Meet The Family Medicine Residents

From across town to across the globe, our residents hail from as far away as Iran and as near as Signal Mountain, Tennessee.  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)
 
Brian Daily

Brian Daily, MD

PGY-1

Ross University

 Elizabeth Claydon

 Elizabeth Claydon, MD

 PGY-1

 Ross University

 Joe Evans

 Joe Evans, DO

PGY-1

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Evans is a Chattanooga native. His interest beyond the field of medicine include spending time with his son Walker, playing music, and whitewater kayaking.

 Justin Ossman, MD

 Justin Ossman, MD

PGY-1

Ross University

Justin has been married to a wonderful woman and has been blessed with a beautiful daughter, Eleanor. Justin and his family enjoy praising God and living a simple life. Justin's pastimes include spending time with his family, endurance sports and reading.

 

 

 Andrea Martinelli, MD

 Andrea Martinelli, MD

PGY-1

St. George's University

After earning a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, taking a brief foray into graduate school, and then spending a year working in a laboratory for a medical technology company Dr. Martinelli entered St. George's University School of Medicine.  A native of Wisconsin, she actually enjoys cold weather, riding her bicycle, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

 

 

Bryce Moody, MD

Bryce Moody, MD

PGY-1

Ross University

After earning a degree in Microbioloby and Spanish from Arizona State University, Bryce worked in medical diagnostics and sales while his wife finished nursing school. He enrolled in medical school with one child and finished with two more. He enjoys the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizone State football, but finds true joy in spending time with his family and providing meaningful service to those in need.

 

 

   

Second Year

Residents (PGY-2)

 
Christina Aguirre, MD Christina Aguirre, MD
PGY-2
Loma Linda University (CA)
Nicole Bernatowictz, DO Nicole Bernatowicz, DO

PGY-2

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic

I completed paying back my 4-year military commitment in the Air Force for the Health Profession Scholarship Program, and got accepted to this training program at age 33. My husband, kids, and I were fortunate to end up in Chattanooga, TN, which we love! This program immediately was warm and welcoming to me and my family. I particularly remember knowing without a doubt that this is where I belonged. Thankfully, the program felt the same!

Alexandra Feliciano, MD, PGY-1

 Alexandra Feliciano, MD

 PGY-2

 University of South Florida

 Mary Mckenzie, DO, PGY-1  

 Mary McKenzie, DO

 PGY-2

 Ohio University College of
 Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in Ohio, received my BS from Otterbein University and graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. I completed an EM intership in Columbus (go Bucks!) then went on to serve 4 years active duty as a flight surgeon in the USAF. My husband and I have 3 boys under the age of 5 and currently live in Hixson. I'm interested in integrative medicine and hope to practice here in Cahttanooga. We love boating, waterskiing, the Aquarium, Coolidge Park and Taco Mamacita.

 

Couldn't feel more blessed!

Richard Pigg, MD, PGY-1

 Richard Pigg, MD

 PGY-2

 Ross University

Juessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas, MD

PGY-2

Mercer University

I grew up in Valdosta, Georgia, received my BS from Valdosta State University, and graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2012. I currently live in northshore of Chattanooga, only 5 minutes from downtown. I'm interest in sports medicine and hope to practice in the SouthEast. I love running, reading, hiking, flag football, and eating at all the unique restaurants Chattanooga has to offer.

   
   
Third Year
Residents (PGY-3)
 
Bradford Mitchell, MD, Family Medicine Resident

Bradford Mitchell, MD

Chief Resident (PGY-3)

University of Alabama

 Amy Walthour, MD, PhD, Family Medicine Resident  

Amy Walthour, MD, PhD

Chief Resident (PGY-3)

Medical College of Georgia

I grew up in central Kentucky and moved to the Chattanooga/North Georgia area after my hustand, Tim, and I were married in 1997. I completed my BS at Kennesaw State University in 2002 and went on to complete a combined MD/PhD at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia in 2011. Tim and I have three sweet boys, Elijah, Noah and Isaac - our hearts and hands are quite full! We love camping, swimming and spending time downtown. We are a serious football family - Saturdays in the fall consist of cookouts and Georgia Football. Sundays are a bit more interesting - I'm a huge New York Giants fan, my husband is Broncos all the way. I've tried to explain he has his Mannings confused but he doesn't seem to understand. We are truly enjoying our time in Chattanooga so much! It's a wonderful place to live and the people are second to none!

 Karisten Djernes, MD, Family Medicine Resident

 

Karisten Djernes, MD
PGY-3

Loma Linda University (CA)

 Cole Houston, MD, Family Medicine Resident

 

Cole Houston, MD

PGY-3

American University of the Caribbean

Dr. Houston is from a small town in southern Utah called Kanab. He grew up traveling extensively throughout the US with his family's business catering to forest fire fighters. He loves to travel and experience other cultures. Dr. Houston has lived in LA, NYC, London and the Carribean.

 Eric Lisic, DO, Family Medicine Resident  

Eric Lisic,  DO

PGY-3

Edward Via Virginia College
of Osteopathic Medicine

 Elise Sims, MD, Family Medicine Resident  

Elise Sims, MD
PGY-3

University of Alabama

 Philip Sutherland, MD, Family Medicine Resident  

Philip Sutherland, MD

PGY-3

University of Tennessee

Although I grew up mostly in the Southwestern United States, Tennessee has been home to me for over 15 years. I received a BA from Berea College and graduated from UTHSC College of Medicine in Memphis, TN. My wife and I have 3 children (2 boys and a girl) and live in Tiftonia (Lookout Valley). I enjoy all aspects of Family Practice including OB. I am also interested in medical missions and have found several opportunities during residency to travel to Haiti. My wife and I hope to relocate to a rural area in Tennessee when I complete residency.

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