Current Residents

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Current Residents

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Chief Residents

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Jeff Nelson, MD

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Ashley Matthews, MD

Third Year Residents

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Zobia Abid, MD
Windsor Medical School

Hometown: Grew up in Toronto, Canada. Currently living in Forrest City, AR.
Undergraduate: Windsor University School of Medicine
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: I love hockey and am a very dedicated Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I have two cats at this time that i adore. I would one day like to travel the world!
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose this program because it offers excellent training in all fields of family medicine and really encompasses all aspects that make an outstanding family physician. And even more importantly, everyone is great to work with!
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Renee Barnes, MD

Hometown: Newport, NH
Undergraduate School: University of Vermont
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: I'm a runner and love body pump. I'm thinking about sports medicine. We have two awesome dogs, a Victorian bulldog named Chaucer and a miniature Schnauzer named Sam.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis because of the great opportunity we have at our own hospital as well as the intense experiences we get for ICU and Pediatrics, we get an unopposed experience in an opposed city. I also of course was hoping to stay near my fiancé.

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Fredricka Barr, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Hometown: Killeen, TX
Marital Status: I am currently unmarried and have no children.
Interests & Tidbits: I was born in Fort Hood, TX and attended Killeen High School. I received my BS in Biology from University of Houston - Main Campus and MD from University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. I enjoy the simple things in life, like spending time with friends and family.
Why St. Francis FMR: I wanted to attend St. Francis FMR because of its unopposed program. I wanted to experience a variety of patient cases. Furthermore, the most important reason why I chose St. Francis FMR was the family oriented environment. During the interview we ate lunch with all the residents. When they told me that they do this every day, I knew this was the family environment that I desired. I know that I will leave St. Francis FMR well trained, with lifelong friends.

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Ashley Matthews, MD
Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Marital Status: Single
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy listening to music, traveling and trying new restaurants
Why St. Francis FMR: St Francis offered everything that I was looking for in a program: unopposed, community based, university affiliated with a strong OB experience. The program has multiple fellowship opportunities to suite everyone’s specific interests and the residents here are more like family than coworkers.

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Amanda Miller, MD
Louisiana State University, New Orleans

Hometown: Manchester, TN
College: University of TN-Chattanooga Major: Biology, Dual Minor: Chemistry, Theatre production
Marital Status: Married to my wonderfully supportive husband Joe. We have one "baby" Mika, our rescue dog
Interests & Tidbits: I love to cook and spend time outside at Shelby Farms dog park with my husband and Mika
Why St. Francis FMR: Rotating through St. Francis as a med student on my FM rotation, this program help to solidify my choice in primary care. The program has amazing training opportunities, but the thing that impressed me the most were the residents. They all get along and frequently spend time together outside of work. Plus, every day we eat lunch together in the cafeteria. It's a small thing, but I feel it really speaks to the collegiately of the program. The program has a great structure where we are associated with the medical school but in an unopposed setting. After interviewing with other programs, I couldn't find a program that could compare to my home institution. I'm so happy I matched at St. Francis!

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Jeff Nelson, MD
Chicago Medical School

Growing up in Washington, I never really thought I'd end up here in the Mid-South. But after my brother and his family moved to Murfreesboro, my wife and I (she is a pediatrics resident at Le Bonheur here in Memphis) started looking in the area and feel very lucky to have found Memphis. It is not just a show for interview day, this program really is collegial through and through, and both residents and faculty have positive attitudes with a true willingness to help out each other. Being here at St. Francis allows us the rare situation of having both an 'unopposed' program and an affiliation with premier specialists through our affiliation with the University of Tennessee and the medical hub that is Memphis. Add to that the night shift experience of covering both OB (which gets exciting) and the inpatient service, and you get a truly full-spectrum training environment. As for me, I just bought an electronic drum set (after not touching my drums for years during medical school) and am hoping to form a resident rock band. My wife and I have a super fluffy cat, love to try out the hearty and surprisingly gourmet food of Memphis, and get out to Shelby Farms Park for some nature whenever possible.

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Christina Tran, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate School: Christian Brother University
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: I love food and traveling
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St Francis because I had a great experience here as a student. The residents seems to enjoy their work and their fellow residents. The program has an excellent life work balance. And the attendings are approachable, supportive and enjoy teaching. I also wanted an unopposed program with lots of OB experience.

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Marthinus Zeeman, MD
Ross University

Hometown: Pretoria/Chicago/Los Angeles
Marital Status: Married
Interests & Tidbits: From South Africa, served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army, Drove an ambulance in Chicago, I play rugby, guitar with my two daughters and my dog. Wilderness Med, Hiking, Running, Painting, Surfing, Cooking and Reading.
Why St. Francis FMR: I wanted an unopposed program with a strong University backing and access to many fellowships. I was drawn to the friendly and passionate staff. I wanted to live near a big city in the mid-South, with lots of history and where there is an immense variety and exposure to medicine.

Second Year Residents

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Charlie Busby, DO

William Carey University

Hometown: Pontotoc, MS
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy basketball and I’m looking forward to jumping on the Grizzlies’ bandwagon. I like to listen to live music in my down time.
Why St. Francis FMR: Because of the location and it offered everything I needed in a program.

