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Current Residents

PGY-1

pyschology resident photoAlyssa Andring, MD

Medical School:  UTHSC
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Hobbies/Interests: Walking to the farmer's market with my husband and daughter. Going on road trips and taking family vacations.
Language: English
Favorite quotes: “Be optimistic! Don't you be a grumpy, When the road gets bumpy, Just smile, smile and be happy! Don't wear a long face. It's never in style. Be optimistic. And smile!” -Shirley Temple
Future Plans: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

pyschology resident photoSarah Bell, MD

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Undergraduate: Chemistry, Arkansas State University
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with my husband and our three cats
Language: English
Favorite quotes: “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music. Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way. I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” ― Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
Future Plans: Completing a fellowship, possibly in addiction or child and adolescent psychiatry

pyschology resident photoBlaise Carney, MD

Medical School: Ross University
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Language: English
Hobbies/Interests: NBA basketball, playing soccer, podcasts
Favorite quotes: Probably something written by Albert Camus
Future Plans: Forensic Psychiatry

pyschology resident photoMallory Mitchell, MD

Medical School: UTHSC
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Spanish/ Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University
Graduate: Masters of Public Health, Indiana University
Hobbies/Interests: family, food, fun, reading, and playing with my son!
Favorite quotes: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." Maya Angelou
Future Plans: outpatient psychiatry, possible child and adolescent fellowship

pyschology resident photoNoah Schussler, DO

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University
Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science in Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, trail running, kayaking, concerts
Language: English
Favorite quotes: "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in."
Future Plans: Adult psychiatry

PGY-2

pyschology resident photoJonathan T. Griffin, MD

Medical School:  UTHSC
Undergraduate: English Literature, Baylor University
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Hobbies/Interests: Family, friends, running, guitar
Favorite Quote: "I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one." - Charles Bukowski
Future Plans: Venturing out into the intriguing, multifarious landscape of psychiatry!

pyschology resident photoAllison R. Ford, MD

Medical School:  UTHSC
Undergraduate: BA in Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University 
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Hobbies/Interests: Memphis Grizzlies Basketball, SEC football, Musical theatre, Netflix, Planning my next trip to NYC
Favorite Quote: "When they go low, we go high." --Michelle Obama
Future Plans: Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, outpatient family psychiatry

pyschology resident photoBrett George, MD

Medical School: UTHSC
Undergraduate: Biochemistry and Cellular/Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Hobbies/Interests: golf, basketball, singing/songwriting/playing guitar, eating desserts and sweets as much as possible while limiting green things to < twice a month, spending time with my family, sleeping in.
Favorite quotes: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”- Steve Smith, “If it is what it is, when is enough, enough?”-BG, “Make a difference”- JG
Future Plans: Adult psychiatry, possibly Addiction or Geriatric fellowship.

pyschology resident photoFerrell E. Varner, MD

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Dutch Caribbean
Undergraduate: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Rhodes College
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Hobbies/Interests: classical guitar, soccer, drive-in movies
Favorite Quote: “That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating on anything is very hard work.” -David Foster Wallace
Future Plans: Buy more guitars, play more soccer, watch more movies. Probably outpatient psychiatry, and maybe psychoanalysis.

pyschology resident photoAlison Nicole Van Pelt Quinn, MD

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten
Graduate: Georgetown University, Masters of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Undergraduate: Eckerd College, Bachelors of Science in Biology
Hometown: I’m from an Air Force family and moved often during my childhood. I was born in Long Beach, California, but would most likely refer to the Washington, D.C. area as my “hometown” as my family often returned to this locations and I attended high school in the region.
Hobbies/Interests: While I wish I had a more interesting or sophisticated response to this question, the truthful answer is that sitting on the couch, with my extraordinary husband, watching movies is my all-time favorite past time.
Favorite Quote: "Hokahey!" -Crazy Horse, Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876
Future Plans: My future plans hopefully will include working either for a Veterans Affairs hospital as an inpatient psychiatrist or working with active duty military suffering from PTSD.

PGY-3

pyschology resident photoCynthia M. Carter, MD

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Undergraduate: Human Biology, University of California San Diego
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Hobbies/Interests: camping, hiking, biking, running, running rivers, eating delicious food, and recently, brewing beer!
Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)
Future Plans: adult inpatient psychiatry

pyschology resident photoMedha R. Iyer, MD

Medical School: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College
Undergraduate: Biology, Parle College
Postgraduate: PhD, MPH - Public Health (Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior); University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Hometown: Mumbai, India (until December 2002); Columbia, SC (since January 2003)
Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking, painting
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, and a little bit of Tamil and Gujarati
Favorite Quote: “Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.” (Anonymous)
Future Plans: Academic appointment with research potential

pyschology resident photoStephen R. Masillamoni, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Psychology, Pacific Union College
Hometown: Yuma, AZ
Hobbies/Interests: travel, photography, writing, music, flying, basketball, golf, current events, computers, electronics
Favorite Quote: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)
Future Plans: travel and photograph the world

pyschology resident photoDanielle C. Whitehurst, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George, Grenada
Undergraduate: Psychology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Sandys, Bermuda
Hobbies/Interests: daydreaming, playing my guitar and singing along (despite sounding like a toad), Sci-Fi fantasy everything, bonfires on the beach under a starry night sky after a day of swimming, running
Favorite Quote: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” (The Princess Bride)
Future Plans: learning the art of velociraptor whispering or child and adolescent fellowship

Last Published: Oct 4, 2017