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Dr. Salim Rezaie

Dr. Salim Rezaie


Dr. Rezaie was raised in San Antonio, and left for a brief while to complete his medical training, only to return back to the city of San Antonio. His undergraduate was completed at St. Mary's University with a B.S. in Biology May 1999. He received his medical degree from Texas A & M College of Medicine in Temple, Texas in 2005 and completed his Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine combined residency at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University/Pitt County Memorial Hospital June 2010. He joined the Division of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine July 2010.

Outside of work I enjoy running, swimming, kayaking, and camping. Essentially, anything outdoors. Oh and lets not forget a huge San Antonio Spurs fan.

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Stephanie Acosta

Stephanie Acosta


I was born in Virginia and moved around the US until I was 6 when my family decided to settle down in San Antonio. I went to Indiana for my undergrad and graduated with a BS degree in Preprofessional Studies in Jan 2010. After graduation, I moved back to San Antonio and worked as a scribe for Methodist Children's ED. I was lucky enough to have saved enough money to travel throughout Italy before beginning medical school. I enjoy finding new restaurants and hang outs in San Antonio so I feel like I gotten to know this city very well and what it has to offer. When I'm not studying I enjoy salsa dancing, traveling, watching movies and cooking. I plan on pursuing a career in Pediatrics.

Megan Foster

Megan Foster


Hello to everyone who takes enough interest in me to read this!

I arrived in San Antonio at the age of 6 thanks to the US Air Force and as far as I'm concerned, I consider myself a native! I love all things San Antonio to include the 5 time NBA champion Spurs! Regardless of how crazy life gets, I find the time to attend 95% of the games, even if it means doing uworld questions at halftime because I'm taking the surgery shelf exam in the morning! Professional sporting events are one of my favorite things ever! So I guess I'm what you would call a 'traditional student' because I went straight from high school to college to medical school. I look back and try to figure out how I've gotten here and I have no idea but I wouldn't have it any other way! I attended college at St. Mary's University, just down the road, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. My only profession thus far in life has been 'student' so I'm looking forward to something new within the next 12 months! I love to help anyone who needs me and I especially love giving advice to anyone who will listen. So I'm happy to meet you all and look forward to working with you this year!

Amanda Pientka

Amanda Pientka


Born and raised on the East Coast, I graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY with a B.A. in Sociology and a budding interest in biology and infectious disease. When I came to Texas for some research, I loved the Lone Star state so much I decided to stay for Medical School. Emergency Medicine quickly stole my heart and I am so excited to be applying for a spot as an EM resident this upcoming season. When not reading medicine or bouncing around the ER, you might find me painting, cooking, or just spending time with my dogs/husband/friends and family. I love antiques, old books, hockey, and farmer's markets - and you will rarely see me without a (giant) cup of coffee in hand.

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Eric Bready

Eric Bready


I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, where I grew up hiking the Wasatch Mountains and skiing the greatest snow on earth. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in biochemistry. Before medical school I worked for a year in a microbiology laboratory doing FDA-regulated medical device testing. I enjoy running in minimalist shoes, filming and editing GoPro videos of my wife and two kids, and munching on the life's most delicious snack, popcorn. As for as medicine goes, I am passionate about nutrition and hope to implement nutrition into my practice as a means of preventing many chronic diseases. During undergrad I worked as a chemistry TA, and a lacrosse coach. I really enjoy being a mentor, and helping others get through difficult experiences that I have already gone through.

Jack Flores

Jack Flores


Hey friends my name is John Flores, but I prefer to go by Jack. I am from Chicago, IL and darn proud of it too. I've never lived in the country of Texas until I came to UTHSCSA but every day I discover something new about this wonderful Republic. I went to the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 2013. #goIrish. I was a History major so if you want to have long discussions about the unification of the Spanish Kingdom or about African Colonization of the late 19th century, I'm your guy. I also have an unhealthy obsession with electronic dance music so if by a long shot you also share the same raving passion of the EDM-azing sensation that's sweeping the nation, let's chat it up! Honestly though my favorite thing to do is to take advantage of my extreme extroverted-ness and just hang out with people in any sort of social setting. I hope to one day become a Pediatric Oncologist, but I'm keeping an open mind in case I discover another calling in my life. I'm super pumped to chill with you all and have a good time. Team Red 4 Lyfe. Oh also in the pic, I'm the guy on the left in the Santa Hat and sleeveless Christmas sweater vest.

Tyler Stewart

Tyler Stewart


Howdy! I'm Tyler Stewart, and I'm from Lorena, Texas (a small town south of Waco). I grew up playing sports, fishing, hunting, and camping at my grandfather's ranch in East Texas. I worked as an Operating Room Assistant at an outpatient surgery facility during the summers for 6 years, and that's one of the main reasons I decided to pursue a career in medicine. I attended Texas A&M University and was involved in several volunteer organizations, including the Memorial Student Center. I'm an Aggie through and through, and I graduated in 2013 (Whoop!) with a degree in Biomedical Science and came straight to medical school. I'm not sure exactly what specialty I will choose, but I know that some form of surgery is definitely in my future! San Antonio is an awesome place, and I enjoy all the unique things this city has to offer. I love road-tripping, backpacking, hunting, two-stepping, Texas county music, and being outdoors!