Emergency Medicine Residents

PGY-3 Residents

Matthew Hall, M.D.

Matthew Hall, M.D.

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

College: Auburn University

Medical school: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Bio: Born in Alabama and went to Auburn. Did some scribing in the Northwest. Went to school in Chicago. It was too cold.

What do you like about Mobile: It’s 80 degrees in November. We're just a short drive from the beach.

What do you like about the residency: The residency program is small and tight knit with a family vibe. The attending physicians really get to know you and place a lot of trust in you.

Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, traveling, skiing, games

Fun fact: This is a bad picture; I look better than this in real life.


Kyle Johnson, D.O.

Kyle Johnson, D.O.

Hometown: Leesburg, GA

College: Kennesaw State University

Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn Campus

Bio: I quit college to join the Marine Corps. After six years, I finished my college degree and enlistment, enrolling in medical school. I'm now working hard every day to be more like Dr. Warner (Class of 2020 grad).

What do you like about Mobile: Proximity to the beach and water

What do you like about the residency: The other residents are great, also the high acuity of illness we see in the ED.

Hobbies: Powerlifting, hunting, fishing, soccer, basketball, reading

Fun fact: I have a twin brother named Brian.


Christina Mattingly, M.D.

Christina Mattingly, M.D.

Hometown: York, SC

College: Clemson University

Medical school: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Bio: I was born and raised in a small town in South Carolina by my dad, an automotive mechanic, in family of five siblings. A graduate of Clemson University, I am the first person in my family to attend college. After working full time for three years for a biomedical startup, I went on to attend medical school in Greenville, SC. 

What do you like about Mobile: I like the warm weather, proximity to water/beaches, low cost of living, the lack of traffic, and the delicious seafood.

What do you like about the residency: I chose emergency medicine because it is the one specialty where we treat all-comers at all times of the day, regardless of their complaint or ability to pay. I love that the job demands that I know a little bit about everything in medicine, and allows me to perform a variety of procedures. After residency, I hope to practice in a community ED in an area of need.

Hobbies: Running, working out, playing soccer, fishing, kayaking, traveling, eating

Fun fact: I navigated through Portugal, Morocco, and New York City alone for two weeks despite losing my phone, debit card, and ID on a Lisbon bus on day 2 of the trip.


Kaleigh Miller, M.D.

Kaleigh Miller, M.D.

Hometown: Lexington, TN

Medical school: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Bio: UTHSC grad who went into emergency medicine for the versatility of seeing all kinds of patients and being much more hands-on than internal medicine/family medicine but hates standing in an OR for hours.

What do you like about Mobile: Great cost of living and place to do outdoorsy activities while maintaining a city feel. Plus, it's hardly ever cold and the beach is close enough to do day trips.

What do you like about the residency: We have a tight-knit group of residents and faculty that make the whole thing more fun. We also have a nice balance of education and independence, so you feel adequately supervised while also having ownership over your patient and decisions.

Hobbies: Hanging outside with my dog and BF, binging Netflix while crocheting, making mead, bourbon, reading, finding fun places to take my dog on walks/hiking, video games, planning home upgrades, hydroponics

Fun fact: My dog's name is Sophie, and she was named after the main character in the book Howl's Moving Castle.


Rafael Raya, M.D.

Rafael Raya, M.D.

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

College: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Medical school: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Bio: After four years of Boston winters, I went back to Texas to spend time as an 8th grade math teacher. I attended the University of Texas RGV SOM as part of the inaugural class. Interested in education and mentorship.

What do you like about Mobile: There are more outdoor activities than there are days off. The shrimp is also on another level here.

What do you like about the residency: A developing residency means having a voice and an opportunity to actively shape your post-graduate education.

Hobbies: Martial arts, comedy, reading

Fun fact: I was adamant about setting my own nose, which is why it’s a little crooked now.


Sidrah Syed, M.D.

Sidrah Syed, M.D.

