Bryan Cheever, MD, FAAFPProgram Director
Dr. Cheever is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who is passionate about providing quality, whole family care in wellness and disease management as well as enthusiasm for teaching and training future medical providers.
He graduated from Southern Adventist University and earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. He did his residency in Family Medicine through the University of South Florida at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. His favorite activities include spending time with family and friends, traveling, and hiking or driving in the mountains.
Jonathan Thompson, MDAssociate Program Director
Simulation Laboratory Faculty Director
Dr. Thompson is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. He graduated from UT Chattanooga and earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University. He completed his family medicine residency at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Thompson transitioned to graduate medical education to participate in and contribute to a collaborative community of learners. He has an abiding professional interest in prevention and wellness. He lives in Ringgold, GA with his wife and two daughters. He loves hiking, running or biking on trails and participates in a triathlon from time to time.
Chelsea Forrester, DOCore Faculty
Dr. Forrester completed her residency training in family medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia Campus in Suwanee, Georgia, and her fellowship in family medicine at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Dr. Forrester grew up in Dalton and was born at Hamilton Medical Center.
Nicole Hardeman, DOCore Faculty
Dr. Nicole Hardeman is a family medicine physician at Hamilton Family Medicine Clinic, located inside Hamilton Physician Group-Murray Campus in Chatsworth, Georgia. She attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia, and completed her residency training in family medicine at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She is married to Dr. Will Hardeman, a general surgeon at Hamilton Physician Group-General Surgery. They have two young sons.
Saresh M. Akmal, MDCore Faculty
Saresh Akmal, MD, is a family medicine primary care physician at Hamilton Physician Group-Convenient Care-Dalton, located inside the Medical Plaza in Dalton, Georgia. She also serves on the faculty of the Hamilton Family Medicine Program.
Dr. Akmal attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed her residency training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Taylor WilkeyGraduate Medical Education Coordinator
Taylor Wilkey serves as the GME Program Administrator. He is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of Kennesaw State University.
His hobbies include spending time with family, meeting new people, following various sports, grilling/smoking new recipes, and enjoying the weekends.
Tiffany ColónProgram Coordinator
Tiffany Colón is the Family Medicine Residency Coordinator and GME Assistant at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, GA. She is a member and volunteer of the Healthy Heart Coalition through UGA, a member of Whitfield County’s community collaborative, a member of the GAAAP WIC Advisory Committee, a member of ΦBK and a member of AMT. Tiffany graduated cum laude from Dalton State College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. During her years in the medical field, she has developed a broad understanding of extending compassion, service, and dedication to the underserved. Her experience allows her to view the healthcare system as a whole and its impact on the patient population. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, museums, art, reading, and watching movies and documentaries, but by far her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband Carlos, their four beautiful children, & their German Shepherd, Rosie.