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Brittany Anibal, DO | PGY-3
I was born in Burkburnett, Texas- a little boomtown on the outskirts of Dallas. My Dad climbed the corporate ladder during my childhood so we lived in a variety of places including Alabama, Florida, and New Hampshire. I met my husband during my undergraduate years at the University of New Hampshire when I was earning my bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. I went to medical school at the University of Pikeville KY College of Osteopathic Medicine. We fell in love with the Appalachian area and were thrilled when we found out we got to stay in the area for residency. This area offers amazing outdoor activities my husband and I love as well as a strong Christian background to raise our son Brayden. When I'm not working, you will find us out on the lake or hiking in the mountains with our Goldendoodle Boone.
Undergraduate: University of New Hampshire
Medical School: University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Amanda Gutwein | PGY-3
When looking at different residency programs, I wanted a place with a strong sense of community, awesome colleagues, and plenty of mentors. I am from Dayton, Ohio and I came down south because I found all that I was looking for at ETSU. It has been a great privilege to start my career surrounded by such a wonderful group of people and I am excited about the years ahead. After residency, I plan to volunteer with Timmy Global Health and pursue a fellowship in pulmonology.
Undergraduate: University of Dayton
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Cristian Quizhpi, MD | PGY-3
I moved to the Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University from the Bronx, NY, and what I thought would be four temporary years in the south has turned into a fourteen year adventure! When applying to residency I hoped to continue my life in the Southeast, specially in a place as great as Johnson city, where you are surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. I search for a program that put a strong emphasis on educating its residents and developing strong leaders equipped to make a difference in the communities of the children they serve. Additionally, I looked for a program with a strong support system, as my wife and I were once again moving to a new area that we knew very little about. These are the driving factors that lead me to Niswonger and these are values that are continuously demonstrated and practiced at our hospital. I am very excited meet the challenges of these next three years with this awesome group of people.
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta
Katie Silva, MD | PGY-3
I was born in Los Angeles, CA but grew up in Florida. I have always played competitive soccer, which brought me to Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN when I got a scholarship to play Division I Athletics. At Lipscomb, I majored in Psychology and had a blast traveling around with my team. I met my husband, who lived in Nashville, after my sophomore year. From Lipscomb I was accepted in the University of Florida College of Medicine where I began my medical training. However, I did not like being long distance from the love of my life, so I transferred to Meharry Medical College in Nashville for the 3rd and 4th year of my medical school training. After completing medical school I decided to continue my training in Pediatrics, a life-long dream of mine, and was accepted into residency at ETSU. I love children and babies and I speak Spanish and Portuguese. I love spending time with my family: my husband and, soon to be, three kids. I chose ETSU because it is in a beautiful location and in an undeserved region where Niswonger's Children's Hospital is making an important impact. My dream is to be a high quality general pediatrician that works hard for my patients and gives God the glory!
Undergraduate: Lipscomb University
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Victor Smith, MD | PGY-3
I grew up not too far from ETSU in Maryville, TN. I have spent almost my entire life in the East Tennessee area. The beautiful surroundings and wonderful people make it an excellent place to live. I attended medical school at Quillen COM and after rotating through the pediatrics program here I knew it was where I wanted to be. The support and sense of teamwork that is fostered in ETSU pediatrics is truly something that I wanted to be a part of. The residents are a close knit group who ensure everyone is able to feel confident in their ability to serve patients. The encouragement I have received from fellow residents and faculty has allowed me to foster my knowledge and confidently address patient needs. I also greatly enjoy my time away from work as Johnson City is such a scenic place to live. In my free time I get outside for some exercise by playing in an ultimate Frisbee league, running, and rock climbing at the ETSU gym. If I am wanting to spend the day inside then I enjoy playing board games and making ceramics.
