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Dael M. Waxman, MD Dael M. Waxman, MD
Chair, CMC Department of Family Medicine
Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine


Dael Waxman, MD, attended medical school at the University of Kansas and residency in family medicine at the University of Arizona. He has completed two fellowships: one in Faculty Development at the University of Arizona and one in Family Systems Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York. He served on the faculties of the University of Texas-Galveston and the University of Connecticut prior to joining this Department of Family Medicine in 1996.

He has enjoyed many roles since that time including: Director of Maternity Care, Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine and, most recently, Interim Chair. His professional interests include: integration of mental health in primary care, physician-patient communication, professional well-being, and mind/body medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Waxman enjoys spending time with his wife, Brenda, and daughter, Meara. He also enjoys travel, long distance running, and photography.

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Alisahah Cole, MD Alisahah Cole, MD
Residency Director

Alisahah Cole, MD, received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, where she was a National Health Service Corp Scholar. Since serving the underserved had always been a priority for Dr. Cole, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was part of the Urban Track program. During that time, she received the Bryant L. Galusha Intern of the Year award and served as Co-Chief Resident her final year.

After residency, she worked in a rural health clinic in Union, SC for four years. While there, she continued to enjoy her passion for teaching by precepting medical students, Nurse Practitioner students, and PA students. Her clinical interests include underserved medicine, community medicine, and adolescent health.

Outside of medicine she enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with her husband, Auvis, and their two sons.

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Vanessa L. McPherson, MD Vanessa L. McPherson, MD
Residency Director, Union Program

Dr. McPherson received her undergraduate education at UNC-Charlotte and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing her residency training at the University of South Carolina, she practiced in a small group practice in Belmont, NC, for several years where she served as a community preceptor for medical students and a guest preceptor at the residency's family medicine center.

She joined the faculty in 2000 as the associate director of the Union program and completed UNC's faculty development fellowship in 2002. She then transitioned to Charlotte where she served as the Program Director of the Main program in from 2003-2013. She completed the National Institute for Program Director Development in 2006 and co-founded Carolinas HealthCare System’s annual Senior Resident Leadership Skills Seminar. Dr. McPherson transitioned into the Program Director role at Union in April 2013.

Her interests include performing and teaching procedures, women's health, inpatient medicine, information technology and assisting residents in their professional development using feedback and self-reflection.

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Matthew Alexander, PhD Matthew Alexander, PhD
Director of Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Alexander received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. In the seven years between undergraduate and graduate school, Alexander pursued a career as a singer-songwriter with stops in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

His special interests are: collaboration between mental and physical health providers, couples counseling and stress reduction. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Elaine, and his two children.

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Allison Bickett, MS Allison Bickett, MS
Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine

Allison Bickett, MS is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and presently serves as the Associate 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.

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Michele Birch, MD Michele Birch, MD
Director, Medical Student Education
Director, Integrative Medicine


Michele Birch, MD, received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine. She then migrated farther south to Carolinas Medical Center for her Family Medicine residency, acting as Co-Chief Resident in her final year.

After residency, she worked in private practice for five years at Carmel Family Physicians. While there, she also served as a community preceptor for residents and medical students, which cemented her true love for teaching. Thus she joined the Urban Track site in 2006 and joined the faculty at the main site. While a faculty member, she completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona College of Integrative medicine. She is now the Director of Integrative Medicine for the residency, overseeing residents and medical students teaching in Integrative Medicine. She is also the Director of Medical Student Clerkship rotations for all of the third and fourth year family medicine rotations.

She and her husband, Jeff Sinn, are the proud parents of Tyler. Outside of work, she enjoys running, bicycling, and anything outdoors.

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Dellyse Bright, MD Dellyse Bright, MD
Urban Track Coordinator/Associate Residency Director
CMC-Biddle Point


Dellyse Bright, MD, hails from Baltimore, MD, and is passionate about women’s health, pediatrics and obesity. She earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC). She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, then completed her residency training at the University of Maryland's Department of Family Medicine.

Prior to coming to Charlotte, she lived in Columbia, SC, where she cared for the underserved at a community health clinic. The Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program was her home for the next seven years where she served as a core faculty member involved in medical student and resident education. There, she was the director of Cabarrus Family Medicine Weight Management, a multi-disciplinary program.

Currently, she serves as the Urban Track Coordinator/Associate Residency Director for Carolinas Medical Center's Department of Family Medicine and cares for patients at the CMC-Biddle Point office.

