Khadijah Bhatti, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Khadijah, originally from High Point, NC, completed her undergraduate work in Public Policy Studies at Duke University. While at UNC, she spent one year doing research with UNC Family Planning to build her expertise in women’s health. She keeps a journal with reflections and essays consuming medical and non-medical literature voraciously. Hobbies/Interests: language, literature, treats the world like her personal dance floor and old Hindi ballads.
Asantewaa Boateng, MD from Medical Universty of South Carolina
Asantewaa was born in Sumter, SC, completing her undergraduate work in Biology at Wofford College. She knows that her training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics will prepare her to periodically return to her parents’ home in Ghana, West Africa to volunteer in hospitals there. She is interested in following obese children into adulthood and gain a deeper understanding of socioeconomic factors affecting patients’ health and how best to address them. Hobbies/Interests: experiencing different cultures through food, music, and dance; especially salsa.
Megan (Fitzpatrick) Hoppens, MD from Louisana State University in New Orleans
Megan was born in Fort Collins, CO and attended Tulane University for her undergraduate work in Neuroscience, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is an AOA member hoping to create outreach programs for those who lack care both inside and outside of the United States. She couples matched with her classmate, and now fiancé. Upon graduation, they plan to practice in an underserved area and participate in global medical missions regularly. Hobbies/Interests: running races such as the Rock N’ Roll half marathon, singing for the Flu Fighters, fishing and live music.
Dale Iglesia, MD from Thomas Jefferson University
Dale, born in Jersey City, attended New York College for his undergraduate work. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a field study in Biology and minor in Biomathematics. As an AOA member Dale knows that his passion as a future Med-Peds physician is to serve the underserved populations in his community. Hobbies/Interests: ethnic foods, drum and bugle corps, theater and medieval history.
Colin O’Leary, MD from Duke University
Colin, originally from Long Branch, NJ, did his undergraduate work in History at Yale. He then decided to attend Johns Hopkins Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program for year before heading to Duke for medical school. While at Duke, he organized a pre-orientation campout for first years to help ease their transition into medical school. Colin was awarded 1st place for the Andrew T. Nadell Prize for Book Collecting, in the graduate division. Hobbies/Interests: healthcare innovation, lean healthcare, gardening and cycling
Melissa Wooten, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Melissa was born in Baton Rouge, LA and attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate work majoring in Nutrition Science & French prior to enrolling at UNC School of Medicine. She has developed a particular interest in social determinants of health and interventions to minimize health disparities. Hobbies/Interests: cooking, especially lebanese food, traveling, musicals, road-biking and hiking



