Current Residents 2022-2023

PGY 3

Kaley Barber, M D

Hometown: Olive Branch, MS
Undergraduate: Mississippi State University
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, kayaking, watercolor painting and gardening 
Before Medical School: I earned my degree in Biochemistry at MSU. While I was there, I worked in a lab studying Bovine Herpesvirus and I received an excellent introduction to SEC football!  
Why I Chose UT-Nashville
: I knew I wanted to stay in the south for residency and ideally in a city with lots of opportunities for fun new experiences. I'm so excited to be surrounded by the beautiful middle Tennessee landscape and to be neighbors with Nashville! During my interview here, I was impressed by how friendly everyone was and I felt very at ease throughout the whole day. Once I left Murfreesboro after my interview, I couldn't wait to come back!

Nate Henry, M D

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Undergraduate: UTK
Medical School: UTHSC
Hobbies/Interests: Reading and history
Before Medical School: I worked in a bioinformatics lab
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I was impressed by the faculty, residents, and staff while rotating through Murfreesboro as a student. 

Simone Ilia, D O

Hometown: Lafayette, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, writing, reading, tennis, skiing, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family! I'm also exploring potential tangential careers as a baker or botanist. 
Before Medical School: I spent time traveling, working at a ski resort, and tutoring high school students in English, math, and science. 
​Why I Chose UT-Nashville: Coming home to middle Tennessee to serve a community that truly needs it was what drew me to UT-Nashville. Upon doing my rotation and interview here, I developed a deep respect for the faculty and residents for their compassion and knowledge. I knew I would receive the training I needed to become the physician I wanted to be someday: one who always puts patients first and never stops learning.

Andrew McGehee, M D

Hometown: Ruston, LA
Undergraduate: Mississippi College
Medical School: Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, LA
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy being with friends and being outside. Bonfires are one of my favorite things.  I like reading and am involved with my church.  Exercise and healthy eating have become both hobbies and priorities for me.  I want to learn more about nutrition and how to best incorporate it in my practice.
Before Medical School: I started and ran a business called Bayou Bowties.  We made bowties out of alligator leather.  My family hunts alligators on land that's been with our family for about 60 years.  
Why I Chose UT-Nashville:  Training and location were high priorities for me.  Being a newer program, the faculty are excellent and also excited to find more and more ways to expand and tailor the program to best fit the needs of our patients and interests of residents.

Fardin Mohammadi, D O

Hometown: Nashville, TN - born in Kurdistan
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, playing and watching soccer, gardening, playing video games, keeping up with international news, and studying Islam.
Before Medical School: I studied physics in undergrad, played rugby, worked as a pharmacy tech, worked at Fat Mo's Burgers, and worked as a research assistant in developmental biology. 
Why I Chose UT-Nashville
: UT Nashville has everything I wanted in a residency program: robust service with lots of teaching opportunities, great rotations, kind and knowledgeable faculty, trusting environment, and proximity to Nashville. I knew this was where I wanted to be after spending a month on 4 different rotations with the program.

Yusra Mohammed, D O

Hometown: The Boro! (Murfreesboro)
Undergraduate: MTSU
Medical School: KY College of Osteopathic Medicine @ University of Pikeville (KYCOM)
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Traveling, Reading, watching movies, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends
Before Medical School: I was a Murfreesboro girl born and raised! I got my Bachelors in Microbiology and minor in Spanish and Chemistry at MTSU while tutoring other undergrad bio students and doing drug discovery research on a new treatment for Cryptococcus neoformans. I traveled a bunch and also just kept building up my med school app!
Why I Chose UT-Nashville
: I have spent my whole life in Murfreesboro and love calling it home! Medical school took me to East KY in the heart of Appalachia for the last 4 years. I always knew I would find my way back home at some point because THIS was the community I wanted to serve and give back to! Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has been growing like crazy the last few years and that has brought in a diversity of ethnicities and immigrants living here and needing health care. This population is one that I feel passionate about! I did an audition rotation my OMS IV year and really fell in love with the program!! The attendings and residents were so kind, patient, helpful, and taught me so much during my time with them in the clinic and hospital! The message Saint Louise Clinic stands for and the network within the community to give their patients more resources was so special compared to other places and really spoke to my heart as it's the type of impact I hope to have as a doctor! Those were a few of the things that really sealed my decision to come back home to my family and choose UT Nashville!

Tyler Sams, D O

Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Undergraduate: Lubbock Christian University
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center—Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Running, Baking, Reading, Volleyball, Travel
Before Medical School: I worked three years as a Resident Assistant and ran cross country in college
Why I Chose UT-Nashville
: Finding this program happened through a rather fortuitous set of events. There were so many connections here that I felt confident that this was the place where I was supposed to be. I am interested in doing obstetrics in my future practice, so I was excited to find a program with such a strong foundation in obstetrical care. I’ve been in Texas for the past eight years, so I am also looking forward to being closer to my family in the Atlanta area.