Dr. Bright is a wife and a mother of four. She enjoys having fun with others, scrapbooking, fitness, and finds balance through her faith in God.

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Anthony J. Caprio, MD Anthony J. Caprio, MD

Anthony J. Caprio, MD, is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY). He then joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he served as the Medical Director for a continuing care retirement community and physician service leader for inpatient geriatric medicine.

Dr. Caprio joined the CMC Department of Family Medicine in 2012. Dr. Caprio is board certified in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His interests include medical education, end-of-life decision making, palliative care, long-term care, and acute hospital care of the elderly. He is also interested in medical ethics, health care reform, and medical politics.

Outside of work, Dr. Caprio enjoys playing guitar and all kinds of electronic gadgets.

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Jewell Carr, MD Jewell Carr, MD

Dr. Carr was born in Washington, DC, but North Carolina is her home. She grew up in Wilmington, N.C. and attended North Carolina A&T State University where she earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Food Science. She also received a B.S. in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Carr graduated from The Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 2010. She then relocated to Charlotte where she completed her internship and residency in the specialty of family medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.

She has a strong interest in medical education and geriatric medicine.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as her two dogs, Henri and Audrey.

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Jamayla Culpepper, MD, MPH Jamayla Culpepper, MD, MPH

Jamayla Culpepper, MD, MPH, is a board certified family medicine physician. She practices a broad scope of medicine and cares for newborns to elderly patients. Her special interests include pediatrics, women’s health, diabetes, and HIV care. Dr. Culpepper runs an HIV clinic, Diabetes Clinic and Gynecology clinic for women’s birth control procedures at Elizabeth Family Practice so that patients may stay within our medical home to receive all aspects of care they may require.

Dr. Culpepper is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians. She also serves as a clinical faculty working with our family medicine residents both at Elizabeth Family Medicine as well as when our patients or hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center and Levine Children’s Hospital.

In her spare time, Dr. Culpepper enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, seeing new movies, and cooking.

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Michael Dulin, MD, PhD Michael Dulin, MD, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer, Analytics and Outcomes Research
Professor and Director of Research, CMC Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Dulin started his career the University of Texas in Austin where he received his undergraduate degree in electrical and biomedical engineering and be began working in the tech industry at Advanced Micro Devices.
He then received a fellowship to study evolutionary mechanisms of learning and memory at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he earned his PhD.

Subsequently, he received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and then completed residency training in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC). Dr. Dulin then worked in private practice for three years where he oversaw training of medical students and nurse practitioners. In 2004, he returned to academics full time at the CMC residency program where he taught Evidence-Based Medicine, served as the Director of Research, the Vice Chair, and eventually the Chair of the Department.

Dr. Dulin has also taken on administrative roles within Carolinas Healthcare System, and took on the role of Executive Director of the Dickson Institute for Health Studies. He helped to grow this organization from a small research team into a centralized resource for data and analytics services for the system which now employs over 100 employees. He was subsequently promoted into the position of Chief Clinical Officer for Analytics and Outcomes Research in 2013 where he oversees outcomes research for the system and co-leads the analytics team.

Dr. Dulin has a strong interest in primary care oriented research and has developed Charlotte's first practice-based research network in 2004. His passion is directed to helping underserved and vulnerable patients improve their health through access of appropriate preventative services. He is actively funded by AHRQ and NIH to studying issues related to healthcare access and quality. He enjoys spending time outside of work with his wife Andrea and two sons, Josh and Liam.

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Jennifer Fernandez, MD Jennifer Fernandez, MD

Jen Fernandez, MD, grew up in Highlands, NC, and received her undergraduate education at the College of Charleston. She attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her family medicine residency at MAHEC, in Asheville, NC. After residency she worked as a hospitalist in Hendersonville, NC.

She joined the faculty in August 2012 as the associate director of the Union program, and completed UNC's faculty development fellowship in 2013. She completed the National Institute for Program Director Development in 2014.

Her professional interests include inpatient medicine, geriatrics, and women’s health. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and shopping.

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Michael Q. Fité, ScM Michael Q. Fité, ScM
Medical Director

Although Dr. Fité was born in Baltimore, MD, and raised in Washington, DC, he now considers himself to be something of a Southern “transplant” having spent numerous years in the down South. He first graduated from the University of Tampa in 1988 with a BS in Biology. He later graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and completed his Family Medicine residency from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. His Master of Science in Health Care Management was conferred from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA. Dr. Fité is a prior National Health Service Corps scholar and is passionate about caring for underserved populations.

