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Ellen Abell

Hometown: El Granada, CA
Undergraduate: George Fox University (Newberg, OR)
Medical school: Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Hello! My name is Ellen. I grew up in a small town on the coast of California near San Francisco. Animals were a big part of my childhood, and favorite memories include riding ponies on misty coastal bluffs and showing unruly 4-H sheep at the county fair. The medical bent started with an interest in veterinary medicine after my horse developed a life threatening grapefruit-sized stone (enterolith) in her GI tract. Later in college, I fell in love with all the rain and mountains and became a coffee snob/addict while attending college and learning to dance with the Quakers (Friends) near Portland, OR. After college, God brought me back to the Bay Area to do research on proteomics and fat cells between hosting gingerbread-house-making parties, discussing dark matter over burritos, while blogging about misadventures on my bicycle commute to work. Shortly, thereafter God once again moved me out to the desert to learn about medicine at Loma Linda, CA. Hours of pursuit of knowledge were interspersed with hiking in the beautiful San Bernardo mountains and learning from homeless folks. It was here I met Hobbes, the love of my life, in the form of a tiny gray striped kitten, who grew up to be a fierce gopher killer. After considering every single specialty, and masquerading as a city-person surviving LA traffic for a sum total of 1 month (for outpatient peds rotation), I decided to give up the city life for the best specialty of them all and pursue broad spectrum rural family medicine training.
Why Via Christi: I initially was drawn to Via Christi by the opportunity to have broad spectrum family medicine training, particularly with strong inpatient and OB with c-section training. Every day I am grateful to be at Via Christi and have the privileged of working with faculty and co-residents who strive for excellence in their clinical practice, but also truly care about their patients and exemplify the type of capable and compassionate physician I hope to become.
Passions: Spending time with friends. Finding cool local coffee shops. Riding horses. Snow skiing/snowboarding. Road trips. Hiking. Getting to know Jesus better. Spending time with my niece. Baking.
Favorite books: Perelandra by C.S. Lewis. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. To Kill a Mockingbird. Better by Atul Gwande. Tipping Point (or books by Malcolm Gladwell). Books on medical history. My Utmost for His Highest.

Bradley Craemer

Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Undergraduate: Kansas State
Medical school: University of Kansas, KC Campus
I was born and raised in Leawood, KS, a suburb of Kansas City. I spent my undergraduate years at Kansas State University, where I met my loving, God-fearing & beautiful wife Brittany to whom I have been married for 3 years. I went to Medical School at Kansas University in Kansas City, and during my fourth year of medical school my wife and I were blessed with our first child, Andrew, who is now 5 months old and is the highlight of our lives.
Why Via Christi: I chose Via Christi because I knew I would be challenged in medicine and supported by a wonderful community during my time here. I wanted a full spectrum program where I could get my share of procedures, deliveries and hands on experience in an unopposed environment. The faculty here are all wonderful, well rounded people, physicians and teachers who seem to enjoy what they do. Via Christi also stood out because of the energy the residents and faculty have for fostering community among one another. From my interview to callback to my first two months of residency I have felt welcomed and genuinely cared for by the community here. I also knew my wife would be welcomed by the community here, which has been a blessing for both of us.
Passions: I enjoy spending time outdoors doing really anything; biking, throwing a frisbee (golf or ultimate), and spending time with my wife and son. I could listen to music 24 hours a day. For 8 years of my life a passion of mine was serving the Lord through YoungLife youth ministry, which provided some of the most meaningful, growing experiences of my life.
Favorite books: Wild at Heart, Game of Thrones series, Irresistable Revolution.
Post residency plan: The following are in the running: international missions vs. rural locum tenens for a few years, with the eventual plan of working a mainly office based practice in Kansas City or close to it as our family is there. I would like to be involved with med-student/resident education as well.
Advice for medical students: Work on your assessment and plan. Don't get lazy and follow along with the plan of the residents you are working with. Come up with a plan, commit to it, even if you are unsure of yourself (there will always be uncertainty in medicine), and you will learn a great deal more than if you just follow along. As for choosing a program, talk to as many people as you can at the programs you interview at. I interviewed at programs where residents were negative and complained constantly about their workload, and I interviewed at other programs where people loved to work hard and encouraged each other in the workload. The more time you spend with residents, and the more residents you spend time with the better you will get a feel for the programs you are looking at.

