3rd Year Residents

 Bio Pic Kyle Adams MD  Kyle Adams, M.D. 
Albany, GA 

Mercer University School of Medicine


Hello, my name is Kyle Adams, and I'm a recovering OB intern. It's been six weeks since my last delivery. That's a little joke. I'm from Albany, GA originally, and I've lived in Georgia pretty much my whole life (people in North Carolina seem to think I have an accent, but I don't hear it). I went to ABAC, a small agricultural community college, and then Georgia Southern University for undergrad. I moved to Macon for med school at Mercer University and decided to stick around for residency in OBGYN. I soon realized that I would love to be able to see my wife for more than 15 minutes a day, and while delivering babies is fun, I really wanted to learn about more than one organ system. So here I am, a new Family Medicine intern/2nd year resident, and I couldn't be happier. Everyone in this program is amazingly supportive and friendly, and I feel truly grateful to have been accepted as part of this family. My wife and I love Winston Salem, and we can't wait to get out and discover some of the incredible outdoor opportunities we keep hearing about.

Bio Pic Nicholas Avgerinos MDNicholas Avgerinos, M.D. 
Newton, MA 
University of Massachusetts Medical School 


Hey folks! I’m Nick Avgerinos one of the 3rd year residents here at Wake Forest.  After growing up in Massachusetts, spending undergrad at UCONN (How about that Huskies basketball?), and sticking around for medical school at the University of Massachusetts I decided it was time to see a different part of the country.    I chose to head south after meeting the awesome folks from Wake Forest at the AAFP national conference and getting to know them on the interview trail.  For me it was the perfect blend of academic opportunity and incredibly friendly and supportive people.  The residents, attendings, and support staff work together as a cohesive unit to get everything done and still manage to have some fun while they’re at it!

Life in Winston-Salem is a little different than up in New England but I have come to enjoy it here.   There is no traffic, folks are friendly, and there are so many restaurants/bars that I don’t think you could ever visit them all.  Local farmer’s markets are great and there are endless hiking and outdoor activities available within minutes of the city not to mention the endless wineries in the area!

After growing up playing sports and dealing with the injuries that go along with it, I have a special interest in pursuing sports medicine.  My interests outside of medicine include playing sports, (lacrosse, basketball, tennis, soccer, and rugby) watching the Patriots, hiking, kayaking, and food.  By food I mean cooking it, growing it, learning about its nutritional effect on our bodies and of course eating it.  I am happy to partake in any food discussion and I am always on the lookout for new recipes.   Just don’t ask me for my dry rub recipe!  I look forward to meeting you during the interview season and will always be happy to answer any questions!

Bio Pic Cyril Eyadiel MDCyril Eyadiel, M.D.
Oklahoma City, OK
University of Oklahoma School of Medicine


Hey everyone! My name is Cyril, and I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I always knew I wanted to do Medicine but chose the unusual route by studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Throughout undergrad, I also worked as a Pharmacy Technician in the hospital setting. From undergrad, I went on to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Medical school was an amazing experience and helped shape me into the person I am today.

I never saw Family Medicine in my future despite countless shadowing experiences from high school through medical school. It wasn’t until my Family Medicine clerkship, when I was able to see patients on my own, that I realized that Family Medicine was the best fit for me. The variety of the clinical presentations and the deductive clinical reasoning skills required on a daily basis excited me about this specialty. I’m grateful to be a part of the Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency. Wake Forest felt the most like home to me during the interview trail because of the great residents, faculty, and staff that serve as support through this phase of training.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing nearly any sport, especially basketball. I’m a huge NBA fan and supporter of the OKC Thunder. I also love spending time with my family, friends, and their dogs. I always look forward to exploring all that Winston Salem has to offer including great restaurants and beautiful trails. 

 Bio Pic Crystal Higginson MDCrystal Higginson, M.D.

Wyandotte, MI
Wayne State University School of Medicine




Hi everyone! My name is Crystal and I am SO excited to be here in Winston-Salem! Until now, I have spent my entire life in Michigan and even had the opportunity to live in downtown Detroit for the past few years during medical school. Part of my heart will always be in the mitten, but so far, I absolutely love the south (and I’m sure I will even more so when winter comes)!

