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2017-2018 Interns

 BioPic Adam Battles MDAdam Battles, M.D.
Union City, TN
University of Tennessee
College of Medicine
  

My name is Adam, and I am first year resident here at Wake. I was born and raised in Union City, TN. I then moved to Murfreesboro, TN where I attended Middle Tennessee State University for undergrad. After graduating college, I worked as an EMT for about a year and a half before starting medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN. My four years in medical school were very eventful. I married my beautiful wife, we had our first child, and I remodeled our home all while learning medicine. We had our daughter during the orientation to clerkships starting my third year. This was such an amazing experience in general, but it really impacted my clinical experience. It really engaged me in my pediatrics and obstetrics rotations, and I think this is what set my path to family medicine in stone.

Outside of medicine, I love to explore new things with the family. Our more frequent ventures are things like hiking, parks, splash pads, science centers and really just anything that involves spending time together. I also like running, swimming, cycling, and playing ultimate frisbee.

When looking at programs, I was really looking for a place with a sense of family amongst the residents and faculty. From the pre-interview dinner through the interviewing itself, it was obvious that this sort of supportive family bond was here at Wake. I am surrounded by intelligent, hard-working, and supportive friends everyday here at Wake, and I’m so grateful that I’m here.


BioPic Samuel Hughes MDSamuel Hughes, M.D. Hickory, NC
Wake Forest School of Medicine



 

Hi, my name is Sam and I am very excited to be one of the new interns at Wake. I am a North Carolina native who grew up in Statesville and attended Davidson College for undergrad.  I have been in Winston for the last four years completing medical school at Wake. During my time in Winston I have fallen in love with the city, and it became clear that Wake was the ideal place for me to train. The Family medicine department embodied what I perceived as the ideal traits of a physician.  The residents and faculty are extremely knowledgeable, kind, friendly, and truly care about all of the patients, students, and colleagues they interact with.  My wife and I couldn’t be happier that we will be staying in Winston-Salem. 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, travelling, eating pizza, and hanging out with my wife and yellow lab named Ella. Although I have called Winston home for over 4 years we are still finding new adventures. Feel free to reach out with any questions about Wake or Winston. I am always excited to talk about both.


BioPic Amy Jones DOAmy Jones, M.D.
Lawton, OK
Edward Via College of Osteopathic
Medicine





   

Hello! My name is Amy Jones and I am so thrilled to be a new addition to the WF Family Medicine crew. Originally from Fredericksburg, VA , I started my education at Virginia Tech before moving on to The University of Virginia. I eventually made my way back to Blacksburg for medical school where I attended VCOM (my husband likes to say I'm making my tour of the ACC). My husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world earlier this year and are so excited that some of her earliest memories will be made here in Winston-Salem!

In my free time I enjoy face-timing with my family in Virginia including my parents, 4 brothers, and 7 sisters who range in age from 7 to 25. I also enjoy reading, eating at local restaurants, and cleaning (weird, I know!).

In terms of medicine, I particularly love pediatrics and geriatrics, thus, my love for Family Medicine. I'm excited to have inherited a panel of roughly 300 patients who I will get to know over the next few years and who trust me with something as precious as their health. After my residency interview here at Wake, I wanted to stop interviewing all together because I knew I found my "home," and that is really how I feel here, completely at home. Come join the family! 


BioPic Thomas Kellam MDThomas Kellam, M.D.
Dunedin, FL
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine



   

Hi! My name is Tommy and I’m a new intern here at Wake. I grew up in nearby Lewisville and went to undergrad at WFU (Go Deacs!). My wife and I moved away for a short 4 years while I attended med school at the University of South Carolina in Greenville but now we are back – and more excited than ever!

Our program here at Wake offers all of the advantages of a big academic program including the opportunity to work alongside specialists and experts in all fields of medicine. This is balanced with an equally strong focus on community and the patients we serve at the Family Medicine Center. The faculty, residents, and staff here are top-notch and passionate about what they do. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of such an environment and I know it’s a place where I can grow personally and professionally over the next few years.