Nicholas Crippin

Nicholas Crippin and Brittany DaltonHometown: Storm Lake, Iowa
Undergraduate: Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa
Medical school: Des Moines University
Bio: I was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, a small town of 10,000. My father is a Family Practitioner and I always enjoyed hearing about his endeavors in medicine. He also meant so much to his patients, and I would hear about that nearly every day growing up. I did my undergrad at Northwestern College, a small liberal arts college in Orange City, Iowa. After that I went to medical school at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. It was in med school where I met my beautiful wife and fellow intern, Brittany Dalton. We have had a busy first year by getting married in June, buying a house and starting residency.
Why Via Christi: My wife and I chose Via Christi mostly because of the residents. We felt we fit in and got along well with everyone. We also felt that the residents that we worked with were extremely competent and confident. The program itself was a big draw as well. It is full spectrum family medicine with heavy OB, procedures and the chance to primary C-sections. We also liked the fact that our OB training is done mostly by OB/GYNs, and pediatrics by Pediatricians. Overall this residency provides fantastic training and exceeds its reputation.
Passions/hobbies: I love to be outdoors, whether hunting, fishing or hiking. Most falls you would find me in a tree stand bow hunting for deer and in the spring hunting for turkeys. I also love to cook and brew beer. I also enjoy photography and music.
Favorite books: The Count of Monte Cristo, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, any book by Brad Thor, House of God, Space Trilogy: CS Lewis, Musicophilia and Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks, Bourne Trilogy, anything by C.J. Box
Favorite quote: Never trust a skinny cook - Unknown
Post residency plan: We're planning on going back to Iowa to practice. We're looking for full spectrum family practice with OB and hospital work. I would also like to do some ER shifts as well.
Advice for medical students: I thought the best advice I received was to find a place that you feel you fit in. I also thought it helped to spend as much time at the locations that you are most interested. It also is important to find a place that has the training you want and will ready you for whatever type of practice you envision yourself in.

Brittany Dalton

Nicholas Crippin and Brittany Dalton

I'm an Iowa girl, born in Davenport and raised in a small town known as Eldridge. After completing a degree in Surgical Technology, I decided that I wanted to go to medical school. My family has always been so supportive of me and told me that I could do anything, so I went after my dream. I'm the first person in my family to become a doctor. I completed my undergraduate classes at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and then went to Des Moines University for medical school. That's where I met my wonderful husband, also a resident at Via Christi, Nicholas Crippin. We got married in June and took our honeymoon in Jamaica just before residency started, then we also bought a house here in Wichita! We are both from Iowa and hope to return to a rural area in Iowa to practice after residency. 
Why Via Christi: Nick and I chose Via Christi because of the outstanding training provided here and the awesome people we would be working with! We fell in love with the program when we did a Sub-I here. The residents were happy and always motivated to learn, plus they help each other out whenever possible. We wanted to be trained to handle anything that may come through the door, because you never know in rural practice! We both enjoy getting to know patients, OB and procedures. This program really offered everything we wanted and we knew we would be happy here. This is also the only program we found that offered a solid training performing cesarean sections, with training by OB docs. Nick and I heard about this program in Iowa and worked with some graduates of Via Christi, they were so well prepared and confident that we knew this was the place for us! 
Passions: I'm passionate about spending time with friends and family, spending time outdoors (going for walks, riding my bike), swimming, scrap-booking and enjoying married life with Nick! We enjoy cooking together, I'm usually his Sous chef since he is the one with talent in this department. We spend our spare time improving our home and hanging out with other residents. When we are back home in Iowa, we spend a lot of time with my 5 year old nephew. He loves going to the zoo, the park and anywhere fun!
Favorite quote: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. - Arthur Rubinstein 
After residency plan: After residency, Nick and I plan on moving back to Iowa and practice in a rural area. We are not sure yet where in Iowa, we will see what opportunities arise. We both plan to practice OB and do procedures. We hope to be near family and look forward to where our life will lead next! We also plan on taking International trips for medical missions about once per year. We have both been to Nicaragua in the past and enjoyed the interesting cases we saw and impact we had on poor and remote populations there. 
Advice for a medical student looking for a residency program: Some people make lists of pros and cons and have criteria they would like met for a residency program. These are good things to do but in the end it's really about the "feel" of the program and a sense of fitting in. It's subjective, it just makes sense to go where you will get what you want in a program, where you will be happy, get good training and fit in with the other people you work with. That's it! The best way to find this is out is to spend time at the program and see how you feel after being there. 

