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Dr. DeLayne Allred

DeLayne Allred, D.O.

PGY-III Resident Physician





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I am originally from a small town in middle Tennessee. I attended Carson Newman University for my undergraduate training and then went to Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical training. I love playing basketball and staying active.

I visited Bristol during my interview season and knew this was where I was supposed to be. Family medicine offers such a wide array of experiences and allows me to be involved in the care of the entire family, providing a platform for preventative care. I’m so excited to be a part of Bristol’s program!


Dr. Amr El-Aawar

Amr El-Aawar, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician





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My love for medicine stems from my genuine passion towards helping others and my interest in the sciences. Although my path to medicine was not a direct one, I have always dreamed about being a physician for as long as I can remember.

I originally completed my degree in Management and Information Systems in Egypt and have worked as an IT Consultant for over ten years in Canada. Finally, I enrolled in a pre-medical program at Ryerson University and successfully attained my Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical University of the Americas. I am extremely thrilled to be a part of the Bristol Program. I feel blessed as my family has been very supportive throughout my journey.

In my pastime, I love spending time with my family and playing recreational sports. One day, I intend to have an outreach program to serve underprivileged patients and continue my family’s altruistic legacy.


Dr. Chris Garner

Chris Garner, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician





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I grew up in Nashville, TN, where I attended Middle Tennessee State University as an undergraduate and graduate student. I then spent almost nine years teaching high school biology and coaching wrestling in Smyrna, TN. I decided to pursue my original interest in medicine, and in 2011 my family and I moved to East Tennessee where I attended the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU.

I hope to eventually work in an academic family practice. My wife and I have been married for 12 years and we have two beautiful children. My interests include reading, wrestling, science-based medicine, emergency medicine, and Star Wars.


Dr. Laura Helmly

Laura Helmly, D.O.

PGY-III Resident Physician & Chief Resident





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I am a born and raised Canadian-Floridian who loves the mountains and all four seasons. I grew up in Daytona Beach, FL and received my bachelor's in Biology at the University of Florida. I moved to Virginia for medical school, and also ended up meeting my wonderful husband David at our church there.

Through my time at VCOM in Blacksburg, my love for serving the underserved population of Southwest Virginia grew, and I realized how much I loved whole-person care. Incorporating all aspects of my patients well-being into their care is very important to me, and I look forward to learning how to do that well through residency. I am so excited to be at Bristol!

I enjoy running (on trails especially), hiking, cooking and baking for lots of friends, traveling, and learning languages alongside my husband.


Dr. Connie "Alissa" Hinkle

Alissa Hinkle, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician & Chief Resident





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I was born and raised in Elizabethton, TN and so was my husband, JT. We both attended ETSU, where we met during our second semester of college. After graduating from ETSU, I was fortunate to be able to attend Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. JT and I have a deep connection and respect for Appalachian culture and the people of this area, and I am so excited to be working locally with the amazing people at Bristol.

In the future, my husband and I want to find ways to give back to our local community, and we also have an interest in doing some medical mission work. In my spare time, I like to bicycle, rollerblade, hike, paint, and pencil sketch. I am currently trying to learn how to play the ukulele and JT and I will hopefully try kayaking soon.


Dr. Jason Hollis

Jason Hollis, D.O.

PGY-III Resident Physician





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I was born and raised in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the whereabouts of the Great Mississippi Delta! I started my collegiate career at Missouri State University in West Plains Missouri in the spring of 2006 and finally graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in May, 2011. I then moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to attend William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in August of 2011 and graduated in May of 2015. I keep stating "I," but I is actually we. My wife, Kimberly, and I have been married 20 years this year and have three children: Dylan, Landon and Kaitlan. We also have two Boxers, Winston and Jackson, a mini Chihuahua, Frisco and a Shorkie (Shih Tzu-Yorkie), Izzy. We are busy!

I enjoy being on the water, especially cold, fresh spring-fed rivers and lakes, canoeing, fishing, wood carving, gardening, playing guitar and all types of hunting. Pretty much anything that involves being outdoors. Kimberly is an RN-BSN and we both enjoy doing wound care and hope to have our own rural health care clinic someday as well as doing medical mission work and disaster relief work on a national and international level as long as it is all in Gods Will! We feel very blessed to able to live and serve in such a beautiful part of the world.


