Meet The Family Medicine Residents

Diverse backgrounds yield diverse life experiences, which serve to enrich the program as a whole.  Take some time to get to know these fascinating individuals.

 

PGY-1  PGY-2   PGY-3 

 

 

 

 

  First Year Residents (PGY-1)
   
 Brouner

Jennifer Brouner

PGY - 1

East Tennessee State University

 

I grew up in Chattanooga, and I couldn’t be happier to be back for residency. I earned my undergraduate degree at UT-Knoxville. Before attending medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, I worked for a year as a science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where I learned how important it is to be able to communicate science accurately and effectively to the public. I am interested in treating patients of all ages and have always enjoyed building relationships over time, so family medicine was a natural fit for me. I chose UT Chattanooga’s residency program because of its genuinely supportive environment and patient first mentality. In my spare time, I like to bike, hike, watch Netflix, and play board games with my husband.

   
 Burden

Jonathan Burden, MD

PGY - 1

Loma Linda University

 

I grew up in northwest Montana and enjoyed exploring the mountains, lakes and abundant snow with my brothers and two sisters. I still love being outside exploring and finding new places I have never been before. After undergrad I moved my wife and small daughter to Loma Linda, California for medical school and had two more children there. More than anything else, who I am is shaped by my family and I enjoy nothing more than having my children be a part of my life. I feel so very fortunate to now be in Chattanooga at a program that values family as much as I do and is teaching me to be excellent in my field.

   
 Cobb

Nicholas Cobb, MD

PGY - 1

University of Alabama, School of Medicine

 

I grew up in Bridgeport, Alabama, so Chattanooga is like a home away from home for me. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, and attended medical school at the University of Alabama of Medicine in Birmingham. I have always wanted to practice family medicine from the time that I began medical school, and I am excited to be completing my training here in Chattanooga. I chose Chattanooga because this program is full of caring and supportive faculty and residents, and I look forward to working and learning alongside them.

   
Pannell

Katie Pannell, MD

PGY - 1 

East Tennessee State University

 

I grew up in Greenfield, a small town in northwest Tennessee. While majoring in Biology at UT Martin, I competed on the Skyhawk Tennis Team. I have always been drawn to the mountains and was excited to move east for medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and now Chattanooga for Family Medicine residency. I chose Family Medicine because I enjoy working with patients of all ages. I chose Chattanooga because of the open and supportive atmosphere that the residents and faculty created during my 4th year Junior Internship. My husband Matt and I enjoy playing tennis, disc golf, hiking, and riding bikes on the Riverwalk. We love the natural beauty of Chattanooga and are looking forward to the next three years.

   
Robinson Harris

Dominique Robinson Harris, MD

PGY - 1 

Meharry Medical College

 

I spent most of my childhood in rural Mississippi - the Delta, to be exact. I completed my undergrad a the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and went to medical school at Meharry. I worked as a scribe in between medical school and residency, and that experience helped cement my interest in primary care. I chose Chattanooga because of the beautiful natural settings, especially the Tennessee River and trails. During my spare time, my husband and I enjoy all the fine foods in this area, and we have three dogs that we love.

   
Shelton

Will Shelton, MD

PGY - 1

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

I was born and raised on a farm in Murfreesboro, TN. I completed undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University and medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. I chose Family Medicine because of its holistic approach to healthcare and the culture of Family Medicine as a whole. My family and I are thrilled to be in Chattanooga because of the phenomenal faculty and welcoming residents, not to mention the excellent location of the city. When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.

 

  Second Year Residents (PGY-2)
   
 Sara Conway, MD

Sara Conway, MD

PGY- 2

East Tennessee State University

 

 I was born and raised in Chattanooga and am so thankful to be back home for residency. Family medicine was an obvious choice for me because I love its holistic approach and that it gives me the amazing opportunity to get to know my patients and their families. I chose Chattanooga because of the supportive, knowledgeable faculty and the numerous outdoor activities the city offers. In my spare time, I like to be with my family, boyfriend and pup enjoying the outdoors - backpacking, hiking, rock climbing and listening to bluegrass!

   
 Ashley Fedusenko, MD Ashley Fedusenko, MD

PGY-2

Loma Linda University

 

I was born in Memphis, TN, but spent most of my life in Chattanooga. I graduated from Southern Adventist University with a BS in nursing, then after a few years, I went on to medical school at Loma Linda University. I initially began an Anesthesiology residency but transitioned to Family Medicine due to my love of interacting with patients of all ages and their families, and I have a strong passion for patient advocacy. I chose UT Family Medicine in Chattanooga for residency not only because of the location but because of how friendly, welcoming and supportive the faculty and residents are. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband (James), my family, our golden doodles (Nora and Newton), and being outdoors! 

