Kyle Adams, M.D. |
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.
|Nicholas Avgerinos, M.D. |
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!
|Cyril 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.
| ||Crystal Higginson, M.D.|
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
Come check out Wake Forest Family Medicine!
| ||James Medley, M.D.|
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!
| ||Jennifer Rahn, M.D.|
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!
| ||Elizabeth Skidmore, M.D.|
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!
| ||Lindsay Smith, M.D.|
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
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
|Brett Thomas, M.D.|
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!?
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
| ||David Villanueva, D.O.|
Siler City, NC
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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.