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Current Family Medicine Residents

The residents in our Family Medicine Residency Program are a diverse group of physicians. They represent many cultures and this is one of the many assets of our program - the ample opportunity to interact and study with people of differing backgrounds and experiences.

1st Year Resident Bios

Alejandra EspinozaAlejandra Espinoza, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus
Undergrad School: Virginia Tech 

Why did I choose Family Medicine? 

Family Medicine is the perfect choice for me because I have many broad interests and it allows me the opportunity to pursue them all! My interests include sports medicine, women's health, global health, and addiction medicine. Additionally, I have the privilege of establishing long-term relationships with my patients and caring for them through all stages of life, which is something I really value. 

What do I like about our residency?

Cone Health is exceptional! I have felt incredibly welcomed and supported since my very first day. The family-feel really makes it a great environment to learn but also to have fun! It is a very well-established program that I know will prepare me well for any path I decide to take afterwards. There are also various fellowship opportunities here: Obstetrics, Sports Medicine, and Ultrasound.  Since I am a huge foodie, I also have to say...the cafeteria is excellent, which is just another perk! 

When I am not working, I like to…

enjoy watching sports, especially college football and basketball (Go Hokies!). I also love exploring new restaurants in the area; there are so many! Game nights are some of my favorite nights, although I can get pretty competitive! When the weather is nice, I love to just be outdoors - going on hikes, runs, kayaking, etc. I am excited to keep exploring Greensboro and North Carolina!  

 

Anupa GantaAnupa Ganta, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Carolinas) 

Undergrad: North Carolina State University   

Why did I choose Family Medicine? 

I chose Family Medicine because it incorporates a broad scope of training that allows providers to really practice the full spectrum of medicine. It allows me to serve my community by working with various groups, including pediatric and geriatric populations, while being able to develop and maintain long-term relationships with patients.  

What do I like about our residency? 

I wanted to go to a residency that has a good balance of both inpatient and outpatient care while also caring for a wide population demographic. I like that, here at Cone, we get to work with the underserved as well as refugees. Family medicine encompasses a wide spectrum of care and I like that this program reflects this, all while being able to work in a great environment full of supportive faculty and fellow residents.  

When I am not working, I like to… 

spend time with family and friends. Love to travel and try different types of food. I watch a lot of crime-related and forensic shows. I also enjoy swimming; it’s a great way to trick myself into working out!  

 

Alana LillandAlana Lilland, DO

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: University of West Florida, Chipola College 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I have a strong passion about medicine and helping individuals and families through all stages of their lives. There are so many challenges people face that can be impacted positively by improvement in health and getting access to care, sometimes even by just having someone to talk to and check in on them. I enjoy getting to truly know people that I am taking care of and making changes in their lives. There is so much potential for impact and change through family medicine, and my dream is to help my local community, and provide much needed access to care. 

What do I like about our residency?

This program puts an emphasis on the ‘family’ in family medicine. The people here not only want you to have a good work-life balance, but they also become part of your family and are so helpful and supportive. There is a great mixture of a close community feeling, but with access to great resources and a large variety of academic opportunities. Greensboro also has such an amazing mixture of cultures and people from all walks of life; there is so much experience to be gained by having the privilege to care for such a diverse population. 

When I am not working, I like to…

have adventures with my family and play games together. I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking and trail running. My go-to relaxation time is reading mixed with napping. 

 

Cate LynnCate Lynn, MD, MPH 

Medical School: University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

Undergrad School: University of Oklahoma 

Why did I choose Family Medicine? I am attracted to family medicine because of the opportunity to build genuine, long-term relationships; the ability to care for people from the beginning of life to the very end is such a privilege. I also love the wide array of possibilities for further learning and development, such as pursuing a fellowship after residency.  

What do I like about our residency? Everyone is so friendly and warm! From the janitors to the executives, everyone is approachable and helpful. Even though I am in my first month, I already feel so supported and at home. It is a welcoming place that has built an excellent learning environment. It feels like a great place to flourish! 

When I am not working (and unpacking my boxes from a cross-country move), I like to… spend time with my pets, relax in hammocks, and find great new restaurants.  I just tried Lux on Elm Street and loved it!

