Meet Our Residents!

The residents, by far, are the best part of our residency program.  The environment is supportive and collegial.  Residents also spend time together outside of work enjoying such activities as annual weekend retreats (often at the beautiful NC coast), Durham Bulls baseball games, UNC sporting events, attending-sponsored resident appreciation dinners and listening to bluegrass at "Fridays on the Front Porch" at the Carolina Inn. We are also proud to field a team in the UNC employee softball league endearingly called Failure to Thrive.

First Years
Lauren Bradford, MD - Lauren was born and raised in Charlotte, NC but for the last nine years, she has called Chapel Hill home, attending UNC for both undergraduate and medical school.  She chose to remain at UNC because she couldn't see herself being happier anywhere else - the people are inspiring, motivated, dedicated, and compassionate...everyone is all about learning, teaching, and doing the best for their patients!  As a third generation Tar Heel, Lauren was raised on Carolina Basketball - go Heels!  She loves being outdoors and has a huge sweet tooth - she's yet to meet a cupcake she didn't like.
Erica Brenner, MD - Erica graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Biochemistry.  She received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate.  She chose UNC because of the friendly, well-rounded residents and faculty, the program's strong reputation, the excellent location (near both the mountains and the beach), and most importantly, the amazing Ultimate Frisbee scene.  Erica enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and drawing, and recently competed in her first triathlon.
Jordan Broman-Fulks, MD - Jordan went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Having attended UNC for undergrad, he couldn't wait to get back to the area for residency - Chapel Hill is a beautiful and safe place for his family, gives them access to all their favorite ways to spend their time such as attending college sporting events and concerts, while only being a few hours from the mountains and beach.  He and his wife are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, and also two dogs.  A master of the Babinski, Jordan is in our combined Pediatrics - Child Neurology Program.
Kyle Cecil, MD - Kyle graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Biology.  For medical school, he attended Virginia Tech Carilion.  Kyle has gone on multiple mission trips, including teaching English in Ecuador and volunteering in orphanages in Ghana.  In his spare time, he enjoys running, cooking, gardening, DIY projects and board games.  His favorite television show of all time is "Friends".  Kyle and his wife are proud parents to a toddler-age son.
Hannah Chesser, MD - Hannah is a native Texan, growing up in Houston.  She went to the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and received her MD from the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio.  She enjoys taking day trips, traveling (has visited all 48 contiguous states), being outdoors and searching for delicious food.  Hannah chose to come to UNC because of her interview day experience - everyone seemed so friendly and inviting.  She also loved the location - full of pine trees, close to both the beach and the mountains.
Adriana Cline, MD - Adriana completed her undergraduate degree and medical school at West Virginia University - let's go Mountaineers!!  She chose UNC because she was looking for a top notch academic pediatrics program that also was proud of their close knit community and family atmosphere - UNC offered the best of both worlds!  Also, Adriana and her husband participated in the couples match and both were excited at the idea of exploring a new area during their residencies.  In her spare time, Adriana loves to cook and bake, go to the beach, knit, read and play the piano.
Paige Darnell, MD - Paige attended the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for undergraduate school and Indiana University for medical school.  Despite living in Indiana her entire life, Paige was raised a Tar Heel - when it came time to apply for a residency, looking into UNC was a no-brainer...she loved the opportunities provided in the Primary Care Residency, the global health experiences, and of course, the people are great, too!  Paige enjoys mission work and has spent some time living in both Bolivia and Mexico.
Sara Duffus, MD - Sara is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South and Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  She is quite the adventurer having hiked 300 miles of the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage through Northern Spain, and canoeing 83 miles on the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park.  Sara chose to come to UNC because of the incredibly supportive and friendly atmosphere amongst the residents and faculty - everyone clearly loves their jobs and has fun while getting top notch residency training.
Alex Florence, MD - Alex earned her BS degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and her MD from Baylor College of Medicine.  She chose UNC because of the friendly and supportive atmosphere, the great residents and faculty she met on her interview day, and the ability to train at multiple unique hospitals. Also, North Carolina is a beautiful place to live with lots to do!  She enjoys watching and playing sports, hiking, listening to live music, crafting, and going to the movies.  Alex bleeds burnt orange - Hook 'em Horns!
