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Class 2021

1 Ference

Tripp Ference, MD

Hometown: Huntsville, AL Medical School: The University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB)
Professional Interests: MSK/Spine, sports medicine and medical education.
Personal Interests: Hiking, running, binge-worthy dramas and travel.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
CR provided the most well-rounded program in the southeast. I wanted to learn from national leaders in a hands-on, one-on-one setting. Here I have found a strong academic program with a proven track record. During my interview, the residents explained they felt respected and taken care of in this program. I've found that has gone a long way towards my quality of life in residency.

1 Mandalaywala

Megha Mandalaywala, DO

Hometown: Of Indian Origin, raised in New Jersey
Medical School: Rowan University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Neurorehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation, spasticity management, musculoskeletal medicine, integrative medicine and regenerative medicine.
Personal Interests: Hobbies consist of finding new hobbies, adventure travel, meditation and mindfulness practice, dabbling with different art mediums and vegetarian cooking.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
Carolinas Rehabilitation offers the robust and varied patient population as well as the academic scope of practice I desired and felt would best prepare me for a future attending position in a “privademic” setting. Not only that, I knew I would find a home away from home at CR with the family-oriented culture I noticed immediately amongst the residents when visiting for interviews.

1 Weaver

Paul Weaver, DO

Hometown: Bristol, VA
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University (DCOM)
Professional Interests: Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine and amputee rehabilitation (P&O).
Personal Interests: Sports (Panthers/VT!), being outdoors, grilling and finance/economy.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
I rotated at CR as a medical student and was blown away by how much the attendings cared about the resident’s lives and quality of education. The city of Charlotte is beautiful with unique neighborhoods, professional sports and outdoors activities (National White Water Center, two lakes and lots of parks/trails). I felt like it was the strongest program in the Southeast and comparable to any elite program in the country. As soon as you get to the Queen City it also feels like a new home!

 1 Westerkam

Dana Westerkam, MD

Hometown: Irmo, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina - School of Medicine Greenville
Professional Interests: Inpatient general rehab.
Personal Interests: Relaxing with my fiancé, family and friends, wine tasting, travelling, reading, being active and baking.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
I chose Carolinas Rehabilitation due to the resident culture, diverse and well-rounded clinical exposures and opportunities as well as the location. I felt right at home when I interviewed and was so impressed with the close bonds between the residents. In addition, Charlotte is centrally located in the Southeast and close to my hometown. It is a bustling and growing area with plenty of fun things to do. Finally, while I was uncertain exactly what field of PM&R I wanted to ultimately pursue when I originally entered residency, I was confident CR would provide me with the educational experiences and PM&R knowledge base to successfully pursue whatever I chose.



Class 2022

 1 Harrison 

Scott Harrison, MD

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Subacute rehabilitation and neurorehabilitation.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife and daughter, playing guitar and running.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
I felt a very collegial and comfortable atmosphere among the residents when I visited. There were varied opportunities available to experience all facets of the field and different practice settings. There were also strong resident-faculty relations where residents are trusted and given the influence to really shape the program.


 1 Hardgrove

Wes Hargrove, MD

Hometown: Blythewood, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville
Professional Interests: Musculoskeletal care. Developing my skills with ultrasound, fluoroscopy and EMG to help keep people active and functional throughout their lifespans.
Personal Interests: Music, exercise, coffee and hiking.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
The residency at Carolinas Rehab strikes a nice balance between providing enough structure to ensure each resident has a solid foundation of all areas of PM&R while also allowing residents enough freedom to explore areas of professional development. The environment is supportive. Faculty are knowledgeable and happy to teach, and the residents here enjoy each other’s company in and outside of work. Lastly, Charlotte is a nice spot. Big enough that you won’t run out of new things to do in the three years spent here in residency and not so big that it’s impossible to get from one side of town to the other.


 1 McCarter

Ryan McCarter, MD

Hometown: Cambridge, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Outpatient/General Physiatry and MSK.
Personal Interests: Spending time with my wife, exploring Charlotte, food and movies.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
For me it was all about the residents and how they interacted/spent their time outside of the hospital. I think what set Carolinas Rehab apart was that the residents seemed genuinely happy and were actively involved in each other’s lives. It was less of a work relationship and felt much more like a family compared to other programs I experienced during the interview trail/away rotations. Now that I am here, every day that continues to be true and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to learn alongside such competent, caring and fun people.

 1 Mogk

Lauren Mogk, MD

Hometown: Denton, TX
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopahic Medicine
Professional Interests: Spine, pain management, complementary and alternative medicine.
Personal Interests: Running, Pelotoning, traveling with my husband, being a dog mom to Bella and Lucy, cooking, spicy margaritas, all things Longhorns (hook ‘em!) and Panthers football. 

