Dr. Matthew McCarthy

I grew up in Northeast Georgia. During high school and college I worked as a nurse assistant, ER technician and later as a monitor technician in an ICU. This experience led me to go into medicine and gave me experience in hands-on patient care in a variety of contexts. In 2003, I met my wife Valerie during freshman orientation at Toccoa Falls College. We each spent a summer in Eastern Europe doing public health education and village outreach. During college I played on the soccer team, played guitar in a band and took a ridiculous number of credit hours. In 2007, I graduated with a double major in Biology and Cross-Cultural Studies and Val and I were married a month later. We moved to Blacksburg, VA, in 2008 for medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. I graduated in 2012 and completed a three-year Family Practice residency in June of 2015. We have three children, Beatrix, Jack, and Ada. 

Dr. Sawaya Lekoshere

Physicians Oath

With gratitude to God, faith in Christ Jesus, and dependence on the Holy Spirit, I publicly profess my intent to practice medicine for the glory of God

With humility, I will seek to increase my skills. I will respect those who teach me and who broaden my knowledge. In turn, I will freely impart my knowledge and wisdom to others. 

With God's help, I will love those who come to me for healing and comfort. I will honor and care for each patient as a person made in the image of God, putting aside selfish interests, remaining pure and chaste at all times. 

With God's guidance, I will endeavor to be a good steward of my skills and of society's resources. I will convey God's love in my relationships with family, friends, and community. I will aspire to reflect God's mercy in caring for the lonely, the poor, the suffering, and the dying

With God’s direction, I will respect the sanctity of human life. I will care for all my patients, rejecting those interventions that either intentionally destroy or actively end human life, including the unborn, the weak and vulnerable, and the terminally ill. 

With God's grace, I will live according to this profession. 

-Matthew McCarthy

-Sawaya Lekoshere


Adapted from the Christian Medical and Dental Association's "Christian Physician's Oath."