Aug. 14, 2017
Natalie E. Gentile, M.D., a 2010 graduate of Saint Vincent College where she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in mathematics, was recently named Family Medicine Resident of the Year by the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Academy of Family Practice. She was also recognized with the Resident Research Award and the Robert F. Avant Award by the Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency.
Gentile, a native of Mount Lebanon, earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed her family practice residency at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota.
Gentile said she chose family practice while she was in medical school. “I did a clinical rotation at Squirrel Hill Health Center and had the opportunity to see people of all ages, all walks of life and participate in their continuity of care,” she commented. “Family medicine allows me so much freedom in my practice – the sky is the limit with what skills I can learn and apply day-to-day when seeing patients. I get to take care of the entire person within the confines of their socioeconomic context and their families.” “I still keep in touch with my mentors from Squirrel Hill and hope to work there when my family and I return to Pittsburgh,” she added. “I just graduated from residency in June and started a position as an assistant professor of family medicine here at Mayo Clinic.”
Gentile said her experience at Saint Vincent, both academically and extracurricular, prepared her well for medical school. “The small class sizes and opportunity for individualized attention helped open so many doors for me at Saint Vincent,” she recalled. “I was able to dive into research with Dr. [Michael] Rhodes very quickly and his mentorship to this day is something I cherish. He taught me to pay attention to detail and to take my work very seriously, which has paid off big time. I was also able to use my training as a personal trainer at the gym, helping my peers achieve fitness goals – this was very fulfilling for me. Although I was a biology major, my heart was in mathematics which was my minor. Dr. [Daniele] Arcara will always have a special place in my heart as I got to take several of his classes in calculus, which is my favorite subject. The close mentorship and support from teachers at Saint Vincent gave me the confidence to apply to my dream medical school and it worked! When I got in, seeing the pride in my mentors’ faces was overwhelming, and I truly believe that without their guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Gentile credits her father, Anthony Gentile, M.D., SVC’65, with her decision to attend Saint Vincent. “When I was looking for colleges, my dad of course mentioned that we should look at Saint Vincent,” she explained. “Before setting foot on campus, I didn’t know what to expect and figured he was just exaggerating when singing the praises of the college. But, when I visited, I immediately fell in love. The small setting, the close-knit feel, absolutely gorgeous and abundant landscape, old buildings, rich history, all were reasons why I was sold on coming to Saint Vincent. To this day, I have no regrets and only the fondest memories. I honestly hope that my children someday attend Saint Vincent for college when the time comes.”
While a student at Saint Vincent, Gentile was active in the Colleges Against Cancer Club and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She served as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, as a customer service representative at Fitness Fuel and as a student research assistant. She designed and implemented a young adult cancer support group with the Cancer Caring Center in Pittsburgh and was the first author on a research manuscript. She also served as a volunteer in the Latrobe Area Hospital emergency department, as a volunteer in the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion chemotherapy department and as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She was recognized as the most outstanding member of the senior class with the presentation of the annual President’s Award.
Gentile and her husband, Amir Toussi, M.D., welcomed their first child, Luca Ali, into their family on July 27. “We met during our first year of medical school and we have been inseparable ever since,” she shared. “Faith and spirituality are a huge part of our marriage and we know that God has and never will let us down. Amir has two more years of his urology residency to complete and then we hope to return to Pittsburgh to plant our roots.”
Gentile says she loves to exercise in her spare time. “I am a certified yoga instructor and have taught classes for the past three years since moving to Rochester,” she said. “I also love to read books and nap. But for now, my newest and greatest hobby is being a mom and a wife.”
A 2006 graduate of Mount Lebanon High School, Gentile is the daughter of Anthony Gentile, M.D. and Cynthia Zydel.
Photo: Natalie E. Gentile, M.D.
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