Current Residents

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Travis Bowen, D.O.

Hometown
Mobile, AL
Undergraduate:
University of Mobile
Medical School:
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:
Married to wife Heather with a miniature dachshund named Bailey
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with friends and family, playing most sports, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, and I am a big Auburn Tigers fan.
Before Medical School:
Played college baseball and would coach summer league and all-star baseball park teams.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I have always wanted to live in this area of the southeast.  From the interview dinner to talking with the faculty I knew UT Murfreesboro was where I wanted to be.  The facilities were amazing as well making this program an easy choice.

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Taylor Bush, M.D.

Hometown:
Parkersburg, WV
Undergraduate:

West Virginia University
Medical School:

West Virginia University School of Medicine
Stats:

Cat mom
Hobbies/Interests:

Travel, live music, outdoor activities and board games
Before Medical School:

I studied Biology and Biochemistry in my home state of West Virginia.  I worked as a tutor and as a carhop at Sonic, where I roller-bladed.  I spent much of my free time traveling to see live music.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I was interested in the Tennessee area initially because it is far enough from home that I can expand my boundaries, but close enough to return when needed.  The landscape and outdoor activities are similar to those in West Virginia, which was very comforting when I first visited.  After finding and interviewing at this program, I knew this is where I wanted to be.  Every resident and faculty member is genuinely kind, and wants the best for the program.  It continues to grow and adapt based on the resident’s needs, and I couldn’t imagine a better place to train.

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Jessica Crowder, M.D.

Hometown:
Nashville, TN
Undergraduate:

University of Southern California 
Medical School:

ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Stats:

Married
Hobbies/Interests:

Reading, spending time with family and friends
Before Medical School:

I earned a BA degree in East Asian Languages and Culture in 2010.  When I graduated college, I had no intentions of pursuing medicine.  Through some twists and turns, I decided to pursue medicine and had to return to school to complete my prerequisites for medical school.  I’ve never looked back.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I knew after my interview that this was the residency for me.  I felt this residency would truly support me and my goals.  They were willing to work with me to get the experiences I wanted out of my residency.  In addition to that, all the faculty, residents, and staff were very welcoming and happy.  Residency is hard, and I did not want to be in an environment where the people were miserable.

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Ahmad Faour, M.D.

Hometown:
Damascus, Syria (Moved to Murfreesboro, TN a few years ago)
Undergraduate:

Kalamoon University, Damascus, Syria
Medical School:

Xavier University School of Medicine
Stats:

Engaged to Rouba
Hobbies/Interests:

Traveling, skiing, soccer, spending time out with friends, road trips, hiking to hidden waterfalls in the mountains, canoeing, working on cars and going to car shows, and watching history documentaries.
Before Medical School:

I worked as a medical assistant at my brother’s primary care clinic in Shelbyville, TN.  I also worked as an IT tech fixing printers and computers both in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I moved to Murfreesboro, TN when I left my hometown of Damascus to join my parents and my brothers who settled here a long time ago.  When I first moved here I volunteered at St. Thomas before the residency program was created.  That volunteer experience inspired and motivated me to continue my medical education and helped me get to know the community of my new hometown.  During my time here, I was welcomed and I really felt home so I decided that after I finish my medical education and my residency training I would come back to practice here and stay close to my family and friends.  While I was about to finish medical school, I found out that a new program was established in Murfreesboro.  I was very excited to join the team and give back to the community that first welcomed me.  During the interview I could see how nice the residents and faculty are and that solidified my decision of joining this amazing program.

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Harrison Gray, M.D.

Hometown:
Nashville, TN
Undergraduate:

University of Washington
Medical School:

University of Tennessee
Hobbies/Interests:

Nutrition, fitness, yoga, jazz piano, and gardening.
Before Medical School:

I was an English teacher in Japan and an EMT here in Tennessee.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I did a 4-week rotation here in medical school and knew immediately that these were the attendings and residents with whom I wanted to train.