Other clinical interests include chronic disease and population management, minor surgical procedures and military medicine. He has served proudly over 25 years with the U.S. Army and is an active reservist with tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar.

He enjoys continuous learning and discussing various aspects of practice management, quality improvement and healthcare transformation. He is grateful to spend his spare time with his awesome wife and two children.

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Robert Jones, MD Robert Jones, MD
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Robert Jones, MD, received his undergraduate degree and played varsity basketball at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In 1990 he graduated from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System. Afterward, he finished a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at San Jose Medical Center / Stanford University in California. Dr. Jones continued his tenure there as part-time faculty while developing a full-time practice in Palm Springs, California.

He relocated to Charlotte when he joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center, where he is the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He has been the Team Physician for the USA Water Polo Men’s National Team. Currently Dr. Jones is the head Team Physician at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) as well as Medical Director of the Student Health Center at the University.

He also serves as the Executive Medical Director of the YMCA Health Centers in Charlotte.

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Darin Kennedy, MD Darin Kennedy, MD
Clinician

Darin Kennedy, MD, is a native North Carolinian and is glad to be home after several years away. A graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, he completed his family medicine residency at Carilion Health System in Roanoke, VA in 2000.

He then embarked upon eight years with the United States Army as a family physician and flight surgeon, serving at Fort Hood, Fort Benning, and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from deployment, he was invited to join the family medicine residency at Martin Army Community Hospital. He completed his military service in October of 2008 and returned home to North Carolina to work in the community as a clinician and teacher.

Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include general practice, pediatrics, and minor surgical procedures. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, music, singing, playing guitar, and writing.

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Lindsay E. Kuhn, MHS, PA-C Lindsay E. Kuhn, MHS, PA-C

Lindsay Kuhn attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Chemistry.  In 2006 she graduated from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program with a Master of Health Sciences degree.  She has practiced in Family Medicine in Charlotte, NC ever since and enjoys cultivating relationships with her patients. 

Her special interests include pediatrics and women’s health as well as preventative health care.  Lindsay is also the Director of Clinical Trials and Quality within Carolinas Medical Center’s Department Family Medicine Research division.  Current projects focus on chronic disease management, improving participants’ outcomes, and using participatory methods including shared decision making.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, practicing yoga, making jewelry, and most of all watching Carolina basketball.

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Sindy McCrystle, ANP-C, MSN Sindy McCrystle, ANP-C, MSN
Clinician, Geriatric Nurse

Sindy is Director of the Division of Aging: Department of Family Medicine. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was admitted to Sigma Theta Tau. She received her MSN and Nurse Practictioner training in Adult Primary care from Simmons College in Boston in 1978 and has maintained continuous certification through ANNC since then. She has specialized in geriatrics, teaching medical students, residents and fellows throughout her career. She has combined administrative and clinical skills to start new programs including the original certified home care program in the North End of Boston, Day care and Nursing Home, creating Senior Health Connection for CHS while managing seven practices and converting CMC-North Park to a family medicine model and writing and implementing a grant to build out a new module to expand services for seniors at CMC-Biddle Point.

She completed a mini-fellowship on geriatric curriculum development for physicians at Duke University and created a Geriatric elective for medial students through UNC-Chapel Hill. She was elected to the Academy of Educators at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2008. She was the clinical leader representing CMC-Mercy for Med_IC, a 3 year collaborative with 6 chosen hospitals under the leadership of John's Hopkins, and Mt. Sinai Geriatrics leaders. She is active with the Ethics Committee, The NC Mental Health and Disability Coalition, the Geriatric Resource Nurse Program and is currently assisting in the development of a Geriatric Fellowship Program within her Department. She is very active in the community on issues of aging. She has published multiple articles on topics related to Geriatrics. She teaches Geriatrics, Home Care, Palliative Care and systems integration/coordination. She has special interest in multi-cultural and spiritual aspects of care and end of life care for older adults.

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Andy McWilliams, MD Andy McWilliams, MD
Associate Director of Research, Director Evidence Based Medicine

Andy McWilliams, MD, MPH graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed the MD/MPH program and a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric residency.