 

Philip ManessPhilip Maness, MD

Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Undergrad School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine as I wish to become a physician who develops long-term relationships with patients. I wish to work with a health care team, a team that builds trust with patients, helps prevent complications, avoids unnecessary hospitalizations, and improves their patients’ quality of life. My goal is to serve and contribute as a physician in a way that might help others enjoy more time with their loved ones.  I also enjoy seeing a wide variety of patient problems and working with a team to find solutions and the best paths forward to addressing said problems. 

What do I like about our residency?

All of the faculty at Cone Health have been extremely supportive and it is a very nurturing environment for quality physician education.  I believe it has a great balance between inpatient and outpatient care.  I believe it will train me well to care for a diverse population of patients so I can one day work in a practice in North Carolina. 

When I am not working, I like to…

spend time relaxing with my wife, and our cat Kyle and dog Chloe.  We are always looking for a new series to watch.  When we are not relaxing at home, we enjoy spending time with friends doing activities such as Trivia, Escape Rooms, Bowling, and Golf.  I am also an avid UNC Tar Heel fan, and love watching football and basketball games.

 

Victoria PaigeVictoria Johnson Paige, DO, MS

Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine   

Undergrad School: University of San Francisco   

Why did I choose Family Medicine? 

I chose Family Medicine because of the ability to provide care for patients of all ages. I look forward to building meaningful relationships and advocating for my patients.  I am particularly interested in women’s health, underserved medicine, and reducing health disparities. I am excited to serve the communities most in need as a National Health Service Corps participant, providing full-scope medicine and taking care of the entire family.  

What do I like about our residency? 

I like how supportive and family-oriented the program is. This was apparent to me while interviewing, as faculty reached out and showed how supportive they are of my being a new mom, and shared different resources available for my family. Now after starting residency, it is even more apparent. I am so happy with my decision to come to Cone!  

When I am not working, I like to… 

Spend time with my husband and kids! I also like to travel whenever possible and explore new places. I enjoy watching and playing sports, especially basketball. I also enjoy trying new restaurants, watching movies, and a good game night!   

 

Richard SunRichard Sun, MD

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine 

Undergrad School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because of its primary focus in primary care and preventive medicine. I love the idea of being able to establish lifelong relationships with patients and to help them live healthier lives. I also love the idea of being able to take care of patients of all ages and all walks of life. 

What do I like about our residency?

I grew up near Winston-Salem, so coming to Greensboro felt like coming home to me. I lived in Boston for 4 years for medical school, so it's nice to be back in warmer weather and close to my family again. I actually worked as a scribe at Cone between undergrad and medical school, so I already knew Cone was a wonderful place to work.  It may be cliche, but my favorite part of the program is the people here. From interview day and since starting here, I've felt so welcomed and supported by the faculty and everyone else in the clinic and hospital. 

When I am not working, I like to…

spending time with family and friends, homebrewing, DJing, cooking, traveling, hiking, camping, stand-up paddleboarding, snowboarding, playing various sports, board games, poker, and video games, and  working out. 

 

Ashleigh WellsAshleigh Wells, MD

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Undergrad School: Hamilton College 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

So many reasons! I value continuity of care, and enjoy developing meaningful relationships with my patients. I also have a passion for preventive medicine and helping patients make healthy lifestyle choices. Lastly, I love the breadth and variety that family medicine offers, including the opportunity for procedures. 

What do I like about our residency?

Cone has the mind of an academic institution but the heart of a community program. Everyone here is so incredibly kind and supportive. As someone who is interested in sports medicine, the fellowship opportunities were also a big draw for me. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love the free food! 

When I’m not working I like to….

play or coach lacrosse, spend time with family, exercise/run, eat!, and travel. I also golf, snowboard, do crossword puzzles, and manage the Instagram account for my family’s business. 

2nd Year Resident Bios

Simone Autry-Lott

Simone Autry-Lott, DO

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus
Undergrad: Coastal Carolina University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine doctors are historically known as pillars of their community. We build close-knit relationships with every member of the family and care for our patients through every stage of life.

What do I like about our residency?