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Laura Mischell, D.O.

Hometown:
Keystone, South Dakota
Undergraduate:

South Dakota State University
Medical School:

Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:

Homeowner in Murfreesboro
Hobbies/Interests:

Hiking, running, yoga, and wheel thrown pottery
Before Medical School:
I spent my summers in college working for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and during the school year I worked as an EMT.  During my free time I explored the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and the mountains of Colorado.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I auditioned here as a student and loved how approachable the staff and attendings were.  The residents were also extremely knowledgeable and fun to work with.  I had such a positive experience I just knew this is where I wanted to train for the next three years!

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Lizzie Monroe, M.D.

Hometown:
Celina, TN
Undergraduate:
Tennessee Tech University
Medical School:
ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Stats:
I am married to Brent Sterling, who is a pathology resident at Vanderbilt University. We have one spoiled tortoiseshell cat named Adie.
Hobbies/Interests:
I love spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, playing board games, reading fantasy novels, and spending time outdoors!
Before Medical School:
During undergrad, I was a scribe at an urgent care clinic.  Working there is what inspired me to go to medical school!
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
During my interview day, the faculty and residents were so kind and welcoming; I instantly felt at home!  Also, I loved the program’s mission to provide broad-spectrum care to underserved populations.

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Amber Shadoan, M.D.

Hometown:
Somerset, KY
Undergraduate:

Eastern Kentucky University
Medical School:

University of Louisville School of Medicine
Stats:

Married to my husband, Chace, and we have two Great Danes, Enzo and Luna.
Hobbies/Interests:

I love to cook, and also enjoy reading and spending time outdoors with my husband and two dogs. 
Before Medical School:

I was a librarian at the Pulaski County Public Library for three years, and then worked at an Urgent Medical Center while completing my Bachelor’s in Biology.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

UT was my last interview of the season but I already knew this was the place for me after having dinner with the current residents the night before my interview.  The people here are so down to Earth and friendly, I knew it was a place I could be comfortable.  The faculty were also fantastic.  Furthermore, I love the mission of Saint Thomas and their dedication to helping the underserved.

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Ana Cabal, M.D.

Hometown
Born and raised in Panama City, Panama
Medical School:
Universidad de Navarra. Pamplona, Spain
Stats:
In a committed relationship
Hobbies/Interests:
Traveling, dancing, spinning class, reading (love the Harry Potter World), cooking and watching Gordon Ramsay's cooking shows
Before Medical School:
I was planning how to get into Medical School! I've wanted to be a doctor since I was 6 so been working hard ever since to pursue my dream.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
Honestly, my interview day was like love at first sight! The faculty is incredibly knowledgeable and invested in making this program a success. Having the support and resources of the University of Tennessee is invaluable. The upper residents are engaged and supportive, always ready to help in any way they can. It is a healthy work environment where the faculty is approachable and concerned about resident wellness. The possibility to work with the underserved, especially the Hispanic Population, was a priority for me and a cause close to my heart. Here you will find not only professional excellence, but also personal fulfillment and the opportunity to make a difference in the community. This program was my #1 choice and I could not be happier with my decision. Every day here is a blessing.

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Christopher Housden, D.O.

Hometown:
Franklin, TN
Undergraduate:
Western Kentucky University
Medical School:
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:
Engaged to Alise; homeowner in Murfreesboro
Hobbies/Interest:
Spending time with friends and family, golfing, working around the house, and I love going to and watching Predators and Titans games
Before Medical School:
Swam in college and spent my summers lifeguarding, giving swim lessons, and coaching summer league swim programs. 
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
It was always my dream to come back to middle TN to practice medicine, as it was this area and its people that inspired my passion to pursue medicine. Also, after working with the faculty and residents for a month during medical school, I was truly convinced there would be no better place to continue my medical education. The people are incredible and it is such a special opportunity to contribute to a growing program!

