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PGY1 Residents

PGY1 Residents

Sydney Achee, DO

Sydney Achee, DO

Undergraduate: Rowan University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Women's health, behavioral health
Hometown: Pennsville, NJ
Hobbies: Snowboarding, travel, watching movies of all kinds (especially B-rated horror flicks)

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg Regional is the place to be! From the faculty, to the residents, and all of the opportunities that the program provides. This residency is like no other. I was extremely lucky to be placed at SRHS for my medical school rotations. I realized very early on that the residency program is much like a family. I was supported and encouraged as a medical student and knew that if I chose to become a resident here, I would feel that support and encouragement through my entire training!

Cordell Beaton, DO

Cordell Beaton, DO

Undergraduate: The University of Maine
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Preventative medicine, women's health, pediatrics, osteopathic manipulative medicine
Hometown: Houlton, ME​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Playing guitar, video games, farming, fishing, hunting, exercising, traveling

Why Spartanburg Regional? ​​​​​​​I chose SRHS family medicine residency program for many reasons. First, during my interview day everyone I talked to was very friendly and caring. In additional to the hospitality, the program was strong in both women's health and pediatrics. This program also incorporates osteopathic manipulative medicine, which I am excited to continue training to use in my future practice. Finally, the location is great being within hours from the mountains, beach, and many cities.

Brandon Blackwell, DO

Brandon Blackwell, DO

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Pembroke​​​​​​​
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Procedures, ultrasound, underserved populations​​​
Hometown: Ash, NC
Hobbies: Cooking, solving puzzles, playing cards and board games, spending time with family, friends and my dog

Why Spartanburg Regional? After completing my medical school core rotations at Spartanburg Regional, deciding to continue my training here was simple. The family medicine residency program fosters a welcoming environment with well-rounded training in an essentially unopposed hospital. SRHS family medicine residency has a long history of success and I am excited to be a part of the team.

Joshua Clark-Fuqua, MD

Joshua Clark-Fuqua, MD

Undergraduate: J.B. Speed School of Engineering​​​​​​​
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Contraception, sex education, sports medicine​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Hometown: Benton, KY
Hobbies: Bouldering, hiking, weight-lifting, video games, board games

Why Spartanburg Regional? I loved the feeling I got overall at my interview. I already knew SRHS had intense training, great facilities and opportunities in a smaller town setting. The residents and staff made me feel like I found my people and where I could become the physician I wanted to needed to be!

Katlyn Clark-Fuqua, MD

Katlyn Clark-Fuqua, MD

Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Rural Medicine, geriatrics​​​​​​​
Hometown: Auburn, KY​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, fitness, playing with my dog, Sophie, board games, video games

Why Spartanburg Regional? As soon as we interviewed here, my husband and I loved this program. The people here were so excited to talk about the program and let us know how wonderful it is. We love the unopposed feel in a smaller town, while knowing Spartanburg is known for its comprehensive and well rounded training. We are so happy to have matched here!

John Efstathiades, DO

John Efstathiades, DO

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: OMM, lifestyle medicine​​​​​​​
Hometown: Port Charlotte, FL​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Improv and sketch comedy, reading, short story writing, collecting vinyl records, music production and sampling, board games and going on hikes with my wife, Rachel and my dog, Addie

Why Spartanburg Regional? I did my clinical rotations at SRHS and had such an amazing time and I knew I wanted to eventually become a resident in their family medicine residency program. From day one, everyone from the attendings to the residents were so incredibly kind, supportive, helpful, and knowledgeable. They always made me feel like I was a part of the team and a member of the family. As a student rotating at a residency program that is largely unopposed, I was able to experience many different fields of medicine first hand with great hands-on experience and learning about many different pathologies. With such a great experience as a rotating student, I knew that as a resident I would get the experience I needed to practice great, quality medicine anywhere I went in the future.

