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I grew up in a small town in western North Carolina. After undergraduate studies in Durham, NC, I spent a few years working in medical and environmental research. I married my partner in crime and decided to quit studying and start doing! We saved up and moved to Tanzania for a year. There were many adventures, misadventures and a lot of amazing community health work. Inspired to do even more, I moved to Mexico for medical school and then to the American southwest for clinicals. I am thrilled to be back home in the Appalachian Mountains to start another chapter!
Samantha Jensen, M.D.
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After moving around a few times as a kid, my family settled in a small town in Ohio, where I did most of my growing up. I attended Wright State University and have a degree in chemistry with a minor in French. Later, I studied at Ross University School of Medicine and completed most of my clinical clerkships in Chicago. I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine, and would love to work in a patient centered medical home in the future.
My husband and I love the Appalachian region, and when he matched at ETSU for his psychiatry residency, we were beyond excited. I am very thankful to complete my training at ETSU Bristol. The program has a good balance of family time with education, with a superb group of people and the opportunity to learn OMT!
In my leisure time, I enjoy going on hikes through the beautiful mountains, gardening in the backyard, and spending quality time with my family and dog.
Kelsey Lloyd, M.D.
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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 track, 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 playing 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.
Kenneth McVey, D.O.
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I am from Richlands Virginia, a small coalmining town in Southwest Virginia. I attended King College in Bristol, TN for my undergrad education. During that time I began volunteering as an EMT, which significantly intensified my interest in medicine. I then attended Liberty University for medical school. During school, I developed a passion for Family Medicine and patient relationships. I enjoy seeing patients of all ages, women’s health, and office procedures. In my residency search, Bristol had the ultimate package. It was close to home, offered excellent training, and had the most amazing group people. After my residency training, I plan to practice rural family medicine, seeing patients in both the hospital and the clinic. My spare time is usually spent volunteering, fly fishing, hunting, cooking or spending time with my family. I am married to the love of my life and we are blessed with an amazing daughter.
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I was born and raised in Richlands in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia. Go Hoos! Though my plan was always to pursue medicine, I worked in and around the coal and mineral mining industries for a few years, while also working as a firefighter and EMT. I attended the Post-Baccalaureate program through the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA and then stayed at VCOM for my medical education. During my clinical rotations, I was lucky enough to rotate through Bristol and knew where I wanted to train for residency! The awesome residents, amazing faculty, and their dedication to family medicine were an instant draw for me! In my free time, I enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, and NASCAR – after all, It’s Bristol, baby! After completing my training, I hope to stay in the region to practice.
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Greetings from the Northwest! I was born and raised in Montana and completed medical school at the University of Washington. Prior to medical school, I met a handsome man from southwest Virginia and we always planned to move back to the area to be close to family and the family farm. We could not be happier to be joining the Family Medicine residency program at Bristol! In our free time, we love being outside. I am eager to learn to garden in a climate that offers more than 3 months of growing weather! I grew up in a small town and hope to ultimately practice in a rural area where I can provide affordable care to my neighbors. The ETSU Family Medicine program is perfectly matched to that goal and I know I will finish residency well trained with my humanity intact.
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I grew up in a small town in Northeast Mississippi on the Mississippi and Alabama state line. A family friend, who was a nurse, introduced me to healthcare as a career. This led me to my first job in healthcare as a nursing assistant. I worked as a nursing assistant while attending college at the University of North Alabama to obtain my BSN in Nursing. I worked as a registered nurse for 17 years and found the job to be very rewarding, however I felt that I had a calling to practice medicine and decided to pursue that calling. I attended medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and have spent the last two years of medical school in Northwest Alabama in my clinical rotations. I have always had a desire to practice family medicine in a rural setting and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Bristol family.
My wife and I like to spend time outdoors, we also love to travel and attend concerts and sporting events. I personally enjoy creative hobbies such as woodworking, drawing and painting. I am also an avid outdoorsman and love hiking, outdoor photography, fishing and gardening.
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My childhood was split between the highlands of Guatemala and the southernmost portion of Appalachia. My grandparents were missionaries in Guatemala in the 50’s, and my mom was born and grew up there. My parents were also serving as missionaries there when I was born. When I was 7, we moved to a rural community in north Georgia, just a few miles from where the Appalachian Trail crosses Blood Mountain. I graduated high school from the smallest public school in the state with 100 students k-12. I adopted Appalachian culture as my own, and came to love these mountains and the people that inhabit them. I drew inspiration from the local family doc who was the only healthcare provider in town.