Justin Grant

Justin GrantHometown: Winnemucca, Nevada
Undergraduate: University of Nevada - Reno and Colorado State University - Pueblo
Medical school: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: I was born in Tulsa, Okla., but was raised in Winnemucca, Nevada. My dad is a rural general dentist and my mom a rural family practice physician. I have always been involved in sports, and I wrestled NCAA Division II in undergrad at CSU-P. Between my parents and a lifetime in sports I have become very passionate about the importance of lifestyle in preventive medicine.
Why Via Christi: I chose Via Christi because of its incredible full scope training. The inpatient learning is excellent with a wide variety in pathology. There is a large opportunity for procedures including central lines, colonoscopies, EGD's, and colposcopies. Obstetrical training is excellent with a lot of high risk exposure and training with plenty of c-section opportunities. However, more importantly, Via Christi is very family friendly. We work very hard, but the support for families is amazing. The spouse network provides a lot of opportunity for support and socializing, and family priorities seem to be in place for both the faculty and residents. Passions/hobbies: Jesus Christ, my wife/son/family, fitness/health, wrestling, jiu jitsu, crossfit, going to movies
Favorite books: The Bible, Lord of the Rings Trilogy with The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes (complete set)
Favorite quote: Colossians 3:23 - "Do all things with your whole heart, as unto God and not unto men." 
Post residency plan: I am not sure yet where exactly I will be, but my wife and I have been praying about it and plan to follow wherever God leads. Currently, we are believe that will be in rural America but the location is undecided.
Advice for medical students: Pray about all decisions. Pick a program based on fit and not on medical training alone. You can be at the world's best program and not learn and grow optimally if it is not the right fit for you.

John Grisham

John Grisham | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI spent the first 18 years of my life in small-town Oklahoma, and for many years I thought that surgical subspecialty was the path I'd take.  However, during my undergrad years at Vanderbilt, I discovered public health and global health for the first time, and I was hooked!  After graduating, I spent six months working in Alaska as a commercial fisherman, pursued a Master of International Public Health on a Rotary scholarship in Sydney, Australia, and then took a public health job with a small NGO called Mobile Health International in South Sudan.  I considered staying in global health for good, but while in Sudan I was accepted to med school, and I couldn't turn it down.  Between my first and second years of med school, I interned with a faith-based primary care group in Memphis (CCHS), and began to realize that family medicine was the perfect intersection for many of my gifts and passions.  Turns out I could pursue individualized clinical medicine AND big-picture community/global health!  And the rest, as they say, is history.
Why Via Christi: Full-spectrum, unopposed, procedure-heavy family medicine program with incredible people. Every resident I met on my Sub-I was both confident and competent, but also very humble and very FUN to be around!  The community here is so welcoming and second to none.  The faculty were also one of the greatest draws of the program for me: a very good mix of young faculty with new ideas and fresh energy, and older faculty with tons of clinical experience and life-wisdom. The curriculum and didactics are well-developed and excellent. There's a game of ultimate going on almost every weekend!  And there are so many people here who share my interests in global health and missional urban-underserved medicine.  There is a group of residents and faculty (myself now included) who have moved into a low-income neighborhood called Planeview--the opportunity to be involved in this missional community was a huge factor in choosing Via Christi.  Ask me more about this if you're interested!
Passions: I really enjoy anything outdoors especially hiking, ultimate, climbing (so many mountains here in Wichita!), cycling.  Also cooking, craft beer, reading good books, and traveling.  AND... my most life-giving passion is knowing, loving, and serving Jesus.
Favorite Books:  Currently reading: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne), The Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan), and Every Good Endeavor (Tim Keller) Favorite books to recommend: Space Trilogy (C.S. Lewis), Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis), Theirs is the Kingdom (Robert Lupton) Most beautiful book I've ever read: A Severe Mercy (Sheldon Vanauken)
After residency plan: "The dream" (as of July of intern year) is to help start a network of faith-based primary care clinics for the urban underserved in a city with major health disparities and a lack of access to quality healthcare for poor and marginalized communities. 

Ashley Houser

Hometown: Newton, KS
Undergraduate: Wichita State University
Medical school: Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in TN
My husband and I moved back to the Midwest after being gone in Tennessee for medical school. We love being back home near family and friends again. Before I went to medical school I was a nurse for 4 years. I love being able to combine my nursing background with my medical knowledge that I have gained in school and as a Resident. Why Via Christi: The residents that I work with are amazing! They are always willing to help and teach at any moments notice. Also Via Christi has so many options that you can decide to emphasize in your practice. I thoroughly enjoy the variety that Family Medicine and Via Christi offers.
Passions: I love working out, traveling the world, and hanging out with my family and friends.
Favorite books: Anything Nicholas Sparks
Favorite quote: "A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make a turn". Author unknown
Post residency plan: At this time I'm keeping my options open.
Advice for medical students: Enjoy the ride! Learn as much as you can, but remember to take some time to hang out with family and friends.

