Meet Our Residents

Methodist Family Medicine Residents

Physician-graduates of the Methodist Health System Family Medicine Residency Program often cite five factors for their successful transition to private practice:

  • The diversity of a fast-growing patient population in the Dallas service area.
  • Exceptional hands-on experience in a progressive community care clinic
  • Broad-based inpatient care in a busy acute-care hospital without competition from specialty residency programs
    (Family Medicine is the only residency program at Methodist Charlton)
  • Support of a committed, knowledgeable faculty and staff in a progressive, evidence-based, research-focused family medicine program
  • The opportunity to work among a diverse group of allopathic and osteopathic physicians, which mirrors real-world practice.

Below are the physicians currently completing their Family Medicine residency at Methodist Charlton in Dallas:

Class of 2019

PGY II – Class of 2019

Lauren Walden, MD
University of Texas Medical Branch

Hometown: Southlake, Texas
Hobbies: Reading, good food, coffee shops, decorating, and of course, spending time with friends and family.
Why Methodist Charlton? Great people and great city. I felt instantly at home when I came for my interview day, and continue to be so impressed by how supportive and willing to help the faculty, staff, and other residents are. People truly go out of their way for one another here, and even just walking down the hallways of the hospital, you're always greeted with a smile. The program is small, unopposed, and full of not only fantastic, but approachable teachers—an obvious top choice in my book. The awesome benefits are icing on the cake.
Career goals: I'd like to work with the urban underserved in an outpatient setting, hopefully in Texas.

Jon Payne, MD
Texas Tech, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Hometown: Texarkana, TX
Hobbies: Board games, card games, ultimate frisbee, Dallas sports.
Why Methodist Charlton? Several factors lead me to apply to this program including that it is a community based program within a large metropolitan area. During the interview process everyone I meet was friendly and welcoming. It became very clear during discussions with current residents and attending physicians that, while you would work hard, the primary focus of the residency was to learn in a friendly environment.
Career goals: I am currently considering a sports fellowship following my residency training. Whether I end up completing a fellowship or not, I plan to practice in an outpatient setting in the DFW area.

Tonya Patton, DO
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Hobbies: Trying new foods, traveling to any place with a beach, biking, spending time with my husband and kids.
Why Methodist Charlton? Everyone I met at Methodist Charlton was friendly, helpful, and genuinely happy to work here. From the attendings, to the other residents, to the awesome staff - everyone has been incredibly supportive. In addition, the team at Methodist Charlton always puts the patient first, and does so with the highest level of excellence. The residency curriculum and patient population provide for comprehensive and well balanced training. The program is also very family friendly and provided so many additional benefits. The location Dallas is an easy drive to many restaurants and attractions. I could go on but to sum it up, I'm very happy to be in such a great program.
Career goals: Outpatient Family Medicine combined with Integrative and Osteopathic care.

Sandy Nguy, DO
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: I was born and raised in Vietnam until the age of 15. I have lived in Arlington for the past 11 years so I claim Arlington as my second home base.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, friends, and my dog Magic, trying out new restaurants (I’m a huge foodie!), tea & coffee shops, baking, and traveling.
Why Methodist Charlton? I ranked this program as my top choice because I truly feel that the residents at Methodist Charlton receive quality education and training in such a warming and supportive environment. The program is small, community-based, and unopposed which allows for personal attention and guidance. The faculty, upper levels, and staff are so approachable and willing to teach. They also motivate us to learn, work hard, and do well. Help and support are always available when we need it. It is truly one of my biggest blessings to be a part of this incredible and close knit family.

Career goals: Undecided, but current interests include international medicine and outpatient care with an emphasis on pediatrics.

David Yang, MD
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Hometown: Plano, TX
Hobbies: spending time with my fiance and friends, board games, knife sharpening, hiking, strategy games
Why Methodist Charlton? I loved the size of the program. Everyone is chill and understanding. The unopposed environment is a great place to learn.
Career goals: Mostly outpatient clinic with some emphasis on sports medicine.