This residency program is family-oriented. The faculty and staff are supportive of me being a mother in medicine. They made it a point to discuss my options of on-site childcare and the ability to continue to nurse on the job! That is very important to me and is a rare find among residency programs.

I also became drawn to Cone Health Family Medicine because of their emphasis on women’s health and obstetrics, which is a passion of mine. I aspired to be a part of this program many years ago. I am a former employee; I worked as a nurse technician in the Women’s Hospital. I am honored to return and to serve this community once again as a physician.

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time with my family. I enjoy nature walks, hosting parties, and creating new experiences at local dining establishments. My personal favorite is Greensboro’s own Maxie B’s bakery!

Vondra Brimage

Vondra Brimage, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
Undergrad: University of North Carolina Greensboro

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

During my clerkships, I didn't expect to love all the things that a family physician does, but with each experience I learned more about Family Medicine as a specialty and about myself in the process. I enjoy the family rapport and making a difference in patients' lives. Ultimately, I chose family medicine because I value building long-term relationships with patients. I wanted continuity of care and to focus on the psychosocial aspects that affect my patients' well-being. I love educating patients about their health and the positive changes they can make, and that I can support them through difficult medical decisions. I am excited to begin my career as a family physician, walking alongside my patients and their families throughout all stages of life.

What do I like about our residency?

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to be a Family Medicine resident at Cone Health in a city that I already know and love. Not only is the staff welcoming, but the faculty encourages residents’ interests and is supportive. During the interview day, I saw myself fitting in and doing well. It just felt like home.

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time with my family and friends traveling to gardens and arboretums. I often submerge myself in the purity of nature by taking mindful walks through woodlands, parks and near bodies of water. I enjoy volunteering in the community and mentoring youth, hoping to foster a love for math and science. I love watching comedy and horror movies and playing card games. If there is a game night…I’m there.


John Victor Cresenzo

John Victor Cresenzo, MD

Medical School: Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Undergrad: The University of the South and East Carolina University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I was raised in a rural county in North Carolina in an extended family with a rich history of healthcare. It began with a great-great grandmother who emigrated from Italy to practice midwifery among immigrants of varied nations and races in New York City. My grandfather, after marrying my grandmother, who was a nurse, practiced medicine in small-town Reidsville, North Carolina. He was followed by my uncle, who also practiced medicine in Reidsville in a family practice. And then there is my twin brother, a nurse, and my cousin, a midwife at Cone Hospital! Hands-on, empathetic, involved, caring for everyday people from birth until death is not just part of my heritage, it is an engrained ethic in my values. And, best of all, I like people, and I accept them for who and what they are. That makes it fun!

What do I like about our residency?

I was fortunate to have Cone Hospital accept me into an acting internship in Family Medicine my fourth year in medical school. From my experiences there it was easy to list Cone Hospital as my first choice in the Match process for residency. Cone Hospital is recognized for its excellence in care. Its staff is top notch and still personal. All patients deserve the best care, and for me to provide the best care I need to learn from the best. I believe Cone Hospital offers me that opportunity. And, even better, Greensboro is in the beautiful South with light traffic, greenery, mountains, beaches, nightlife, barbecue, a temperate climate, and is not far from my home town of Eden.

When I am not working, I like to…

Enjoy walks with my medical school live-in companion Sasha, a Great Dane. I’m poor at golf, worse at tennis, great at cooking, and was a state placer and finalist on my high school wrestling team. As for outdoor activities, I’ve skied and snowboarded almost since birth, have sailed the Caribbean with my family a number of times, and traveled in Europe. But if it came down to it, I’d say my best times are spent with my family on our family farm in Rockingham County chain-sawing firewood, playing with the tractor, and hunting and drinking an occasional good bourbon with my best friend, my twin brother Michael.

Caitlin Mahoney

Caitlin Mahoney, MD

Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Undergrad: The University of Virginia

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine is the best of all worlds, where I can help any person, throughout their lifetime, and be a "jack of all trades, master of whatever I want." I want to be a utilitarian physician, able to adapt to the demands of a changing medical landscape with much uncertainty, by having lots of tools in my toolbox. But most importantly, I wanted to be able to offer obstetrical care with a combined medical/procedural background instead of only a surgical background. I want to help patients make choices about their families and help grow those healthy families through pre-conception care, prenatal care, pediatrics, and beyond.

