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Erin Huston, DO, CMD.

Erin Huston, DO, CMD

Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Erin Huston, DO, CMD is originally from Delaware, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Advent Health East Orlando in Family Medicine. Dr. Huston furthered her training and completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She maintains board certifications in her specialties of Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

As an attending physician, Dr. Huston has been working as a Geriatrician with Atrium Health since 2017. She has served as a Medical Director within the Skilled Nursing Facilities and maintains certification as a Post-Acute Care Medical Director. In addition to her love for Geriatrics, Dr. Huston has a passion for teaching medicine. As the Medical Director for the Geriatric Advanced Practitioner Fellowship from 2017-2023, Dr. Huston has been able to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for her field in various medical settings. She is particularly interested in helping patients and families navigate the aging process through education regarding particular disease processes and establishing individualized goals of care.

Dr. Huston joined the Geriatric Medical Faculty in 2023 to continue her passion for teaching. In her spare time, Dr. Huston and her family enjoy spending time together on Lake Norman and traveling to explore all that North Carolina and the southeast region has to offer. Dr. Huston is also an avid sports fan.


Priscilla Tutu, MD

Priscilla Tutu, MD

Associate Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health

Though born in Italy, Dr. Priscilla Tutu is proud to call Raleigh, North Carolina home. She is an Alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Tutu valued the connections she made with patients during her Family Medicine rotation the most. She completed her residency training at LSU Lafayette Family Medicine Program in Louisiana. 

Dr. Tutu is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and completed her Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. She finds fulfillment in teaching and providing comprehensive care while serving as an advocate for her patients.

Dr. Tutu is excited to join the Geriatric Medical Faculty at Atrium Health in Charlotte where she will continue to serve older adults and their caregivers across multiple care settings. 

When not supporting learners or geriatric patients and their families, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, spending quality time with her family and cheering on the best college basketball team in the world. Go Tar Heels!!


Dupal Patel, MD, CMD

Core Program Faculty, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health
Clinical Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Dupal Patel, MD, CMD, was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She then moved to Northeast Ohio for residency where she trained in Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic - Fairview Hospital Residency Program. She continued her training by completing a fellowship in Geriatrics at Summa Akron City Hospital before joining the Center for Senior Health, where she worked for three and a half years honing her skills in geriatrics in a variety of settings. She specialized in interdisciplinary communication, cognitive assessments and post-acute care.

After enduring eight winters in Ohio, she and her husband decided to move closer to family and to fulfill her dream of teaching. Dr. Patel joined Atrium Health as staff at Elizabeth Family Medicine and key clinical faculty member of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship in 2018.

She is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Patel provides compassionate care for older adults in outpatient, acute and post-acute settings as well as teaches medical students, residents and fellows.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three young children, and rediscovering the world through their eyes.


Kristen Geye, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC

Program Faculty, Nurse Practitioner
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health

Kristen Geye, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelors in Biochemistry. Kristen completed her Masters in Nursing in 2016 at Vanderbilt University. She then moved to Charlotte, NC where she completed a year-long fellowship program in Geriatrics at Atrium Health.

Throughout her fellowship, Kristen gained experience in long term care, skilled nursing care, assisted living care, geriatric emergency room and trauma consultations, memory clinic, palliative care and hospice. Since completing the geriatric fellowship, she has worked with the Advanced Illness Management team focusing on patients with advanced illness and palliative home care. Kristen is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, Metrolina Coalition for Nurse Practitioners and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

She has a special interest in geriatrics, patients with dementia, palliative care and end-of-life decision making.

Virginia Nelson, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Virginia Nelson, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Program Faculty, Nurse Practitioner
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health

Virginia Nelson (Ginny) is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a sub-specialty in Geriatrics.  She was born in Dade County Florida, moved around as a child, but lived the majority of her life in Charleston, WV.  She completed her Associate Degree in Nursing at Bluefield State College, her Bachelor Degree and Masters in Nursing at Marshall University.  She has a background in hematology/oncology, family medicine, women's health and was an adjunct professor in the LPN to BSN Nursing program at Mountain State University.  She then transitioned to geriatrics practicing in long-term/skilled care facilities, assisted living, memory care, geriatric primary care and consulting in the emergency department and trauma unit.  

Ginny has volunteered with Remote Area Medical (RAM) providing free health care to rural communities and other areas in need.  She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurses Association.  She relocated to Huntersville, NC with her husband in 2019 and joined Atrium Health Elizabeth Family Medicine in 2024 to continue providing geriatric patient care, expand her practice to adult family medicine, as well as participate with the Geriatric Medical Faculty in education.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dogs hiking, biking and kayaking, is an avid sports fan and loves escaping in a good book.

Catherine Yang, Geriatric Medicine Program Coordinator

Catherine L. Yang

Program Coordinator, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
Program Coordinator, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health

Catherine Yang graduated from East Carolina University and has a background in child development, early intervention, family and community services and pathology. Catherine joined Atrium Health in February 2020 as the Program Coordinator for Geriatric Medicine and Sports Medicine Fellowships. Catherine oversees administrative functions and is responsible for the coordination of various activities, meetings, lectures, fellow recruitment and orientation and clinical rotations.

Other Faculty

Anthony J. Caprio, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Supportive Oncology

Section Chief, Medical Education, Department of Supportive Oncology,

Clinical Associate Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Armida Parala-Metz, MD
Program Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Atrium Health

Clinical Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Jonathan McKinsey, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Atrium Health Cabarrus Medical Director

Senior Behavioral Health Unit, Carolinas Medical Center

Danielle Englert Doggett, MD
Neurosciences Institute, Atrium Health

Ryan M. Gleason, MD
Neurosciences Institute - Neurology Pineville, Atrium Health

Douglas Kirsch, MD
Medical Director, Sleep Services, Atrium Health

Daniel E. Haggstrom, MD
Co-Director, Senior Oncology Clinic, Levine Cancer Institute, Atrium Health 

Allison Bickett, MS
Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health

Hazel Tapp, PhD
Research Director, Department of Family Medicine, Atrium Health 

Deanna A. Mangieri, DO
Medical Director, Atrium Health Senior Care

Mary Devane, DO
Atrium Health Senior Care

Eric A. Rinehardt, PhD
Chief Neuropsychologist, Atrium Health, Carolinas Rehabilitation