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Current Family Medicine Residents

The residents in our Family Medicine Residency Program are a diverse group of physicians. They represent many cultures and this is one of the many assets of our program - the ample opportunity to interact and study with people of differing backgrounds and experiences.

Current Residents

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Cone Health Family Medicine Residents

2nd Year Resident Bios

ELENA ADAMO, MD

Elena AdamoMedical School: University of North Carolina

Undergrad: University of Richmond

 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I was impressed by the family physicians that I worked with in med school and wanted to have the opportunity to develop relationships across lifespans and generations without limiting myself to a few patient types or disease processes.

What do I like about our residency?

I like the community-based, relatively unopposed feel combined with the resources of an academic medical center. I feel very fortunate to work with some amazing faculty both in and out of family medicine.

When I am not working I like to:

Hike with my wife and dog, work in my garden, cook delicious meals for friends and climb trees with my nephew.

 

 

RYAN GRUNZ, MD

Ryan GrunzMedical School: Mercer University School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Georgia

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because I enjoy the challenge of such a broad practice of medicine. I love treating all stages of life from a 2 week old to a pregnant 26 year old to a 90 year old. I think treating people as part of a family and part of a society is more effective and certainly more rewarding than narrowing the scope of practice to a particular organ system or population.

What do I like about our residency?

This residency’s curriculum is very adaptive to a broad array of focuses with the areas of concentration. It offers solid experience so I can be prepared for however I choose to tailor my practice. The balance between autonomous practice and faculty support is perfect. I think the people make the experience, and this residency attracts fun, smart, passionate people.

When I am not working I like to:

When I’m not working I love to run (Greensboro is a runner’s paradise) or play disc golf. I also enjoy playing piano, guitar or drums, traveling, and hanging out with my wife on our porch swing.

 

JIMMY JOYNER, MD

Jimmy JoynerMedical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine & Research Institution

Undergrad: North Carolina State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I love taking care of the whole patient; treating the patient and not the just the symptoms.

What do I like about our residency?

The support and camaraderie between all the residents, faculty, and support staff.

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time enjoying the outdoors and sunshine: biking, hiking, or relaxing on the lake.

 

ALEX KARAMALEGOS, DO

Alex KARAMALEGOSMedical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus

Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

One of the main reasons that I chose Family Medicine was my appreciation for the importance that quality primary care can have on a community. Family Medicine provides diverse opportunities to heal, prevent, support, and connect with your local community. I have a particular interest in preventative medicine, and enjoy working together with patients to help them promote good health.

What do I like about our residency?

Of the many things that I like about Cone Health Family Medicine, one of my favorites has to be the people. Every single person involved in the residency program and Family Medicine Clinic is extremely supportive and does their best to treat you as part of their family. Great people are one of the key ingredients that make this such a successful environment for learning.

When I am not working I like to:

Go on adventures with my fiancée. Whether it is traveling to a concert of one of our favorite bands or searching through flea markets and antique stores for any oddities to add to our collections, we are always on some sort of quest together. Other personal hobbies include photography, creative writing, and tennis.

 

MELANIE MARSH, MD

Melanie MarshMedical School: Rush Medical College Chicago, IL

Undergrad: University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family practice is the perfect combination of everything that is exciting about medicine. There is great continuity of care for our patients and families. We have the opportunity to care for pregnant women and their children from the very moment that they are born. We not only provide medical care for a wide variety of patients but we have the privilege of becoming a part of these families. Because of the nature of family medicine, our conversations often delve into deeper issues such as exercise nutrition, self-esteem, and general wellbeing. The opportunity to teach patients about these points of healthcare and motivate change in a person’s life makes me excited to come to work every day.

What do I like about our residency?

I love having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people who I know will be supportive of me no matter what. It is great to be able to work closely with specialists, who often will stop by just to do some extra teaching because they love working with residents. We are very well respected in the hospital and I routinely feel like I am part of a collaborative effort along with nurses, RT, PT/OT, pharmacists to improve patient care. The hospital itself is a positive environment and is located in a very friendly part of North Carolina!

When I am not working I like to:

Basically do anything outdoors, especially running, which is amazing here. There is a huge trail system called the greenway which is perfect for runners, bikers, walkers and puppies. I regularly take my new puppy out for walks around the lakes, to blueberry farms and even to outdoor farmers markets. There are beautiful places to hike and kayak all less than an hour away. Even though residency is busy there is still plenty of time to spend with friends from undergrad and the other awesome new interns who I love and adore.

 

RALPH NETTEY, MD

Ralph NetteyMedical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

Undergrad: Georgia State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

It encompasses all aspects of medicine. I'm indecisive and like a little bit of everything. I am really interested in procedures and figured I would get a good amount of experience without having to be in the operating room. Another reason is being able to develop lifelong relationships with patients and their families. I like the idea of treating the whole family.

What do I like about our residency?

First, I like the people. That was the biggest factor for me choosing a residency and this program did not disappoint. From co-interns to residents to faculty to staff, everyone is helpful and friendly and it makes the hard work of an intern much more manageable.

When I am not working I like to:

Hang out with my wife, which does not happen as much (we’re both interns at different programs). I also like taking photographs, computer graphics artwork, video games, lifting weights, audio/video, to read my bible and to watch movies.


JEREMY SCHMITZ, MD

Jeremy SchmitzMedical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences - St. Kitts

Undergrad: Northwest Missouri State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I felt that the personalities of family medicine doctors best suited me. They were always more fun.

What do I like about our residency? 

The open communication between residents and faculty helps avoid any confusion and keeps the program moving in the right direction.

When I am not working I like to:

I like to hang out with my wife. I am an avid sports fan of the Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

 

ANDREW WIGHT, MD

Andrew WightMedical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergrad: SUNY Geneseo

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I grew up with my dad serving the community as a family doctor and I loved the relationship he had with his patients outside of the office. Those interactions I witnessed drew me to medicine, the kind most often seen in primary care. I also believe family medicine is one of the few specialties where one can really dictate how they want to practice due to its position in serving primary care and the broad scope in which they are trained. I see a lot of interesting changes coming to this specialty and I’m excited to be part of that.

What do I like about our residency?

The number one aspect of any program I looked at was the people. Of all else it would be the residents, faculty, and staff that would truly dictate how well your time in residency goes, and Cone was one of the few programs that I felt I would be happy working with everyone I met. The program’s curriculum and training appeared equally impressive and so far it is!

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time with my wife and new puppy. I have a variety of changing interests (true to FM, I like to know a lot about a broad range of topics), but some of my favorite hobbies include photography (favorite subjects are underwater), audio/video setup, computers and gaming, sports (soccer, basketball, golf, tennis), biking, swimming/snorkeling/scuba diving and travel. I also love discovering new music, going to concerts, and TV/movies.

3rd Year Resident Bios

SAM BRADSHAW, MD

Sam BradshawMedical School: Texas Tech

Undergrad: Midwestern State University (that’s in Texas <:^)

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because I like so many different aspects of medicine. I enjoyed all of my third year rotations and it was making my decision very difficult. When I started my family rotation quickly realized that I had found my home. I enjoy the variety of the clinic, the procedures, and the constant challenge to learn more.

What do I like about our residency?

My favorite thing about our residency is the people. It is definitely a family atmosphere with great relationships among the residents and easy access to the faculty. Training is a constant challenge so it's nice to be surrounded by smart people you can trust and feel comfortable asking questions without intimidation or feeling like a burden.

When I'm not working I like to:

When I'm not working my favorite place to be is with my wife and son. We have fun doing yard work, hanging out with friends, or sometimes just playing cars! I do enjoy woodworking too so I get to be a little creative (and so we have plenty of wooden objects to play cars on!)

 

JAYCE COOK, DO

Jayce CookMedical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus

Undergrad: University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Why did I choose Family Medicine? 

I chose family medicine because it allows me to see patients of all ages and develop long-standing relationships.  I feel that family medicine truly allows me to get to know my patients so that I can better improve their health.

What do I like about our residency?  Our friendly staff and wonderful attendings make this a great place to be.  Our schedule is well balanced and allows plenty of time for friends/family.  Additionally, the education that we receive is excellent.

When I am not working I like to:  Spend time with family, Watch movies, Read.

 

BRYAN HESS, DO

Bryan HessMedical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM, 2013)

Undergrad: Juniata College, Huntingdon PA (2009)

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I wanted a medical profession that was mentally engaging with complex patient care. I enjoy the variances in patient encounters that allow evaluations of different stages of life as well.

What do I like about our residency? The people, as this has become a generalized answer across most residency pages. However, from the faculty, other residents, nurses, front office staff, and their families, the family medicine residency program here is really a unique, caring environment. As well, the complexity in our patient population, access to procedures, community care, working alongside specialists who love to teach.

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time with my fiancé (Robyn), my family, and my amazing golden retriever (Astro), running, working out, reading, sporting events and Philadelphia sports teams, water sports, winter sports, traveling

 

RENEE KUNEFF, DO

Renee KuneffMedical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergrad: West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I wanted to be able to treat the whole person and prevent disease, as well as treat disease. I also enjoy the “family” of family medicine, treating the children, spouses and the entire family unit.

What do I like about our residency?

Being in a community medicine residency allows for hands on experience, both clinically and in the inpatient setting. This residency program allows for great personal and professional growth, as we learn in a supportive environment.

When I am not working I like to:

Draw, paint, dabble in photography, restore wooden furniture, hiking


BRITTANY MCINTYRE, MD

Brittany McIntyreMedical School: UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Undergrad: NC State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because I love the variety, and wanted to develop long-term relationships with my patients. I love seeing children, doing prenatal care, and being able to know and care for each member of a family unit. I am also very interested in palliative care and hospice medicine, and love that family medicine is uniquely positioned to care for both adult and pediatric patients with end of life needs.

What do I like about our residency?

By far my favorite thing about our residency is the people. We all genuinely like working with one another and always find ways to make work fun. I also love how approachable our faculty members are; I always feel comfortable asking them both clinical questions and general personal advice. Dr. Hensel, our residency program director, is one of the most inspiring physicians I've ever met, and I feel very fortunate to learn from and work alongside him. In our residency, we get very well-rounded training in full scope family medicine, and I know I will be well prepared to practice when I graduate. I also appreciate how open the program is to resident feedback, and that we are constantly finding ways to improve it.

When I am not working I like to:

Hang out with my husband Drew, and our pets Jolene (brindle boxer) and Sammy (tabby cat). I also love to laugh, read, sing, watch TV, and do any and every kind of arts and crafts. I also of course love hanging out with my co-residents! 

 

ERIC SONNENBERG, MD

Eric SonnenbergMedical school: UNC

Undergrad: UNC-Asheville, then transferred to William and Mary

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I enjoy getting to know my patients and developing relationships with them. I also enjoy the challenge of the broad scope of knowledge that comes with being a family physician.

What do I like about our residency?

I enjoy how big of a sense of family there is within our program. Everyone is really laid back and gets along well. I also like that we are a community based program that works primarily with our own service in the hospital and that we get exposure to private practice specialists in the outpatient setting.

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time with my fiancée, play golf, travel, watch college and pro football, and go to breweries.

 

CHRIS STREET, MD

Chris StreetMedical School: East Carolina University

Undergrad: Wingate University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family medicine has always appealed to me. I never wanted to do anything other than be a doctor (even as a little kid, I never went through the phase of wanting to be a policeman, a lawyer, and an astronaut all at the same time—I wanted to be a doctor). Family medicine sees anything and everything, and we get to see patients literally from their first to their last breath. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to be a part of someone’s life like that, and this is not a responsibility that I take lightly.

What do I like about our residency?

Everything! The people, the atmosphere, the clinic and the hospitals, and the opportunities we have for things like the national and state AAFP conferences—the list goes on. One of the best things is how big a say we as residents have. All of the attendings, office staff, and residency staff are all always willing to listen to a resident if we have a complaint, a suggestion, or even a simple question or request for advice. Cone Family Medicine takes great care of our patients, and we take great care of each other.

When I am not working I like to:

Not work! Read, listen to music, play video games, spend time with friends… lots of things!

 

MARIA THEKKEKANDAM, MD

Maria ThekkekandamMedical School: UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I decided on Family Medicine because I realized through med school that I liked seeing all types of patients both in the office and in the hospital. Family Medicine allows me to learn to treat all aspects of my patients. There is so much to learn no matter what field you go into, but this way I can try to understand the whole person and therein better understand how best to help.

What do I like about our residency? The Cone Family Medicine Residency Program is community-based with an academic affiliation with UNC. The community medicine feel is a very good environment for Family Practice because we do not have the density of subspecialists one would see in an academic center, which allows our inpatient service to manage 'bread and butter' and more interesting unique medical cases alike. However, UNC and Wake Forest are both very close-by for when our patients need higher-specialty services. We work with attendings of various main specialties and are one of the 2 types of residents in the hospital (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine), so we get to know the various consult attendings well and learn directly from them. Our clinic gets patients from various ethnic backgrounds, including a large population of immigrants from South/Central America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. This creates an interesting mix of patients that gives us experience with a variety of social and medical issues that contribute to their overall wellbeing. There's lots more to say, but the most important thing is that I feel comfortable and happy in my program and enjoy the people I work with. That is the main element that has made this program a wonderful fit for me.

When I am not working I like to:

Go to local bars/restaurants, watch shows and movies (currently watching Call the Midwife and just finished True Detectives which was amazing), go to Greensboro Grasshoppers games, read (currently working my way through Game of Thrones), visit my fiancé in Chapel Hill, sing, and I have lofty goals to paint and learn how to sew but these have not happened yet. ;)

Social Activities

Our residents and faculty strive to balance their busy work schedules with time for family, friends, and social activities. We schedule several seasonal events to ensure adequate time to become fully acquainted with colleagues and families.

In addition, interns have a long-standing tradition of meeting outside of work on at least a monthly basis for more fun and games.

Service Opportunities

Here are some of the volunteer activities of our faculty and residents.

  • Boy Scouts of America - leadership
  • City of Greensboro Pre-retirement program wellness presentation
  • Cone Health United Way Campaign
  • Cone Health free Pap smear screenings
  • Elon University - team physician and athletic training class
  • Go FAR (Go For A Run) fitness program
  • Greensboro Cross Country and Track Championships medical coverage
  • Greensboro College guest lecture
  • Guilford College - guest lectures and Student Health Services
  • Guilford County Schools in-service wellness presentations
  • Habitat for Humanity house construction, Greensboro
  • Health Care Sharing Initiative
  • Health Literacy for the Congregational Nurse Program
  • HealthServe Community Health Clinic
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
  • Marine Corps Marathon medical overage
  • Medical mission trips to Honduras 
  • North Carolina A&T State University and many area high schools
  • Partners in Health series for the Shepherd Center
  • P4HM (Partnership for Healthcare Management) Board
  • Reach Out and Read Committee
  • Student mentoring, Guilford College students
  • Team physicians/medical coverage for Bennett College, Carolina Dynamos, Elon University, Greensboro Twisters, Guilford College
  • Triad Masters Swimming
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro guest lectures
  • US Armed Forces, Fort Bragg Medical Symposium
  • US National Cross Country Championships, other local road races and running events coverage
  • USA & North Carolina swimming referee
  • Women's Only 5K Walk & Run
  • YWCA Teen Parent Mentoring Program

International Opportunities

Since 1999, our residents have had the opportunity to participate in short-term international medical mission trips to remote areas of Honduras as part of teams led by Dr. Wayne Hale. We began with Reitoca, a small village in the mountains southeast of Tegucigalpa. Six brigades worked in Limón, a Garifuna village on the northeast coast, where malaria and intestinal parasites are the predominant illnesses.

During these trips our residents not only learn about travel medicine and the treatment of tropical diseases, but more importantly, are exposed to the culture and language of a group that forms an increasing proportion of the U.S. immigrant population. The experience also provides an opportunity to improve Spanish language skills useful in the Moses Cone Family Medicine Center Hispanic Clinic. Resident interest in these elective rotations has been high. We have recently been working with Shoulder to Shoulder, whose clinic in Santa Lucia accommodates larger teams and has more opportunities for teaching and working with the community.

For those interested in training more thoroughly in international health, we offer the International Health Area of Concentration. For further information about this or about international electives, please contact Jeff Walden, MD