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Message from our Program Director

Krystle Graham, DO, FAPA
Psychiatry Residency Program Director

Welcome to the Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency Program at Carolinas HealthCare System!

It is an exciting time for us at Carolinas HealthCare System as we have extended our physician residency programs to include psychiatry, and our inaugural class joined us in July of 2017. We are thrilled that psychiatry residents will now have the opportunity to train at the largest healthcare system in the Carolinas. We are pleased with your interest in our program, and we look forward to preparing residents for a dynamic career.

Education is at the forefront of our department and of Carolinas HealthCare System. With the development of our program, we focus on the balance of clinical experience and scholarly activity. Your time is protected for formal didactics, which include case presentations, discussion of journal articles, interactive seminars, and attending grand rounds with some of the most renowned experts in our field.

Why Charlotte? Charlotte is an ever-growing city and the largest in North Carolina. It has something for everyone, including family-friendly activities, a bustling nightlife, theatre, and outdoor adventures. There is easy access to both beach and mountain regions and don’t forget our Panthers and Hornets!

We are excited for our program’s journey, and we hope to guide your transition into the next phase of training. Our diverse opportunities, enthusiastic faculty, and lively city set the stage for an enjoyable and fulfilling residency experience. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Learn more about Carolinas HealthCare System's behavioral health care services.


Inaugural Class of The Sandra and Leon Levine Psychiatry Residency Program

Class of 2021

Mihika Batavia, DO
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Undergrad: Univ. of South Alabama
Medical School: DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
What I love about living in Charlotte: I love Charlotte because it has all of the big city feels without the big city hassles. Charlotte has everything I need including excellent shopping, amazing food, frequent concerts, four seasons, and football! Charlotte stood out to me as a city where I hope to grow my personal and professional life.
Veronica Ridpath, DO
Hometown: Fuquay Varina, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Charlotte
Medical School: VCOM – Carolinas Campus
What I love about living in Charlotte: Since Charlotte is a very multicultural city, the range of patients you see is impressive. Outside of work, that translates to a diverse arts and culture scene and great food! The cost of living is affordable and it's a short drive to the mountains and the beach, not to mention the convenience of an international airport. I'm thankful that it's a city where my husband and I could afford to buy a home on a resident's salary – and I'm sure my dogs appreciate the yard too.
April Schindler, MD
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Undergrad: Univ. of Nevada – Las Vegas
Medical School: Loma Linda University
What I love about living in Charlotte: There is always something to do around town, from one-of-a-kind restaurants to savor, arts and entertainment, music venues, farmer’s markets, museums, parks, trails, and endless outdoor nature to explore! As a mother with two children, it was vital for me to find a community where my family could thrive. I feel that Charlotte is the perfect place for us. One of the best things about living in Charlotte is the optimistic energy of the entire town. Charlotte is a great place to work, live and grow!