Tony Li, DO

Tony Li, DO

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: OMM, lifestyle medicine, preventative medicine​​​​​​​
Hometown: Candler, NC​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Plant-based cooking, running, video games, watching movies

Why Spartanburg Regional? SRHS has many of the opportunities and experiences I was looking for in a residency. They are osteopathically recognized and have an OMT tract that will allow me to further develop my osteopathic manipulation skills. They have mentorship opportunities with a nearby medical school and flexible schedules to allow me to pursue my interests in family medicine. Lastly, the program director is enthusiastic about the residents' education and is forward thinking with the residency program.

Alison Markley, DO

Alison Markley, DO

Undergraduate: Clemson University​​​​​​​
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Lifestyle medicine, organized medicine, community outreach​​​​​​​
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC​​​​​​​
Hobbies: CrossFit, hiking, DIY projects

Why Spartanburg Regional? Part of the foundation of family medicine is understanding ways to best serve the people of the community you work in. SRHS provides ample opportunities to learn about treating the specific needs of the community. Also, with a great reputation and long-standing history of training quality physicians with many remaining in South Carolina to practice, I knew this program would best prepare me to serve the people of South Carolina. The passion of the faculty and residents about medical education further solidified that this program was a great fit and would be dedicated to helping me develop my goals in being a physician.

Coral Molina, DO

Coral Molina, DO

Undergraduate: Tulane University​​​​​​​
Medical School: A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Women's health, obstetrics, population health​​​​​​​
Hometown: Gulf Breeze, FL​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Cooking reading, hiking, watching sports

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional because of the supportive environment that provides excellent training. SRHS also gives me the opportunity to pursue my interest in women's health and obstetrics while preparing me to practice full spectrum family medicine.

Libby Stone, DO

Libby Stone, DO

Undergraduate: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Rural underserved family medicine
Hometown: Lucedale, MS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Hiking, writing, reading, video games

Why Spartanburg Regional? I loved the joyful and encouraging learning environment. All the residents and attendings clearly cared for each other as well as their patients. I knew I wanted to train somewhere that would equipped me to be a well-rounded, full spectrum family physician that could meet the needs of underserved populations. It was evident during my month long audition that Spartanburg was the perfect place for that!

James Stroman, DO

James Stroman, DO

Undergraduate: Claflin University​​​​​​​
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Family medicine​​​​​​​
Hometown: Orangeburg, SC​​​​​​​
Hobbies: Playing the alto saxophone and piano, mentoring youth, speaking to youth groups, traveling, shopping, dancing, spending time with family and friends

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose SRHS because it felt like home. The residents truly gave me a chance to be independent in evaluating patients and believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. The physicians were very helpful and genuinely showed an interest in teaching. I felt like this residency program would definitely help me in becoming a physician that is confident in treating patients. This program was the right choice for me.

Haley Verity, DO

Haley Verity, DO

Undergraduate: Saginaw Valley State University​​​​​​​
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Professional Interests: Women's health, pediatrics, migrant farm worker health, mission medicine, OMT​​​​​​​
Hometown: Freeland, MI
Hobbies: Baking, crafting, fishing, hiking, camping, hanging out with my husband, kids, and dog, playing board games, playing card games

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg truly had everything I was looking for. I wanted a residency that had osteopathic recognition as well as the opportunity for a surgical OB fellowship. They also had high volume pediatrics as well as a robust inpatient curriculum. On paper, they checked everyone of my boxes. Then, when I had the opportunity to interview and meet some of the residents, I was sold. Not only did they have strong academics, but the people here are so warm and welcoming. They're everything I could ask for in a residency family and more.

PGY2 Residents

PGY2 Residents

Travis Cobb, DO

Travis Cobb, DO

Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Medical School: VCOM – Carolinas Campus
Professional Interests: Geriatrics
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, playing tennis, walking my dog and going to college football games

Why Spartanburg Regional? SRHS provides an unopposed residency program with a long history of training outstanding family medicine physicians.