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

College: Tulane University 

Medical school: Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Bio: New Orleans native. Graduated from Tulane University in 2014 with a degree in ceramics and printmaking. Before starting medical school, I worked as a paper conservationist tech aiding in research of colonial documents and the repair of books. Continuing to explore the intersection of art, humanities, and medicine. 

What do you like about Mobile: The sunset over the Mobile Bay

What do you like about the residency: I like the level of autonomy given to the interns and the camaraderie between the Class of 2023!

Hobbies: Drawing, cooking, traveling, eating

Fun fact: Medicine is like a mitochondrial disease in my family. It’s been passed down from my great grandmother to me making, me a fourth-generation physician. 



PGY-2 Residents

Noelle Ahmed, M.D.

Noelle Ahmed, M.D.

Hometown: Dothan, AL 

College: Auburn University 

Medical school: University of South Alabama College of Medicine 

Bio: I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and briefly lived in Portland, Oregon, before moving to my hometown of Dothan, Alabama. In college, I majored in accounting and became pre-med right before my senior year. 

What do you like about Mobile: The warm weather and the beautiful old oak trees

What do you like about the residency: I like the wonderful EM faculty and the impressive new emergency department.

Hobbies: K-dramas, froyo, exercising, and hanging out with friends and family

Fun fact: I once played an old man in a school play. 


Harvey Browning, D.O.

Harvey Browning, D.O.

Hometown: Talladega, AL

College: BSN, Jacksonville State University; MSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn

Bio: I worked as a nurse and then as a nurse practitioner prior to medical school. 

What do you like about Mobile: City amenities with a small town atmosphere

What do you like about the residency: The balance of autonomy and supervision

Hobbies: Hiking, reading

Fun fact: I have hiked over 40 miles on the Pinhoti Trail.


Caleb Cantrell, M.D.

Caleb Cantrell, M.D.

Hometown: Smithville, TN

College: Tennessee Tech University

Medical school: University of Tennessee

Bio: Married to my high school sweetheart with a son and a dog. 

What do you like about Mobile: Beach proximity, seafood, and cost of living

What do you like about the residency: I appreciate the top-notch faculty with diverse training experiences and interests. 

Hobbies: Going to the beach, any outdoor activity, chasing my toddler around while trying to do said activity

Fun fact: If I couldn’t be a doctor, I would be a marine biologist. 


Kaitlyn Hall, M.D.

Kaitlyn Hall, M.D.

Hometown: Irving, TX 

College: Southern Methodist University

Medical school: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

Bio: After majoring in mechanical engineering with a biomedical specialization in college, I switched my career path and found my passion in practicing medicine. I became the first physician in my family and have an interest in critical care.

What do you like about Mobile: I like being close to multiple beaches to explore in what free time I have. 

What do you like about the residency: I like the interest of the faculty members in teaching/mentoring, the experience/acuity of a level 1 trauma center, and the close relationship we have among our residents.

Hobbies: Baking, group fitness classes, kayaking, lighthearted TV shows

Fun fact: I used to be in the Texas Girls' Choir and have traveled both within the U.S. and to China and Thailand to perform.


Gregory Heidel, M.D.

Gregory Heidel, M.D.

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

College: University Tennessee, Knoxville

Medical school: Meharry Medical College

Bio: Illinois born. Tennessee raised. Mobile trained. San Diego makes it in there somewhere also. 

What do you like about Mobile: Great people, great food, and great outdoors; less hurricane season.

What do you like about the residency: USA has a family feel with the confidence that comes with having world-class training to handle anything on the other side of residency, from rural to other tertiary academic centers.

Hobbies: Previously everything fun; like waterskiing, backpacking, and scuba diving. However, these days being used as a jungle gym by my daughter occupies much of that time.

Fun fact: Specialization is for insects.


Carly McRae, M.D.

Carly McRae, M.D.

Hometown: Fairhope, AL

College: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 

Medical school: University of South Alabama College of Medicine 

Bio: I have been married for 4 years to my husband, Michael, and we have two dogs  

What do you like about Mobile: I love being near the water! Even driving past it every morning improves my day.

