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Brandon Alleman

Brandon Alleman | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyWhy Via Christi: This is pretty simple. I wanted a residency that would allow me to explore my future career to the greatest extent possible. Via Christi's emphasis on establishing your own trajectory and scope of practice was very important. Being able to do this with faculty and residents who share similar convictions is an invaluable bonus.
Passions: My only passion is to know God through Christ by his Spirit (would that this were always true). I love my wife (Becca) and my children (Jonah and Cora). I enjoy reading, being physically active, philosophy and quantitative analysis (currently baseball).
Favorite Books: Desiring God – John Piper Antifragile – Nassim N. Taleb The Space Trilogy – C.S. Lewis The Romantic Manifesto – Ayn Rand Genius – James Gleick Getting Things Done – David Allen (Books can only be favorites if you have read them more than twice.)
Favorite Quotes: "It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak." – C. S. Lewis "The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever." – John Piper "All models are wrong, but some are useful." – George Edward Pelham Box (Addendum by Nassim N. Taleb "Some models are dangerous; very dangerous!") "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." – Robert A. Heinlein
After residency plan: If I attempted to say anything definite here it would not be the truth. I am open to using what skills I have, through God's grace and for His glory, anywhere.
Home town: Morrice, Michigan
Advice: Ask questions. Always. When someone tells you to "please stop" asking questions, you are doing it correctly.

Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyAs a Phoenix native, adjusting to the lack of Diamondbacks games on TV has been very difficult for my wife and I. The upside to Wichita we've found is the total lack of traffic and smog, the natural friendliness of complete strangers, and all the houses have basements to hide from the tornados- which apparently are pretty rare it turns out. After graduating from ASU I was able to spend a year living and working with the homeless in the inner city of Phoenix at a Catholic Worker house. It is there that my life was reoriented toward service to the very poorest in our society. I am now married with two wonderful children (who we are skillfully indoctrinating into become loyal Dbacks fans). When it came time to look for residency programs, Wichita was not exactly on my radar- neither my wife nor I had ever been here, or even knew anyone here. Providentially, toward the end of my 3rd year of medical school some very good friends from Wichita told my wife and I about Via Christi. We researched it and it was literally everything we were looking for and more. We decided to come out for a sub-I because frankly the program looked too good to be true and we needed to see for our self. Needless to say we absolutely fell in love with the city, the people and the program.
Why Via Christi: As a Catholic it was critical that I find a program that would allow me to practice medicine according to the ethical and religious directives set forth by the Church. Via Christi not only 'allows' it but encourages it. Additionally, there is absolutely no facet of this program that is not thoroughly well-developed. The OB experience is unquestionably one of the strongest in Family Medicine training programs. The pediatrics service is high-volume and incorporates extensive NICU experiences. The inpatient medicine service is very busy and allows you to admit to and follow patients in the ICU. Additionally, for us osteopathic graduates, OMT is encouraged both with our own patient panel and during the explicit OMT clinic time. The overall procedural training here routinely encompasses operative obstetrics and endoscopy, both of which you can expect to become proficient in before you graduate. What I find most appealing about the program is the sense of fellowship among the residents and faculty, and an overall atmosphere of excitement and energy that is truly contagious. This program embodies what family medicine is supposed to be- supportive, caring, hard-working and fun.
Passions: Passions: Creighton model of Natural family planning- my wife and I have found this to be a genuine blessing in our relationship and I love offering this as an option to my patients. Playing with my kids, homeless medicine, camping, hiking, skiing, and anything outdoors really!
Favorite Quotes: Mt 25:40, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me".
Home town: Tempe, Arizona

Joseph Baalmann

Joseph Baalmann | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI grew up on a farm near Andale, KS, in a family of seven brothers and one sister. I thoroughly enjoy hanging out with my siblings and family. I am a graduate from Newman University and have lived in the Wichita/surrounding area most of my life.
Why Via Christi: I was impressed by the values of the institution and the faculty. My rotations during medical school gave me a great look into the many strengths of the program. I was interested in being trained in full spectrum family medicine, and am glad to be at Via Christi!
Passions: I enjoy playing the piano (trained in basic classical music). I also like most all sports or activities like basketball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, rock climbing, etc.
Favorite Books: I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings Books. I am working on the Count of Monte Cristo Book.
Favorite Quotes: "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn on occasion"
After residency plan: Interested in a practice in the Wichita area.
Home town: Andale, KS
Advice: Try to get to know the faculty the best you can in order to find the optimal fit for you.

