Our Faculty

Please click on a faculty image or name to view their profile and learn more about them.

Janalynn Beste, MD

Program Director

Janalynn Beste, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

 

I grew up in the Eastern US, moving every few years due to my dad's job in retail. I attended Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and the University of Minnesota Medical School. It was there that I met my husband Todd, and together we decided to escape the snow and ice for warmer climates.  We moved to Greenville, N.C. to complete our residencies at East Carolina University and then stayed on as faculty for 9 years. I became the Associate Residency Director in 2002 and Residency Director there in 2003. Then, in 2007, we were offered the chance to move to Wilmington, North Carolina! I took the position as Program Director and my husband became faculty in the OB/GYN residency program. He became their Program Director in 2009.

On a personal note, we have two children and love to spend time on the water. We bike to the beach and often have picnic dinners there after work in the summer. We kayak, paddleboard and my kids can identify just about every seashell they find. Wilmington has an active arts community and we have enjoyed plays, musicals and lots of concerts, both indoors and out. My husband does triathlons and I run – we have participated in the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Beach2Battleship Ironman in the past here in town.

I have a special interest in maternity care, children's health and international medicine. My husband and I have made several trips to the Dominican Republic, working out of a Dominican clinic there. We bring residents and students and always return with a great appreciation for all that we have.

 

Cecile Robes, DO

Osteopathic Program Director

Cecile Robes, DO

Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I am from Farmington Hills, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan before I traded allegiances to MichiganStateUniversity for OsteopathicMedicalSchool. I love family medicine because of its diversity and our ability to build long lasting relationships with patients, which fosters optimum care. My interests are in pediatrics, preventive care and obesity management within the spectrum of family practice. Prior to joining SEAHEC, I served as the Osteopathic Director of Medical Education for the Duke Family Medicine Residency through Southern Regional Area Health Education Center located in Fayetteville, NC.

I moved to Wilmington after visiting my mother who has lived in the area for 15 years and loves it. My husband and I enjoy traveling within North Carolina as well as visiting the beautiful local beaches here in the Cape Fear region. As the newest member of the Family Medicine Residency Program, I look forward to a wonderful collaborative relationship between New Hanover Regional Medical Center, SEAHEC and Coastal Family Medicine. I would like to work towards further strengthening the Family Medicine Residency and putting us at the forefront of medical change. The ability to encourage growth and flexibility is what our medical students find so appealing about our program, not to mention, that we graduate stellar Family Physicians! 

Douglas Boss, MD

Associate Program Director

Douglas Boss, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The tenth of eleven children, I grew up outside of Baltimore, moved to Colorado, did my undergraduate in Nebraska, medical school in Illinois, residency in Ohio, private practice in Michigan and Indiana before beginning teaching in Indiana and Iowa – and then I moved to Wilmington and have no intention of moving again. Professionally, I have been a career-long proceduralist and have interest in educational systems as well as quantifiable outcomes associated with continuity of care. Personally, I spend time on projects (insisting my wife label them as home improvements) and reading cheap, tawdry, science fiction.

Toren Davis, DO

Medical Director

Toren Davis, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I grew up in Peoria, Arizona where I stayed until undergrad when I moved to Tucson to study physiology at the University of Arizona. I attended the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University for medical school. I met my wife in high school and we decided after medical school to try out somewhere new. We moved to Wilmington after matching to the family medicine program. I completed my residency here at Coastal Family Medicine. I enjoyed the program and location so much that I decided to stay on as medical director after graduation. 

I have two little girls at home who both love the beach. Wilmington is the perfect place for us with plenty to do outside of Residency work. It is a great place for people who enjoy the outdoors. I also enjoy learning and exploring history, another thing Wilmington is not short on. The range of old buildings and shipwrecks along the Cape Fear River and surrounding beaches is quite impressive. 

I enjoy full spectrum family medicine and after finishing my residency here, I feel ready for just about anything that comes through the exam room door!

Catherine Sotir, MD

Predoctoral Education Director

Catherine Sotir, MD

Associate Professor
Family Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I am thrilled to be part of the Family Medicine Residency Program here in Wilmington, North Carolina!  The faculty and residents create a culture of kindness and generosity.     There is lots of teaching and laughter and learning.  And then there is the BEACH!!  After living in different parts of this country, I have never experienced sweeter beaches than here.  The water is warm, soft and clean, and the waves are gorgeous.  It is so much fun to experience, whether you are walking in the water under a full moon, running at the shore for sunrise, or driving up in the afternoon and jumping out of your car, and walking right into the ocean for a swim in your lab coat (as we did recently for our residency photo shoot!)