Megan Maguire-Marshall, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM

Hometown: Gallup, NM near the Navajo Nation.
Hobbies: My fiancé moved to Dallas two years ago and we are so excited to finally be in the same city together! My hobbies include spending time outdoors, reading, swimming, and exploring Dallas with my fiancé (sports events, restaurants, museums, parks, etc).
Why Methodist Charlton? I started researching Methodist Charlton as a 3rd year medical student and completed an audition rotation here as a 4th year to see if it would be a good fit...it was! Methodist Charlton had the best combination of inpatient and outpatient opportunities of any program I visited. What truly set them apart was the amazing group of people that welcomed me- from faculty, residents, clinic staff and even hospital employees, everyone takes pride in their role at Methodist and warmly welcomed me immediately. As a small program, there are unparalleled opportunities to learn from and with everyone involved in the program.
Career goals: My career goals are to pay back my National Health Service Corps Scholarship requirements in a health professional shortage area- likely in an outpatient setting that hopefully incorporates pediatrics and women's health!

Class of 2020

PGY I – Class of 2020
  • Matthew Dow, DO
  • Blair Thwaites, MD
  • Annie Lam, MD
  • Danielle Tomko, DO
  • Sarah Langston, DO

Matthew Dow
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth

Hometown: Weatherford, TX. I was born in Fort Worth. Grew up on a ranch in Weatherford and attended school in and around DFW.
Hobbies: Playing ice hockey, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, playing guitar, spending time with family, friends and my dog Koho.
Why Methodist Charlton? The family atmosphere and great people are what really drew me to the program. My first experience with Charlton was when I rotated as a medical student, and every day I could not feel more welcomed by all the faculty and staff. The environment is truly one for learning, helping patients, and helping our community. The location offers many opportunities, both medical and for leisure!
Career Goals: Practice locally in an outpatient setting with a mixture of sports medicine and family medicine.

Sarah Langston, DO
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX
Hobbies: Hanging out with my husband and chocolate lab, playing volleyball and watching football, antique shopping, hunting, traveling to new places.
Why Methodist Charlton? I knew from rotating as a 4th year medical student that I would love being a resident at Charlton. The atmosphere here radiates positivity and cultivates a great learning environment. The faculty and employees truly invest in your medical career and care about your experience. Not to mention the current residents really make you feel like part of a family. Other attributes of this program include working with the underserved population of South Dallas and the opportunity for a sports medicine track.
Career Goals: Outpatient Medicine in an underserved city in Texas with hopefully a fellowship in Sports Medicine

Danielle Tomko, DO
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth

Hometown: Keller, TX
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband, family, and dog! I enjoy crafting, cooking new recipes, and indulging in coffee; Also who doesn’t love brunch?!?!
Why Methodist Charlton? The atmosphere is simply helpful and positive, where everyone has the space to feel valued, heard, and supported. I also appreciated the size of the program, which fosters a family like attitude. The location was an important factor as well: Dallas offers lively places to live, with fun pockets of restaurants, coffee shops, and local festivities. I felt like there was an opportunity for me to really grow and make an impact here.
Career Goals: An outpatient practice where I get to see kiddos, adults, and hopefully whole family visits. I plan to practice with focuses on preventative health, nutrition, and outreach! 

Annie Lam, MD
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Hometown: Richardson, TX
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends and family, Yoga, Traveling
Why Methodist Charlton? I love the environment here. I got a good vibe during my interview day, as everyone was friendly and welcoming. The culture here at Methodist is supportive. The attendings, residents, and staff are all invested in our success. In my opinion, training in an unopposed program located in an underserved area offers a unique learning opportunity. Also, Dallas is where I consider home!
Career Goals: Outpatient setting with an interest in Integrative Medicine.

