Hometown: Clay Center, KS
Undergraduate: Emporia State University
Medical school: University of Kansas-Wichita
Bio: Small town kid from small town Kansas. Married my high school sweetheart and we have a really cool red headed baby. Grew up in a big family and I enjoy the simple things in life.
Why Via Christi? Via Christi was the perfect fit for me and I didn’t have to move in order to find my perfect program. Because of what I wanted my future practice to look like, I wanted a program that would get me broad training with plenty of procedural experience. I was also very impressed with the didactics and ultrasound training, and how up-to-date the program stays with the latest recommendations and guidelines. Lastly, and most importantly, I saw how great the relationships were between residents, attendings, and staff that I felt like I could easily see myself fitting in and being comfortable in this program.
Passions/hobbies: Faith, family, sports. God has blessed me with great family and friends, and I am an extreme extrovert, so I try to hang out with my family and friends as much as possible. I enjoy playing board games, card games, and word games. I will also play any sport, though basketball, football, golf, and baseball are my favorite. I was affectionately nicknamed “Yard Game Coordinator” during my undergraduate career.
Favorite books? Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker, Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Thr3e by Ted Dekker
Favorite quote? “Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.” G.K. Chesterton
Post residency plan?I plan on living and working in a rural Kansas town enjoying the peace and community that small towns offer. I plan on practicing full-spectrum family medicine including scopes, OB w/C-sections, and inpatient medicine.
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas (WPS!)
Medical school: University of Kansas - KC
Bio: Welcome to Via Christi! It’s surprising to find myself on this side of the screen: I remember reading these bios not that long ago! I hail from the GREAT Kansas City, where I grew up with the best math-nerd dad, reading-enthusiast mom, and two younger siblings who continue to put up with my long-winded nature. I had the opportunity to travel within the States and even outside the US a few times during high school and college. I loved meeting people with different backgrounds than my own, and I was challenged by the strong joy of people living hard lives. I was also challenged by the how difficult life was for so many people, especially when my life felt easy. Medicine seemed like a good way to leverage my privilege (not to mention I really like science), and no one’s stopped me yet so here I am! Since I started this journey to “doctor-hood,” I’ve found that helping is harder and more humbling than I anticipated, but I’ve also found that the good life is hidden in the hardest, most humbling moments.
Why Via Christi? These people make me a better person and a better doctor. The Wichita medical community really respects family doctors, which earns us a ton of opportunities: most notably our spectacular obstetric and medicine training. But what I think is more unique about Via Christi (and more important) is how much we value relationships. It’s an honor to learn with residents and faculty that see our patients as people worth love and careful attention. My co-residents are also so invested in connecting with each other: celebrating big life events and small victories together. Instead of fragmenting myself into personal and professional parts, Via Christi has helped me to integrate and improve myself.
Favorite books?The Bible (cheesy, but seriously, it keeps surprising me with how relevant and piercing it is--have you read Ecclesiastes lately?!); Mere Christianity, That Hideous Strength, and pretty much anything else by C.S. Lewis; The Brother’s K by David James Duncan; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan; All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Favorite quote? “But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have fought the long defeat and brought other people on to fight the long defeat, and I'm not going to stop because we keep losing...We want to be on the winning team, but at the risk of turning our backs on the losers, no, it's not worth it. So you fight the long defeat.” - Dr. Paul Farmer
Post residency plan?I would love to go back to Kansas City to work with the low-resource populations in the urban core. I get jazzed talking about community development and hope to find a way to work collaboratively with schools, churches, etc. wherever I go.
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Undergraduate: Mount St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, MD)
Medical school: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Bio: Raised on a small farm by two amazing parents with nine siblings who taught me love and forgiveness (there was plenty of that needing to happen), compassion for the vulnerable and what it means to live out your faith, I decided to go into medicine after becoming fascinated by human anatomy in my senior year of high school. I had a privileged upbringing (despite hovering close to the poverty line), which became increasingly apparent the more I cared for children in Baltimore (and now Wichita) who do not have two loving parents (or even one) and do not have a solid moral & social foundation. I would be a fool to waste what I have been blessed with by living for myself and aiming to make a name for myself, instead of loving and caring for the poor and vulnerable. This became especially clear on my trips to Guatemala and Southeast Asia.