Shelley Seehra, M D

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia
Hobbies/Interests: Cats, live music, playing my violin, painting, gardening, pottery, watching any/all Bravo television, travel, weightlifting 
Before Medical School: I was the Social Justice Advocacy Chair at a Human Rights NGO in Manhattan, NY. After that, I worked at a plant shop and lived in Mount Snow, VT working at a ski shop. 
Why I Chose UT-Nashville
: This program and its people made me feel right at home. From the resident dinner to the interview day, I felt welcomed. The faculty here is very understanding, down to earth, and go out of their way to teach. I also appreciate the programs focus and dedication to serving the local underserved populations and its community based, unopposed nature.  I am looking forward to the next 3 years!


PGY 2

DavidsonGabe FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Shelbyville, TN
Undergrad: Middle Tennessee State University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy board games, travelling, horseback riding, UT football, and spending time with my family.
Before Medical School: I worked as a pharmacy technician in a local pharmacy.
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I was so excited to learn I would be able to come back home to Middle Tennessee to serve the best community on the planet. I plan to practice here after residency so this was an obvious choice for me. After my interview my choice was made. The residents and faculty here are so kind and genuinely good people. I am thrilled UT Nashville is where I am able to train.

DaviesWilliam FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergrad: UT-Knoxville
Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Fly fishing, backpacking, gardening, and craft coffee!
Before Medical School: I spent one year in a small, rural town in East Tennessee, being mentored by a family physician who practiced full spectrum medicine. 
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I believe that this program will provide the opportunity for me to get full spectrum training. The faculty and other residents were extremely welcoming and seemed to have a supportive, encouraging community.

GreeneCaleb FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Blountville, TN
Undergrad: King University in Bristol, TN
Medical School: LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time and traveling with my wife and family. I enjoy most sports and anything outdoors. Tennis, running, skiing, mountain biking, & hiking are a few of my favorite activities.
Before Medical School: I spent a gap year after undergrad attending a Bible college in Ohio with my wife. 
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I did a visiting rotation with this program during my 4th year, and I was greatly impressed with the residents and faculty. The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and helped to facilitate a wonderful learning environment. My wife also loves the Nashville area so I knew she would be happy here. I also have a brother with some knowledge of the training here, and he highly endorsed the program. Overall, I am thrilled to train here in Murfreesboro!

HarrisJade FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Undergrad: Johnson C. Smith University
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, snowboarding, binge watching Netflix/anime, trying and cooking new foods (huge foodie), DIY projects, spending time with family.
Before Medical School: I finished undergrad in 3 years so I would be able to slow down and spend time with family before transitioning into medical school. I think time with loved ones is so precious, and I always try to prioritize it. 
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT-Nashville because it has everything I was looking for in a residency program and so much more! Our focus on service to the underserved, structured didactics and board review built into the curriculum, robust, full-spectrum service with a diverse patient population, an incredible faculty that make you to be like them when you grow up, and the amazing location of Murfreesboro, TN which allows me to be close to where my family currently reside. I am beyond excited and grateful for this opportunity and couldn’t be happier with my decision of UT-Nashville!

JordanBradley FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: St. Francisville, Louisiana
Undergrad: University of Colorado-Boulder
Medical School: LSU Health New Orleans
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, camping, running, fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, beekeeping, magic, reading, carpentry, traveling, time with family and friends
Before Medical School: I spent a lot of time working with high school students in afterschool programs, leading backpacking trips and was a full time teacher for a year. 
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I was looking for a program that was a part of its community and a place that would prepare me to practice in a variety of settings of after residency. I'm looking forward to working in a program that is still young and growing. My wife and I are very excited to explore and adventure in Tennessee!

ParGrace FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Undergrad: Berea College, KY
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, photography, cinemas, fencing 
Before Medical School: I did one year of Master Program in Indiana and Traveled.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville:  I chose UT-Nashville because it offers a full scope FM training in a diverse patient population of Middle Tennessee, which has always been a home to me.  Also, I liked the supportive faculty and family like culture among residents.

RadleySarah FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Greenville, NC
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family (especially daughter and husband), Marvel Comics, Star Wars, reading, good coffee, church
Before Medical School: I earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and provided therapy to young children who had experienced trauma. I also spent a year teaching kindergarten in St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
Why I chose UT-Nashville: Even though I grew up in eastern North Carolina, I always considered Tennessee to be my true home. My parents are both from Tennessee, and I grew up visiting grandparents and extended family in Tennessee frequently. My husband and I were interested in moving to Tennessee, so when it came time to apply to residency programs I was hopeful to find a program in Tennessee that was a good fit. Once I interviewed here I knew it was my number one choice! This program provides solid clinical experience and strong didactic education all while maintaining a healthy culture. Everyone here is so approachable and eager to help. I am grateful to join the program!

WalkerLance FM 4x5 CMYK 300 lc

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad: Xavier University of Louisiana
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Bike riding, basketball, sports medicine, personal finance and video games.
Before Medical School: I worked as a Servant Leader Intern for the Nashville Freedom School, a youth summer camp that emphasizes reading literacy and healthy lifestyles.
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I felt very welcomed when I interviewed, and got the impression that the program was genuinely committed to the growth and development of its residents.


