I graduated from VCFM in 2014. I then completed the
International Family Medicine Fellowship and served an incredibly
challenging and beautiful 5 months in Niger. I spent 2 years as
a Hospitalist, which I also loved. Most recently I decided to
pursue my long-term passion for teaching and joined faculty at
Why Via Christi? Via Christi had the excellent, broad, deep, thorough, resident-driven, ambitious training that I was searching for - including unbeatable Obstetrics and International training. And what most set Via Christi apart was the culture and stated desire to train physicians in character, compassion, and humility. I was blown away to find a place that would invest in my clinical skills and my character.
Passions: Piano, running, travel, trying new foods.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
I am married with two beautiful girls. I graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. I was a 2002 Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency graduate. I then spent four years in the USAF after residency training, during which I spent a short deployment in Iraq. After separating from the Air Force, I spent 1.5 years in private practice before joining faculty at the residency. I have been teaching here since February 2008. I love teaching. My favorite part of teaching is the "ah-ha" moments that I get to witness on a daily basis. It is so wonderful to see adult learners really grasp something.
Why Via Christi? We have the most amazing residents. I have been so blessed to be from the area and have always wanted to teach. It was a nice fit.
Passions: Natural Family Planning. I have taken the NaPro course and am passionate about this aspect of women's health care.
Favorite Books: Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice"
Dee Ann Bragg
I was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana--home to the world's largest RV dealership and, more importantly, my wonderful and quirky family. My formal education came by way of Wheaton College and IU Med school, but I've also been shaped by listening to the stories of my grandparents (and trampling around their farmland); discoursing at the table with my 3 siblings; watching the example of my parents; traveling to Guatemala, Ecuador, India, and Pakistan; living in community; marrying my deep and wonderful husband; and being a mother to the sweetest little redhead on the planet. We also have a second baby due in late March 2015. After trekking cross-country to complete my residency at Via Christi, I worked for four years at a community health center here in Wichita. My patients were and are my heroes in many instances, and they have taught me deeply about life, faith, and the long road to health.
Passions: First and foremost I am passionate about my faith in God, who has been eternally patient with me. I love my family and am grateful to have a wonderful teammate in life (my husband). Otherwise, I enjoy reading and writing, poetry, music (though I need to devote more time to my handmade hammered dulcimer), trees, and snuggles with my son.
Favorite Books: Tess of the D'urbervilles, Mere Christianity, Compassion, In the Name of Jesus, Middlemarch, The Grapes of Wrath, The Kite Runner, Charlotte's Web, the Psalms, Theirs is the Kingdom, The Way of the Pilgrim, A Wrinkle in Time, The Brothers Karamazov, and the poetry of TS Eliot and Mary Oliver
Favorite Quotes: "...Be like the fox/who makes more tracks than necessary,/some in the wrong direction./Practice resurrection." Wendell Berry// 1 Corinthians 4:7-"For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?"// "Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Jesus, Matthew 6:34
Advice: Be faithful in the ordinary.
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Undergraduate: Newman University
Medical school: KU SOM - Wichita
Bio: I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and haven't moved around much. I completed my undergrad at Newman University, medical school at KU, and residency and fellowship at Via Christi. My wife and I met in high school, where she hated me. I have been blessed as she eventually came around and we now have a daughter. I didn't always know that I wanted to be a doctor and I didn't know that I liked sports medicine but they both happened and I love what I get to do everyday.
Passions/hobbies: My relationship with God, spending time with my family and friends, golf, bowling, watching sports, smoking meat. I completed medical training in Natural Family Planning and look to continue providing this type of care to my patients.
Favorite quote? "Tell me I can't and I will." Anything from Seinfeld
Post residency plan? Advice for medical students: Sometimes life takes you in directions you wouldn't have imagined. Try to make the best of each situation and remember that something can be learned from each experience, even if it's not until years later.
Home town: Independence, MO
Bio: Ashley is an outpatient clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph Family Medicine Clinic.
Undergraduate: Wichita State University
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: I am the mother of two beautiful children, Ella (think Fitzgerald), 17 and Coltrane (as in John), 15 and the wife to Craig (you guessed it, musician and free-lance composer). We enjoy a crazy life trying to balance the schedules of 2 teenage kids, Medicine, church and a home business and website. I joined the faculty after practicing full spectrum Family Medicine in Wichita for over 9 years.
