2013 - 2014 House Officers

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 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 presents.

The family medicine department at Wake Forest is unlike any other.   The residents and staff are warm, welcoming, and fun!  I couldn't be happier 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 to ask! 



  

 

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 John Bernot, M.D.
Pittsburgh, PA
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 Medicine. 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. 


 

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 Lauren Borowski, M.D.
Scranton, PA
Drexel University College
of Medicine


 

I'm Lauren 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 excellent 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 shows. 

 

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  Michelle Keating, D.O.
Monroe, MI
Edward Via Virginia College
of Osteopathic Medicine


 

Hi Everyone! 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 Hurricane Katrina Relief.

 
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!

 

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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 volleyball.

 


 

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       Susannah Lichtenstein,D.O.
    South Boston, VA
Edward Via Virginia College
of OsteopathicMedicine 


  

 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 front runner 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 upcoming years!

We all look forward to meeting YOU during interview season!    


 

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        Jennifer Miller, M.D.
       Seoul, Korea
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. 

 

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     Veera Motashaw, D.O.
     Raleigh, NC
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 supportive environment.

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!! 


 

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   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!


 

 

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   Kaitlyn Watson, M.D.
Bethesda, MD
University of Virginia


 

Hey all! My name is Katie Watson and I'm absolutely thrilled to be one of the new interns here at Wake Forest Family Medicine!  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 have!  
 

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