Faculty

 Dr. Alfred Gitu
Alfred Gitu, M.D.  
Family Medicine Residency Program Director / Associate Professor
Florida State University College of Medicine



Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Residency:  Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency, graduated 2006
Medical School:  University of Nairobi, Kenya: College of Health Sciences
Experience:  Nine years of practice overseas; faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina
Areas of Interest:  International Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, Procedural skills, Obstetrics, Rehabilitation Medicine 
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

My wife Rebecca and I grew up in Kenya and have enjoyed the most fulfilling and exciting journey during over 24 years of marriage. We are blessed with two (now adult!) daughters, Sheena and Shalom. I deeply enjoy reading, travelling with my family, and running. My daily personal mission is to become a better version of myself in my faith, my work and as a husband and father. I have served as family medicine faculty since 2006, and been with our program since its inception in 2012. We have an excellent team of faculty, residents and clinic staff who serve our patients with dedication. It is my honor to serve and to achieve our mission of developing world class family physicians.



Dr. Christina Cavanagh
Christina Cavanagh, M.D.  
Family Medicine Residency Associate Program Director / Associate Professor
Florida State University College of Medicine


Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Residency: Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School:  University of Florida College of Medicine
Experience:  Hospitalist at Self Regional Healthcare, Faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina; Medical Mission trips
Areas of Interest: Global Health, Women's Health, Leadership Development, Advocacy
Hometown: Boynton Beach, FL

I am a native South Floridian, and as such I am allergic to snow and ice. In addition to the unbeatable SW Florida sunshine and palm trees, I chose to join FSU Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health as a founding faculty member because I value the mission to train well rounded family physicians who are servant leaders. Our program’s greatest asset is the amazing residents we train here, who embody that mission. I am passionate about global health and lead a team with FSU to Nicaragua each year. Fort Myers has been a great home to raise my family. My favorite weekends are relaxing at the beach or pool with my husband and son, and exploring new restaurants (or music festivals, art walk, and shows) on our Friday date-nights.



Dr. Tanya Anim
Tanya Anim, M.D.  
Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center


Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Residency: Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School:  Florida State University College of Medicine
Experience:  University of Florida Family Medicine Residency Program Faculty, Women's Health Fellowship with Obstetrics Focus at Florida Hospital
Areas of Interest: Women's Health, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Underserved Populations
Hometown: Miami, FL

I was born and raised in Miami, FL.  I am a proud alumna of Florida State University where I attended undergraduate and medical school.  I attended FSU College of Medicine because of its dedication to training primary care physicians to serve the underserved in the state of Florida.  I am ecstatic to be doing just that in Southwest Florida and even more elated that I get to do so while also serving as a faculty member of the institution that I love so dearly.  In my free time, I enjoy beating my husband in video games, all things Harry Potter, going to Disney World, and spending time with our two young children.  I am also a babywearing educator and an active member of delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


James Breen, M.D. Dr. James Breen
Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center


Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Internship & Residency: Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Medical School:  Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)
Experience:  Community practice in rural and urban community health centers; multispecialty practice, direct primary care practice, and academic practice
Areas of Interest: Direct primary care and new models of practice; community health and engagement with immigrant and other underserved communities
Hometown: Northern Virginia (outside the Capital Beltway)   

I was drawn to family medicine by its focus on the whole person and its ability to impact communities. My practice experience spans rural community health centers, multispecialty practice and direct primary care, as well as academic practice since 2007. I am committed to helping residents in considering various practice models as they search for the best fit for their future practice. When not working, I enjoy directing my creative energies in acrylic paint and in writing, plying the backwaters of SW Florida waterways in my kayak, and beachcombing with my wife and our two daughters.


Dr. Coghill

Lee Coghill, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center




Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Residency: Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Experience:  Global Health Fellowship at FSU COM/Lee Health
Areas of Interest:  Global health, sports medicine, procedural skills, point of care ultrasound (POCUS), medical informatics
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

When I was looking for residency programs I chose this program because it was a unique unopposed program with all the resources of Florida State University and an incredible faculty who were genuinely excited to train residents. After my 3 years here I truly felt that this residency program gave me an excellent foundation and prepared me for my Fellowship in Global Health where I spent time in Honduras, Nicaragua and Papua New Guinea working at hospitals and clinics. I had no idea when I first came here that I would come to love the program and Fort Myers so much that I would call this my home and join the faculty myself, but I couldn’t imagine somewhere else I’d rather be. My wife Kelsey and I are the proud parents to our two sons and one daughter and love living in Fort Myers. There are lots of young families and things to do all year round. We enjoy volunteering at our church and exploring all the things that Fort Myers and the surrounding area has to offer.


Dr. Jennifer Dalrymple
Jennifer Dalrymple, D.O. 
Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center


Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Residency: Centura / St. Mary Corwin Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School:  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Florida 
Experience: Family Medicine Physician at Dignity Health Medical Group Nevada
Areas of Interest: Lifestyle medicine/wellness promotion--specifically nutrition, physical activity and stress management, osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), women's health, prenatal care 
Hometown: Hendersonville, NC

I love to travel throughout the US and abroad and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of living in varied areas of the country over the years. My husband and I completed medical school in Bradenton, FL, after some exploring, we decided that there’s no place like Florida. I signed on as a faculty physician at the FSU Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health in 2017, and I consider it an honor to have an integral role in training and leading resident physicians while serving a diverse patient population. I particularly enjoy helping residents recognize and develop their personal strengths and am grateful to be a part of each resident’s professional journey. Our residents are amazing! Our program has recently been developing a Lifestyle Medicine track, which I find to be an exciting and inspiring re-focus on overall health and wellness. While striving to live each day to the fullest, I especially enjoy outdoor adventures, yoga, cooking/discovering/eating delectable foods, music, and fun adventures with my husband, son, and daughter.


