Medical Education

The Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center joins with community leaders in Monroe, N.C.  The Carolinas HealthCare System Union Family Medicine Practice provides residents with an opportunity to practice in a small town environment.

Our program accepts two residents per year within our Union Track with the first year based at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC and the next two years based at Carolinas HealthCare System Union in Monroe, NC. CMC and CHS Union are approximately 20 miles apart. The curriculum for the second and third years is specifically focused on training residents who wish to eventually practice in a small town environment. Continuity experiences are in a private practice and at the public health department in Monroe.

This program was designed based on the "Community Apprenticeship" model in which residents train one-on-one with preceptors in a private practice setting. The patient population is diverse, with patients ranging from farmers and poultry workers to banking executives and hospital employees. This "real world" setting ultimately prepares residents to care for patients in a variety of environments, including small town, suburban and underserved areas.

For more information regarding the Union Track, please contact:

Megan Perkins
Residency Coordinator
CHS Union Family Practice
704-667-9772
Megan.Perkins@carolinashealthcare.org 

CHS Union Family Medicine Faculty

 
 
Allison Bickett, MS

Allison K. Bickett, MS
Behavioral Medicine Director

Allison Bickett, MS, is a doctoral candidate in clinical health psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and presently serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine within Carolinas HealthCare System. She splits her time between the residency programs at Elizabeth Family Medicine and Union Family Practice, where she assists in developing and teaching the Longitudinal Behavioral Medicine curriculum. She supports and evaluates residents in the advancement of their mental health knowledge and clinical interviewing skills, including motivational interviewing and active listening. Allison is interested in exploring the relationship between mental health and chronic disease, and presently serves as the Primary Investigator in a study examining the prevalence of, association between, and effective treatments for, anxiety and type 2 diabetes mellitus in a primary care setting.

Brittany Baird, DO

Brittany Baird, DO, attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She did a traditional rotating internship in Blacksburg, VA, and family medicine residency at Carolinas HealthCare System Union. Her professional interests include women's health and inpatient medicine. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and dog, running, and Panthers football.

Daniel Campo, MD

Daniel Campo, MD

Daniel Campo, MD, attended medical school at the University of Texas. He did his family medicine residency at Carolinas HealthCare System Union. In his free time he enjoys training for triathlons, running, biking, and spending time with his wife and son.

Lindsey Johnson, MD
Clinical Faculty

Lindsey Johnson, MD, attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Carolinas HealthCare System Union. She is married and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Her husband is a football coach and she enjoys going to his team's games in her free time.

William Lester, MD

Will Lester, MD, attended the University of Virginia and did his family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center. His professional interests include cardiovascular disease and orthopedic procedures. In his free time he enjoys biking.

Patil Shekar

Shekhar Y. Patil, MD

Skekhar Y. Patil, MD, attended Duke University for medical school and completed his family medicine residency at Pitt County Memorial ospital, in Greenville, NC. He is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

 

April Robinson, PharmD

April Robinson, PharmD

April Robinson, PharmD, joined Wingate University faculty in July of 2009. Dr. Robinson holds a faculty position at Wingate University of Pharmacy in nearby Wingate, NC, and provides in-hospital educational training for the residents as well as third and fourth year pharmacy students. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Furman University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She did her pharmacy practice residency in Greenville, SC. Professional interests include inpatient medicine.

  

Benjamin F. Simmons III, MD
CHS Union Family Medicine Site Director

Benjamin F. Simmons, III, MD CHS Union Family Medicine Site Director, grew up in Manassas and Hampton, Va.  He received his undergraduate education at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, and attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, DC.  After completing his residency training at Carolinas Healthcare System Department of Family Medicine he was the lead physician at CHS Urgent Care in Salisbury, NC.  During his time with the Division of Urgent Care he served as Physician Champion for Patient Experience and Medical Director of the Urgent Care ACP Fellowship.  He currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. His interests include performing and teaching procedures and healthcare and patient advocacy.  Dr. Simmons enjoys going to art museums, salsa dancing, and traveling.

 

Holly Stegall, MD
Core Faculty

Holly Stegall, MD grew up locally in Polkton, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate education at Wingate University and attended medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. After the completion of her residency training at Cabarrus Family Medicine, Dr. Stegall practiced in Anson County for a short while, honing her skills in rural and underserved care. Dr. Stegall joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2016. Her medical interests include performing and teaching procedures, maternity care, women’s health, pediatrics, inpatient medicine, and travel medicine. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her husband and extended family. 

Valencia Tellis, MD

Valencia Tellis, MD

Valencia Tellis, MD, went to medical school at Michigan State University and did her residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

John C. Vick, MD

John C. Vick, MD, attended medical school at the University of North Carolina and completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He is involved in his church and also enjoys golf and community events. Professional interests including inpatient medicine and teaching.

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