Class of 2019 Bios

Bio Pic Joshua Dilley MDJoshua Dilley, M.D.
Clemmons, NC
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Whats up! I’m Josh Dilley, formally known as “Dilley” (real original – I know). I’m a native of NC and I’m STOKED to be attending residency at Wake Forest. Wake Forest was a sleeper for me until interview day where I was blown away by the program. The program offers the best of Family medicine: strong OB, diverse outpatient procedures, well-rounded inpatient and sub-specialty rotations. Combine those characteristics with the amazing faculty and residents and you’ve got pure DYNAMITE! Apply and come check us out – you will be thrilled you did.

I’m from nearby Clemmons, NC and spent the 8 years prior to residency in Chapel Hill for undergrad and medical school. I love country music, playing guitar, lifting weights, hiking and playing ultimate Frisbee. I love being outside and Winston-Salem offers amazing access to the outdoors – mountains and beach.

Bio Pic Steven Foster DOSteven Foster, D.O.
San Diego, CA
Edward Via Virginia College
of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey guys! My name is Steve Foster and I’m pumped to be at Wake Forest practicing family medicine!  I was born in San Diego, California, but spent most of my life near the beach in Chesapeake, Virginia.  I suppose I’m more of a mountain guy though because I traveled a bit west to study biology and humanitarian affairs in the beautiful Shenandoah valley at James Madison University (go Dukes!), before pursuing medicine at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  My med school was right next to Virginia Tech which was where my future wife was finishing up - go Hokies!  Next thing you know, I’m getting married in the middle of our cardiopulm block (why not?).

Perhaps the most challenging thing about medical school was figuring out what to do when I grew up.  I really think I considered everything except nephrology and colorectal surgery.  I particularly loved pediatrics, psychiatry, OB, and osteopathic manipulation.  So towards the end of my 3rd year when I did my FM rotation, it was clear that this was the perfect specialty for me.

When looking at family programs, it was clear early on that this was a perfect place to be, really for anyone – everyone is so darn cool and the training is great!  Honestly, I also had more fun at my Wake interview than anywhere else.  Everyone seemed truly happy, but still so confident about the training here.  Plus, one of our current chiefs (James Medley) is a huge Star Wars fan so how could I not pick this place #1?

And our intern class…it still amazes me how close we grew so quickly.  I can’t wait for us to hang out together again in a few days downtown!  Speaking of which, Winston-Salem is one cool place.  I promise you’ll enjoy it.  There’s so much to do but I’m particularly excited about some Wake Forest football and going down to Charlotte to see the Panthers play.  Also, we’re close to some great hiking, and not too far from the beach either.

And I can’t forget to brag about our rescue pup Sweet Pea!  She’s a beagle/hound mix and is the cutest dog ever.  If you’re torn between programs, I hope her ability to roll or stand for food will inspire you here.

If you have any questions let me know and have fun this year! 

Bio Pic Matthew Horn MD Matthew Horn, M.D.
Rochester, NY
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

My name is Matt, and I am an intern at Wake. I grew up in Rochester, NY and moved to Charlotte, NC when I was younger. I went to undergrad and played soccer at Winthrop University in South Carolina. I then went to the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill for medical school, and now my wife and I are pumped to be in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest Family Medicine.

In my free time I like staying busy by traveling, hiking, camping, working out, playing guitar, playing/watching soccer or just hanging out with friends. I love to eat and do new things. I have two awesome, and sometimes annoying, Aussie Shepherds. My beautiful wife and I have a baby boy coming in December who will be the newest addition to the team.

In terms of medicine, I am very interested in sports medicine, and plan to go on to pursue fellowship training after residency. I am really excited about football and soccer sports coverage.

Wake is awesome and you need to come check it out!