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Dez Prentice, D.O.

Hometown:
NYC and Mishawaka, IN
Undergraduate:
Indiana University
Medical School:
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Hobbies/Interests:
Exploring new foods, places, and cultures
Before Medical School:
Sold handmade eyewear 
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I wanted a program that felt like family and UT-Murfreesboro did that starting at my interview dinner. 

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Elizabeth Rahmes, D.O.

Hometown:
Niceville, FL
Undergraduate:
University of Central Florida 
Medical School
Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:
Single dog mom to a Pomeranian named Bella 
Hobbies/Interests:
Traveling, hiking, sporting events, and brunch
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I have always loved the Nashville area and really wanted to stay in Tennessee. When I interviewed with UT Murfreesboro I fell in love with the program immediately. I knew the people and the environment here would be a perfect fit for me. All the residents and faculty interacted like a family and that was very important to me. I am so excited to be a part of this growing program.

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Brooke Slaughter, M.D.

Hometown:
Morrison, TN
Undergraduate:
Lipscomb University
Medical School:
ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Stats:
I am married to my husband, Jesse Slaughter, who is a diesel mechanic. We live on my family farm in Woodbury, TN. We have three dogs, Chocolate, Bo, and Ryder. 
Hobbies/Interests:
Traveling, water skiing, reading, anything outdoors
Before Medical School:
I majored in Biochemistry at Lipscomb University, worked as a babysitter, and traveled during my free time. 
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I am originally from a rural town in middle Tennessee, and I have always had a passion to return to the area and provide medical care. The UT-Murfreesboro Family Medicine program would allow me to return to Middle Tennessee to begin my career serving the people of Middle Tennessee. I'm interested in practicing full-spectrum rural Family Medicine, so I wanted a program that provided full spectrum training. I felt the UT-Murfreesboro program would provide me with a great training in the many different aspects of family medicine. I also felt welcomed by the current residents and confident in the expertise of the faculty to provide me with excellent full spectrum Family Medicine training.

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Meagan White Smith, M.D.

Hometown:
Carthage, TN
Undergraduate:
Lipscomb University
Medical School:
Meharry Medical College
Stats:
Happily married to Brian and we have one fur baby, Neyland (Neely)
Hobbies/Interests:
My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, often playing trivia or board games. I also love going to sporting events like football and hockey. I enjoy cooking and baking, puzzles, some video games, and home improvement projects! 
Before Medical School:
When I was little, I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. Because the origin of the word "doctor" means "to teach," I suppose I am fulfilling that dream. I became interested in medicine in college and have been thrilled that I chose this path ever since. 
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I was VERY excited to learn that there was a new residency in Murfreesboro! As is apparent from my undergrad and medical school locations, I like to stay close to home. So, this is the perfect location for my husband and I. The faculty and residents here are so welcoming and encouraging, proving that resident wellness is a high priority. Also, having the partnership between St. Thomas and the University of Tennessee assures that we will receive a great education, have excellent resources, and get to see a diverse patient population while striving toward a greater purpose.

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Thomas Thacker, D.O.

Hometown
Albany, KY (small south central KY town bordering Tennessee
Undergraduate:
Western Kentucky University
Graduate:
University of Kentucky
Medical School:
University of Pikeville
Stats:
Married 15 years to wife Jennifer; Two children (Marissa 12 and Ben 5
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with family in rural KY, UK basketball, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and boating
Before Medical School:
Worked as a physician assistant at a rural health clinic and critical access hospital in Hart County, KY
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro
I enjoyed interview day and was very much welcomed by faculty, residents, and staff. I was impressed by both the program and facilities. This program set the bar for every other program thereafter. I feel truly blessed to be a part of what continues to be built here. 

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Daniel Vann, D.O.