Kayla Knauss

Hometown: Cozad, NE Undergraduate: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Medical school: Rocky Vista University COM
I was born and raised in a small town in central Nebraska (Cozad). I met my future husband, Jake, in sixth grade when he transferred from country school to town school (although it took me about nine years to realize this). Being from Nebraska I was raised a Cornhusker fan and you will find me cheering for them everything chance I can. I spent undergrad cheering "Go Big Red" as I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I then spent the next four years in Colorado at Rocky Vista University for my medical school training. While there, I developed my love for the mountains and skiing. During the spring of my fourth year of medical school I finally said "I do" to Jake and we are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our first child this winter!
Why Via Christi: I picked Via Christi because of their OB program and their opportunity to do procedures. I wanted full spectrum in a residency program and this place seemed to fit me the best. When I came here for my interview and call back weekend I fell in love with the faculty and other residents and that sealed the deal for me.
Passions: Family is so important for me. I love being able to spend time with my husband and our puppy Maverick (he is a yellow lab...I have plenty of pictures). I also cherish my time with my parents, siblings and my six (almost seven) nieces/nephews. I have a deep passion for Nebraska football, skiing, working out, singing loudly in my car, and reading. My faith has been my backbone throughout my life and I continue to try to live my life through Christ.
Favorite book: Harry Potter (all of them), The Shack, My Sister's Keeper, Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling's pseudonym) novels, Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Favorite quote: "And these images are enough for me to wipe the sleep from weary eyes and keep pushing against all my fears of failure." -my brother
Post residency plan: Return to small town Nebraska and practice full spectrum Family Medicine with obstetrics.
Advice for medical students: Best advice I received was to figure out what is important to you in your life and then shape your career around that. Trust your gut and pick a residency that feels right, you will know!

Katie Kramer

Hometown: Kansas, OK but Oklahoma City most recently
Undergraduate: Oklahoma Christian University
Medical school: University of Oklahoma (Tulsa Track)
Native Okie (Oklahoman), moved to Kansas to take part in an amazing community and a OB-heavy, broad-spectrum family medicine residency program. My path meandered a bit but I praise God for his faithfulness and grace to get me to where I am today. Most interesting things about me...grew up with my parents working in a children's home (60+ kids were basically my brothers and sisters for a time), high school graduating class of 13, originally thought I wanted to be a ballerina and sell hot dogs in China (that changed to a teacher and then to an optometrist and then to a doctor), got to visit Fiji during a semester studying abroad, worked for 2.5 years between undergrad and med school (best detour EVER), learning to play the harmonica (very slow self-study), and I have the best friends and family anyone could ask for!
Why Via Christi: Since I was not (and am still not) 100% sure what post-residency will look like for me, I didn’t want my potential options to be limited by my training. By coming to Via Christi, I believe I will get broad training that will allow me to practice as a hospitalist if I want (which would be a small miracle), in a clinic-based setting, or even internationally. More important than the curriculum, I was attracted to the strong spiritual culture among many of the residents and faculty, as well as the group of residents and grads living in intentional community with a lower socioeconomic population of Wichita. In picking Via Christi, I knew I would be challenged to grow mentally and spiritually. In my 1.5 months of living and working here, I don’t regret my decision! Kansas isn’t far from my home in OKC either so that helps. 
Passions/hobbies: I am developing a passion for caring for the underserved and marginalized. Hobbies include running/being active, volleyball, basketball, crocheting, baking, watching movies (especially love bollywoods). I love to spend time with family and friends and to fellowship with believers!
Favorite books: I love Francine Rivers’ novels! Also, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder and Pain: the Gift Nobody Wants by Brand and Yancy.
Favorite quote: Forever is composed of nows. --Emily Dickinson
Post residency plan: I am thankful for God’s sovereign plan because I, myself, am unsure what the future holds. I have a commitment to work in an underserved area of Oklahoma for 4 years after completion of residency and any fellowship (should I chose to do one). After that, I could see myself going overseas or continuing to serve underserved populations here in the US.
Advice for medical students: Know yourself/your learning style and try to find a program where you will be a good fit. Ask programs: “What kind of person does well in this program:” You will get a sense of what is important to them in an applicant as well as if that particular program would be a good match for you. It is also important to be a good fit with co-residents and faculty. Try to hang out and get to know the people of the program.