Lauren Frazer, MD, PhD - Lauren received a degree in Biology from Georgetown University.  She received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  Lauren jokes that she's been in school so long that she and her dog have both gone gray...she's also picked up some activities favored by retirees: golf and gardening.  She chose UNC for residency because Chapel Hill is a wonderful place to live, everyone seems so happy and excited to help each other, and the research and clinical environments are excellent.
Akilah Grimes, MD - Akilah went to Hampton University for undergraduate school and received her MD from East Carolina University.  She enjoys exercise classes, especially Zumba and kickboxing; loves to travel and experience different cultures - her goal is to visit every continent (except Antarctica - it's too cold there!).  Akilah chose to come to UNC because of the Primary Care Residency, and she also knew she would be a well trained resident upon graduation.  Plus, she loves calling North Carolina home!
Joanna Hales, MD - Joanna graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and attended Florida State University for medical school.  She chose UNC for pediatric residency training because of all of the amazing residents and faculty encountered on the interview day - the residents are genuinely happy and are great friends with one another; she loved the idea of training at more than one hospital; and UNC is also a great destination for a couples match.  Joanna enjoys running, hiking, cooking and yoga.
Alese Harris, MD - Alese went to Yale University where she majored in English and attended medical school at Wake Forest University.  She enjoys singing along to the oldies, baking, reading novels and short stories, and is a proud member of the Lumbee tribe.  Alese is in our Primary Care Residency - after residency, she is committed to returning home to Robeson County, North Carolina to practice general pediatrics.        
Marley Lawrence, MD - Marley went to Wake Forest University for undergraduate school, where she was captain of the Cross-Country and Track teams.  She attended UNC for medical school and was blown away by the people during her pediatrics clerkship - residents, attendings, coordinators, everyone!  The friendliness and genuine focus on education were major reasons she chose to stay at UNC for residency.  Another reason is the combined Pediatrics - Anesthesiology Residency Program, which Marley is a part of.  She enjoys hiking, trail running and once won a baking competition with her pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.  
Ketan Nadkarni, MD - Ketan is a native of Chicago and is a diehard Bulls and Bears fan.  He attended the University of Illinois for undergrad and before going to the Medical College of Wisconsin, he spent a year working with orphanages and backpacking through South America.  Ketan chose to come to UNC for residency because he felt at home throughout the interview day - the residents seemed genuinely happy and the program has a great reputation for training well-rounded pediatricians.  He is also looking forward to warmer winters in North Carolina.
Laura Parente, MD, MPH - Laura is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and will forever have Tribe Pride!  She received both her MPH and MD degrees from the University of Virginia.  Laura chose to come to UNC because of her interview experience: great group of people at the pre-interview dinner and a fun, laid-back environment on the interview day - but it was also clear that teaching was a major focus.  She loves to read and her canine BFF, Pete, is named after the dog in the Zac Brown Band song, "Sic 'em on a Chicken".
Ali Rittenberg, MD - Ali earned a degree in Psychology from Davidson College (Go Wildcats!), where she and her twin sister also played soccer.  She went to UNC for medical school and chose to remain here because of all the amazing residents, students, attendings and staff - the faculty are wonderful, really love to teach, and are dedicated to helping residents become well-rounded pediatricians...the residents seem to all enjoy working together and spending time together outside of work.  Ali enjoys running, playing soccer and isn't ashamed to admit that she is a bad reality TV junkie.   
Elyse Smith, MD - Elyse graduated from Duke University with a degree in Evolutionary Anthropology.  She attended medical school at Wake Forest University.  Elyse chose UNC because she immediately knew that she was surrounded by kind, thoughtful, intelligent people in a supportive environment that would enable her to grow into the best doctor she can possibly be.  She enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, running, getting lost in a good book and her Blue Devils!
Zack Smith, MD - Zack received his BA degree in History from Elon University and his MD from the University of North Carolina.  Between undergrad and medical school, Zack spent time at the NIH conducting research at the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch of the Nation Cancer Institute.  He has been on multiple mission trips: English and math teacher in Ethiopia and volunteered for four months at a hospital in rural India.  Zack enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, hiking, camping and cycling.