Dr. Andrea Hopkins

Andrea Hopkins, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician





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I am originally from Richmond, Va., and grew up in West Texas. However, I have strong ties to Southwest Virginia, where my parents were raised and where my extended family has lived for generations. After attending McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, I moved to the region to work as a journalist for newspapers in Virginia and West Virginia. As a journalist, I became a passionate advocate for improved public health, an interest that led me to switch career paths. I earned a biology degree from East Tennessee State University and attended Quillen College of Medicine.

I live in Bristol with my husband, Mike, and our three children, Kathryn, Patrick and Spencer. I enjoy distance running, yoga, photography and hiking.


Dr. Harirajan Mani

Harirajan Mani, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician





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I was born in India but moved to the United States when I was 10 years old. I grew up in Bloomington, IL the home of the largest Dairy Queen. Yes! I did my undergraduate studies in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and soon after graduation, I was accepted into medical school. Initially, I was unsure what kind of physician I wanted to be but I knew I wanted to train in primary care. In today's medical world, it is important that physicians not be cowboys but a member of the pit crew for their patients. I felt that training at ETSU Bristol would help me become just that. My goals are to do a primary care fellowship and also become involved in academic medicine.

My interests are aviation, tennis, soccer, coffee and spending time with my wife, Yaasvee.


Dr. Mary Axelrad

Mary Axelrad, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I grew up in a small town on Eastern Long Island. I then headed upstate to Binghamton where I received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and upon graduation moved to New York City to work as an actuary. While working, I became a volunteer EMT in Central Park, where my love of clinical medicine began, and decided to return to school. I was lucky to attend the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. During my training, I married and had two daughters, the loves of my life.

When I have time to spare, I enjoy hiking, running and playing classical clarinet. I couldn’t be happier to continue my training at ETSU Bristol because of the faculty and residents’ diversity of experience, strong full-spectrum training and the beautiful Tri-Cities area!


Dr. Brent Baker

Brent Baker, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I grew up in East Tennessee and through an exciting journey I ended up attending ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine. I love to mountain bike, fly fish, hike and cook. My family has a sheep farm in Southwest Virginia and I love spending time with them. The Bristol Family Medicine Residency Program being unopposed was a huge draw, but the main reason I came to Bristol was for the people. Everyone is so kind and the program offers the true sense of a family working environment that provides a nurturing place to learn.


Dr. Havya Dave

Havya Dave, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I am an Indian-born American, raised mainly in Chattanooga, TN. Having gone through a tough childhood medically, I knew that I always wanted to become a physician. So, I completed my undergraduate at ETSU with honors in biology. It was the best four years of my career and life! Soon after, I attended Ross University for medical school. Going through medical school, I fell in love with providing care for the underserved population, as well as patient education. OBGYN/women’s health became my passion. I realized all of my goals can be attained as a family physician. Always having the desire to return to the beautiful Tri-Cities, I applied to ETSU Family Medicine programs. By God’s grace, I am very excited to begin my career at the Bristol Family Medicine Residency Program!

I chose Bristol for its location and the amazing people involved in the residency. I felt this was the perfect place to learn how to become a great physician and a better person.I plan to further explore my passion for women’s health during and after residency, and one day, I would like to practice in an academic setting.

I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, whether traveling or having a good meal at home. Also, in my leisure time I love both Indian and American movies, music, and TV shows—FRIENDS being my all-time favorite show! Being a Hindu priest’s daughter, I am quite religious and often involved in temple activities as well. Lastly, I am trying to learn how to cook traditional, Indian dishes, not very well might I add!


Dr. Cortney Farmer

Cortney Farmer, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I grew up in the beautiful mountains of Jewell Ridge, a small town in Southwest Virginia. I attended Virginia Tech for undergrad and quickly fell in love with the Blacksburg area. Go Hokies! I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor by attending medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed a rotation at Bristol Family Medicine and knew this was the perfect place for residency. The faculty were encouraging and I could sense the true dedication they had for family medicine. The residents were easy to get along with and they cared and supported each other. I love the variety associated with family medicine and the focus it has on treating the whole person. Preventative health care is a major interest I hope to incorporate as a physician.

