Aaron Brinklow, D.O.
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I am from Midland, MI and attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and medical school. For the second half of medical school I lived in western and northern Michigan where I did my primary care rotations in small communities. It was there that I found my passion for community care in a rural setting. I enjoy hockey (Let's Go Red Wings!), downhill skiing, sailing and any outdoor adventure that my new wife and I can find!
Alysen Carter, M.D.
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I grew up in Kingsport so stating that I was thrilled to return home to work in this community is an understatement! I received my undergraduate degree at University of Tennessee, obtained a MBA in Hospital Administration from Davenport University, and completed my medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine.
My husband and two children happily returned to East Tennessee with me. I enjoy family time, traveling and learning new cultures, being outdoors doing any water activity, cooking, and cheering for the VOLS! I enjoy working with the rural community and am thoroughly interested in preventive care for my patients. I am receiving excellent training at ETSU Family Medicine Program in Kingsport and look forward to the learning opportunities to come.
Andrew Gibbs, M.D.
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I grew up in a small town just outside of Nashville, TN. I really enjoyed growing up in a small community where everyone knows each other and you can always count on others for help. From there, I went to Tennessee Technological University where I majored in Health Sciences. After graduating from Tennessee Tech, I then entered medical school at Ross University. I spent my first two years in Dominica. I then completed my next two years of rotations in New York and Detroit. I really enjoyed my medical school experience and am thankful it allowed me to travel.
My interests include music, sports, cooking, and being outdoors. By completing residency in Kingsport I am able to gain knowledge that will help me to become a great family physician.
Amy Huber, D.O.
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I grew up in a small farming community in Iowa, but fell in love with the South while stationed in Alabama with the army. I excitedly returned to that famous southern hospitality, the delicious food, and glorious weather!
My undergraduate education came from the University of Northern Iowa, and Mercy/St. Lukes School of Radiologic Technology. I spent several years as a radiographer and coder before attending medical school at Des Moines University. My ultimate goal is to be an active member of a community where my role is to guide others to achieve their best health possible, therefore enhancing their quality of life.
In my free time, my interests are many, including traveling, exploring historical sites, jogging, hiking, walking my dog, canoeing, attending concerts, and being with friends and family. I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to train in a program that has been highly ranked in rural medicine, and located in such a beautiful part of the country.
Joseph Martin, M.D.
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Born at the tiniest tip of Texas (Harlingen) and raised in San Antonio, TX, I completed my undergraduate and medical school education at Texas Tech University. While there I discovered my love for travel and spent 6 months living in Seville, Spain as well as a month in Jinotega, Nicaragua. Both of those experiences have given me the desire to pursue an active career in both the U.S. and abroad, especially in conflict areas.
I'm very excited to be in Tennessee for residency, though I must admit the beauty of the state and its people are a very recent discovery for me- but better late than never! In my down time I love to spend time outdoors with my dog (the single reason I made it through medical school, sanity intact) hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, camping, and exploring. I'm a huge connoisseur of all things food and live music, and you can frequently find me on a dance floor. I enjoy the four beautiful seasons and the wealth of lessons in both life and medicine found at ETSU Kingsport.
Heather Walls, M.D.
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I was born in Livonia, Michigan. Since all my extended family lives there, I like to pretend that's where Im from although my family moved around a lot and finally ended up in Loveland, Ohio near Cincinnati. I love my family, which includes three younger sisters and an older brother all within 5 years of my age.
I went to a small college in Kentucky, where I was able to play soccer, play the French Horn, and study abroad to Yucatan, Mexico; Malawi, Africa; and Israel. To help finance my travels, I worked every summer as an airbrush artist at an amusement park in Ohio called Kings Island, a hobby that I still find useful every now and then. My sisters and I also all started playing hockey when we moved to Cincinnati, and since we are from Michigan, we are also avid Detroit Red Wings fans.
For medical school, I sojourned out of the Midwest to go to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Although my four years in Baltimore were filled with lots of learning, soccer/hockey, and amazing friends, I was glad to get out of the big city to start the next chapter in my life in Kingsport!
