December 10, 2020
Jessica L. Triche, MD, a family physician from Bath, N.C., was installed as President of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Inc. (NCAFP) on Saturday, December 5, as part of the organization’s virtual annual meeting. Dr. Triche currently serves patients at Vidant Family Medicine-Chocowinity and will be serving a one-year term.
Dr. Triche attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate and completed medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She completed her residency in family medicine at Cone Health in Greensboro, NC, where she served as co-chief resident.
In her inaugual address to NCAFP members, Dr. Triche reflected on the need for mentors and mentoring, especially in the unsettled times that healthcare and our country have faced in 2020.
“This year has been tough,” Dr. Triche said in her inaugural speech. “We, as family physicians, have been on the COVID frontlines, putting our lives at risk to care for our patients. We’ve had to explain that science is real and that we practice evidence-based medicine. We owe it to our patients to speak the truth. We can talk about racism and inequities as it relates to medicine, but we also need to talk about how it relates to improving our communities and our future. Our students and residents ARE the future! They are family! We need to teach our family to break down barriers for our patients to ensure they receive excellent care, regardless of race, color, gender, or sexual orientation. This is how we mentor!”
Dr. Triche explained that her own mentors have taught her three key lessons: “To Be a Leader. To Be Real. And To Be Willing To Have Uncomfortable Conversations.”
Dr. Triche enjoys seeing a variety of patients as well as teaching medical students. She is a graduate of both the Vidant’s Physician Leadership Institute as well as the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s Leadership College and completed its Health Care Leadership and Management (HCLM) Program in 2018. Dr. Triche is currently involved in a number of leadership roles within the Vidant system.
Other individuals installed as officers of the NCAFP included:
President-Elect Dr. Dimitrios (Takie) P. Hondros
Dimitrios (Takie) P. Hondros, MD, a Mecklenburg County family physician, was installed as President-Elect of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) for a one-year term during the organization’s annual meeting which was held virtually this year.
Dr. Hondros completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and attended medical school at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in family medicine at the former Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium) Family Medicine Residency in Charlotte, NC, where he served as chief resident. For the past 16 years, he has practiced Family Medicine in Matthews, NC. In February, he will be opening a new independent practice in Matthews.
Dr. Hondros has been involved with the Academy since the start of medical school, having served on many state committees and as student representative to the NCAFP Board. He later served on the NCAFP Foundation Board as a resident member, and has more recently served as an at-large physician member and Executive Committee member of the NCAFP Board. Dr. Hondros also regularly precepts both medical students and physician assistant students. Dr. Hondros lives in Matthews with his wife and three children.
Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Shauna Guthrie, MPH
Shauna Guthrie, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a Henderson family physician, was installed as Secretary/Treasurer of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) for a one-year term during the organization’s virtual annual meeting.
Dr. Guthrie completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and attended medical school at the Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in family medicine at the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. After finishing her family medicine residency, Dr. Guthrie stayed in New Hampshire to complete the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, where she also completed her Master’s in Public Health degree. She currently is the medical director at Granville Vance Public Health, a district health department where she also provides full scope outpatient primary care services. She also contracts to provide services locally including correctional health, inpatient adult medicine, and hospice care. She previously practiced at Vance Family Medicine, a Rural Health Clinic, where she did full-spectrum family medicine, including inpatient medicine and obstetrics.
Prior to moving to North Carolina, Dr. Guthrie was an active member of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians, where she served as the resident representative to the Board. She has been on the board of the NCAFP for the past five years and this year served as the at-large member of the NCAFP Executive Committee. She enjoys giving back to the profession by teaching medical students. Dr. Guthrie lives in Henderson, where she enjoys music, reading, cooking and animals.
Immediate Past President: Dr. David A. Rinehart
David A. Rinehart, MD, a family physician from Belmont, was installed as Immediate Past President. Dr Rinehart currently practices at CaroMont South Point Family Practice in Belmont.
Dr. Rinehart graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology in 1978 and graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1982. He completed his residency in family medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in 1985 and was recognized as a national Mead Johnson Outstanding Resident. He has been practicing family medicine with South Point Family Practice in Belmont, NC, since that time. The practice remained independent for 22 years and has been part of CaroMont Health since 2007. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.