What do I like about our residency?

Cone Health is a gem. Most residencies are either academic or community based, but Cone Health has the rare mix of academic faculty in a community health setting. In medical school I specifically trained with underserved populations in community health based practices, and I wanted my training to be community health-oriented, but I also wanted all the resources and research academic training can provide. Luckily, I don't have to choose! On my interview day, everyone was incredibly accommodating and kind. I immediately felt what a supportive, nurturing environment Cone Health is. (S/O to Dr. McIntyre who also does cross stitch.)

When I am not working, I like to…

Ride my horse! Cuddle with my partner and our two cats. Cook, run, sew/embroider/cross-stitch, keep up with my favorite true crime novels/podcasts/shows. When I get the chance, volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation.


Poonam Patel

Poonam Patel, MD

Medical School: Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (London, UK)
Undergrad: Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (London, UK)

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Treating the “mind, body and soul.” This holistic approach to patient care is what sets family medicine apart from other fields in medicine and is something that has always been an important part of my medical practice. In addition, the diversity of patients and variety of conditions that I will see in clinic will keep my daily practice interesting and exciting. Family Medicine will also enable me to build meaningful, long-term relationships with my patients over time, and this is something that I will cherish! Lastly, I like that this field plays a significant role in disease prevention, and I am looking forward to working together with my patients to help prevent diseases and their associated complications.

What do I like about our residency?

Cone Health is everything I was looking for in a residency program. It has the perfect balance between outpatient and inpatient training. The opportunity to diversify training through the speciality clinics is something that also appealed to me. On top of all this, the staff at Cone Health are incredibly friendly and supportive of their residents. It also has some fantastic fellowships to offer. I am so excited to join the team and start training here!

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time with nature and soaking up the sun! I love traveling the world and exploring new places as well as drinking coffee, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

Makiera Simmons

Makiera Simmons, MD

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergrad: University of South Carolina

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

When it came time to choose my specialty, I asked myself how I could be of most service to my loved ones, to my community. In that moment I knew Family Medicine was it for me. For years, I have found comfort in caring for others during their most vulnerable times in life. For many of us, those times center on health. It is important for me to be able to serve infants, children, adolescents, both mothers and fathers as well as grandparents. I often say my goal as a physician is that if any man, woman or child passes out in front of me, I want to feel confident in my ability and knowledge base to treat them appropriately. Fortunately, family medicine equips me with a diverse skill set that allows me to approach the healthcare of various members of the population as needed.

What do I like about our residency?

During my fourth year of medical school, I attended the American Academy of Family Medicine national conference in Kansas City. While there, I was able to meet a few of the faculty members, staff and residents from Cone Health. I immediately felt welcomed, and received answers to all my questions. I was extremely grateful to be accepted as a visiting student with the program for four weeks. I learned so much as an acting intern both academically and professionally. My upper level residents always made sure I was an active member of the team and supported me every step of the way. The faculty always asked for my input and thoughts during rounds, as well as challenged me to develop and confidently share my treatment plans. I never left the hospital without a clear understanding of the evidence behind our clinical reasoning. By the time I returned home, my confidence had grown substantially. There was no doubt that Cone Health Family Medicine was a place in which I could flourish as a resident and beyond.

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time with family and friends, catch new movies, play escape room games, bake sweet treats, try new recipes, learn dance routines, assemble furniture and explore methods of acting.


Tanya Walsh

Tanya Walsh, MD

Medical School: Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)
Undergrad: Athabasca University (Alberta, Canada)

Western Memorial Regional School of Nursing (Newfoundland, Canada)

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

When I entered medical school, I had already made the decision to practice in family medicine because of my interest in helping people in a holistic way. My previous experience had given me the opportunity to recognize that this was where I would fit in my developing career as a physician. I enjoy the one-on-one interaction with my patients, and more importantly, taking the time to listen and develop a good rapport with them means a great deal to me. The diversity of Family Medicine allows me to treat patients from acute to chronic illnesses as well as care for patients across the lifespan with a variety of concerns, with women’s health and obstetrics being a keen interest of mine.

What do I like about our residency?