Outside of medicine I enjoy watching/playing pretty much any sport and eating lots of good food…which my food standards are not very high, so I find most things delicious. I also love anything Disney! I will proudly admit that I have been to Disney World for the past 3 years straight. Laughing and high fives are among my favorite pastimes.

So why did I pick Wake Forest?! The people!!! After the dinner the night before my interview, I was already fairly certain that this program would be at the top of my list. After meeting the faculty and staff, I was sure. There is such a sense of family and community here, and when you meet everyone, you just want to be a part of it! Absolutely everyone is willing to help you with any problem you may have, no matter how small… people here make you feel loved. :) In meeting my new intern class, I was not disappointed in the least. After just a few weeks they already feel like family.

Come check out Wake Forest Family Medicine!

 Bio Pic James Medley MD 2016James Medley, M.D.
Springfield, MO
University of Florida
College of Medicine


Hey everyone!  My name is James Medley, and I’m a third year resident - and I’m super excited about being one of the Chief Residents for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Winston-Salem is in such a great part of NC, surrounded by great hiking, rivers, parks with walking and bike trails, gardens, great food, and the biggest farmer’s market I’ve ever seen. The beach isn't too far away, either, and the beaches here are fantastic.

Our program here is top-notch: it has a real regard for residents’ lives, happiness, and education. Not many other programs have residents with such a high caliber, well-rounded fund of knowledge and who also love to have fun and spend time together (with spouses and significant others just as much a part of our family as anyone else)!

Residents also have key voices in shaping the future of our residency program by participating in committees establishing our curriculum, clinic flow, dedicated didactic time, and giving feedback for every morning report and noon conference lecture we see.

As for some background: I'm from Springfield, Missouri but moved to Florida when I was 14. I went to high school in Sarasota County, and I went to the University of Florida for undergrad and medical school (Go GATORS!). I love to spend time with my wife, Adrienne (married in August 2011), our families and friends, and we both love to be outside working in our garden, walking, hiking, riding our bicycles, boating, swimming, tubing, scuba diving and snorkeling. If we’re indoors, we love to cook, read, watch movies. We are also, I've been told, "cat people".

In medicine, I’m interested in preventative health, outpatient procedures, and medical student and resident education.

If you're interested in one of the best outpatient-focused, procedure-rich prenatal care to geriatrics Family Medicine experiences you can find, be sure to check us out!  We've got a great family here!

 Bio Pic Jennifer Rahn MDJennifer Rahn, M.D.
Ehrhardt, SC
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Hi y'all! I'm Jennifer and I am so excited to be part of this awesome residency program here at Wake! 

I am originally from the small town of Ehrhardt, SC, which has a population of 576(seriously more cows than people) and one little blinking caution light. I decided pretty early on that I wanted to be a doctor even though no one in my family had ever even attended college. I was fortunate enough to attend Clemson University(Go Tigers!!!) for college, and then ventured on to the fun city of Nashville, Tennessee for med school at Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt is one of the few remaining medical schools without a family medicine rotation built into the curriculum, so I did not have the luxury of experiencing family medicine during my third year clerkships.  Luckily, I was introduced to the field through the one senior medical student who was applying into family medicine the year before me.  She helped me realize that it was the perfect pathway for me to become the "small town doc" I've always wanted to be. After an elective rotation in August of my 4th year of medical school, I was convinced that she was absolutely right!

I am so glad I made the decision to break the Vanderbilt mold and choose family medicine, and I am even more glad that I made the decision to choose Wake for my residency training!  I have never met a group of more friendly, welcoming, and amazing people than the residents and faculty here!  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me!

 Bio Pic Elizabeth Skidmore MDElizabeth Skidmore, M.D.
Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University School of Medicine 


Hi!  My name is Elizabeth Skidmore.  This is a picture with my horse Dino that I rode during high school.  Lucky for me my sister still rides so I can still get on a horse from time to time!  Anyway, I grew up in Winston-Salem and never found reason to leave, so I’m still here!  I went to undergrad at Wake Forest, and then stayed for medical school as well.  Knowing from an insider’s perspective how awesome our Family Medicine residency program was, I knew that our faculty was who I wanted to learn from as I enter this world of figuring out how to actually be a doctor!  I did a fair number of residency interviews just to make sure, and could not find a good reason to go elsewhere.  Everybody in the Family Medicine department at Wake Forest seems to actually care about how you are doing as a person as they urge you along to accumulate medical knowledge.  We have such a safe learning environment where you can make mistakes, receive constructive criticism, and just focus on learning while having some fun too!  My wonderful husband Dan and I got married May, 2014.  Dan is a professional violinist, and I studied violin in college, so we actually met playing in a symphony together!  We love playing concerts and attending them, finding time to hike or go for a bike ride, cooking random recipes, and staying involved with our church.  I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about our program or Winston-Salem in general!   Please interview and come meet us!

