Fellowship year: 2021-2022
Residency: Medicine/Pediatrics, University of South Alabama
Regina was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She comes from a large family, and her siblings and parents remain close to this day. She went to undergrad at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), and she was fortunate to do a semester abroad in Rome, Italy. After college, she spent a year traveling abroad, then she returned to the US to start medical school at MUSC in beautiful Charleston, SC. She moved to Mobile, Alabama to complete her residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the University of South Alabama. She got married during her residency to her husband, Zach, and they have a beautiful daughter named Isabella. They have a sweet rescue dog, Clyde, who loves to catch all of Isabella’s discarded snacks.
During residency, Regina became aware of the growing need for palliative care across adult and pediatric care settings. She quickly realized the privilege and honor of being a physician, as she accompanied patients through difficult and painful phases of life as an intern. She was ultimately drawn to the field of Palliative Care due to the close bonds formed with patients and families while focusing on their goals for care during the most vulnerable time of their life: the end of their life. With her Med-Peds background, Regina hopes to bridge the gap for children and adults diagnosed with life-limiting or life-threatening diseases to continue receiving thorough, compassionate care as they navigate from pediatric to adult healthcare settings.
Regina is thrilled to be joining the Hospice & Palliative Medicine team at UNC and Transitions. The faculty and entire HPM team were so warm and engaging during the virtual interview process, and she was also drawn to the program due to the opportunity to get comprehensive inpatient and outpatient HPM training in both adult and pediatric settings at UNC and Transitions. She and her family are so excited to explore the Triangle region’s outdoor trails and parks, as well as the amazing food scene!