Lucas Mihalovich

Hometown: I was born and raised in the great state of Iowa. Go Hawks! I grew up in Centerville, IA - a small town in southeast Iowa where I met my high school sweetheart and now wife, Jessie. Following high school I completed my undergraduate coursework in biology at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. After undergrad I spent a year working in an outpatient endoscopy center along with spending time pursuing hobbies. I completed medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines Iowa. 
Why Via Christi: While exploring residency options during medical school I wanted a program that would provide excellent full spectrum family medicine training, committed residents and faculty, in the Midwest, preferably affiliated with a Catholic medical center. Keeping those criteria in mind I found Via Christi. During my fourth year I had the opportunity to complete a Sub-I rotation with Via Christi and enjoyed every minute of it. Throughout my rotation and the interview process I was pleased with all that the program had to offer. Truly, Via Christi felt like home, a place where I could see myself for three years and receive excellent training. 
Passions: running (completed my first marathon April 2015), hiking, biking, hunting (deer, turkey), range shooting, SCUBA diving, DIY projects. 
Favorite books: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. 
Favorite quote: No pain, no gain. 
After residency plan: Plan to practice rural/small town medicine somewhere in the midwest, likely Iowa. 
Advice for a medical student looking for a residency program: Explore all your options, don't limit yourself to specific programs that you have "heard were good." Research the programs, ask questions, complete a rotation or spend a day or two with the program to gain a better understanding of what they have to offer. Look at what the residency has to offer as a whole (training, residents, faculty, etc.). During interviews your time is limited, you can't possibly see everything. See if the people you meet wherever you are are really happy. 

Luke Mueller

Hometown: St. Louis
Undergraduate: KU
Medical school: KU Med
I grew up in St. Louis, MO as the youngest sibling of a family of five. They all knew I was programmed to be a physician,  but I stayed in denial for quite a while. I had visions of being  a fishing guide or possibly a TV host for a fishing/hunting/cooking/health show (it's still in the works),  but I felt a calling to medicine after volunteering for a clinic focused on the underserved in Lawrence, KS. I am not sure what the future holds for my wife and I, but I am excited to be here at Via Christi and take this wonderful journey one step at a time.
Why Via Christi: I really enjoy the people here. From day one, I felt comfortable with the other residents and attendings. What I previously thought has come to be true: at this program, I have been pushed to become a better physician, and the focus here is not only for learning high quality medicine, but for learning how to take care of the patient as a whole. 
Passions: I really enjoy about anything outside. I love fly-fishing, hunting, and hiking. Recently, my wife and I started our first garden; apparently we are very proficient at arugula and not so much at carrots, cantaloupe, or squash. I also enjoy playing sports, with the favorites being soccer, basketball, and tennis. My wife and I are also YoungLife leaders at a local high school.
Favorite books: Daniel, "The Old Man and the Sea," "Where's Waldo"

Jonathan Pike

Jon PikeHometown: Great Bend, KS
Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita 
I was born and raised in Great Bend, KS (population ~15,000) and have lived in Kansas my entire life. I played two years of community college basketball before completing my undergraduate degree at Kansas State University. In the semester between college and medical school I was a substitute teacher, and I spent most of that time teaching high school biology and general chemistry for a teacher on maternity leave. I then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and spent my first two years in Kansas City before moving to the Wichita campus to complete my clinical rotations. My parents still live in Great Bend, and I have one brother who is 5 years younger than me and about to finish his business degree at K-State.
Why Via Christi: I had the fortunate privilege of moving to Wichita for my final two years of medical school. Although my 3rd year curriculum only provided for limited interactions with VCFM, each encounter was overwhelmingly positive. The knowledge and skill of residents and faculty was impressive, but I was blown away by the quality of the people associated with the program. The program was full of residents and faculty that represented the physician I hoped to be. Namely, a physician who has the complete and diverse set of skills to provide complete and meaningful care to patients in a way that the patient always comes first. When I was able to complete a 2-week sports medicine elective and a 4-week sub-I in my 4th year, all of this was confirmed and I knew VCFM was where I wanted to be.
Passions/hobbies: People: people, especially patients, have the most amazing stories--all you have to do is ask; one of the great things about family medicine is getting to know the patient above and beyond the disease I'm treating; my fellow residents have some pretty awesome stories as well. Sports: I enjoy almost everything relating to sports; my favorites include basketball and volleyball; I also enjoy running, tennis, ultimate frisbee, disc golf, racquetball, and I am learning to play golf. Jesus: as my Lord and Savior, I owe all to Him; apart from His grace, I certainly would not be here today; my I use the gifts I've given for His glory and His renown
Post residency plan: After residency I plan to a rural community in Kansas.

