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Meet Our Residents

Department of Pediatrics Resident Physicians |  2015 - 2016

Daniel Armentrout, MD | PGY-3, Chief Resident

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"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)


Keerthi Reddy, MD | PGY-3, Chief Resident

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"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


  Min Jung, MD | PGY-3

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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!"

 

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


 Sugantha Krishnan, MD | PGY-3

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"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-3

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"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-3

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-3

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"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


Pratibha Agarwal, MD | PGY-2

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-2

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-2

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-2

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 Zaidi, MD | PGY-2

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-2

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-2

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


Stephanie Albracht, DO | PGY-1

Stephanie Albracht, DO

I grew up in Dayton, OH and completed undergraduate at the University of Kentucky. During my college summers, I worked at my hometown park district to help run outdoor recreational and nature programming for kids -- it was a blast! While I loved working for the park district, my calling was in healthcare. For medical school, I headed east to UP-KYCOM in Pikeville, Kentucky. I fell in love with the Appalachian scenery and culture during my time there, and after seeing the healthcare needs in the area, I developed a passion for rural medicine. I knew in my heart I wanted to complete my residency at ETSU not only because of its location, but also because of the excellent didactics, fantastic people, and educational experiences I had while rotating here! In my free time I play my viola, weightlift, yoga, and geek out with my wonderful pharmacist fiancé!

 

 

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine 


Alex Boley, DO | PGY-1

Alex Boley, DO

Johnson City and ETSU met all of the requirements that my husband and I were looking for in a home and for my Pediatrics training.  After a childhood filled with moving from Arizona to Michigan to Pennsylvania I was looking for a place to call home. I have spent the last nine years in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  There, I attended a small catholic liberal arts school for my undergrad degree (Seton Hill) and spent another four years at a local branch campus of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.  I was ready for a new adventure somewhere else. East Tennessee offers all of the outdoor activities that my husband and I enjoy. We were also able to buy a home that has given us space that we needed to raise our ever growing family of dogs, cats, ducks, and goats. Most importantly, I have enjoyed the support of the ETSU pediatrics department. I will never forget my first day of Orientation, which happened to fall on my 25th birthday, my brand new residency family had brought a cake to share and a heartfelt welcoming card. Their focus on harboring an extended education to the residents in a nurturing fashion and a positive environment is exactly what I had envisioned for my residency program. With the support and expertise of the faculty, staff and fellow residents I know that I will be prepared to be a valued general pediatrician in a rural area setting after my stay here at ETSU. 

Undergraduate: Seton Hall University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


Angelica Johnson, MD | PGY-1

Angelica Johnson, MD

I was born in Missouri and lived most of my life in a very small town in southern Illinois.  Then I moved to Philadelphia for undergrad and medical school.  In medical school, I had the opportunity to work at a couple of children's hospitals and I fell in love with pediatrics.  I chose ETSU because of the family atmosphere and great learning.  The residents here just seemed so happy and I really wanted that too.  Plus the view outside the hospital isn't bad either.  In my spare time, I love football, basketball, movies, and singing loudly and off key.  I am very excited to start my career here and can't wait to see what the future holds!!!

 

 

Undergraduate: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine 


 Rachel Lindsey, MD | PGY-1

Rachel Lindsey, MD

I grew up in a small town in Southwest Virginia, about an hour and a half from Johnson City, and after completing medical school at ETSU, I knew I wanted to stay here for residency! I love the close-knit feel of the program and the supportive learning environment we have here. My passion is serving under-served populations, globally and locally. At ETSU, I get to serve those who otherwise would have to travel long distances for the care of a children's hospital. After residency, I definitely plan on spending part of my time doing medical missions. When I'm not working, my husband and I can probably be found at Disney World, spending time with family and our dog, or exploring places we've never been!

 

 

Undergraduate: University of Virginia's College at Wise
Medical School: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU) 


Rachel Miller, MD | PGY-1

Rachel Miller, MD

My home is in southwest Virginia, about an hour from Johnson City. I went to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for both my undergraduate and medical school training. After 9 years in the city, I wanted to move closer to home for residency so I could be near my family and friends. Although I grew up nearby, much more attracted me to ETSU for residency. I appreciate the close-knit feel of our program. It is amazing to have the opportunity to work directly with the attending physicians. For fun, I enjoy cooking and hiking. My favorite local places to hike are the Grayson Highlands and the Channels which are both in Virginia. A few of my favorite things are famous Internet cats and memes, as well as my 6-year-old rescue tabby cat named Gabby.

 

Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 


Michelle Payne, MD | PGY-1

Michelle Payne, MD

I spent most of my life in GA but fell in love with the East Tennessee mountains and program here at ETSU. My husband stays at home with our 8 month old son (definitely the harder job). We are currently renovating our second home and enjoy all things related to home improvement projects (and love HGTV). Right now I am thinking about general pediatrics but have always had a love for NICU.

 

 

  

Undergraduate: Berry College
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine 


  Lexie Selzer, DO | PGY-1

Lexie Selzer, DO

I grew up on a farm in a tiny town outside of Chattanooga Tennessee called Rising Fawn Georgia.  After getting my undergraduate education at the University of South Carolina, I moved to Pikeville Kentucky for medical school. In the fall of my fourth year, I did a visiting rotation in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology here at ETSU. I was instantly welcomed as part of the team and I knew that this is where I wanted to continue my training.  From the positive learning environment to the incredible teaching staff and the family feel of the residency program, I couldn't imagine a better place to spend the next 3 years.  I am excited to explore local restaurants and nearby hiking trails. I also enjoy cooking, spending time at the lake, and hanging out with my cat Tullulah Mulan!

 

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

  

 

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