 Bio Pic Lindsay Smith MD 2016Lindsay Smith, M.D.
Boulder, CO
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine


A mountain girl at heart, I was born and raised in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. College and the wonderful sport of volleyball brought me east to Bucknell University for undergrad. Central Pennsylvania grew on me and I stayed for medical school at Penn State in Hershey, "the sweetest place on earth".

Many passions led me to pursue a career in Family Medicine including pediatrics, sports medicine and global medicine. I've had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, the Navajo Nation and Mexico for medical missions, and I am excited to continue serving abroad as part of my future career. Additionally, I hope to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship after residency with the goal of working in college athletics and student health. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing volleyball, swimming, hiking, water Zumba, and spending time with my co-residents exploring Winston-Salem.

I heard great things about Wake Forest throughout medical school, but I never imagined living in the south. After looking all across the country for residency, I loved Wake the most because the residents and the faculty were so energetic, friendly and welcoming. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the family that is Wake Forest Family Medicine!

Bio Pic Brett Thomas MDBrett Thomas, M.D.
Tallahassee, FL
The Florida State University College of Medicine


Hello my friends! My name is Brett and I feel pretty blessed to be a part of the 3rd year class here at Wake! I was born and raised in the Tallahassee, Florida area and have a love for the southeast. Like a few of my predecessors here at Wake, I went to the University of Florida for undergrad (majored in Food Science and Human Nutrition) and Florida State University College of Medicine for med school. Go Gators!? Go Noles!?

Family Medicine encompasses everything that I could ever ask for in serving as a physician. Not only the aspect of serving patients from the “cradle to the grave” but also the ability to work with the most vulnerable populations and provide primary and preventative services. I’m very passionate about care to the underserved and a member of the National Health Service Corps. When I interviewed at Wake, it was clear that they could help fashion me into this type of physician. In addition to the high quality education and numerous community experiences available, Wake also has some of the most supportive and down-to-earth faculty, staff and residents that you could ever find. We truly are a “family” and care about each member of the residency program. It is honestly a program that feels too good to be true!

Outside of medicine my interests include spending time my with my awesome wife, catching up with family, reading, playing guitar, gardening, spending time with my fellow co-residents and conquering many of the hiking trails in the beautiful state of North Carolina! Spending time with our local synagogue and church community is important to us too.

Feel free to email me with any questions you may have and I encourage you to check us out here at Wake!

 Bio Pic David Villanueva DODavid Villanueva, D.O.
Siler City, NC
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Hi, my name is David Villanueva. I grew up in Siler City, NC, and went to Bryan College in TN for my undergraduate degree where I studied biology and played soccer. I met my wife Jana there, and we’re on our seventh year of marriage. Our faith is central to who we are and why we do what we do-including serving people through medicine.

We moved back to my hometown right after college and taught school for a year before moving to Blacksburg, VA, for medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We enjoyed hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains and biking the beautiful countryside of southwest Virginia—I pretty much love doing anything outdoors.

During my third year, we had our son, Blake. He is the cutest, most active little red head I’ve ever seen. A lot of my hobbies have been pushed to the backburner since taking on fatherhood, but I couldn’t imagine there being a better use for my time.

I was drawn to family medicine because I love variety, and I did not want to be limited to taking care of one age group or organ system. The health of a person involves their mind, body, spirit, family, and community, and I believe family medicine offers the best training to improve people’s overall health.

My search for a great residency was coupled with my wife’s search for a PA school and our desire to be close to family as we work to raise a toddler during these busy years of training. Wake provided the perfect combination of those things for us, and I have been quite impressed with the quality and kindness of the faculty and residents here.

We look forward to using the training we obtain at Wake to serve an underserved community either here or abroad in the future.

I hope you come to take a look. I think you will like what you see.

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