Why Via Christi? When I was a 4th year medical school student, a wise KU faculty member told me, "Run all over the country to interview if you want to move out of the state, but you won't find better Family Medicine residency programs than the ones we have here in Kansas." He was right. I believe this is the most noble group of people assembled in one place that I have ever found.
Passions: Spending time with my family, flower gardening, servant leadership, physician self-care
Favorite Books: Currently reading, “Upholding the Vision”
Favorite quote: "Life is an occasion. Rise to it."
Home town: Ulysses, Kansas (Home of the fighting Tigers..Grr..)
Looking back: I believe this is the most noble group of people assembled in one place that you will ever find.
Unusual experiences: On any given day, I might help a resident deliver a baby, admit an overdose, discuss hospice in a family meeting or perform a well-woman exam. Our program really provides full spectrum Family Medicine training.
Advice: Don't be afraid. Get as much training as you can in those three years.
Like many of our residents who have arrived in Wichita from all over the world, I had never lived in Kansas until I started working at Via Christi. From kindergarten through high school I grew up in Florida before moving back to the Wolverine State. After 4 years at the University of Michigan I had a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and joined the Air Force to pay for medical school. I met my Canadian wife Joia while leading a Teen Missions International team to Ecuador in the summer before med school (stayed at U of M). We were married during the nephrology rotation in M2 year so I still don't really understand the kidney very well. Our first born son (Keenan) arrived at the end of M4 year shortly before moving to Eglin AFB in the Florida panhandle for residency. Our daughter (Moriah) was born during PGY2 year and then we were blessed to stay at Eglin for four years on the teaching faculty. Our third child (Caleb) arrived shortly after my deployment to Afghanistan and in 2013 Joia became a (dual) U.S. citizen. We moved to Wichita in July 2014 at the end of my time on Active Duty to join the amazing group of Residents, Faculty and Staff at Via Christi while "moonlighting" in the Air Force Reserve as a Flight Surgeon. Go Blue!
Why Via Christi? Short Answer: The people who live and work here. Long answer: One of my faculty during residency and two of my teaching colleagues were graduates from Via Christi. They were pretty amazing physicians and told me that if I wanted to keep teaching in the civilian world I needed to look at Wichita. I'll admit that the idea of moving to Kansas did not thrill us at first but from our first visit to interview we were sold on the program and the town. The residents are incredibly gifted and eager to learn. The faculty members are told to focus on teaching and mentoring while pursuing our passions within Family Medicine.
Passions: "Service before self" in the multitude of ways that this can be manifested. Recreationally: Geocaching, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, riding bikes, board games, listening to Third Day or anything else that my wife and kids enjoy doing together. Professionally: Evidence based medicine.
Favorite Books: The Bible and any other book that helps me to grow in my relationship with Jesus. Freak- and SuperFreakonomics. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't.
Favorite Quotes: "Don't go to war by e-mail." – Colonel (ret) Dr. James Haynes. / "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." – I Corinthians 6:20. / "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men…." – Colossians 3:24.
Home town: Brevard County, Florida (home of Kennedy Space Center)
Advice: For medical students: Look at the residents and see if they are developing into the kind of person and physician that you want to become. You're going to spend a lot of time with your fellow residents for the next three years and some of them might just end up as your faculty.
Undergraduate: University of Northern Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa
Bio: After finishing my training in Iowa, I practiced at a National Health Service Corp site in Missouri for three years. My family and I then moved to a rural site in Iowa where I practiced from 2007-2015. I was the typical small town physician, delivering babies (including c-sections), inpatient work, clinic, ER, hospice medical director, nursing home medical director, and engaged in teaching medical students. During this time I took a number of short term medical trips overseas. Of all the things I did at work, the one that I enjoyed the most was teaching. After prayerfully considering a change with my wife, we ventured out and joined Via Christi in 2015. Moving my 5 (now 6) children to a new town was challenging, but good.
Why Via Christi? When I felt called to teach, I didn't want to go just anywhere. I talked with a number of programs and interviewed in person at one other program. After finishing my interview at Via Christi, I stopped looking anywhere else. The drawing factor was the people in the program. The residents were passionate people and it showed. They asked me hard questions during the interview, and I appreciated that they didn't want just anybody to step in as faculty. The faculty brought a variety of perspectives and experiences into the job, but all of them care about the residents and want to see them thrive. Initially Kansas had no draw, but the people at Via Christi provided that in a big way.