Blair Thwaites, MD

Hometown: Southlake, TX
Hobbies: Running, spending time with family, taking my dog, Sophie, to the dog park, scuba diving, traveling
Why Methodist Charlton? I chose Methodist Charlton because of the atmosphere. I loved how family friendly the program is and how close the residents are. Faculty is always accessible to answer questions and are always helping us find ways to pursue our passions within the medical field. Everyone is so caring and compassionate about patient care and teaching.
Career Goals: Outpatient medicine in the DFW area


Class of 2021

PGY III - Class of 2018 Left to Right:
  • Dalton Allen, MD
  • Maria North, DO
  • Jazzmine-Rose Baluyot, DO
  • Katherine Guillory, DO
  • Hope Shepherd, MD
  • Michael Tapscott, MD

Dalton Allen, MD

Hometown: Quitaque, TX 
Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife, watching sports (Wreck 'Em Tech), staying physically active and being outdoors, and helping my dad farm whenever I get the chance to go home.      
Why Methodist Charlton? From my first day here, I loved how the amazing faculty/staff and the small resident classes made this feel like a family environment. I know I will always have support here whenever I need it. The unopposed family medicine residency program here at Methodist Charlton will have you prepared for anything once you are done with your training, and at the same time lets you tailor your education to your specific interests. 
Career Goals: I would like to pursue practicing outpatient family medicine with some sports medicine and may some urgent care mixed in. I want to live in a smaller town that's family-friendly and will allow me to be an involved member of the community.

Jazzmine Baluyot, DO  

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV      
Hobbies: DIY projects, crafting, video games, binge watching TV shows, trying new restaurants and coffee shops and traveling!      
Why Methodist Charlton? Methodist Charlton provided the most well-rounded curriculum and the ability to tailor it depending on my evolving interests. Most importantly, the people! The faculty, staff and residents were so kind during my interview. The hospital staff were also very welcoming during the tour! I knew I would be able to grow as a physician in such a positive environment. I definitely saw myself being a part of this little medical family.        
Career Goals: My interests are still pretty broad (general practice, hospice, cosmetics), but I know I would like to work in an outpatient setting

Katherine Guillory, DO

Hometown: Cleburne, TX       
Hobbies: reading, spending time with the family, working out      
Why Methodist Charlton? I chose Methodist Charlton because of the balance between inpatient and outpatient training opportunities, unopposed training site, and supportive learning environment      
Career Goals: I would like to practice in an outpatient setting with an emphasis on underserved patient populations

Maria North, DO

Hometown: Oregon      
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, exploring new places, learning about different cultures (espcially the food) and spending quality time with the people that I love. I like to stay active and follow athletics when I get a chance, specifically track and field and basketball.      
Why Methodist Charlton? I completed an audition rotation at Methodist Charlton during my 4th year of medical school and immediately felt at home. The residents, faculty, and staff were kind, helpful, knowledgeable, and cared about my well-being. This program also has strong inpatient and outpatient experience with emphasis on tailoring your education to your specific interests.
Career Goals: My interests include Women's Health, Sports Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. I am unsure exactly where or how I would like to practice, but I am looking forward to finding my niche and forming life-long relationships with my patients. 

Hope Shepherd, MD 

Hometown: Duncanville, TX      
Hobbies: Anything outdoors-gardening, hiking, playing sports, walking my dog. Hanging out with my husband, family, and friends. Escape rooms. Painting.       
Why Methodist Charlton? This is my hometown, what better place to do family medicine? I love this part of Dallas and this community. When looking for a residency, I remember thinking that the residents at MCMC were people I could learn a lot from as well as be friends with. Both were important to me. Also the faculty struck me as approachable and invested in the residents. I have so enjoyed joining such an incredible team.
Career goals: I want to work in the outpatient clinic setting and serve young and old. I have a particular interest in medical missions as well.

Michael Tapscott, MD

Hometown: Coppell, TX      
Hobbies: I enjoye going to new restaurants and antique shops in the small towns near Dallas with my wife. I also enjoy woodworking and restoring antique hand tools.      
Why Methodist Charlton? Everyone at Charlton is incredibly nice. Walking the halls in the hospital all the staff are friendly and helpful. The attending are great at teaching, and the residents are very willing to help each other out and give useful tips about being more efficient.  
Career Goals: I would love to work in international medicine in establishing long lasting relationships with groups in South America