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The MAHEC Boone Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, located at Watauga Medical Center, and AppFamily Medicine is a partnership between ARHS and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and will also serve as a clinical training site for medical students from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The program was created to train full-scope family doctors to serve in rural and underserved communities. Resident training will take three years, and ARHS and MAHEC are hopeful that many residents will choose to continue their careers in the High Country.

 

Third Year Residents

John Cuningham, MD

John Cuningham, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Born and raised in Fayetteville, NC, Dr. Cuningham completed his undergraduate degree with a major in biology as well as his medical degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He realized the reward in caring for patients in a clinical setting through volunteering opportunities there. This along with his interest in human physiology drove him toward a career in medicine.
He is grateful for the opportunity to care for patients in his home state and has been drawn to the mountains of Western North Carolina for some time. He along with his wife Rose have been working to immerse themselves in the community. She serves as the shelter coordinator for OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service and Shelter Inc). They have a Pomsky named Einstein and they enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful mountain air together.

 

Jeb Fox, MD

Jeb Fox, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Fox is originally from Boone. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from N.C. State University and then went on to Chapel Hill to earn his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Fox is passionate about providing healthcare to rural underserved populations, particularly within the Appalachian mountains. Additional subcategories that he cares deeply about include mental health, reducing stigma, substance use disorders, wilderness medicine, prenatal care, and migrant worker populations.

Erin Murphy, DO

Erin Murphy, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine 

Dr. Murphy received her undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and attended The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia. She is particularly interested in pediatrics, LGBT medicine, mental health, reproductive health, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with her fiance and young daughter.

Lindsey Shapiro, DO

Lindsey Shapiro, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Shapiro received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and graduated from The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas.

Second Year Residents

Connor Glen Brunson, MD

Connor Glen Brunson, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Brunson comes to the High Country with a background as a middle school science teacher and an EMT. He earned a BS in Public Health from the University of South Carolina and his medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. His special clinical interests include obstetrics, narrative medicine and underserved populations. He says being in Boone helps him reconnect with a small community and return to nature. Dr. Brunson is a musician who writes his own music as well as plays the guitar, drums and piano. He is also a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast.

Toria Knox, DO

Toria Knox, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Knox is passionate about rural underserved healthcare in Appalachia. She received her BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and DO from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her special clinical interests include lifestyle medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment and caring for vulnerable populations. She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, learning new things, and snuggling with her 16-year-old cat Rascal.

Caitlin Porter, DO

Caitlin Porter, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Dr. Porter is excited about practicing medicine in Boone. She received a degree in biology from Gardner-Webb University and completed medical school at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Special clinical interests include patient education, rural and underserved populations, and osteopathic manipulative treatments. She enjoys fishing, hiking, spending time with family and hanging out with her goldendoodle Bogey. Her husband is a teaching professional at Grandfather Golf and Country Club.

Jessica Stevens, MD

Jessica Stevens, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Stevens welcomes the opportunity to return to and serve within a community she loves for her residency. She received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and then attended UNC Chapel Hill for medical school. Her special clinical interests include lifestyle/prenatal medicine and sexual health. She enjoys trail running, backpacking, tiny living, botany, reading and spending time with her partner Will and dog Sam.

First Year Residents

Jason K. Karimy, MD

Jason K. Karimy, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Karimy completed his undergraduate degree and masters at the University of Colorado, Denver and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, respectively. He earned his medical degree at Quinnipiac University. His prior experience includes research in neuroimmunology. Dr. Karimy has special clinical interests in rural family medicine, social determinants of health, food insecurity and preventive medicine.
He has a vested interest in preventing chronic illness associated with food insecurity in rural communities. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, gardening, scuba diving, reading, writing and playing music.

 

Dan Moore, MD, MPH

Dan Moore, MD, MPH

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Moore completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University and medical school at the University of North Carolina. He has served as a volunteer with Americorps and has special clinical interests in sports medicine and wilderness medicine. He says he loves the personalized feel of the medicine practiced in Boone and the natural beauty and community the area provides. In addition to practicing medicine, he enjoys climbing and the outdoors as well as playing music with friends.

Anna Sparks, DO

Anna Sparks, DO

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Sparks says she fell in love with Boone and the community while completing her undergraduate degree at AppState and working at Tweetsie Railroad. She says she knew she wanted to return to serve the populations of Watauga and the surrounding counties. Dr. Sparks earned her medical degree at VCOM-Carolinas. Her clinical interests include rural medicine and serving underserved populations. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants, collecting seashells and traveling.

Tiffany Warren, MD

Tiffany Warren, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Warren earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With clinical interests in women’s health, preventive care, and healthy lifestyle counseling, Dr. Warren says she is excited to serve this beautiful community. “I love the small community environment and am looking forward to getting to know my patients and developing continuity of care,” she said.
Dr. Warren enjoys baking, cooking, hiking, gardening, running and anything outdoors with her husband.

Isaac Werner, MD

Isaac Werner, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Werner received his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami and completed medical school at Meharry Medical College. He has experience working as an EMT. Dr. Werner is excited to work in a rural setting and providing care in an Appalachian community. With a clinical interest in sports medicine and wilderness medicine, he says he is looking forward to working with the AppState Athletics Department through this residency.
Outside of his profession, he enjoys hiking, camping, playing basketball, rock climbing and playing guitar. He also loves cooking and says he can make a “mean smothered chicken.”



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