Passions/hobbies: Biking (especially cyclocross). Global missions work. Coffee. Time with my family.
Favorite book: The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
Why Via Christi? Why Via Christi? I spent two years working at Primary Care Center of Wichita then moved to working with the underserved in Wichita. While working with the underserved, I also worked with and taught students and residents as a Clinical Instructor -- I loved it and decided to do teaching full time. I love it.
Passions: Hanging with my kids, wife, and friends
Favorite Books: Bible Strength to Love
Favorite Quotes: "...But the greatest of these is love."
Home town: Birthplace: St. Kitts
Bio: Although born in America, I was raised in Africa and only returned to the US for university. Taking a gap-year during college allowed me to volunteer at an HIV orphanage in Cape Town and these experiences were formative in my desire to pursue medicine. I graduated from Missouri State and UT Southwestern in Dallas and subsequently completed residency at Via Christi, followed by Via Christi's International Family Medicine Fellowship. After this, I completed a certificate course on history of western civilization (with an emphasis in philosophy and theology) at Augustine College in Ottawa, Canada. Since 2014, I have been in full-spectrum practice including obstetrics, ER and inpatient medicine in rural southwest Kansas (Lakin) and I spent some time working an outpatient clinic at an FQHC in Garden City with underserved populations, including refugees and immigrants. I have also volunteered in Niger, Cameroon and Liberia. I am passionate about bioethics and tropical medicine. I completed a certificate course in Healthcare Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the certificate exam for Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health from the ASTMH. I am also passionate about holistic women's health and completed training as a Medical Consultant for Natural Family Planning from the Pope Paul VI Institute, in which diagnostic and treatment protocols were developed for women struggling with infertility, endometriosis and hormonal imbalances, as based on NaProTechnology and the Creighton FertilityCare Model of NFP. Favorite book: I have a great many favorite books and authors, so it is impossible to have just one. I enjoy the "Great Books" series, works from the Early Church and various Saints, most especially Mother Theresa, as well as a variety of theologians. I also read classic novels and children's fiction.
Hometown: Goodland, KS
Bio: I am currently a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Friends University. I have a passion for serving individuals, couples, and families struggling with difficult diagnoses and daily functioning. I graduated from University of Kansas with a B.A. in Sociology, married after graduation, stayed home and raised four children. When my youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer, my eyes were opened to a deeper level of suffering than I had ever experienced before. The medical providers and cancer families I met along the way inspired me to help others going through difficult times. Growing up in Northwest Kansas instilled in me strong values of hard-work and helping one’s neighbor. I look forward to supporting people facing various forms of adversity in my community as a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Why Via Christi? The atmosphere of the Family Medicine Residency Clinic is welcoming, supportive, and fosters true learning for residents and graduate interns such as myself. I am honored to work collaboratively with physicians to provide patients with mental and emotional support throughout their health care journey.
Passions: Piano, quilting, reading, cooking, spending time in the great outdoors
Passions: Interested in Scouts, woodworking, photography, and occasionally trying to keep up with Dr. Seery on the golf course.
Favorite Books: Anything by Simon Winchester or John McPhee.
Home town: Ellinwood, Kansas
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon (not really a town)
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
Medical school: American University of Beirut
Bio: One of the better aspects of this residency is getting two pediatricians to teach the residents pediatrics (If I say so myself!). In the setting of Family Medicine we have inpatient, outpatient and newborn pediatrics and my colleague and I, aim at graduating family doctors who are fully competent and capable of managing office and general inpatient. Now that you know about the solid pediatric education let me tell you about myself. I am a Lebanese born and raised woman, I chose pediatrics because I (no, not because I love kids. I do love kids but that is not why I chose pediatrics. I mean think about it, I could have become a preschool teacher, THAT is what people who love kids do) believe in being a child and adolescent advocate while practicining medicine and wanting to come back to work every day. I have not regretted that choice. Now put pediatrics and teaching in an underserved setting and you make my life semi-complete. What makes it complete is that I have an amazing family (that I want to adopt out at times, but who doesn't? ) and great friends and that Wichita after 16 years is home. I have a special interest in LGBTQ health, asthma and the social determinants of health. Underserved medicine is my passion, underserved pediatrics is what gets me out of bed every morning (and my dog Red and my cat Socks and sometimes my sons). I am also interested in story, narrative, writing, poetry and all prose relevant to the human experience. All my best to you if you are checking our program out, it is worth it!
