Mary Axelrad, M.D.
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!
Brent Baker, M.D.
Havya Dave, M.D.
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!
Cortney Farmer, D.O.
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!
Curry Jones, D.O.
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.
Chase King, D.O.
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.
Zach Sumpter, D.O.
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.
Aaron Towe, M.D.
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.
Christal Crooks, M.D.
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, M.D.
Ryan Hunley, D.O.
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, D.O.
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, D.O.
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, D.O.
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, D.O.
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.
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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Kenneth McVey, D.O.
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Ryan Richardson, D.O.
Brian Sanchez, M.D.
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I was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in South Florida for most of my life. I love any outdoor activity that allows me to include my chocolate Labrador. I also enjoy archery and doing mechanical work on my car. During undergrad I studied Forensic Science with a minor in Criminology. I attended Ross University School of Medicine shortly after that. I fell in love with family medicine during my third year of medical school. I choose Bristol Family Medicine Residency after seeing the confidence each resident exudes from being well prepared by the well-structured program, and the availability of challenging cases.
My wife Angie is currently finishing up her Bachelors in Health Business Administration. We meet in High School while attending a bible study at my parents’ house. It was a match made in heaven the day I met her. My wife and I enjoy attending a variety of social activities- sports games, concerts, etc.
Dana Sizemore, M.D.
Dana Sizemore, M.D.
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.
Todd Thompson, D.O.
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.
Elizabeth White, D.O.
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