PGY 1

G. Thomas Atkins, MD

Hometown: Pleasant View, TN
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: UTHSC
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and 3-year old daughter, working on vehicles, woodworking and home projects, gardening, gaming, hiking/climbing, fishing, and hunting
Before Medical School: Worked in tobacco farming when I was younger and was a manager at a local GameStop just before starting medical school.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT-Nashville for several reasons: First, the friendly atmosphere provided by the faculty and residents made it feel like home and a place I would enjoy working. Everyone was so welcoming and this showed me that the program made it a priority to foster a family atmosphere. Second, I am very interested in serving those in greater need of access to healthcare, particularly in a rural environment. This program truly embodies the St. Thomas creed of service and the rural track program is allowing me to accomplish this goal. Finally, the program is close to home, meaning our daughter has the opportunity to grow up near her grandparents.

Block Brandon, DO

Hometown: Mahwah, New Jersey
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Sports, live music, breweries, University of Michigan football (Go Blue), hiking national parks, sports medicine, obesity medicine
Before Medical School: I worked as a scribe in the Emergency Department and at an Orthopedic office back in New Jersey.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: Even through the virtual interview process, I could tell that UT-Nashville would be my next home. Everyone in the program was so friendly and kind. Immediately after I interviewed, I knew where I wanted to do my residency. I also love Nashville and just could not pass up the opportunity to live in one of my favorite cities.

Grant Carlson, D.O.

Hometown: Winona Lake, Indiana
Undergraduate: Grace College & Theological Seminary
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Personal finance, following Purdue sports and the NBA, ultimate frisbee, weightlifting, gardening, watching cooking shows, and spending time with my wife
Before Medical School: Clinical research for Zimmer Biomet managing studies for the sports medicine, extremities, and trauma units. Spent lots of time working with the youth group at my church.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: The most compelling factor was diversity and strong camaraderie among the residents. I appreciated how interns were very active in the interview process and not hidden from candidates. Moving to Murfreesboro also allowed us to be much closer to family in Indiana.

Cullen Carter, D.O.

Hometown: Athens, TN
Undergraduate: Furman University
Medical School: LMU-DCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Running, working out, reading, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, being on the lake, and traveling!
Before Medical School
School, and more school! I’ve had various odd jobs throughout, though: Medical Assistants in family practice and ENT, I’ve worked on and managed an organic farm, and I’ve done food delivery!
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I was fortunate enough to have done an audition rotation here, and immediately connected with the people and the patients. The program was engaging, supportive, and was something I knew I could thrive in!

Leah Fassinger, M.D.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests:  cooking, puppies, soccer, embroidering, reading, hanging out with my husband and adorably sassy puppy, and I aspire to be a good plant mom someday but I am not there yet
Before Medical School: I went straight from college to med school. I studied biomedical engineering and Russian, and played club soccer. I was fortunate enough to travel to Russia and put my learning into practice one summer while meeting some cool people.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: Of all my interviews, I instantly felt more comfortable with the residents than any other place. I grew up in Nashville, and my husband and I were excited about being near family. Plus, my husband loved the neurology program at vandy so it was a great couples match for us :)

Helen Jones, M.D.

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: Wright State University
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, gardening, hiking, yoga and Korean dramas
Before Medical School: I was a corporate M&A lawyer.
Why I chose UT-Nashville: I loved the people! And my husband works at Vanderbilt.

Kevin Lai, D.O.

Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Undergraduate: University of Oregon
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy cooking, reading, video games, and spending time outdoors.
Before Medical School: After graduating college I worked as a medical scribe at an outpatient clinic. Right before medical school I spent a month backpacking and visited Berlin, Hamburg, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris, Kayl, Cologne, and then finally Frankfurt!
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I visited Nashville once while in medical school and fell in love with the area. The opportunity to work with a diverse patient population alongside passionate faculty and residents made this a program I wanted to be part of.

L. Merkle Moore, M.D.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: East Tennessee State University
Hobbies/Interests:  Backpacking, Ultimate Frisbee, Ballet, Traveling, Cross-Stitching, Baking, Trivia, Water-Skiing. I may have picked up too many hobbies in MS4 year.
Before Medical School: I worked in Dr. Alan Cherrington's Diabetes Research Lab at Vanderbilt for two years before going to medical school. The most fun thing I did was circumnavigate the globe in the months before medical school, traveling from China to Denmark to Scotland to Iceland and back to the US.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: The people! The diversity of patient population drawing from both urban and rural populations and the true need of our patients was extremely appealing to me. I truly love the population we serve. The residents and faculty are also so wonderful. They are funny and goofy and go the extra mile to help you and encourage you to grow as a physician. We are not normal residents, we are cool residents.

Bao-Vi Nguyen, M.D.

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Lipscomb University
Medical School: UTHSC
Hobbies/Interests: cooking, watching movies, traveling, spending time with family
Before Medical School: I worked as a medical scribe for 6 months at Vanderbilt.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: Nashville is home to me, and is where I see myself practicing in the long run. I rotated through UTFM in Murfreesboro as a fourth year medical student, and I could tell immediately that this was the place for me. I enjoyed working with the other residents and faculty, and felt like it is a safe place to learn and practice medicine.

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