Meet Our Residents

Department of Pediatrics Resident Physicians |  2014 - 2015

Jeremy Bradley, MD | PGY-3, Chief Resident

Bradley "I grew up in middle Tennessee before moving to East Tennessee for college. I have been at ETSU for undergrad, medical school, and now residency. I enjoy doing almost anything, especially hiking and camping. I'm really big into sports of all kinds and have been playing rugby for the past 8 years. College football season is probably my favorite time of the year and I own or have seen almost all of the Pixar/Dreamworks movies. I chose ETSU Pediatrics because I loved the close knit family feel that I saw with residents, attendings, nurses and the rest of the hospital staff."

 

 

Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University
Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine


Tyler Williams, MD | PGY-3, Chief Resident

Williams"I am originally from Boone, NC which is not too far from good old Johnson City. My wife, children, and I came back to this area for residency so that we could be closer to our family and friends. Also, I found no other program that had the camaraderie I found with the ETSU residents and staff. I enjoy Frisbee golf, soccer, movies (I have a whirl wind of useless movie quotes in my head), cartoons (Adventure Time, Phineas and Ferb, Tom and Jerry, Regular Show, the Adventure of Gumball to name a few), spending time with my family (wife and three kids), and long romantic walks on the beach with candle light dinners (just for fun hahaha). I have enjoyed my time here and I feel like this is a wonderful place to live and train."

 

Undergraduate: Appalachian State University
Medical School/Graduate: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine


Madhavi Gavirneni, MD | PGY-3

Gaviraieni "I moved to Johnson City in 2009 with my husband. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful mountains and charming people who showed me the best of southern hospitality. We did not want to leave this beautiful are so I looked into the Pediatrics Department at ETSU, Niswonger Children's Hospital. I really like the relationship between residents and faculty and they are in many ways like a family. I wanted to be in a program that would make me feel comfortable and I was able to picture myself training with confidence at ETSU. In my spare time from residency, I like biking, tennis, reading books, cooking, and travelling."

 

Undergrad: Sri Chaitanya Junior College, Major: Biology
Medical School: Rangaraya Medical College


Nilesh Dankhara, MD | PGY-3

Dankhara "Everyone I met during my interview was happy, welcoming, and warm. I felt like ETSU Pediatrics is a good environment to train in. People are extremely supportive, friendly and wonderful! In my free time I like to get together with family and friends and have a good time. I also like to travel, watch sports & movies and be outside."

Medical School: C.U. Shah Medical College, Gujarat, India.

 

 


Ghassan Saeb, MD | PGY-3

Saeb"I believe in the general saying, 'to be a good specialist you have to be first a good generalist' and ETSU Pediatrics Department will make you an excellent one. I liked the family - like program where you get the chance to know everybody personally, so you are not just a number. The program and the city are designed to be family – friendly. So I go out with my family to enjoy the beauty of Johnson City and the surrounding green covered mountains whenever I can."

Medical School: Aleppo University College of Medicine, Syria

 


Piyush Singh, MD | PGY-3

Singh"I like riding motorcycles and watching movies. My favorite sports are cricket and field hockey. I am trying to learn American football. I have lived in various parts of India and the United States. I am fascinated with different cultures and languages. I like ETSU because it has a great balance between clinical and didactic activities. I am interested in a Hematology / Oncology fellowship and being a St Jude's Tri-Cities affiliate hospital is the best part of program for me. All the residents, faculty and staff are very nice and friendly. I enjoy coming to work here each day."

Graduate School: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Medical School: Andhra Medical College, India


Ahmad Aboaziza, MD | PGY-2

aboaziza“My hobbies include archery, playing soccer and camping. What I like most about this program is the camaraderie among the faculty and staff.  Residency in a small program gives you more one-on-one interaction with the attending physicians.  The attending physicians here at ETSU truly dedicate their time and effort to provide their residents with a high-quality learning experience. Johnson City provides many fun outdoor activities.  I can never get enough of the extravagant view of the Appalachian Mountains on my way to work.  There are numerous mountain hiking trails where you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Mother Nature.”

Medical School: Benghazi University Faculty of Medicine

 


Loreta Bidot, MD | PGY-2
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"I grew up in the beautiful island of Cuba, migrated to the USA as a teenager and had the opportunity to study abroad during medical school. As an immigrant myself, I found it satisfying to help medically under-served children from different backgrounds who often fail to get the proper medical attention they so desperately need. The residency program at ETSU has provided me with this opportunity, as well as continues to guide me to my professional goals. At ETSU, I have had the privilege to meet and work with attending physicians who are passionate about teaching residents and truly care about each of their patients. I have found this program to provide me with a solid foundation that I can use to be a successful physician."

Undergraduate: University of Miami, FL
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, St Maarten.


Cassie Hudson, MD | PGY-2

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"I grew up in Greeneville, TN which is very close to Johnson City.  I graduated from UT-Chattanooga where I met my husband, Will. We were married after my first year of medical school at LMU-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Along the way, we have aquired two "fur-babies" Ollie and Daisy. Although I am from the area, much more attracted me to ETSU for residency. I have enjoyed the close-knit feel of our program. These relationships are not only with my fellow residents, but faculty as well. I love that we are able to work so close with our attending physicians. All of our faculty are very approachable and fun. East Tennessee is a great place to live. My husband, who is not orginally from the area, has fallen in love with the region as well. We enjoy taking our fur babies out hiking and camping. After residency, I plan on working as a general pediatrician in the outpatient private setting."



