Amber Graham, M.D.
Medical School: The University
of Toledo College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee
Professional Interests: Sports medicine, musculoskeletal, maybe EMG
Hobbies: hiking, traveling, NASCAR
Quote: I chose UVA because my interests are in sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries and I knew UVA had a great program in these areas. Also it doesn't hurt that I can see the mountains from my front porch!
Jeffrey LaVallee, M.D.
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Professional interests: General physiatry, sports medicine
Hobbies: Snowboarding, golfing
Quote: I chose UVA PM&R program because it felt like it was the right fit for me. The program consists of great faculty with a strong musculoskeletal program. UVA provides many resources and opportunities as a world class academic institution located in a charming city such as Charlottesville. I felt like the program provided the best environment for my family and I to live and grow.
Benjamin May, M.D.
Medical School: Texas A&M
Undergraduate: Texas A&M
Professional interests: Sports Medicine
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family. Watching just about any sport. Playing most of them. Grilling anything from pears to steaks.
Quote: I love the small town feel of Charlottesville, and you can't beat the scenery. UVA has one of the best sports medicine programs in the country, and one of only a few with built in event coverage. Put it all together and it’s a great place for on-the-job training as well as to raise a family.
Regan Royer, M.D.
Medical School: University of Virginia
Undergraduate: University of Colorado
Professional interests: MSK/Sports, SCI, Interventional Pain
Hobbies: hanging out with my family, running, live music
Quote: I am so fortunate to be staying at UVA. The attendings and residents both in PM&R and other services are enthusiastic about teaching and make an effort to uphold the collegial atmosphere here that makes it easy to learn. Charlottesville is also a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It is a relatively small town but feels like a big city with all the restaurants and cultural events. The scenery is beautiful and there are tons of spots within Charlottesville and nearby to get out and enjoy nature.
Mark Caramore, MD
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Undergraduate: Siena College
Interests: prosthetics and MSK rehab, ultrasound and peripheral injections, sports medicine
Quote: “ I have family in the Norfolk area with two young nephews which made it a natural choice. The program is geared toward providing a strong foundation in outpatient MSK which is something that has always attracted me. The area is a perfect size and environment for outdoor pursuits, trying new restaurants, and getting into trouble with my new puppy. It also helps that it gets less snow than Syracuse, New York!”
Nicole Kelleher, M.D.
Medical School: The University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Professional interests: Sports Medicine, Traumatic brain injury
Hobbies: Running, biking, swimming, hiking, cooking
Quote: UVA clearly values resident teaching, mentorship and clinical excellence. It is a small program with a big reputation, particularly in the fields of sports medicine and interventional pain management. The faculty are fun, caring, professional and invested in fostering a positive resident experience. UVA offers a superb resident education, as well as the opportunity to live in the most dynamic, beautiful, vibrant city in America. There is nothing not to love about being a UVA PM&R resident!
Jason Kirkbride, M.D.
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Graduate School: Georgetown
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Professional Interests: Spasticity, MSK, Sports Medicine, Running Medicine, Pain Medicine
Hobbies: Running, Cars, spending time outdoors with my family
Quote: "As I looked for residency programs, I was drawn to UVA’s strong sports medicine training including the runners clinic, gait lab and integrative event coverage. Additionally, the program includes an abundance of EMG experience and pain medicine exposure. After interviewing with the faculty and residents, I knew that this program had the camaraderie and faculty involvement that I valued. Charlottesville has so much to offer, and the laid back, active lifestyle provides a fantastic environment for a healthy balance of residency training and family life."
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: University of
Professional interests: MSK, Sports, EMG, SCI, Pediatric Rehab
Hobbies: Running, hiking, Gator Football, traveling, and trying new beers and foods
Quote: I am incredibly happy to have matched at UVA. The residency program offers a great environment to learn medicine while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. The faculty, staff and other residents are very friendly and easy going. And it’s easy to see why so many love being in Charlottesville. It is a great college town with a lot to do, especially if you enjoy wine or the outdoors.
Austin Albright, M.D.
Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Freed-Hardeman University
Professional Interests: MSK, Sports, Interventional Pain, EMG
Hobbies: Strength and Conditioning, working on cars, fishing
Quote:” I am extremely excited to have matched at UVA! The program provides a level of exposure to musculoskeletal, sports medicine, and EMG that was unrivaled during my interview season. This, coupled with the fact that Charlottesville is an incredible place to live, made UVA a no brainer for me.”
Sara Raiser, M.D.
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Emory University
Professional interests: Sports Medicine, MSK, Running Medicine, Biomechanics, Nutrition
Hobbies: Crossfit, Olympic lifting, running, horseback riding, foodie
Quote: “ I have a great interest in musculoskeletal medicine and after hearing about Charlottesville and UVA's phenomenal PM&R program, I was hooked. I have heard only praises for the city and the program. Charlottesville is beautiful, and I love the small town feel but still with so much to do! I already feel at home here. The residents and physicians are down to earth, passionate about what they do, and care greatly about resident education.”
Rapipen Siriwetchadarak, M.D.
Medical School: Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand
Professional interests: Pain Management, MSK, Neurorehabilitation, Cancer Rehabilitation, Functional Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, yoga, hiking, traveling
Quote: "UVA offers well-rounded PM&R experience and the best training one could hope for. Faculty and residents are extremely friendly, thoughtful and passionate. I’m so grateful to have matched at UVA and have met a lot of wonderful people here. Charlottesville is a beautiful small city that has everything I need to live happily, healthily and peacefully. I’m convinced that being here, I shall be able to accomplish my educational attainment and life goals."
Justin Weppner, D.O.
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate school: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Professional interests: TBI, Medical Acupuncture, MSK, Sports Medicine, Military Medicine, Tactical Combat Casualty Care
Hobbies: Hiking, Running
Quote: "I choose UVA due to the variety of inpatient exposure as well as a strong outpatient curriculum in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, and EMG. Combined with the fact that Charlottesville is a great place to raise a family and work it was a perfect fit for my entire family."
Will Hodgson, M.D.
Medical school: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Carson-Newman University
Professional interests: sports, MSK, EMG, interventional pain, TBI
Hobbies: Fly fishing, camping, hiking, sports
Quote: "UVA provides excellent training in sports and musculoskeletal medicine with plenty of opportunity for event coverage. The faculty and residents are also very friendly and supportive, which makes for a great work environment. Additionally, Charlottesville is an awesome city with a lot to do if you are looking for an active outdoor lifestyle."
John Lattin, M.D.
Medical School: WVU SOM
Graduate School: NA
Undergraduate school: BYU
Professional interests: Sports medicine, adaptive sports,
Hobbies: skiing, running, biking, climbing, playing with my daughters
Quote: "I chose UVA because I was really impressed by the facilities, and both the the current residents and faculty. I also liked the idea of a smaller program that would allow me to pursue my specific interests. I like that Charlottesville is a smaller town but has a lot going on. I also like that it is close to some fun outdoors activities."