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Kristen Dent, MD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Hometown: Woodville, MS
Marital Status: Married to my wonderful husband, Brian. We have 2 babies, our dogs Roscoe and Kobe.
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our dogs, binge-watching tv shows, and reading for pleasure while listening to music.
Why St. Francis FMR: It's an unopposed, university-affiliated program in a community hospital. There are lots of opportunities for procedures, which is a passion of mine. There are multiple in-house fellowships to choose from. I feel like the graduates are well-rounded, which is important since I plan to practice in rural Mississippi. It was also in a location where both my husband and I could pursue our careers.

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Ashley Hendry, DO
William Carey College of Medicine

Hometown: Stringer, MS
University of Southern Mississippi
Marital Status:  
Children: One, Evan
Interests & Tidbits: 
I  enjoy spending time with my son and family, fitness, weight training, basketball and art. 
Why St. Francis FMR:
The other residents and staff are like a family; everyone supports each other, and it is a great environment to work in. Plus I love Memphis TN; there is so much for me and my son to do here. 

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Leticia Huynh, MD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergraduate: University of Washington
Marital Status: Engaged to a former medical school classmate who is now a UTHSC Pathology intern.
Interests & Tidbits: I love to read (mostly fantasy/science fiction and history) and play tabletop games. I also like to play the piano, especially Bach and Chopin, and garden. I play tennis, bike and dabble in hiking, kayaking and clay shooting.
Why St. Francis FMR: I was attracted to the great residents and faculty – everyone is so intelligent, warm and grounded and the community is caring and close-knit. I also really like the unopposed nature of the program; the strong curriculum, especially in ICU, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine; and the large variety of fellowships associated with the program. My fiancé and I participated in the couples match and of course, the fact that he also liked the UTHSC Pathology residency was an important factor.

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Sam Jones, MD

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
Marital Status: Lucky to be married to a great guy who is a resident at Resurrection Health.
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy hanging out with my husband, friends and neighbors. Some of my hobbies are cooking, oil painting, riding my bike, canoeing and reading. My faith in God provides a strong foundation for my life.
Why St. Francis FMR: The leadership of this program is focused and passionate about training residents to become effective, high quality doctors. From the first interaction, I felt like a part of the UT family.

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Christine Lamey, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Marital status: I am married. My husband and I have a son and two cats who wonder why our son deserves so much attention when they were here first. 
Interests & Tidbits: My favorite things to do in Memphis include walking the trails at Shelby Farms, seeing movies at the drive in theater, and eating at the many delicious restaurants around town. When I'm home I like to play video games and read. 
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis because it combines the benefits of an unopposed community program with the resources of a large university hospital system. The people here are a great asset too. The faculty is supportive and approachable, and there is true camaraderie among the residents that was far beyond what I saw at most other programs where I interviewed.  I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to learn from and serve the people of my hometown, and I know I will leave my training able to confidently practice Family Medicine in whatever setting I choose. 

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Elizabeth Maldonado, MD


Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Marital Status: Single
Why St. Francis FMR: In looking for a residency program, I wanted a residency family close to my biological family. I found it in the St. Francis Family Medicine program. When I rotated through their program, I noticed that all the residents really worked well together and treated each other like a family. St. Francis also offered me a comprehensive and exciting program for training. I am so glad that I chose St. Francis and can’t wait to learn everything that they have to teach.

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Jena Nakata, DO

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Interests & Tidbits: I love playing tennis, finding great desserts, and running.
Why St. Francis FMR: I am excited to be with UT St. Francis due to many reasons.  It is an unopposed program with an obvious supportive community of faculty and residents and excellent training in all fields of medicine!

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Shumon Rahman, MD

Hometown: Friendswood, TX
Undergraduate: Tulane University, BA Philosophy, Dec 2007
Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, May 2012
Marital Status: Married to Anna Chollet
Interests & Tidbits: Love the outdoors, have hiked to Macchu Picchu, seen K2 and Mt McKinley. I am an avid gardener and growing tomatoes was referenced in my wedding vows.
Why St. Francis FMR: Lived in California working for the US Air Force for the past 4 years but did not finish a residency during that time, so I am here to finish up my residency. I wanted to be closer to home for both my wife and I. My wife, Anna, completed her FM/OB fellowship here and wanted to stick around. 

First Year Residents

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Akhil Agarwal, MD – St. George's University

Hometown: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Undergraduate:Boston University
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy anything outside and underwater. I love playing basketball, volleyball, and scuba diving. I'm all about the hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and enjoy going out. 
Why St. Francis FMR: Never did I think I would see myself in Memphis. I’ve always been either an island boy or a city type of person. When I interviewed at St. Francis, that changed. I realized that this program would offer full-spectrum family medicine through this unopposed nature and allow me to be involved with the community through its endless opportunity, such as volunteering at local sports games. I have always had an interest for sport medicine and I feel that St. Francis has helped many previous residents pursue their fields of interest. They have a great network of hospitals and a vast number of interesting fellowships to choose from, including Addiction Medicine, Women's Health, Palliative Care, Emergency Medicine, and Sports Medicine! The faculty is extremely approachable and the program is great if you’re a hands on learner! 

