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Alisahah Cole, MD

Alisahah Cole, MD
Vice Chair

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, adolescent health and physician leadership.

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


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Matthew Alexander, PhD

Matthew Alexander, PhD
Senior Behavioral Medicine Educator

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, Dr. 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 and his two children.

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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 Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine within Carolinas HealthCare System. She splits her time between 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
Medical Student Education Director
Integrative Medicine Director

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 are proud parents of their son. Outside of work, she enjoys running, bicycling, and anything outdoors.

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Dellyse Bright, MD
Residency Director

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 Biddle PointTrack Site Director/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
Geriatrics Fellowship Director

Dr. Caprio 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. Dr. Caprio developed the new Geriatrics Fellowship in 2015.  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
Core Faculty

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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Michael Dulin, MD, PhD

Michael Dulin, MD, PhD
Professor, CMC Department of Family Medicine
Public Health Research Advisor
Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research Director
UNC Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Dulin assisted our residency program where he taught Evidence-Based Medicine, served as the Director of Research, the Vice Chair, and eventually became the Chair of the Department.

In 2013, Dr. Dulin took 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.

In 2016, Dr. Dulin became the Public Health Research Advisor and Director of the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research at University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He continues to precept our residents at Elizabeth Family Medicine periodically throughout the year. 

He enjoys spending time outside of work with his wife and two sons.

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Mary N. Hall, MD
Senior Vice President of Medical Education
Chief Academic Officer, Carolinas HealthCare System
Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Mary Nolan Hall, MD is responsible for all academic programs: undergraduate and graduate medical education, nursing & allied health, continuing education and ACP fellowships.  She is the Associate Dean of the Charlotte Campus of the UNC School of Medicine and is a Professor of Family Medicine at Carolinas HealthCare System and at the University of NC at Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining the Division of Medical Education in 2011, Dr. Hall was the Chair of Family Medicine for 8 years.  In almost 3 decades at Carolinas HealthCare System, Dr. Hall has served as director of medical student education, medical director of the Family Medicine Center and as the Program Director of the FM Residency program. 

Dr. Hall received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York in Binghamton and her Medical degree from Cornell University Medical Center.  She completed her residency in family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and fellowships in faculty development at MUSC and at the University of NC at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Hall is past president of the American Balint Society.  She is the President of the national Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). 

Dr. Hall is an inaugural member of the CHS Physician Network Leadership Council, the CHS Physician Executive Leadership Council and is currently on the Senior Executive team of the CHS Medical Group Division.  She also very much enjoys her roles with the CHS Women’s Executive Leadership Group and the Mentoring Program for Women on the Road to Success (MPWRS).

 Dr. Hall is married to David H. Hall, MD, a family physician practicing in Matthews, NC.  Their daughter Katherine received her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Education from Wake Forest University and is teaching High School Spanish.  Their son Andrew graduated from Duke University and is a PhD student in social psychology at Northwestern.  Dr. Hall and her family enjoy traveling, exercising and eating great food.

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Lindsey Johnson, MD
Clinical Faculty

Dr. Johnson 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.

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Robert Jones, MD

Robert Jones, MD
Sports Medicine Faculty

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 joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center, where he created and was the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program until 2015. He is currently the Medical Director of Student Health at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

He has been the Team Physician for the USA Water Polo Men’s National Team. 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
Clinical Faculty

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 he is an acclaimed published author. 

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Anthony Martin, MD
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Associate Director

Dr. Martin earned his medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine in 2008 before completing his family medicine residency at The Reading Hospital and School of Medicine in 2011, where he served as the chief resident in his final year. Dr. Martin then completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in 2012 and stayed on as a member of the faculty at Sports Medicine and Injury Care, the family medicine residency program and for the primary care sports medicine fellowship. Dr. Martin also serves as faculty for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is active in student and resident teaching.

Dr. Martin is the head team physician for East Mecklenburg High School and is also a team physician for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a former competitive boxer, he also enjoys fight coverage including boxing and mixed martial arts.

