First Year

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Javier Ayala, M.D.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Fun Fact:  I love learning new skills and hobbies. My most well known are boating and offshore fishing, but I also dabble in SCUBA diving, surfing, welding, metal work, golf, shotgun sports, home repair / improvement, and anything food or wine related. Unfortunately, I’m still pretty bad at all of them, but I’m always willing to learn new skills or practice with anyone who is interested!  

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Kelly Barton, M.D.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Fun Fact:  I grew up with 6 brothers.  I was in Show Choir in high school, my favorite classes in college were “The American Musical” and “History of Rock and Roll.”  

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Rachel Black, M.D.
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Fun Fact: Although I grew up in the tiny, quiet town of Canterbury, NH, my large Puerto Rican family was anything but quiet with up to 10 people living in the house at one time spanning four generations. My husband also grew up in NH only ten minutes away from my house, but we didn't meet until after college. 

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Allyson Brown, M.D.
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Portland State University
Fun Fact: I attended the University of Southern California (the "other" USC) for undergrad and played mellophone in their marching band. I love anything to do with the outdoors, I still know the words to all of the Girl Scout camp songs that I learned growing up, and can build a pretty mean campfire, if I does say so myself. 

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Holly Burchett, M.D.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Fun Fact:  I have two Golden Retrievers, Otter and Ivan (named for Van Morrison). I took a gap year between college and medical school and spent a semester teaching English in Thailand and backpacking in Southeast Asia. 

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Madeleine Byrd, M.D.
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Fun Fact: I grew up on a farm just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where I first discovered my passion for taking care of small creatures.  While I am taking care of small humans instead now, my adoration for animals has continued, most of all for my French bulldog, Stewart!  Stewart is named after my idol Martha Stewart, as I also love crafting, cooking/baking, event and interior design, etc.  My key lime pie won the TN State Fair fruit pie division contest last year, and I hope to find a local fair to be part of in Charleston!

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Charlene Chalmers, M.D.
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Northwest Arkansas Community College
Fun Fact: I grew up in Bentonville, AR (the hometown of Walmart), and had never heard of any other grocery store before I moved to Georgia when I was 18. I lived in Tanzania for a year after college teaching English.  I am semi-fluent in Swahili.

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Mary Hamilton, M.D.
Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine - Amarillo
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Fun Fact: I have never lived in one place for more than 4 years at a time - I've lived in Virginia, Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Turkey, and Texas. My favorite animal is a hippo (I'm only slight obsessed).

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Brock Karolcik, M.D.
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: West Virginia University
Fun Fact: I have gone on two medical mission trips to Peru, and on the first one a lady asked me to be the Godfather of her little girl. A year later, she recognized me when I was helping a nearby village and ran up to me. I come from a big hockey family and at a Pittsburgh Penguins game I was randomly selected to go on the ice for intermission to play giant sized skeeball (and won $250).

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Michael Lugo, M.D.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Fun Fact: I was challenged once to an arm wrestling competition by an aspiring bodybuilder and won. Also, I have a lifelong repulsion to the ends of hot dogs… often turns to family or strangers to bite the ends off for me, especially at baseball games. 

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Kristin Kyler, D.O.
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Fun Fact: I have a strong interest in the weather and came very close to majoring in meteorology instead of the pre-med track. I met my husband while he was still in the army so I spent my entire medical school career as a supportive army girlfriend and then wife. 

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Rachel McKinley, M.D.
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Fun Fact: Rachel is a die-hard CrossFitter and has been doing CrossFit for 4 years. She and her husband met in her first week of CrossFit, and they went to the 2017 CrossFit Games in Wisconsin together.  Rachel also loves animals…I mean LOVES animals. Her husband says that she loves their two rescue dogs more than him.

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Tina Nguyen, M.D.
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine - Martinsburg
Undergraduate: Shepherd University
Fun Fact: To celebrate finishing Step 1, I completed a 9 pound ice cream challenge with 5 other people.  I learned how to ski in my 3rd year of medical school despite living in MN for half my life and WV the other half.

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Cassandra Stegall, D.O.
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Undergraduate: University of California Berkeley
Fun Fact: In my free time, I love to travel and be outdoors. I have been to 18 countries, rode a sting ray, and hiked across the Grand Canyon in 115 degree heat (which I don't recommend).