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
As a medical student I rotated at Carolinas Rehab and was very impressed by the the excellent residents and faculty. From the very beginning everyone was very welcoming, accommodating and took an active interest in my education. Not to mention Charlotte was an easy sell to my husband! The Queen City offers so many fun things to do, with its close proximity to the beach and mountains, fantastic restaurants and breweries, and last but not least, the sports scene – Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets and a AAA baseball team.
Keep pounding!

 1 Weider

Kirstin Weider, DO

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: General physiatry, amputee rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics, spasticity management, osteopathic manual therapy and integrative medicine.
Personal Interests: Yoga (practicing and teaching), hiking, weight lifting, meditation/mindfulness practices, ziplining and high ropes at the Whitewater Center.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
Carolinas Rehab has a strong, well-rounded training paired with a very welcoming and supportive group to work with – the perfect combination! I am continually impressed by the focus on and support for residents at CR. I feel confident that my training here will prepare me well for my career in physiatry, and I am enjoying my time learning and growing as a physician in Charlotte.


 1 Westerbeck

Eric Westerbeck, MD

Hometown: Canton, OH
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Professional Interests: Cancer rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation and healthcare utilization.
Personal Interests: Golf, beach trips, hiking, baking and hosting parties.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
I believed CR provided a balance of academic and clinical rehabilitation with a diverse staff and experience levels. Charlotte is an incredible city and vibrant. Resident cohesiveness.

Class of 2023

 1 Andrews

Niel Andrews, MD

Hometown: Hillsborough, NC
Medical School:
University of North Carolina
Professional Interests: Interventional pain, sports and MSK, regenerative medicine, prosthetics and orthotics, TBI and SCI.
Personal Interests: Lifting, organized and recreational sports, film and music, salsa dancing and Mandarin Chinese.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
CR offers the most well-rounded training in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation medicine in the southeast, and I'm a North Carolina native who wants to train within and serve my community.


 1 Kennely

Megan Kennelly, MD

Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Professional Interests: Inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, adaptive sports.
Personal Interests: Trying to expand my interests now that I have some free time again. Things I’m trying are hiking, kayaking, reading and hope to get back into travelling soon!

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
Carolina’s Rehab was at the top of my list and not just because it’s where I grew up. I wanted a residency program that valued each individual resident and functioned as a community rather than a department. The faculty, administration and residents are fantastic with a supportive environment that is hard to match. The fact that it is in Charlotte and close to home-cooked meals, mountains, beaches and lakes is just another added bonus!


 1 Mathern

Ryan Mathern, MD

Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Professional Interests: Sports medicine, prosthetics and adaptive technologies, and musculoskeletal medicine.
Personal Interests: Anything outdoors, exploring new places, Philly sports, Penn State and spending time with family, our dog and chickens.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
Simply put, Carolinas Rehab felt like home on interview day. The well-rounded foundation and the incredible support from faculty and co-residents makes the program stand out. I was looking for the best program in the Southeast and believe I found it here in Charlotte.


 1 McClintock

Alicia McClintock, MD 

Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Medical School: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Serving veterans or active duty service members likely through MSK or O&P. Military flight surgery.
Personal Interests: Weightlifting, road biking, hiking, hanging out with dogs, traveling, playing games and cheering on the Tennessee Vols.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
The quality of the program is excellent, the schedule and the program are well balanced, fun and different pre-interview night with the residents (catered bowling), fit in well with the residents, proximity to home and the mountains, military friendly and I love the south :)

 1 McKinney

Zachary McKinney, MD

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Professional Interests: Pain, sports and spine.
Personal Interests: Woodworking, hiking, camping, exercise, cooking, and reading.

Why Carolinas Rehabilitation?
At Carolinas Rehab, I will have a diverse training experience with access to faculty with expertise in many fields. During my interview, the staff and faculty were very welcoming and the residents were very close-knit. Charlotte is also a great place for residents to live with its abundance of outdoor activities, food and drink options, and professional sporting teams.







