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Family Medicine Chattanooga Residents

PGY-1

Dr. Johnathan Cooks   

 

Johnathan Cooks, MD
PGY-1 Resident
Meharry College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, before attending Morehouse College where I received my bachelor’s in biology. After college, I moved to Nashville where I graduated from Meharry Medical College receiving both my Master of Health Science and MD. When I’m not at clinic or the hospital, you can find me at Chick-Fil-A, the kitchen, the mall, or the gym. What I love about the program are the educational opportunities presented to me 

Dr. Alex Jones

 

Alex Jones, MD
PGY-1 Resident
University of Colorado College of Medicine

I am from Denver, Colorado. I went to University of Colorado School of Medicine, Married last year. I like my wife, sports, gaming, and anything that involves competition. I’m most interested in sports medicine and business.

Dr. William Noggle

 

William Noggle, MD
PGY-1 Resident
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I’m a native of Knoxville, TN. I went to Sewanee where I played soccer and majored in German and Environmental Studies. I attended UT College of Medicine in Memphis. I chose Family Medicine due to the breadth of training and the flexibility it offers in an ever-changing job market. I’m considering sports medicine, hospital medicine, or outpatient clinical medicine. My interests outside of work include spending time with my wife and two kids, cooking, trail running, playing soccer, and triathlons. I also am a part-time forager of wild foods, so if you need a fungus ID’ed, I might be your fungi.

Dr. Nilmini Pang

 

Nilmini Pang, MD
PGY-1 Resident
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

I was born in Southeast Asia and have lived in four different countries, but spent most of my childhood in Southern California. I attended La Sierra University and earned a dual degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics. For medical school, I went to Loma Linda University. I’d actually never been to Chattanooga before I started residency, but I was charmed by how every friend who had been here before would vouch for the city, the culture, and the people. I love the small town feel with big city vibes and how kindness is just a way of life here. I’m excited to be learning how to treat the whole person and family unit with kindness and compassion in a fun and supportive environment. When I’m not in the hospital or clinic, I enjoy catching up with friends, eating good food, and exploring new places and hobbies.

Dr. Matthew Rotondo

 

Matthew Rotondo, MD
PGY-1 Resident
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I grew up in Knoxville, TN. I attended Duke University and got to witness the basketball team win a national title. I chose this program due to its well-rounded training combined with the flexibility to hone in on other disciplines within family medicine. I love the city of Chattanooga; it has so many outdoor activities to experience. From hiking to creek crossing and river drifting, I usually spend my free time outside in the wilderness or at the dog park with my husky, Kimber. 

Dr. Ryan Thornton

 

Ryan Thornton MD
PGY-1 Resident
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

 

I was born in Oregon and have lived all across the west coast, eventually settling in Southern California for a few years for medical school. I was drawn to the program here in Chattanooga because of the caring and supportive faculty and residents. I particularly enjoy adventuring outdoors, playing games with friends, and traveling.

 

 

PGY-2

Dr. Allan Akin

Allan Akin, MD, MPharm
PGY-2 Resident
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I grew up in McKenzie, TN, a small town in west Tennessee, before attending UT Knoxville where I received my bachelors. After college, I moved to Memphis where I got my masters in pharmacology as well as my MD. When I’m not working, you can usually find me either in the kitchen, garden, or outside running. I chose UT Chattanooga for my residency because it was the place I felt like I could call home and connected with the residents the best. As a gay physician, my long-term goals include a heavy emphasis in primary care, PrEP, and transgender care in the LGBTQIA community.

Dr. Chris Choe

Christopher Choe, MD
PGY-2 Resident
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I was born and raised around the Memphis, TN area. I attended Baylor University in Waco, TX to study Biology and then came back home to UTHSC for medical school. As a medical student, my rotation through this program made it clear that residents were getting excellent training/education. However, I ultimately chose this program for its people, both residents and faculty. We are a great tight-knit group, and now I would not want to go through residency with any other group! My current professional interest is Sports Medicine and I’m planning to apply to Sports Medicine fellowship after residency. Outside of medicine, I enjoy anything outdoors, in addition to weightlifting, playing board games, and playing soccer!

Dr. Charles Gober

Charles Gober, MD
PGY-2 Resident
Medical College of Georgia

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Texas Christian University where I completed a BS in Environmental Sciences. I attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Athens, GA. I enjoy playing soccer, disc golf, and going on walks with my wife and two daughters. I chose to come to this program because the residents and faculty were all people I felt I could work well alongside. In addition, Erlanger offers every educational opportunity that I was looking for in a residency program so I never have to travel far to get the experience that I need in order to become an excellent physician.

Dr. Hannah King

Hannah King, DO
PGY-2 Resident
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in Gatlinburg, TN and obtained my BS in Biology at UTC. I then went on to West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical degree. My interests within Family Medicine include lifestyle medicine, wound care, women’s health, global health/medical missions, and academic medicine. When I’m not practicing medicine, you can find me spending time with my husband Kaleb and our miniature dachshunds Flower and Houdini or hanging out with friends! I choose UT Chattanooga because the residents, faculty and staff are truly one of a kind and I could not be happier to be a part of this family!

