PGY1 Residents – Class of 2025
Zachary “Zach” Grey, MD
Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
Undergrad: North Greenville University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
I grew up in Fort Mill, SC and am proud to call myself a South Carolina native. After college, I took a small detour from the traditional path to medicine and did lab research for a few years before coming to my senses. Through research, I found that I really craved having a broad set of skills to address the needs of others. That made Family Medicine an obvious choice for me and I couldn’t have been happier to have matched at Self Regional (particularly since I’m married to one of the chiefs!).
I have pretty diverse hobby interests, which again is part of the appeal of Family Medicine! In my free time, I love being outside, fly fishing, hiking, biking, and traveling, all with my wife. But we also love the inside and enjoy a good Netflix binge sesh. My wife and I have come to absolutely love Greenwood, SC and are so thankful to call the people who are a part this residency family and the program home!
Boyd Guttery, MD
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
I was born in Alpharetta, GA, and raised there and in Saint Augustine, FL. I went to UGA [Go Dawgs!] for undergrad and then Augusta University for my MSN/RN [Go Jags!]. I ran cross country/track and field while at AU and met the love of my life Liv. I worked as a nurse and decided to apply back to medical school. Fortunately, Liv was crazy enough to support the dream and even agreed to marry me despite it. We married during M1 and had our first baby boy Nathaniel during M4.
I was fortunate to do an away rotation at Self during M4 right before interview season began. I was blown away at how friendly and caring everyone is towards each other and to their patients. My time in medical school was great, but I had yet to experience a place where people do extremely strong medicine in a relaxed and welcoming learning environment. Furthermore, I had not seen a program equally focused on supporting each other and their families outside of the hospital. Clint Pride, the SM fellow at the time, said something that really stuck with me as I entered interview season. He told me that there are very few full spectrum FM residencies that work as hard as Self does while making the experience incredible. This and the feeling he had during his interview with Self were things he could never shake during the rest of the interview season. Sure enough, his words stuck with me, and I couldn’t shake those feelings. We are so excited to live and raise Nathaniel in Greenwood while I get to experience some of the best training in the field of family medicine. God has blessed me beyond measure in giving me my support system in Liv and my family/friends. He has also been beyond good taking care of us thus far and I look forward to serving Him with all that I have while at Self and beyond. Matthew 25:40 / 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Ronni Hughes, MD
Hometown: Monroe, LA
Undergrad: Louisiana Tech University
Medical School: LSU Health- Shreveport
I was raised in north Louisiana and attended college at Louisiana Tech University. There I met my husband, Jonathan, and we got married after my first year of medical school. We have two sweet dogs and enjoy spending time outdoors. We also enjoy coffee dates, hanging out with friends, being involved in our church, traveling, and watching sports.
I’ve known I wanted to do family medicine since my first year of medical school.
I love the full-scope aspect of it and how it gives you the ability to serve your community in such an impactful way. Self stood out as a program that could help mold and train me to become the physician I’ve always wanted to be. I wanted a program that provided robust, full-scope training in a close community and that’s exactly what Self does. In the future, I hope to practice full-scope family medicine in a rural or underserved area.
My husband and I both fell in love with the program and Greenwood during the interview process. The residents and faculty were great every step of the way and made us feel apart of the family. We are both looking forward to our time here in Greenwood!
Landon Lingenfelter, MD
Hometown: Pollock, Louisiana
Undergrad: Louisiana College
Medical School: LSU Health – Shreveport
I was born and raised in central Louisiana, where I also attended Louisiana College for undergrad. There I met my wonderful wife, Anna, and we got married after my first semester of medical school. We enjoy spending time together with friends, drinking good coffee, and being involved at our local church.
Choosing Self was an easy decision for us after witnessing the quality of people and the caliber of training that were present here. We were looking for a program that would provide robust, full-spectrum training and we found that at Self. Anna and I intend to go overseas to do mission work after residency and I know the training I will receive at Self will equip me to serve the underserved in any context. We couldn’t be more excited to spend three years in Greenwood!