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee
Medical School: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU)
Justin Widner, DO | PGY-3
I grew up in New Tazewell TN, a small town about one and a half hours from Johnson City. I attended LMU for my undergraduate degree and LMU-DCOM for medical school. Growing up as a small town guy in East Tennessee, ETSU was the perfect match when searching for programs. When I interviewed here, the program it felt like a nice warm hug. Everyone is supportive and the learning environment is excellent. Having grown up in rural Appalachia, I have a passion for treating patients in the underserved in the region. I wanted a program with a strong emphasis in training rural pediatricians and ETSU was that program. After residency, I hope to practice outpatient pediatrics in a rural underserved area. In my free time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and being involved with my youth group at church.
Undergraduate: Lincoln Memorial University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kayla Wienczkowski, MD | PGY-3
I grew up in Nashville, TN and attended college at Lipscomb University. I fell in
love with ETSU during my medical school interviews, and knew that it was the place
for me. After four years in the beautiful East Tennessee Mountains, I wasn’t ready
to move away just yet! As a medical student, I loved the residents, faculty, and supportive
environment at ETSU. As a learner, I have always thrived in a close-knit, family atmosphere,
and found that here in the Pediatric Department. My husband loved the Family Medicine
residency program in Kingsport, and we couldn’t pass up two great programs in a location
that we love. In our spare time, we enjoy hiking, kayaking, and taking our dog to
the dog park.
Undergraduate: Lipscomb University
Medical School: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (ETSU)
Candelaria Deimundo Roura, MD | PGY-2
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but spent most of my childhood traveling abroad. I went to medical school at the "Universidad de Buenos Aires," and spent my summers off in Colorado where I met my husband. Naturally in Colorado, outdoor activities became a central part of our lives and that is why ETSU was initially so appealing. Once I got to know more about the program, I realized that it fit all of my major criteria, both in academics and personal preferences. The friendliness and the tight-knit group was exactly what I was looking for in a program, not mention living in a beautiful area. I am so excited to continue this next step in my path to becoming a Pediatrician at ETSU.
Medical School: Universidad de Buenos Aires Facultad de Medicina, Argentina
Travis Johnson, MD | PGY-2
I grew up in Jackson, a small town in southeastern Kentucky. I completed both undergraduate and medical school at the University of Kentucky. After spending 8 years in Lexington, I was more than ready to move back to the mountains. After my interview at ETSU, my wife and I knew that’s where we wanted to spend the next three years. It had everything I was looking for in a program, and everything we were looking for in a town to raise our three daughters. I have a deep love for southeastern Kentucky, and my ultimate goal is to move back and practice as a general pediatrician. I have no doubt that the program here at ETSU will more than prepare me for that, and I’m very grateful that God has brought me here. I’m also a board game enthusiast, have about 100 games in my collection, and am always willing to play a game or two.
Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Sarah Nichols, DO | PGY-2
I grew up in the small town of Norris, Tennessee not that far from Johnson City. I have always loved East Tennessee and chose to pursue my college education in another small town at Lincoln Memorial University. I knew going into college that medicine was my career goal and receiving my medical education at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University was a perfect fit for me. Once I realized that my heart was set on the specialty of pediatrics, I hoped to stay in the area to stay close to my family. ETSU’s Pediatric Residency Program felt immediately like the “perfect fit” as soon as I arrived for my interview and I am so grateful to have been matched with ETSU’s Department of Pediatrics for my residency training. My little family of my husband and two dogs are loving our new home in Johnson City and happy to be within a day trip of both our families. We can’t wait to keep exploring the beautiful area. My hobbies include arts and crafts projects of all varieties like pottery and painting, home DIY activities, cooking, spending time with my husband and two dogs and finding time to read books for fun!