During my third year of med school, I married my wonderful husband, Brian. The next year we started a new adventure with our chocolate lab, Lexie. I enjoy all outdoor activities, particularly hiking, swimming, and tennis. I also love baking, participating in church activities, and spending time with my family. I am excited to begin the next chapter of my life in Bristol!


Dr. Curry Jones

Curry Jones, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I am from just across the state line in Madison County, North Carolina where I grew up on my family’s wholesale Christmas tree farm. While earning my undergraduate degree at Davidson College, it became clear to me that I would pursue a career in medicine to serve the rural population in my home county. My wife, Sarah, and I moved to Harrogate, TN, where I was fortunate to attend Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. By watching my father and mentor, also a family physician, it was easy to see the advantages a family medicine residency has to offer. When considering residencies, I looked for programs that are as excited about family medicine as we are. The close-knit residents and accessible faculty in Bristol quickly won us over - we are blessed to be here!

My wife and I enjoy mountain biking, fishing, shooting sports, and trail running; all of which are found in abundance in Bristol.


Dr. Chase King

Chase King, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I am from Wytheville, a small rural town in Southwest Virginia. I recently completed my medical education at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy working out and various outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking.

The Bristol area provided me with a place close to home and plenty of outdoors areas to enjoy. Throughout my education and clerkships I knew I wanted to practice family medicine. The long term patient relationships formed and variety of medical issues handled in family medicine led me to choose the specialty. The Bristol Residency Program was a good fit for my continued learning experience. The extended family of residents and faculty at Bristol will provide me the support base and experienced guidance to become the physician I strive to be.


Dr. Zach Sumpter

Zach Sumpter, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I am originally from Eastern Kentucky, just south of Pikeville. I spent my childhood there. I received my undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Kentucky and worked several years as a software engineer before making a career change to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. I then moved back to Eastern Kentucky and attended the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose family medicine because I wanted a specialty where I could form long-lasting relationships with my patients and help take care of a broad range of their medical needs. I am thankful to continue my training at Bristol because it is a very welcoming and family-friendly program that has a proven track record with training quality physicians.

My wife and I, along with our two daughters, are very excited to call Tennessee our new home. Growing up, I visited the Tri-Cities area often and it’s a wonderful new change for our family. In our free time, my family and I enjoy movie nights, grilling out, sitting around a campfire, and playing games.


Dr. Aaron Towe

Aaron Towe, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician





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I grew up on a small farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Buncombe County, North Carolina. At an early age I developed a love for the outdoors and a spirit of adventure. These two qualities led me to travel widely, read thoroughly, and strive to see what the world has to offer. After many adventures at home and abroad in South America and Africa, and flirting with careers in tourism and academic research, I was eventually drawn to medicine as the calling that fit my goals, values, skills, and personality. My interest in lowresource medicine and physical diagnosis led me to study at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico, where my wife is also a graduate and physician. On the interview trail, I was immediately drawn to Bristol due to the excellent quality of the faculty and collegiate atmosphere of the residents, as well as the training opportunities it provides. The chance to learn the breadth and depth of family medicine in a beautiful town nestled in the Appalachians is truly a dream come true!

In my spare time, I enjoy being with my wife and two children, hiking, kayaking, roasting and brewing coffee, building (and rebuilding) small aircraft, fiction, and playing/listening to music.


Thabit Al-khateeb

Thabit Al-khateeb, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician



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I was born in the Monroe, LA, home of the famous Duck Dynasty. I’ve had a pretty interesting life so far, having lived in many places across the world, studying medicine in Jordan, before coming to beautiful Bristol. I am making the most of my three years of residency to grow into the strongest possible version of myself and as a family physician. I am very passionate about using my role as a physician in preventing obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension by raising awareness in the community and providing patients with the knowledge and motivation they need to lead a healthy lifestyle and drastically decrease their chances of acquiring preventable diseases.

I like to make the best use of any time I get outside the hospital by exercising, sitting in still silence contemplating the beauty of life, and reconnecting with Mother Nature by practicing mindfulness and meditation.