Hometown:
Gadsden, AL
Undergraduate:
University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB)
Medical School:
Nova Southeastern University 
Stats:
Married to wife Johanna
Hobbies/Interests:
Music, golf, nutrition/fitness, anything outdoors, and I love the beach
Before Medical School:
I worked as a Scribe in an ER in between college and medical school.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I chose this program because of the people. Everyone I interviewed with and have subsequently gotten to work with have been amazing. The hospital treats us very well and truly treats us as colleagues and equals. The didactic time is protected and is of high importance to the program. We work on practicing evidence based medicine, which is something in which I believe. The area of Murfreesboro is rapidly expanding, and we are right next to Nashville which is a great city. 

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Kelly Zhang, M.D.

Hometown:  
Memphis, TN
Undergraduate:
Rhodes College
Medical School:
George Washington University School of Medicine
Stats:
Single and living across a serene pond in an apartment complex not too far away from the hospital
Hobbies/Interests:
Running, hiking, biking, yoga, Netflix, relaxing at the beach
Before Medical School:
I held leadership positions in helping international students transition to the academic environment in the US. It was a very rewarding job that resulted in some long-lasting friendships.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I knew I wanted to come back to my home state since the beginning of medical school.  I also wanted to make an informed decision about attending a residency program that would prepare me to be a competent clinician.  On interview day, I was impressed by the warmness of the faculty and staff, closeness of the residents and flexibility of the program to set the standard for the next generation of residency programs.  The perks of a new program appealed to the self-starter in me to pave my own unique path of becoming the type of clinician that I've envisioned.  At the end of match season, I chose to come here and I have enjoyed my experience since!

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Rebecca Beard, M.B.B.S​​.

Hometown:  
London, UK 
Undergraduate:  
Kings College London, University of London, UK
Medical School
University College London, University of London, UK
Stats
Married with two children
Hobbies/Interests
World travel, foreign cuisine, listening to live music, gardening, sewing, playing piano, spending time with family and friends
Before Medical School
Worked as a nurse in London and spent most of my free time travelling. There is still so much of the world to see!
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro
I thoroughly enjoyed my interview day with UT Murfreesboro and was extremely impressed with all that I saw. The program offered excellent training opportunities, in both a fun and friendly environment. All of the faculty was very supportive and engaging, and the residents showed genuine care for one another. I was also moved by their desire to work closely with the under-served in the community. Finding a good team to work with was one of my top priorities throughout the interview season, and now that I am here, I know I found the best one to be a part of in Murfreesboro!

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Tanner Evans, M.D.

Hometown:
Lubbock, TX
Undergraduate:  
Lubbock Christian University 
Medical School:
Texas Tech University 
Stats:
Married to wife, Erin; 2 year old daughter Colbie
Hobbies/Interests:
Pilot and flight instructor, playing fiddle and guitar, enjoying time with family, hunting, fishing, boating and anything outdoors
Before Medical School:
I worked doing home remodeling and also worked as a scribe in the ER. 
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I am from Texas but grew up coming to Tennessee to visit family during the summer. I have always loved the Nashville area but did not want to live in such a big city. When I saw there was a Family Medicine program in Murfreesboro I decided to come spend a month working as a student and absolutely loved my experience. I am excited to now be a part of a new and growing program in Rutherford County. The program is unopposed and the community is very excited to have residents in their healthcare system. All of the faculty are excited to teach and build a great residency, and we are ready to continue to develop what the first class of residents started last year. 
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Corey Fussell, M.D.
Hometown
Waynesboro, GA
Undergraduate:
UT-Knoxville 
Medical School:
Medical College of Georgia 
Hobbies/Interests:
Reading, traveling, walking, working out, and the occasional cigar. I'm also really into airplanes, Autodesk Inventor, 3D printing, and the Civil War. 
Before Medical School:
I tell patients that before I became a doctor, I was a nuclear garbage man. I say it jokingly, but its true; for many years I worked as a Nuclear Waste Operator contracted to the Department of Energy. If this conjures up images of Homer Simpson, then that's close enough.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
​For me, the primary draw of this program was, and still is, the attendings. I interviewed at several other programs, but I didn't encounter another residency where the quality of the attendings was higher. They are all distinguished in their respective fields and are here only because of their passion to educate future physicians and to build a new Family Medicine residency from the ground up. As people, colleagues, and supervisors they have all been a joy to work with this year. 

