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Class of 2023

Sean Butterbaugh, MD
Hometown: Paducah, KY
Undergrad: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I absolutely love being a psychiatry resident at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center! This program is great for several reasons. First, the exposure to such a large and diverse population and the breadth of experiences that are part of the curriculum were attributes that I knew would create a strong training environment. In addition, the close relationships that residents are able to form with faculty fosters a truly positive and collaborative culture that promotes learning as well as professional development. Finally, the compensation and benefits from Atrium Health are outstanding, making it possible to buy a house in Charlotte and support my family on my salary alone. I’m so happy to be surrounded by supportive co-residents and faculty!

 

 

Diana Nakad-Rodriguez, MD
Hometown: Barranquilla, Columbia
Undergrad: McGill University
Medical School: University of Virginia
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: My first interview for psychiatry residency was here at the Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency Program. The excitement I was left with at the conclusion of my interview experience was not surpassed by any of the other programs I interviewed at. I really loved that I perceived a freshness, energy and ambition that many other longer-standing programs did not convey. Since our resident class size is smaller than at most other institutions, we are able to maintain a cohesive, family-like environment, which I know will be a source of enormous support during my training. Our residency program directors and administrator are deeply committed to our success and do everything possible to see us advance in our pursuits of careers in psychiatry. Moreover, Atrium Health as a healthcare system is a great place to train in many regards. For one, given its large size and reach, the clinical training opportunities here are ample. As an employer, Atrium Health offers coveted employment opportunities, so it is able to attract teaching faculty with top-notch training backgrounds. Finally, let’s not forget about Charlotte! This is an amazing city to live in, whether you are single or married with a family. Thank you for considering our wonderful residency program and we look forward to meeting you soon!

 

 

Laura Paschall, MD
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose our program because of the wide array of clinical experiences available (from an acute inpatient psychosis unit to community-based rotations such as ACTT), diverse patient population, and the chance to be involved in the growth of a promising new program. I had the opportunity to do an acting internship in Charlotte during my fourth year of medical school. During that rotation, I was consistently impressed by the knowledge and inquisitive nature of the residents, their collegiality with one another, and the teaching provided by the attending physicians. I was also impressed by the breadth of the curriculum—especially the opportunities for training in administrative roles and practical aspects of medicine such as contract negotiation. Our smaller class size enables plenty of direct interactions with attending physicians, close relationships with my co-residents, and a dynamic program that adapts to provide us with the best learning environment.

 

Kain Weaver, MD
Hometown: Ringgold, GA
Undergrad: Georgia Southern University
Medical School: Mercer University
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose the CMC Psychiatry program for many reasons. The CMC program and Charlotte offer an immense variety of clinical opportunities for its residents, from working with patients with psychiatric needs in our first break psychosis program to working with the Charlotte LGBTQ community. CMC guarantees to give you a variety of clinical experience to prepare you for real world psychiatry right from the beginning of intern year, with innovative rotations like telepsychiatry to working with the SPMI population on our inpatient units! Additionally, we have a diverse faculty who are stoked to teach and work with residents. We also have the opportunity to work with and teach The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical students, which is one of my favorite job roles! Charlotte is a fun city with a “big city feel" without the big city hassle. Charlotte offers something for everyone of all ages, which makes for great ways to spend your time on your days off. With a staff and program as supportive as CMC’s psych residency, you feel at home as a resident, which makes for fun and enjoyable learning opportunities!

 

Class of 2024

Amber Frazier, MD
Hometown:
Greenville, SC
Undergrad: College of Charleston
Medical School: University of South Carolina-Greenville
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry:  I chose the Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency program because it provides me with the opportunity to see a diverse patient population and a diverse psychopathology of patients. Atrium has a vast number of faculty allowing for us to learn many different styles and see different perspectives, while still allowing for autonomy. Our smaller program allows for more one on one teaching and valuable learning opportunities. 

 

Bradford Hutcheson, MD
Hometown:
East Prairie, MO
Undergrad: Southeast Missouri State University
Medical School:
University of Missouri-Columbia
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry:  
My main goal when I was looking for a program was to find a broad curriculum that focused on the wide variety of clinical aspects of Psychiatry. Atrium, with it’s multiple facilities and diverse patient population immediately caught my eye, but what really sold me was the culture. Faculty are clinicians first, meaning that all education is geared towards getting residents to provide the best care possible in the real world setting.  The administration actively gathers and acts on feedback from residents, allowing for prompt solutions to any issues.  The small class size allows for incredible flexibility when determining electives and, when combined with the multiple locations, allows us to arrange for brand new experiences rather than just having a pre-arranged list of possibilities. I’ve been consistently impressed by the adaptability this program provides and I feel confident that future residents in this program will be able to carve out their own unique path so that it fits their life goals.

 

Shilpa Krishnan, DO
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergrad:
University of Pittsburgh
Medical School:
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: 
The thing that drew me most to Atrium Health’s program is the strong emphasis on resident education. Truly, all the faculty and the attendings want you to get the most out of your experience actually learning and not just doing busy work. And that’s how the curriculum is designed, to prioritize and cultivate educational opportunities. Secondly, the smaller class size is a strength to our program. We get to know faculty really well and have tons of support. We also become very close with residents from other classes. It honestly feels like a family here and I feel so lucky to have chosen this program to train! 

 

Shizuka Tomatsu, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergrad:
Saint Louis University
Medical School:
University of Missouri-Columbia
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry:
 While there are over 200 psychiatry residency training programs in the United States, Atrium Health is where you want to be. From day one, our program encourages residents to find their passion, through early exposure to telepsychiatry, psych ED, TMS, ECT, etc. I have always felt comfortable approaching my attendings and program director for career/life guidance. The degree to which this program prioritizes residents' health and wellbeing really impressed me and set it apart during my interview season. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have done everything possible to ensure our safety through creativity and flexibility while retaining educational value. I couldn't have asked for a better program. So, make the right choice. Choose Atrium.

 

Class of 2025

Martin Bahena, MD
Hometown: Lexington, NC
Undergrad: University of North Carolina
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I was lucky enough to be able to work with a variety of CMC Psychiatry attendings during my 3rd and 4th years of medical school. During that time, I immediately noticed that the culture of the program highly emphasized resident education and well-being!  I also had the chance to see just how diverse both the clinical rotations/location and patient population are. As a newly minted resident, I can already feel the family atmosphere amongst the co-residents and attendings. Lastly, Charlotte is an awesome city that continues to grow rapidly and offer lots of fun things to do.

 

Rikera Curry, MD
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: Duke University
Medical School: University of Miami
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose our program due to a variety of unique clinical experiences, including our first break psychosis program, a telepsychiatry rotation, and early exposure to ECT. I also enjoy having the opportunity to work with diverse patient populations that we see at our various training sites throughout Charlotte. Our program has a close-knit group of faculty and residents, who have all been super supportive throughout the transition to residency. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and look forward to spending the next few years training at Atrium. 

 

Katrina HazimKatrina Hazim, MD
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose the CMC Psychiatry program because of the wide variety of opportunities it offered me. Atrium Health is the largest medical system in all of the Carolinas, which means that we have the opportunity to not only work with a diverse patient population in every setting, but also learn from highly esteemed physicians and staff. Resident education is prioritized at CMC. The faculty love to teach, and they're great at it! The small class size fosters one-on-one teaching and enriches our learning, while also making us a tight-knit community. As a newer program, it was built in such a way to allow us to shape our residency experience to our specific interests and passions, while also giving us the unique opportunity to shape the future of the program. Finally, Charlotte is such a fun city, with tons of breweries, restaurants, and activities to explore!

 

Jordyn Newmark, MDJordyn Newmark, MD
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Undergrad: Boston College
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I was initially drawn to CMC for the small program size within a large healthcare network offering a wide variety of learning opportunities and diverse training experiences. However, what made me choose the Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency program was the supportive environment and compassionate treatment for residents and patients alike. I also felt that I would have the greatest opportunity to have my voice heard at a program that is continuously evolving and takes the feedback of its residents seriously. The personable and warm interactions with faculty and residents during my interview made me realize that this is not just a residency program, but a family. Additionally, Atrium Health offers great benefits and the city of Charlotte offers all the lures of a big city without the big city prices. Overall, I felt that this program offered the greatest opportunity for me to thrive in both my personal and professional development and I continue to feel that way the more I experience of it.

 

Class of 2026

Mikeala Bekemeier, MDMikeala Bekemeier, MD
Hometown: Mount Vernon, MO
Undergrad: University of Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: Initially on my residency application journey, I had no idea where I wanted to end up. I knew that, ultimately, the people in the program would be what made my decision. On my interview day with CMC psychiatry, I received such a warm welcome! They were not only interested in me as an applicant, but as a person too. Additionally, they have an amazing curriculum that includes emphases in telepsychiatry and ED psychiatry. My interest in LGBTQIA+ topics in psychiatry was also met with curiosity and excitement. Meeting my co-interns this year and starting my rotations has only confirmed that this was the right residency program for me. CMC psychiatry supports us as residents and will help us become the best physicians we can be.

Tim Bilal, DOTim Bilal, DO
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: Kansas City University
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose CMC because it is the perfect combination of a small class size in a large medical system. I was especially drawn to the large and diverse patient population that CMC serves. The cherry on top was the city of Charlotte itself- a great city with plenty of surrounding nature for the best of both worlds!



Cheyenne Hammond, MD
Cheyenne Hammond, MD
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Undergrad: Washington University
Medical School: University of South Carolina
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose this program because I immediately felt supported as an individual coming into this residency. All of the directors and other residents took the time to get to know me beyond what was written in my application, and I knew that regardless of what my career goals were, this was going to be a place where I could grow as a professional and as a person. I get to wake up everyday and go to work with some of the most driven, compassionate, and fun people that I've ever met, and I couldn't ask for anything more.


Alana Parker, MDAlana Parker, MD
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergrad: Sophie Davis
Medical School: City University of New York
Why I chose CMC Psychiatry: I chose CMC because of the vast learning opportunities we have here. I knew I wanted to work with a diverse population in varied clinical settings. Further, a big bonus for me was the opportunities for early exposure to telepsychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatric care. Ultimately, I chose CMC because during my interview I felt like family. It was easy to see that everyone was excited to get to know me, which held true once I got here. Our small class sizes allow us to not only connect with all of our fellow residents but also with our faculty with ease.
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