Kelsey Berlin

Kelsey Berlin  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyHi! My name is Kelsey Berlin and I grew up just one state north of Kansas with great football. That's right – Nebraska – GO BIG RED!. After finishing high school early, I spent a semester as a foreign exchange student in Austria traveling as much of Europe as I could. Then I was off to Michigan for my undergraduate degree in Biology from Hillsdale College, a small private liberal arts school hundreds of miles from home. For medical school, I came back to the Midwest and studied at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. I am so glad to be close to home in Wichita. I love the Midwest.
Why Via Christi: I wanted Via Christi as soon as I heard about it because I was hunting for a full scope family medicine program that offered a strong OB, pediatric, and in-patient aspect. This program was unlike any other. Now I've seen it up close and it has an amazing strong curriculum, quality residents, and excellent and approachable attendings who really put it above the rest.
Passions: Anything that has to do with my family, traveling, beaches, and food. I love chasing around my wonderful nephews and niece, and boy, do they keep me running! I can't think of anything better than sleeping in, waking up to a good cup of coffee, and then sitting on a beach just talking and enjoy the sunshine and time with family. I also have been blessed to have had the opportunity to study abroad and spent as much time as possible traveling around Europe. I love exploring a new place by tasting their food and talking to locals. I just finished a trip to Haiti with the Columbus Medical Mission Team. Although I don't have much time for big trips right now, up next on my bucket list is Greece. Maybe a cruise to the Greek Islands….. who's in:
Favorite Quotes: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34 "Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." – John Wooden " Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things" Philippians 4:8
Home town: Columbus, NE
What are you doing now: Enjoying married/residency life. My husband and I are newlyweds and figuring out how to balance family and work.
Any unusual training experiences during residency/fellowship: Where to begin! A seizing pregnant patient on the OB floor. Check! Paracentesis at the bedside on the medical floor. Check! Running codes during a medical shift. Check! The amount of procedures and experiences we get at this program is unlike any other.
Stats - Vaginal Deliveries, C-Sections, Forceps, Vacuum, Colonoscopy, EGD, Colposcopy/LEEP, Stress Treadmill:
After just 1 year -- Vaginal Deliveries - 75
Intubations: 15
C-section - 10
Colposcopy/LEEP - 5
Forcep delivery - 2
Colonoscopy - 1
Lumbar punctures - 1
Chest tube - 1

Brandon Cole


Brandon Cole  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyHey there! My life started six weeks prematurely in Denver (Go Broncos!), Colorado. I am blessed to have grown up in Quito, Ecuador as a missionary kid petting llamas, camping by volcanoes, and getting killed at soccer. After spending my college years in small-town Arkansas at John Brown University, I completed med school at KCUMB. I have enjoyed doing mission work in Asia, Ghana, and Guatemala. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to follow in my grandfather's footsteps of being a physician to further Christ's kingdom.
Why Via Christi: I wanted a Family Medicine program to provide training to practice full scope medicine anywhere in the world. Via Christi is that and more. Via Christi has an amazing group of residents and faculty and I felt at home here right off the bat.
Passions: Jesus (The Great Physician), Family and Friends, International Missions, Travel, Sports (anything with a ball), Fishing, Skiing, Reading, Wrestling my twin brother
Favorite Books: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Count of Monte Cristo, Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Bible
Favorite Quotes: "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." –Psalm 18:2; "Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out." – Coach John Wooden; "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." –Jim Elliot
After residency plan: International Medicine (God will take care of the when and where), Rural/Underserved medicine
Home town: Quito, Ecuador
Advice: Ask yourself what you want out of a residency. Picture yourself among the residents and faculty. Ask yourself if you can see yourself there and if you feel at home. Find joy in the journey.
What are you doing now: Life as a resident is hard but incredibly rewarding. I love that I can deliver a baby, perform a newborn exam, round on a hospital patient, and see continuity patients in clinic all in the same day.
Stats - Vaginal Deliveries, C-Sections, Forceps, Vacuum, Colonoscopy, EGD, Colposcopy/LEEP, Stress Treadmill:
75 Vaginal Deliveries
22 Primary C-Sections
26 Colonoscopies
2 Colposcopies

