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Meet the residents

Novant Health residents

Meet the class of 2021

Amanda White, DO, MBA

 

Dr. Sonam Vashista

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Fort Ashby, West Virginia.

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
The residency staff has truly created an environment where you feel like you’re with family.
The program directors genuinely care about the well-being of their residents. Novant Health’s physicians are excellent role models for me both professionally and personally.

What are your areas of interest in family medicine?
My interests are in women's health, obstetrics, preventative medicine and practicing healthcare in rural areas.

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Choose a program that will not only nurture your academic pursuits, but will also make you a better person.

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I love that both the ocean and mountains are only a short drive away. Charlotte is a great place for families.


Elizabeth Ferruzzi, MD

 

Dr. Shannon Sanchez Oviedo

 

Where do you consider your hometown?
I am from Lenoir, North Carolina.

 

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
For my undergraduate education, I attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and earned a degree in marine biology. For medical school, I attended The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

 

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program because I wholeheartedly believe in their vision – to train and inspire future physician leaders in Family Medicine to provide remarkable patient-centered care in an ever-changing healthcare system. From the moment I met the team, I knew they were role models and leaders who would inspire me in both my professional and personal life. The emphasis on well-being and encouragement as a team is unparalleled, as the program believes it is extremely important to have work-life harmony.

 

What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
My interests in family medicine are broad, which is why I chose this specialty. I love taking care of a pregnant mother in clinic, helping her deliver her baby, seeing her newborn in clinic, while also seeing the rest of her family young and old – to me that is the dream! In particular, I have a heart for international medicine as well as rural and underserved populations across the nation and globe. In addition, I greatly enjoy teaching and mentorship in my communities.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Embrace the process, as you end up exactly where you are meant to be. The application season is one of personal growth and adventure - where you learn what is important to you. Know and trust that if you are true to yourself, the right program is out there waiting. Enjoy this exciting time.

 

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
My favorite part of living in Charlotte is all the incredible activities that you can do! From hiking the Appalachian Mountains to rafting at the Whitewater Center to riding roller coasters at Carowinds Theme Park, as well as plenty of parks, museums, and festivals – it is such a lively place to live.


Katherine Haga, DO

 

Dr. Sonam Vashista

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, North Carolina.

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose to join the Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program because of its supportive environment, its focus on patient and resident well-being and its ability to tailor the curriculum to my individual and professional interests.

What are your areas of interest in family medicine?
As a family medicine physician, I look forward to empowering my patients by educating them on preventative and holistic care. Within family medicine, I am interested in optimizing healthcare delivery, studying alternative primary care models and advocating for improvements within the healthcare system.

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Remember that choosing a program is an incredibly personal decision. What is a good fit for one person isn’t necessarily a good fit for the next person, so focus on figuring out what matters to you most and look for those things during your interviews.

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I’m excited to live in the Charlotte area because Charlotte is a great city (there’s so much to do and so much good food out there). I’m also excited that there are also a lot of great places to do outdoor activities like kayaking and hiking.


Lily Trout, MD, MLS

 

Dr. Shannon Sanchez Oviedo

 

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

 

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose Novant Health because of the people. After my interview, I knew these people were the faculty and residents I wanted to work with during my residency.

 

What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
My interests are in obstetrics, palliative care and international family medicine, which focuses on working with underserved populations in developing nations.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Relax, be yourself and enjoy the process.

 

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I love that there is always something to do.


Mary Cox, DO

 

Dr. Sonam Vashista

Where do you consider your hometown?
I'm from Morehead, Kentucky.

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I really connected with the faculty during my interview. I also appreciate the emphasis on work-life balance. It was important to train in a program with a very supportive environment.

What are your areas of interest in family medicine?
My interests are in geriatrics, hospice and palliative care

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Identify your residency "must-haves" and use the residency interview as an opportunity to check off as many boxes as you can.

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I never get bored because there is so much to do here.


Radoslava Djigrova, DO, MBA

 

Dr. Shannon Sanchez Oviedo

 

Where do you consider your hometown?
My hometown is a city in Bulgaria called Plovdiv. In the U.S., I call New Orleans, Lousiana and Beckley, West Virginia the cities I would consider my “hometowns.” It’s because I’ve lived in those places the longest and I have also made a lot of friends there. I now live in Huntersville, North Carolina and I absolutely love it here.

