The St. Gianna Guild of North Central Florida of the Catholic Medical Association is a lay Catholic organization of the Diocese of St. Augustine and a branch of the Catholic Medical Association.

The Guild provides support to fellow Catholic physicians and other health care providers to maintain fidelity to their faith; to help educate the lay faithful on the health care teachings of the Church and to help educate the local public on the health care teachings of the church. The Guild and the Catholic Medical Association integrate the principles of the Catholic faith into the science and practice of medicine. The local guild serves the national organization in providing participation from the grassroots level, and the national organization provides support to the local guild in terms of expert content and organizational assistance. The Guild is absolutely in conformity with the direction of our bishop and the teachings of the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

The St Gianna Guild meets at 10 a.m. after the 9 a.m. Mass on Saturday mornings every other month at Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville.

Membership in the local guild is open to physicians, dentists, nurses, podiatrists and chiropractors, anyone holding a doctoral degree in a health-care related field, students, clergy, religious and anyone interested in integrating Catholic principles into health care. At least six members of the local guild must be physician members of the national Catholic Medical Association.

2012-2014 Officers

Angeli Maun Akey, M.D., FACP
Internal Medicine
6400 West Newberry Road, Suite 109
Gainesville, FL 32605-4388
Office: (352) 332-6680

Vice President
Mercedes Pernice, M.D.
Allergy and Immunology
4343 W Newberry Rd, Suite 1
Gainesville, FL 23607
Office: (352) 331-3502

Joe (Joseph) E. Thornton, M.D.
Psychiatry 116A
Malcolm Randall Veteran Medical Center
University of Florida College of Medicine
1601 Archer Road
Gainesville FL 32608
(352) 359-1902

Leah Acosta, M.D.
Behavioral Neurology Fellow
University of Florida College of Medicine

Guild Chaplain
Father John Phillips, Pastor
Holy Faith Catholic Church
747 NW 43rd. Street
Gainesville FL 32607

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