Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency
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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Residents

CMMC Lewiston Residents

Third-Year Residents

Colette Charles MD
Co-Chief Resident

Name: Colette Charles
Hometown: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies
Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Pre-medicine: Trinity School of Medicine

“Oh there’s a lovely island in the Caribbean Sea, with cocoa, citrus, coconuts and fine banana trees. There’s arrowroot and sugarcane awaving in the breeze, St. Vincent is its name.”- We’re out to build a new St. Vincent by Ebenezer Duncan

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is where I call home - a beautiful chain of islands in the Southern Caribbean. I was fortunate enough to complete my basic science years at home at Trinity School of Medicine; after which I migrated to the US for my third and fourth years of medical school. Prior to this, I attended the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College where I received my Advanced level Certifications in Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies and Pure Mathematics. After graduating, I had a brief stint as a laboratory technician before entering the pre-medicine program at Trinity School of Medicine.

Growing up in the Caribbean has instilled in me a deep seated compassion for the underserved. I want to provide this population with the best possible primary care, despite economic circumstances. I chose CMMC because I believe that my training here will prepare me to do just that. The opportunity to choose a Selective and be a part of the WIMP program here at the residency also allows me to explore my passions within Family Medicine, namely Women’s Health and International Medicine. The faculty and residents at CMMC have been very warm and welcoming from day one. Knowing that I have such great support was quite possibly one of my biggest determining factors.

Being a small-island girl, I’ve grown to appreciate the simple things in life. There are few things I adore more than a sunny day at the beach or on a boat. I enjoy a good book, I love spoken word poetry and I dabble in a bit of writing and poetry behind closed doors. Over my next three years in Maine, I look forward to adding at least one winter activity to my list of hobbies.

John Gunel DO

Name: John Gunel
Hometown: Toronto, Istanbul, Davis
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Major: Optical Engineering Biophotonics.

I grew up in Toronto, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile, and finally Davis where I did my undergraduate in Optical Engineering and worked in the Optics industry. I fell in love with family medicine after working with a family doctor in Haiti and experiencing truly broad spectrum medicine in a resource limited setting.

I was thrilled to hear that I matched at CMMC! It is the most supportive and diverse group of faculty and residents I have met. It is an unopposed residency serving a uniquely diverse patient population ranging from some of Maine’s most underserved patients to medical tourists, and it is in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the country.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy Maine’s incredible opportunities for bicycling, running, sailing, skiiing, kayaking, hiking, astrophotography, environmental advocacy, and playing tennis.

Susan Miller MD
Co-Chief Resident

Name: Susan Miller
Hometown: North Bridgton, Maine
Medical School: Ross University
Undergraduate: Boise State University
Major: Sociology, Premedical Studies with Biology minor

I am a native Mainer, born and raised. I started my college career at UMF before moving away. I lived in Idaho for several years where I enjoyed a career in Marketing. Eventually deciding I wanted something more from life, I went back to university with the goal of attending medical school. After graduating from BSU, I moved to Florida before starting school at Ross University. I knew that I wanted to return to Maine and was fortunate enough to complete a 4th year sub-I at CMMC. It was clear to me immediately that this is where I belonged. Residents, faculty, clinical and office staff were all welcoming and helpful. It was evident that people genuinely liked one another and enjoyed spending time together.

My interests in medicine are some what broad and I want to live and work in a rural area which is why I chose Family Medicine. Wilderness and International medicine are particularly interesting to me as well. I chose the Emergency Medicine Selective and look forward to the additional certifications offered through WIMP. While I don’t know yet exactly what my practice will look like after residency, I feel confident that I will be well prepared through my time here at CMMC.

Outside of work I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, snowshoeing, camping, canoeing and kayaking. I love to travel as much as possible and cooking when I have the time.

Ankur Patel MD

Name: Ankur Patel
Hometown: Boston, MA
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Major: Biology, Anthropology

I was born and raised in Boston and was fortunate to have met several great mentors throughout my life journey, who helped me identify my true passion of serving the underserved early on in my career. Throughout college and medical school, I spent time in Gujarat, India, using my medical anthropology background to identify barriers to healthcare in the local village where my mother grew up. During my journey to residency, I also gained experience in primary care practice management, helping me appreciate the administrative aspects of medicine.

After several interviews and comparing numerous residency curriculums’ side by side, all programs seemed very similar. CMMC was the only program that had unique offerings. I chose CMMC Lewiston because of 3 key highlights: an unopposed residency offering a flexible selective program, with a residency staff that is fully invested in my education and wellbeing. The unopposed aspect eliminates the barrier to compete with other residents for procedures, and the selective program allows me to tailor my curriculum towards my interest in office-based procedures. The residents, staff, and faculty are all first class individuals who look out for each other, become part of your family, and live the “work hard, play hard” mantra to the fullest!

My interests outside of medicine include ANY activities, both indoor and outdoor, as long as it’s with good company. Specific hobbies include sports, music, movies, finance, yoga, and practicing being spiritual.

Brock Tostenson MD

Name: Brock Tostenson
Hometown: Starbuck, Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergraduate: Concordia College
Major: Biology Minor:Chemistry

I grew up in a rural part of Minnesota similar to the surrounding areas of Lewiston.
My first taste of medicine was the first-aid component to my lifeguard training, which influenced my decision to obtain certification as an EMT. I was able to train and learn about medicine in my hometown and enjoyed the work, as well as the interactions I had in the community.
I went to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota for my undergraduate studies. My time there provided an opportunity to complete my premedical studies and expand my worldview. I was able to travel to: Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Egypt and London.
The University of Minnesota Medical School- Duluth Campus allowed me to follow my interest in rural and international medicine. A majority of my third year of medical school was spent at a rural critical access hospital in northern Minnesota. This experience reinforced what I already knew, that rural family medicine was the right fit for me. I enjoyed my time spent working and living in the same community.
My interests within medicine are broad, which is why Family Medicine suites me well. Particularly I have interest in Mental Health, International Medicine and Sports Medicine. Overall, I look forward to forming partnerships with my patients in order to achieve their health goals.
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside. Snowboarding, skiing, camping, hiking, and climbing. In the summer I’m usually by some form of water. The ocean is a new concept for this Midwesterner and I have enjoyed exploring Maine’s coast.