My name is Wesley Roten, and I am so happy to be a part of UNC Family Medicine! I grew up in the small town of West Jefferson, North Carolina, in the Northwest corner of the state. My happy childhood in that sleepy little town filled me with a love of the outdoors, an appreciation for bluegrass music, and a dedication to taking care of your community that I will always carry with me.
I went to UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad, where I studied biology and chemistry, conducted research in biochemistry, and started an on-campus bluegrass jam for people like me who couldn’t afford to rack up any more dormitory noise complaints. There I was also involved in the Undergraduate FMIG, the first of its kind, where I first had the opportunity to meet some amazing mentors at UNC Family Medicine.
I chose to stay at UNC for medical school because of its excellence in primary care and training opportunities in rural settings. I was a Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholar, and had the opportunity to spend over two years in Asheville with the good folks at MAHEC as part of UNC’s branch campus there. It was there that I discovered my passion for addiction medicine and strengthened my cause to serve rural underserved populations.
I am now back in Chapel Hill and excited to further develop as a future family physician with wonderful colleagues and mentors. When I’m not in the hospital I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Lauren and our dog Stevie Nicks, on the disc golf course, or on my road bike struggling to keep up with the person in front of me!