Undergraduate: Lincoln Memorial University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Amy Parker, MD | PGY-2
I’m from a farm in Darke County, Ohio on the Ohio/Indiana border. Staying close to home for undergrad & medical school, I was looking to explore a new portion of the US while staying relatively close to home, since my husband is not in the medical field. When looking at residencies, I wanted a small program that had access to majority of the specialties in a stand-alone facility that would help grow my passion for rural medicine. All of this I found along with such an amazing close-knit program where the attendings are truly invested & interested in each resident. In my spare time, my husband & I love spoiling our two dogs, and look forward to exploring the breath-taking views around Johnson City.
Undergraduate: Wright State University
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Amanda Shoubaki, DO | PGY-2
I was born in Germany and lived in 4 states during my father’s military service. I love the south and the outdoors and always knew I wanted to live somewhere where I could get out and enjoy nature. My family settled in Hattiesburg, MS and I went to the University of Mississippi for my undergraduate degree before moving back to Hattiesburg for medical school. I attended medical school at William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine. My family is fairly centrally located to the area, so going too far away for residency was a bit concerning. When I interviewed at ETSU; however, I felt instantly welcomed and at home. The town and the people are so inviting, and the mountains surrounding Johnson City and Niswonger are absolutely breathtaking. My husband and I already love the city and we look forward to spending the next several years in Johnson City and becoming part of the ETSU family! In my free time my husband and I love hiking, fishing, and enjoying nature.
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Sukhvir Singh, MD | PGY-2
Hi everyone! I was raised in San Jose, did my undergrad at San Francisco State, and then completed med school at Des Moines University in Iowa. I enjoy exploring the outdoors, building coffee tables to de-stress, and spending quality time with my friends and family. When searching for programs I knew I wanted to go to a place that allowed me the autonomy to do a lot and that was small enough so it felt like more of a family. During my interview here I felt like I easily got along with the residents and could be myself. And without competition from fellows, it was nice to know that I wouldn’t have to compete for educational or procedural opportunities. I like the area because the mountains feel like my Californian home minus the traffic and ridiculous rent. And there’s plenty to do around the area if you like good food (especially BBQ) and camping/hiking.
Undergraduate: San Francisco State
Medical School: Des Moines University, Iowa
Meredith St. Clair, DO | PGY-2
I grew up in central Virginia and headed to rural North Carolina for college at Campbell University. After four years in Buies Creek, NC I was not ready to leave, and I stayed at CUSOM for medical school. While attending CUSOM I realized my passion for loving "the least of these," and knew I wanted to train and practice in a rural area and serve the underserved. When I interviewed at ETSU, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. I loved the emphasis on primary care as well as the well-rounded curriculum that would provide me the skills to serve in rural areas at home or abroad. The faculty and staff were warm and made me feel immediately welcomed into their family. In my free time I love being outside running, hiking or biking. I am so excited to be living in Johnson City and explore of the great natural wonders that are in my new backyard!
Undergraduate: Campbell University
Medical School: Campbell University, Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Nathan Beasley, MD | PGY-1
I grew up in West Texas, spending early childhood in Ozona and most of elementary school in San Angelo. Before middle school we moved from small West Texas life to the growing city of Frisco, north of Dallas. From there I chose to study Physics at Baylor University, and I loved every minute of marching in the Baylor University Golden Wave Band, where I met my wife. From Baylor I moved to Fort Worth, where I obtained a master’s degree in medical sciences to prepare myself for medical school. I married my wife the summer after, and we moved back west to Lubbock, where I attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. I knew I wanted to work with children, and I fell in love with pediatrics early on. When I interviewed at ETSU’s Pediatric Residency program my wife and I knew it was going to be the right fit for us. Tennessee feels a bit like Texas (but with more rain and mountains), and I love how much both the program and the city felt like home immediately. My wife and I will have our first child during intern year, and we love woodworking and spending time together.
Undergraduate: Baylor University Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SOM
Ianna Blanchard, MD | PGY-1
I was born in the Caribbean island of Dominica, but spent the majority of my childhood residing in several countries. I attended medical school at St. Georges University, where I realized my passion for treating the underserved. In looking for a residency program, I was seeking a well-rounded program with excellent faculty and a close-knit group of residents. The ETSU Pediatric Residency Program features a supportive, challenging environment with a wonderful group of faculty and staff where I feel privileged to continue my journey. During my free time I enjoy weight lifting, practicing yoga, and reading.
