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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.

 

Second Year Residents

John Cunningham, MD

John Cunningham, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Cunningham received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed medical school at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He particularly enjoys taking care of patients in the hospital. Outside of work, he and his wife take advantage of the beautiful outdoor activities the High Country offers, especially rock climbing, and cooking together.

Jeb Fox, MD

Jeb Fox, MD

MAHEC Rural Family Medicine Residency

Specialty: Family Medicine

Dr. Fox is originally from Boone. He earned a 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 rural underserved populations, particularly in Appalachia, mental health, reducing stigma, substance use disorders, wilderness medicine, prenatal care, and migrant worker populations.  In his leisure time, he loves to do all things all things music and/or snow sports. He plays guitar and piano, sings, and occasionally tries his hand at writing and recording.

Erinn Murphy, DO

Erinn 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 fiancé 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 attended The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas. She is particularly interested in lifestyle medicine, pediatrics, reproductive/women's health, mental health, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Shapiro can be found painting and creating art, growing cut flowers for arrangements, enjoying the outdoors, and playing with her Sheltie, Riley.

First 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.