 

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
Before joining the Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program I attended the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, North Carolina.

 

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose the Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program because it was the most inspiring program I interviewed with and I felt like I could thrive there. The faculty and the residents were very enthusiastic and happy to be part of this innovative program. It made me want to work under their guidance and to get to know them.

 

What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
My areas of interest in family medicine are preventive medicine, women’s care and pediatrics.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Go with your heart and choose the residency program that inspires you to be the best doctor you can be.

 

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
It is so beautiful here and that there are plenty of cultural events and fun outdoor activities for me and my family.



Meet the class of 2020

Chandini Rathee, MD


Dr. Chandini Rathee

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Bayonne, New Jersey.


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.


Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
The people I met on my interview day really drew me in. During my residency search, the three main things I was looking for: were a great place to learn, role models in my leadership, and a good feeling. I felt like Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program had all three of the things I was looking for.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
Preventative medicine and patient education are important to me.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Try to enjoy the residency interview process. It can be intimidating at times, but trust your gut.


What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
The weather and lifestyle I am able to live here, but having my family close by is priceless.


Christine Wu, MD

Dr. Christine Wu

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Wake Forest School of Medicine.


Why did you choose Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose Novant Health for its innovative and unique program with numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills and personalize my training experience.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
I’m interested in women's health, community medicine and dermatologic conditions.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Choose a program that helps you develop a strong career in medicine and not just prepares you for a job.


What's your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
My favorite part of living in Charlotte is its great weather, kind people and it feels like a large city environment to me.


Corey Mottesheard, DO

Dr. Corey Mottesheard


Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Arlington, Virginia

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine -Virginia campus for Medical School and James Madison University for my undergraduate degree.


Why did you choose Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
The company has a great reputation in the community. When I told people I was interested in the residency program they would say Novant Health is the only place they would take their loved ones for healthcare. Now that I'm a part of the Novant Health team, I feel fortunate to be working with great mentors and a support staff who genuinely care about my ability to thrive in residency.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
I particularly enjoy working with patients who have musculoskeletal issues, and applying my training in osteopathic manipulation. Also, family medicine also allows for long-term relationships with patients, which was an important factor in my decision to pursue family medicine as a specialty. I value the time I'm given to earn a patient's trust, and collaborate with them to devise the best plan possible for their health today and for many years to come.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone when applying to different residency programs, but don't get carried away with applying to programs that you would never consider joining.


What's your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I actually consider my new home the Lake Norman area because I feel like it has its own special identity that stands on its own and is uniquely different from many suburbs, but I do appreciate the close proximity of Charlotte and the opportunity to work in the city on some rotations.


Kelsey Ann Reindel, DO


Dr. Kelsey Ann Reindel


Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m originally from Toledo, Ohio.


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I was an undergraduate at Florida Atlantic University and then went to medical school at Nova Southeastern University.


Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose NHFMRP because of the people involved in the program. I felt this residency would be the best place for me to grow as a physician as well as a person. Even though this was a new program, I had no doubt NHFMRP would provide all of the support and education I would need to be successful.


What are your areas of interest in family medicine?
My areas of interest in family medicine are women’s health, preventative medicine and patient education.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
My advice would be to choose a program that will support you, a program that you enjoy the people you work with and a program that will help you grow not only as a physician, but also as a person.


What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
My favorite part about living in Charlotte is all the things you can do! You have a city where you can hike, visit the lake and climb the mountains.


Shannon Sanchez Oviedo, MD, MS

 

Dr. Shannon Sanchez Oviedo

 

Where do you consider your hometown?
I grew up in San Jose, California.

 

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

 

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
Because of the positive role models we get to work with on a daily basis and supportive environment to help shape and mold my career into what I desire it to be.

 

What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
I’m interested in obstetrics, maternal and child health and providing community medicine to underserved community members.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Go where you know you will be happiest and keep an open and curious mind at all times.

 

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
It’s a great place to raise a family.