Heather Datsko

Heather Datsko  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyWhy Via Christi: I spent one month here as a sub-intern, and in just that one month, I was significantly changed. I couldn't imagine how much I would grow spending 3+ years here, and I wanted to find out! The faculty and residents here are people I deeply admire and desire to learn from. Not to mention, its a full spectrum, unopposed, well-respected, and a mission-minded family medicine program.
Passions: My faith is my number one passion; I am pretty crazy about God. I am also passionate about people. I love getting to know people on a deeper level and seeing them be their unique selves. I love comforting and encouraging people, which may have been the original idea behind becoming a doctor. I am an animal lover too. I enjoy hanging out with my family (Balderdash with my family is the hardest I have ever laughed), playing and listening to acoustic guitar, and anything that involves creativity. I like being on the move: playing volleyball, dancing, rock climbing, yoga, ultimate frisbee, etc. and spending time in the great outdoors: camping, hiking, picnics, and being on any body of water. I am passionate about new things. I love to constantly learn, which includes always reading a non-medical book. I love being in a different context; I am fascinated by different cultures, and pretty much by life in general. Medicine is pretty cool too.
Favorite Books: The Bible, The Last Lecture, Crazy Love, Hot Lights Cold Steel, Radical, The Shack, Complications, Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Practice of the Presence of God. I am currently reading Hinds Feet in High Places, which is also proving to be a good one.
Favorite Quotes: "You have to do what you love" (plus machine shop small business story) –Grandpa Datsko "Brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." –Randy Pauch "Whatever your past holds, it is no match for God's grace. Tell Him you are available to be used by Him, and you will be surprised at the work He gives you to do." –Charles Stanley "Encoraja, encoraja, encoraja." –prayer (in Portuguese) by Dr. Kubacki, medical missionary "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 "Living becomes an awesome business when you realize that you spend every moment of your life in the sight and company of an omniscient, omnipresent Creator." – J.I. Packer "Be where you are." –Dr. Catlett, Akron City FM
After residency plan: His plan. I am feeling some missional work coming on!
Home town: Akron, OH
Advice: Find a residency program that is producing physicians whom you want to be like. Know that you will not only learn medicine in residency. Enjoy the process. Look at the interview trail as a way to meet some really cool people and find where you want to invest the next few years of your life.

Ben Eppinger

Ben Eppinger  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI was born and raised in Wisconsin, and while I will be a die-hard Packers fan and cheese-lover for life, the most important thing about me is my faith in Jesus Christ. Because of that I have a strong desire to not waste my life. Between undergrad and medical school I was able to spend a year overseas on the World Race, an 11-month, 11 country missions trip that had me working with local contacts all over the world and working with people groups as diverse as the gypsies of northern Romania and the Turkana people in Northwest Kenya. Since then I have been fortunate to meet and marry my best friend and love of my life: Kelly Eppinger (an ex-World Racer herself) who I plan to spend the rest of my life traveling, adventuring and serving alongside.
Why Via Christi: I looked for two things in a residency program: full-spectrum training and community. At Via Christi, I met residents who were confident in themselves and their training. I want to walk away from residency with my future practice defined by my desires, interests and passions and not by the quality of the training I received. I saw that offered at Via Christi. On top of that, the residents had an obvious connection to one another and a family that I felt welcomed into from day one.
Passions: Going to live music, great food, board games (Game of Thrones the Game, Dominion, Tales of the Arabian Nights), and living for Jesus Christ.
Favorite Books: I love a good book. Some of my favorites: Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Count of Monte Cristo, East of Eden, Ender's Game, Great Expectations
Favorite Quotes: "I came to bring Life, and Life to the Full" John 10:10 ""For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." Matt 16:25
After residency plan: I was awarded with a NHSC Student to Service Loan Repayment award, so I will spend at least 3 yrs after residency caring for an underserved urban population (location to be determined) here in the States. I also have passion for international medical missions and plan to work alongside my wife overseas after my NHSC commitment is up.
Home town: Racine, WI

