Teaching Observer and Consultant Biographies

Several highly qualified individuals have offered their assistance to TEACH to provide observation services to educators interested in improving their skills. Read about them below and sign up for a observation session.

Chad J. DeMott MD, FACP

0316161156_HDRDr. DeMott graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training in the Air Force at Wright Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, OH. Since residency while in the Air Force and here at Carilion, he has largely practiced in academic training programs. Currently he serves as an Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine at Carilion Virginia Tech School of Medicine. He has also been the site clerkship director for the Uniformed Services University students doing rotations at Wright Patterson.

Dr. DeMott has received numerous teaching awards here at Carilion as well as in the Air Force. He very much enjoys teaching in all venues but particularly enjoys teaching in clinical situations such as rounding with residents and students as well as in leading small group sessions. He is currently working on a project to improve residents as teachers, and he is also quite interested in the elusive goal of efficiently teaching in the midst of multiple daily demands.

Mahtab (Mattie) Foroozesh, MDMattie Foroozesh

Dr. Foroozesh graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. She then completed her Internal Medicine Residency followed by fellowships in
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as well as Sleep Medicine at Tulane.  After five years of private practice, she joined Carilion Clinic in 2008 at which time she joined
the faculty of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

During her stay at Carilion Clinic, she served as teaching faculty, Associate Program Director, and now the Program Director for the Carilion Clinic –VTC School of Medicine Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

Bruce Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine.
He did one year ofInternal Medicine internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital before moving with his wife to the University of Kansas Medical School and Hospital.  There he did one year of obstetrics-gynecology residency before switching back to Internal Medicine.  After completing Internal Medicine residency, he did one year of General Internal Medicine fellowship.  He then joined the faculty at the University of Kansas eventually reaching the rank of Professor.  After many years at Kansas, he and his wife moved to University of Iowa, then to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and now at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

He has been a clerkship director at two schools, residency or fellowship director at three sites, division director of General Medicine in two programs, and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at VTCSOM.  While at University of Iowa, he helped start a faculty development program for fellows in Internal Medicine specialties who were planning academic careers.  He continued doing similar faculty development work for fellows at East Carolina.  He has been involved in a number of teaching and faculty development projects at VTCSOM and has a wealth of experience teaching in the ambulatory setting.

Anita Kablinger, MD

027_27Dr. Kablinger graduated from McMaster University with a B.S. in Biology and Psychology. She earned her medical degree from Finch University of Health Sciences/ The  Chicago Medical School (Now Rosalind Franklin SOM), and completed her residency in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Kablinger has received multiple teaching awards since becoming faculty including the First Annual Irma Bland Award for excellence in Teaching Residents via the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Psychiatry Teacher of The Year award from LSUHSC-S, and the First Annual Roberts Award presented by the Association of Academic Psychiatry for Inspiration and Mentoring in Psychiatric Education. Dr. Kablinger is currently Program Director for Carilion’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine residency training program.


Rhoda Murray, PhD

Dr. Rhoda Murray is the current Chair of the Nursing Department at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Prior to becoming Chair, Dr. Murray was the Program Director for the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program.  She joined Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2012 as an assistant professor.  Dr. Murray received an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from South Carolina State University, a Master’s degree in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D in Education with a specialization in nursing education from Capella University. Dr. Murray is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of nursing experience.  As a veteran and military wife, she has worked across the country as a critical nurse and has practiced as a nurse practitioner in both family practice and geriatrics. Rhoda continues to practice as a nurse practitioner with geriatric clients.  As an educator, Dr. Murray has received the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Advising and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Student Development.

David W. Musick, PhD

Dr. Musick completed his Master of Sociology degree from East Tennessee State University and his Doctorate in Educational Evaluation & Policy Studies from the University of Kentucky. He also completed a post-graduate certificate in Bioethics from the University of Washington. He began working in medical education in 1992, and held a variety of academic and leadership positions at three medical schools prior to joining the VTC School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic in July 2013. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles on various aspects of medical and health professions education.

Dr. Musick’s teaching experiences with health professions learners have focused on the general areas of bioethics, health systems, social and behavioral aspects of medicine and spirituality and medicine. He has been the principal investigator on several education-related grants, and has also done major fund development work. His research interests include faculty and curriculum development, educational assessment, medical professionalism, and the interface between education and patient outcomes.

Shari Whicker, EdD, MEd

Whicker, Shari01 HeadshotDr. Whicker completed both her Master of Education Degree in Training & Development and her Doctorate of Education in Adult Learning at North Carolina State University. She has been working in medical education since 1999 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she stayed until she left her position as Training & Development Manager for Wake Forest University Physicians in 2004. In 2004, she moved to Duke University Medical Center where she worked in the Department of Pediatrics for 10 years. She moved from her position as Duke Pediatric’s Director of Education Development in 2014 to join the Office of Continuing Professional Development (OCPD) at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine where she is currently Assistant Professor, Director of OCPD, and Director of TEACH (Teaching Excellence Academy for Collaborative Healthcare).

Dr. Whicker’s passions include everything related to the development of faculty and trainee teaching, learning, and education research skills. Over the years, she has spent a great deal of time observing and providing feedback to health professionals on their teaching skills in a variety of settings.

Kimberly Whiter, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Kimberly WhiterMs. Whiter started her career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, working in hospital laboratories in the areas of hematology, blood banking, clinical chemistry, microbiology, and immunology. During her career in the clinical laboratory, she earned a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, served as a clinical preceptor for medical lab science students, and was an adjunct for a local college teaching courses in the medical lab science field. Eventually, Kimberly shifted her career to higher education and started teaching full-time covering the Hematology, Blood Banking, Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis courses for the Medical Lab Science program at Jefferson College. Currently, Kimberly is the Director of Faculty Development at Jefferson College and is able to offer aid in course design, presentation style, active learning techniques, teaching labs, online teaching, and clinical precepting (1-3 students at a time).