Brandon Grover, D.O.
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I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and after high school I served a mission for my church in northern Spain for 2 years. After finishing I came back to Idaho where I married my wonderful wife Amber and attended Idaho State University, graduating with a degree in Chemistry in 2010. Following graduation, I worked for a year at the Idaho National Lab, and then came to Tennessee for medical school at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. My wife and I fell in love with the area during medical school, and are thrilled to be in Kingsport for Family Medicine Residency.
Within medicine I’m interested in musculoskeletal injuries, sports medicine, osteopathic manual medicine, and preventive medicine. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, motorcycle riding, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting.
Eric Hadley, D.O.
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I grew up in Michigan, in the small town of Haslett. I went to the nearby Michigan State University for undergrad, and stayed there another four years to attend medical school. I love to spend time with family and friends, read, travel, and get outside in nature. In fact, Tennessee’s beautiful landscape attracted me to the area, which lead me to check out the family medicine program in Kingsport. When I came as a student to rotate at the clinic I met great people. I was impressed by the residents, faculty, and program overall. The area offers an abundance of what I enjoy doing outside, like rock climbing and mountain biking. I am so excited to be in Kingsport and be a part of the Kingsport Family Medicine Residency Program.
Alexandra Havlik, M.D.
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I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. My father is an Infectious Disease doctor and my interest in the medical field started at a young age. I went to undergrad at Mercer University in Macon followed by Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. My mother is originally from Vietnam and during my first trip over, I was drawn to working in global health. Family medicine training is a wonderful opportunity to prepare for working in underserved areas. I was attracted to the family feel of this residency program and several opportunities for electives to tailor to my aspirations.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking, painting, drawing, and exploring new areas.
Kelly Kahle, M.D.
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I grew up in a small farming community in central Illinois and came to medical school passionate about returning to a rural area. After attending Northwestern University for undergrad I was ready to leave Chicagoland and did my medical school training at University of Illinois in Rockford. There I was part of the Rural Medical Education Program, which focused on exposing students to rural health disparities and preparing them for small town practice. I wanted a residency program that would provide me with the training for rural practice, but more importantly, one that felt like home. I was instantly drawn to Kingsport for its amazing people and welcoming atmosphere. I’m excited to continue my medical training in East Tennessee and take advantage of the gorgeous weather and scenery.
Outside of medicine I like to bike, be crafty, and spend time with family, friends, and fur babies.
Zach Miller, M.D.
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I was born and raised in Lebanon, Virginia, a small town about an hour east of Kingsport. Sports played a pivotal role in my life growing up. I attended Hampden-Sydney College for my undergraduate education, where I played football and studied economics and commerce. My career took me to Nashville, Tennessee where I soon discovered my passion for medicine. I volunteered for a few years at the Shade Tree Clinic, a clinic for the underserved population, before starting medical school in the Caribbean. My medical school experience has taken me to so many places I would have never got the opportunity to see. I've had unique experiences, met new friends, and faced a lot of challenges, all of which have made me a better person and physician. I am glad to be back home to serve the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia communities. I enjoy training under the great leadership that ETSU Kingsport Family Medicine offers.
Outside of Medicine, my wife, Sara, and I love spending time with family and friends, and our miniature goldendoodle, Harper. I enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, hiking, biking, and playing golf.
Aislinn Rogalla, D.O.
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I grew up in scenic Pine City, Minnesota, a small town named “Outstanding Community” by the Initiative Foundation after I moved away. I attended Baylor University (Sic ‘Em Bears) for my undergraduate degree before furthering my education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, located approximately 1,133 miles from Lake Erie.
In my spare time, I enjoy fictional literature, trivia nights, criticizing your favorite TV shows, and cake decorating. I was attracted to the Kingsport Family Medicine Residency for the broad training experience it offered, the lively people I met on interview day, and the presence of seasonal changes I have so sorely missed.
Greg Cooper, M.D.
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My name is Greg Cooper and I am from Knoxville, TN. I attended medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and graduated in May 2017. During medical school, I did multiple rotations with the Kingsport Family Medicine Program. I always enjoyed working with the residents and attendings. The entire program had a very supportive atmosphere in which residents were challenged to learn, but had help if needed. I also liked the wide variety of problems that were seen both in the clinic and at the hospital.