Victoria “Torie” Bender, MD from Rush Medical College
Torie was raised in Tulsa, OK but with strong Midwest roots moved north to Wisconsin where she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Sociology at UW- Madison (Go Badgers!). She then went to Chicago for medical school at Rush Medical College, where she was involved in many health fairs and clinics providing medical care to underserved communities. In true Med-Peds form, Torie’s career interests range widely. She has volunteered many times in Tanzania, and plans to pursue Global Health while in residency and in the future. In her free time, Torie enjoys running, baking, binge-watching netflix, and any activity that involves being outside!
Jost Diya Jost, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Diya, originally from Ames, Iowa grew up in Greensboro, NC and obtained her undergraduate degree at Columbia University in Biological Sciences before enrolling at the UNC School of Medicine. While at UNC, Diya has immersed herself in a variety of clinical, volunteer and service activities including membership in the Primary Care and Population Health Scholars Program. She has been working at the Student Health Alliance Coalition Clinic (SHAC), has been a part of the Honduran Health Alliance and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Diya truly enjoys writing creative non-fiction, gardening, backpacking, and reading novels.
Kohler Kevin Kohler, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kevin, born in Florida, attended UNC for his undergraduate work in Biology and Anthropology before he attended the John Hopkins University School of Public Health earning his MSPH in Global Diseases Epidemiology and Control. He then decided to return to the UNC School of Medicine where he has distinguished himself by having participated in a variety of volunteer, leadership and community activities including working at the Student Health Alliance Coalition Clinic (SHAC) and being Principle Investigator on a student grant examining the overuse of Cardiac Telemetry. Kevin, who is married, also enjoys archaeology, travel, woodworking, kayaking, hiking, camping, conservation and the environment.
OShea Patrick O’Shea, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patrick grew up in Delaware and considers himself an adopted North Carolinian. He studied Exercise Physiology at East Carolina University before teaching 8th grade science in Henderson, NC through Teach for America. After teaching, he worked as a CNA before attending UNC School of Medicine. He is a member of AOA, Gold Humanism Honor Society, and the Order of the Golden Fleece. He is married to his wonderful partner in crime, Sarah, and has two rambunctious little boys, Henry (4) and Paul Hampton (2). Patrick enjoys sneaking in a few rounds of golf on his days off, traveling across NC with the fam, a good local beer, and pulling for the Heels. Career plans include either primary care Med-Peds or hospitalist with work on care delivery reform.
Spangler Hillary Spangler, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hillary, originally from Asheboro, NC did her undergraduate work in Nutrition and Biology at North Carolina State University earning the honors of PBK and Valedictorian of her college class before entering medical school at UNC. While in medical school Hillary immersed herself in a variety of activities including most notably her work in the Code Sepsis Project within the UNC Health System where she earned national acclaim as a Sepsis Hero in 2016. Hillary is an author of several children’s books and also enjoys bluegrass music, hiking / backpacking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Todd Sarah Todd, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sarah, originally from Vermont, attended UNC for her undergraduate work, majoring in Biology and Spanish prior to enrolling at UNC School of Medicine. While at UNC, Sarah participated in a variety of volunteer, leadership and community activities, including serving as Co-President of the American Medical Women’s Association. Outside of school, Sarah loves sports including playing and coaching basketball, as well as watching UNC basketball, the Carolina Panthers, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics. She also enjoys playing piano and writing.


David “Scott” Butler, MD from The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Scott grew up in Mooresville, NC. He split his undergraduate time between Davidson and UNC, ultimately majoring in Biochemistry. He kept moving further east for medical school at ECU where he developed a new found love for vinegar based BBQ and Sweet Baby Ray’s. Forever a Tar Heel at heart, he made his way back to the University of National Champions to spend four more years with Roy’s Boys…and for residency too of course! His interests lie in medical education, international medicine, and combined infectious disease. Outside of work he spends his time chasing his pup Loki (who is as mischievous as the name implies), scuba diving, and finding interesting places to hang his Eno.

Courtney Detwiler, MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Courtney, originally from Chapel Hill, NC, obtained her undergraduate degree at UNC studying Anthropology and Psychology before attending the UNC School of Medicine. Courtney is one of only a few select students who completed her 3rd year in the longitudinal clinical program in Asheville, NC. While in medical school, Courtney has been an active and vibrant member of her educational and patient care community serving as a volunteer at UNC Hospice, participating in the Healer’s Art and having served as a mentor for High School Students in the Project Promise, funded by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Courtney truly enjoys sewing, painting, and baking as well as outdoor pursuits concluding hiking and camping.
Erin Finn, MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine

Erin grew up in Upper Saddle River, NJ with her parents, two older brothers, twin sister (Katie), pet guinea pigs, rats, dogs, birds, and fish. She went to college at Colgate University in upstate NY and later found herself back in NY for medical school at the University of Rochester after spending a few years doing research in DC and Philadelphia. She now lives with her two cats and husband, George, who is a Family Medicine resident at Womack Army Medical Center at Ft. Bragg. She spends her free time running, biking, looking for places to play volleyball and/or soccer, watching the Great British Bake Off, and thinking up good trivia team names. Fun fact, Matt Waters and Rachael Lester are also twins, though contrary to popular belief, this is not a requirement for UNC Med-Peds residents.

