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Current Residents


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Kelsey Bastian, MD

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Edinah Chikunguwo, DO

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Taiane Ferrari, MD

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Sara McHenry, MD

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Ian Michalak, MD

Dr. Michalak's Bio
Medical School: UTHSC
Undergraduate: UAB
Hobbies/Interests: Recreational soccer leagues, Grizzlies basketball, Norte Dame football, talking about how the SEC is overrated, drinking Dos Equis at El Mezcal on Union, dogs generally, my dog Arya, golfing cheaply and non-competitively, watching The Office and other notable comedies.
What I like about Memphis: mom and dad live here and will buy my arroz con pollo at El Mezcal regularly, city is not too crowded, Grizzlies, many places to drink outdoors with your dog, great friend squad

Favorite Quotes:
“Ok on 3...Break someone’s clavicle!” -Phil Weston, U8 soccer coach, Kicking and Screaming 
"“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky” -Michael Scott 
“I am fast. To give you a reference point I am somewhere between a snake and a mongoose… And a panther.”-Dwight Schrute
“Change your questions, change your life”- Marilee Adams 
Future Plans: Live in Memphis, maintain grizzlies season tickets, work with kids, hopefully be able to shoot hoops with my patients from time to time, and have daily conversations that make patients feel dignified and like they matter.


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Onomeasike Ataga, MPH, MD

Dr. Ataga's Bio
Medical School: Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, bicycling, watching period dramas, listening to podcasts, cooking and baking
Favorite quotes: Probably something written by Mother Teresa
Future Plans: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Robby Caldwell, MD

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Noel Diaz, MD

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Daniel Jinho Ha, MD

Dr. Ha's Bio
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Hobbies/Interests: Texas A&M football, fantasy football, photography, Super Smash Bros, traveling and eating
Favorite Quotes: “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.” -Mr. Feeny
Future Plans: Child and adolescent psychiatry

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Vamsi Vennam, DO

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Ladoris Warren, MD, MBA, MS

Dr. Warren's Bio
Medical School: Caribbean Medical University School
of Medicine, Curaçao.
Graduate: Davenport University, Masters in Business
Administration with a Concentration in Health Care
Administration and Post-Graduate Certification in
Marketing, Touro University International, Masters of Science in Clinical Research Administration
Undergraduate: Northwestern State University,
Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Biomedical Sciences / Minors: Chemistry and Microbiology
Hometown: Keithville, Louisiana
Hobbies/Interests: I love eating my husband’s delicious food and marveling at all the many things he can do. I enjoy spending time with my incredibly supportive family and friends, binge television, traveling, shopping with all the fashionable women in my family (my Twin Sister, Mother and Aunt), decorating, cooking, baking, and engaging in enjoyable activities with all the precious children in my life.
Favorite Quote: "Being confident of this very
thing, that he which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until the day of Jesus
Christ." Philippians 1:6
Future Plans: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
fellowship, Psychopharmacology research,
and Telepsychiatry


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Alyssa Andring, MD

Dr. Andring's Bio

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

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Sarah Bell, MD

Dr. Bell's Bio

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

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Blaise Carney, MD

Dr. Carney's Bio

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

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Mallory Mitchell, MD

Dr. Mitchell's Bio

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

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Noah Schussler, DO

Dr. Schussler's Bio

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


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Brett George, MD

Dr. George's Bio

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.

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Jonathan T. Griffin, MD

Dr. Griffin's Bio

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!

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Alison Nicole Quinn, MD

Dr. Quinn's Bio

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.

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Ferrell E. Varner, MD

Dr. Varner's Bio

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.

Last Published: Nov 25, 2019