Dr. McBrayer has always had an interest in adolescent/young adult health. This age group is in a crucial time of life and generally are making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. She finds adolescence an exciting time to partner with young people and their families as they navigate through the stages that lead to well-adjusted adulthood. Her passion for treating substance use disorder fits well with adolescent medicine.
Dr. McBrayer did her undergraduate work at Campbell University in North Carolina, and attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a general internship at BRMC, and her pediatric residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center. She enjoys running, hiking, bouldering, astronomy, and herpetology, and is a sneaker head. Her research interests are substance use disorder (including nicotine replacement therapy), public health, patient safety, and provider well-being.
Why IU? Dr. McBrayer sought out a well-rounded and individualized program: “I would like to be open to work in both a rural and urban areas, and the only way to have these options open is exposure to all aspects of adolescent medicine. We get procedural training in IUD/Nexplanon as well as clinical experience with eating disorders, transgender clinic, and everything in between. Our attendings are available and willing to teach. I also liked the research opportunities and time to obtain my MPH.?”