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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.
Tom Stocklin-Enright, DO
Coastal Family Medicine is such an amazing residency. The curriculum allows me to pursue my passion in rural emergency, sports medicine, and OMT while also providing the ability to train in an environment built around continuity. The residents are such a large part of the community and provide excellent care to their patients. My favorite part of the residency, other then the awesome people, is the freedom to take ownership of your education in an extremely resident friendly environment. Coastal Family Medicine provides strong training in Family Medicine while allowing the residents to appreciate work-life balance.
About me: I was born and raised in the small town of Aurora, Oregon. I’m very close to my amazing family who live back in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). My younger years were spent pursuing hockey all over the Western USA and Canada. In fact, it allowed me to live and play in Canada for some years after high school prior to attending University of Oregon. Go Ducks! After U of O I attended Western University of Health Sciences-COMP where I met my wife, Alyssa. We both love the outdoors; Hiking, Biking, SUP’ing, Running, Surfing…and just about anything active. We are both so excited to be a part of the Coastal Family Medicine team.
Class of 2020
Alyssa Horne, DO
Hi! My name is Alyssa Horne and I am from a small farming town in southwest Washington. I am the oldest of three children. I studied Physiology at the University of Washington and love PAC-12 football. I attended Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW. It was here that I developed a love for community medicine and appreciation for knowing your neighbors. I also happened to meet the man who would one day become my husband. He is a second year in the Coastal Family Medicine Residency. We began our adventure in medical school and life continues to be exciting. I graduated from Medical School, married Tom, and moved to Wilmington to start residency in less than a ten day period. Talk about a whirlwind! We are so happy to be a part of the Coastal Family Medicine Residency. The program has the perfect balance of family-like atmosphere while still pushing residents to become versatile evidence-based physicians. Being a DO, I appreciate the opportunities available to me at this program as I continue learn Osteopathic techniques. I am ever impressed by the education we receive at this Residency. We are truly lucky to be in Wilmington. Being so close to the ocean has also allowed us to indulge in our favorite activities of running, body surfing, boogie boarding, and when we are not at the ocean hiking and biking. In Wilmington we work hard but also play hard.
Jessica Bitencourt, DO
Hey! My name is Jessica Bitencourt and I am originally from Massachusetts. I got my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Nazarene College, married my best friend, moved to North Carolina, and then completed my medical degree at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I have always wanted to become a family physician because I really enjoy building relationships and serving others. I hope to make a lasting impact in the lives of all my patients and am so thankful to be doing my residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We love the beaches and all the people we have come across so far. Downtown is so lively and we love the diversity that Wilmington has to offer! In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my husband, hiking, meeting new people, and playing board games.
Phillip Deal, DO
Hello! My name is Phillip Deal. I was born and raised in Huntersville, NC, a city just north of Charlotte. I, along with most of my extended family, have lived in North Carolina my entire life. I went to undergrad here in Wilmington at UNCW, where I met my beautiful wife Megan (who currently teaches 3rd grade). I then attended Campbell University for medical school as part of their inaugural class. We have a dog named Moose who runs the show at home — he’s a rescue, and is a mix of a bunch of different breeds that we haven’t quite figured out yet.
It was in medical school that I developed my love for Family Medicine, particularly as I helped start the very first Free Clinic run by osteopathic medical students in North Carolina. Having gone to undergrad in Wilmington, I already knew that I loved the city and its people. After my interview here at Coastal Family Medicine, my desire to return to Wilmington only grew exponentially. I am extremely thankful to be a part of the family-oriented residency program here at CFM, and am especially appreciative of the rigorous curriculum that affords me the opportunities to become the well-rounded family physician that I strive to be!
Robert Alexander, MD
I attended undergrad at the University of North Caroline at Wilmington and later went on to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for medical school. I have been a resident of Eastern North Carolina for a majority of my life. I live in a small community just outside of Wilmington with my wife and daughter. One of my biggest draws to Wilmington and the surrounding area is the proximity to the beach. My family and I love to play on the beach, fish, and kayak in the sound. I was drawn to Coastal Family Medicine because the residency program offers a laid-back atmosphere while providing quality, well rounded education. The faculty, staff, and residents provide a comfortable setting and have really made me feel welcome. After residency, I plan to stay in the area and practice community based medicine.
Sarah Ward, MD
Hello! My name is Sarah Ward, and I am originally from Chesterfield, Virginia. I attended Furman University to complete my Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology. After graduation in 2012, I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to volunteer with high school students while I applied to medical school. I obtained my MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Go Rams!) and married my great husband, Jacob. At VCU, I spent time focusing on care for underserved populations and discovered the appeal of the breadth and continuity of Family Medicine. I found myself in Wilmington, North Carolina because my husband grew up in this area and I simply fell in love with the program here at Coastal Family Medicine. I am passionate about full scope primary care including prenatal care, pediatrics, and preventive medicine. I am hoping to practice in rural communities here in Southeastern North Carolina for years to come. When I'm not working, you can find me outside with Jacob and our dogs, running, or reading a great book.
Stephanie Horan, DO
Hey! I’m Stephanie Horan. I grew up in Kinston, NC, a small city in the eastern part of the state. I attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC for my undergraduate and medical school education. My time at Campbell and at the Jerry M. Wallace Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine was a great, life changing experience. I met my wonderful husband, Troy, in the Creek on the first day of undergrad. He will graduate from CUSOM in 2019. We have two hounds. Wiley, a Beagle/Basset mix and Daisy, a pure-bred Bloodhound.