Why Via Christi? There was a need for teaching pediatrics, please refer to above.
Passions/hobbies: (1) Sunshine (yes sunshine is a legit hobby, it means you like to dwell in it while doing various activities); (2) Writing; (3) Any coastal activity or lakeside activity (please refer to passion #1); (4) Eating watermelon (this goes under passions); (5) Laughter (I try to make it an exercise); (6) Meeting strangers
Favorite book: "Fall down on your knees" Ann Marie Mcdonald
Favorite quote: "And even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God" -- Aeschylus
Any unusual training experiences during residency/fellowship? Nothing out of the ordinary
I am the son of a minister who moved around a great deal while I was growing up. Born in California, I've lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, Little Rock, Wichita, and Western Kansas. My wife, Karmen, and I have been married for 22 years, and we spend almost all of our time nurturing and transporting to and from athletic practices two high school age boys. We ferociously guard our family time and love to spend it together watching movies and ESPN. My wife donates her time several weeks a year to an organization which trains individuals in life skills coaching, something for which she has tremendous passion
Why Via Christi? As a graduate of the St Joseph Family Medicine program in 1999 before the program merged with the St Francis program and became VCFM, I felt more than adequately prepared for delivering several years of small town medicine before returning to the Via Christi as a full time faculty member. I chose this program because I felt like it most closely mirrored private practice, and it seemed logical to learn medicine that way. This is the best Family Medicine Residency Program in the country, and I am excited to be a part of it as an educator. In my years of private practice, I discovered within myself a strong affection for teaching residents. I would not dream of teaching anywhere else.
Passions: My family, quantum physics, salt loss, EAH, cystic fibrosis, KU basketball, CU football, good rock (Alter Bridge, Van Halen, Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC), tattoos, a good bottle of wine and an evening with friends, Felt bicycles, watching the Tour De France. I have a significant interest in endurance athletics, training for and racing in triathlon and OCR. I have found in it something which profoundly shapes me not only physically but also, and perhaps more significantly, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It's a place where I meet God and find out about myself and who I am
Favorite Books: A Failure of Nerve, Edwin Friedman, Into Thin Air, John Krakauer; Into The Wild, John Krakauer; Deep Survival, Lawrence Gonzales; V Love Wins, Rob Bell; A Generous Orthodoxy, Brian McLaren. Patience With God, by Frank Schaeffer; The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky; The Naked Now, by Richard Rohr.
Favorite Quotes: "Exposing oneself to chance is often the only way to provide the kind of mind-jarring experience of novelty that can make us realize that what we thought was reality was only a mirror of our minds." Edwin Friedman
What are you doing now? After residency, I was in small town Kansas for a few years before coming back to Via Christi to teach. I was full-time FMR faculty from 2002-2007. Then in 2007-2008 I worked as a full time Family Medicine Hospitalist for Kansas Inpatient Services, a practice that was started by VC graduates. I have been back on the faculty full time since 2008. In 2008 I suffered from exercise associated hyponatremia (EAH) while competing in Ironman Arizona. That experience led to a research project at the Western States Endurance Run to test a theory that athletes who develop EAH might be carriers of a cystic fibrosis (CF) gene. This project in CF genetics led to me joining a local pulmonologist to resurrect the Via Christi Adult CF clinic where I have now provided care for 4+ years.
Home town: Born: LaMesa, CA. Home is Colorado.
I am a Kansas girl who went to KSU for undergrad, KU for medical school and then longed for an experience in the northern midwest. I completed my residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison program. I then did a Maternal Child Health Fellowship at West Suburban near Chicago. After all that training I tried my hand at private practice for several years in rural Kansas.
Passions: Cooking, Reading, Gardening... Things I wish I could become more passionate about: fly fishing and photography
Home town: Fort Scott, KS
Hometown: Charlestown, New Hampshire
Undergraduate: Granite State College
Graduate school: Antioch University New England (Master’s)
Graduate school: Virginia Tech (Doctorate)
Bio: : I first found my passion for the field of psychology in young adulthood. As I completed my undergraduate studies, I became drawn to the functioning of eco-systems and saw the need for therapeutic treatment that encompassed a systemic perspective. I was also aware of the need for the healthcare system to address not only the biological needs of patients, but the psychosocial-spiritual as well. It was in the first two weeks of my master’s program, in marriage and family therapy, in which I learned about the field of medical family therapy — this was the answer to my life pursuits. I completed my PhD at Virginia Tech in Human Development with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy and received my training in medical family therapy through a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the Division of General Internal Medicine. My journey within Via Christi began following my post-doctoral fellowship. As a native “New Englander”, I have embraced the Midwest, its way of life, and its people.
