Residents and Program Leaders

2nd Year Residents

Nick Cysewski, MD

My name is Nick Cysewski and I was born and raised in northern Idaho, a cold area near Spokane, Washington, before living in various parts of the country since my upbringing. I started college at BYU-Idaho, where I married my wonderful wife, Briana. I then took a step away from my studies to be a surgical technologist for 6 years. During the last 4 years of those 6 I earned a degree in biology at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, Washington. We then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Medical school. Through our long journey bringing us to the wonderful and beautiful Greenville area we also were blessed to have 4 children. I enjoy all sports, hiking, camping, and just spending time outdoors. I also love to watch sports, especially football. My family and I feel blessed and grateful to be here at this wonderful residency.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Post Falls, Idaho

College: BYU-Idaho

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

EM Interests: Taking care of patients, procedures, all of it. I’m not sure about subspecialties yet.

When not at work you can find me: hiking, swimming, or just hanging out with my wife and kids

Favorite Place in GVL: The Parks and Paris Mountain

Spirit Animal: Phoenix

Thomas Ems, MD

Hello! I am currently the oldest (and wisest, haha) EM resident at Prisma Health Upstate.  In a former life, I played the cello professionally for a lot of different groups including with Peter Gabriel, My Morning Jacket, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and quite a few symphony orchestras in the United States and Japan. I became interested in medicine after dating a physician and decided to change careers in my early 30s. It has been a humbling and rewarding change so far, and I'm so happy to be in Greenville for the next few years and beyond! In my free-time I like to be outside mountain-biking, surfing, and hiking. I have done some very-low budget traveling to Central America and Southeast Asia and I hope to continue that tradition after I graduate residency.  I look forward to being an excellent physician and I'm so happy to be a part of the residency-family that I've joined here in Greenville.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Floyds Knobs, Indiana

College: Butler University, Indiana University, Purdue University

Medical School: University of Louisville

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine, EMS (as you might have suspected from my last name), and Critical Care

When not at work you can find me: Riding my mountain bike or spending time with my family

Favorite Place in GVL: Walking along the Swamp Rabbit Trail downtown

Spirit Animal: Australian Shepherd that can fly

Danny Ernest, DO

I grew up in Illinois where I studied biology before discovering a passion for medicine as an ER scribe. My love for the outdoors led me to Colorado for medical school. I first heard of Greenville as a second-year medical student during my search for residency programs that would provide a great education in an area with plenty of outdoor recreation. Greenville proved to be exactly what I was looking for during my audition rotation and I couldn’t be more excited to continue my training here.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

College: Olivet Nazarene University

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine, Critical Care, Electrocardiography, and learning how to manage patients in resource-poor settings

When not at work you can find me: Mountain biking, hiking, camping, snowboarding, traveling, playing guitar, seeing live music, listening to podcasts, drinking coffee or craft beer, cooking, or aimlessly exploring new places. 

Favorite Place in GVL: Paris Mountain State Park

Spirit Animal: House cat, mostly calm with occasional short bursts of energy

Will Hunnicutt, MD

My name is Will Hunnicutt and I was born in Nashville, TN. My family moved to Greenville when I was a toddler and have since called the Upstate my home. I majored in bio engineering at Clemson University for undergrad and then moved to Columbia for medical school. My wife, Amy, is also from Greenville but we did not meet until we were in school at Clemson. We are huge Clemson fans (Go Tigers!) so there is a good chance you can find us at Clemson football games during the fall. We also enjoy hanging out with our golden doodle, Rhodes. Other interests of mine include golf, soccer, running, being on the lake, and hanging out with family. 

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

College: Clemson University

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Sports Medicine, EMS

When not at work you can find me: Watching Clemson Football and hanging out with Amy and Rhodes

Favorite Place in GVL: The Trappe Door

Spirit Animal: Dog

Colton Jamieson, MD

My name is Colton Jamieson, and I am a proud native of Greenville, SC! I went to Clemson University (Go Tigers!) for undergrad before heading to medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC.  