Nicolas Dawson, MD

Nicolas Dawson, MD

Undergraduate: Wofford College
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston
Professional Interests: Pediatrics, dermatology, underserved populations in medicine
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, crocheting, video editing, refurbishing used video game consoles

Why Spartanburg Regional? As a native to the Spartanburg area, I have had many interactions with the faculty and staff in the Center for Family Medicine. I was always well taken care of and my experiences with these doctor visits are a main reason that I decided to pursue family medicine as my specialty. I chose Spartanburg Regional for residency because I knew that I would get a great education and learn the skills to become a compassionate and competent physician at an institution that respects and understands the importance of family medicine.

Chinomnso Ekeke, MD

Chinomnso Ekeke, MD

Undergraduate: Georgia Southern University
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Women’s health, hospitalist medicine, adolescent medicine and academics
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, event planning, word games, wildlife documentaries and cosmetology

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System because it is close to my support system, has an unopposed feel and provides Women’s Health training. The programs residents, faculty and staff are approachable, helpful and hard working. Overall, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System provides a learning-friendly environment, all the necessary tools to become a “traditional Family Physician” and the ability to focus on unique interests within Family Medicine.  

Janna Featherstone, DO

Janna Featherstone, DO

Undergraduate: Pfeiffer University
Medical School: VCOM – Carolinas Campus
Professional Interests: Geriatrics, pediatrics, osteopathic manipulations, procedures and rural medicine
Hometown: Albemarle, NC
Hobbies: Trail running, yoga, hiking, outdoor photography, drawing, cooking and baking

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose the SRHS Family Medicine Residency Program because I know that it is exceptional. It provides a well-balanced curriculum to train well-rounded family medicine physicians. I am so excited for the vast opportunities provided at SRHS such as training in procedures, geriatrics, pediatrics, and rural health. I also am very much looking forward to working alongside my sister, a current SRHS resident, at this exceptional program in the charming city of Spartanburg.  

Kristina Freund, DO

Kristina Freund, DO

Undergraduate: University of Missouri
Medical School: VCOM – Carolinas
Professional Interests: Sports medicine
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies: Softball, tennis, biking, and reading

Why Spartanburg Regional? SRHS offers broad training to prepare future family medicine residents for virtually any practice they desire, and the faculty are heavily involved in academics and committed to resident education.  

Adam Fulcher, DO

Adam Fulcher, DO

Undergraduate: East Carolina University
Medical School: A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Preventative medicine, sports medicine
Hometown: Troutman, NC
Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking music, art and computers

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System for residency due to their historical success since 1972, supportive faculty and residency class, Sports Medicine track, and location in beautiful South Carolina.  

Greg Fuller, DO

Greg Fuller, DO

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University 
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Health behavior change, addiction recovery
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Hobbies: Hiking, backpacking, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, climbing trees and skipping rocks

Why Spartanburg Regional? I really like how approachable all the residents and faculty are at Spartanburg Regional. Family medicine is a top priority here and they do a great job preparing their residents for whatever type of career path they end up focusing on. I also wanted a program that could help me keep up my osteopathic manipulation skills. My wife grew up fairly close by, so that was a nice bonus since we already knew we’d like the area. We’re glad we matched here!  

BaoLam Ho, DO

BaoLam Ho, DO

Undergraduate: Georgia Gwinnett College 
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
Professional Interests: Preventative medicine, procedures
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Hobbies: Reading, music, movies, riddles, puzzles, eating out and video games

Why Spartanburg Regional? The first thing that draws me toward Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Family Medicine Residency is the geographic location. I have lived almost half my life here in the southeast region. The atmosphere in Spartanburg feels just like home to me. I would very much prefer to continue my training here in the same region. Other factors emerged as I went on an interview and got to know more about the program. The team camaraderie, wonderful facilities, and numerous opportunities to learn are what attracted me the most. Everybody is very friendly and kind. The atmosphere surrounding the program is warm and cheerful. The residents I interacted with are all hardworking and happy to be here. All the faculty I met were very understanding and willing to teach. I am very happy that I got accepted into the SRHS Family Medicine Residency Program.   

