Meet the Director and Team — St. Francis Family Medicine Residency

A Message from Victor H. Agbeibor to the Family Medicine Match Candidates

Greetings! We are glad you visited us. There are currently more than 700 family medicine residency programs and we count it as a privilege that you will take the time to explore the possibility of joining us. 

Our vision is to train America's family physicians by providing a fully integrated curriculum that incorporates all the tenets of family medicine, including academics, research, urban, rural, obstetrics, sports medicine and even global medicine.

We graduate ten residents a year. Of our ten graduates last year, six entered private practice, one is a hospitalist, two works as an urgent care/emergency medicine physician, and one is pursuing a Maternal Child Health Fellowship. This reflects the wide range of experience available in our program.

Our clinical experiences are very diverse - from rotations in the inner city at Richmond Community Hospital to our rural program in Blackstone, Virginia, as well as our suburban experience at St. Francis Medical Center to working on the Care-A-Van (a mobile van serving the underserved in our community). 
Our residents experience a wide variety of settings and have opportunities to be involved in global medical work in Ghana, Peru, South Africa, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

We are well supported by our not-for-profit health system, Bon Secours Health System, arguably one of the premier health systems in the U.S. with its dedicated and visionary leadership.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the most beautiful hospital in America. Our primary training site, St. Francis Medical Center, was recently voted America’s Most Beautiful Hospital. Having opened in 2005, this welcoming, state-of-the-art facility offers the latest in digital technology while embracing an architectural celebration of the American spirit. 

If this sounds appealing to you, please forward your application to us. We review every single application, taking your time and interest very seriously.

My very best wishes to each one of you.


Victor H. Agbeibor, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

Program Director


Victor Agbeibor, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Agbeibor graduated with honors from Tver (Kalinin) State Medical Academy located in Tver, Russia. He then completed his residency at In His Image at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. where he stayed on as faculty for several years. As his passion for medical missions continued to grow, he completed an additional two years of general surgery training at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. to enhance his critical care and surgical skills. He has obtained the distinguished Degree of Fellow from the American Academy of Family Physicians and completed a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina. His other passions include medical missions, urgent care, academic medicine, hospital medicine, FIFA soccer, Oklahoma football, bible studies and spending time with his wife and three children.  

Associate Program Directors

Ekaterina Bratysheva


Ekaterina Bratysheva, MD

Dr. Ekaterina Bratysheva is board-certified in family medicine. She earned her medical degree at Altay State Medical University in Russia, her country of birth. She completed her residency in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University/St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Bratysheva served as chief resident and was recipient of the resident teacher award at the St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Bratysheva currently works as an attending physician at Bon Secours St. Francis Family Medicine Center and is a faculty member at the St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program. She sees patients of all ages and treats chronic medical conditions. She has a particular interest in newborn, pediatric and adolescent care. Dr. Bratysheva is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Virginia Academy of Family Physicians. She speaks both English and Russian. In her free time Dr. Bratysheva enjoys spending time with her family. She likes traveling, mountain skiing and hiking.

 Marissa Esquivel MD  

Marissa Esquivel, MD
Blackstone Rural Tract Site Director

Dr. Esquivel received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary located in Williamsburg, Va. in 2009 and earned her medical degree in 2013 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical School in Richmond, Va. She completed her residency at the VCU Blackstone Family Medicine Residency Program and since graduation has remained with the program as faculty.  Currently, she serves as the site director for the Blackstone rural tract.Her passions include teaching, pediatrics and women’s health.  In her free time she enjoys cake baking, home renovations, interior design and spending time with her family.

Charlotte Heppner
Charlotte Heppner, MD, DipABLM

Dr. Heppner grew up moving around in a military family but calls Virginia home. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics from University of Virginia, and a master's in international health policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked for several years in health policy before returning to UVA for medical school. She completed her residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C. She board-certified in family medicine and is a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician. She is passionate about mental health and addiction medicine. Outside of work she enjoys gathering friends and family, tennis, hiking, reading and trying to get her dog, Pizza, to run. 

 Matthew Paine  

Matthew Paine, MD

Dr. Paine attended Western Carolina University for his undergraduate degree and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for his Master of Science in Chemistry.He received his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed his family medicine residency from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center.Dr. Paine is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Jeffrey Roberts

Jeffrey Roberts, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, FAMSSM
Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Jeffrey Roberts attended Mary Washington College for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and completed a family practice residency and sports medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, where he worked in the Sports Medicine Department and Urgent Care. Dr. Roberts is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is the program director for Bon Secours' St. Francis Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. 

Jelisa Timmons

Jelisa Timmons, MD

Dr. Jelisa Timmons attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree.She received her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency from Bon Secours St. Francis Family Medicine Center/Virginia Commonwealth University.Dr. Timmons is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Medicine.Her medical interests include medical education and international missions.In her free time, Dr. Timmons enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

 Marcee Vest  

Marcee Vest, DO

Dr. Marcee Vest received her medical degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family medicine residency from the University of Texas Southwestern. In addition, Dr. Vest completed an obstetrics fellowship from the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Vest is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. Her professional interests include gynecologic procedures, management of cervical dysplasia, obstetric ultrasounds and high-risk pregnancies, especially those affected by hypertension and diabetes.In her leisure, she enjoys traveling, house design, music and art festivals, exploring new cuisines and spending time with her family.

Laurel Wallace, DO profile

Laurel Wallace, DO

Dr. Wallace grew up in Richmond, Va. and is excited to be returning home to work with the St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program. She earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from the College of William and Mary and worked in clinical research prior to attending medical school at Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech. During medical school, she took a year to earn a master's degree in maternal and child health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Upon graduating from medical school, she returned to UNC for family medicine residency and then completed a surgical obstetrics fellowship at Cone Health in Greensboro, N.C. She returned to UNC to work as an assistant clinical professor in the family medicine department. She split her time between a continuity clinic and working as a laborist, or obstetrics hospitalist, and nocturnist at a rural, critical-access hospital in Chatham, N.C. She is board-certified in family medicine and working on her certification requirements to become a lactation consultant. She is passionate about evidence-based maternal and newborn care, promoting and extending midwifery care and management of complex chronic conditions. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor activities with her husband, son and their dog, Louie.



Dr. Yu received his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), attended medical school at Ross University and completed residency at VCU-Bon Secours. He completed a federal health policy internship at the United States Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration and then a sports medicine fellowship at VCU-Fairfax.He has served as a fellow team physician for the Washington Football Team, NFL Combine, Washington Nationals, LPGA Championship, Marine Corp Marathon, A10 Track and Field and Men’s Soccer Championships, CAA Women’s Basketball Championship and the Washington Ballet.He is a registered musculoskeletal sonographer and certified as a point-of-care ultrasound generalist.He currently serves on the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and as a team physician for George Mason University.He enjoys spending time with his family, medical missions and playing guitar.

Traci Hicks, MD
Richard Hoffman, MD, FAAFP
Augustine “Gus” Lewis, MD, FAAFP
Nancy MacConnachie, PhD
Katherine Turlington, MD