I enjoy running and have recently started playing tennis. I also enjoy traveling and hiking when I have the time.
Hannelore Geeraert, M.D.
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I was born in Belgium and then moved to Dayton, Ohio in fourth grade. I went to Miami University for undergraduate school where I majored in Zoology and then went to the University of Cincinnati for medical school. I enjoyed studying abroad in both France and England, as well as the Republic of Congo and Guatemala where I learned about working in low resource areas. I hope to bring my experiences to Kingsport and apply them to community and rural medicine.
I love experiencing the outdoors in East Tennessee! I’ve spent time hiking in the Rockies and snowboarding in the winter. I can’t wait to explore the Smoky Mountains and to go kayaking and whitewater rafting. I also recently found aerial sports, including lyra and silks; hanging upside down and doing tricks has no age limit! I’m glad to call this small community my new home.
Amanda Lingerfelt, D.O.
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I am a native East Tennessee girl who grew up in the small town of Unicoi County. I attended ETSU for my undergraduate degree before attending Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC for medical school. Being from a small community and participating in several underserved care programs throughout my training inspired me to pursue primary care. These experiences helped further my passion for family and rural medicine. The family medicine program in Kingsport shares my passion for helping others while treating the patient as a whole rather than just a disease. The residents and faculty are amazing and make this program stand out above the rest! My medical interests include preventative medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and rural/underserved care.
My husband and I are thrilled to be back home in East Tennessee! We are excited to work in a community that we know well and care about greatly. We enjoy hiking and camping in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains as well as traveling to new places as often as possible. In my spare time, I like to read novels, attend or participate in sporting events, cook, and spend time with my family and friends.
Tyler Schmitz, D.O.
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Born and raised in small town Manchester, TN, I am the middle child of 4 brothers, and the son of a family physician. I attended Middle Tennessee State University and received a bachelor’s in biology. After a rewarding part-time job as a personal fitness trainer, I decided to follow in my dad’s footsteps to pursue medicine.
I completed medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC where my interest in family medicine developed early on after witnessing the comprehensive scope of practice and variety of work settings. I was also fortunate enough to meet my better half, Bethany, who is a nurse. This program attracted me most from the amazing people, well-rounded training, and beautiful location of East Tennessee.
I have many interests, with sports being my greatest. Like Eric Church says, I love sleeping in on Saturday and college football games. I also enjoy strength training, hunting, old music, darts, movies, and DIY projects.
Caleb Smith, D.O.
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I am so excited to be back home in East Tennessee! I was raised in the mountains of Hampton, TN just thirty minutes southeast of Kingsport. Before graduating from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, I attended Hampton High School and majored in biochemistry at King University in Bristol, TN. In 2011, I married my high school sweetheart and best friend who reminds me every day to be humble and true to my faith. I consider myself truly blessed to begin my career surrounded by fantastic physicians with such a deep commitment to rural medicine and osteopathic principles. After spending the day with such a welcoming, driven, and top-notch group in Kingsport, I was ready to pack my bags! I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the ETSU Kingsport family.
As a true Tennessean, my passions are hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, NASCAR racing, model railroading, and World War II history.
Josh Wienczkowski, M.D.
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I’m originally from Grand Rapids, MI, but got into the music industry at a young age and found my way to Nashville. I ultimately landed in medicine, and went to medical school at ETSU. What attracted me most to the Kingsport Family Medicine Program was the people and a program that allowed me the freedom to pursue my interests in medicine. Out of all my interviews, I truly felt I could be myself with the residents and faculty. With a heavy in-patient service, busy ICU, dedicated Osteopathic training, (I’m an MD, but very interested in OMT), and a beautiful new clinic, Kingsport was the perfect choice to prepare me for a diverse career in Family Medicine.
My interests are varied, but I love brewing beer and sharing it, writing and recording music, hiking on the AT, traveling with my wife and our Great Dane, Wrigley, and binge watching shows.
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