Current Residents

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Jay Berkes, M.D.

Hometown: Danville, Illinois
Undergraduate: Marian University, Illinois State University
Medical School: Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University 
Hobbies/Interests: White water kayaking, Irish hurling (the Gaelic sport of Ireland that’s kind of like a mix between rugby and lacrosse), graphic design, and 3D modeling. 
Before Medical School: I played football in high school and college until I came to the realization that medical school was a bit more realistic than the NFL. Unencumbered by daily practices and weekend games I fell in love with molecular genetic research during the school year and white-water rafting/kayaking during my summer breaks. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I kind of repeated that cycle for another four years. Each year I would spend 3-4 months working as a white-water rafting guide and training supervisor in the mountains of Colorado, and that funded 8-9 months of some other career interest or skill that I wanted to bring to medicine. I worked as an ER technician in southeastern Louisiana, a public health agent in Haiti, and a mental health/substance abuse researcher in Denver. For some reason I gave that life up and found myself back in a classroom, completing a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on international development just before moving to Beer Sheva, Israel to attend the Medical School for International Health. 
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: My medical school experience exposed me to clinical work in a few different countries and across the US, but my mind was made up after spending four weeks in a clinical rotation with UT Nashville. It’s simply a large collection of interested, intelligent, and good-natured people practicing great medicine and serving a community that needs it.

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Carey Cantrell, M.D.

Hometown: Petersburg, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Running, bowling, retro video games, and trivia contests
Before Medical School: I worked in primary care clinics and nursing homes in Middle Tennessee
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: When I heard that UT had a new Family Medicine program near my beloved hometown of Petersburg, I knew that I had to stop by and meet everyone. My interview here was the first one I attended in my job search, and no other program could match the warmth, excitement, and ambition projected by the faculty, staff, and residents in Murfreesboro. I feel so blessed to be a part of this program and to serve the rapidly growing, diverse population of Middle Tennessee.

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Amanda Carter, M.D.

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Undergraduate: Hampton University 
Medical School: Meharry Medical College 
Stats: Single  
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, spending time with friends and family 
Before Medical School: I worked as a medical scribe and was a medical education specialist at the Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee 
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I had an interest in giving back and serving the community of my home town. At my interview I felt everyone was very friendly and had a family environment, the residents interacted well with each other and that aspect was important to me as well. 

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Shannon Foster, M.D.

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Undergraduate: University of Arizona and University of Nebraska Medical Center
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Stats: Married to my husband, Sean, and we have two Boerboels, Achilles and Athena.
Hobbies/Interests: I love spending time with my husband and dogs, especially camping and hiking.  I also enjoy reading.
Before Medical School: I was an officer in the Army for 16 years, 5 of those as a physician assistant.
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I have lived in middle TN for almost 15 years and was excited to learn about this program.  I was drawn to the welcoming personalities of the faculty and residents; they all seemed down to earth and supportive.  I was also very excited about the program’s focus on serving underserved populations.

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Nathaniel Greene, D.O.

Hometown: Blountville, TN
Undergraduate: King University in Bristol, TN
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Stats: Single. Renting a house in Murfreesboro with a few church friends of mine. 
Hobbies/Interests: Running, tennis, ultimate frisbee and anything else that gets me outside during the warm months. I also enjoy working out, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. 
Before Medical School: I took a gap year after getting my bachelor’s degree and attended a bible college sponsored by my church in Cincinnati for the year. 
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: My mentor throughout medical school did a sub-internship with the program, and although he ended up staying close to home in California for residency, had nothing but praise for the program and Dr. Dunlap. This led me to do a sub-internship of my own here during 4th year of medical school. I fell in love with the faculty, residents, program, and city and knew that this is where I wanted to complete my residency training. 

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Ellie Jolly, M.D.

Hometown: Cadiz, KY 
Undergraduate: Western Kentucky University 
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine 
Hobbies/Interests: Country music concerts, weekends on the lake, traveling, and being with my family. 
Before Medical School: I worked every summer at my family’s restaurant on the lake. I took one year off before medical school and completed a medical education development program. 
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I chose UT-Nashville because I had an instant connection with the current residents and faculty. Our training facilities are amazing, and I fell in love with Murfreesboro the first time I drove through it. You have everything you could ever want, and Music City is right next door. I am so excited to be completing my residency training at St. Thomas Rutherford through UT-Nashville. 

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Samantha Mullins, M.D.

Hometown: Wingo, KY
Undergraduate: Murray State University
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Stats: Loving life! 
Hobbies/Interests: Exploring new places, Baking, Gardening, Live Music
Before Medical School: I grew up on a farm in KY. While in college I majored in biology and studied abroad in Greece and Italy. 
Why I chose UT Nashville: I loved the mission of the Saint Louise Clinic and St. Thomas Rutherford to help the underserved populations. Also, the faculty I met during my interview day were so humble and genuinely kind.

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Sarah Zimmerman, M.D.

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergraduate: Amherst College 
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University 
Hobbies/Interests: I like spending time outdoors, travel, live music of almost any type, yoga and mindfulness meditation, bouldering, reading the paper, and exploring and enjoying the region around me.
Before Medical School: I did clinical research in serious mental illness in adults, as well as in early autism detection in children. My work gave me the opportunity to work closely with individuals and families who, in many cases, were not receiving or did not have access to, meaningful primary care. My experiences made me realize that I wanted a future in Family Medicine, so I went back to school for my pre-medical coursework... and the rest is history!
Why I Chose UT-Nashville: I was amazed how, even though this program was one of the farthest afield at which I interviewed, it immediately felt like home when I visited. The commitment that the residents and faculty alike seemed to share toward making the program into a real family where everyone's voice is heard, and everyone's stake is valued was really exciting to me, and there was such a sense of being welcomed into that community. I knew that the opportunity to be able to train in truly broad-spectrum care for a diverse underserved population just outside a major metropolitan area, while also having great access to the natural beauty here, was special. I'm so energized to be able to join this program of passionate learners and teachers and providers and am delighted to be embracing my new home.

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ZTravis 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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