Michael Heiland

Michael Heiland | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyMy wife Lauren and I moved to Wichita for residency from Tampa, FL where I did medical school at the University of South Florida. She was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is pretty good at hiding her accent but don't let her fool you, she is a true Southern girl! In the first 9 years of my life, my family moved all over before moving to San Jose, Costa Rica with plans to eventually move overseas permanently to be missionaries. After living there for a year, plans changed and my parents and two brothers moved to DeBary, Florida where they have been since. My parents started foster care and eventually adopted a sister and 2 more brothers so now I am the oldest of 6 children. I like to play and watch sports of all kinds, and Lauren and I both love the beach or anything on the water. My longstanding favorite book is the Bible, but a couple of the most influential books I have read recently are Radical by David Platt and Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken. Our after residency plans are largely undetermined at this point but the best way we can sum it up is to say that it will be where God wants us whether it is in small town USA, an urban center, or the ends of the earth. Lauren and I were drawn to Via Christi all the way from FL (even though it was freezing when we interviewed!) because we could tell that the residents and faculty in this program are committed to a lot of the same things that we are. So many people here have shown a love to serve God, each other, and the community. They are dedicated to teaching family medicine in a full-spectrum sort of way with a goal to train physicians to be ready for any domestic or international setting. We were convinced that Lauren would be welcomed here and supported by other wives in the program and this is already being confirmed in our first two weeks in Wichita! My advice to medical students- care about your patients and there you will find the motivation to learn how you can better treat them. Show that you are eager to learn and we will be happy to teach you. Don't neglect your family, friends, or faith for a test score. You won't care about the scores as long as you will the others.
Home town: DeBary, Florida

Emily Heronemus

Emily HeronemusWhy Via Christi: I was drawn to Via Christi because of the friendly, supportive residents and attendings, and the focus the program has on training full spectrum family medicine physicians.
Passions: -Spending as much time as possible with family and friends. -Being outdoors whether it be playing team sports, running, biking, or disc golf -Volunteering and being active in the community -Traveling: Both for fun and on medical mission trips. -Cooking and Baking -Chiefs Football and tailgating Chiefs football games, KU Basketball, Sporting KC!!! -Anything Harry Potter
Home town: Topeka, KS

Isaac Johnston

Isaac Johnson | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyWhy Via Christi: I have been lucky enough to grow up in the birthplace of Family Medicine—Wichita, KS. When I began to look at Family Medicine residencies, I realized Via Christi would train me to be the ethically driven, broad-spectrum family physician I want to be. I will admit that a Via Christi (while in the few) is not the only residency that produces patient-centered doctors with unopposed broad-spectrum training. So what ultimately set Via Christi apart for me were the Via Christi graduates I worked with during my clinical years in Wichita. To put it another way, five of my preceptors who I consider to be personal role models in medicine, as well as life, were trained by Via Christi.
Passions: My greatest passions in life are my wife Sophia, my family and medicine. I try to fill these roles in an understanding, Catholic role with the idea that there will always be room for more growth. I love Family Medicine because I have passions for learning from and treating a variety of patients, delivering many different types of care, mental health, hospice and the Patient Centered Medical Home. My other interests include classical piano, golf, weight-lifting, running, pick-up basketball games with the docs and trivia.
After residency plan: Broad-spectrum care somewhere with possible fellowship in Palliative Care or Sports Medicine.
Home town: Wichita, KS

Michael Kalkhoff

Michael Kalkhoff | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI am from Spirit Lake, Iowa, a rural community of about 4,000 in a county that grows to about 150,000 with tourists on the 4th of July! There I spent my summers on the lake teaching people how to water ski and winters wrestling. My interest in medicine began when I was young from conversations with my dad, my first role model of a wonderful family physician. I studied Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!) where I met my wife, Heather. During college, I traveled abroad to Mali and Nicaragua to use engineering solutions to address public health problems. Through these experiences, I discovered a new passion for improving health globally and confirmed my decision to pursue medicine. Heather and I were married after graduating from ISU, and we spent a summer exploring Europe. Then we moved to Iowa City where I attended medical school at the University of Iowa.
Why Via Christi: Looking ahead, I envision myself in a small, Midwestern town, serving my community. I would also like to develop a long-term relationship with a community internationally. I want to care for entire families, including obstetrics, and to perform procedures needed by my patients. To meet these goals, the only training that would suffice is a program that prepares residents for full spectrum primary care. Via Christi offers excellent training in obstetrics, procedures, inpatient medicine and pediatrics from faculty with experience working internationally, and in rural and urban communities. I also looked for a program where I would train alongside residents with similar goals and was drawn to the sense of community I felt with the residents and staff I met at Via Christi.
Passions: Family, friends, faith, traveling, hiking, camping, football, water skiing, running, disc golf, gardening, photography
Home town: Spirit Lake, IA

