2013 - 2014 House Officers
Holly Antony, M.D.
New Haven, CT
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Hey everyone! My name is Holly and I am so excited to be
a member of Wake Forest's newest intern class! I am the lone
"Triple Deac" in the class, and couldn't be prouder to be a Demon
Deacon. I grew up in Monroe, NC, a small town outside of
Charlotte. I received my B.S. in Health and Exercise Science
at Wake Forest University, where I also met my fiancé, Thomas.
We are getting married this spring and I couldn't be more
excited to be marrying such an amazing man. People in Winston
Salem say that once you come here, you stay here. That is
certainly true for Thomas and me, as he is pursuing his MBA at WFU
this fall. I grew to love the city and the school as an
undergrad and knew that WFU School of Medicine was the right place
for me to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.
I grew to love family medicine as a third year medical
student. To me, family medicine represented everything I
wanted to be as a doctor. I wanted to enter a specialty where
doctors and patients could truly work as a team. I valued the
approach family doctors took by looking at the 'whole person.'
I was also drawn to the variety and challenges this field
The family medicine department at Wake Forest is unlike any
other. The residents and staff are warm, welcoming, and fun!
I couldn't be happer that I am staying at Wake Forest, and I
am honored to be a part of this amazing group of people!
Outside of medicine, I am an avid Wake Forest sports fans.
Thomas and I have stuck with the Demon Deacons through thick
and thin! GO DEACS! Riley and Millie, our two-year-old
dachshunds keep us on our toes every day. I am an active Big
Sis with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winston Salem and have been
with my awesome little sister for 3 years now. Family and
good friends mean the world to me, and I love exploring all that
North Carolina has to offer with them (we live in a seriously
awesome state). If you have any questions, please feel free
John Bernot, M.D.
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Hi! My name is John Bernot, and I am one of the new
Family Medicine residents at Wake Forest. I am originally
from Butler, PA, which is just north of Pittsburgh. As
a Pittsburgher, I am of course a huge Steelers and Penguins fan!
I remained in Pittsburgh for undergraduate where I graduated
from Duquesne University. At Duquesne, I met my wife, Kelsie,
who will be teaching a biology and genetic courses at Wake Forest
University and NC A&T.
After undergraduate, I worked in healthcare IT for a number of
years in the Baltimore-Washington area. In Maryland, I also
coached and played ice hockey. Following my time in the
nation's capital, I moved to Columbus, OH where I did my medical
education at Ohio State University. I knew very early on in
medical school that I wanted to pursue Family Medicine and Sports
When I interviewed for residency, I was looking for a place
with exceptional residents and staff as well as a strong sports and
musculoskeletal education. I was also looking for an
affordable place to live with warmer weather and not a lot of
traffic. Wake Forest was the perfect fit for me.
Outside of medicine, I have played ice hockey for over 20
years. I hope to continue skating as much as possible during
residency. I am also an avid sports fan. My wife and I
enjoy golfing, kayaking, and catching an occasional movie.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about Family
Medicine or the program at Wake Forest.
Lauren Borowski, M.D.
Drexel University College
I'm Lauren Borowski and very proud to be a member of the new
intern class here at Wake Forest Family Medicine! I grew up in a
town called Clarks Summit, just outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania
(yes, I was indeed a fan of The Office). I started dancing at a
young age and it took me to New York University for college where I
majored in dance. After developing a strong interest in
musculoskeletal medicine early on in college, I decided I wanted
pursue a career in medicine and go to medical school. After
finishing undergrad I worked for a year as a physical therapy aide
in New York City where I met my husband, Gabe Scher, a physical
therapist and now another proud member of the Wake Forest Baptist
Health community. For medical school, we downsized our city and
moved to Philadelphia where I went to Drexel University. We further
downsized when we moved to Winston Salem to come to Wake and we
couldn't be more excited about getting out of the Northeast to
explore a different area of the country.
Wake Forest had peaked my interest when I first met them at
the national conference in Kansas City and after interviewing a few
months later, I knew it was where I had to be for residency.
Everyone I met was very friendly, approachable and importantly,
happy. I couldn't imagine a better place to train than one with
great people, a supportive environment and exellent academic
teaching. I believe Wake offers me that and more.
Outside of medicine, I love spending time with Gabe and our
friends, taking a dance class when I can, being outdoors, hiking,
yoga, trying new restaurants, reading or catching up on our tv
Michelle Keating, D.O.
