Past Residents - 2018

Jessica Brown

PGY1 Resident

Jessica Brown Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Rhodes College, 2014

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, 2018

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Dalton, GA

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
FOOD!! The best BBQ, soul food, and plenty of upscale restaurants for the foodies.

Personal interests outside of the residency program
I enjoy golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, going to Memphis Redbirds games, walking on the Greenline and watching football.

Cory Chastain

PGY1 Resident

Cory Chastain Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Biology degree, University of Arkansas, 2009

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2018

Residency
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, TN, 2018-current

Married? Any children?
Married with 2 dogs

Where did you grow up?
Jonesboro, AR

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Without question, the food! In no particular order: Ching's Wings, Gus', Folk's Folly, Gibson's Donuts, Central BBQ and Westy's.

Personal interests outside of the residency program (golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, etc.)
In my free time, I enjoy hunting, fishing, and watching sports. I've also been known to binge watch my fair share of Netflix shows.

Melissa Chinn

PGY1 Resident

Melissa ChinnMedical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, 2018

Residency
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Memphis, TN, 2018-2019

Married? Any children?
Not married yet and no children so far! Hopefully in the future!

Where did you grow up?
Wichita, KS

Why did you choose Baptist?
I really loved the different areas of cardiology available at Baptist, especially because it's my area of interest, but it also seemed like I would get a well-rounded experience, as well. When I interviewed, all the specialists who were there were so easy to talk to, friendly, and genuinely cared about my future career goals and how those would fit with Baptist. Additionally, I really liked the idea of a hospital that was a hybrid of an academic center and larger community health care system.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
Every morning, I work up patients on whatever floor I'm assigned to through my preceptor and make sure I know why the patient is here, what disease states they have, and what are their barriers to a successful discharge. I make interventions with physicians to help with patients’ glucose control, antibiotic management, and optimization of therapy for their disease states. I really enjoy talking to patients and counseling them on new medications, like warfarin and the other anticoagulants. It gives me an opportunity to get to know them and also help them manage their medications and answer whatever questions they have to help them have a successful discharge home.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I love the culture and history that's here in Memphis. The National Civil Rights Museum is an amazing site to visit and reveals how central Memphis was during Martin Luther King Jr.'s time. The varying types of local food are fantastic, and I will never get bored of trying new restaurants here! Shelby Farms Park is a great place to visit to get some fresh air and relaxation.

Personal interests outside of the residency program?
When I have some free time, I love to go hiking and exploring the outdoors. I also enjoy reading, spending time with friends, trying new restaurants and food, and traveling to visit my long-time boyfriend in Boston.

Why did you choose your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
My grandpa was a big inspiration for me throughout my life. He was an Air Force pilot for 40 years before retiring, and I always looked up to him. However, he suffered from Parkinson's disease and PTSD from the numerous wars he flew in. Toward the end of his life, I helped him remember to take his medications every day, and I remember he was taking 25 different medications at different times of the day. And many of the medicines he was on were to help with side effects of his Parkinson's disease treatment. It was that experience that made me realize that I wanted to get into the health care field and help other patients like my grandpa to reduce pill burden and optimize therapy.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The relationship that pharmacy has with physicians, nurses, and other departments of the hospital is unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. Pharmacy is well respected and utilized for the various services that we can provide to help physicians and nurses treat patients. The culture within the pharmacy is amazing, welcoming, and friendly. The specialists are not only concerned about how much you're learning and gaining from the residency, but also how you are doing as a person. They genuinely care about your personal life. The constant support I've received so far this year has been amazing and has made the transition to a new city much easier. In the short amount of time I've already been here at Baptist, I've learned more than I could've imagined, and I know I will carry that knowledge with me throughout my career.

Short bio
I went to Wichita State University (Go Shockers!) for undergraduate and majored in psychology with a minor in chemistry. Before I could graduate, I was accepted into Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville, TN for pharmacy school. I graduated in May 2018 and moved to Memphis, TN to start my PGY-1 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. I plan to pursue a PGY-2 in cardiology next year. I also hope to move closer to my long-term boyfriend, who is completing a fellowship with a pharmaceutical company in Boston.

Kelsey Knoch

PGY1

Kelsey KnochUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods, East Tennessee State University, 2013

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy

Residency
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

Where did you grow up?
Nashville, TN

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist Memorial to complete my residency training because of the amazing people who work within the hospital.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
One of my favorite things about Memphis is the food. Being new to Memphis, I am learning more and more about the amazing restaurant life here, and I am excited to try out even more places. Another thing I love about Memphis is Shelby Farms, especially the off-the-leash dog park!

Personal interests outside of the residency program (golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, etc.)
A few of my interests outside of the residency program include trying out new restaurants, game nights, and going to the dog park with my dog, Louie.

Carissa Schmittou

PGY1

Carissa SchmittouUndergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree

Residency
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis PGY1

Areas of research
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Where did you grow up?
Nashville, TN

Why did you choose Baptist?
So many different specialists in different areas here to invest in my residency year and teach me during the year.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
So many good restaurants. Personal interests outside of the residency program include golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, going on walks outside, hanging out with friends and watching sports.

Esha Thakore

PGY1

Esha Thakore

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Christian Brothers University, 2014

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, University of Tennessee-College of Pharmacy, 2018

Residency
Baptist Memorial Hospital,-Memphis TN, 2018-current

Where did you grow up?
Memphis, TN

Why did you choose Baptist?
I’ve had many rotations here and love the atmosphere, work environment, staff and mission.

What is your day like? Any challenges? What's rewarding about your day?
I have not started my actual rotations yet.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
The weather, my family and friends

Personal interests outside of the residency program (golf, weight lifting, scrap booking, etc.)
Dancing, traveling, strolling through the park, shopping.

Why did you choose your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I've always wanted to do something in the medical field but didn't know exactly what. Through shadowing opportunities, I was able to slowly understand the role of a pharmacist, so I decided to enroll in a pharmacy school to pursue this as my career.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Baptist is a wonderful place with great people who stand for a great mission: healing, preaching and teaching. Baptist as an organization is wonderful and has given me wonderful opportunities to have rotations here.

Short bio
I was born in India, but spent most of my life in Memphis, TN. I attended Germantown High School and later completed my Bachelor of Biochemistry degree from Christian Brothers University. I completed my Doctor of Pharmacy degree at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. During my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, going dancing, experimenting with cosmetics, and watching Bollywood movies.

Stephen Turner

PGY1

Stephen Turner

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Lipscomb University, 2014

Medical degree
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2018

Where did you grow up?
La Vergne, TN

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Barbecue, Gibson's Donuts, Shelby Farms Park.

Personal interests outside of the residency program
Playing with my dog, tinkering with computers, watching Netflix, and finding new restaurants to eat at.