   
 Cynthia Groves, MD  Cynthia Groves, MD

PGY- 2

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

 I grew up in Chattanooga, TN and went to medical school in Memphis. After doing my JI in family medicine in Chattanooga, I knew it was the field for me. I enjoy building relationships with patients of every age. In my free time, I enjoy watching football, trail running, oil painting and spending time with my boyfriend and dog Rosie.

   
 Andrew Keyes, MD  Andrew Keyes, MD

PGY- 2

Loma Linda University

 

I consider Phoenix, AZ home, although the Chattanooga metro is a close second. In my free time, I travel the world with my wife, golf and watch TedTalks. I'm familiar and comfortable in Chattanooga because I completed my undergraduate program at Southern Adventist University and I have family close by. I chose this residency program because I knew the tight-knit feel of UTCOM Chattanooga Family Medicine was just what I was looking for.

   
 Grayson McConnell  Grayson McConnell, MD

PGY- 2

East Tennessee State University

 

I hail from Cleveland, TN and finished up medical school in Johnson City at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. I enjoy bouldering, hiking, eating bacon and spending time outside with my family. I chose UT Chattanooga Family Medicine for the shared passion for service, for the people - faculty and fellow residents, and because it's an amazing place to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

 

   
 Laura Sherwood, MD  Laura Sherwood, MD

PGY- 2

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

I grew up in Chattanooga and attended Lee University, where I completed a BS in Biochemistry Pre-Med Emphasis and a BA in Theater. Last year, I was a medical fellow in the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. When I'm not at the hospital or the clinic, you're most likely to find me on my bike, at the theater, or in the kitchen baking delicious treats! I chose UT Family Medicine in Chattanooga because I felt it was the program that would equip me most thoroughly for a medical career in overseas work.

   
  Third Year Residents (PGY-3)
   
Alex Cooke, MD

Alexandria Cooke, MD (Chief Resident)

 PGY-3

Meharry Medical College

 

 I spent seven months in Guinea, Africa, and my experiences there let me towards family medicine. I look forward to helping the underserved community after residency, and I love learning how to use medicine as a catalyst to care for families around the planet.

 

   
Jordan Kim, MD

 Jordan Kim, MD (Chief Resident)

PGY- 3

 East Tennessee State University

 

I was drawn to family medicine after my experience as an EMT in Ghana, Africa. I enjoy spending time with patients, understanding where they come from and to where they will return, and figure out how to provide the best possible care to them. Whenever I have time, I enjoy running, hiking, climbing, golfing, weight-lifting, snowboarding and ultimate frisbee.

   
Emily Ager, MD

Emily Ager, MD

PGY-3

University of Alabama

 

I traveled to Costa Rica between my first and second year of medical school to learn medical Spanish and work in a rural clinic. Afterward, I spent time in Europe and Africa. I'm looking forward to family medicine training that gives me a firm foundation for more medical trips abroad. 

   
Ryan Bode, DO

Ryan Bode, DO

PGY-2

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

My experience in outreach programs gave me experience in underserved communities, Geriatric Medicine, and Sports Medicine. I lived in South America for three years, so I enjoy working with patients in the Hispanic community. I'm an avid rock climber and enjoy Chattanooga's many climbing opportunities.

   
Hunter Garrett, MD

Hunter Garrett, MD

PGY-2

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 

My path to medicine began when I had surgery from a sports injury. This experience has helped me develop a "coach and player" attitude to help my patients. My role as "coach" can help my "players" better understand his or her role in their personal health.

   
 Stephen Kinser, MD

Stephen Kinser, MD

PGY-2

East Tennessee State University

 

I was focused on family medicine from the beginning of medical school, and love getting to know my patients and their families. My family has been my inspiration and motivation both through medical school and residency, and I look forward to working alongside individuals that enjoy teaching and help residents develop skills in their training.

   
 Ashley Salvaggio, MD  Ashley Salvaggio, MD

PGY-3

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

I grew up in New Orleans where Mardi-Gras and crawfish were a normal part of life. While I love my hometown, I also love to experience new places. Medical school wasn't always on the horizon, but I always liked science. After an undergraduate major in chemical engineering in Memphis, two years of Americorps tutoring in Oakland, CA, and two more years of working in influenza research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, I ended up going to medical school at UT in Memphis. I chose family medicine and this program because of the people and the city. The entire department is truly a family, and I know I made the right choice! Outside of medicine, I love to run, travel and spend time outside with my wonderful husband, Daniel, and our two dogs Lucy and Desi. Chattanooga is an incredible place to live!

Revised 5/13/18  

 

 

 

 

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