Mary Terrell, MD - Mary attended the University of Maryland for both undergraduate and medical school.  She was drawn to UNC for pediatric residency training because it is a top-notch program filled with people that are amazingly smart yet down-to-earth. In her more adventurous youth, she went skydiving over Cape Canaveral, climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, backpacked through the Panamanian jungle, lived in Hawaii, and worked on a medical team at a surf competition in Tahiti.  These days, she has settled down (relatively) and is quite happy hiking, camping, and going on beach trips with her husband and their four children.
Nikki Worthington, MD, PhD - Nikki earned a degree in Chemistry from the University of Georgia.  She attended the University of North Carolina for her graduate work, earning a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Before entering medical school at Wake Forest, Nikki completed post-doc research in the UNC Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center.  She enjoys biking, hiking, camping, photography and cooking.  Nikki at her husband are proud parents to two children.
Joe Zakhar, MD - Joe majored in Physiology at the University of Arizona and went to New York University for medical school.  He enjoys trail running, BBQ, Sci-Fi and spending time with his wife and their husky-lab mix puppy.  Joe is one of our best dressed residents and even sews his own bow ties.  He chose to come to UNC for residency because of the different site opportunities, especially being able to practice in multiple PICUs.  Joe also appreciated the residency class size - not too big, not too small - just right!
Second Years
Kiri Bagley, MD, MPH - Kiri attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate, graduate and medical school.  She chose to remain at UNC for residency because of the warm, collaborative spirit and the pediatric residents and attendings always strive to provide excellent education, both within formal instructional settings and during informal teaching opportunities.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cycling, tennis, and playing to piano and saxophone.
Elizabeth Blyth, MD - Elizabeth graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in English and Spanish.  She went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Before medical school, Elizabeth spent a year as a research assistant for the UNC Department of Nephrology.  She enjoys all outdoor activities, especially tennis, biking, swimming, camping and hiking.  Elizabeth and her husband are the proud parents to a daughter, born this year.    
Laura Cannon, MD - Laura majored in Biology and English at Duke University.  She went to medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Laura stayed at UNC for residency because she wanted the opportunity to work with and learn from the amazing faculty and residents.  She is an avid runner and has competed in several half and full marathon races.  Laura is also a Netflix junkie and a Blue Bell ice cream connoisseur.   
Keila Clark, MD - Keila graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Chemistry.  She went to medical school at Meharry Medical College.  During medical school, she volunteered at the Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank and her research focused on the role of atopy in children with sickle cell disease.  She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and music.  If Keila could be any animal, she would be an elephant.     
Fatmata Daramy, MD, MPH - Fatmata majored in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, received her MPH from Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at the University of Virginia.  Fatmata knew UNC was the place for her - "I felt like the residents I met at the interview dinner could be my friends...the super awesome primary care program was the icing on the cake".  She loves to travel (her goal is to visit every single country in the world) and enjoys running and hiking. 
Erin Hansen, MD - Erin graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Biology and Psychology.  She went to medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern.  During medical school, she worked on the medical staff for a camp for children with diabetes.  She enjoys playing soccer, running, baking and hiking - just before residency, she went on a hiking trip to Everest Base Camp.  Erin chose UNC because of the people she met - the residents, faculty, staff and patients.
Senyene Hunter, MD, PhD - Senyene received a BS in Chemistry and a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Before entering medical school at UNC, Senyene was a professor at St. Augustine's College.  She enjoys creative writing, biking the local trails, weight lifting, cooking, and rollerblading (which includes an extensive amount of falling).  Her favorite way to relieve stress is engaging her 9 year old son in a spirited game of soccer or basketball.  A whiz with the reflex hammer, Senyene is in our combined Pediatrics – Child Neurology Program. 
Denise Jones, MD - Denise went to Furman University for undergraduate school, majoring in Biology.  She attended the University of Florida for medical school.  One of the reasons Denise chose to come to UNC is the Triangle area - great breweries, the food scene, the biking/hiking trails and the nearby lakes.  She enjoys scuba diving, camping and gourmet cooking.  Despite having ties to UF, Denise prefers the chop to the chomp - go Noles!
Katie Jordan, MD - Katie graduated from Williams College with a degree in Psychology.  She received her medical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Choosing to remain at UNC for residency was an easy choice for Katie - "I knew that I loved the people here - residents, fellows and attendings are all so nice...I also knew that I would learn so much".  She enjoys playing soccer, hiking (especially in the mountains), reading novels and learning how to cook.