Edward Via Virginia College
of Osteopathic Medicine
I am one of the new interns and am originally from Monroe, MI.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from
Kalamazoo College (Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo…). I
moved south to Virginia and completed medical school at the Edward
Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA.
There, I was heavily involved in Sports Medicine and Mission
Medicine, both covering many sporting events/teams and taking
multiple mission trips to countries in Central America.
I have been VERY happily married to my husband, Ty, for over 3
years now. We love being outdoors together and golfing
whenever we can (he is a Golf Professional). We also love
traveling and spending time with our families, especially our 4
nieces and 1 nephew.
As I said before, I have a special interest in Sports Medicine
and Mission Medicine. I was a 3-sport athlete growing up, and
played softball at Kalamazoo College. There, I was also a
student athletic trainer and that is where I developed my interest
in Sports Medicine. I have also been involved in missions
since I was 16 years old and have done mission work in Guatemala,
Ecuador, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador, as well
as mission work in Rural Appalachia and Hurrican Katrina
We both thought Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency was the
perfect fit for us. All of the residents and their spouses
were amazingly friendly and open. I was very impressed by the
level of training as well as the Sports Medicine opportunities that
the residency had to offer. Winston-Salem is the perfect size city
for us with all the amenities, hardly any traffic, and tons of
outdoor activities! We feel so blessed to have matched here
and are looking forward to the next 3 years!
Kathryn Lawrence, M.D.
High Point, NC
Wake Forest University
School of Medicine
Hey there. I am a local North Carolinian and am thrilled
with the opportunity to stay at Wake Forest for my residency
training. After growing up in nearby High Point, I ventured
north to UVA for undergrad (wahoowa!) and then came back to NC to
Wake for medical school. My husband Josh and I got married in
2008 and welcomed our son Luke into our family in 2012.
I was first exposed to our Family Medicine department during
medical school, and I truly enjoyed getting to work with different
attendings in clinic and with procedural training. I was also
struck by how highly other departments spoke of the family medicine
residents and faculty. We really are a fun group, and I
appreciate the diversity of interests within the department.
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family and
am amused daily by my son's personality and developing motor and
verbal skills. We enjoy getting outside, college football,
church involvement, sampling local cuisine, and heading east to the
NC coast. When I can make a break for it and get some alone
time, you can find me at Target, outlet shopping, or playing
South Boston, VA
Edward Via Virginia College
Hey! My name is Susannah Lichtenstein, and I am excited to be
one of the new HO-I's at Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency.
Thank you for considering the program!
Prior to moving to Winston-Salem, I lived throughout Virginia.
I spent many years in Lynchburg, before moving to
Charlottesville for my college years at the University of Virginia
(Wahoowa!). There, I met my incredible husband, Jon. He
accompanied me to Blacksburg for medical school at Edward Via
College of Osteopathic Medicine - of course we kept our Wahoo roots
on the DL in Hokieburg ;) About the time I started my search
for family medicine residency programs, Jon was in the midst of
applying to physician assistant schools. Soon, Wake Forest
became the obvious frontrunner for both of us. We were
impressed with and drawn to a unanimously friendly and exceptional
group of individuals.
My extended family still lives in Southside Virginia, on Buggs
Island Lake (Kerr Lake for you North Carolinians), where we love
boating, swimming, and simply relaxing. During my free time,
I also enjoy running, hiking, reading, cooking, cleaning, watching
television dramas (currently Bones), wine-tasting, and, most
importantly, spending time with my family and friends. This
includes my newest group of co-interns!
Since moving to Winston-Salem and starting residency at Wake
Forest, my initial impressions endure. The individuals within
this community are simply awesome! I am eager to grow, as a
family medicine physician and as a person, with this group in the
We all look forward to meeting YOU during interview season!
Jennifer Miller, M.D.
Florida State University
College of Medicine
Hi everyone. I'm Jenn Miller and I'm happy to say I've joined
the great group of family med residents here at Wake. I'm from the
Florida panhandle and have spent most of my time living by the
beach. I attended UF for undergrad and like to think that I enjoyed
the best years of SEC football while I was there. For med school I
ended up at Florida State, which was great because I got the
opportunity to live an hour from family. And now I'm happy to say,
I've made a transition into the adult world.
