, then took a gap year to be a mom while my husband was called to duty in the military. Nonetheless, I am grateful for my unique journey & excited to continue in Savannah to focus on my passion for community psychiatry. I have interests in preventative /integrative medicine, nutrition/wellness, veteran/women’s health, addiction, as well as the evolving field of interventional psychiatry (TMS/ECT). I am mom to a 2yo ‘wild child’ we call Sully and our rescue staffie, Bowen. My family and I love all things outdoors and adventure- like boating, the beach, and traveling to new places! I grew up in a small town, and thus fell in love with the ‘small town feel’ of the program and the close-knit vibes among its staff.
Jasmine Murchison, MD
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Medical School: Morsani College Medicine-University of South Florida
I was born in Tucson, Arizona. But growing up as a military brat, we moved around a lot, so I don’t feel like I have just one hometown. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master’s in Public Health at the Medical University of South Carolina, and my medical degree at the Morsani College Medicine-University of South Florida. If you can’t already tell, one thing I love is learning! Other loves of my life include reading, going to farmer’s markets, playing with my doggies, and spending time with my family.
I choose to come to Gateway because of the immediate friendliness and caring I felt while visiting. Also, Gateway is a very community-focused residency program, and it is important to me that I am well trained to serve my community. In the future, I would love to work in a community-based practice and also implement health promotion programs targeting mental health and wellness in the community.
Nisha Ramchander, DO
Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
I attended the University of Florida for undergrad where I completed Bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Religion. I received my medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. In my free time I love trying new foods and cooking, binge-watching tv, spending time outside, and anything to do with the arts – I’ve been painting, drawing, and singing since I was young.
I chose Gateway because from the first moment I came here and interacted with the faculty and residents, I could feel the genuine warmth and support everyone had for each other, the patients, and the community. I am so excited to be a member of this team. Additionally, I have visited the beautiful city of Savannah many times and am so happy to now be able to call it home!
Zuleimye Valle Blas, MD
Hometown: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts.
I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus. I attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts and at the same time completed a Master’s in Public Health from Walden University. Both degrees strengthen my interest of empowering the community with mental health wellness, especially during stressful times as it has been the COVID-19 pandemic.
My interests are photography, DIY’s, planning, and interior design. I love spending time with my family and my chihuahua Púa. Savannah caught my eye a couple of years ago, since it’s one of the most romantic cities in the USA. Other than its beautiful scenery, Savannah has Gateway Behavioral Health Psychiatry program. Gateway’s Community Based Program allows me to practice my interest in serving the community by providing excellent care through my knowledge of both medicine and public health.