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Family Medicine Chattanooga Residents

PGY-1

Allan Akin, MD
Allan Akin

Allan Akin, MD
PGY - 1
University of Tennessee

I grew up in McKenzie, TN, a small town in west Tennessee, before attending UT Knoxville where I received my bachelors in biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology. 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 the movie theater. I chose UT Chattanooga for my residency because it was the place I felt like I could call home.

Christopher Choe, MD
Chris Choe

Christopher Choe, MD
PGY - 1
University of Tennessee

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. I love Family Medicine because of its breadth, flexibility, and approach in caring for people of all ages and backgrounds. I quickly learned in medical school that I have a broad range of interests when it comes to medicine and Family Medicine allows me to fulfill those interests. As for this program, it became readily apparent to me as a JI that this program is full of supportive and caring residents and faculty. I am proud to be one of those residents, and I am looking forward to the next three years. Outside of medicine, I enjoy anything outdoors, in addition to weightlifting, playing board games, and playing soccer!

Charles Gober, MD
Charles Gober

Charles Gober, MD
PGY - 1 
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 daughter. 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.

Hannah King, DO
Hannah King

Hannah King, DO
PGY-1
West Virginia School

I was born and raised in Gatlinburg, TN and attended UT-Chattanooga for college where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I then attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical degree. When I'm not in the hospital or clinic you can find me spending time with my fiancé Kaleb and our mini dachshund Flower, hiking, biking, and reading fiction books. I chose UT Family Medicine in Chattanooga because the residents, faculty, and staff are truly one of a kind. I could not be happier to be a part of this awesome family!

C. Taylor Millirons, MD
C. Taylor Millirons

C. Taylor Millirons, MD
PGY-1
University of Tennessee

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.

Rebecca Neighbor, MD 
Rebecca Neighbor

Rebecca Neighbor, MD
PGY-1
Quillen College

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 boyfriend.

Matthew Rose, DO
Matthew Rose

Matthew Rose, DO
PGY-1
Philadelphia College

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 UTC 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!

 

PGY-2

Cullen Black, MD
Dr. Cullen Black

Cullen Black, MD
PGY-2
Loma Linda University

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.

Krista Cowan, MD
Dr. Krista Cowan

Krista Cowan, MD
PGY-2 
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I am originally from Ridgewood, NJ, but I eventually became a Tennessee transplant. I attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for my undergraduate degree, then moved to Memphis for medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. I am a big fan or Tennessee sports - Go Titans! I am excited to train in Family Medicine. Service has always been a prominent part of my life, and Family Medicine was the best fit for me. I believe this field provides multiple opportunities to postiviely impact patients, and provides challenges for me to continue learning and problem solving every day. It provides a partnership between the doctor and patients, and will give me the training I need to eventually join medical missions around the world.

Kaitlyn Greer, MD
Dr. Kaitlyn Greer

Kaitlyn Greer, MD
PGY-2
University of Louisville

I was born and raised in Bowling Green Kentucky, and have been there for most of my life. I completed my 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 in particular also touches on several different areas of medicine I am passionate about - women's health and obstetrics, procedures, and international medical opportunities. In my spare time, I am a baseball fan and love spending time outside with my husband, and I'm excited to do these things in Chattanooga!

Julia Groce, MD
Dr. Julia Groce

Julia Groce, MD
PGY-2
Meharry Medical College

I was born in California and moved to Tennessee when I was 3-years-old. I attended the College of William and Mary for my undergraduate studies and Meharry Medical College for medical school. I love the bredth of family medicine, and I am excited to work with patients and families of all ages and backgrounds. My family and I are thrilled to be living in Chattanooga and can't wait to explore all the city has to offer.