What do you like about the residency: All of the faculty and upper-level residents are really enthusiastic about making the residency as good as it can be, and they have been so helpful and welcoming to us as interns. Since it is a new EM program, they are also incredibly receptive to resident feedback!  

Hobbies: Anything outside! I especially love the beach, boating, and swimming.  



PGY-1 Residents

Zach Aggen, M.D.

Zach Aggen, M.D.

Hometown: Athens, AL

College: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical school: University of South Alabama College of Medicine 

Bio: Married father of four, Army veteran, taught high school science 

What do you like about Mobile: The people

What do you like about the residency: No longer being a medical student

Hobbies: Running, biking, hunting, gardening

Fun fact: I have 649 unread emails. 


Jeremy Bourget, D.O.

Jeremy Bourget, D.O.

Hometown: Timmins, Ontario

College: Liberty University, VA

Medical school: Campbell University, NC

Bio: I grew up in northern Ontario and made my way to Virginia to continue my studies and compete in track/cross-country. I had some early exposure to emergency medicine while working as a nurse aide during my gap year. Since then and after completing my medical school rotations, it became evident to me that EM was where I envisioned myself long-term.

What do you like about Mobile: Mobile is a beautiful community. Every street has so much greenery and a lot of areas are historic. The proximity to the beach is a plus. We have only received warm welcomes since being in Mobile. 

What do you like about the residency: It's cliché for many EM programs to say they’re a family; however, I felt this to be very accurate since coming to USA. I’ve had an ample amount of support from faculty and fellow residents. It seems like everything done is to better the learning experience for the next group of residents and better the program as a whole. 

Hobbies: Running, exercise, basketball

Fun fact: With only a few exceptions, all of my classes before undergrad were taught in French. 


Lily Brooks, M.D.

Lily Brooks, M.D.

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

College: Mississippi State University

Medical school: University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Bio: Born and raised in Alabama, I spent much of my childhood exploring the outdoors. While attending university and medical school, I used my free time traveling and hiking across the world.

What do you like about Mobile: The beach!

What do you like about the residency: Getting to work with such a supportive group of people

Hobbies: Hiking, video games and watching movies

Fun fact: I have been to 23 national parks and plan on seeing them all!


Riley Coots, M.D.

Riley Coots, M.D.

Hometown: Bardstown, KY

College: Western Kentucky University

Medical school: University of Kentucky 

Bio: Born in Michigan and moved to Kentucky in high school. I grew up building houses with my parents and built my first home in 2006. I am a big nerd who enjoys reading books like "The Lord of the Rings" and "Wheel of Time" in addition to building a gaming computer a few years ago.  

What do you like about Mobile: The food is amazing. 

What do you like about the residency: The brand-new emergency room is incredibly nice, and the attendings have been wonderful.

Hobbies: Video games, tennis, reading

Fun fact: I have a family pizza recipe that includes hand tossed home-made dough.


Mackenzie Link, M.D.

Mackenzie Link, M.D.

Hometown: Melbourne, FL

College: University of Florida

Medical school: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Bio: I grew up in Florida and lived there most of my life. I worked at an ophthalmology office and as an ED scribe before medical school.

Hobbies: Running, reading, cars, tennis

Fun fact: I’ve lived in four different states over the past seven years.


Soterios (Channing) Stroud, D.O.

Soterios (Channing) Stroud, D.O.

Hometown: Savannah, GA

College: Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus

Medical school: Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Bio: I was born and raised in Savannah, GA; moved to Idaho for medical school and outdoor endeavors. I’m a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy HPSP program. 

What do you like about Mobile: Affordable living, JH CrossFit, nice beaches nearby

What do you like about the residency: Brand new ED, faculty invested in our success, newer program open to making the things better for its trainees

Hobbies: CrossFit, anything outdoors, traveling, mentoring, breweries, spending time with my girlfriend and dogs

Fun fact: I’m a great Greek dancer!