Mary Axelrad, M.D.
Dr. Mary Axelrad is a board certified family medicine physician. She earned her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Axelrad completed her family medicine residency at ETSU Health Family Medicine Bristol. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, American Medical Women's Association and Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians.
Greg Clarity, M.D.
Professor & Program Director
Dr. Clarity is a native of New York state. He received an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A & M and worked for six years as an engineer before entering medical school. He received his M.D. degree from ETSU and completed his residency at the Bristol Family Practice program in 1995. In the past, Greg and his wife Cathy enjoyed living on a small farm with their chickens, ducks, and dairy goats. Now they have five children and have left the animals behind. Greg enjoys spending time with the children, and may someday resume sailing on our area lakes.
John Culp, M.D., FAAFP
I am originally from Alabama, but am now an adopted Tennessean. I graduated from University High in Johnson City and received my B.S. from ETSU. I returned to Alabama to earn my M.D. from the University of Alabama in 1980 and completed my residency in Family Practice at Anniston, Alabama, in 1983. I worked in private practice in Anniston until joining the Bristol Family Practice Program in October 1986. I am a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and hold a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics.
My wife Jane is a biology teacher who is presently busy at home taking care of our family, and is actively involved in church work and various community organizations. After hours, you will find me also involved in church work, community activities, and family life. I enjoy antique gas engines, hunting and shooting, and playing the guitar.
Brandi Dahl, Pharm.D., BCPS
Assistant Professor & Associate Medical Director, Family Medicine and Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
Dr. Dahl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. She also holds an appointment as clinical faculty with the ETSU Family Medicine Bristol. Dr. Dahl received her pharmacy degree and completed a 24-month combined PGY1/PGY2 pharmacotherapy specialty residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP) in Amarillo, Texas. She is involved in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, TTUHSC SOP Alumni Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her current practice interests include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and transitions of care.
Christopher Garner, M.D.
Dr. Garner moved to the area in 2011 for medical school at Quillen. Once he decided on family medicine, he wanted to stay in the area for residency to remain close to family. He always said being in residency was the best job he ever had, so he decided to stay on as faculty. He and his wife Joyce have two children, Luke and Leia. He enjoys weight lifting, running, hiking, and reading. He is also a huge Star Wars fan-he was born the year Episode 4 was released. See his kids’ names!
Andrea Hopkins, M.D.
Assistant Professor & Medical Director
Dr. Hopkins is originally from Richmond, VA and was raised in Texas, but has deep roots in Southwest Virginia, where her extended family has lived for generations. She came to Bristol to take a job in journalism and has been here ever since. She earned both her undergraduate and medical degrees from East Tennessee State University and was fortunate to be able to complete residency in her adopted hometown of Bristol. She is currently the Medical Director for ETSU Health in Bristol. She maintains a full-spectrum family medicine practice that includes non-surgical obstetrics, and considers it a joy to be able to help bring new life into the world.
She and her husband Mike, have three children, Kathryn, Patrick, and Spencer. Her stepson, Michael, and his wife, Franchesca, have two daughters, Maia & Madison. Her hobbies are running, kayaking, yoga, camping, reading books, & raising chickens and ducks in her back yard. She is also trying to visit all 50 states and has already visited 31 of them.
Kelsey Lloyd, M.D.
I am an East Tennessee native who is passionate about my Appalachian roots. I went to Centre College in Danville, KY for undergrad where I majored in religion and played soccer. I returned to east Tennessee to attended ETSU Quillen COM for medical school and I am excited to continue my medical education close to home. At Quillen, I participated in the rural primary care tract which cultivated my interest in providing care in small communities. Ultimately, I would like to practice in rural east Tennessee with an emphasis on obstetrics and women’s health. I consider myself a sports enthusiast, both paying and watching. I enjoy cheering on my Tennessee Volunteers and the United States national soccer team, winning as many intramural championships as possible, and enjoying the mountains with all they have to offer.
Alexander Melkonian, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
I was raised in Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in psychology. I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Arkansas and completed my predoctoral clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/Ralph H. Johnson Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, SC. I then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Charleston VAMC's Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center focused on concurrent substance use and posttraumatic stress disorder treatment and research.
Working as an integrated primary care psychologist in Bristol Family Medicine, I love the time I spend working with patients to help support their behavioral health goals and helping residents learn more about behavioral interventions in primary care. As a member of the College of Medicine's Institute for Integrated Behavioral Health, I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the mission of growing integrated behavioral health services across ETSU Health through providing interprofessional clinical care and training.
After living in the low country of South Carolina for several years, I am thrilled to be back in the Appalachian Mountains - along with my wife and dog, I enjoy hiking and exploring local trails, biking, and cooking.
Ralph Mills, M.D., FAAFP
Assistant Professor - Sports Medicine
Dr. Ralph Mills is a native of Madisonville, Tennessee. He graduated from Hiwassee College in 1978, received his Bachelor of Science degree from King University in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1980, and earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine in 1984. He is board-certified in sports medicine and family medicine.
Dr. Mills is a clinical assistant professor at East Tennessee State University, where he is heavily involved with BucSports, and he is also a team physician for the university. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Mills also works with various high schools throughout the region providing sports medicine coverage.
Jason Moore, M.D.
Professor, Director of Medical Student Education & Clerkship, Interim Chair
I am a lifelong Ohioan and graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where I received my B.A. in zoology in 1995. I then attended Ohio State University College of Medicine to earn an M.D. degree and moved my family to Bristol to enter the Bristol Family Medicine Residency. As a second-year resident I was selected to serve as Chief Resident and in my third year was chosen to receive the Bristol program's "Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year Award." I completed my residency in June 2002 and joined the faculty at Bristol in August, because "Bristol is 'a good place to live' and the family medicine center is a great place to work."
My wife and I are the parents of six beautiful children. In my free time, I enjoy
playing with my children, hiking, fly-fishing, Bible study, and watching Ohio State
Elizabeth White, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director and Director of Osteopathic Education
Dr. White is a native of the Appalachian region and grew up in Richlands, Virginia. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree and attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine with ETSU in Bristol, TN. Dr. White practices Full Spectrum Family Medicine which includes non-surgical obstetrics. She enjoys being able to provide care for all ages from newborn patients to geriatric patients.
She and her husband Derek, enjoy spending time with their three dogs and spending time outdoors. She enjoys hiking, fishing, running 5ks with her parents, DIY projects, and baking.