Hannah Lorenzen, DO
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Undergrad: Auburn University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
I was born and raised in Greenville, SC. I grew up a big sports and outdoors girl (as I still am today!), and spent my summers in the mountains of South and North Carolina and on Lake Keowee. I ventured down to Auburn, Alabama for my undergraduate years where I majored in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology. While at Auburn University, this is where I first learned about osteopathic medicine and VCOM. During college, I spent my summers working as a medical aid at summer camp in Colorado, traveling, hiking, on the lake or taking classes. Following college, I worked in Greenville, SC for a year as a scribe for an internal medicine office. I familiarized myself with electronic medical records, general medical and pharmacologic terminology, and witnessed first-hand the challenges and joys of outpatient continuity care! I attended VCOM in Spartanburg, SC where I was afforded great opportunities to get involved with local as well as international communities! Following my second year of school I attended a mission trip to Honduras where our group tended to a broad scope of patient diagnoses and I loved my time spent with the different communities. I invested the rest of my free time to work with the local free clinics and community organizations in Spartanburg, and found my passion and path for medicine was in Family Medicine!
I had the privilege to do an audition rotation with Self Regional during my fourth year of medical school. I was able to see firsthand how all the residents worked so well together, provided helpful feedback during rounds, supported each other with the work load, and that the faculty and staff were eager and available to answer questions. The family medicine residents are also the only residents in the Self Regional Hospital system which provides ample opportunity to tend to a wide variety of cases and procedures. When it came time to choose a residency, I interviewed all over the country, but ultimately chose Self Regional for the commitment and compassion with which the residency program serves Greenwood and the surrounding counties. The program is invested in making sure you as a resident are supported throughout the three years and leave prepared to work in any community and environment. You truly are able to learn and practice broad-scope family practice, all while working with a supportive, genuine group of residents, faculty and staff!
Jacob “J. D.” Morgan, MD
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad: Centre College (Danville, KY)
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
My wife, Emma, and I came to Self from Lexington, Ky. We chose Self because of the remarkable and rigorous training I’ll receive, as indicated by the programs’s impressive ABFM exam pass rate and board scores. Emma and I were both also blown away by the family-like feel we got during our visits to Greenwood and how well spouses and families were incorporated into the program.
My loose future plans for medicine are to practice outpatient primary care in a rural setting, providing care to an underserved patient population.
In my free time, I enjoy working out and doing outdoor activities with my wife, playing any sport available, feeding my addiction of watching organized sports, and gathering together with friends to enjoy Jackbox party games (or any other game for that matter.) Emma and I have greatly appreciated our local church in Lexington and look forward to the opportunity of plugging into a fantastic community in Greenwood.
Austin Nichols, MD
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Undergrad: West Virginia University
Medical school: Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine
Personal Note: I was born and raised in Martinsburg, WV. I attended West Virginia University where I studied Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in aquatic therapy. From there I went to Marshall University in Huntington, WV for medical school. I was fortunate enough to marry my high school sweetheart during my first year of medical school, without her support during the long nights of studying for exams and the panic that set in right before a grade was released I wouldn’t be here today. We have two dogs Hunter and Harlie who we rescued from the local animal shelter. In my spare time I like to be outdoors hiking with the dogs, kayaking, or snow skiing. I also have a love for classic cars and enjoy taking my 1966 Ford Mustang for a drive on a sunny day.
Growing up in a small town in WV and then attending medical school in a small rural town I have seen first hand the importance of family medicine in a community. Throughout medical school I became very involved in rural and underserved medicine which is one of the major reasons I was drawn to Self to complete my residency. I couldn’t be happier to be here in Greenwood all the way from WV and I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue my training with everyone here at Self.
Benjamin Smith, DO
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Undergrad: Oral Roberts University
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
I am originally from Denver, Colorado, home to the Rocky Mountains. I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend college at Oral Roberts University, where I earned a biology degree while also playing on the soccer team. I attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where I also picked up surfing. Some of my favorite hobbies include spending time with friends and family, hiking, camping, skiing, snorkeling, disc golf, and board games. I am also very passionate about medical missions, as I have been on 6 different mission trips with my church as well as both my undergraduate and graduate schools.
When it came to choosing the right residency program, I wanted somewhere that had great broad-spectrum training, a good culture, and focused on sports, international, and underserved medicine. I knew that once I visited Self Regional, it was the place for me. The proximity to the mountains and the beach was definitely a bonus! After finishing residency, I hope to do international medicine with a church or organization, with some emphasis on sports medicine.
Bradley Tatko, DO
Dalton Tidwell, MD
Hometown: Sherman, TX
Undergrad: Texas Tech University
Medical School: Tech Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Sherman, Texas. I attended Texas Tech University to study animal science and enjoyed the dusty South Plains so much that I stayed for medical school. I enjoy spending my free time outdoors. It does not matter to me if outdoors means hiking, hunting, or sitting on the back porch smoking a brisket. I especially enjoy the back porch option if any sort of sporting event is on.