Anna Kowalczyk, MD - Anna attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and medical schools.  After interviewing at UNC, she knew this was the place for her - "the faculty seemed very invested in teaching residents...I also liked the opportunity of rotating at different clinical sites and being exposed to different aspects of medicine".  Anna is a gardener - she is currently growing a pineapple that she transported from Florida, enjoys bike riding, and loves her Gators!      
Cameron Lang, MD - Cameron graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Psychology and went to medical school at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  She chose to come to UNC because of the people and the primary care training.  Cameron loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, enjoys traveling and is a huge Boston Celtics fan.  She prides herself on her cookie baking abilities - her cookies have been described as "amazing" and "maybe the best ever".
Elizabeth Luke, MD - Elizabeth double majored in Biology and Psychology at the University of Georgia and attended medical school at the University of Alabama.  She has a strong interest in helping the underserved - during medical school, she researched barriers to the use of generic drugs in a rural population, and she also helped design a diabetes education module for Equal Access Birmingham which is the UAB student-run clinic.  Elizabeth has lived in Peru, completed numerous half-marathons, and enjoys gardening, graphic design and Ultimate Frisbee. 
Mike Nidel, MD, MS - Mike graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Computer Engineering and then continued his education at Stanford University, receiving a MS in Computer Science.  Before entering medical school at the University of Virginia, Mike spent nine years as a software engineer.  He enjoys soccer, ice hockey, playing guitar and reading - his favorite book is The Lord of the Rings.  Mike is also a fan of The X-Files - he's even seen the second X-Files movie (who knew there was a sequel?). 
Jordan Norris, MD, MPH - Jordan received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Kentucky University.  She attended medical school at the University of Virginia.  Jordan was drawn to UNC because of the happy, friendly residents and because the Durham/Chapel Hill area is a fantastic place to live, not to mention a great couples match destination.  She enjoys watching sports, cooking and playing tennis.
Patience Obasaju, MD - Patience majored in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During undergrad, she was the Chair for the UNC Dance Marathon, which raises money for our Children's Hospital.  She attended Indiana University for medical school.  Patience enjoys traveling, running, tennis and yoga.  She chose to return to UNC because of the great balance of primary care and academic medicine that allows residents to practice medicine in multiple settings and because she's a Tar Heel!
Lola Owolabi, MD - Lola is a graduate of Duke University, where she majored in Public Policy.  She returned to her home state of Texas for medical school, attending the University of Texas Southwestern.  The great family feel drew her to UNC for residency.  She enjoys college basketball (Go Blue Devils!), traveling and attending theater productions.  Lola is a huge foodie - "can't cook but I sure can eat!"
Brian Pitts, MD - Brian received a BA in History and Mathematics from the University of Kansas.  Before going to medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion, Brian taught middle school math to 7th and 8th graders (he was also the boys basketball coach).  He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, international travel, board games and reading.  Brian isn't ashamed to admit that the first concert he went to was Boyz II Men.
Melissa Smith, MD - Melissa graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Biology and attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She enjoys scuba diving and trail biking.  Melissa chose to come UNC because of the bright, friendly residents and attendings, and because of the good balance of tertiary care and clinic experience not to mention the beautiful area.
Erin Sukhu, MD - Erin went to the University of Virginia for both undergraduate and medical schools.  She found UNC to be the perfect combination of great training with fantastic people, and it's situated in a great area to live.  She has studied in Morocco, lived in Australia and worked in Costa Rica and Ecuador.  Erin loves traveling, singing, hiking, knitting, baking and spending time with her husband and their canine child, Tank.  She is also a huge Redskins fan.
Danielle Volandt, MD - Danielle majored in Biology at the College of Charleston and went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.  She enjoys running, hiking, biking and recently tried her hand at carpentry - built a farmhouse style table and matching bench (with assistance from her husband).  Danielle would be a great asset to any camping trip - she's certified in Wilderness Medicine and is working toward becoming a fellow with the Wilderness Medical Society.  She is the proud parent to a beautiful fur baby - her rescue dog, Sadie.
Third Years
Adam Bensimhon, MD - Adam received a degree in music from the University of North Carolina and his MD from the University of Vermont.  During medical school, he spent time in Bolivia as an English teacher and medical volunteer.  Adam was the principal violist for the UNC symphony and has played Carnegie Hall.  For two years, he was the nanny for a family with two sets of twins.  Adam enjoys running, cycling, hiking, playing Frisbee or tennis (most anything to be outside);  playing the viola; spending time with his wife and their puppies; and mastering the art of baking the perfect Baguette.
Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH - Adventure is Erica’s middle name - she has skydived in North Carolina, hiked the jungle of Ecuador, bungee jumped in Peru, cruised on the Zambezi River by Victoria Falls, and lived in Afghanistan for three months.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina with degrees in Biology and Mathematics.  She earned an MPH in Humanitarian Assistance from Johns Hopkins University and her MD from the University of Maryland.  She chose to return to Chapel Hill for residency because of the international opportunities.
Jeff Chambliss, MD - Jeff hails from the Lone Star State.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance.  He received his MD from the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio.  During medical school, Jeff was an active volunteer with his school’s student-run free clinic, Habitat for Humanity, and Project Haiti.  Jeff enjoys running, soccer, and brewing his own beer.
Leigh-Anne Cioffredi, MD, MPH - Leigh-Anne received a BA in Mathematics from Wheaton College, where she also played varsity field hockey all four years.  She has an MPH from Tufts University, and earned her MD from Georgetown University.  Leigh-Anne has gone on multiple mission trips to Africa - her work there included building homes for widows and orphans, and teaching math to 10th and 11th graders.  She also spent two years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigating the effects of targeted therapies on lung cancer.  Leigh-Anne enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and traveling.
Melissa Fitzgerald, MD - Melissa majored in Visual Arts Studies at the University of Florida where she also went to medical school.  During medical school, Melissa completed a fellowship program at the Betty Ford Institute learning about rehabilitation programs, participated in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic, and spent time working at a health department in rural Florida.  As her undergrad major suggests, she has a strong interest in art and photography.  She also enjoys cooking and baking.
Marisa Gallant, MD - Marisa received a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia and her MD from Northwestern University.  While at Northwestern, Marisa was active with the Children’s Youth Program where she volunteered and coordinated clinics to assist providing health care to underprivileged inner-city youth.  Her research focused on non-canonical sonic hedgehog signaling in Burkitt Lymphoma cell lines.  Marisa enjoys running (Chicago Half 2011 and Chicago Marathon 2012), cooking and painting.
Kathleen Gorman, MD - Kathleen graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Art History.  She also went to Maryland for medical school.  Kathleen chose UNC because of the people and the dedication of the program to expose its residents to tertiary care pediatrics as well as community pediatrics.  As a Baltimore native, Kathleen is a huge Orioles and Ravens fan.  She loves sports, travel and trying new foods and restaurants, om nom nom nom!
Erin Hayes, MD - Erin majored in Biology and minored in Spanish at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Prior to entering medical school at the University of Vermont, she worked at a shelter for troubled adolescents and also as an emergency department clinical attendant.  Erin is an accomplished ballet dancer having danced for more than 20 years.  She also enjoys yoga, pilates, cooking, baking, and traveling.
Emily Hodnett, MD - Emily attended James Madison University and received a BS in Health Science.  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.  She chose to come to UNC because of the great residents, attendings, and city - Chapel Hill has lots to do plus it’s close to the beach, mountains, and larger cities.  Emily is a big foodie, and if she wasn’t a pediatrician, she would open her own bakery.
Amy Jones, MD - A master of the Babinski, Amy is a resident in our Child Neurology – Pediatrics combined program.  She received a BA in Biological Sciences and Spanish Studies from the University of Delaware and her MD from Jefferson Medical College.  She selected UNC for residency because of diverse educational opportunities and the ability to work with outstanding faculty and residents.  Amy enjoys running, Scrabble, bowling and boating with her husband on Jordan Lake.
Jennifer Jutson, MD - Jennifer is the first resident in our new Pediatrics - Anesthesiology combined residency program.  She received a BS in Nursing from Abilene Christian University and worked as a NICU nurse prior to attending Texas Tech University for medical school.  She fell in love with UNC while interviewing with Anesthesiology, and her day with Pediatrics sealed the deal!  Jennifer already has plans for her first paycheck as an attending - fixing up the 1969 Ford farm truck that her grandparents gave her.