Dr. Kristen Dimas
Kristen Dimas, M.D. 
Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center


Specialty/Field:  Family Medicine
Residency: Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health
Medical School:  Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida
Areas of Interest: Health Inequity, Population Health Management 
Hometown: Immokalee, FL

Growing up in the small migrant community of Immokalee, Florida I saw a significant need for healthcare providers in my hometown.  This led me to the FSU College of Medicine which has a focus on serving the underserved.  From there, I chose a career in Family Medicine so that I could take care of patients from birth through their geriatric years.  I chose the FSU Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health because of my experience with the outstanding residents and faculty.  After completing my residency I was happy to join the faculty at our residency program.  My areas of interest are teaching residents about health inequity and population health management.



Dr. HidalgoJacqueline Hidalgo, Psy D 
Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center




Specialty/Field:
Clinical Psychology
Fellowship: Integrated Primary Care Psychology Fellowship at the Colorado Health Foundation, Denver, Colorado
Experience: Integrated Primary Care, Health Psychology
Areas of Interest:  Integrated primary care, bridging gaps in behavioral medicine for underserved populations, multicultural issues and health disparities  
Hometown: Lima, Peru

I was born in Lima, Peru and lived in Miami, FL since I was 14 years old. I joined the program on October 2017 and my role is to provide clinical services working side-by-side with residents and faculty. I completed post-graduate training in health and primary care psychology. I chose to join FSU Family Medicine Program at Lee Health as I am excited about the future of integrated care and bridging gaps in behavioral medicine for underserved populations. I am passionate about multicultural issues and health disparities. I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach like a good Floridian! I also enjoy concerts, live music and painting. Fort Myers has opportunities for many activities and has been a great place to call home.


Dr. RoseAnne Illes
Rose Anne Illes, Ph.D.  

Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center
 


Specialty/Field: 
Health Psychology
Fellowship: MSU Flint Area Medical Education Consortium for Advanced Psychology Doctoral
Training: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Experience: Health Psychologist; Served in several different practice areas including outpatient and inpatient settings; previous work in Correctional Psychology
Areas of Interest: Culturally appropriate healthcare, multicultural psychology, serving underserved communities
Hometown: Long Island, NY

It has been a wonderful journey in my career to be part of creating the FSU Family Medicine Residency at Lee Health from the beginning. Our program is dedicated to our residents and holds training as our priority. Throughout my training and career I have been committed to working with underserved communities, providing culturally appropriate/responsive healthcare, addressing health disparities/inequities, and multicultural psychology. Working with our residents in developing these perspectives into patient care has been the most exciting experience. While always a New Yorker at heart, I love the Florida weather and lifestyle. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, dancing, working out, and supporting my NY sports team; when not going to the gym.


Dr. Amy Skiff
Amy Skiff, Pharm.D. 

Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center
 



Specialty/Field: Pharmacotherapy
Education: Mercer University (Pharm.D.), University of Florida (MS)
Experience: Clinical Pharmacist at WellStar Douglas Hospital, Georgia; Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Lee Health
Areas of Interest: Anticoagulation, Pharmacotherapy
Hometown: Douglasville, GA

Although I was born and raised in a suburb outside Atlanta, I have always been drawn to the ocean. The ebb and flow of the waves is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. My husband and I made SW Florida our home in 2009 and I joined the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health exclusively in 2017 (after 3 years of dividing my time between the Lee Health Pharmacy Department and the Residency Program). Being part of such a worldclass program has been an awesome privilege, not only providing me with inpatient, outpatient, and teaching opportunities, but also the honor of working with a fantastic group of co-workers! My husband, Greg, and our 2 daughters, enjoy spending our free time on the boat and frequenting the fantastic beachside resorts in the area.


Dr. Hailon WongHailon Wong, M.D. 
Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
Faculty, Family Medicine Center
hailon.wong@leehealth.org 



Specialty/Field: Family Medicine
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Residency: Mayo Clinic 
Experience: Global Health Fellowship FSU COM @ Lee Health
Areas of Interest: Global Health, Care for Underserved Populations, Medical Education, Point of Care Ultrasound, Primary Care
Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Although I was born in Venezuela, I grew up in Oklahoma before moving to the great state of Minnesota, where I completed my residency in Family Medicine.  While there, I explored my budding interest in global health and decided to move to Florida to complete a Global Health Fellowship here at FSU/Lee Health.  One could say I traded tornadoes for cold winters and cold winters for humidity and hurricanes.  My education and training has afforded me the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua, Japan, Nepal, and Honduras, for which I am eternally grateful.  Global Health is such a broad and wonderful field that truly encapsulates my passion for working with underserved and immigrant populations, teaching, traveling, and eating new and interesting food.  In addition to working as a family doc, I enjoy reading broadly, running, eating various foods, yoga/meditation, spending quality time with my loved ones, and unstructured dilly dally time.