Sam Porter

Sam Porter | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI'm somewhat confused as to my true nationality. My dad's Australian, my mom's American, and I grew up in Beirut, Lebanon in the Middle East. My parents have spent over thirty years there, working with a charity that aids refugees. Watching them serve the needy as I grew up left me with a desire to follow in their footsteps, but I wasn't sure what that would look like. I attended College of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri, and that's where I met my beautiful wife, Jessica. I also discovered my excitement for medicine after taking an EMT course in college, and realized that medicine would be an excellent tool to serve others. From the beautiful Ozark hills, we headed north to frozen Minnesota for medical school at Mayo Clinic. Jess and I have our eyes set on heading overseas once I'm done with training, perhaps to work with refugees in the Middle East. In light of that, I wanted broad training in all areas of medicine, and after my medical school rotations, I knew family medicine was the only specialty where I would get that. I also dreaded the possibility of being bored in my career, and FM was a great insurance policy against that!
Why Via Christi: On the interview trail, I discovered there are really only a few FM programs that offer a truly "broad-spectrum" training, Via Christi being one of them. I was really attracted by the strong OB component (where else do interns do C-sections on day 1:!), and by the global health possibilities, both in residency and in the international medicine fellowship. But more than anything else, my wife and I LOVED interacting with the faculty and residents here. We really feel like we belong, and that is worth a lot when you're deciding where to spend 3 years of your life!
Passions: Jesus Christ, medical missions, my family, reading (especially biographies and current affairs), anything outdoors (biking, hiking, etc)
After residency plan: Hopefully, medical missions long-term, maybe in the Middle East.
Home town: Beirut, Lebanon
Favorite book: After the Bible, probably Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and/or Lord of the Rings.
Stats - Vaginal Deliveries, C-Sections, Forceps, Vacuum, Colonoscopy, EGD, Colposcopy/LEEP, Stress Treadmill: At the end of intern year:
Vaginal Deliveries: 80 with 15 vacuum
Colonoscopy: 15
EGD: 10

Amy Schantzen

Amy Schantzen | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency​I grew up on 5-acre hobby farm in the "un-incorporated village" of Withrow Minnesota. It was a great place to grow up - I had lots of animals ranging from chickens, to llamas, to goats, to horses. I even ran a kitten business one summer to pay for a mission trip! Life was always an adventure for me! When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian, an Olympic equestrian or a horse breeder. As I grew older, I realized I had a passion for people and an awe of the human body. Even though I grew up in the country, I was bused into a much larger town, Stillwater, MN for school where I met my husband. We technically met in 5th grade, however, we didn't date until High School. We then went to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the summer of 2010, we graduated from college, got married, and then started medical school at Des Moines University - it was a crazy but awesome year! Now we live in the wonderful city of Wichita - we just keep going south on interstate 35!
Why Via Christi: I had first heard about Via Christi just after my first year of medical school. I was out in rural Iowa doing a four week preceptorship when I heard the physicians I was working with get really excited about a new physician they were hiring - he was coming from Via Christi. I was told that if I wanted to become a well-trained, full-spectrum family physician, that this was a program I should look into. That night I called up John (he was doing his four-week preceptorship in another small town in Iowa) and said I had found our future residency program. He said that he was working with a married couple from an awesome residency program that trained full-spectrum family physicians, it ended up being Via Christi too! Even though we had heard great things about this program, it wasn't until we spent a month here during our fourth year of medical school. During that month I realized that it was the people that really drew me here. It was the kind, helpful, hard-working, intelligent, excited, self-less residents and attendings that really made me say, "I want to learn from them and someday be like them!" Not only did the program look good on paper - full-spectrum family medicine training with great OB experience, but it was an intangible feeling that when we left after our month here, it felt like we were leaving home.
Passions: I love living the life that God has created me for - learning and experiencing Him all day, everyday is my most favorite thing of all. Other things I love include: the outdoors! Going on a walk where you cannot see another building is soothing to my soul! Cleaning/organizing/planning is another one of my hobbies as my husband would say and laundry is probably my most favorite chore (no joke!) I I also love working with digital media and creating youtube videos in my spare time.
Home town: Withrow, Minnesota