Pete Leahy, MD - Pete is a graduate of Notre Dame (BA in Anthropology) and Florida International University College of Medicine.  He chose to come to UNC because of connections made during a visiting rotation with our Genetics and Metabolism division - and it didn’t hurt that his alma mater is moving to the ACC - Go Irish!  He is our local lemur expert, having spent time during undergrad studying the cute, little primates.  Pete enjoys playing and watching all sports especially basketball, football, tennis and golf.
Ashley Mabina, MD - Ashley received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her MD from East Carolina University.  On her interview day, she got the sense that UNC had a wonderful reputation for providing the highest quality of care and did so with sincere humility. During medical school she served as a mentor for young girls and co-founded a grant-funded youth empowerment program. She enjoys singing, swimming, medical missions, and spending time with her niece and nephews
Chris Nassef, MD - Chris is one of our “Triple Heels” - he attended the University of North Carolina for undergraduate school (BA in Spanish), medical school, and now residency.  He chose to remain at UNC for residency mostly because of the residents - a great atmosphere of collegiality - and because of the faculty’s dedication to teaching and creating a positive learning environment.  Before medical school, Chris spent two years as a construction crew leader for Habitat for Humanity.
Sumee Panigrahi, MD - Sumee double majored in Biology and Chemistry at Emory University.  While at Emory, she co-founded Taal Soul, a multicultural dance team.  She received her MD from the University of Florida.  During medical school, she received NIH funding to assess the role of synaptotagmin and dynamin in model Min6 cells and was able to present her findings at the national symposium.  Sumee is passionate about dance (performing, learning dance forms, and choreographing), loves to scrapbook and also enjoys baking, cooking, painting, and reading.
Mike Parsons, MD - Mike attended the University of Virginia for both undergraduate (double major in English and Biology) and medical school.  He chose UNC because of the great combination of specialists and outstanding primary care and the opportunity to experience greater levels of autonomy while still being exposed to tertiary care services.  Mike enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and running with his dog.  If Mike could be in any movie, he would have played Michaelangelo in the 1990 action film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Amanda Pratt, MD - Amanda double majored in Biology and Spanish at the University of North Carolina.  She received her MD from Georgetown University.  Having gone to UNC for undergrad, she was eager to return to Chapel Hill for residency - the town is amazing!  Amanda likes arts and crafts, yoga, dance, old movies, warm climates, pets of all shapes and sizes and practicing her Spanish-speaking skills - she spent a semester in Seville, Spain.
Beth Sandberg, MD - Beth majored in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan and attended Northwestern University for medical school.  She chose to come to UNC because of the excellent faculty she met on her interview day, the friendly residents, and the very welcoming program director.  Beth is a huge fan of Michigan football - not only is she an alumna but almost all of her immediate family are alumni, too.  She has a twin sister, enjoys running - ran the Chicago Marathon, and loves any and all shows on Bravo.
Sarah Stephens, MD - Sarah earned a BA in Political Science from Duke University and her MD from Tulane University.  Between undergrad and medical school, Sarah spent two years working as a study coordinator at Children’s National Medical Center.  Her work focused on clinical trials for children with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and also epilepsy research studies.  While at Tulane, she spent a summer in Ecuador providing health care to a rural indigenous community.  Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, and salsa dancing.
Whitney Stern, MD - Whitney attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate (BS Zoology) and medical schools.  She chose UNC for residency because of the different training sites that offer exposure to any and all aspects of both primary care and subspecialties - and having grown up in New Jersey and then spending eight years in Florida, North Carolina will provide a happy medium of changing seasons :)  While at UF, Whitney was a varsity springboard and platform diver.  She enjoys the outdoors and going to country music concerts.
Genny Taylor, MD - Genny graduated from Rice University with a degree in Bioengineering and received her MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  She spent a summer at Wake Forest University participating in a project to create a bioengineered liver for future use in organ transplantation.  Genny enjoys international travel, road biking, running, yoga, musicals, Nebraska Football, Rice Baseball, and Carolina Basketball.
Peyton Wilson, MD - Peyton earned a BA in Biology from Princeton University and her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is dedicated to working with underserved populations and has been on numerous mission trips: Haiti, Peru, Honduras and Guatemala.  In addition to her international work, she has been a very active volunteer domestically working in rural parts of Virginia and inner-city Richmond.  Peyton enjoys hiking, biking, cooking desserts, bluegrass music and skiing.