As a member of the CHS Family Medicine faculty he devotes his clinical time to adult and pediatric inpatient care. Additionally, his research interests include improving upon care delivery systems and quality to positively affect health outcomes for patients and communities.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, running, biking, playing pick-up sports and traveling.

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Darlyne Menscer, MD Darlyne Menscer, MD
Director of Geriatric Education

Darlyne Menscer, MD, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been at Carolinas Medical Center ever since. She completed her family medicine residency there in 1982 and has continued on in the faculty.

She has a special interest in geriatrics, hospital medicine and medical politics, and has served as president of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society and president of the North Carolina Medical Society. Dr. Menscer is a member of the Council on Medical Education of the AMA and a board member of the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

She lives in Charlotte and enjoys travel, photography and watching football and basketball.

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Shay E. Phillips, BS, PharmD, BCPS Shay E. Phillips, BS, PharmD, BCPS
Assistant Professor/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Department of Family Medicine

Shay E. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Valdosta State University, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Florida A&M University, and completed residency training at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. Dr. Phillips received the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties in 2006. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Phillips was an Assistant Professor at Hampton University School of Pharmacy in Hampton, VA. Her job responsibilities consisted of didactic lecturing in the Drug and Disease State Management curriculum and serving as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Sentara Ambulatory Care Center in Norfolk, VA. Her activities at the Sentara Ambulatory Care Center included operating a cardiovascular clinic, serving as a therapeutics liaison between physicians and nurse practitioners, educating patients, students and medical residents and completing medication reconciliation.

She was awarded the Preceptor of the Year award for the 2005-2006 academic year; and in 2012 was awarded the Carolinas Medical Center Department of Family Medicine Faculty Teaching Award. Her interests include therapeutic management of anticoagulation, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. Dr. Phillips is published and has presented to colleagues on the local, state, and national level.

In her spare time, Dr. Phillips enjoys international traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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David Price, MD, Associate Director David Price, MD, Associate Director
Co-Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

A native of Atlanta, GA., David Price, MD, completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia before returning to Georgia to attend medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. His internship and residency were completed at Carolinas Medical Center. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Price then traveled around Australia doing locum tenens work before rejoining the Department of Family Medicine as faculty in 2003.

He is currently co-director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship which was started in 2005. Dr. Price has a special interest in concussions and is Medical Director of Carolinas Concussion Network. He also enjoys endurance sports and participates in marathons and triathlons.

His other interests include singing and jamming on his acoustic guitar, listening to music, reading, and traveling. Dr. Price and his wife, Ali, are the proud parents of two wonderful sons, Evan and Carter, as well as a daughter, Anna.

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Lawrence W. Raymond, MD, ScM Lawrence W. Raymond, MD, ScM
Director of Occupational/Environmental Medicine

Larry Raymond, MD, studied engineering at Manhattan College and Harvard University and worked in the petrochemical industry before going to Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Raymond did academic pulmonary and occupational medicine in the Navy and at Yale, Cornell, Baylor and Exxon before joining Carolinas HealthCare System in 1995.

He and his wife, Claire, an interior designer, have four grown children. Among Dr. Raymond's outside interests are hiking, symphonic music and running.

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Stacey Searson, MD Stacey Searson, MD
Director of Maternal Child Health

Stacey Searson, MD, is a native of St. Louis, MO. She attended the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate studies and subsequently graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. She moved to Charlotte for internship and residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center.

She joined the faculty in 2006 after spending some time traveling as a locum tenens physician. Special interests within Family Medicine include maternity care, women’s health, pediatrics, and international medicine.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys travel, photography and spending time with her husband and two children.

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Hazel Tapp, PhD Hazel Tapp, PhD
Associate Research Director, CMC Department of Family Medicine


Hazel Tapp, PhD, grew up in Wales and attended the University of Birmingham in England where she received her undergraduate and PhD degrees in Chemistry. After meeting her husband she moved to New York City to pursue a fellowship in biomedical research. They moved south, first to Florida then Charlotte where she was involved in the investigation of tissue degeneration in cartilage and disc and the use of adult stem cells in intervertebrate disc repair.

Her current research interests are in community-based participatory research, and how to directly improve patient care outcomes for chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma.

In her spare time she enjoys family activities with husband Craig and two sons Nick and Harrison. Dr. Tapp  is also a big fan of marathon running and her running group, University City Road Runners.

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