So far moving to Winston-Salem has been great, even though I
miss the beach. Everyone here at Wake is wonderful and my fellow
interns are awesome. I couldn't have picked a better program and a
better place to be. My other half, Bruce, is scheduled to move up
here early spring; so once that happens my life outside work will
be complete. I guess the next 3 years will be filled with life's
ups and downs, happy days and sad, but we'll be enjoying the
journey with friends at our side.
Veera Motashaw, D.O.
Edward Via Virginia College
of Osteopathic Medicine
Hi ya'll! My name is Veera and I'm super excited to be a part
of the new intern class here at Wake! I am a native of North
Carolina, born and raised in Cary. Like a couple of our other
residents, I also attended NC State University for undergraduate
(GO PACK!!!!) where I received a degree in Biochemistry. I then
went on to graduate from medical school at Edward Via Virginia
College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.
I can honestly say that Family Medicine has always had my
heart! Particularly women and children, osteopathy, and
underserved care (both domestic and abroad) are my greatest
passions. After interviewing along the entire East Coast, it was
evident that Wake Forest embodied everything I could imagine for a
perfect residency! All of the residents and faculty were
outstanding, everyone was happy, and I really felt that I would be
able to grow, serve, and fulfill my purpose in life with such a
Outside of medicine my interests are broad from loving the
beach and hiking to baking, cooking and exploring all the local
places to eat! I was a competitive gymnast for most of my life and
still like to walk on my hands from time to time. Last but
certainly not least, I love my family and friends more than
anything, and treasure every moment I have with them. Luckily - I
have found a beautiful family here at Wake and am so blessed to
have a new home!
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have!!
Alyssa Papuga, D.O.
Meade County, SD
Chicago College of Osteopathic
Medicine of Midwestern University
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be a part of the Wake Forest
Family Medicine Team!
A little about me: I was born in South Dakota, but spent the
majority of my childhood in Carol Stream, IL (a suburb of Chicago).
I went to Augustana College (a small liberal arts college on the
border of IL and IA) studying Pre-Med, Biology, Biochem and
Mathematics. That is where I met my husband, Joey. He just recently
graduated chiropractic school. I went to Chicago College of
Osteopathic medicine for med school. I spend my time outside of
work/studying playing with my puppy, napping, exercising and
spending time with my husband.
I decided on Wake Forest after visiting. I fell in love with
the people I met and the close community within an amazing academic
institution. My intuition so far has been right! I have met the
most amazing colleagues and feel I have the support necessary (and
the patient base) to become a successful resident and physician.
Also, Winston-Salem is a great place to live. You have everything
you need here in town, but also have anything else you could want
within a couple hours. What other state has 4 seasons, mountains
and the beach all within a close distance?!
My interests in family medicine include women's health,
hospice/palliative care and musculoskeletal complaints (a good use
for my OMT).
I hope you consider this program in your search for a family
medicine home. You will certainly not be disappointed!
Kaitlyn Watson, M.D.
University of Virginia
School of Medicine
Hey all! My name is Katie Watson and I'm absolutely thrilled
to be one of the new interns here at Wake Forest Family
I grew up in small-town New England (go Sox!), but starting
with college, I've slowly been moving south and loving it! I left
home to attend college at the University of Virginia, where I also
stayed for medical school. At the end of med school, I married my
high school sweetheart, Danny, right before we moved down to
Winston-Salem for residency!
Both Danny and I could not be happier with choosing Wake
Forest for residency! During the interview process, I was looking
for an academic program with an excellent reputation and
educational opportunities, as well as great people that would not
only be colleagues, but also wonderful friends for both Danny and
me. At Wake Forest Family Medicine, we found all of this and more.
I've been absolutely blown away by the intelligence and the warmth
of the people here, and I feel so lucky to have matched here!
Another major reason that we chose Wake Forest is for the balance -
residents receive a top-notch education while still maintaining
relationships, hobbies, and personal well-being. The faculty and
residents here are very genuinely happy!
Outside of medicine, I love to do anything outside - run,
walk, hike, play tennis, swim. Danny and I love living in
Winston-Salem so far - we've been having lots of fun checking out
all of the local restaurants (side note: we just discovered Krispy
Kreme and don't know how we lived this long without it!) and
hanging out with my co-interns and their families!
So come check out Wake Forest Family Medicine - we're excited
to meet you! Feel free to email me with any questions you may
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