I chose to leave the great state of Texas to come to Self for many reasons. I am confident that the training here is top notch and will prepare me to be an excellent physician. I want to practice in a rural community and I know that I will leave Self fully prepared to do so. The major deciding factor for me to choose Self was the people here. I could tell during interviews that there was a great group of residents and faculty here and they were the type of people that I wanted to spend the next few years with.
Matthew Brettmann, MD
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Undergrad: Kansas State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Born in Phoenix but lived most my life in Kansas City. I went to Kansas State for undergrad and the University of Kansas school of medical. I am down for anything as long as people are involved. I’d play basketball any day, but my goal is to make Greenwood the pickleball center of SC. I’m also into deep books and board games. I want to go do international work after residency. Self is a hard-working residency with great broad training (shown in its great board scores) that is filled with brilliant but also somehow the nicest attendings and residents. There was no program out there that is as supportive for the residents.
Joshua Cox, DO
Hometown: Middleton, TN
Undergrad: Blue Mountain College
Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
I am originally from Mississippi grew up in West Virginia and the last place I called home was in Tennessee. My wife and I love to hang out with our 2 dogs, spend time with friends and watch Mississippi State in any sport! We are so excited about being a part of the Self Regional Family.
We chose Self because of the legacy of excellence academically and mostly the people! I was looking for a place that would be a challenge to become a competent and confident physician while being in a supportive environment and felt like Self was the best place for that. When my wife and I came down for the interview I kept telling her that the people of here were people I would want to be around in medicine and would aspire to be like. They work hard but are also some of the kindest people I have met. All along the way everyone went out of their way to be available and answer any questions. One of the things that stood out the most is that they treated my wife’s opinion as important as my own and continue to engage her as we transition to South Carolina. I feel like it the best combination of an extremely strong program while maintaining a family like environment.
Jordan Freeland, DO
Hometown: Japan, Alaska, Virginia
Undergrad: University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA
Jordan was born in Japan and grew up in Alaska, eventually settling in Virginia, where he attended both college and medical school. Prior to medical school he spent time in both volunteer and career EMS, which led him to a career in medicine. He chose to pursue Family Medicine as an avenue to serve the needs of patients of all ages and from all walks of life, and ultimately plans to practice in a rural community. In his free time, he enjoys reading, working on house projects, and being outside as much as possible, whether it be taking short trips to new places, hiking or camping, or the occasional sailing trip.
Ian Glidden, MD
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Undergrad: University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
Medical School: Ross University Barbados
I grew up in the Fargo/Moorhead area of the Red River Valley which is located on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota. I enjoy outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and camping as well as water sports and pickleball. My journey to medicine started as soon as I could answer “What did I want to be when I grew up?” I majored in Biology at the University of North Dakota, where I also met my wife. I attended Iowa State University for my Master’s in Biomedical Science and Ross University for my medical doctorate.
My first interaction with Self was early on during my interview season and I was impressed. My wife also loved the fact that she felt included during the interview process. I desire to practice full-spectrum family medicine and the extensive inpatient and obstetrics experience will be a strong foundation for my future. All of this, in combination with the caring nature of the faculty and staff during our visit to Greenwood, confirmed that Self Regional was the place for us.
Jordan Jackson, MD
Hometown: Wheeler, MS
Undergrad: Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, MS, Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
Hey! My name is Jordan Jackson and I’m just a small-town guy who loves to experience new things in this world. I love traveling, hiking, cooking, movies and spending time with friends, family, and my wife. It was fairly easy to choose Self Regional. I couldn’t tell who were residents and who were spouses/friends because of how close and welcoming everyone was to each other. Between the amazing training, wanting to experience life in South Carolina, and the family friendly environment, picking Self Regional was a no-brainer.
Gerald “JP” Megna, MD
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
I chose Self because everyone was very nice and welcoming during the interview.
In my free time I enjoy anything sports related (watching, playing, coaching), I enjoy being active and outside, and I enjoy cooking.
