Meet Our Residents

Our residents practicing the highest standards of family medicine.


Class of 2024

Elier Benacho, MD

Born in Cuba, I relocated to Florida a decade ago and now I call it home. I earned my medical degree from UCM “Serafin Ruiz de Sarate Ruiz” in Santa Clara and completed an emergency crash course at Arnaldo Milian Castro Hospital. This training led me to serve with the Cuban Medical Mission in Venezuela, working with underserved communities. This experience underscored the vital role of family medicine in societal well-being and fueled my passion for the field. UF’s supportive community, scenic Florida locale, and emphasis on longitudinal primary care made it my top choice for residency. Outside medicine, I enjoy carpentry, reading, exploring local state parks, and photographing nature’s beauty.

Helen Ho, DO

I was born in Hawaii and grew up in Florida. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology with a Nutrition minor at the University of Florida and attended Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. What drew me to Family Medicine is the continuity of care and building life-long relationships along the way. I am excited to be back in the Sunshine State and to become a Gator again! I chose UF Emerald Coast because of its emphasis on outpatient care, the supportive faculty, and the welcoming community. I knew it would be the best place for me to thrive and continue my medical journey. Being a big foodie, I enjoy cooking and baking: one thing I’m most proud of is perfecting my tiramisu!

Kristin J. Kuehn, DO

Hey y’all! I’m a small-town Georgia native and proud alum of the University of Georgia, where I received degrees in Biology and Psychology before earning my medical degree from PCOM South Georgia. I’m grateful to call Florida’s Emerald Coast my new home, where I’m immersed in the splendor of God’s creation. My journey to family medicine has been driven by a deep desire to nurture lifelong relationships with my patients who will become like family. I yearn to serve underserved areas and illuminate the link between health and hope. Great outdoor adventure, physical fitness, church gatherings, college football, and unique culinary delights are a few ways I cherish simple pleasures in life. Let’s celebrate each day as a new opportunity for discovery and connection!

Connor Smith, MD

I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. After completing my undergraduate education in my hometown at Texas Tech University, I pursued my medical degree at McGovern Medical School at UT-Houston. Now, I’m excited to embark on my residency journey in family medicine on the beautiful emerald coast. What drew me to family medicine is the opportunity to foster meaningful connections with individuals and families while helping them achieve their health goals. Beyond medicine, I’m an avid enthusiast of Florida’s coastal lifestyle—whether it’s fishing for snapper or sharks, diving the offshore wrecks, or enjoying the outdoors through hunting and hiking. I’m committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to my patients, embodying the values of community and personal wellness.

Anna Carolina Spilere Furlan, MB

I was born and raised in a small rural community, Nova Veneza – Brazil. Upon graduating the medical program at Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense. I practiced as a primary care physician for approximately two years. I then attended an obstetrics and gynecology residency in Florianopolis – Brazil and practiced as an OB hospitalist for four years. In the United States, I chose Family Medicine as it was my desire to work with a diverse demographic, build long-term patient relationships, practice preventative care, and still be able to see acute urgent cases. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, reading, traveling, weightlifting and spending time with my husband and family.

Abigael Welsh, DO

I am originally from Michigan but have always considered Florida my home away from home. I played collegiate volleyball at Florida Tech for two years before transferring to complete my bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University. I then obtained my medical degree in New Mexico where I developed interest in rural family medicine. I am ecstatic to have matched into my top ranked program and join such a dedicated and supportive community of medical professionals. My particular interests include OMT, procedural medicine, nutritional medicine, and integrative pain management. In my free time, I enjoy trying new restaurants and coffee shops with my husband, exploring the local farmer’s market with our two pups, and spending time at the beach.

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