Why Via Christi?? I chose Via Christi’s Family Medicine Residency because of its vision for supporting biopsychosocial-spiritual healing to all patients served, and because of its focus and support for ensuring physician wellness.
Favorite quote: "...people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."- Maya Angelou
Passions/hobbies: Traveling (everywhere & anywhere), visiting wineries (yes, drinking wine too), anything that flies (hang gliding, hot air ballooning, etc.), new experiences, meeting new people and learning from them.
Devin Wesley Penny
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
Undergraduate: Drake University
Medical school: KCU
Bio: Devin was born in Blue Springs, Missouri, to a set of hardworking parents who eventually put each other through nursing school. He did a lot of growing up in California where he lived from 3-14 years old. His family moved 10 times during his childhood, eventually moving back to Blue Springs. Although adventurous, he desired to set down more permanent roots- should the Lord will it. It was there he grew up (though some contest that that ever actually happened) and attended South High. He was recruited to play football at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, as an outside linebacker. It was there he met his future wife, Melissa, who he married between graduation and matriculation to medical school at what was then UHS (University of Health Sciences)- the Osteopathic School in Kansas City. They had two children before graduation. He was a late interview for the best family med residency in the country due to the fact his wife had an HPSP military scholarship that rarely allowed deferrals to civilian programs. Luckily, having been deferred, the Penny couple was graciously accepted to Via Christi where they completed their residency training in 2010. For the next five years, they worked at Eglin AFB in Florida where Melissa served. Devin worked alongside his wife, teaching in the residency program as a civilian contractor.
They looked for a final home following payback time both in and out of the country, feeling particularly drawn to the Spanish speaking population. After many trips to places both within the United States, as well as Guatemala, Ecuador and speaking with programs in KC and Honduras, the Pennys felt their hearts drawn to the population of south Wichita. It is considered a "medical desert" and is at least 50 percent Spanish-speaking. His heart found kindred spirits in the medical team ministering in south Wichita who moved their families to the impoverished area to live out the Gospel... "what you have done for the least of these, you have done for me."
Why Via Christi? This is one of a limited number of programs in the country that offer such a broad training base making options for work or ministry open to any family medicine practice. What continues to strike me about the program is, despite it's large size, no other program I have visited had the depth of fellowship and community support from fellow residents and faculty. The culture is deliberate and the love is real. I desire authenticity and that is what I find.
Passions/hobbies: If I do it.. .chances are I am passionate about it. Playing sports (not watching); being active with my wife and family; worship (I play guitar... not very well); video Editing; theater; Board Games (Catan, Ticket-to-Ride, Shadows over Camelot, Coup...); Rock band (the game)
Favorite books? The Gospel of Marc; Enders Game; The Space trilogy (C.S.Lewis)... really anything by C.S. Lewis; Andromeda strain; State of fear (Michael Crichton)... ok anything by Michael Crichton as well
-I see you after... sooner rather than later I hope. (braveheart)
-Ephesians 4:29 ".encourage or shut up"; proverbs 10:19 "..shut up...; proverbs 12:18 "...i said shut up.."
-1 john 3:16-18 "This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possession and sees his brother in need and dose not take pitty on him, how can the love of God be in him. Dear children, let us not love with words and tongue but with actions and in truth"
-Philipians 2:3 "do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself."