John Schantzen

John Schantzen | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI was born and raised in Hamlake, MN. At the age of 5 my family moved to Brussels, Belgium for my mom's work. During the following two years I enjoyed the great experiences that come from attending a school with friends from all over the world! Plus our school was located on the Waterloo battlefield, which was pretty cool. After two years my family moved again, this time to Paris, France. Over the next two and a half years I attended another international school and had the opportunity to take trips to dozens of countries. In the middle of fifth grade we moved back to Stillwater, MN. Which happened to be a great thing because during a fifth grade music class I met my amazing wife Amy (I must disclose that I do not remember this actual encounter, however my wife assures me that we danced together during said music class). After graduating from Stillwater Area High School (GO PONIES!!), my wife and I attended St. Olaf College (GO OLES!!) where I majored in Biology and Chemistry while also playing football and throwing shot put. Once we graduated from St. Olaf, Amy and I were married and then moved down to Des Moines to begin medical school at Des Moines University.
Why Via Christi: My goal has always been to practice family medicine in a rural community where I can be the stereotypical small town doc. I want to be able to handle anything that comes through my door. This includes feeling comfortable performing multitudes of procedures including C-sections. During our sub-internships at Via Christi my wife and I fell in love with the program. The faculty and residents were extremely knowledgeable and they genuinely cared about their patients. The residents were eager to learn and always seemed to be enjoying themselves (even when it was 3:00 am and they were working on their tenth admit for the night). Also, the training that the residents receive is outstanding. I have no doubt that after my time at Via Christi is completed I will be able to provide excellent care for everyone in my community. It was also refreshing to find a program that is no stranger to taking couples.
Passions: Being part of a great small group and church community, watching football and playing fantasy football, reading sci fi/fantasy novels, spending time with my wife.
Favorite Books: The Wheel of time series by Robert Jordan, the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (and pretty much everything else that Sanderson has written)
Home town: Lake Elmo, MN
Stats: At the end of first year: 35 vaginal deliveries, 25 C sections, 4 colposcopies, 1 Leep procedure
Advice: If an attending ever asks you "Would you like to do (insert procedure or surgery here), always respond with "Yes, but can you help me". I have seen far too many students turn down a opportunity to do something because they were nervous that they would do something wrong, or that they would embarrass themselves. Your preceptors would not ask you to do something if they didn't think you could handle it, and what better time to learn to do something when you have an experienced clinician showing you how to do it.

Katelyn Shoe

Katelyn Shoe | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI grew up in Rochester NY and stayed local at Cornell University for college. After college I lived in NYC for a year working as a clinical research assistant then moved to Philadelphia for medical school at Drexel. God used my desire to learn Spanish and led me to take a year off after my 2nd year of medical school to pursue that goal. During that year in Argentina and Mexico, I met my husband, began following Christ, realized I wanted to be a family physician and pursue medical missions. It became clear that God is calling me to family medicine to do his kingdom work! At the end of MS3 I re-connected with Paul Shoe, a bearded Irish/Puerto Rican God-fearing man. We were married the summer of intern year and will be continuing his nursing studies in Wichita, KS.
Why Via Christi: Via Christi has all the important things I was looking for in a program. It emphasizes surgical obstetrics, procedures, and inpatient medicine. I knew after hearing about the program at the AAFP conference, the GMHC, during my interview, and at second look that Via Christi would train me well. It was the connection I had with the residents and faculty that cemented my desire to become a Via ChristiFM resident. Many of the faculty and residents share a passion for medical missions and I knew I would be mentored and encouraged in my pursuit of it. Seeing the faculty band rock out at second look and the Colorado Bike Trip were obviously additional important factors in the decision-making process.
Passions: Spending time with Jesus, hanging out with Paul Shoe, fellowship with friends, high intensity sports training, (which is naturally followed by) eating cheese, traveling to far away places, cooking, speaking Spanish, and pursuing dog ownership
Favorite Quotes: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." – Romans 12:2
After residency plan: Rural family practice with surgical OB or international missions, wherever God wants Paul and I to be.
Home town: Fairport, NY
Advice: Decide what is most important to you and pick programs based on that. Look forward to what you want to do with your life and figure out what you need to do to get there in order to decide what is most important to you.