I moved just up the road to Cleveland, Tennessee for my undergraduate education at Lee University. It was there that I was furthered convinced that medicine was the way I could best serve the historically underserved populations I grew up with. I had the opportunity to return to Guatemala during my gap year and there met my lovely wife Yadi.
I came back to east Tennessee for a wonderful four years in Johnson City for medical school, and we’re thrilled to now be in Bristol. In our spare time, we enjoy the ample opportunities for hiking, camping, craft beer and cider, live bluegrass and folk music that this area affords. We feel blessed to be here, and we’re glad that you find yourself exploring our program.
Elizabeth White, D.O.
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I grew up in Richlands, a small town in Southwest Virginia. I attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia for my undergraduate degree and then went on to West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia for medical school. My interests include spending time with my husband and our two dogs, baking, fishing, camping, church activities, and running 5k’s with my parents. I have special interests in geriatric medicine and patient education, especially diabetes management. When searching for a residency, I knew I wanted to train in an area that was close to my hometown and family. After completing a rotation in Bristol, I knew this program would be the perfect place to obtain an excellent education while working alongside truly wonderful people. It would also allow me to be close to my family! I am excited to start this new adventure in Bristol!
Ezra Adams, M.D.
PGY-II Resident Physician
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Since I was young, I have sought to live “a life less ordinary.” I grew up in Sevier County, in the shadow of the Smokies. After earning music degrees from Carson-Newman College and Western Carolina University, I enjoyed thirteen years of teaching and administration in independent schools in Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Georgia.
A wilderness first responder course showed me a new passion, and I soon began prerequisites for medical school at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. I then joined the inaugural class of the Auburn campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following my second year of medical school, I participated in ETSU’s Appalachian Preceptorship, which led me to discover Bristol’s family medicine residency. Bristol’s residents and faculty seem like a family to me.
In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, collecting socks, and adventuring with my wife, Dottie, and our dogs, Chewy and Mocha.
Megan Dycus, M.D.
PGY-II Resident Physician
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My name is Megan Dycus. I’m from Cookeville, TN. I went to medical school here at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. I like to go to the gym, do yoga, and play with my dog, Duchess. I love to go to lunch or coffee with friends. On Saturday mornings I enjoy the farmers’ market. And I love to sing. What attracted me to our program was the people. Everyone I knew was friendly and welcoming and the type of people who push each other to greatness- the synergy is palpable. I’m excited to be part of the family.
Eric Eddy, M.D.
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I was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area and attended medical school there at Oregon Health Sciences University. Most of my hobbies are things I can do outdoors with my family (camping, hiking, bicycling, and snowboarding) but I also ran my own automotive performance shop prior to medical school and love drag racing and other motorsports. During my previous career I had several opportunities to travel to the south and loved my time there, so Bristol was high on my list of places I wanted to live during my residency training. That combined with the great training offered by ETSU drew me to the program here and I’m excited to become part of this amazing community.
Britny Edwards, M.D.
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I grew up in Morristown, TN, where I dreamt of becoming a physician since I was 2 years old. As I grew older this dream persisted, so I earned my bachelor’s in biology from Austin Peay State University before attending Medical School at Ross University. Growing up in a rural area develop my passion for serving underserved populations and medical missions. During medical school, I volunteered at community clinics to provide preventative services and education on healthy lifestyle. I have also been able to participate in medical missions with Remote Area Medical and the U.S. Navy comfort mission in Dominica.
Outside of medicine, I am a Disney fan, and enjoy traveling. I have a goal to visit every country in the world, having already visited Greece, Russia, Australia, amongst others. I enjoy the outdoors including hiking and paddle boarding. We have several pets: a labradoodle, two birds, and two cats.
Corey Helton, M.D.