Andrew Ross

I'm from Salina, KS and have lived in this state my whole life. My parents still live in Salina and I have one other brother who lives in here in Wichita. My fiance lives in town, as well, and works as a nurse at a hospital just outside of Wichita. We will be getting married 11/7/15! I went to K-State for undergraduate and KU med for medical school. I spent the last two years of medical school in Wichita and really like living here. 
Why Via Christi: I chose Via Christi, because I loved the people here. I had the great opportunity to know several of the residents since I had been in Wichita for a couple of years and knew that I would really like to work with them. They also had top-notch Family Medicine training that you don't find everywhere. I felt that if I went here I would be trained well to adequately meet needs in any community I was in, whether in rural Kansas or somewhere across the world, all the while enjoying the people I had the privilege to work with. 
Passions: I love the Gospel and the way it revealed my sinful, helpless state and the hope of salvation that only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I enjoy spending time with my fiance and doing things with her. We are both involved with helping lead small group ministries at First Evangelical Free Church here in Wichita. We enjoying going on walks around fun areas of Wichita. I love medicine and ever practicing to become a better physician. When I get the chance, I like to play racquetball, run, swim, bike, hunt, spend time with friends and family. I play the piano some and even play the organ on rare occasions at church. 
Favorite books: The Bible is the most amazing book I have ever read, continue to read, and definitely recommend to read! Some other random authors and books I have enjoyed are Piper (Desiring God, Let the Nations Be Glad, Bloodlines, Spectacular Sins), Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Abolition of Man), Patton (John Patton Missionary to the New Hebrides), Sproul (Chosen by God), Doyle (Sherlock Holmes series), Collins (The Moonstone). 
Favorite quote: "You have made known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." -Ps. 16:11 
After residency plan: After residency, I will likely stay in Kansas for a while, but possibly look to doing some mission work overseas as the Lord leads. I have a desire to provide quality medical care to my patients wherever I am and love them with the love of Christ. 
Advice for a medical student looking for a residency program: Get to know the people in the program and determine if the program would be a good fit for you personally. 

Dustie Samuels

I am one of seven children born and raised in rural Kansas. I am married and have three amazing kiddos! (Jeremy 12, Jojo 12, and Mason 7.) Prior to medical school I worked in the "real world" as an EMT and then as a Paramedic. I earned my BS in Nutritional Sciences from the one and only K-State. EMAW!! My family and I packed up and moved to the beautiful state of Tennessee for medical school. After medical school we moved back to Kansas and bought a small farm near the big city of Udall.
Why Via Christi: Kansas is home and with a place like Via Christi it made my decision pretty easy. The program offers a well-rounded foundation of training for any career in family medicine, with the flexibility to tailor the program to my individual needs/wants. The faculty and other residents showed me a tremendous amount of support and kindness while I was here on my Sub-I.
Passions: I spend most of my free time gardening on the farm or as a cheerleader for my kids at all of their sporting events. I also enjoy photography and cooking just about anything
Favorite quote: “It’s the prospect of death that drives us to greatness” – Hannibal Lecter