What attracted me to this program initially was the OB fellowship. The idea of a well balanced education as a general practitioner with a focus on obstetrics was very intriguing. The friendliness of the team and the opportunity to work in a family-orientated and welcoming environment felt like I had found my niche. I fell in love with the area and could envision myself living here. I am so excited and grateful to have the foundation of my continuing education at Moses Cone.

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time reading, watching movies or playing with my two canine babies. I have acquired an interest in painting. I enjoy the outdoors, and am looking forward to exploring the area. I have just found an interest in star gazing and astronomy as well, and am open to finding out what other opportunities Greensboro has to offer.

Ryan Welborn

Ryan Welborn, DO

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: Appalachian State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I’ve always been passionate about exercise and its capacity for preventive medicine. I previously owned a health and fitness business, and it was this experience of working with individuals to improve their health and wellbeing through exercise that initially sparked my path to Family Medicine. I continue to welcome the challenge it presents in becoming as well versed as possible in a broad array of topics. I appreciate the variety, longevity of patient relationships and ability to positively impact an entire family’s overall health and wellness.

What do I like about our residency?

I was particularly drawn to the welcoming and supportive atmosphere at Cone, as well as the strong sports medicine and procedural aspects of the residency program. During my interview, I felt confident that Cone would provide excellent training across a broad range of areas enabling me to become a capable, well-rounded family physician.

When I am not working, I like to…

Enjoy fitness and photography, as well as hiking with my wife and son. I love lifting weights and playing recreational sports (soccer/flag football/etc). I enjoy traveling and doing landscape and wildlife photography, as well as dabbling in astrophotography. When the weather isn’t great I enjoy reading a variety of nonfiction; including history, biographies, and science-related texts.

3rd Year Resident Bios

Chelsey Anderson, DO

Chelsey Anderson, DO

Medical School: Campbell University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Fayetteville State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

What other specialty would I be able to be involved in a person’s life from beginning to end? I treat people with diseases, but also have the opportunity to work as a team with my patients to actually prevent or minimize diseases. I get to be an educator and a partner in promoting healthy life choices.

What do I like about our residency?

Most residencies will provide opportunities to learn and grow as a physician. What I found at Moses Cone were some unique benefits that weren’t available anywhere else. It was the most organized residency I interviewed at, which spoke highly of the administrative staff. From top to bottom, everyone I met at this program was incredibly welcoming and helpful. I knew this program was going to be supportive and provide a stimulating environment to become the best physician I can be…. And with the different areas of study and fellowships, I knew I’d have opportunity to grow in whatever special interests I have along the way.

When I am not working, I like to…

Stay active for a healthy mind and body and to set a good example for my patients and children. I run, bike, dance, kayak, stand-up paddleboarding and any other activity that comes up. I am always in the middle of a few house renovations or wood-working projects. I travel whenever my schedule allows; especially love taking trips with my non-profit medical company for mission work.

Hannah AndersonHannah Anderson, DO

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

As a Family Medicine physician, I have the opportunity to treat a diverse community of individuals. Family Medicine provides avenues for addressing acute illnesses and managing chronic conditions, while concurrently forming life-long connections with patients and their families. I chose a career in Family Medicine because I desire to provide patients with holistic care and compassionate guidance in their efforts to pursue health!

What do I like about our residency?

My favorite part about this program is that it concentrates on the people! Patient-centered care remains the focus of treatment and the program actively adapts its services to the evolving needs of the community. A team-based approach to patient care means utilizing inter-professional expertise to comprehensively train residents while addressing patients' concerns. The program also supports resident wellbeing by emphasizing a work-life balance and providing opportunities, like the resident retreat, to build friendships! (And Anjie is awesome.)

When I am not working I like to…

Skydive, run, practice yoga, ski, volunteer, read, create Halloween costumes, watch movies, and travel. I can often be found exploring Greensboro with friends and take every opportunity to spend time with my parents, brother, and "puppy brother," Cooper.

Samantha BeardSamantha Beard, DO

Medical School:Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus (VCOM)
Grad School:Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

For someone who enjoyed every rotation during medical school, Family Medicine was an easy choice because it gives me a little piece (and the best pieces; for example, plenty of in-office procedures without the OR) of each discipline within medicine and provides the perfect platform to impact patients’ overall health and wellbeing. I am so excited to continue training within this specialty to experience the continuity of care, diversity of clinical presentations, and relationships with patients that I have been so captivated by throughout my medical career thus far.