Christopher “Chris” Roxon, MD
Hometown: Wadmalaw Island, SC
Undergrad: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Medical School: The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC
Love to spend time with my wife and dogs, big into fitness, enjoy anything outdoors especially on the water. Wanted to come to Self Regional because of the family atmosphere. They cared not only for me and developing me as a person/physician but also my wife and her goals and desires which was a huge pull. Got to stay in South Carolina. It is a very well-rounded program with full scope family medicine training where they breed an atmosphere of humility and service. Galatians 5:13
Maria Westerfield, MD
Hometown: The Rock, GA
Undergrad: University of North Georgia; Dahlonega, GA
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine; Macon, GA
I was born and raised in small, rural Pike County, GA where I grew up playing outside, working in the garden, and riding horses. I attended UNG for undergrad where I majored in Biology and was able to develop a love for the Appalachian Mountains. During my gap year before attending Mercer for medical school, I worked with local small farm operations to develop organic practices for pest control. I am passionate about rural and underserved populations, and have been to both the Dominican Republic and Honduras for medical missions. When not busy, you can catch me with my dog Duke enjoying anything and everything outdoors such as hiking and camping, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, and playing any kind of sport.
During the crazy season of virtual interviews (thanks Covid), Self was one of the only programs to allow an in-person option (following proper safety regulations). I gladly accepted and immediately felt welcomed and at home with the people here. Everyone is so warm and genuine, and the unopposed broad scope training residents get here sold me. I have strong interests in rural and global health, both which have robust programs here. My second look sealed the deal as everyone was so supportive and accommodating, and the program stood out among others in the training, faculty, and community they offer. I’m excited to see the physician I will become through the exceptional training at Self, and know I will be prepared for my future patients both in a rural setting and on international soil.
Timothy Wilson, MD “Mark”
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina
Undergrad: Clemson University
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Growing up as the oldest of four in the small, South Carolinian town of Sumter, I was surrounded by family connections to medicine, but never imagined I would join them. Upon completing high school, I went to Clemson for Bioengineering, pursuing prosthetic development. Along the way, however, I realized that my fascination with the broad expanse of human physiology and the joy in interacting with the people I cared for, was more consistent with a career in medicine. While I prepared for and worked through medical school, family medicine attracted me with its direct, continuous patient relationships and broad scope of medical problems it addressed. When I’m not studying or working on rotations, I enjoy the company of good board games, good books, and great friends. I also deeply appreciate the fellowship and truth that my family and local church have provided me.
It was during rotations at the University of South Carolina SOM in Columbia that I first heard about Self Regional from one of my attendings. He had been a resident at Self Regional and spoke highly of his attendings and the rigorous training they provided. What he told me about the quality of the education and others told me about the nature of the community that Self Regional promoted in its residents prompted me to explore Self’s residency program for myself! As I learned more and visited the program personally, its excellent academics, close community, friendly residents, and approachable attendings made me confident it was my first choice in every way. I am thrilled to be joining the team at Self Regional and look forward to both the learning opportunities and the relationships that make this program so special.
Harriet Wingrove, MD
Hometown: Oxfordshire, England
Undergrad: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, FL
I was born and raised in Oxfordshire, England and spent the majority of my childhood there. I then moved to Panama City, FL at the age of 13, and experienced quite the culture shock. I went to college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and then Ross University for Medical School.
My boyfriend, Kevin, and I met in a little fishing town called Port st Joe, FL. We spend most of our free time on the boat, fishing, hunting and camping. We’re outdoor enthusiasts for sure!
When researching residency programs, I wanted to be somewhere that offered versatile training that would make me the most well-rounded physician. Not only did Self provide this, but it just felt like “home”. Everyone here was so welcoming, and so much fun! At the end of our visit to Greenwood, both my boyfriend and I knew that this was where we wanted to end up. I immediately canceled all of my other interviews and kept my fingers crossed for match. We are so thankful to have ended up at Self Regional.
Tyler Carter, DO
Hometown: Barbourville, KY
Undergrad: Union College, Barbourville, KY
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN
I grew up in a small town in southeastern Kentucky called Barbourville. After attending a program called PEPP at the University of Kentucky hospital during the summer after my sophomore year of undergrad, I realized my calling was in the medical field as a physician. While keeping an open mind during my clinical rotations in medical school, I quickly found that the specialty for me was Family Medicine. I loved the variety of patients and conditions that I encountered, and I had multiple family doctors in my home church to look up to, including my uncle. Outside of medicine, I love staying active and doing things outdoors like golf or tennis, and am always rooting on my UK Wildcats! I also play guitar/banjo and sing, playing in a band with my buddies since high school. I’ve been very involved with my church back home as well.
Considering I love pediatrics and sports medicine, when I found out that Self has a strong emphasis in both these areas, I thought it could be a great fit for me. After coming to the resident dinner and interview, I found out how one-of-a-kind their program and people truly were. Residents get tons of procedure experience, and their in-training exam scores are top of the line. I kept finding myself comparing other programs to Self, and they all fell short. I know the Lord has called me here, and I can’t wait to see what He has planned for the future!