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Nathan Gilley, M.D.

Hometown:  
Flintstone, GA
Undergraduate:
Trevecca Nazarene University
Medical School:
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Stats:
Happily married with two children; made our home in Murfreesboro
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending quality time with my family, playing Ultimate Frisbee, discussing theology, mixed-media art
Before Medical School:
Majored/minored in Religious Studies/Missions and Biology / Chemistry.  I did work as a college tutor, participated in clinical as well as cellular-biology research, and studied abroad in Eastern Europe and Ecuador.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:  
For my family, the program in Murfreesboro met and exceeded all of the points that we considered along the interview trail.  In Murfreesboro, we are able to be near family and amidst diverse and underserved populations that are served at the clinic, in the hospital, and on the mobile health unit.  There is a spirit of excited optimism and a familial attitude among the residents and faculty.  The academics are strong and the training is practically unopposed.  I feel like this program will equip me to be a well-rounded family physician.
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Meagan McDonnell, M.D.

Hometown:
South Williamsport, PA 
Undergraduate:
Pennsylvania State University
Medical School:
St. George's University
Stats:
Single 
Hobbies/Interests:
Karaoke, Dancing, Vintage Costume Jewelry, Used Bookstores 
Before Medical School:
I wasn't someone who always wanted to be a doctor. Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a psychologist. After working in a hospital, I realized there was nothing that I wanted more than becoming a doctor.
Why I Chose UT - Murfreesboro:
During my interview, I asked everyone what they thought was the best part of the program. Invariably, the residents expressed how lucky they were to have such great faculty, and the faculty said that they could not imagine a better residency class. I was really impressed by the mutual respect and admiration. There was definitely a sense that everyone knew they were building something special together.

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John Roberts, D.O.

Hometown
West Jordan, UT
Undergraduate
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT     
Medical School:
Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:
Happily married to wife, Leslie, with four daughters; homeowner in Murfreesboro
Hobbies/Interests:
Trail running; kayaking; skiing; playing, repairing, and collecting old guitars; writing and illustrating children’s books; interests include biomedical devices and business in medicine
Before Medical School:
I worked for a biotech company extracting DNA and running genome mapping in an effort to detect early genetic diseases.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
The People. You are who you are surrounded by, and I knew that the faculty, staff, and residents would be the best mentors to facilitate my pathway to becoming a great physician and outstanding citizen. One of the major reasons I chose medicine was to serve, and training at University of Tennessee Nashville puts me in position to serve those in this region that need it most. Being a newer program, I could sense the opportunity and wanted to be a part of the unique process of building a program. Also, as a father of four children I knew Murfreesboro would have everything my family would need to live a happy life.
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Zara Siddiqui, D.O.

Hometown:  
Tulsa, OK          
Undergraduate:  
University of Tulsa
Medical School:
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:
Single and currently residing with my mother and baby sister
Hobbies/Interests:
Caves, home decor, music, traveling, yoga
Before Medical School:
I had the privilege of traveling abroad to reconnect with family/relatives. I was heavily involved with a local organization that raised money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. In undergrad, I hosted several social events for students residing on campus.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:  
I knew this was THE place to obtain my family medicine training once I interviewed here. I cancelled all of my remaining interviews after seeing this program, and I say this just to provide some perspective. The faculty is very approachable and intelligent. Our upper level residents are extremely kind, smart, and will go above and beyond to help us. Our patient population is very diverse, which enhances our learning. I honestly feel blessed to be a part of our program in Murfreesboro!


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