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I grew up in a tiny mountain community nicknamed “The Valley Above the Clouds” in Suches, Georgia. My roots are as Appalachian as they come and I’m proud of where I’m from. After graduating from the smallest public school in GA - with a graduating class of 12, I might add - I attended Young Harris College where I met my wife Caitlin, who is a Marriage and Family Therapist. I attended Mercer University School of Medicine in Georgia from 2015-2019. I have a great deal of interest in Direct Primary Care and intend to one day open a practice using the model. Outside of medicine I have innumerable hobbies and interests. I am a die-hard Star Wars fan and ran a book club in medical school which led to the creation of one of the best Star Wars sites on the web which I continue to run today - youtini.com. My wife and I also enjoy car-camping in my 4Runner, #doglyfe with our poodle, Rey (yes named after the Star Wars heroine), board games, craft beer, and all things nerdy.
Dustin Horne, M.D.
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I grew up on a family owned cattle farm in LaFayette, Georgia. I received my undergraduate degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia before receiving my medical education from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Growing up in a small town has allowed me to develop an interest and passion for full spectrum family medicine, particularly in the areas of women’s health and pediatrics. Some of the things I enjoy are fishing, weightlifting, and exploring local parks, as well as working with my brother on farm projects. I am excited to continue my training through ETSU in Bristol because I was impressed with the residents that I met at the program and the strength of the training that the residents receive. I also very much enjoy the beautiful scenery and countryside that this part of Tennessee has to offer.
Julie Reddick, M.D.
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I am originally from Martin, Tennessee, which is located in the Northwestern corner of the state. I went to college in my home town, and received a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. After college, I was lucky enough to be accepted to ETSU Quillen College of Medicine. I graduated medical school in 2018, and was given a preliminary General Surgery residency position in Memphis, TN. I could not be happier to be returning to east Tennessee.
I enjoy spending my spare time with significant other, Patrick, and our four cats. I have a wide variety of hobbies, from learning new languages to practicing musical instruments and even fostering abandoned kittens. I am incredibly excited to return to the Tri-Cities area and embark on the journey that is Family Medicine.
Danielle Weston, D.O.
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I am a native of East Tennessee and grew up in Carter County, outside the small town of Elizabethton. I attended ETSU for my undergraduate degree and Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lynchburg, VA for my medical education, where I fell in love with OMM. I am excited to be back in East TN for residency and to serve the community I’ve been blessed to call home. I was drawn to Family Medicine because of the unique patient relationship that occurs in family medicine, and also for the ability to take care of people of all ages. It was clear to me during my interview at Bristol that this residency program was the perfect fit for me; from the family atmosphere to the wonderful faculty and staff, the Bristol residency just felt like home. During my days off you will probably find me riding horses, spending time with my family and spoiled rotten German Shepard, or watching football (Go Vols!). We also love outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and chasing waterfalls. Fun fact: I actually having camping to thank for meeting my husband!
Kayla Authur, M.D.
Click here to learn more about Dr. AuthurI am from the beautiful hills of Northwest Arkansas, born and raised in Rogers, home of the Walmart, Daisy C.O., and Heritage Highschool where my husband and I first met. I attended medical school in the rural delta region of Jonesboro, Arkansas at NYIT COM on Arkansas State University’s Campus which is a satellite location of the home campus in Old Westbury, New York. Playing soccer and running in road races are my go to, “staying healthy” exercises. My husband and I enjoy hiking, kayaking and fishing (mostly him). Our most recent addition to our family is a 4-month-old Border Collie, Lincoln, who loves fetch and making friends with everyone. My ideal future job location is in a small town, biking distance from home, small community, and excellent outdoor activities. Bristol is our perfect fit! We’re very excited to be a part of ETSU family physicians.
Jeffrey Blackwell, M.D., Ph. D.
Click here to learn more about Dr. BlackwellI grew up near the small town of Damascus, Virginia. I attended Emory & Henry College and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where I earned a Ph.D. in microbiology. My first career was at Virginia Intermont College as an assistant professor. After the tragic closing of Virginia Intermont, I decided to transition into a career in medicine. I attended ETSU Quillen College of Medicine which provided me an excellent medical education. I’m excited to remain with the ETSU Bristol Family Medicine program, full of wonderful faculty and staff that are committed to providing quality care to our population and to training excellent new clinicians. I live in Abingdon with my wife, Kellie Blackwell, a Family Medicine physician, and my four sons, Oliver, Tucker, Beckett, and Thatcher. We enjoy spending time together, growing flowers and vegetables, playing games, watching movies and taking vacations to Disney World.
Jeffrey Bolton, M.D.