Bio Pic Michael Merz MDMichael Merz, M.D.
Cleveland, OH
University of Massachusetts Medical School

My name is Mike and I am a new first year resident here at Wake Forest. I was born in Cleveland, OH (BELIEVELAND!) and grew up in Columbus, OH. I went to Wittenberg University for undergrad where I double majored in Biology and Chemistry before moving to Washington, D.C. to get my master’s at Georgetown.  I then made my way up to Massachusetts where I attended University of Massachusetts for medical school.  Finally, I ended up down south and I am loving it so far!

Outside of medicine I love to travel, watch/ play most sports (especially golf, basketball, baseball, and football), and check out new places around town.

While looking at programs, I was looking for a place that people were supportive and the faculty and residents seemed to enjoy being around one another on both a personal and professional level.  I chose Wake because of the quality of both the faculty and fellow residents and I am happy to say that I really think I found a great fit for me.  I hope you have a great time during your interview season and try to enjoy the process as much as possible! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Bio Pic Mitchell Mock MD  Mitchell Mock, M.D.
Enterprise, AL
University of Alabama School of Medicine



Hey guys, I’m Mitchell and I’m one of the new interns at Wake Forest Family Med. A bit about myself: I’m originally from a small town in Alabama, went to school at Auburn University (War Damn Eagle), and went to medical school at University of Alabama Birmingham. I’m happily engaged to Sarah Allen -a OBGYN intern here at Wake- and we are absolutely loving North Carolina. We’ve just added to our family with our own fur baby a black lab named Margo. While NC has a lot to offer, I especially have enjoyed the hiking, the (in comparison) cooler weather, all the local foodie spots, and the local breweries within walking distance from my place. In my free time I play rugby, workout, play harmonica, and will do the occasional pick-up game of whatever is being played.

I had to go on a TON of interviews since Sarah and I couples matched, and Wake was one of my earlier ones. Throughout the year I enjoyed many places, but what stuck out with Wake was just how well everyone seemed to get along. This is THE place to go if you want a great education for residency but also want to meet other outgoing people who are great friends, hard workers, and just all around solid people. Everyone tends to say they are close on the interview trail but Wake shows it. The staff are also quite supportive and all seem to look out for the residents well-being. Good luck on the interview trail! I hope you are happy wherever you end up, but hopefully it is Wake Forest!

Bio Pic Ashlee Perkinson MD Ashlee Perkinson, M.D.
Henderson, NC
Brody School of Medicine
at Eastern Carolina University

My name is Ashlee Perkinson and I am very excited to be an intern at Wake! I'm originally from Henderson, NC, but I have spent the past (almost) ten years in Greenville, NC, attending undergraduate and medical school at East Carolina University. Go Pirates! I got to know the Wake Forest crew at the AAFP Conference in Kansas City and knew that this was the place for me! I wanted to find a group of physicians who was excited about great patient care as they are about enjoying life. So far, I have had an amazing time getting to know my new work family and learning to be a family medicine doc!

My at-home family consists of a black lab named Maggie and a human named Brian, who I am planning on marrying next month. Brian is a fourth year medical student at East Carolina. We are crossing our fingers he will be joining Wake in a different specialty next year! We love brewing beer at home and checking out local craft brew stores. We also love anything outside, especially if it involves great music! Wake Forest is an awesome place for folks with almost any interest, even if that interest is catching Pokemon. We are surrounded by a beautiful landscape with awesome food, great local music, a huge mall, and more importantly, people who welcome you like family.

Come check us out!!

Bio Pic Amanda Reavis MD Amanda Reavis, M.D.
Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Hello! I’m Amanda Reavis, and I’m happy to be one of the new interns at Wake. I grew up in Mocksville, NC, a small town thirty minutes west of Winston-Salem, and went to Erskine College in SC for undergrad. I realized growing up in Mocksville and going to school at Erskine (a college of 550 students) that I really love small towns and being part of a community. I went to Wake Forest for medical school and had the best experience during my third year family medicine rotation. I was so impressed with how intelligent and kind the faculty and residents were. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to stay here for residency. Winston-Salem is an incredibly easy place to live, and the family medicine department has that community that I was looking for.