Herman Lo, MD

Herman Lo, MD

Undergraduate: Western University
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Musculoskeletal medicine, integrative medicine
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Hobbies: Cooking and sports

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional for a few reasons. Firstly, the program has a 40 plus year record of providing excellent graduate medical training. The location is amazing with Charlotte, Atlanta, and the coast only a few hours away. Last, but certainly not the least, everyone I met during my visit made me feel so comfortable, I felt right at home and I knew it was where I wanted to spend the next three years training to become a physician.   

Gloria “Storm” McWhorter, MD

Gloria “Storm” McWhorter, MD

Undergraduate: Huntingdon College
Medical School: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Professional Interests: Women’s health
Hometown: Prattville, AL
Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, cooking and baking, and playing card and board games

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg because I could feel a sense of community along the residents and attendings. I love that this residency program is training physicians to be leaders in this community.   

Jessica Mercado-Ortiz, DO

Jessica Mercado-Ortiz, DO

Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Complete primary medical and procedural care, women’s health/obstetrics
Hometown: Bear, DE
Hobbies: Anything outdoors, painting with Bob Ross, retail therapy

Why Spartanburg Regional? The first thing I noticed was the people. I felt like I was truly a part of the Spartanburg family from day one of my audition. Moreover, I must highlight the emphasis on COMPLETE care given by family medicine doctors in this program. A patient can come in with any need and it will always be addressed with a hands-on evidence-based and osteopathic approach. I know I’m getting the best training I could as for and I’m so excited to be an official member of the SRHS team! 

Maliha Taufiq, DO

Maliha Taufiq, DO

Undergraduate: Agnes Scott College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
Professional Interests: Osteopathic manipulative treatment, women’s health and sports medicine
Hometown: Duluth, GA
Hobbies: Horseback riding, hiking, reading, baking and crocheting

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System because the residency program provides exemplary training at a large teaching facility allowing me to explore all avenues of family medicine, which I believe to be essential for a family medicine provider.   

PGY3 Residents

PGY3 Residents

Calem Al-Shaikhly, DO

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Undergraduate: University of Louisiana at Monroe
Medical School: William Carey University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Geriatric, preventative, procedural and integrative medicine
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Hobbies: Any weekend adventure with the wife and pups, woodworking, antiquing and automotive work

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional because it was clear to me that SRHS offers an outstanding education in a well-functioning, time-proven residency while acting virtually unopposed. SRHS has resources that allow me to excel in my interests. Perhaps, the most convincing factor in me choosing SRHS is that the residents, staff and attendings are open and easy to communicate with, up to date on medical literature and treat their patients like I would want my family to be treated. 

Patrick Bearden, DO

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Undergraduate: Appalachian State University
Medical School: VCOM - Carolinas Campus
Professional Interests: Under-served care, sports medicine
Hometown: Ruthfordton, NC
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, video games, football and the gym

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional for my residency training because I know they would provide me with a well-rounded education. I also knew they would allow me to pursue my interests in Pediatrics, Sports-Medicine and Underserved care.

Elizabeth Davies, MD

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Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Alabama, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Women’s health, obstetrics, primary care and point-of-care ultrasound
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Hobbies: Painting, drawing, hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family

Why Spartanburg Regional? SRHS offers a wonderful sense of community and family, which was so evident during my interview! The unopposed nature of the program offers an excellent opportunity to become a very well-rounded and skilled physician. I am so excited to train at such as amazing program!

David Heinemann, MD

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Undergraduate: Charleston Southern University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Professional Interests: Primary care and hospital medicine
Hometown: Ladson, SC
Hobbies: Guitar, traveling, Netflix and baking

Why Spartanburg Regional? I was interested in Spartanburg because of the strong outpatient and inpatient experiences. However, I ultimately chose Spartanburg because of how welcoming everyone was.

Michelle Jones-Moon, DO

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Undergraduate: Presbyterian College
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus
Professional Interests: I am interested in promoting medicine, as well as managing cardiovascular disease
Hometown: Taylors, SC
Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and all my fur children, as well as horseback riding. I enjoy training dogs for therapy and seeing the joy this brings to others. I also enjoy spending time with the children’s programs at church.