Dr. Martin is active in the sports community and still participates in intramural sports locally. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He lives in Charlotte and enjoys fighting sports, epic poetry and cooking.

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Andy McWilliams, MD

Andy McWilliams, MD
Associate Research Director

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
Associate Geriatrics Fellowship Director

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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Sveta Mohanan, MD

Sveta Mohanan, MD
Core Faculty

Dr. Sveta Mohanan is an assistant professor and core faculty at Carolinas HealthCare System Family Medicine Residency. Her clinical practice is based at the Urban Underserved site, CMC Biddle Point. Dr. Mohanan has worked in underserved care for her entire career, domestically as well as internationally, with a focus on the care of HIV patients. She also has expertise in Women's Health, and performs the majority of contraceptive management procedures. She recently joined full-time faculty after greater than 10 years as a community preceptor and full-time clinician. She does full spectrum family medicine, as well as outpatient and inpatient care.

Dr. Mohanan is also engaged in research through the primary care research division at Carolinas HealthCare System. Her special focuses are on vulnerable populations, patient access and involving learners in research throughout their careers. She has published involving shared decision-making. She is also passionate about the underserved internationally, and has provided medical care in various countries, including India, Belize, Nepal and others. 

Dr. Mohanan is forever angling for an upgrade on any flight, as she lives to travel. She also enjoys cooking, reading, exercising and beating everyone at jeopardy.

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Shay E. Phillips, BS, PharmD, BCPS

Shay E. Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, BC-ADM
Clinical Pharmacy Faculty

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.

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
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director

Dr. Price earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL and, after working in rural Australia for a short period, returned to Charlotte, NC to join the Carolinas Medical Center family medicine residency as a faculty member.

Active in teaching, Dr. Price is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 2015 transitioned from Co-Director to Director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. He also serves as medical director of athletic training in the Department of Sports Medicine and Special Events. In this role, he works closely with Charlotte Mecklenburg High School Athletics and is the team physician for Johnson C. Smith University.

Dr. Price has an avid interest in sudden cardiac death and is the medical director for Heart of a Champion Day, a high school athletic pre-participation screening program that includes non-invasive cardiac testing to identify athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death. He also has an interest in sports concussion and is the medical director of Carolinas Concussion Network. His funded research in these areas focuses on affected athletes.

Dr. Price is active in the sports community and enjoys treating endurance athletes. He speaks locally and nationally as an expert in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Price is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He lives in Charlotte with his wife and three children and enjoys triathlons, soccer, and music.

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Stacey Searson, MD

Stacey Searson, MD
Women’s Health Director

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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Lindsay E. Kuhn, MHS, PA-C

Lindsay E. Shade, MHS, PA-C
Clinical Trials and Quality Director 

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

Dr. Simmons 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.

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Holly Stegall, MD
Core Faculty

Dr. Stegall 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. 

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Hazel Tapp, PhD
Research Director

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.

Dr. Tapp currently serves as Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas HealthCare System, at the Center for Primary Care Research. Her research interests are in implementing improved delivery of care for patients with chronic diseases such as sickle cell disease, diabetes and asthma. As co-director of a practice-based research network (PBRN), the Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research, she works on several projects designed to use community based participatory research (CBPR) and implementation research to study improved outcomes for populations with chronic disease through implementation of evidence-based interventions. As PI on a PCORI patient-centered outcomes project designed to study the dissemination of shared decision making using participatory implementation strategies, Dr. Tapp is currently working with 4 Practice-based research networks and Medicaid across North Carolina to implement shared decision making for asthma patients across 30 practices. As a co-investigator on an AHRQ funded project to improve patient outcomes by improving quality of care for patients with asthma, she oversaw the development and implementation of a shared decision making toolkit across six ambulatory practices within Carolinas HealthCare System. Also, in partnership with community members, patients, community organizational representatives, providers, and other research team members, Dr. Tapp helped develop and actively serve as a participating member of several community advisory boards (CABs) and patient advisory board (PAB).

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


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Dael M. Waxman, MD

Dael M. Waxman, MD
Interim Chair
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 and daughter. He also enjoys travel, long distance running, and photography.

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