In my free time, I like being outside, hiking, and playing fetch with my dog Fly, the sweetest border-collie-whippet mix. I also love eating meals and sitting around a table with friends and family.

Hope to meet you on the interview trail! Feel free to email me with any questions you have!

Bio Pic Heather Saffel MD Heather Saffel, M.D.
Elkins, WV
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

Hi! My name is Heather and I was born in Elkins, WV.  I have lived in West Virginia my whole life until coming to North Carolina for residency.  I went to West Virginia University for undergrad where I played soccer, majored in Exercise Physiology and minored in Biology.  Afterwards, I completed a Master’s program in Biomedical Sciences at Marshall University and finished my athletic eligibility by running cross country and track for a year.

In my free time, I enjoy anything involving sports, whether it’s playing, watching, or coaching.  Outside of sports, I like staying as busy as possible hanging out with friends and family.  I like traveling, going to concerts, plays, and local festivals.  While I am not a chef, I love trying and eating all food.

When I was looking at residency programs, I was looking for a program that would bring out the best in me academically and have great people in the faculty and residents.  As soon as I came here for my interview, I knew this was the place for me and am so grateful I ended up here.

While I haven’t been in Winston-Salem too long, I have already fallen in love with the place.  Not just in the residency program, but the people all over town are extremely friendly.  The mountains are nearby and the beach is only about 3 hours away.  There are a lot of restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and stores to explore.  There’s no better way to say it other than I already feel at home here in Winston-Salem and within the Wake Forest Family Medicine department.  Come check us out!


Bio Pic Ronak Shah MD

 Ronak Shah, M.D.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Howdy y'all! I'm Ronak and couldn't be happier with being at Wake Forest for residency! I'm originally from Texas--grew up in Houston, went to undergrad at The University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em), and completed medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock and Amarillo. While Texas has been a fantastic place for me, I was eager to move East and experience medicine in a different part of the country. The people of Winston-Salem and Wake Forest have been among the friendliest I have ever been around, and within days this place was home.

I thoroughly enjoyed each of my clerkships in medical school and found family medicine to be the perfect choice for my career. I look forward to developing long-term relationships with my patients and being able to address all elements of their health. My interests are in academia, as I love teaching, and like a mix of inpatient and outpatient medicine.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing the acoustic guitar, hiking and backpacking, and spending time with my fiancé who is a resident of the Neurology program here. We both were so fortunate to successfully couples' match here and are eager for the years to come! If you, dear reader, have any questions, please contact me and I'll try and help you out as best as I can. Cheers! 

Bio Pic Brooke Varnum MD Brooke Varnum, M.D.
Shawnee, KS

University of Kansas School of Medicine



Hey! I'm Brooke Varnum and I am so excited to be a first year resident here at Wake! I was born and raised in Shawnee, KS (a suburb of Kansas City) where I met my now husband in high school orchestra : ) I attended the University of Kansas (ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK) and received my bachelor's degree in Human Biology. After college, I married my high school sweetheart before continuing my tenure as a Jayhawk at KU Medical School. When I'm not working, I love being outdoors: hiking, biking, farmers markets, and almost anything else that involves a beautiful day outside! I am also happiest when I am cooking food for my friends and family (including my new Wake Forest Family)!

As much love as I have for Kansas City, and our WORLD SERIES CHAMPS, I was looking for a new adventure in residency. I traveled to 6 states during interview season but Winston-Salem stole my heart! After my interview here I knew this was the place for us! Everyone here is so welcoming; we felt at home immediately. We have only just begun to explore all of the wonderful things to do here but with mountains on one side and the beach on the other, I bet we’ll find plenty… Also of importance - it is extremely dog friendly, which is great for our adorable fur-baby Lola.

The program has so much to offer any Family Medicine resident, and I am very excited about my time with my Wake Forest family. There is such a supportive learning atmosphere here and I have no doubt that my time here will leave me armed with all the tools I need to deliver great patient care.

I hope you consider Wake Forest and that you find the program that feels like home! Please feel free to email me with any questions.

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