Current Residents

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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. 

PGY 2


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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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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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Zane Cooke, M.D.
Hometown:
Kingsport, TN
Undergraduate:     
Trevecca Nazarene University
Medical School:    
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats:                      
Happily married with one son; homeowner in Murfreesboro
Hobbies/Interests:                
Golf, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, tennis, lego collector, gardening
Before Medical School:  
Employed by pathology lab during college
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:  
I saw the opportunity in this new, unopposed, program to help build a beacon of outreach in a much needed area, and I jumped at it.  My interest in the program grew with each conversation I had with the passionate faculty.  I came to find that Murfreesboro is a fast-growing city that maintains a small town feel, and there is tremendous community support for the residency programs. Finally, sponsorship from the University of Tennessee Health Science Centerensures a commitment to continued growth and program enhancement.
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​​Lauren Cooper, D.O.
Hometown:
Elmwood, TN
Undergraduate:    
Middle Tennessee State University
Medical School:
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats:
Married to husband, Tommy; homeowner in nearby Wilson County
Hobbies/Interests:
Hiking, boating on area lakes, playing with nieces and nephews, baking, riding motorcycles with my husband, working on our family farm
Before Medical School:
Worked as an ER Tech in a small, rural emergency department, and as a nurse aid in the Vanderbilt Medical Center Adult Oncology Unit  during  college; love to volunteer and was very active in my local church and community
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
Being local to the middle Tennessee area, I was very excited about attending a residency close to home.  When I found out about the program in Murfreesboro, I decided to do an elective rotation with the program as a fourth year medical student.  I immediately fell in love with the faculty and staff and knew I needed to be part of this new family!  The program is dedicated to community outreach, and it is very rewarding to be part of this mission.


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Brian Gray, D.O.

Hometown:
Murfreesboro, TN
Undergraduate:    
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
Stats:
Married to wife, Haley; homeowner in Murfreesboro, five minutes from Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
Hobbies/Interests:
Passion for great coffee - one of the best roasters in the south is Just Love Coffee in Murfreesboro, cooking, grilling, golf, tennis, lounging at the pool, college football
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
The Attendings are some of the best teaching faculty and greatest people I have met, both inside and outside the hospital.  The location of the program is close to Nashville, allowing my wife and I to enjoy a unique dinner out or great performance as often as we would like.  The partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, with its extensive experience in resident training, and Saint Thomas Rutherford, with its longstanding reputation for spiritually centered, holistic care, was too great to pass up.

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Bobbi Lakin, M.D.
Hometown:
Hillsdale, OK
Undergraduate:    
University of Oklahoma
Medical School:
University of Oklahoma, OKC and Tulsa, OK 
Stats:
Single with mini aussie puppy, Suki Thumper Daffodil Lakin
Hobbies/Interests:
Traveling, hiking, letter writing, Netflix binging, restaurant exploring
Before Medical School:
Majored in International Area Studies, worked part-time jobs, traveled, volunteered
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
I interviewed at nearly 20 residencies across the U.S. in search of the family medicine program that would be my best fit.  This program came as a pleasant surprise at the end of my search, and was a place I simply couldn't shake.  It's a program born out of the need of the community, with unrivaled support from Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and its physicians.  I am able to pursue my Family  Medicine passions in an environment that is academically rigorous and supportive of its residents.  Now that I am here, I couldn't ask for better faculty and co-residents.  I truly have a resident family and home away from home.


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Michael McCutchen, M.D.

Hometown:
Henderson, TN
Undergraduate:    
Freed-Hardeman University
Medical School:
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats:
Happily married to wife, Leigh; currently living in an apartment near Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, looking for a more permanent home in the area
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with my wife, weight-lifting, playing basketball, attempting to play guitar, watching movies
Before Medical School:
Attended graduate business school and worked as a graduate-assistant basketball coach, medical assistant for an orthopedic surgery group, and trainer at Solus Performance
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:
After interviewing at programs all over the country, I knew the UT program in Murfreesboro was definitely the place for me. The hospital tour, interviews, and meetings with faculty and staff all left me feeling that this program and Murfreesboro are where I am meant to train. My wife works at Siegel Middle School, and we have plans to stay in the area after I complete residency. We are both from very small towns, and we like that Murfreesboro has a small town feel with the amenities of a larger city. Now that I am here, I love the chemistry we have as a residency class.  We genuinely enjoy the time we spend together, both inside and outside the training program. 
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Tyler Melson, D.O.
Hometown:            
Florence, AL
Undergraduate:    
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
Stats:
Happily married to wife, Grace Ann, with four children
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with my family - outdoor activities, Murfreesboro's Saturday farmers' market, rock climbing at the local gym.  I also enjoy hunting, fishing, playing guitar, and life on my family farm in Alabama.
Before Medical School:
Medical school came as a surprise in my life. I majored in Business Administration and planned to open a business of some sort, but God had different plans. After completing a business degree, I completed my medical school prerequisites while managing a local sandwich shop.
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I knew when I first visited the program that this is where I belong. Initially, I was impressed with the town. I was then amazed at the beauty of the facilities in which the program operates. Finally, upon seeing the hearts of the Attendings and the dedication they have to the program, I had no further questions. Now that I am here, I couldn't ask for more dedicated faculty who fully support me and my education. I have also formed deep friendships and camaraderie with my fellow residents.


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David Ransom, M.D.
Hometown:
Panama City, FL
Undergraduate:    
Florida State University
Medical School:
Ben-Gurion University, Medical School for International Health, Beer Sheva, Israel
Hobbies/Interests:

People and their languages, music, composition, dance, nature, living things

Before Medical School:

I remember fishing a lot, practicing wilderness survival skills (building shelter from sticks and leaves,  trying to start fire with a bow drill), cleaned windows, tutored students for the MCAT, worked in the office at my dad’s cleaning company, traveled

Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

This program's faculty felt like the right group of people to train under. Now that I am here, I appreciate the quality of our lectures and bedside teaching, the accessibility of our faculty, and the diversity of our patient population. Our resident class is great, too, and I enjoy living near Nashville.

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Travis Shivers, M.D.
Hometown:
Ashland City, TN
Undergraduate:    
Freed-Hardeman University
Medical School:
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Stats:
Married to wife, Brooke, with one child, Noah
Hobbies/Interests:
Soccer, kayaking, hiking, running, most anything outdoors, restoring old furniture, carpentry
Before Medical School:
Played soccer for four years and was an intern in Honduras for a mission group during undergrad, worked in a pathology lab in Nashville for one year before going to medical school. 
Why I Chose UT-Murfreesboro:

I am originally from Middle Tennessee, and so the program's location was a huge factor for our family.  The hospital is gorgeous and one of the most welcoming places I’ve ever been. We have dedicated faculty who have made the transition from 4th year students to interns as smooth as possible, and a good group of residents who genuinely like one another.  I viewed this residency program as an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of what could be an amazing training program for residents, and to make an impact on the members of the community we serve.  Now that I am here, I see that our patients really are the underserved and we really do make a difference when we show up to work.

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