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)
Sara Conway, MD

Sara Conway, MD

PGY-1

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-1

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 tranistioned 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-1

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 paiinting and spending time with my boyfriend and dog Rosie.

 

 

   
Andrew Keyes, MD

Andrew Keyes, MD

PGY-1

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 becuase I knew the tight knit feel of UTCOM Chattanooga Family Medicine was just what I was looking for.

 

 

Grayson McConnell

Grayson McConnell, MD

PGY-1

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 of service, for the people - faculty and fellow residents, and because it's an amazing place to explore and emjoy the outdoors.

 

Laura Sherwood, MD

Laura Sherwood, MD

PGY-1

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 Theatre. 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.

 

  Second Year Residents (PGY-2)
Emily Ager, MD

Emily Ager, MD

PGY-2

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. Afterwards, 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.

   
Alex Cooke, MD Alexandria Cooke, MD

 PGY-2

Meharry Medical College

 

I spent seven months in Guinea, Africa, and my experiences there led 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.

   
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 undersand his or her role in their personal health.

   
Jordan Kim, MD

Jordan Kim, MD

PGY-2

 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.

   
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.

   
  Third Year Residents (PGY-3)
   
Scotty Newcomer, DO

Scotty Newcomer, DO

PGY-3

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

I was born in Germany and have lived in several different places, but I claim Idaho as my home state. After graduating high school I served in the Air Force for 10 years. Following discharge, I remained in Florida to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of West Florida. After undergrad, I moved to GA where I completed medical school at GA-PCOM. Most of my free time is spent with my wife, Lindsey, and our children, Riley, Sawyer and Kellon. I also enjoy playing drums, playing outdoor sports, camping, hunting, fishing and working on old cars.

   
Yuri Sawa, MD

 Yuri Sawa, MD

PGY-3

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

I grew up in Knoxville, TN where my parents owned a Japanese restaurant. I attended college at Furman University in Greenville, SC where I was a member of Chi Omega and worked as a resident assistant and as a "librarian". I then attended UTHSC in Memphis for medical school. I love family medicine because I am very passtionate about patient education and building meaningful relationships to facilitate effective communication and ultimately great patient care. During my JI in Chattanooga, I grew to love the city and respected the family medicine program for its outstanding faculty and resources. After moving to Chattanooga, my boyfriend and I have adopted a rescue kitten named Debakey who is now the center of our lives outside of Erlanger.

   
Megan Brown, MD

Megan Potts Brown, MD

PGY-3

Mercer University

 

I am from Rock Spring, GA, so I consider Chattanooga home. I attended the University of Georgia, where I earned a BS in biology. After graduating, I spent a year working as a unit clerk on the Heart Failure Management Unit here at Erlanger! I then began medical school at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, Georgia. I'm interested in all aspects of medicine, so family medicine is the perfect field for me, and I am so excited to be back home. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Cameron and exploring the beautiful city of Chattanooga.

   
Rob Peeler, MD

Rob Peeler, MD

PGY-3

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

I grew up in the small town of Covington in West TN.  I received my BS in Chemistry from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and then attended the University of TN for medical school.  During medical school, I completed my Family Medicine rotation in Chattanooga and was absolutely sold on the program afterwards!  I couple's matched with my amazing fiance, who is a Pediatric intern, and we both couldn't be any happier!  In my free time I love cooking, carpentry, and working on projects around the house.  

   
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 Chidlren'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!

   
 Case Tedder, MD

Case Tedder, MD

PGY-3

University of Tennessee College of Medicine 

 

I was raised in a small town not far from Chattanooga. I completed my college education and medical school training in Tennesseee, but I have traveled with every opportunity, and I hope to continue that after completing residency. Before applying to medical school I worked in Africa where I solidified my interest in medicine, and I want medical missions to be a part of my practice wherever I end up. I married my wife Monica during my third year of medical school. We enjoy being outside with our dogs Sticth and Brady, camping, riding bikes and traveling.

   
Revised 7/22/16  

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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