My interests are in Sports and Lifestyle Medicine. When I’m not practicing medicine, I enjoy staying as active as possible - that usually involves things like rec softball, pick-up basketball, or golf (anything really). I also love going to nearby Lake Norman – there’s nothing better than a day off and hanging out with family/friends on the boat!


BioPic Joseph Kidd DO

Joseph Kidd, D.O.
Blacksburg, VA
Edward Via College of Osteopathic
Medicine


  

Hey Everybody! Thanks for checking out Wake!  My name is Joe Kidd.  I am pumped to be an intern here at the family medicine program.  I grew up in a small town in western Virginia and went to undergrad at UVa (Go Hoos!!).  I stuck around Charlottesville and taught high school Spanish and ESL for several years before meeting and getting hitched to my amazing wife.  After getting married we traveled and worked all over Latin America(mostly Nicaragua and Bolivia) for a year.  It was during that time I slowly realized that a career in medicine might be awesome.  We moved out to Oregon and I began taking some science pre-reqs .  As a previously uncommitted student who didn't like to sit still very long, I (as well as everyone who knew me) was shocked to find out that I really enjoyed it and a doctor is what I was created to be!  Everything fell into place and we headed back to Virginia for med school (VCOM) with our firstborn in tow.

My biggest passions in medicine are mental health, population/preventive health, and mission medicine.  However, I really like a little bit of everything and am thrilled at the idea of following my patients throughout their lives, so Family Medicine is a great fit for me.  In the future I see myself doing some combination of outpatient, missions, and medical education, but we will see where the road takes me!  Outside of medicine, I spend every chance I get with my wife and two boys.  I love the outdoors, especially mountain biking and climbing, travelling, and being active in my church.

There are a lot of wonderful Family Med programs out there, but Wake became my clear top choice after my interview experience.  The program is top-notch with an excellent reputation an after seeing how approachable and fun-loving the attendings, staff, and fellow residents were I was hooked.  Come check us out and I think you'll find the same!!


BioPic Travis Larson MDTravis Larson, M.D.
Pensacola, FL
Florida State University
College of Medicine
   

Hi my name is Travis and I am an intern in the Wake Forest Family Medicine program. I was born in Pensacola, FL and spent the majority of my upbringing in the small town of Milton, FL. I am a proud Seminole thanks to 8 years spent at Florida State University where I was for both undergrad and medical school. My wife and I are both from FL, and even though we have only been in Winston-Salem for a short time, we absolutely love it so far! While we both love the beach, and really miss the beautiful beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast, we found that there is so much to do in Winston-Salem to keep us busy for the next few years! We are looking forward to new adventures and spending some time hiking in the nearby mountains. Plus the NC coast is not far either if we do want some beach time.

Outside of medicine, I have many interests, some of which include: spending time with my wife, watching and playing a plethora of sports, hiking, jamming on the guitar, and competitive target shooting. Within medicine, I almost have too many interests, which is a big reason why I love family medicine. There is such a variety of things to see and do which keeps things pretty interesting.

When looking for residency programs I knew I wanted to stay in the Southeast and I was looking for a strong, well-rounded program. After much research and interviewing, I found much more in this program. I was very impressed with the program itself, but even more so in the people involved in the program. This program has some of the most genuine, happy people, who are all so enthusiastic about medicine and patient-centered care. So all in all, Wake Forest Family Medicine is the whole package. A top-notch program, amazing city, and phenomenal people!


 
BioPic MaryElleny McGregor MDMaryElleny McGregor, M.D.

Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama
School of Medicine



   

Hi! My name is Elle McGregor (formerly Jamison, I just got married in November!) and I'm an intern at Wake Forest. I grew up in Birmingham, AL but left for the West Coast to attend undergrad at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. I moved back to Birmingham where I attend medical school at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While we were sad to leave our family, friends and church community back home, my husband Jacob and I are so excited to be in Winston-Salem. I love Family Medicine at Wake Forest because of the people that I have the privilege of working alongside and learning from. Intern year is tough and I feel surround and supported by the faculty, encouraged by my fellow residents and advocated for by the leadership and all of the office staff. I am so thankful to be here!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling, eating good food, yoga, running, hiking, riding my bike and hanging out with new friends.  