Brad Stucky

Brad Stucky | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyWhy Via Christi: I chose Via Christi because they are truly a cowboy residency. Coming here I know that the work will be demanding, but when I am done with residency, I will be comfortable being a family physician no matter where I go. Whether that be in an inpatient setting as a hospitalist in a critical care unit in a big city, or taking care of whatever comes through the doors of the local emergency room in a rural small town, or practicing obstetrics in the middle of the african jungle on a missions trip, I will be prepared when my training here is done.
Passions: Dirt Bike Enthusiast: - Aggressive amateur. I've taken my KTM 450 EXC on many trips down the Arkansas River bed to the front range of Colorado. Wood Working: - As a child, I spent many hours playing at my dads construction shop while he was working on projects for his business, Stucky Builders. Through junior high, high school and college, I worked for him as a general carpenter. He taught me a great deal about the principles of craftsmanship during those years. I have come to really enjoy working with my hands to make something I can be proud of. As a hobby, I hope to continue some wood working projects in the future such as building furniture. Tennis Player: - I started playing tennis in 2nd grade. Played on the varsity team for Garden City High School and Bethel College. From 2004 to 2007 I played in the Garden City Men's Community tennis league. I hope to join a similar league at some point in the future. :: Drummer - :I enjoyed playing the drums as a member of the Bible Christian Church praise team for 5 years. Although, my favorite gig was playing in the Ernie Ortiz Band as we provided the music and entertainment for the senior center dances in Garden City KS. I love the list of hobbies that is mentioned above, but what I am truly most passionate about is Jesus; trying to allow him to be at work in my life, learning from his teaching and example, and accepting his gift of salvation.
Favorite Books: The Bible, Wild at Heart, Sacred Marriage, Lone Survivor,
Home town: Garden City, KS

Rachael Svaty

Rachael Svaty | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI grew up on a farm near Kanopolis, Kansas and absolutely loved it! I attended Sterling College, a small liberal arts college in central Kansas. While at Sterling, I had the opportunity to be a part of a couple mission trips to Kenya and Egypt. It was on the first trip to Kenya that I felt called to become a doctor. I have been blessed to have a very supportive family who have encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a physician.
Why Via Christi: I hope to eventually practice in either rural Kansas or doing overseas mission work – or maybe some sort of combination of the two. I am definitely interested in women's health and OB. For these reasons, it was really important to me to find a residency program with fantastic full-spectrum family medicine training as well as great community. I found both at Via Christi.
Passions: There are several things that are really important to me, including my faith in God, my family and friends, serving the underserved, and the great outdoors! To be a bit more specific, a few things that I especially enjoy doing for fun are biking, hiking, gardening, and working on the family farm when I am home. I have recently started rock climbing and absolutely love it, although I'm not that good at it yet. I also really like traveling, quality time with friends, trying new things, and occasionally cooking.
Favorite Quotes: And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Stefanie White

Stefanie WhiteHometown: St. Charles, MO
Undergraduate: Truman State University
Medical school: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
I grew up in St. Charles, a suburb outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Like most St. Louisians, I am convinced that my quirky city is the best there ever was (Cardinals: Gooey butter cake: Imo's pizza: Heck yes!). I went to college at Truman State in the tiny town of Kirksville, Missouri, where I majored in Health Science and discovered my passion for wellness, preventive medicine and good patient communication. I completed medical school at St. Louis University, where I did research involving nutrition and maternal-child health. In 2013, I married my husband, Richie, whom I've dated since high school.
Why Via Christi: I wasn't sure where my career would end up, but I didn't want to limit myself, and I wanted to be the best family physician possible, with a broad range of skills. Via Christi has a rigorous program, emphasizing hands-on skills, as well as the most supportive community I'd seen.
Passions: My faith, reading, listening to music and going to concerts, board game nights, good conversation over a cup of coffee, cooking, gardening, thrift store adventuring, camping and biking and anything outdoors
Favorite Books: Harry Potter, anything Sherlock Holmes, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Favorite Quotes: "It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities." -Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling). "We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it." - Madeleine L'Engle
After residency plan: Well... I hope to practice broad spectrum family medicine, work as a medical consultant for Natural Family Planning, practice in an underserved area, and incorporate teaching medical students or residents. We'll see if I can fit it all in! 
Unusual experiences: My intern year, I spent two weeks at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, training to be a medical consultant for the Creighton Model of natural family planning.
Stats: After 14 months in residency: 65 vaginal deliveries, 24 c-sections (primary surgeon on half), 14 intubations, 9 circumcisions, a smattering of skin lesions removed and a handful of endoscopies.

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