David Mulkey, MD 
Dr. David Mulkey

David Mulkey, MD
PGY-2
University of South Alabama

I am from a small town in rural Alabama. I have had a passion for medicine since I was a child, and I have been surrounded by learning opportunities in this field for most of my life. My orignal thoughts for surgery shifted during my third year of medical school when I fell in love with Family Medicine. I found joy in the thought of being a family medicine physician in a way no other field provided. I value developing relationships and taking care of patients with such a broad scope of issues, and this was the perfect fit for me. I look forward being in Chattanooga with a program that can can help prepare me for a future career in rural medicine. Whenever I'm not working, I love exploring all of Chattanooga's hot spots with my beautiful fiance, while I wait for hunting season to start!

Ryan Shibata, MD 
Dr. Ryan Shibata

Ryan Shibata, MD
PGY-2
Ross University

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 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

Jennifer Brouner, MD
Dr. Jennifer Brouner, MD

Jennifer Brouner, MD
PGY-3
East Tennessee State University

I grew up in Chattanooga, and I couldn’t be happier to be back for residency. I earned my undergraduate degree at UT-Knoxville. Before attending medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, I worked for a year as a science writer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where I learned how important it is to be able to communicate science accurately and effectively to the public. I am interested in treating patients of all ages and have always enjoyed building relationships over time, so family medicine was a natural fit for me. I chose UT Chattanooga’s residency program because of its genuinely supportive environment and patient first mentality. In my spare time, I like to bike, hike, watch Netflix, and play board games with my husband.

Jonathan Burden, MD
Dr. Jonathan Burden

Jonathan Burden, MD
PGY-3
Loma Linda University

I grew up in northwest Montana and enjoyed exploring the mountains, lakes and abundant snow with my brothers and two sisters. I still love being outside exploring and finding new places I have never been before. After undergrad I moved my wife and small daughter to Loma Linda, California for medical school and had two more children there. More than anything else, who I am is shaped by my family and I enjoy nothing more than having my children be a part of my life. I feel so very fortunate to now be in Chattanooga at a program that values family as much as I do and is teaching me to be excellent in my field.

Nicholas Cobb, MD
Dr. Nicholas Cobb, MD

Nicholas Cobb, MD
PGY-3
University of Alabama

I grew up in Bridgeport, Alabama, so Chattanooga is like a home away from home for me. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, and attended medical school at the University of Alabama of Medicine in Birmingham. I have always wanted to practice family medicine from the time that I began medical school, and I am excited to be completing my training here in Chattanooga. I chose Chattanooga because this program is full of caring and supportive faculty and residents, and I look forward to working and learning alongside them.

Katie Pannell, MD
Dr. Katie Pannell

Katie Pannell, MD
PGY-3
East Tennessee State University

I grew up in Greenfield, a small town in northwest Tennessee. While majoring in Biology at UT Martin, I competed on the Skyhawk Tennis Team. I have always been drawn to the mountains and was excited to move east for medical school at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine and now Chattanooga for Family Medicine residency. I chose Family Medicine because I enjoy working with patients of all ages. I chose Chattanooga because of the open and supportive atmosphere that the residents and faculty created during my 4th year Junior Internship. My husband Matt and I enjoy playing tennis, disc golf, hiking, and riding bikes on the Riverwalk. We love the natural beauty of Chattanooga and are looking forward to the next three years.

Dominique Robinson Harris, MD 
Dr. Dominique Robinson Harris

Dominique Robinson Harris, MD
PGY-3
Meharry Medical College

I spent most of my childhood in rural Mississippi - the Delta, to be exact. I completed my undergrad a the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and went to medical school at Meharry. I worked as a scribe in between medical school and residency, and that experience helped cement my interest in primary care. I chose Chattanooga because of the beautiful natural settings, especially the Tennessee River and trails. During my spare time, my husband and I enjoy all the fine foods in this area, and we have three dogs that we love.

Will Shelton, MD 
Dr. Will Shelton

Will Shelton, MD
PGY-3
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

I was born and raised on a farm in Murfreesboro, TN. I completed undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University and medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. I chose Family Medicine because of its holistic approach to healthcare and the culture of Family Medicine as a whole. My family and I are thrilled to be in Chattanooga because of the phenomenal faculty and welcoming residents, not to mention the excellent location of the city. When I'm not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.

 

Last Published: Aug 21, 2020