Naiab Naser Chowdhury, M.D.
Hi I am Naiab. I was born and raised in Chittagong, a coastal city of Bangladesh. I majored in Physics and Biology and graduated from Chittagong Medical College in 2013. I moved to California, US later. Watching movies, reading books and spending time with family and friends are my absolute favourite things to do.
I came across Self Regional while searching for residency programs. It was amazing to learn about the program so deeply invested in the community with full scope of family medicine practice. Greenwood and Self Regional family greeted me with open arms and at the end of interview, I just knew: this is the program I really want to be in ! I am so excited that I will be spending my next three years in the lovely Greenwood!
Helen Grey, M.D.
I was born and raised in Marietta, SC right down the road from Jones Gap State Park. I felt called to medicine early in high school and knew it combined my love for biology with my desire to serve the people around me. I went to college at North Greenville University, where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry, and began medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina shortly after. My husband Zach and I met in college and got married during my third year and his first year of medical school (right in the middle of rotations and tests!!).
We are beyond excited to have ended up at Self for my Family Medicine residency! Some amazing friends and mentors of ours in Charleston trained here, so we had heard what a wonderful place it was. It is such a blessing to get to work with and learn from physicians that I aspire to be like in my own practice, and that is something I believe truly sets this program apart. I plan to practice broad spectrum family medicine and Zach and I hope to do medical mission work in the future.
Meleigh Groff, D.O.
Hometown: Elko, NV
Undergrad: Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Medical School: Campbell University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Buies Creek, NC
I grew up in Elko, NV, a small mining and ranching community in the middle of nowhere Nevada. It was a great place to grow up with an all-American feel, everyone showed up to support the one high school, lots of parades, and a county fair that brought in people from all over. I moved away to sunny Southern California for college where I received a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and minored in Biblical and Theological Studies. I then moved to the East Coast and earned a Masters at Rutgers University. I had planned to go back west for medical school, but Campbell not only had a big focus on medical missions and active Christian community, but I instantly fell in love with the Carolinas. I knew I ultimately wanted to work and practice in a place much more similar to my hometown, a place where people were invested in their community and you knew your neighbors.
Not only was Self everything I wanted in a program, academic and clinical excellence with a family feel, Greenwood was exactly what I wanted in a community. The faculty, staff, and residents instantly made it feel like home and it was obviously they not only valued me as a physician, but also as a person. Additionally, I am particularly interested in medical missions and hospice and palliative care and Self has excellent opportunities for both. Self has the faculty and residents I want to be like, personally and professionally. I feel incredibly blessed to get to call Greenwood home.
In my free time I enjoy traveling (I have been to 47/50 states, done several cross-country road trips, and a few countries), hiking, photography, history, baking, being involved with my church, and adventures with my lab, Huxley.
Elizabeth Hutson, M.D.
I grew up on a farm outside of Eudora, AR. After graduating high school, I went to college at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. I met my husband during my sophomore year at church (he went to a different college in town). We got married a week after college graduation, and I started medical school at UAMS that fall.
While at UAMS, we’ve had three kids: Kaitlyn, born right after 1st year, Pete, born 13 months later during a much needed leave of absence, and Rebekah born February of my 4th year. They are the center of our world! Between my schooling and my husband’s coaching schedule, we spend most of our free time at home or with family. We love to cook, play outside, and watch movies all together.
When I started medical school, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do other than practice in a rural area. With this in mind, I finally settled on family medicine so I could offer the most possible to my future patients. I then looked for a residency that could train me in full scope practice including obstetrics. Greenwood was my first interview and my first choice. The program had all of the training I was looking for which was wonderful, but what hooked me was the people here. I immediately felt at home with everyone I met. At the end of my interview, I didn’t want to leave. We all hear during interview season we need to find a place where the people will support you as a whole person not just a physician, and you definitely have that here. The people here are a family that is happy to welcome you and whatever family you bring with you.
Meg O’Sell, M.D.
I was born in Davenport, IA and grew up there before moving to Pittsburgh, PA. I enjoyed Pittsburgh, especially Primanti Bros. sandwiches and cheering on the Steelers. When my sister moved south for college, I decided to do the same! At Clemson, I was able to combine my passions for Spanish and health while studying Language and International Health which took me to Costa Rica, Argentina, Nicaragua, and Spain. After I graduated, my parents moved to Clemson from Pittsburgh, and I moved to Zaragoza, Spain to teach English and culture in two public elementary schools. I enjoy exploring new places, whether it be towns closer to home or those farther away. Other hobbies include stand-up paddleboarding, trying new recipes, brewing beer with my dad, and watching Clemson football.