Matthew “Matt” Waters, MD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matt grew up in Burlington, NC and completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at UNC. During medical school, Matt kept busy mentoring fellow students through the med school Advisory College, and serving as class president. But why stop there?! He decided on a third term at UNC for Med-Peds! He is interested in medical education and still undecided as to what he wants to be when he grows up. Matt’s spirit animal would definitely be a dolphin, as he is full of energy and an avid swimmer, having swam in high school, college, and currently, whenever he can. Matt’s other top loves include crossword puzzles, traveling abroad, science fiction and fantasy (just test him), and pairing a nice glass of wine with a home cooked meal. Fun fact, Matt is a twin!


Katherine “Alex” Despotes, MD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Alex, originally from Raleigh, NC, completed her undergraduate work at Notre Dame majoring in Biology before returning to the region for her medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Gold Humanism Honor, Alex has distinguished herself in a variety of ways at UNC including participation in the Student Health Action Coalition Community Clinic, completion of the Comprehensive Advance Medical program in Spanish and International Healthcare work through UNC’s Proyecto Peurto de Salud in Mexico. An avid reader, Alex started a book club amongst her classmates and also enjoys running, playing soccer and variety of visual arts including painting, pottery, and mosaics.
Jessica Guidici, MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School

Jessica, originally from Chapel Hill, NC, attended UNC Chapel Hill during her undergraduate work and obtained a BS in Biology prior to her enrollment at EVMS in Norfolk, VA. While at EVMs, Jessica has distinguished herself as a top flight and participated in a variety of research projects and public service including service as a continuity coordinator in the EVMS student-run clinic. In her spare time Jessica enjoys horseback riding, reading, hiking, swimming, and refinishing furniture.

Steven Hochman, MD from the University of Southern California
Born is Central Massachusetts, Steven Hochman developed a love for rural communities and New England sports teams at a young age. He attended Pomona College in Southern California where he majored in Geology, and went on to medical school at the University of Southern California. He worked with a Los Angeles based healthcare consulting firm and the Department of Health Services on several projects to increased the availability and quality of care provided to the underserved of Los Angeles.. Moving to North Carolina with his wife Hannah, with whom he couples matched, she also into Med-Peds, he had a beautiful daughter in his second year at Carolina, and is excited to move back to the countryside after completing residency for a career in rural primary care.

Ellen Maher, MD from Medical University of South Carolina
Ellen, originally from Cleveland, OH, obtained her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from the College of Charleston. Prior to medical school she pursued basic science research and became a yoga teacher. She entered medical school with the hope of integrating science with her passion for preventive health practices. She studied medicine at MUSC prior to coming to UNC for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency. She is interested in primary care with a special focus on adolescents and preventive medicine. She would like to pursue research in how adverse childhood events (ACEs) affect adult health outcomes and if mind-body practice can mediate these outcomes. In her free time she enjoys yoga, meditation, distance running, gardening, animal rescue, and live music.
Hannah Hochman Segal, MD from the University of Southern California
Hannah was born in Claremont, California where she remained for undergraduate education at Scripps College. Following college, Hannah spent two years in Portland, Oregon working for a community clinic focused on total body health by incorporating primary care medicine with psychiatric and substance abuse counseling. She went on to medical school at the University of Southern California where she was a pilot student in a longitudinal primary care program that placed her in a busy clinic on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles throughout medical school. She and husband Steven, also a UNC Med-Peds resident, now enjoy their daughter Beatrice, who was born during their second year of residency. An avid gardener and cook, Hannah is excited by the challenges the North Carolina soils have provided her, but is excited to move back west for a career in primary care following residency.
Elizabeth Sibrack, MD from East Carolina University
Elizabeth originally from Raleigh NC, attending UNC Chapel Hill as an undergraduate. A member of the University Honors Program while at UNC, Elizabeth obtained her degree in Biology before entering the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. While at ECU Elizabeth emerged a true leader and scholar and was the winner of an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Student Quality Leadership Academy Scholarship in 2014. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, soccer, staying current on local politics to international events.