Dr. Christal Crooks

Christal Crooks, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician




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I was born in raised in Trinidad and Tobago. I came to this country to work as a RN and then I decided that I wanted to learn more and pursued my dream of becoming a doctor. I attended the University of Central Florida for undergrad with a degree in micro and molecular biology and the attended the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. I always had a desire to help the underserved because of my experiences in both Trinidad and Tobago, as well as some of the hospitals I worked for in the U.S. In medical school, that desire also intersected with the desire to specialize in family medicine and global health. I applied to the Bristol Residency Program while I was doing an away rotation there. I am very happy to return for residency.

I love traveling, being with close friends and playing with my spoiled dog. I also enjoy reading novels, going to science fiction conventions, and crocheting - even though I am not very creative, but I can follow instructions.


Sarah Gach

Sarah Gach, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician


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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!


Ryan Hunley

Ryan Hunley, D.O.

PGY-I Resident Physician


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I am originally from a small town in Middle Tennessee. I attended college at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville and received my degree in biology. I then headed to Blacksburg, Virginia and completed my medical education at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I’ve always been interested in family medicine because it is so diverse, and each person has their own story. I think the best health care is delivered by building lifelong relationships with patients. I chose Bristol because of the excellent faculty and the close group of residents. I am very excited to continue my training in Bristol!

I am married to my college sweetheart, and I have three younger brothers. I enjoy running, playing chess, drums, and reading. My wife and I also love to play tennis, listen to music, travel, and attend concerts.


Michael Mabry

Michael Mabry, D.O.

PGY-I Resident Physician


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I was born in Johnson City and raised in Kingsport. I grew up always being outdoors - hiking, biking, and swimming, and I continue to enjoy these activities. I worked for a chiropractor for two years and saw the benefits of helping the body mechanically so knew I wanted to incorporate this type of medicine into my medical practice. This led me to attend Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. 

My wife Yolanda and I are ready for our next adventure - raising identical twin girls! We both take part in mission work in the U.S. and internationally, and hope to always reach out to others in need. We have a tight-knit family mixed with Cubans and Americans and seems that we are always cooking and dancing around the house. 

We chose Bristol Family Medicine Residency because of the residents and faculty that I met during my interview. We wanted to come back home and work with people who enjoyed working together. Bristol was the best of both worlds!


Jesse Matteson

Jesse Matteson, D.O.

PGY-I Resident Physician


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I was born in Sacramento and raised in a rural town seated in the heart of gold country in northern California. I worked as an electrician for several years but was drawn into medicine after discovering my passion for helping and building relationships with people. My undergraduate years were spent in rural Nebraska as well as Kansas City, KS. LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN provided my medical training and it was during this time that I met my incredible wife.

On my days off you will probably find me fishing, hiking, or playing some sort of game outdoors. I feel blessed and excited to be a part of the medical community in Bristol, and I can’t wait to see the awesome ways God will work in the community while I am here.


Dave Murphy

Dave Murphy, D.O.

PGY-I Resident Physician


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I was born in Miami, but mostly grew up in Salt Lake City. My parents are musicians, who taught me the importance of humanitarianism and passion in whatever I do. I am the first physician in my family because I wanted to use those strengths and contribute substantially to the world through medicine. I got my bachelors in exercise physiology at the University of Utah and a master’s in medical health sciences before attending Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

I’ve been married to a beautiful, wonderful woman named Jessica for almost 7 years. Together, we raise two gorgeous and lively daughters, Milana and Avalyn. We enjoy rough-housing, watching movies, hiking and dancing to loud music together. I love snowboarding and sports. I play drums and piano and I also dabbled a bit as a professional DJ. I also speak Italian fluently.


Reid Usedom

Reid Usedom, D.O.

PGY-1 Resident Physician


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I grew up in the mountains of Asheville, NC, and went all the way to Macalester College in St. Paul, MN for undergrad, where I double majored in biology and environmental studies. Then I came back south to attend medical school at LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN, where I have been living with my wife Kat and our super energetic black lab, Haka.

I am very excited to be a part of the ETSU Bristol Residency Program. My colleagues and I have the opportunity to take part in building strong and important patient relationships based on trust and a mutual interest in their well-being. I think effective healthcare must be patient-centered, and based on equal respect for all patients.

In my free time, I like any sport and all kinds of things that get me outside in this beautiful area - soccer, basketball, disc golf, hiking, running and canoeing.



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