Name Graduated     Medical School Current Location Fellowship/Practice
Kendall Held, MD 2020  Southern Illinois University School of Medicine   Bloomington, IL Bromenn Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation
Christian Phillips, MD 2020 Rush Medical College of Chicago  Minneapolis, MC Hennepin Healthcare Specialty Clinic 
Nick  Horan, MD 2020 University of Nebraska College of Medicine Charlotte, NC  Interventional Spine/Muscoloskeletal Medicine Fellowship with OrthoCarolina 
Jenny Smith, MD 2020 Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Tulsa, OK Francis Health System
Trevor Tyner, DO 2020  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Clearwater, FL  Interventional Spine/Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship with Florida Spine Institute 
Andrew Davisson, MD 2019  Indiana University   New Castle, IN Henry Community Health
James Kult, MD 2019   Creighton University Omaha, NE  QLI Brain Injury Rehab
Ana Michunovich, DO  2019   Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine   Jonesboro, AR New Baptist Memorial Hospital
Chandee Payne, DO 2019   Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Charlotte, NC   Atrium Health Pineville Inpatient Rehab
Jordan Sestak, MD 2019   Southern Illinois University Springfield, IL Southern Illinois University SOM Neuroscience Institute
Zachary Bailowitz, MD   2018   University of Arizona     New York, NY   Weill-Cornell Sports Medicine, Fellowship
Lauren Chambers, DO 2018  West Virginia School of Osteopathic York, PA     OSS Health MSK Fellowship
Ignatios Papas, DO 2018 Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Bradenton, FL  New Regeneration OrthoPed
John Schmidt, MD 2018  University of Tennessee South Carolina  MUSC Spine Fellowship
Quoc (Jonathan) P. Tran, MD 2018  Southwestern Medical School Birmingham, AL Alabama Orthopedic Spine & Sports Fellowship
Benjamin Brusch, MD 2017 University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Charlotte NC Atrium Health Sports Medicine, Fellowship
John Cunneen, MD 2017 State University of New York-Update Medical University Kingsport, TN UCF SCI Fellowship
Justin Gilbert, MD 2017 Louisiana State University School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC Wake Forest Spine Fellowship
Elise McClanahan, MD 2017 University of South Alabama College of Medicine Atlanta, GA Emory Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship
Jonathan Silverman, MD 2017 Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine New York, NY Weill Cornell Pain Fellowship
Matthew Adamkin, MD 2016 University of Louisville School for Medicine Louisville, KY Faculty Physiatrist- University of Louisville
Nathaniel Crider, MD 2016 University of Minnesota Saint Cloud, MN Rejuv Medica, Regenerative Medicine
Cara Grome, MD 2016 State University of NY - Upstate Medical University Charlotte, NC Subacute Rehab - National Health Rehabilitation
Andrew Parker, MD 2016 University of Alabama School of Medicine Nashville, TN Staff Physiatrist - National Health Rehabilitation
Julian Willoghby, MD 2016 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Charlotte, NC Shirley Ryan Ability Sports Fellowship – Carolinas Rehabilitation
Michael Worobel, DO 2016 Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine Newark, DE Interventional Medicine Fellowship - Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain Physicians
Erik Diebolt, DO 2015 College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Charlotte, NC OrthoCarolina Spine Fellowship
Ankit Gulati, MD 2015 University of South Alabama College of Medicine Mobile, AL Medical Director - Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
Alicia H. Lazeski, MD 2015 State University of NY Upstate Medical University Charlotte NC MSK - OrthoCarolina
Nicholas Wieczorek, MD 2015 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Charlotte, NC Subacture - MedRehab Specialists
Justin Alexander, MD  2014 University of Alabama School of Medicine Charlotte, NC Physiatrist - Med Rehab Specialists
Corinne Locke, MD 2014 University of Virginia in Charlottesville Charlotte, NC Physiatrist - Royal Park Rehabilitation of Matthews
Terrence Pugh, MD 2014 University of Alabama School of Medicine Charlotte, NC Cancer Rehabilitation - Carolinas Rehabilitation
Charles Rhoads, MD 2014 Ohio State University Columbia SC Physiatrist - WJB Dorn Columbia VA
Katherine Crum, MD 2013 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Asheville, NC Physiatrist - Extended Care Physicians
Jeff Eliason, MD 2013 New York Medical School Atlanta, GA Staff Physiatrist - Atlanta VA Medical Center
Ben Lippincott, MD 2013 Indiana University Salisbury, NC Physiatrist - Hefner VA Medical Center
Ann W. Maxwell Miller, MD 2013 Virginia Commonwealth University Durham, VA Physiatrist - Durham VA Medical Center, Private Practice
