Residents

Psychiatry Residency

PRG-1

Sophia Array, M.D.

PRG 1 Resident

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and am so excited to be able to return home to complete residency. I moved away for college and completed medical school at the University of Florida. I matched into the combined general psychiatry residency and child & adolescent fellowship. I am very interested to pursue a career helping adolescents and young adults that struggle with LGBTQ+ issues, as well as the possible mental health issues that may arise as a result of struggling with one’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

Amal Bhullar, M.D.

PRG 1 Resident

Medical School: FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and went to undergrad at Nova Southeastern University, with a major in biology and minor in anthropology. I went to medical school at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and pursued research in the importance of exposing an interdisciplinary approach in the undergraduate medical curriculum. My interests currently are a little bit of everything, particularly adolescent psychiatry and integrative psychiatry. Some of my hobbies include hanging out with my awesome co-residents, heading to the beach with my significant other who is an ER resident here as well, and going back home to visit my family and my adorable shih tzus!

Micah Turpeau, M.D.

PRG 1 Resident

Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Undergrad: Davidson College, Class of 2016, BS in Psychology
  • Medical School: Meharry Medical College, Class of 2020, MD
  • Interests in Psychiatry: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Eating Disorders

Robert Valentin, M.D.

PRG 1 Resident

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

I went to Loma Linda University for medical school. I’m originally from Florida, so I’m super glad to be back! I love spending time with family and friends; whether it’s playing sports, traveling to new places (pre covid haha), or hiking nature trails with my wife and 2 dogs (Jerry and Einstein). Interest in psychiatry: The reason I love psychiatry so much is the patient population. Oftentimes, patients with mental illness are marginalized by society and treated as if their condition isn’t real. What an honor it is to validate and help someone who’s been through this! I live for the building relationships with people; helping them to feel understood, valued, and respected. Psychiatry allows me to do this as a career.

PRG-2

Benjamin Babchick, D.O.

PRG 2 Resident

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton

I was born and raised in south Florida, went to undergrad at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, then went to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine on the west coast of Florida. I instantly connected with the field of psychiatry because of my eager curiosity to understand why people do what they do. I knew this was the career for me since my first psychiatry rotation as a medical student . Psychiatry is the only specialty where you get to spend an abundance of time speaking with your patients, and in turn it's the only specialty where you as a physician are speaking directly with the disease that you are treating. This still fascinates everyday!

Shelby Goicochea, M.D.

PRG 2 Resident

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine

I was born in Florida but raised in Peru for 6 years before returning to the sunshine state. I went to the University of Florida for undergrad and medical school, so I'm proud to be a triple Gator with residency. I did research on burnout in medical students, Parkinson's disease connectomes and MRI research at the McKnight Brain Institute, and beta cyclodextrins for treatment of macular degeneration at Weill Cornell Medical College. I'm interested in community psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, young adults and mental health outreach, LGBTQ+ and psychotherapy.

Christian King, M.D.

PRG 2 Resident

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and went to Saint Louis University School of Medicine for medical school. I've done some work with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and am interested in geriatric psychiatry especially in long term care facilities. My hobby is having hobbies, so you can usually find me obsessing over and learning something new.

Abirami Krishna, M.D.

PRG 2 Resident

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

I was born in Ohio, but lived in India for the first 5 years of my life, then lived in Chicago for a few years, but mostly grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. I went to the University of Kentucky for undergrad, then went to the University of Louisville for medical school. In highschool, undergrad and medical school, I primarily researched breast cancer tumorigenesis. I also studied Ocular morphogenesis in zebrafish for a year in undergrad. I am currently working on a joint study on post stroke depression with another psychiatry resident and two other neurology residents. Psychiatry interest: child psychiatry, specifically adolescents/young adults, neuropsychiatry, LGBTQ+ health.

PRG-3

Laren Alexander, M.D.

PRG 3 Resident

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

I am from a super teeny town in South Carolina, but I have lived all across the south. I went to undergrad at LSU (Geaux Tigers!) where I studied psychology, and I completed medical school at the University of South Carolina in Greenville, SC. I am interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, particularly medically-complex children.

Rachel Carpenter, M.D.

PRG 3 Resident

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine

I was a non-traditional medical student who took 2 years off and lived in California before indulging in this doctor life. I'm a threefer(?) at UF - undergrad, med school, and now residency. Go Gators! Psychiatry was never on my radar as I was a scribe in the ED in my time off and very passionate about pursuing EM. However, as I got deeper into medical school, psychiatry found me and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. My husband, however, is in EM (had to keep it close to my heart somehow) and we couples matched together here. Current interests are inpatient psychiatry, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Luka Sogorovic, D.O.

PRG 3 Resident

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina but immigrated to the US when I was young and grew up in Mobile, AL. I completed undergrad at the University of South Alabama with a major in biomedical science then medical school at ACOM. I am interested in general adult psychiatry including inpatient, consults, outpatient and telepsychiatry. At some point in my career, I would like to work with athletes/practice sports psychiatry. I am currently involved with a QI/research project regarding metabolic monitoring for patients on antipsychotics.

Julia Teytelbaum, M.D.

PRG 3 Resident

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine

I completed undergraduate and medical school at The Florida State University (The Gators try not to hold it against me). While in medical school I worked on clinical research in the area of postpartum depression.

PRG-4

Lee Blackmon, M.D.

PRG 4 Resident

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Hey y’all! I’m originally from Columbia, SC and did my medical training at MUSC in Charleston, SC. After spending my entire life in SC, my wife (from VA) and I decided that it was a good opportunity for me to experience life outside of the Palmetto state for residency, and we couldn’t have been happier with UF Health - Jacksonville! I am passionate about telepsychiatry, and used my experience to take a leadership role in the Department’s transition to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic by leading training sessions for providers. I’m also interested in college mental health and transitional ages, and am currently performing research on the accessibility and use of psychiatry by college students in FL.

Rebecca Creel, M.D.

PRG 4 Resident

Medical School: Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University

I'm from a small town in West Virginia, went to undergrad at Concord University in Athens, WV and med school at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. I am specifically interested in Community and Street Psychiatry, and have worked on workshops involving street outreach at the International Street Medicine Conference.

Sean Hawkins, M.D.

PRG 4 Resident

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

My undergrad was in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University, and I went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. I also have worked in systems engineering and have several years of research experience in basic science, behavioral epidemiology, and qualitative analysis. I am planning to pursue general adult psychiatry and further investigation of the interplay between mood and various elements of the habits of daily life (nutrition, exercise, sleep, meditation, reflection, work and play environments, communication styles, etc.), both in psychopathology and in lifestyle optimization.

Daniel Lewis, M.D.

PRG 4 Resident

Medical School: FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

A little about me: I am a Jacksonville native and met my wife in college at the University of North Florida, where I studied philosophy and biology. We moved to Miami for medical school at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU before returning home via couples match. On the inpatient wards as a student, I quickly became fascinated with the human mind and the personal stories of patients. I found the humility in psychiatrists refreshing. My clinical interests are in schizophrenia, treatment resistant depression, and addiction/dual-diagnosis illnesses.