Marlana Sheridan

Merlana SheridanHometown: Greenville, NC
Undergraduate: North Carolina State University
Medical school: East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Hi! My name is Marlana Sheridan. I grew up in Louisiana, graduated high school from Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts, and then was off to North Carolina to complete my undergrad. That's where I've spent the last 10 years, finishing up my undergrad at North Carolina State University (GO PACK!!!), and then teaching 8th grade math in Eastern North Carolina for 2 years. From there, I went on to East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine to complete my medical school training...and, I couldn't have asked for a better place to train for medical school. There, the foundation of great family medicine was laid! I've had amazing opportunities throughout undergrad and medical school to travel and experience medicine in other cultures, and that has taught me a great deal about the importance of family medicine as well.
Why Via Christi: I've yearned to be a great family doctor since the start of medical school, and it has been my journey throughout, to find the best family doctors to learn from. As time drew near to make decisions about residency applications, I spent considerable time in prayer and seeking advice from those who know me best. When I spent a month doing a sub-I here at Via Christi, I knew my search for a great residency program was over. The community here was unlike anything I had seen anywhere else. The residents and faculty truly care for one another and work hard to provide the best care for their patients. I come from a medical school with outstanding family medicine faculty and didn't think I would find any equal- I was proved wrong when I visited Via Christi. We have extremely knowledgeable, approachable faculty that love to teach and mold residents into the best family physicians they can be. Additionally, I was mesmerized by the scope of practice in the program- If there is a desire within Family Medicine, you can find it here! We have an amazingly strong OB training, solid inpatient training, great peds, and well-rounded clinic panels. I couldn't be happier with my decision. The residents here come from all over the U.S, and that says a whole lot! Come check us out- we've got a lot to offer if you want to be fantastic family doctor!!!
Passions/hobbies: My faith in Christ is my first passion- I try to always be led by the Spirit. I also LOVE being with friends and family. Whether it be playing games (my personal favorite), watching television, traveling, or whatever, I enjoy being around the people I love. I enjoy cooking all types of foods, but love Southern Creole style dishes the best...and anything with cheese! Music is a favorite past time as well, though I'm not a great singer and don't play any instruments. And, who doesn't love a great road trip:!!
Favorite books: The Bible - instruction for every aspect of life and every question you have; Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers- If ever you've questioned the love the Father has for us, this is the book for you; What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri - To some extent, we can't change our biases, but we can be aware of them and see patients as Christ would see them; One in a Million study by Priscilla Shirer - what a challenge to stand up for Christ, despite what the majority does.
Favorite quote: "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on You because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself is the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:3-4; "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His power at work within us." Ephesians 3:20; "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13; "God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our lives." John Piper in "Don't Waste Your Life;" "Give thanks to God in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thess. 5:18; "Fairness is not giving everyone the same thing, but giving everyone exactly what they need."
Post residency plan: I am open to do whatever, wherever the Lord leads. Right now, my passion is to practice full spectrum family medicine in the rural U.S and to travel doing medical missions a few times a year.
Advice for medical students: Be yourself- always! And, ask LOTS of questions! We all have a lot to learn and when we get to the point we think we don't, we are all in trouble. Medicine is a team sport, don't ever think you are in it alone or that you have to do it alone. Also, look for programs that are strong, but also where you will be happy- work is going to be hard, stressful, and rewarding wherever you choose. But, you want to choose a place where you enjoy the people outside of work. Community is as important for your sanity and well-being as the knowledge you will gain. You will be a much better physician for the time you spend outside of work, enjoying life, as much as for the time you spend working with patients.

Racquel Stucky

Hi! My name is Racquel and I am a first year osteopathic family medicine resident. I also have the pleasure of being married to Brad Stucky, a second year resident. I originally come from Freeport, Maine, which sits on the coast and has some beautiful views of the ocean, delicious seafood, and wild blueberries you can pick. I went to undergrad in Philly and then came out to Kansas City for medical school. I loved living in Philly and then Kansas City and now I enjoy living here in Wichita. I have a big family, which is fun. I have 4 younger brothers who live in the NorthEast, and when I got married I gained 3 more brothers! Two sisters-in-law, 3 nieces and nephews, and now I feel so blessed to have such great family! Brad and I love spending time with family. We also enjoy spending time at our church, First Mennonite Brethren Church.
Why Via Christi: I knew going into medical school that I would be a family physician. I joined the student FM club and Via Christi came to host a dinner and talk about the program. Since that event I was pretty sure that I wanted to be at Via. As a core student I was able to be placed in Wichita and was able to work with the Via residents and then I knew that I wanted to stay. Not only does Via teach full-spectrum, up-to-date, and practical Family Medicine, but the residency is comprised of residents, faculty, and community specialists that are brilliant, genuine, compassionate, and fun people.
Passions: I am passionate about loving Jesus. Figuring out how to love others like Jesus loves me is the hardest challenge in my life but it also brings me the most joy and satisfaction. I really enjoy the outdoors and exploring nature. I wish I had a garden. I plan on one day being able to learn about gardening and grow some flowers and yummy vegetables. I also enjoy cooking and baking. A few of my favorite things to make are kale-mango-pepita salad (which even people who don't like kale will like), multi-grain pancakes with millet seeds, and lasagna with sauce from scratch. As far as the arts go, I enjoy singing in choirs and I enjoy fiber art crafts such as counted cross stitch and crochet.
Favorite books: "Pride and Prejudice" and "Jane Eyre" are good ones. "Miss Rumphius" is a children's book that is one of my all-time favorites. Anything by C.S. Lewis, including the Chronicles of Narnia are a must-read. "A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Giver" have always been favorites. Finally, if you haven't read it before, you need to read "The Jesus Storybook Bible". It is a beautiful version of the Bible that almost brings me to tears each time I read it.
Favorite quote: It is originally in Spanish but here is the translation: "If you cry because the sun has set your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars".
After residency plan: Brad is from Garden City, Kansas (western Kansas). I am looking forward to working out there with some of the immigrant populations, from countries including Mexico, Somalia, and Burma. Hopefully we will also be able to do some overseas work from time-to-time.
Advice for a medical student looking for a residency program: Find people who you will enjoy working with. They don't all have to be the same as you, but you just should want to go be with them for the next three years. You're going to be seeing a lot of them during residency! 