BioPic E Jonathan Perry MDE. Jonathan Perry, IV, M.D.
Bainbridge, GA
Medical College of
College of Georgia
at Augusta


   

Hey! My name is Jonathan, and I'm very happy to begin my residency training at Wake Forest! I grew up in southwest Georgia in a small town called Bainbridge. I started my college career at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, GA, and finished the last half of my bachelor's at the University of Georgia- GO DAWGS!

After college, I moved to Augusta, GA to attend the Medical College of Georgia, and after my first year, I married my high school and college sweetheart - Elisabeth. We enjoy spending time with friends, family, and each other wherever that may be - the beach, the mountains, vineyards, Athens, GA on a football weekend... you name it. If there is a good time planned, we love to go! One of our daily activities is walking Winston, our serendipitously named dog. I personally enjoy playing a variety of sports and hobbies; I'm always down for a pick up soccer or basketball, ping-pong, a round of golf, or day-hiking. Having a good time with friends that involves some form of food is also a favorite activity.

After the interview dinner, I knew I wanted to come here for residency. The interview and second look confirmed it. God led us to put Wake as  our number one spot, even though I had never lived outside of Georgia. I knew this would be a place I would enjoy completing residency because the people I met were just my type: welcoming, kind, outgoing, and loved hanging out with their peers even on a hard rotation. I knew I would experience the camaraderie I saw amongst the residents and faculty. 


 

BioPic Ian Quinn DOIan Quinn, D.O.
Atlanta, GA
Edward Via College of
Osteopathic Medicine


 

My name is Ian. I'm one of the new interns at Wake. I was born in Atlanta and raised north of the city in the town of Buford, GA. I went to Harding University for my undergraduate education where I played baseball and graduated with a BS degree in Athletic Training. After graduation I spent a year in preparation prior to starting medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's Carolinas campus in Spartanburg, SC.

Outside of medicine I have many interests which include spending time at church, enjoying time with family and friends, traveling, exercising, watching/playing sports and spending time outside.

Inside the field of medicine, I have multiple interests as well including sports medicine and global health. With sports medicine I enjoy using my training in Osteopathic Manipulation to treat patients to try to help improve pain and function. Globally, I've been privileged to travel to Latin America on multiple occasions to help provide relief and medical care.

I went on many interviews and Wake stood out because of their supportive faculty and great group of residents. I also did a rotation here during my fourth year of medical school which gave me an even better look at the program. Being here for the month showed me how Wake's program would be great for my education, by providing a wealth of knowledge and resources from the residents and faculty, as well as a great supportive environment to help me through residency. My interview came after this rotation and confirmed what I already knew from my month here. This is a great place to train! Have a great interview season, enjoy the process and don't hesitate to ask any questions! 


BioPic Abigail Smith MDAbigail Smith, M.D.
Weimar, TX
University of Texas
McGovern Medical School



 

Hi! I'm Abby Smith, 6'2" Texas transplant and fourth generation family physician. I'm really excited to be at Wake Forest! I applied in North Carolina beause my husband and I, oth lifelong Texans, were looking for an adventure. On interview day, I realized Wake Forest is the best of both worlds in family medicine training: a thorough, diverse, autonomous family medicine experience in a vibrant academic setting. The friendly, happy residents, faculty and staff helped also.

I was raised in rural Weimar, Texas, where my father, now retired, worked as a family physician. I left for college at 16, followed by my master of public health in epidemiology. After six years in public health, I realized that the genetics were strong and I ultimately wanted to be a physician. I love family medicine because it combines getting to know people with the intellectual challenge of diagnosing and treating any medical problem at any age.

Outside of work, I love hanging out with my husband (we moved into our first house in Winston-Salem on our sixth wedding anniversary!) and our two giant fluffy cats. I love running in our new neighborhood, playing tennis on the neighborhood court, and exploring places to run and hike around Winston-Salem. I also love spending time making our house a home: cooking, baking, decorating and working on our first ever flowerbed. I can't wait to see what challenges and fun the next three years will bring. I'm confident they will equip me for a long, successful career in family medicine!


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