I am so excited to be back home in Greenville.  My favorite places in Greenville are the river walk, and Flour Field (Go Drive!).  If I am not working you can find me traveling with my wife, Jessica, or cheering on my favorite sports teams.  My medical interests include EM ultrasound, and sports medicine.  My spirit animal is a Dog because I am loyal, I am easily trainable, and I like treats.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

College: Clemson University

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

EM Interests: Ultrasound, Sports Medicine

When not at work you can find me: Traveling or keeping up with my favorite sports teams

Favorite Place in GVL: The view of the Greenville skyline from Up on the Roof

Spirit Animal: Dog

Jordan Lawson, DO

I was born in California and raised outside the DC area in Northern Virginia. I have aspired to become a doctor since I was 8 years old. I fell in love with Emergency Medicine during the two years I scribed in the ER prior to medical school. In my free time you’ll find me baking, spending time outside, traveling or exploring Greenville. This program was my #1 choice because of the amazing people and city!

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Herndon, Virginia

College: James Madison University

Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

EM Interests: Academics, Teaching, Women in EM

When not at work you can find me: At the pool

Favorite Place in GVL: Jianna Restaurant

Spirit Animal: Llama

Conor Lucas-Roberts, MD

I grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and joined the Marine Corps after college. The Marine Corps and humanitarian work after that took me all around the world for 8 years.  I worked with a lot of great doctors during that time and feel in love with medicine. So, I came back to the US and went to the University of Michigan for medical school. When my wife and I found out about Greenville, we knew that it was the perfect fit for us.  We enjoy exploring our beautiful new city and learning about the community we live in.  We love hiking in the parks and running through the neighborhoods.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Walla Walla, Washington

College: Washington University

Medical School: University of Michigan

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine and Disaster Medicine

When not at work you can find me: Riding my bike, running, at Greenville Drive games, playing sports with my wife in the park

Favorite Place in GVL: Paris Mountain

Spirit Animal: I have always been partial to Snow Leopards

Michael Mauhar, MD

I grew up on the side of a mountain in Asheville, NC before attending Clemson University where I studied Chemical Engineering.  During my time at Clemson, I enjoyed playing club water polo and competing in club triathlon.  After my time at Clemson I moved to Greenville and worked as an engineer at a carbon fiber manufacturing facility.  After three years as an engineer I decided it was time to pursue my dreams and  and began medical school here in Greenville where I found a passion for Emergency Medicine.  I'm excited to be staying in Greenville to be a part of this residency program.

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina

College: Clemson University

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

EM Interests: Sports Medicine, Community Medicine

When not at work you can find me: Swimming, cycling, running, hiking, or otherwise playing in the mountains

Favorite Place in GVL: Altamont Rd descent on Paris Mountain - Furman side

Spirit Animal: My dog, Maddie

Sally Peterson, MD

I was born in Calhoun, GA (carpet capital of the world!). I attended Emory University for undergrad where I played basketball and ran cross-country/track for the Eagles. I moved out to Seattle to be a ski bum for a year before completing graduate school at Boston University. I went to medical school at USCSOM-Greenville and married my husband, Josh, 2 years ago. He is a 3rd year pediatric resident at Vanderbilt. We have a very fluffy and destructive golden retriever named Fitz and a very sour cat named Draco. I love to travel, ski, read, hike, and bike. I'm easy going and up for any new adventure. 

Fast Facts:

Hometown: Calhoun, Georgia

College: Emory University

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

EM Interests: Wilderness Medicine, Community Outreach, Public Health

When not at work you can find me: Adventuring with my husband and golden retriever

Favorite Place in GVL: Paris Mountain

Spirit Animal: Platypus

Courtney Smith, MD

I’m from the small town of High Point, NC (furniture capital of the world, not to brag). I attended the University of South Carolina for undergraduate school and for medical school (Go Gamecocks!). I am happy to be at an amazing residency program and living in Greenville, SC. My favorite places here are Paris Mountain, Falls Park, and the Grateful Brew coffee shop. My emergency medicine interests include trauma and critical care. 

Fast Facts:

Hometown: High Point, North Carolina

College: University of South Carolina

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia

EM Interests: Trauma, Critical Care

When not at work you can find me: Hiking, curled up with a good book, playing board games with friends, and cheering on the Carolina Panthers.

Favorite Place in GVL: Paris Mountain, Falls Park, Grateful Brew

Spirit Animal: My 10 year old puppy, Milly, because she understands that any time is a good time for a nap

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