-"I DONT WANT TO LOOSE HEART... I want to believe.." (brave heart)
Hometown: Sioux CIty, IA
Undergraduate: Drake University
Medical school: Kansas City University (of Medicine and Biosciences)
Bio: I grew up in Iowa, but most recently lived in Florida, having served a 4 year commitment to the Air Force as a teaching faculty with the Eglin Family Medicine Residency (second best family medicine residency in the nation). Despite being able to walk out our front door and down to the water to kayak out to the gulf, Devin and I felt compelled to move back to the Midwest, having heard about a group of doctors moving into underserved communities and trying to “love their neighbors.” We had actually been looking at overseas opportunities, as well as Chicago and New Orleans, only to find that there were people doing what we had been desiring to do, right in the city we did our training! We built a house (as in, we actually hammered nails and built our own house…and it is still standing!!) in Planeview and moved in with our three kids in 2016, then adopted twins in September of that year. We also finished up a job with a safety net clinic here in town and then worked as hospitalists while trying to survive the sleepless nights of the newborn phase. I felt really blessed when an opportunity to work with Via Christi opened up in early 2017, especially given the chance to job share with my hubby. We loved our time at Via Christi in residency, and are honored to be back, especially working with the staff we hold in such high regard.
Why Via Christi? I came here as a resident (2007-2010) with my hubby, drawn by three things: the insane amount of procedures that were built into the program, the amazing residents we met with that genuinely seemed to care about one another, and the faculty who were somehow both super professional and wise, but could also be found crowd surfing. I came back seven years later, as a full fledged grown up doctor because of the people.
Passions/hobbies: I enjoy cooking, playing the guitar and sipping wine. I love having quiet moments playing my guitar and worshipping the Lord amidst the chaos of my crazy life with five kids all pulling me in different directions.
Favorite books? The Bible by God, The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss, The Torn Veil by Gulshan Esther
Favorite quote? "Do today's work today" and "Seek first to understand" both from Dr. Robert (Bob) Persons; "It's all about relationships" - Dr. James Haynes
Advice for medical students: Whatever program you are considering - always look at the senior residents. Are they practicing the kind of medicine you want to practice and are they the kind of people you want to be?
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Undergraduate: University of Iowa - 2000
Medical school: Des Moines University - 2004
Bio: I grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA, and attended Linn-Mar High School graduating in 1996. I then attended undergraduate at the University of Iowa from 1996-2000 where I met my wife, Mandy. Medical School followed at Des Moines University from 2000-2004. During Medical School, Mandy and I were married. We then went to Wichita, Kansas for Family Medicine Residency at Via Christi from 2004-2007 and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Via Christi from 2007-2008. We then moved back to Iowa to a small rural town called Bloomfield. I practiced full spectrum Family Medicine and Sports Medicine in Bloomfield from 2008-2011. I had the honor of serving with the US Army as a Field Surgeon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. I have also been honored to serve with the Iowa Army National Guard Medical Command from 2002-2011. Mandy and I were married in 2001 and we look back at the last 16 years and feel truly blessed. God has given us seven awesome children and many opportunities to serve and for great life experiences.
Why Via Christi? I initially chose Via Christi for Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship because of the quality & character of the residents and faculty, the full spectrum training, and the mission of Via Christi to care for all people in "the way of Christ." Faculty work with Via Christi gives me the opportunity to teach and mentor, be a part of a great team, and be involved with Sports Medicine and Family Medicine. It also gives me the balance in life between my family and medicine that I desire. I started as faculty in 2011.
Passions/hobbies: Serving God, my family, my patients and country. Traveling. Reading. Sports. Ironman Triathlons. Marathons.
Favorite book: The Bible, The Count of Monte Cristo, A River Runs Through It, Mere Christianity, and Fearless.
Favorite quote: "God has made us for Himself, and our hearts our restless until they rest in Him." St. Augustine
Born and raised in Wichita, I attended Southeast High School and then went on to earn degrees in Biology and Pscyhology at Kansas State University. I went to KU Med, but deep down I will always be a K-Stater! I completed a residency in Pediatrics in Maine, aka "Vacation Land"! It was an amazing 3 years, but I am so excited to be back in Kansas and near to family! As the youngest, newest faculty member I have the pleasure of working with some of the Legends that make up the faculty in our program!
Why Via Christi? I practically grew up in this program! My father (the "other Dr. Seery") entered residency here when I was in middle school. Since then I have seen the program grow and change in ever better ways each year! Through medical school and residency I was exposed to many other family med residencies and it really hit home how special this program really is! I feel incredibly honored and lucky to return to this program as a faculty member. We always have dedicated, talented residents who are passionate about learning and living a fulfilling life. Teaching here is unbelievably fulfilling both professionally and spiritually.