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I am from LaFollette, TN, and attended ETSU QCOM for medical school. My wife, Brooke, and I have enjoyed living in the Tri-cities and are happy to be staying in the area for residency! We have one daughter, Rylee, and a cat named Binx. I enjoy sports, hiking, and reading. I was drawn to the program in Bristol because they offered well rounded training in a setting that felt like family. Everyone I interacted with seemed genuinely happy to be here, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
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I grew up in Bland, Virginia. I attended college at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and received degrees in Biology and Psychology. While I appreciated my time at the university, I missed being in the Appalachian Mountains. I then returned to Blacksburg, Virginia to complete my medical education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was attracted to family medicine in that we can play a variety of roles and perform various procedures. I am specifically interested in rural ER and women’s health. I chose Bristol because I found the faculty to be very knowledgeable and felt the program would prepare me to return to a rural area such as my hometown to practice medicine.
I am married to my college sweetheart whom I met working on the rescue squad. We enjoy beekeeping together and have a Labrador named Oakley. My other hobbies include quilting, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Jessie Feathers, M.D.
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I am a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. After graduating from Science Hill High School, I attended both undergraduate and medical school at East Tennessee State University. The Tri-Cities region is my home, and I am so excited to be able to continue my medical career with ETSU. Outside of medicine, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking new recipes, being outdoors, live music, and spending time with my family. I chose to come to Bristol for residency because of the family-like atmosphere and their true passion for the patients in this region. I am looking forward to being a part of the Bristol family and the opportunity to work with one of my dearest friends, Dr. Kendra Henderson.
Luke Hall, D.O.
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I was born in the Tri-Cities, while my dad was a resident here at Bristol, and raised on our family farm outside Knoxville. I have been blessed to stay in East Tennessee for all my education, attending Carson-Newman for undergrad and LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I met my incredible wife, Star, at no better place than our local church, where we continue to worship and grow in community. We have also recently added the sweetest little boy, Tripp, to our family! I have way too many hobbies, which include snow-skiing, water-skiing, backpacking, triathlons, farming, and most recently working on my private pilot’s license and playing moto-polo (like dodge ball, but with a soccer ball…on dirt bikes).
Bristol was an easy decision for me when I experienced how much of a big family Bristol is. It truly is a gem of a program, and my wife and I feel eternally blessed be a part of this program and get to know the Bristol community.
Click here to learn more about Dr. HendersonI was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up on a farm in southern Oregon, it was quite a culture shock when I moved to Los Angeles for my undergraduate degree at Claremont McKenna College! I studied Biology and Classical Studies and even got to spend six months in Greece. After college, I commissioned into the US Air Force, and served for four and a half years in Texas, Wyoming and Afghanistan. My husband and I came to ETSU for my medical education, and we just love the area! After living in so many places over the past decade, I am excited to be staying here in Bristol with my medical school mentors and one of my closest friends (Dr. Feathers). I love traveling and have been to over 13 countries and 25 states. I also enjoy visiting museums, scuba diving, hiking, backpacking, skiing, art, reading and cooking.
Donald Huffman, D.O.
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I spent most of my childhood growing up in Whitetop, VA, about an hour from Bristol. After spending several years working in manufacturing and construction, I decided to make a career change and attended medical school at LMU Debusk College of Medicine in Harrogate, TN. From the beginning I have wanted to be trained to practice full spectrum medicine, likely in a rural area, and the Bristol Family Medicine residency program fits that bill. I’m excited to be back in the area I’m proud to call home and in my spare time you may find me hiking some of the local trails, working on a home improvement project or in my garden.
Anne Jarrell, M.D.
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Hiya, friends! My name is Anne and I grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia. I obtained my undergraduate education at West Virginia University. I then traveled to Huntington, West Virginia to attend medical school at Marshall University. It is there that I developed a passion for Family Medicine and for serving rural populations.
Between the kind, hospitable people, the beautiful mountains, and the delicious home-cooking, I knew that I wanted to stay in Appalachia for my residency. In my search for the perfect fit, I wanted to find a learning environment that was fun, supportive, and passionate about rural America. This landed me in Bristol, Tennessee, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
In my free time, you can probably find me in a coffee shop, hanging out with my cats, hiking, or bingeing Netflix. I also love painting, makeup artistry and reading on my porch.