1st Year Residents

claire krohn

Claire Krohn, MD

I am a Michigander born and raised in Whitehall, MI and eventually relocating to Grand Rapids, MI for my undergraduate and medical education (yes I do use my hand as a “mitten” to show people where I’m from). I met my husband, Jordan, at the beginning of medical school where we were classmates together at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He was my rock throughout all trials and tribulations that come with medical school. Our household is basically a zoo with our fur babies: 2 cats and a pup. I enjoy playing soccer, bouldering, camping and basically any outdoor activity. Both my husband and I had lived in West Michigan all our lives, and although we absolutely love it, we wanted to experience something new for a while. We were couples matching (orthopedics and emergency medicine), and Greenville had checked all of our boxes in terms of what we wanted in both of our programs and the city we were to live in. Orthopedics specifically has early operative experience, a large trauma volume, dedicated educators and faculty, and co-residents that guide you to success. It was an easy decision for us. We absolutely love it here and are so grateful we were able to match in such an amazing city with fantastic people.

Samuel Mellor, MD

Samuel Mellor, MD

I was born and raised in Colfax, a small farming town in rural Eastern Washington. My first move across the country happened for undergrad when I attended school at Southern Virginia University. During college, I took a two-year hiatus to serve a church mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Northern Argentina. After graduating, I headed back west to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine but knew I wanted to get back to the Southeast. I was immediately drawn to the program in Greenville due to the hands-on operative experience, the breadth of clinical exposure, and the ability to tailor our learning to our interests, whether through research or clinical electives. Since arriving, the support I have felt from residents and attendings alike has only confirmed that Greenville was the right location for me. Outside of work, Greenville feels like a smaller city while also providing many amenities found in one much larger. The area offers access to multiple college and professional sports teams, numerous outdoor activities, and, most importantly, excellent southern food.

Melanie Patterson, MD

Melanie Patterson, MD

I was raised in Vestal, New York and earned my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where I also had the opportunity to play on the basketball team. I attended Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, where I grew an interest in orthopedic surgery. I was looking for a residency program that would allow me to develop strong mentorship as well as camaraderie not only with my co-residents but also with attendings. After interviewing at Greenville, I was sure that this was the right program for me. The faculty’s involvement with the residency program and education was very evident, even while interviewing virtually. In my spare time, I enjoy running and biking outside, playing intramural sports, and spending time with family. Greenville definitely offers beautiful trails as well as a great downtown scene for anything you would want to do. Please reach out with any questions you may have!

zachary reynolds

Zachary Reynolds, MD

Born and raised in South Carolina, I attended Clemson University for undergrad and graduated from USC School of Medicine in Greenville, SC. I was fortunate enough to stay in Greenville for residency. My wife and I got married during my 3rd year of medical school. She has enjoyed working as an occupational therapist at the Shriners Hospital for Children here in Greenville. There are so many reasons why I wanted to complete my training here in Greenville, but the most important factor was the people! I was fortunate as a home institution medical student to witness the cohesive and education-focused environment the faculty and residents have created here. Seeing firsthand, the quality and volume of early operative experience that the junior residents received as well as the confidence and knowledge that the senior residents possessed was outstanding. I was looking for a program that not only advanced my training in orthopedics but also supported my wife throughout the process. These factors on top of having such well-rounded exposures to each orthopedic subspeciality throughout residency, including a strong trauma experience only confirmed my desire to continue my training in Greenville that much more. I enjoy golfing, lake days, running the Swamp Rabbit trail, Greenville Drive baseball games, and snow skiing. I was able to check-off a bucket list trip when I skied in the Austrian Alps before starting residency. Greenville has been an ideal city for my wife and I over the last 4 years. We have enjoyed having all the food options and attractions we could want without dealing with some of the bigger city headaches. Thank you for your interest in our program! I know finding “your fit” throughout the interview process can be challenging, especially in these times with limited personal contact due to COVID, but it would be my pleasure to talk more with anyone interested about why I truly believe Greenville was the best fit for me.