Naomi Thompson

Hometown: Elgin, IL
Undergraduate: Wheaton College
Medical school: Chicago Medical School
Hello! My Name is Naomi Thompson. I am from the great Chicago area, Go black hawks! :) However, I spent most my life abroad. As a child of a missionary doctor, I spent 4 years in Haiti and 10 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was these formative years abroad and seeing my father's work, that I knew I wanted to go into medicine and serve others in that way. I moved back to the US my senior year of high school ( Yes, I know my life sounds like the "Mean Girls" movie :) ). I went to Wheaton College where I oddly studied non western history and pre-med. With my history studies I was able to study abroad in Israel for 4 months. It was this experience in Israel and traveling to neighboring countries that made me fall in love with the Middle East. After college, I went to medical school at Chicago Medical School where I got to discover Chicago as a city, with its vibrant food and social life and its frustrating traffic. During my 4 years in med school, I was able to travel back to Africa, for 1 month in Tanzania and 1 month in the Republic of Congo. In the Republic of Congo I got to work at a missionary hospital where the only two doctors were family medicine physicians. It was in working closely with these doctors that I knew for sure I wanted to go into family medicine. In my 4th year of med school, I searched high and low for the right program, I sifted through many residencies until I came across a gem of a program, Via Christi. And now I am in Wichita, KS, and I am excited to see where God leads me next!
Why Via Christi: Initially I chose to apply to Via Christi because I heard that it trained you well in broad spectrum medicine and OB, which is what I was looking for to prepare me for international medical work. However, after my interview and call back, I fell in love with the program because of the residents and faculty. I was shocked how fun, down to earth and supportive everyone was!
Passions: I love anything to do with the outdoors, such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking or just walking around in nature. I am a fanatic about traveling and experiencing new cultures. I dabble in arts and crafts as well as some building. I am a die hard lover of cheese and diet pepsi. However, my passions are connecting with family and friends, serving others and most importantly serving my Savior, Jesus Christ.
Favorite books: Mere Christianity, Crazy Love, The inner Voice of Love, Mountains beyond Mountains, This is a Soul, and Pride and Prejudice
Favorite quote: " The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Gandhi
Post residency plan: I plan on serving my 4 years of commitment to the National Health Service Corps either in rural america or deep intercity. After I definitely plan to do international work, however I am not sure yet to what capacity. It will be amazing to see how God leads me!

Matthew Wagner

My wife and I are from the small town of Carlisle (population: 2,400) located in the delta of Arkansas. Contrary to popular belief here in Wichita, Arkansas is actually pronounced "ahr-kuh n-saw". If you come to Wichita on a visit, please contact me because my wife and I would love to meet you! Back in high school, one of my favorite sports was track specifically the 400 meter race. The whole race is a flat out sprint, and if you lose your focus or coast for even 5 seconds, the race is lost. One thing my buddy and I would tell each other before the race was to finish without regret. Since then I've been trying to apply that same concept to the rest of my life, which I feel has brought me to the conclusion (with lots of trial and error!!) that life is all about loving God and loving man. 
Passions: Jesus Christ, my wife (she's awesome!!! if you see her, ask to meet Constance), outdoor stuff (duck/deer hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc), board games, having good conversations with friends over dinner, cooking with my wife, saying really corny jokes 
Favorite books: the Bible, Brandon Sanderson's works, "The Golden Stream" by I. P. Freely, "A Mile to the Outhouse" by Willy Makeit 
Favorite quote: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 "Keep in mind and understand that life is time translated into an adventure if you have the shoes for it. However, time passes elusively ever being stuck between a fleeting past and momentary future, therefore when getting older, what counts is family, real friends which are like family and the works done for Christ with the right motives, an honest heart and a clear conscience, because ones health will vanish, money loses its importance and the simple foundational things of life take the main stage until one day the curtain closes." -a good friend of mine 
After residency plan: Right now I'm not sure what God has for us! The International Fellowship is something that we are considering. After all the educational stuff is behind us, I am thinking we will head back towards Carlisle. Having my own clinic, plus part time teaching in a local high school and 3-6 months a year of international medicine sounds fun too. 

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