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ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport

Residency Programs

Kingsport Residents

Dr. Brandon Grover

Brandon Grover, D.O.

PGY-III Resident Physician




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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.


Dr. Eric Hadley

Eric Hadley, D.O.

PGY-III Resident Physician



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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.


Dr. Alexandra Havlik

Alexandra Havlik, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician



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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.


Dr. Kelly Kahle

Kelly Kahle, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician



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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. 


Dr. Zach Miller

Zach Miller, M.D.

PGY-III Resident Physician



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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.


Dr. Aislinn Rogalla

Aislinn Rogalla, D.O.

PGY-III Resident Physician


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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

Greg Cooper, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician

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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

Hannelore Geeraert, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician

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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

Amanda Lingerfelt, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician

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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

Tyler Schmitz, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician

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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

Caleb Smith, D.O.

PGY-II Resident Physician

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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. 


Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller, M.D.

PGY-II Resident Physician

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Zach Akins, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician

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Hello, everyone! My name is Zach Akins. I grew up on a farm in Southern Georgia not far from Statesboro. I attended Georgia Southern University where I obtained my degree in chemistry. I then was able to go to my top choice for medical school, The Medical College of Georgia. It was there in Augusta, GA where I met my beautiful, loving wife. I am very excited to be training as a family medicine resident in Kingsport, and I plan to work in a small city near the size of Kingsport after residency. My wife and I are excited about the mountains and the potential for snow (not like Southern Georgia!). I really hope my mustang can handle the snow. As far as hobbies go, I enjoy adventures with my wife, playing video games with old friends and making our cat and dog chase a laser.


Josiah Becker, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician

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I am originally from beautiful East Tennessee and am happy to be returning for residency.  I went to Grove City College where I majored in Molecular Biology.  Grove City is also where I met my beautiful wife.  After graduating, we moved to Memphis, TN where I did research at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Shortly after I began medical school at the University of Tennessee. I was drawn to Kingsport because of the many opportunities in sports medicine, the holistic training approach, and the great faculty and residents I met during my interview. 

Outside of medicine, I enjoy tennis, weightlifting, hiking the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee, and most especially spending time with my wife and two children.


Hunter Fleming, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician

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I grew up in Rockton, which is a small town in Illinois. Eventually, I went to the Chicagoland area to attend Northwestern University. I remained in the area for medical school, where I was at Chicago Medical School. I am excited to have a new adventure in Tennessee. I enjoy sports, outdoor activities, and relaxing with friends and family. Within medicine, I have a particular interest in sports medicine.


James Johnston, M.D.

PGY-I Resident Physician

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I am from Smyrna, TN but have spent most of the past 20 plus years in the military living outside of Ft. Bragg, NC where I served as a Green Beret. After seven deployments overseas as a team medic in the Special Forces I ultimately decided to attend to medical school at ETSU’s Quillen College of medicine here in Johnson City, TN. Since the move to TN, my beautiful wife and three young boys and I have come to love East Tennessee. We are super excited to be able to stay in the area and be part of the Kingsport Family Medicine team. I am interested in many things to include sports medicine, acupuncture, wilderness medicine and disaster medicine, just to name a few. Outside of work I like to go camping and hiking with my family and undertake home projects that usually are above my wife’s budget and time allowance. I also like to shoot competitively, hunt, run and practice yoga to be able to keep up with my three boys.



Megan Quaresima, D.O.

PGY-I Resident Physician

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I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences
at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. I then sought warmer weather for my medical training
and attended the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ. I adopted my
chihuahua mix, Albus, during my first year of school. Outside of medicine, I am passionate
about animal rescue, hiking, and Stephen King books. I love the diversity and personal
relationships involved in Family Medicine and am thrilled to be joining the ETSU family!



Chelsea Smith, D.O.

PGY-I Resident Physician

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I grew up in Harlan, Kentucky, a small town about an hour and a half from Kingsport, TN. From there, I went to the University of the Cumberlands for my undergraduate degree and completed my medical school training at Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having had the privilege of growing up in a small town where everyone knows each other and friends are more like family, I knew early on in my medical training that I wanted to be a family physician. I was drawn to this program by the sense of community between residents and faculty, the well-rounded training, and the opportunity to work with a rural community similar to that which I grew up in.  

My husband is also from Southeastern Kentucky, and we have a young daughter. Outside of work I enjoy time with my family, worshipping with church family, cooking, traveling, reading novels, time spent at the lake or hiking in the mountains, and a myriad of crafty/DIY projects.

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