Jamal Balouch, DO 2012 Touro University Charlotte, NC MSK/Pain Management Fellowship - OrthoCarolina
Jacqueline McGowan, MD 2012 Medical College of Wisconsin Columbus, OH Ohio State Sports Medicine Fellowship - Riverside Methodist Hospital
Paras Mehta, MD 2012 University of Michigan Charlotte, NC Integrative Medicine Fellowship - Carolinas Medical Center
Jessica Mowry, DO 2012 Virginia College of Osteo Medicine Columbia, SC Physiatrist - Dorn VA Medical Center
Chloe Bomberger, MD 2011 University of Pittsburgh Salisbury, NC Physiatrist - W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center
Christine Groves, MD 2011 Indiana University Indianapolis, IN Assistant Professor - Indiana University School of Medicine
Hyung Kim, MD 2011 Texas Tech University Bethesda, MD Walter Reed Pain Fellowship- National Naval Medical Center
Sheila Natarajan, MD 2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Indian Land, SC Co-Director - Integra Rehabilitation Physicians
Lisa Albanese, MD 2010 University of Wisconsin Bend, OR Wellness Medicine
Mandy Huggins, MD 2010 Indiana University Weston, FL Emory Sports Medicine Fellowship - Private Practice
Connie Edelen, MD 2010 University of South Florida Charlotte, NC Pain & Palliative Care
Susan Swint, MD 2009 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY General PM&R - The Lexington Clinic
Dave Scott, MD 2009 Eastern Virginia Greenville, SC University of South Carolina Sports Medicine Fellowship Greenville Hospital System
Katie Weatherhogg, MD 2009 University of Minnesota Springfield, MO MSK/Sports - Southwest Spine & Sports
Andrea Toomer, MD 2008 Louisiana State University at New Orleans Marrero, LA PM&R - Culicchia Neurological Clinic
Amanda Harrington, MD 2008 University of Miami Cleveland Heights, OH Case Western Reserve Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship. SCI Director, UPMC
Jesse Lieberman, MD 2008 Wake Forest University Charlotte, NC Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship - Carolinas Rehabilitation
Kimberly Encapera, MD 2008 University of Louisville Las Cruces, NM PM&R - Rehabilitation Hospital of South New Mexico
Zachary Hauser, MD 2007 UNC-Chapel Hill Havertown, PA Premier Orthpaedic and Sports Medicine
Heather Havlik, MD 2007 Medical College of Wisconsin Charlotte, NC Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center Sports Medicine Fellowship - Atrium Health
Keneshia Kirksey 2007 So. Alabama College of Medicine Birmingham, AL Residency Program Director - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Catherine Foll, MD 2006 Loma Linda University Phoenix, AZ General PM&R
Sanjiv Lakhia, DO 2006 Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Cincinnati, OH General PM&R practice with focus on outpatient MSK Medicine
Erin Wolff, MD 2006 Wayne State University Morristown, NJ Atlantic Health System Sports Medicine Fellowship
Matthew B. Shall, MD 2005 Medical College of Ohio Charlotte, NC Associate Program Director, Medical Director, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Mount Holly
Andrew I. Sumich, MD 2004 Louisiana State University at New Orleans Charlotte, NC Interventional Spine and MSK Medicine - Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates
Paul L. Jett, MD 2004 University of Kentucky Morristown, TN Advanced Pain Specialists PM&R
Conner Nguyen, MD 2004 Tufts School of Medicine Germany MSK Interventional Fellowship. (Army) General Outpatient (OP)
Bobby Alexander, MD 2004 UNC Charlotte, NC Interventional Spine and MSK Medicine - OrthoCarolina
Tracey Cheatham, MD 2004 University of Kansas Kansas City General Inpatient (IP)/OP
Jeff Finn, MD 2003 Medical College of Ohio Pennsylvania OP general, PM&R
Philip Blount, MD 2003 University of Mississippi Jackson, MS IP/OP General (MSK Fellowship), Mayo Clinic
David Levi, MD 2002 Eastern Virginia Virginia Beach, VA Interventional Spine and MSK Medicine
Patricia Shannon, MD 2002 Wright State University Charlotte, NC General Rehabilitation - Carolinas Rehabilitation
Amy Robbins, MD 2001 University of Louisville Greenville, SC General PM&R, inpatient and outpatient practice
Darryl Robinson, MD 2001 Medical College of Virginia Oklahoma Interventional Spine and MSK Medicine
Vu Nguyen, MD 2001 Michigan State University Charlotte, NC Residency Program Director - Carolinas Rehabilitation
Sharon Kanelos, MD 2000 University of Cincinnati Charlotte, NC OP General, PM&R -  Integra Rehabilitation Physicians
Paul Desmarais, MD 2000 Wayne State University South Bend, IA Outpatient MSK and General PM&R practice
Richard Ramos, MD 2000 University of Cincinnati Greensboro, NC Interventional Spine and MSK Medicine
Amy Wagner 2000 Northwestern University Medical School Pittsburgh, PA  TBI Fellowship Director, UPMC. Translational Research Director, UPMC