I am a native of Boston, Massachusetts.  After attending college at the University of Massachusetts, I spent 8 incredible years in New Mexico, both in Santa Fe and then medical school at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  I moved to North Carolina for residency in Asheville. 

 

I bring to this program 9 years of experience as a full time community Family Physician and 10+ years of experience in academics, mostly in North Carolina, teaching Family Medicine residents as well as medical students at MAHEC in Asheville and Brody School of Medicine/ECU in Greenville. 

 

I spend my free time with my wife, Mara, and our beautiful children.   My interests include vegetarian cooking and eating!, running, Energy Medicine, wellness, and healing.  My goal with patients is to prevent illness and to keep them healthy physically and energetically.

 

Karen Isaacs MD, MPH

Clinical Faculty

Karen Isaacs MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Though a NC native, I lived abroad for a few years in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer. There, I developed a curiosity for understanding determinants of health on a broader scale. I returned to NC by way of pursuing a master's degree in public health, where my graduate studies hinted at how potentially effective a public health/medicine combo could be for improving health outcomes. So, four years and a medical degree later, I embarked on my residency training.

Deciding on Family Medicine was the easy part; limiting my interests in the scope of Family Medicine was hard!  The NHRMC Family Medicine Residency grounded me with skills in evidence-based medicine, provided me exposure to underserved and rural populations with sometimes limited access to care, and prepared me for full spectrum practice.

As a 2012 graduate of the residency program, I could not turn down the chance to stay in the area!  After balancing 6 years as teaching faculty and Medical Director for Wilmington Health Access for Teens, I have transitioned to full employment within the residency program. I am professionally interested in seeking ways to leverage my medical skills for vulnerable populations, and remain interested in harm reduction and health equity.  The faculty and residents here in Wilmington continually look for ways to build up our program but also model the importance of quality of life outside of work. I especially enjoy jogging and volleyball, though there is no shortage of leisure activities here.

 

Elizabeth Kyle, PharmD

Pharmacy Education

Elizabeth Kyle, PharmD



I joined the Family Medicine faculty in the summer of 2014 after completing my second year pharmacy residency, specializing in ambulatory care/family medicine at Coastal Family Medicine.  Originally I am from Michigan where I completed my doctorate of pharmacy (PharmD) degree as well as my first year pharmacy residency.  My professional interests include working with underserved populations to improve access to care and provide empowering patient education.  I provide direct patient care in collaboration with physicians for patients with a variety of chronic disease states that include: diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, COPD, asthma, pain, venous thromboembolism and peripheral arterial disease.  I also participate on weekly rounds with the Family Medicine Inpatient Service.

 

Living in coastal North Carolina has been awesome!  A lot of my free time is spent outside enjoying the great southern weather through time at the beach, paddleboarding, biking and running.

Joseph Kertesz, MA, LPC

Behavioral Medicine Education

Joseph Kertesz, MA, LPC

Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

I want to start by saying that my passions in life consists of my love of teaching and providing support to family medicine residents, providing mental health counseling to all types of patients, my love for Wilmington, racquetball, ice cream, the beach and live music, and most of all my love for my wife and sons.

After doing graduate work in Counseling Psychology at Michigan State University, I began teaching Behavioral Medicine in Family Medicine at Duke University. I fell into it absolutely by the seat of my pants, but it has been an amazing gift. After spending many years at Duke's residency, I had the opportunity to move to Wilmington to help start up a brand-new family medicine residency program. It was so exciting and continues to be. It really is wonderful to be able to spend your life doing work that you really love. The combination of teaching and clinical work is the perfect one for me.

I believe that behavioral medicine is such an integral part of family medicine. Every patient that is seen has some behavioral component affecting their health and/or their illness. It is often the role of the family physician to tease out how much of this needs to be addressed and in what ways. That is the challenge that I love to address on a daily basis. I find that family medicine residents are eager and able to live up to this task. That's the real joy in what I do.

I have had the opportunity to become familiar with many family medicine residencies across the country and feel that I have a good perspective for what's out there. Whenever anybody asks me about the strengths of the residency program here, I say, "If someone is looking for a University affiliated, community-based, family medicine residency, it doesn't get any better than our program. Enough said”.