Passions: Snow skiing, scuba diving, backpacking around Europe, salsa dancing. I also enjoy fly fishing in Colorado. I usually go hiking in a National Park about once a year. Like several other faculty members you can frequently find me at the YMCA. You can often spot me around town out for a stroll with my 7 year old beagle!
Favorite Books: Reading is a big passion- I usually go through a book every 2 weeks. When I'm on vacation I can typically crank through 4-5 novels!
Favorite Quotes: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." -Albert Einstein
Home town: Wichita, Ks
Unusual experiences: Though I'm not musically inclined I have fulfilled the job of "roadie" for over 10 years for the faculty band, Shifting Dullness
I have been with the Residency Program for 20 years and still find that I love Family Medicine and working with residents and medical students.
Why Via Christi? The mission that defines Via Christi is the main reason I came here and is what keeps me here, the mission is in three parts: Excellence, Stewardship & Human Dignity.
Passions: Music, Scuba Diving and Reading.
Favorite Books: The Hunger Games or any book by John Grissom.
Favorite Quotes: Past behavior predicts future behavior! You Win or Lose by the way you choose!
Home town: Cincinnati, Ohio
Looking back: I only have pharmacy residency experience, but I think there are many similarities to medicine. First of all, take advantage of being in a wonderful environment where one of our main goals, in addition to patient care, is to teach and educate. You may never be in an environment like this again. Learn as much as you can from the faculty and your preceptors. Remember that it is part of our job to teach you! Second, the bond you form with your co-residents is like nothing else. I continue to be great friends with my co-residents even though we live in different parts of the country, and we've successfully had a reunion of some sort every year so far! Third, remember to have fun and relax! Residency is a lot of work, but it is important to have time to de-stress and recharge.
Home town: I grew up the fourth of 4 boys in Minneola, Kansas, a rural community in SW Kansas. I was steeped in a rich tradition of Family Medicine as my father was the family physician for the town. He is the finest doctor I have ever known personally (really!) and loved going to work which made it easy for me to consider medicine as a career. What’s more, my uncle, Gayle, was also a family physician who was instrumental in helping to launch Family Medicine as a speciality. My brother and cousin are family physicians. It’s in my blood…
Undergraduate:I attended two small Christian liberal arts colleges in Kansas and Illinois respectively that shaped and shepherded me well.
Graduate school:I graduated from the University of Kansas (go ‘Hawks) School of Medicine-Wichita in 1989 and stayed to complete Family Medicine residency training at Via Christi/St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency program in Wichita in 1992.
Bio: As a medical student, I envisioned staying in Kansas and pursuing a career in OB. However I took the advice of a med student friend and mentor to pursue an international elective during my 4th year. Somewhat surreally, I found myself descending through the clouds over Kigali, Rwanda en route to a 2-month rotation at a remote medical mission hospital that “ruined” me and forever changed my focus and trajectory in medicine. This incredible gift of medicine was not given to me by God for my own self interests. It was given to me to be poured out for others. I pursued Family Medicine because I was convinced it is the best tool for serving the least of these. I moved to Olathe, KS to work for a couple of years to relieve med school debt and gain some practical experience. Then, following a year of French language study in Quebec, Canada and 6-months of Tropical Medicine in Belgium, we had the privilege of serving for 6 years in Kenya and Rwanda. These were some of the most fulfilling years of my life, in remote missions hospitals, caring for so many, way over my head clinically but dependent on God for help and healing.
Why Via Christi? In 2007, we were pursuing another country of service when Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency contacted me with an ‘idea’ of starting a global health fellowship. Not ready to stay in the States, we wrestled with this for nearly a year but sensed a confirmation to come and join the residency and help launch the Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship program in 2008. Though global health/medical missions makes my heart beat, I also love the community of Via Christi FMR. It is an incredible place to live, learn and grow. My faculty colleagues are excellent and most have areas of expertise that add strength and flavor to our residency! Our community specialist attendings are brilliant and approachable. We recruit some of the brightest and most committed residents in the country and are privileged to sit in the shadow of UKSM-W which is one of the finest medical schools in the country for promoting Family Medicine. There is an ethos of providing excellence patient care, both medically and spiritually, while supporting each other at the same time. We train and send out family physicians who can go anywhere in rural, urban, or inner-city America, or to the darkest corners of the world and provide excellent and compassionate care, impacting the lives and health of nations. We train world changers here!