What do I like about our residency?

I was fortunate to have an acting internship with Cone during my fourth year of medical school. During that time, I fell in love with all of the faculty, staff, and especially my now co-residents! I felt right at home with the welcoming atmosphere within the community hospital setting and appreciated the strong training I received while on their inpatient service. Cone takes pride in providing full-spectrum Family Medicine training and being a great place to work, which is something I sought. Not to mention, Greensboro is a perfect place to live!

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time with husband, friends, and family. We love playing ball with our super handsome mini-Dachshund, Slinky, and our mini-Aussie, Khaleesi (Game of Thrones fans?). I enjoying drawing and DIY artsy projects, pilates, and being out on the water (paddleboarding, wakeboarding, boating, or literally lying on a beach next to the water - you get the idea).

Peter FrankPeter Frank, MD

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Maryland

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

The experience that first sparked my interest in medicine was an international service trip to Mexico where I was able to work alongside a physician who provided medical care for the children. I was struck by how useful his skills were and how easily that knowledge could be applied anywhere in the world. As I pursued a medical career, I kept that experience in mind and was ultimately drawn to family medicine because of the wide variety of people it serves (i.e., babies, expectant mothers, kids, adults...) and the skills it requires (lots of personal interaction with patients but also skill with a scalpel). To me, a family physician is the Swiss Army Knife of medicine, a tool that can be useful in almost any situation. Down the road, I hope to use the full scope of my family medicine training to practice and teach medicine in middle and lower income countries.

What do I like about our residency?

I was drawn to Cone for a variety of reasons. Academically, I wanted a program that dedicated a lot of time to inpatient training and obstetrics. Culturally, I wanted a program filled with warm personalities and a welcoming small-city atmosphere. Geographically, I wanted to escape the great white north that is Chicago and move closer to my friends and family here on the east coast. Cone satisfied all of these points and more and I’m excited to serve this community in the coming years.

When I am not working, I like to…

Outside of the hospital/clinic I like to soak up the sun. One of my favorite outdoor activities is trail running, but soccer and Frisbee are close seconds. I have enjoyed partner dancing since high school and have taught swing dancing and competed in ballroom at a low level. Occasionally, I will test my microbiology knowledge by culturing Saccharomyces cerevisiae in barley broth. After said experiments, I might enjoy the resulting beverage while reading something by C. S. Lewis or similar authors.

Rachel KimRachel Kim, MD

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Loyola University Chicago

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because it offers an opportunity to care for patients over a lifetime. There is no one single focus, no age, and no stretch of age preferred. The diversity of patients challenges physicians to continue learning and to stay up to date on a wide range of medical issues. I have always been fascinated to learn about others; the why and how of their responses, their motivations, and how all of these characteristics are shaped by their own diverse interactions with the world. In medical school, I observed the powerful nuances of patient workups and shared decision-making in an individualized setting where both patient and provider were confident that they would see one another again. These long-term relationships have a forceful effect on the patients and their families – fostering a determination to take charge of one's disease and a striking confidence in their healthcare that every patient deserves. These are the moments that drive my passion and make me so grateful for the career I have chosen.

What do I like about our residency?

The culture here at Cone is absolutely amazing. The staff, faculty, and residents are so kind and welcoming. From parking lot to family medicine center to conference room, I am inundated with a succession of welcomes, big smiles, and hellos. In addition to the culture, the educational opportunities here are enormous. Cone offers full-spectrum training with a robust inpatient service, women’s hospital, and a busy clinic where all patient exam rooms are capable of performing procedures. We work closely with our faculty, which includes behavioral specialists, pharmacists, and social workers. For me, this is an incredible way to learn more about how to effectively navigate patient care both during a patient visit and beyond the doors of the FMC Clinic. Finally, Cone has the resources that come with both sports-medicine and women’s health fellowship programs, allowing residents to further explore these potential routes during training.