I knew the Family Medicine program at NHRMC was special from researching NC programs and as an eastern NC native I knew the location in beautiful Wilmington would be a good match for me and my family given our love for the ocean, but I fell in love with the program on an acting internship during the fall of my fourth year of medical school. CFM and NHRMC a great place to learn. I was especially impressed by the variety of outpatient experiences offered and opportunity to be trained as a full spectrum Family Medicine physician, particularly the strength of their women’s health, OB and pediatric exposure. I’m grateful to be able to call Wilmington and CFM our new home!
Class of 2021
Emma Ciborowski, DO
Hey everyone! My name is Emma Ciborowski, and I was born and raised in West Springfield, Massachusetts. For undergrad I studied Biology and Philosophy at Siena College near Albany, NY, which is where I met my fiancé Brian. Brian and I decided we had enough cold and snow in our lives, and chose to come south to NC after graduating. I attended medical school at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, NC. In looking for a residency, I wanted a program where I’d learn it all – adult medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, procedures, and osteopathic treatment. I was originally drawn to this program by the true full scope family medicine training offered, and after witnessing the way the residents here supported one another during my month as an intern, I knew where I wanted to spend my three years of residency. I am thrilled to be a part of the team here at Coastal Family Medicine!
Outside of medicine, my favorite place to be is on the water. As a kid I spent my summers at the lake swimming, tubing, waterskiing, and jetskiing with my three older brothers, and as an adult I picked up kayaking and paddleboarding. My other favorite hobby is dance – I spent 15 years in formal classes for tap and jazz and was on a competitive step team in college. I also enjoy live music, exploring hiking trails with my dog Reggie, and of course spending time on the beach. Brian and I are so excited to call Wilmington home, and can’t wait to explore all it has to offer!
Jessica Chase, DO
Hi everyone! My name is Jess, and I'm lucky enough to have family all over the US, so I have lived in Colorado, Texas, Western NY, and Pennsylvania. I went to Allegheny College in the small, wonderful town of Meadville, PA. After graduating, I spent a year with Pittsburgh Health Corps through AmeriCorps working as an HIV Case Manager. I discovered my passion for the social determinants of health, and solidified my desire to go into primary care. I attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I received my medical education and made many lifelong friendships.
I have family in Wilmington, and have spent many wonderful summers on Wrightsville Beach. I applied to New Hanover with hopes of getting a chance to visit family, and fell in love with the program. Not only will I be able to continue my passion of caring for those living with HIV, but I will have stellar Family Medicine training with some of the nicest people I've ever met. Plus, any tough day can be solved by a walk on the beach. In my free time, I enjoy beach-going, dog-sitting, Netflixing, traveling, and checking out some of the local live music.
Kristin Kirkland, MD
Hey there, I’m Kristin! My husband, Kevin, and I are lucky to have matched as a couple in Wilmington this year—he as an intern in the surgery program, and of course me at Coastal Family Medicine! Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Kevin and I both attended K-State and then the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. We also completed the Master of Public Health program at Johns Hopkins University together between our third and fourth years of med school. After all of the studying, we are so grateful to have moved to the beach! New Hanover is an amazing place to work. The residents, faculty, and staff are all fervently dedicated to providing excellent care for our community, while having a ton of fun along the way. During residency, I’m excited to have my very own panel of patients, and to continue my research and service work fighting for abolition and the end of human trafficking in our nation. When we’re not working, Kevin and I like to scuba dive, go to the beach, travel, or hang out with our rescue puppies, Scout and Shark.
Mary Meadowcroft, MD
Hi! My name is Mary Meadowcroft and I grew up in Cumberland County and attended UNC Chapel Hill where I got a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. I moved to Pennsylvania where I received a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from The Commonwealth Medical College and my MD from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Throughout my training up north all I really just wanted to come back home to NC. When I got the chance during my fourth year of medical school to pick my own rotation, I chose to spend a month here in Wilmington with the Family Medicine program and I absolutely loved it. I knew it was the place for me and I am so excited to be a part of this program!
Wais Insaaf, MD
Hi, I am Wais Insaaf. I grew up in Frederick, MD. I completed my Bachelor’s in Biology at Hood College, which is a small private school, and then my medical degree at Medical University of the Americas. I married my college best friend who is also a family medicine resident here at this program. I heard a lot of great things about Coastal Family including the beautiful location to the opportunities that it provides to its residents. The program is designed to enable residents to practice full spectrum medicine by providing strong pediatric, women’s health, geriatrics, and obstetrics exposure. Additionally, the staff and faculty are very supportive of their residents. I am so greatful to be a part of this FAMILY!
Yeisel Castanedo, MD
Hi! My name is Yeisel and I am from Miami, Florida. I attended Florida International University where I received a Bachelors in biology and then Saint James School of Medicine for medical school. I married my high school sweetheart, Danny, and we have a dog named Nala! I chose Family Medicine because it is the one specialty that is concerned with the total health of the individual. I also enjoy seeing kids and pregnant women as much as I do adults. Choosing Wilmington NC and Coastal Family Medicine was not a hard choice. I fell in love with the program and area and I am very happy to be part of such a great team. We are excited to spend time at the beach and do all of the fun things Wilmington has to offer!