Why Spartanburg Regional? Being from the nearby area, I knew I wanted to stay local to complete my training, while building relationships for a future practice here. I chose Spartanburg Regional for the amazing training that the residents receive. Being a part of one of the only two residency programs offered, I feel as a Family Medicine Resident I will be able to be fully engaged in the care of patients of all ages. I wanted a program where I could train to become a true, full-spectrum family physician and Spartanburg Regional provided the best opportunity. I am excited and look forward to completing my training with the Spartanburg community!

Meghan Mace, DO

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Undergraduate: Arkansas State University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Women’s health and sports medicine
Hometown: Franklin, TN
Hobbies: Playing and watching sports (especially soccer), building furniture, camping, hiking, skiing and a good meal with friends and family

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional for several reasons. On paper it was a great location, a perfectly sized program, relatively unopposed with possible fellowship opportunities. These are all good, but it was the intangibles that made me choose Spartanburg Regional. The friendly attendings, a program director that takes a special interest in each of her residents and the family feel made Spartanburg Regional stand out for all the right reasons.

Kathryn Peterson-Thompson, DO

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Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Women’s health, treatment of under-served populations, international medicine and public health
Hometown: Cedar City, Utah
Hobbies: Travel, reading, going on bike rides with my dog Kami, hanging out with Josh, playing with my nieces and nephews

Why Spartanburg Regional? Spartanburg was easily my first choice for residency. I was looking for a residency program that offered comprehensive medical training for a large, diverse population. Most of all, I wanted a program that was dedicated to serving the underserved and that provided a healthy environment for its residents. Spartanburg blew me away with all it had to offer. It is also close to family, which was the icing on the cake!

Shannon Smith, DO

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Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Women’s health

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose SRHS because I felt I would receive an excellent, well-rounded education in a supportive and family-like environment. I am also excited for all the unique opportunities that an unopposed program with an OB fellowship has to offer in my area of interest! 

Madeline Topitzes, MD

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Undergraduate: Michigan Technological University
Medical School: Saint Louis University of Medicine
Professional Interests: Women’s health, medically under-served communities, geriatrics
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, kayaking, board games, cooking/baking, spending time with my husband and our rescue dogs

Why Spartanburg Regional? I chose Spartanburg Regional because of the excellent training provided by the unopposed learning environment and the ability to pursue my interest in women’s health. Everyone at the program was incredibly friendly and welcoming and the faculty are supportive and dedicated to helping residents succeed in their training.

Quoc Minh Tran, DO

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Undergraduate: University of California, Davis​​​​​​​
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Primary care, preventative medicine, non-profit, international humanitarian efforts
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Hobbies: Family time with my son, non-profit, volunteerism, anime, professional sports, classic car reality shows, building Gunpla and car kits

Why Spartanburg Regional? SRHS was ranked high on my list because of the family atmosphere among the faculties, residents, students and staff during my interview day. I was overly impressed by Dr. Patricia Bouknight’s willingness to support resident’s projects in improving healthcare services in the Spartanburg community.

Brittany N. Woodard, DO

Brittany N. Woodard, DOUndergraduate: Spring Hill College​​​​​​​
Medical School: William Carey University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Family medicine with emphasis on women’s health
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, board games, puzzles with husband, loving on my two pups at home, movies

Why Spartanburg Regional? What drew me to Spartanburg, at first, was proximity to family. When I interviewed here, the faculty, the staff and residents were open and welcoming. I could see myself working with the community that is the SRHS. I’m also interested in women’s health and obstetrics. Spartanburg was one of the very few programs that I believe would prepare me well for the obstetrics track, as well as make me a well-rounded family medicine physician. Another big draw of the program is the program functions as an unopposed program, even though there are surgical and transitional residents. Outside of the professional development, I love the community. The downtown area is bursting with local flavor and events. Spartanburg is close to Charlotte, Asheville, Greenville and Atlanta if you are into the city life. If you love to be outside, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, bike and spend a day on the water. Honestly, I am so excited to be a part of this residency and this community.

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