Meet Our Residents

Department of Pediatrics Resident Physicians |  2015 - 2016

Cassie Hudson, DO | PGY-3, Chief Resident


"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."

Undergraduate: The University of Tennessee--Chattanooga
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University--DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Jaynes, DO | PGY-3, Chief Resident


"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. 


Ahmad Aboaziza, MD | PGY-3

Ahmad 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.”

Undergraduate and Medical School: Benghazi University Faculty of Medicine


Loreta Bidot, MD | PGY-3


"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, Florida
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, St Maarten

 Lindsey Bull, DO | PGY-3

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-2

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

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

Min Jung, MD | PGY-2


"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!"

Undergraduate and Medical School: Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan

Sugantha Krishnan, MD | PGY-2

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."

Undergraduate and Medical School: Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, India

Kiran Kalra, MD | PGY-2

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-2

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)."

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU)

Erin Majchrzak, DO | PGY-2

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!!"

Undergraduate: Truman State University
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University

Keerthi Reddy, MD | PGY-2

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."

Undergraduate: Kasturba Medical College International Center, Manipal, Karnataka India
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine


Pratibha Agarwal, MD | PGY-1

Pratibha Agarwal, MD

"After completing my graduate degree in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston and my medical school from India, I came to East Tennessee State University for my residency in Pediatrics. ETSU College of Medicine met most, if not all of my criteria, for an ideal residency program. Becoming a pediatrician was an absolute dream and Niswonger Children’s Hospital is the perfect place. I, personally, try to spend leisure time with Mother Nature and couldn’t have asked for a better place than Tennessee. With only a month into my residency, I am already content and happy with my decision. "

Undergraduate and Medical School: Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College



Holly Burns, DO | PGY-1

Holly Burns, DO

“I am originally from Stafford Springs, Connecticut and went to medical school at NYIT-COM in Old Westbury, New York. I wanted to travel south for residency to experience a much needed change of pace as well as a small respite from the wicked winter weather up North. When applying for residency, I was specifically looking for a small program with a stand-alone pediatric hospital and a friendly/close knit resident group. I also wanted to be close to my fiancé who is a PMR resident in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since day one, the people in Johnson City have been so welcoming and friendly, it really opened my eyes to 'southern hospitality'! Only two weeks into the program and I am able to say that applying to ETSU College of Medicine for pediatric residency was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Every morning I am greeted by an awesome view of the smoky mountains and I get to set foot inside one of the most beautiful children's hospitals. I can't say enough about my faculty and fellow residents. Everyone is so knowledgeable and so devoted to teaching. Best of all, it feels as if everyone is part of one big family! In my spare time I love to go running, cook, and shop. I think the most relaxing part of my day is being able to stare out my back window at the grazing cows and rolling hills!”

Undergraduate: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY

Adam Farmer, MD | PGY-1

Adam Farmer, MD

“When I was 7 years old, my family moved to beautiful East Tennessee, and I have been here ever since! I graduated from the local high school, Science Hill, and for undergrad I went to Milligan College just up the road. While in college I majored in Fine Arts and Humanities. Needless to say, when I finally decided to pursue medicine, I had some catching up to do. I enrolled in the post-baccalaureate premedical program at ETSU and was lucky enough to be accepted to Quillen for medical school. I love living in this area! Whether it’s hiking up Roan Mountain on the Appalachian Trail, fly fishing on the Nolichucky River, or spending the day out at Watauga Lake, East Tennessee has so much to offer. I chose ETSU Pediatrics for my residency because I know how great this area is to have a family (I'm married with a 1 year old, Jack) and because of the friendly, passionate, and close-knit residents and attendings. I'm currently interested in global health and infectious disease.”

Undergraduate: Milligan College
Medical School: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU)

Ashley Ham, DO | PGY-1

Ashley Ham, DO

“I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.  I went north for college at the University of Notre Dame before returning to Tennessee for medical school at LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was there that I met my husband, and we got married in the spring before residency began.  He is a Family Medicine resident here at ETSU as well.  With his family in Charlotte, NC and mine in Nashville, TN, we are so thrilled to be in East Tennessee just a short trip from both places.  I love the environment that both ETSU and the East Tennessee area provide, and it has been a wonderful place to make our first home together! We couldn't be happier to be somewhere that has such great programs for both of our aspirations.  I love spending time with family, watching movies, and of course cheering on my Fighting Irish! I look forward to learning and growing as I pursue this dream of being a general pediatrician!”

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fazila Jafri, MD | PGY-1

Fazila Jafri, MD

“I was born in Pakistan, raised in Saudi Arabia, went to college in America and Medical school in the Caribbean. My husband, who I met in Med school, has a very similar background and also matched at ETSU College of Medicine in the Internal Medicine program. After moving around so much for personal and educational reasons, we're so glad to call Johnson City our home for the next 3 years. Driving to work with the beautiful view of the mountains and southern hospitality makes living here so peaceful, at such a crucial part of my career. And that’s just the smallest part of it. The faculty, as well as the residents, nurses,  techs, receptionists, and every other employee at the hospital gets along so well and is ever ready to help out in any way they can. It feels like I hit the jackpot and found my perfect workplace.”


Undergraduate: Western Michigan University
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas, Nevis 

Mary Kearns, MD | PGY-1

Mary Kearns, MD

“I always knew I wanted to go to residency in Florida to stay close to my family, but when I visited ETSU College of Medicine I knew this was the place for me. All the faculty and residents I met expressed the same idea: ETSU College of Medicine is a family. I learned that the program is not only academically challenging but fosters a nurturing learning environment, a rare combination to be sure. While I miss my parents, my four younger brothers and sisters, and my big Irish/Italian extended family in South Florida, I have no doubt that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. And I am excited to be the pioneer of my family--showing my siblings that dreams can be achieved through hard work, perseverance, support from family, and remaining true to yourself. Besides spending time with family and friends, I enjoy singing, watching movies, yelling the (usually wrong) answer at the TV during Jeopardy, cheering on my Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and talking in silly voices. I'm excited to live in beautiful Johnson City, and I can't wait to explore and discover everything it has to offer!”

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine 

Melody Miller, DO | PGY-1

Melody Miller, DO

“I was born and raised just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some of my hobbies include running, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy spending time with my black lab, Lilly. Upon traveling to ETSU for interviews, I realized how much this area has to provide and how great all of the people are here. Seeing the mountains on my drive to work every day is something that I will never get over; the views are gorgeous! This program is a perfect fit for me. I've really enjoyed working with my attendings one on one and becoming close to all of the other residents. Everyone seems to truly care about each other. Furthermore, the learning environment combines self-directed learning, team-based learning, family-centered rounds, and simulations. The attendings enhance this environment by being open to new ideas and questions, providing constructive criticism, and being understanding of what we're going though. All of these aspects make ETSU unique as a residency program, and I am so glad I have the opportunity to train here.”

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

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