Jennifer Jaynes, MD | PGY-2

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"I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee but have lived in the east Tennessee area pretty much since graduating college. In my free time, I enjoy going to sporting events, and football season is my favorite time of year--GO VOLS!! I chose ETSU because it really is a close-knit atmosphere between the faculty, residents, nurses, and other hospital staff. I didn't really see that anywhere else that I interviewed."

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee. Graduate School: Lincoln Memorial University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Ostepathic Medicine. 


 


Lindsey Presley, MD | PGY-2

presley"My Husband and I are originally from Jonesville, Virginia, not too far from Johnson City. ETSU was the perfect choice for us because we wanted to stay close to our family and friends, be able to watch our Hokies play football, and live in a beautiful area. I loved the program immediately after visiting. I loved the learning environment, the family feel, the training style, the positive atmosphere and the camaraderie between residents. These people have truly become like family. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and my dog, being outdoors, the lake, swimming, reading, and watching movies and college sports."

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech; Graduate School
Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from UNCG
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine


Daniel Armentrout, MD | PGY-1

armentrout"I was born and raised on a farm with my twin brother about 25 minutes from Johnson City. After completing both my undergrad and medical training here, I was looking for somewhere else to do my pediatric residency. After completing my residency interviews, I could not find a place better suited for me and my family. I chose ETSU over other residency programs because of the great comraderie among the residents, the friendliness and willingness to teach from the faculty, and the opportunity to stay in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, East Tennessee." Daniel is married with a 1 year old son and a dog."Hobbies: Anything to do with sports! I love to play intramural flag football, golf, and slow-pitch softball.  Working on my family farm, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Future Interests:  Pediatric Sports Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Disease

Undergrad:  East Tennessee State University
Medical School: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU)


Min Jung, MD | PGY-1

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"I was born in South Korea, raised in South Africa, went back to Korea for medical school, and now I am getting my residency training at ETSU. Out of all the places I have been to, Johnson City has to be one of the most beautiful places that I have lived. My family and I are really enjoying life here and the training environment at ETSU is fabulous. We are especially looking forward to exploring all the parks and outdoor activities that are available in this area. Moving from another country was a big transition for my family and having the tremendous support from fellow residents and faculty has made it so much easier. The diverse group of residents we have are extremely friendly, and everyone seems to be very happy and satisfied with the training environment. Which is one of the main reasons I wanted to become a part of this program too, and I am glad to have made that choice!"


Sugantha Krishnan, MD | PGY-1

krishnan"Following my dream career has brought me to this excellent Pediatric Residency Program at ETSU. Moving halfway across the world from India, I have found a wonderful home here. Nestled amongst gorgeous rolling hills, Johnson City is an amazing place to live. Working alongside brilliant Pediatricians who truly enjoy taking care of kids makes me feel extremely fortunate to have become a part of the ETSU family. The warmth and support we experience in this tight knit team of the Pediatric Department cannot be found anywhere else! I am a person with a myriad of interests ranging from Indian classical music and Poetry to Disney movies and Harry Potter. I also love swimming, driving through the countryside with friends and family listening to music."

 


Kiran Kalra, MD | PGY-1

kalra"When I told my friends that I was moving to Johnson City, TN for residency, they thought it was a joke. The first thing everyone would ask me was, “what are you going to do there?”  To tell you the truth, I’ve always been known as a city girl. I was a little nervous about the move. I did my clinical rotations in major cities with a million things to do: shopping, traveling, site seeing, and exploring different cultures.  Now, two months into my residency at ETSU, I believed this to be a great decision. Yes, I need a car to get around but I can do everything I’ve been doing. I go shopping on my days off and I go site seeing with my husband and friends when they visit. The program has a lot to offer their residents, and I’ve eaten more barbeque in the last two months than I have my whole life. I have always grown up in a small, close family, which is another reason why I chose ETSU. It feels like my own small family here! The fact that people are so much nicer and a lot more laid back helps as well!  It’s quiet and beautiful in Johnson City."

Undergraduate: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Medical School: American University of Anitgua


Colette Lauhan, MD | PGY-1

lauhan"I grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Tennessee in 2004 to attend college at Vanderbilt University. I graduated with a chemistry degree from Vandy, then spent two years doing basic science research by day and teaching MCAT courses by night. When I came to my senses and realized medicine was a lot more fun than the lab, I traveled east for medical school at Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU. After four years in Johnson City, and several medical student rotations in pediatrics, I knew that Quillen was the right place for residency. I loved the excellent teaching, the friendly residents, and the backdrop of a beautiful hospital nestled in the East Tennessee mountains (which make for great hiking with my husband and two dogs)."

 


Erin Majchrzak, DO | PGY-1

majchrzak"I grew up in a very close-knit, supportive family. When I began my search for residency, I looked for somewhere that would help me along as my family always has. When I came to ETSU, the sincere and helpful residents amazed me.  Niswonger is a fantastic hospital, and the residency is just great. I am interested in Primary Care, and I decided that this program would be a great fit. My hometown is St. Louis, MO. I am an avid St. Louis Blues fan and a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan. The fact that Johnson City has a rookie STL Cards team was a big draw for me!  I grew up dancing, singing, and acting – my first musical was when I was 7!  Any time there is an opportunity for me to see a show, I’ll definitely be there. I also enjoy traveling, and Johnson City is within a short trip of many cities. I am looking forward to growing and learning as a pediatrician for these three years!!"


Keerthi Reddy, MD | PGY-1

reddy"When I came to interview at ETSU, I instantly fell in love with the program and all it has to offer. From the beautiful landscapes of Johnson City, to the amazing faculty and the close-knit relationship between the attendings, residents, and nurses it was exactly what I was looking for in a residency program, and why I chose ETSU pediatrics! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love to travel, watch movies, and cook."