Passions/hobbies:I love my family most of all and just being with them! I have an amazing wife, Dawnita, and 5 above average children! I love my church family in Planeview. I love the mountains and grew up snow-skiing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, rafting, and backpacking in them; just being in them is therapy for me. I enjoy bike riding but am having trouble recruiting family members to ride with me. I enjoy travel; anywhere! Honestly, I enjoy most things; I am an enneagram 7….
Favorite books:“The Land of the Blue Burqas”, Kate McCord. “The Signature of Jesus”, Brennan Manning
Favorite quote: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Jesus, Luke 4)
I have been on the faculty for 19 years and have the pleasure of being in charge of the recruitment process for the residency. It seems to fit my style of what I like to do in that I am allowed the privilege of meeting so many new students, some of whom become our residents and my friends. I have become convinced that my primary role here is not to teach, administrate, or even to see patients, although that is much of what I do. My primary role or calling here is to INFLUENCE and MENTOR residents and students to grow and change and see all that they can be both for themselves and for others.
Why Via Christi? They allowed me to come and be a faculty member who could freely mentor, influence and emphasize my passions with the residents.
Passions: My faith in Christ - this is my primary desire and passion, although I fail often at keeping this foremost in my life. Nevertheless, it is my goal to be clearly a Christian in my interactions with others. My life verse is Genesis 6:9 - "This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God." This is my hope - to live rightly with others in accordance with what I believe, to be blameless among others (even those who may not like what I believe) and treat them as they desire and in doing so honor my Lord and God. In addition, I desire to be walking with my God in all things (although as I said before, this is a weak area for me).
Favorite Books: The Bible - top of the list (I try to read it through every other year). Margin - Richard Swenson - the most profound and impacting book I have read other than the scriptures. It changed my life's direction and how I have chosen to live. I highly recommend it. Mere Christianity - CS Lewis - So simple and yet so profound.
Favorite Quotes: "Real success is when those who know you the best, love you the most." - John Maxwell
Home town: Manhattan, KS
Looking back: My residency experience was very different than it is now and I am of a different generation and style, and yet I believe that those choosing Family Medicine want to pursue their dreams professionally and line that up with their passions to serve others as well. This discipline lends itself well to broad training, broad populations to serve, variety in life, and contentment in knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of others (physically, emotionally, familially, maritally, physiologically, philosophically, and spiritually). What other specialty allows such latitude in practice. I love it!
Advice: Pursue a place where your passions are validated, your heart is confirmed, your mind is embraced and stretched, and your needs for fellowship, friendship, and accountability are met.
I'm a small town girl (graduation class size 18) who got undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Kansas State University. I then went to medical school at KU (I still cheer for KSU despite having given KU more of my money). I completed my family medicine residency at Via Christi. My husband is also a physician, our training took us to North Carolina where he did an Endocrinology fellowship while I did an OB & Women's Health fellowship. Our first child, Ruby, was born during our fellowships. I lovingly refer to her as my family medicine "honors project." I now coordinate the OB and Women's Health Rotations at Via Christi. My goal is for every resident to feel like they have done an OB fellowship by the time they graduate.
Why Via Christi? The midwest is still the "wild west" for Family Medicine. My residents never say...."I don't need to know that, because I am a family doc." Instead they want to learn it BECAUSE they are a family doc. They value the depth and breadth of care they can provide their patients as a family physician. This is especially evident in their attitude about learning to do obstetrics.
Passions: HOBBIES: Photography, Tandem bicycling (AKA marriage tester), watching movies, reading (I'm in a book club), playing with my kids (Ruby and William) PASSIONS:Family (my husband and kids), Ob (infant mortality, PNC for the underserved, diabetes in pregnancy), Women's Health (colposcopy, domestic violence)
Home town: Montezuma, Kansas
Why Via Christi? I fell in love with VCFM on the interview trail as a med student. I kept hearing about the broad scope of training that I desired (OB, procedures, strong medicine, preparation for international and rural practice) as well as the fantastic group of residents and faculty with a heart for service. I found all of these things and more! Just ask me. :)
Passions: First, God. Second, my husband Dean and son Corbin (1 year old). Third, foam cheese hats. j/k! I like to chase around my son or husband with my guitar or play loudly on the piano (not necessarily well). Also: bluegrass, backpacking, books, things that start with \"B\"...
Favorite Books: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Home town: Wausau, Wisconsin