Undergraduate: St. Georges University
Medical School: St. Georges University School of Medicine
Leanna Hollander, DO | PGY-1
I was born and raised in Russell County, Virginia. I am very close to my family, so I am thrilled to be in Johnson City for my pediatric training where I can see them regularly. I met my husband, Alex, while at Virginia Tech getting my undergraduate degree and remained in Blacksburg for my four years of medical school at VCOM. I love the outdoors, so in my free time, you can find my husband and I on day hikes with our Golden Retriever, Piper, or relaxing at home watching reruns of the greatest show of all time, The Golden Girls!
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-VA campus
Natasha Khan, MD | PGY-1
I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I attended medical school at Dow Medical College. I’ve always had a passion for community service and serving the underserved. During my clinical rotations I realized how much I love being around children and their families which is why I chose pediatrics. After graduation, my desire to get the best possible training in pediatrics brought me to the United States. When I visited ETSU for my interview, I loved the program for not just it’s warm and wonderful people but also how it catered to the underserved population of the entire area - similar to the patient population back home. Also being a nature-loving person at heart, I was delighted by the scenic green valleys and the gorgeous landscape which reminded me of the beautiful Kashmir valley in my country. I am extremely happy with my decision to become a part of the amazing ETSU team. When I am not spending time with my ETSU family, I hang-out with my friends and talk to my family back home.
Medical school: Dow Medical College, Pakistan
Pooja Kumar, MD | PGY-1
Hi all! I remember the first question I was asked during the interview was if I would be willing to live in a small place like Johnson City. Growing up in Mumbai, I was not only accustomed to the heat, the crowd, the fast paced life, and the beautiful sea that surrounded the Island city but had also come to love it. Life in Johnson city coldn't have been more diametrically different. As soon as I landed here, the relatively empty streets and the breathtaking mountains without any concrete high rises to obstruct the view, made me realize I'm far from home. But what I didn't expect was how easy it was to fall in love with this place and it's people. Everyone here has been extremely kind and welcoming. My goal is to make the most of my three years at ETSU. In doing so, I want to learn and evolve for the better, as a physician as well as an individual. The amazingly supportive faculty surely makes me feel like I've come to the right place! When I'm not donning the white coat, I enjoy singing, having games nights with friends, exploring new places and binge watching movies/TV shows.
Fun Fact : I shaved my head in my third year of medical school.
Medical school: Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India
Ishita Patel, MD | PGY-1
I grew up in Mumbai, India. It’s the only place I had known for the first 25 years of my life. My decision to pursue residency in the United States stemmed partly from the need to venture beyond familiar territory & partly from the wonderful exposure to the medical system during my clinical rotations here. It’s been a long and rather fulfilling journey since then. Johnson City is an incredible place. It’s exactly the small town life I hoped to experience. I cannot imagine a better place than ETSU to spend the next 3 years!
When I am not dreaming about the next cruise I set my foot on or having my own exquisite art workshop - I love to read, paint and play board games.
Medical School: Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, India.
Leslie Thompson, MD | PGY-1
I grew up in the Upstate of South Carolina, so joining the ETSU family has afforded me the opportunity to remain close to home. When I am not cheering on my National Championship Tigers (GO TIGERS!), I enjoy all things outdoors, taking on random DIY projects, and spending quality time with family and friends. The gorgeous mountainous scenery here has definitely been a treat! This program was a great fit for me, mostly because of its small size and the close relationship among Residents and Faculty. My future career goals also align nicely with the program's aims of helping the underserved and being committed to patient advocacy. I am excited for the opportunity to learn from and work with such amazing physicians here at ETSU!
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina