Our Residents

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Class of 2017

Brian Lanier, MD

Hi, I’m Brian Lanier, and I’m thrilled to tell you about myself, and about the Family Medicine Program at NHRMC and Coastal Family Medicine.  I am “native-ish” to Wilmington, hailing from Maple Hill, NC, which is a rural community in nearby Pender County.  Wilmington is essentially where we came when we wanted more than bread or milk! 

 I’ve taken a less-than-traditional route to medicine.  I fumbled through college, worked in a family business, and joined the Marine Corps after 9-11.  I spent 5 years on active duty and my experiences there inspired my desire to be a physician.  I left active duty in 2007 to return to my alma mater, NC State, to take pre-medical courses and was lucky to attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (although my heart beats Wolfpack red!).  

 Coastal Family Medicine at NHRMC was my first choice for lots of reasons.  I wanted great training that would prepare me to work in any environment, including inpatient, emergency, and outpatient settings.  I asked where graduates were practicing, and I found them working in every aspect of Family Medicine.  I wanted strong academics, and the academic training here is second to none.  I wanted strong pediatric training, and with a high percentage of pediatric clinic visits and an “unopposed” inpatient pediatric experience, I will be able to treat children with confidence.  I wanted to be in a forward-looking organization that is preparing for the future and I found both a Family Medicine department that is forward thinking but also an institution that is on the cutting edge of providing quality and value to its community.  To find all of this in the place where I wanted to raise my family was a dream come true! 

Lindsay Allred, MD

Hey, my name is Lindsay and I am one of the new interns in Family Medicine.  I am actually returning to my hometown of Wilmington after many years away and am very excited to return here to complete my residency.  I left Wilmington to attend college at the Florida Institute of Technology then returned for a couple of years before medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.  It was during that time between undergrad and medical school that I met my wife, Brittany, to whom I got married after my first year of medical school.


My first exposure to family medicine came from a graduate of the NHRMC Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Howard Ruscetti, whom I met while completing a Coast Guard boating safety course.  Since then, I have spent time working with him and he has showed me the relationships family practitioners can develop with their patients and patients’ families as well as the variety of services they can provide.  His compassion in both the medical and social aspects of his patients’ care was an inspiration to me in choosing family medicine.


After choosing family medicine, I decided I would like to continue my education and development at a program that serves a diverse population and provides exceptional and comprehensive care within its community.  It was also important for me to be at a program that exhibits tremendous support for its residents in both their educational and professional development and whose residents and faculty show great camaraderie and teamwork. 


I found all of the things I wanted at Coastal Family Medicine and could not be happier that I matched here.  Not only is it an excellent program, it is in a wonderful city.  Wilmington has it all…warm weather, beaches, dining, shopping, boating, fishing, and the arts.  In my time off, I personally like to spend time with my wife and take advantage of the coastal life by going out in the boat fishing or just for a cruise.  

Naomi Flock, MD

Hello! I’m Naomi Flock and I am originally from Miami, Florida where my family still lives. I attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) for college. In 2006, I met my husband while taking a genetics course working towards my degree in biology. We were both fortunate enough to stay at FSU for our medical education. We did our first two years at the main campus and then finished up our clinical rotations at a regional site in Pensacola, Florida. I also got my Masters in Public Health from the University of West Florida during that time. My husband and I couples matched and thankfully we both ended up together in Wilmington! He is in the General Surgery program.

 As far as Family Medicine goes, I especially enjoy public health, prevention, adolescent medicine, women’s health, obstetrics and gynecology and any type of procedure. Outside of medicine, I love cooking, painting, making jewelry, photography, traveling, being outside and visiting my family (I have two beautiful nieces). Recently, I have become more interested in medical humanities. I am also very passionate about global health and have a special interest in Central American countries. I have traveled to Panama and Nicaragua several times over the past few years and plan on returning to do more continuity work. I am excited to explore what Wilmington has to offer and looking forward to becoming involved our community.  

Stephen Shanks, DO

Hi, my name is Stephen, life is full of so many adventures! I am so blown away by what has been and by what’s ahead. My desire to be a doctor was shaped both in early childhood as a patient, and in my later life through missional experiences both locally and abroad. I am stoked to begin this next chapter.

My wife Nicola and I, along with our three girls, are so excited to be here. It’s a great town with loads of culture, good food, good music and of course the beaches! We love to take the kids to the beach on our days off and it’s amazing to go surfing after a hard days work; there is no better way to wind down.

The residency is great too. There is a real culture of positivity and evidence based learning that is hard to beat. The diversity of pathology and people you work with are amazing.

Do your self a favor and come check out our residency!

Thomas Newbill, DO

I brought my family with me on my interview with Coastal Family Medicine. It was the first time we’d ever been to visit Wilmington. It didn’t take all of us long to fall in love with the area. We wanted the choice of residency to be a family decision.  My wife Sarah, our four kids (Paiton, Parker, Paxton, and Payleigh), and I all agreed that this place was the perfect combination. We had not only found a place to live and do all the fun things we enjoyed, but also one that provided a tremendous learning experience.  We’d lived in the mountains of Virginia for the last 20 years, and always spent our vacations at the beach.  Now it feels like we are living a vacation. Residency is a very busy time in our lives. Having the ability to enjoy what free time we do get at the beach, on the boat, or just taking advantage of all the other things Wilmington has to offer is a great benefit.  All of the people here at NHRMC and Coastal Family have been wonderful to work with since day one. You are welcomed into the family immediately, and the support systems provided are excellent.

I attended Virginia Tech for undergrad. Then I went to VCOM, also in Blacksburg, for medical school.  Family medicine has always had a strong appeal to me. I don’t like setting limitations on my future practice of medicine, and that is why I chose family medicine. In my opinion it is the best gateway into medicine, you have so many options for how to practice in the future. Two of the things I enjoy most in life are building relationships and solving problems. Family medicine allows for me to do both of these. The faculty here is very caring and knowledgeable. I am very confident that the training provided here is far above almost all other Family Medicine Residencies. It is, in my opinion, the perfect place for me and my family.  We are very excited and thankful to be a part of this program.


Toren Davis, DO

I was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona. I went to undergrad in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona and majored in physiology. For medical school I went to the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, where I learned the importance of treating the patient as a whole person rather than a list of symptoms. This is where I discovered my interest in family medicine and the importance of the balance between science and art in the medical field. Family is very important to me. My wife and I met in high school and have one beautiful daughter. In my free time I love spending time with them, playing the harmonica, and doing outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and camping. We are excited to be in Wilmington with Coastal Family Medicine and look forward to the next 3 years in the program. 

Class of 2018

Anne Evans, DO

What other program do you know that has a website promoting doctors in their white coats, smiling on the Carolina Beaches?! During my audition rotation, I noticed that Coastal Family Medicine is a family in and of itself, with so much respect for one another. The level of evidence-based medicine practiced and the strength of the osteopathic training impressed me. The education here far surpasses other placed I have been and I am grateful to be part of such and amazing team!

A little bit about me: I am the oldest of four girls and my dad doesn’t complain one bit! I grew up in upstate New York at the base of the Adirondack Mountains. There I learned how to do some of my favorite things: hike, camp, boat, water ski, wake board, down hill ski, and sail. I worked as a medical technician in the local ER and knew that family medicine was my calling! I went to a small Liberal Arts College- Hamilton NY where I broke my fibula playing rugby- GO BLUE! In order to avoid seasonal affective disorder from the cold winters of NY, I completed my Masters Degree and Osteopathic Degree at Midwestern University in Arizona. I knew this program was the perfect fit for me because of the supportive environment, competitive education and awesome people!

Brittany Lloyd, MD

Hello! My name is Brittany Lloyd, and I am happy to tell you a little about myself and why I chose Coastal Family Medicine and NHRMC. I grew up in Duplin County (about an hour north of Wilmington) and attended East Carolina University for undergraduate and medical school.  Spending my entire life in rural eastern North Carolina has taught me the importance of primary care, so pursuing family medicine was a pretty easy decision for me.  


During the residency interview trail, I was so impressed with all the awesome family medicine programs in our region.  However, what stood out to me about NHRMC and Coastal Family Medicine were the strong training opportunities in pediatrics and women's health, emphasis on community involvement, and the experience of working in a medically underserved region of North Carolina.  I am very excited to be here in Wilmington and to join such a great program!

Courtney Walsh, DO

Hi! My name is Courtney Walsh and I am from Alexandria, Ohio. I attended college at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and attended medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. That handsome man in the picture with me is my husband, Daniel. He is a middle childhood education teacher. We moved to Wilmington one week after getting married and are so excited to start this new adventure. I decided on family medicine because I enjoy the variety of patient interactions and the ability to practice preventative medicine. I was looking for a dually accredited program with training in OMT and thought one in a place with warmer weather would be great! I fell in love with Wilmington and Coastal Family Medicine after spending a month rotating through the clinic and hospital. I was impressed by the comprehensive care provided to patients, the supportive attending physicians, and the knowledge base of the residents. I was looking for a program with training in all aspects of family medicine and was impressed by the training residents receive through the Family Medicine Residency at New Hanover. As a bonus, I also enjoyed the beautiful and fun city of Wilmington with its great beaches and lack of snow. Overall, New Hanover Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency was the best fit for my husband and me, and we can’t wait to become a part of the Wilmington community!

Georgia Marsh, DO

I originally am from the Midwest so being on the east coast for the past several years has been amazing!  I grew up in St. Louis MO and attended the University of Missouri for undergraduate, and then AT Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  I was commissioned in the US Navy during medical school.  I graduated from medical school in 2010 and completed an internship at the Naval Hospital San Diego.  I then went to the Naval Air Station Pensacola FL for 8 months to complete the Flight Surgeon program.  I was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort SC for the past 3 years as the flight surgeon for a squadron of Marine F-18 jets.  My time as a flight surgeon was incredible especially our deployment aboard a carrier.  I was granted a full time out source training for residency from the Navy.  I chose New Hanover for family practice because of the quality of residents in the program and the involvement of the staff.  I want to be a well rounded primary care physician and New Hanover delivers!  The Wilmington area allows so many activities that I enjoy such as going to the beach and road biking. 

Lila Nussair, MD

Hi, I’m Lila Nussair. I grew up in Atwater, California and attended a combined 6-year BA/MD program in Kansas City, Missouri.  Since I grew up in California, I’ve always enjoyed going to the beach and being near water, making Wilmington a natural fit for me. I fell in love with the program when I came here for my interview. I loved the volunteer and community involvement opportunities and the broad-spectrum curriculum offered here. Within Family Medicine, I especially enjoy disease prevention, adolescent medicine, and women’s health. In my free time I love to cook, travel, and visit my family and friends. I look forward to all the opportunities Wilmington and this residency have to offer!

Russell Beckstead, DO

I’m so excited to be a part of the residency program here in Wilmington! The program caught my eye from the first visit with how friendly and devoted everyone is to helping one another. There are so many opportunities here to learn and grow.

I grew up in a small farming community in Idaho, lived in Mexico for a couple years, attended undergrad in Utah, and completed medical school in Missouri where I met my amazing wife. These opportunities to meet and work with so many different people are some of the most rewarding moments I’ve experienced, as I learn from their different walks of life. I love family medicine for this reason, and know I’ll continue to love my time here in Wilmington as well!

Class of 2019

Brianna Hitchner, DO

Hi! My name is Brianna.  I was born and raised in Philadelphia. Throughout my grade school and high school years, I loved being outdoors and playing sports, but I especially loved being around horses. Strange for a city girl, I know.  I went to college at the University of Delaware where I got a degree in Exercise Physiology and also competed on the equestrian team.  From there, I returned back home for medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Although I hated the idea of being a forever student, I chose to hang out for an extra year in medical school and focus more specifically on osteopathic medicine.   Lucky that I did!  That choice led me to inadvertently meet my now husband, Mike.  For residency, I wanted a Family Medicine program that allowed me to learn it all.  I wanted the opportunity to treat with OMT, to do procedures, to deliver babies and to see just as many kids as I would adults.   I looked at programs all over the east coast and fell in love with New Hanover.
The decision to move to Wilmington, NC was a wonderful choice.  Mike and I absolutely love being so close to the beach.  Any free time we have is spent in the sand, in the water and or working on our newest hobby, learning how to surf!

Erin Evans, DO

I am from Lake George, which is located in upstate New York. I completed my Bachelors of Arts degree in Neuroscience at Hamilton College.  I then completed a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences where I later attended medical school, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).  I have wanted to be a physician for as long as I could remember.  When I was in elementary school I used to round in the hospital with my dad, a family physician, where I saw first hand the importance of fostering an enduring patient-doctor relationship.  I appreciate the continuity of care and enjoy the versatility of primary care, with each day offering a variety of cases embracing different age groups.  I am interested in practicing general medicine while incorporating osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). I wanted to continue my education at NHRMC because they offer the true general medicine experience where the residents graduate feeling capable of running their own practice, working as a hospitalist, delivering babies, and performing OMT.  The faculty and residents at NHRMC are like a family and I am not just saying that because one of the other residents is my sister!  I am so excited that my sister, Anne, and I are not only in the same state, but are co-residents!  I am also fortunate because I couple matched with my fiancé, Grant, who is in the internal medicine residency program.   Grant and I met during our first year at LECOM and we became engaged on top of a volcano in Maui, Hawaii just before starting intern year.  Outside of medicine, Grant and I enjoy being outdoors running, cycling, playing tennis, hiking, swimming, etc.  I am so excited to live in Wilmington where there are so many activities! I look forward to experiencing all the restaurants, festivals, concerts, and outdoor sports Wilmington has to offer.

Latonya Beatty, MD

Hi, I’m Latonya Beatty and I am thrilled to be one of the new Family Medicine interns.  I grew up in Bolton, a small town about 30 miles outside of Wilmington. I’ve taken the non-traditional route into medicine. I have a nursing background where I was initially an RN and then I went on to become a FNP. Throughout my nursing career, I’ve had wonderful experiences in the hospital and clinical settings that has significantly increased my passion for family medicine. My desire to increase my scope of practice and my thirst for more knowledge could not be quenched. I attended undergrad at East Carolina University and medical school in the Caribbean at Montserrat.
I chose family medicine because I want to work with patients and their families across the span of a lifetime. I want to become an integral part of each patient's life and this specialty is the perfect opportunity to foster long-term relationships. Coastal Family Medicine is an amazing program for residency training! I’ve had great mentors in the past who received excellent training here.  The faculty has a passion for teaching, mentoring, and will provide intensive clinical training experiences with a diverse patient population. I particularly enjoy rural medicine, women’s health, global health, and prevention. I am looking forward to training in an environment where I see myself working long term! Wilmington has a lot to offer with great weather, the beaches, and great food!

Mariam Nejati, MD

Hello! I am originally from the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area. I went to Hood College for my undergraduate education and then Medical University of the Americas for medical school. What drew me to the program was the supportive environment displayed by the residents to the faculty and staff members.  I also want to be a well-rounded family physician that can practice anywhere after graduation. The program’s curriculum and amazing faculty allows exactly for that.  I enjoy women’s health and global health. I hope one day to participate in medical missions around the world. I look forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities the program has to offer!

Patrice Dason, DO

Hi! My name is Patrice Dason, and I am from Knightdale, NC (right outside of Raleigh). I attended North Carolina State University then headed out to the Midwest for medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. I completed my third and fourth year rotations for medical school in Orlando, FL. I am so excited to be back in my home state and become a part of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. After four weeks of an acting internship with the program, I knew this was the place for me. The residents and faculty are encouraging, supportive, and full of knowledge. And of course, there is the added benefit of living at the beach! I chose Family Medicine because of the relationships you build with your patients over time. I get to treat patients of all ages and backgrounds, which makes my career exciting and rewarding.
I was a collegiate swimmer at NCSU and have now transitioned my love of exercise into a passion for yoga. I also enjoy traveling and exploring with my boyfriend, Drew, whenever we get the opportunity. Drew graduated from East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and is originally from New Bern, NC. My sister and brother-in-law are also dentists; however, they are serving in the navy currently stationed in Hawaii. My mother and father live in Knightdale, NC, just a short drive away. I am happy to return to my roots, closer to family, and within the great state of North Carolina. I am thrilled to call Wilmington my new home.

Scott Matthews, MD

Coming to medicine with a background in public health, I was looking for a residency program that could train me to treat the whole in patient in the context of treating the whole community. I was fortunate that Wilmington also happens to be an exceptional place: a gorgeous coastal town with a vibrant local culture. Come check us out!