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Bonnie Barnes, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Marital Status: Married with one husky puppy
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy running and I am training for a half marathon. I also love traveling!
Why St. Francis FMR: I am from Memphis originally, so being close to my family was very important to me. I rotated through St. Francis during my 3rd year of medical school, and instantly felt connected to the residents and faculty. They are the kindest people and I am excited to learn from and train with such an awesome group!

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Adrienne Hatchett, MD
– University of Arkansas

Hometown: Pine Bluff, AR
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Go Lions!)
Marital Status: Single, no children
Interests & Tidbits: I love to laugh. I also enjoy spending time and friends and family, listening to live music, and attending sporting events.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis because of its unopposed curriculum. I felt the rotations at St. Francis and with other UT affiliated hospitals would diversify my education and properly prepare me for a career after residency.  The opportunity to pursue a fellowship was also an awesome plus. During my interview and dinner, I observed the supportive and friendly rapport amongst residents, faculty and staff, and knew that St. Francis was the best choice for me! I am excited and thankful to join the St. Francis family.

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David Hopkins, MD
– University of Arkansas
Hometown: Conway, AR
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, video games, and reading
Why St. Francis FMR: I really like that St. Francis FMR is an unopposed community-based program but located within a medical hub that is large enough to allow us to rotate through pretty much every specialty service. But probably most importantly, the residents and faculty are outstanding; they are always approachable and a pleasure to work with.

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Louise LaFlora, MD
– Meharry

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: The University of Memphis
Marital Status: Single, no children
Interests & Tidbits: I enjoy going to church, eating, reading and listening to music.
Why St. Francis FMR: I chose St. Francis FMR because I desired to train at an unopposed program in the community where I first discovered my passion for medicine. I also wished to be near my family as they have been an indescribable support system throughout my life. I am truly blessed to be a part of this program. 

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Jeremiah Nugent, MD
– St. George's University

Hometown: Birthplace - West Plains, Missouri. Grew up in Wynne, Arkansas
Marital Status: Single.  No children or pets
Interests & Tidbits: Football fan (Woo Pig), enjoy playing racquetball, country music fan
Why St. Francis FMR: Desired to be close to home after being away for 4 years. Also wanted a program that was unopposed. St. Francis FM provided all of those requirements, along with having friendly staff and residents.

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Megha Thakkar, MD
– St. George's University

Hometown: Houston, Texas 
Marital Status: I am currently unmarried and do not have children.
Interests & Tidbits: I attended Rice University in Houston, where I majored in Economics, minored in Business, and pursued pre-medicine. I then attended St. George's for medical school, and completed 2 years of medical school in the Caribbean and 2 years in New York. I absolutely loved both places and found them to be enriching in their own ways. I love traveling, dancing, water sports, cooking, and watching movies. I have 2 dogs back home in Houston.
Why St. Francis FMR: The most important reason why I chose this program is because it is unopposed, which gives residents the opportunity to learn from a diverse number of cases and people! By learning from the intense curriculum, residents can obtain the necessary skills to become well-rounded family physicians. Memphis has a solid medical center with many experienced attendings who provide excellent guidance. During my interview lunch, I I learned that residents here at St. Francis eat lunch together everyday and are a part of a very friendly and supportive close-knit environment. I wanted to be in this type of environment during residency, and I found that St. Francis was the right fit for me! 

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Joseph Wang, MD - UTHSC

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Marital Status: not married, no children, no pets
Interests & Tidbits: have a planted aquarium and enjoy bird watching
Why St. Francis FMR: Great place to live and very well rounded program in general from PD to residents diverse patient population to learn from (Ob and medicine as well as Peds-Le Bonheur, MICU-Methodist) has lots of fellowship opportunities (sports, Ob, addiction) Really love the Memphis Area since I moved here from East TN!

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Mary Wise, DO
– Lincoln Memorial Osteopathic

Hometown: Madisonville, TN
Undergraduate: Emory & Henry College
Marital Status: I am married. My husband, Austin, is an internal medicine resident at UTHSC.
Interests & Tidbits: My interest in medicine was solidified through an experience volunteering at a hospital in Ghana, Africa as an undergraduate student. My husband and I had the chance to tackle medical school together, and are excited to be a part of the UTHSC residency program together, as well. When time permits, Austin and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring neat places in the greater Memphis area, hanging out with other UTHSC residents, running, biking, and wakeboarding at our family cabin in east Tennessee. Our treeing walker coonhound, Patches, is also an integral part of our lives.
Why St. Francis FMR:  It is appealing to me that the St. Francis FMR program is well-established and unopposed. The opportunity to experience all aspects of family medicine in a variety of settings provides an excellent learning environment. The faculty and residents are very supportive--it truly is a family atmosphere. Being trained in the St. Francis FMR program is providing me a broad knowledge of medicine that I plan to use in future medical mission opportunities.

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Contact Us

St. Francis Family Medicine Center

1301 Primacy Parkway
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: 901-448-0276
Fax: 901-448-0404

Residency Coordinator
Priscilla Griffith
Phone: 901-448-0230