Dr. Brock Mills, Chief Resident (Family Medicine)

C. Taylor Millirons, MD
PGY-2 Resident
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

I grew up in Chattanooga, and I am very excited to be back! I attended undergrad at the University of Alabama where I met my wife Kathryn, and after graduation we moved to Memphis where I attended medical school at the University of Tennessee. It was there that I found my passion for family medicine. This specialty is unique in its holistic approach to medicine, and the ability to care for patients of all ages and from all walks of life. The Chattanooga residency program was an easy choice due to its exceptional faculty, as well as its family of residents. When I'm not in the clinic or hospital, my wife and I do our best to take full advantage of the natural beauty Chattanooga has to offer. We are frequently camping, hiking, kayaking, or cycling. We also enjoy walking our dogs (Blue and Harper) downtown, and taking them with us on our outdoor adventures.

Dr. Rebecca Neighbor

Rebecca Neighbor, MD
PGY-2 Resident
East Tennessee University Quillen College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I earned my bachelor's from UTK and my medical degree from ETSU QCOM. I knew family medicine was for me when I experienced caring for a hospice patient and a newborn baby all in the same day. I am interested in OB and full scope medicine and dream of practicing in a rural East Tennessee community. I also hope to do short term mission work. I completed a JI at the Chattanooga program and was impressed by the positive attitudes of the residents and the breadth of training. In my free time, I enjoy going to the lake, working out, learning languages, cheering on the KC Chiefs, and trying new recipes with my fiance.

Dr. Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose, DO
PGY-2 Resident
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up just south of Atlanta, GA and later attended undergraduate and graduate school downtown at Georgia State University, earning my Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Master's degree in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. After some time working in the lab environment and teaching college courses in anatomy and physiology, I realized I needed more human interaction and found medicine to be the perfect blend of science and humanitarianism. I decided on family medicine because of the broad variety of patient demographic and clinical scenarios, and I chose the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga because the faculty and other residents share my same passion for excellent patient care. If I'm not in the hospital or at clinic, then I'm outside getting into something, or too far out on a hike or trail run to get a cell signal. My fiancé, our 3 cats, keeping up our garden, and exploring all Chattanooga has to offer occupy the rest of my free time and I couldn't be happier!

Dr. Ryan Shibata

Ryan Shibata, MD
PGY-2 Resident
Ross University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Southern California. I was there through my undergrad years, attending Cal State Fullerton. I went to Ross University for medical school, and then jumped around until landing in Chattanooga for my residency. My interest in medicine was never just one area, and Family Medicine helped me fulfill all the spectrums. I was drawn to Chattanooga for several reasons, the main one being their strong obstetrics training and women's health, which will help prepare me for a fellowship in obstetrics. I enjoy working with the hispanic population and feel a strong calling to help the underserved. In my spare time, my wife and three kids keep me busy, and we love our new community in Chattanooga!

PGY-3

Dr. Krista Cowan

Krista Cowan, MD
PGY-3 Chief Resident
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I grew up in Memphis, TN, and enjoyed training near home at UTHSC, but nothing compares to the beauty and hospitality of Chattanooga, TN. I spend my free time rock climbing and hiking with friends and my Australian Shepherd, Cooper. I chose this program because of its full spectrum training, procedural opportunities, and the supportive training atmosphere. The faculty here are role models that I want to be like personally and professionally. My co-residents have also become like a second family; I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else.

Dr. Brock Mills

Brock Mills, DO
PGY-3 Resident
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Dubuque, IA and attended Iowa State University for undergrad and Des Moines University for medical school. Growing up, I was lucky enough to work in many different trades including farming, working as a butcher, and driving semi-trucks. I feel these jobs have helped immensely in relating to the particular challenges that many of my patients experience in optimizing their health. The priority of understanding and connecting with patients is a gold standard at this program, and is a chief reason why I chose to continue my training in Chattanooga, TN.

Dr. Cullen Black

Cullen Black, MD
PGY-3 Resident
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

I grew up here in Chattanooga. I went to undergraduate at Southern Adventist University. After graduating, I took a detour out to Loma Linda University in California for medical school with my wife, who also started dental school at that same time. While California was was new and fun experience for us, we are so glad to be back home. I enjoy spending time hiking, camping, mountain biking, and exploring what the great outdoors has to offer with my wife and friends. I chose Family Medicine knowing I wanted to learn a little bit of everything and did not want to leave anything behind. This field gives me the unique ability to provide care to an array of patients and support them in all aspects of life. I am proud to be a part of UT Family Medicine and look forward to a lifetime of learning.

Dr. Kaitlyn Greer

Kaitlyn Greer, MD
PGY-3 Chief Resident
University of Louisville School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky and lived there most of my life. I completed undergrad at Western Kentucky University and went on to the University of Louisville School of Medicine. I was drawn to Family Medicine because it is a specialty that values relationships, addresses social determinants of health, and partners with patients to improve quality of life. This program provides strong training in areas of medicine I am passionate about, including women’s health and obstetrics, procedures, and lifestyle medicine. In my spare time I enjoy climbing, hanging out with co-residents, and hiking with my husband and our Gold Retriever, Zoey.

Dr. Julia Groce

Julia Groce, MD
PGY-3 Resident
Meharry Medical College

I grew up in Tullahoma, TN. After attending the College of William and Mary for my undergraduate degree, I moved back to Tennessee for medical school at Meharry in Nashville. I love working and learning with the team here in Chattanooga. The Family Medicine training here will give me the tools to help a diverse population with a wide range of needs. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, gardening, and finding new things to do around Chattanooga.

Dr. David Mulkey

David Mulkey, MD
PGY-3 Resident
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

I grew up in Anniston, Alabama, so I’m a born and raised country boy. I’m married to my best friend, the love of my life, Alina. We spend our time hiking and exploring restaurants around the Chattanooga area. My hobbies include hunting, shooting, running, and working out.

Last Published: Aug 11, 2021