When I am not working, I like to…

Identify new projects (wood-working, furniture restoring, craft, home-improvement, etc.) followed by the rewarding process of bargain hunting for project pieces. I like to stay active, and run, play tennis, and practice yoga as much as possible. I love road trips and when I have consecutive days off, I will jump in the car and drive up to Syracuse to see my family! I also like to hang out in my hammock where I can binge a favorite new show or go out for a bigger-than-my-face soft-serve twist cone dipped in sprinkles and any other permissible candies.

Bailey Rittberger MeccarielloBailey Rittberger Meccariello, DO

Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus (VCOM)
Undergrad: Capital University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine allows me to train in a broad sense, but also explore various interests, and continuously challenge myself to be a better physician. I also love that there is such a strong focus on prevention of disease and the maintenance of health. More importantly though, Family Medicine allows me to develop deep and meaningful relationships with my patients.

What do I like about our residency?

The day of my interview, I knew that there was nowhere else I would rather complete my training than at Cone Health. The people were so incredibly welcoming and they truly seemed to love the program. Their opportunities in Sports Medicine and Women’s Health also catered to my interests. Cone Health seemed as though it would prepare me to be an excellent, well-rounded physician, while also ensuring that I stayed an excellent, well-rounded person.

When I am not working, I like to…

Spend time with my husband and our Australian Cattle Dog, Five. We enjoy being outside, working in our garden, and hiking. We love watching hockey (Go Islanders!) and baseball games (Go Yankees!) and try to go to as many local games as we can (Go Durham Bulls!). I also enjoy working out, cooking, baking, and watching movies (especially ones from the 1980s) and HGTV.

Kiersten MullisKiersten Mullis, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
Undergrad: Florida State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

For me, honestly, family medicine was love at first sight. I have always been drawn to its emphasis on relationships, holistic care across one’s lifespan, preventive medicine, advocacy, and community health. The flexibility, versatile skill set, and culture of passionate and empathetic physicians, further cemented that family medicine was my calling. What other profession affords you the chance to step into another’s life and make a positive impact on their life story?

What do I like about our residency?

While choosing a residency program, I was looking to have it all, and Cone Health truly does just that. I fell in love with Cone because it offers full-spectrum training with academic rigor, an outstanding community of faculty and residents, and on top of it all, it resides in such a beautiful city. Cone Health offers strong OB and sports medicine training, robust procedural opportunities, Suboxone certification, as well as ample exposure to inpatient, outpatient, and underserved medicine. In addition, Cone emphasizes personal health and well-being, and that really resonated with me. I honestly feel so blessed to be in such a beautiful place with unparalleled support, and to be training with such a passionate and fun community of people.

When I am not working, I like to…

Outside of medicine, I am happiest with tennis shoes on my feet and my husband by my side. I love being outdoors and being active, playing games with good friends, traveling to new places and visiting cool breweries. My best days are sitting on my front porch enjoying a good cup of coffee, crocheting or reading a good book, and hanging out with my husband Joshua and daughter Heidi, my fur babies, and my family. I’m always up for trying new things and finding new hobbies, so if you need a buddy I’m there for you!

Daniel OlsonDaniel Olson, MD

Medical School: East Carolina University
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because I wanted to be able to do it all. By that I mean, I wanted to work with patients of every age, I wanted the freedom to be able to work inpatient or outpatient, I wanted to deliver babies, I wanted to see the full scope of illnesses and have the opportunity to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Most importantly, I wanted to build relationships with my patients and work with them to improve their health for the long term. Family Medicine is the only specialty that allows me the opportunity to pursue all of these things.

What do I like about our residency?

What I like about Cone Health is that I'm confident I will be getting excellent training in a broad range of areas. Specifically, I'll get the exposure I need in Obstetrics and Pediatrics to feel confident in treating those populations after residency. I was also happy with the freedom Cone Health allows us to tailor our training to the areas we want to focus on most. But the thing that made me choose Cone over other residencies was that after meeting with the faculty and other residents, it just felt like the right place to be.

When I am not working I like to…

Learn new things, read comic books, listen to podcasts. I also enjoy fishing, being outdoors, exercising, and seeing what cool things I can find at the local thrift stores or yard sales. Occasionally I will play golf if I have the time.