Self Regional easily stood out for me on my residency interview trail! After meeting the team and learning about the program, it was clear Self Regional would be where I would receive exceptional training to become the Family Medicine physician I would like to be. The people are truly kind and very supportive, a group I am excited to be a part of.
Davis Reed, M.D.
I was born and raised in Gastonia, NC. My family then moved down to Charleston, SC when I was in 7th grade. I attended Clemson University and majored in Bioengineering. It was during my Senior year that I met and fell in love with my beautiful wife Jess. After Clemson, I returned back home to Charleston for medical school at MUSC and Jess and I got married after my first year there. Medicine is a passion of mine that I feel God has called me into, but I also enjoy many other aspects of life including spending time with Jess and our dog Sidney, CrossFit, college football (Go Tigers!), hiking/backpacking, volunteering at our local church, financial literacy, and learning more about nutrition.
Family Medicine has always been on my radar due to my strong interests in preventative and lifestyle medicine as well as building long-lasting relationships with patients. I first heard about Self from some close friends who went to residency there, and they had nothing but good things to say about it. During my 3rd year of medical school I was able to do my Family Medicine rotation at Self for 6 weeks and saw first-hand what makes this place so special. I quickly discovered that not only do the faculty and residents at Self provide high quality evidence-based medicine, but they also display a genuine love for their patients. Additionally, the full-scope training offered at Self including a robust Sports Medicine curriculum ensured that they would be my top choice for residency.
Jacob Standard, M.D.
I’m from Springfield, Illinois-the hometown of Abraham Lincoln! I grew up playing soccer, basketball, singing, and acting. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, reading, and spending time outdoors. I enjoy connecting with people and find humor in the mundane. I attended Wheaton College where I was an Applied Health Science major. One of the best decisions during college was choosing to spend a summer as a camp counselor in northern Wisconsin. Highlights from that summer include learning to kayak, throwing clay on a pottery wheel, and canoeing overnight in a 54-mile race!
Between college and medical school, I worked in an emergency department for several years. As a third-year medical student, I fell in love with family medicine. I enjoyed being able to care for all patients in a variety of settings and wanted to be in a position to serve my patients and their families for years and decades at a time.
My brother Joe who is a family medicine resident in Iowa encouraged me to meet Self at the AAFP National Conference. When I attended the conference, I was impressed with how personable the faculty were. I found people with whom I could both easily laugh and have serious discussions. Over the course of interview season, I grew in my desire to pursue excellence as a family medicine physician. Feeling a sense of God’s calling to care for patients as a physician, I felt like Self offered the best training to help me become the excellent family medicine physician that I am striving to become.
Troy Watson, M.D.
Hometown: Pontiac, Illinois
Undergrad: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, Rockford, IL
I grew up in central Illinois in a small town called Pontiac. I have always been interested in family medicine as my mother is a family nurse practitioner. During medical school, I was a member of the Rural Medical Education Department (RMED) and plan to practice full-scope, rural family medicine. Family medicine offers a unique opportunity to provide a wide variety of services to a small community while also developing meaningful relationships with patients.
Having spent three summers in east Tennessee with a college ministry program, I was interested to check out programs in the southeast region. I learned about Self when I met Dr. Tiller at the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City. When I interviewed in Greenwood, I felt the warm southern hospitality and could tell that the program was filled with great residents, faculty, and staff. I left knowing that Self would provide me with the top-notch training and procedural skills to be an excellent rural family physician.
During my free time, I enjoy a good cup of coffee, playing sports, hiking, hunting, and riding my motorcycle.
Reed Watts, D.O.
I was born in Lugoff, South Carolina, a small town in the middle of the state. I grew up enjoying the outdoors, in particular hunting, fishing, woodworking and farming. I went to Clemson University for undergrad where I majored in Biological Sciences, After graduating from Clemson, I went on to get my masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. I attended Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC for medical school. I knew that I wanted a residency in a small town in South Carolina, which is initially what made Self Regional catch my eye. When I interviewed at Self Regional, I was blown away with the family feeling that I felt from everyone I encountered while on my interview. I am so excited to be able to learn from the wonderful people and train alongside such a special group of residents that make up the Self Regional family.