Sonam Vashista, DO

 

Dr. Sonam Vashista

Where do you consider your hometown?
I grew up in a small town of Childersburg, Alabama.

Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to University of Alabama at Birmingham for undergraduate studies and William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississppi for medical school.

Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program was my first interview and I left completely enthralled by the supportive faculty and their vision for a program that emphasizes physician well-being. I knew they would advocate for their residents, as well as their patients.

What are your areas of interest in family medicine?
My area of interest in family medicine is providing excellent care to patients in rural or underserved areas.

Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
The advice that I would give students applying for residencies this year is to enjoy the interview process and really advocate for yourself as an applicant. Regardless of your personality type, this is a time where you have to be proactive and reach out to the program you are interested in.

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
My favorite part of living in the Charlotte area is its wide variety of things to do. While living in Huntersville, I have the peacefulness found in a small town but also the amenities and activities of having a big city close by.



Meet the class of 2019

Allen J. Shepard, DO, MSHA


Dr. Allen Shepard

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Phoenix, Arizona.


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Why did you choose Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
I was inspired by the innovative spirit of the program and its passionate, warm-hearted leadership.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
I am interested in making the best use of a holistic approach to patient wellness. That means utilizing a hands-on approach to osteopathic manipulative treatment and mind-body motivational counseling, alongside traditional pharmaceutical and preventive approaches.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
The best residency match for you will be found through authentic reflection and conversation. Rather than attempting to anticipate what the programs are looking for, ask yourself what you are looking for, and reflect and ask questions around those interests. Also, have fun with it!


What's your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I love the urban vibrancy and close community of my Plaza Midwood and NoDa neighborhood.


Cody E. Homistek, DO, MS

Dr. Cody Homistek


Where do you consider your hometown?
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
The NHFMRP felt very aligned with my goals & visions. The leadership also struck me as people who want to grow you both personally & professionally, and I really liked that. I knew I could thrive here with great support.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
I truly enjoy everything. I would say I do a little more OMT in clinic & I enjoy women's health, nutrition & weight loss. I wish I could follow the advice I give my patients! I need to practice what I preach.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Follow your heart. You can learn medicine anywhere. But you can only become a better person in a place that you know you will grow.

What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I live more north, near the Lake. I am a small town girl so that area is more my speed. But I love that the city is not far away for diversity & culture.


Eugene Y. Wang, MD


Dr. Eugene Wang

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Vancouver in British Columbia.


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for my undergraduate degree and St. George’s University in Grenada for medical school.


Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
During this interview, I met some great people that showed their enthusiasm and passion about this program. When I interviewed, it was a brand new residency and having the opportunity to help build a residency was appealing to me.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
My areas of interest are in the continuity of care, sports medicine, the ability to form long lasting relationships with patients and taking care of multi-generations of the same family.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Find somewhere you feel comfortable and ask questions that are important to you.


What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
The people are very polite while walking about around the city.


Rachel Storey, DO


Dr. Rachel Storey

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Tallahassee, Florida


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus.


Why did you choose Novant Health's Family Medicine Residency Program?
During my interview process Novant Health’s program really stuck out to me. I could tell that the people involved in the program were genuine and truly cared about making this program the best it could be. I also liked that it was an unopposed residency and located in such a great city.


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
My areas of interest are in geriatrics and preventative medicine.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
I thought the interview process was a big part of my decision making. Being able to meet the people and residents at various programs helped me see where I would fit in best.


What's your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
I love the Charlotte area. I am able to live outside the city limits and enjoy a little country feel yet have everything I need just a short drive away.


Sarah E. Barker, DO

Dr. Sarah Barker

Where do you consider your hometown?
I’m from Pendleton, Indiana.


Where did you go to school prior to joining Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I went to the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Why did you choose Novant Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program?
I chose Novant Health because of the staff I met on my interview day. They were so friendly and welcoming. It felt like home!


What are your areas of interest in Family Medicine?
I’m interested in women’s health and behavioral health.


Do you have any words of wisdom for those who are applying to residencies this year?
Go with your gut!


What’s your favorite part about living in the Charlotte area?
Lake Norman is a great place.