My wife and I are also trying to learn the practical aspects of loving our neighbors and having open-house hospitality - something that is getting increasingly difficult in our busy and tech-absorbed society - so please let us know when you are in town and come over for dinner or games!
Another thing my siblings taught me was good, wholesome and intense competition. I love playing almost all sports (though I am not very good at any of them) and can give you a run for your money in board and card games, so be ready for some Catan and Nertz/Dutch Blitz tournaments!
Why Via Christi?? I obsessively wanted to come to VC since hearing about it at the end of my first year of medical school since I wanted to do full-scope family medicine (which I didn't even know still existed). There aren't many places where family med residents run the OB unit, run the inpatient medicine service including the ICU, have first dibs for all procedures, have dedicated FM/Peds/BH/Pharm faculty to teach us, and prepares you to moonlight by second year. Like others have said, the support and camaraderie between and among faculty and residents that we have is one of the best things to have in residency, since it can be some of the toughest months or years of your life. Graduates from the class of 2018 told me they wouldn't repeat residency (let's be real...who would?) but also didn't want to leave since they had such an amazing community and group of friends both in the residency but also with other specialists and staff in the hospital. Support from specialists is another fantastic aspect of VC, as they not only support and respect us as FM physicians, but also invest in us by giving daily/weekly lectures or providing hands-on teaching with procedures and complicated patients. This was almost a complete reversal from my East Coast experience.
Passions/hobbies: Learning how to love like Jesus; racial reconciliation, medical care for underserved populations. Hanging out and doing awesome things with my beautiful wife and adorable children (I really love fun adjectives). We brew and enjoy drinking Kombucha and I try to cook new dishes from different cultures when I have time. Playing any and all indoor/outdoor sports (not necessarily well), outdoor adventures (snowboarding, skiing, biking, bouldering, newly experienced: outdoor rock climbing!). Direct Primary Care/alternative healthcare delivery models. Favorite books? Don't Waste Your Life (John Piper), Let Justice Roll Down (John Perkins), LOTR trilogy (Tolkien), The Space Trilogy & Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis), anything by Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker, Mountains Beyond Mountains (Paul Farmer is an inspiration).
Favorite quote? "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity). "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot
Post residency plan? Care for underserved populations (IHS or Appalachian mountains?). Full-spectrum FM practice in a rural setting including ER, inpatient and c-sections, with international medicine work part-time or possibly full-time in the future. Obviously this can all change by the end of residency, but I'm flexible.
Hometown: Argyle, Texas (like the sweater)
Undergraduate: Texas A&M (Gig’em Ags)
Medical school: Texas Tech (Much less gig’em)
Second from left in picture
Bio: Born and raised in the middle of Texas
Knew I couldn’t stay because I am a leftist
I played hockey, football, and track in high school
But much preferred to show off my rockin body at the pool
Was an Aggie for college where I majored in Biomed
And around that time I learned I was allergic to bread
Wanted to go into Ortho to fix all the trauma
But the life they live didn’t leave any time for my momma
I currently live in Bromega in Plainview
Along with Annie, Bryan, and the rest of the crew
I enjoy yoga, coffee, basket weaving, and salad
And with that, it is time to end this ballad
Why Via Christi?As noted above, I was going to do Orthopedics but decided it was not for me. Unfortunately, I made that decision after the applications had already opened, which made the whole situation a lot more stressful. I applied to a variety of programs, but knew I wanted to work with my hands and fulfill my need for adrenaline. I was impressed when I came to interview here, as the full scope training provides great opportunites. The faculty are supportive, you can do procedures starting your first month, and the people are awesome, especially my co-resident Matt Traxler.
Passions/hobbies: I enjoy golfing, trying different types of whisky, carrots with peanut butter, and finding ways to get high on life.
Favorite books? The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis , The Lord of the Rings Trilogy , 365 Days of Salad Recipes Cookbook
Favorite quote? “Not all who wander are lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkein
”All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” –Gandolf
Post residency plan? Join the European chess league. And probably practice medicine, probably.
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergraduate: Wright State University
Medical school: University of Cincinnati
Bio: I’m Ohio born and raised. I’m an oldest child and grew up with my brothers and sister in Centerville, OH, a suburb of Dayton. My parents homeschooled us in elementary school, and my curiosity comes from them. The hours we spent browsing the library or exploring museums taught me to love learning for learning’s sake.
My parents also took in foster kids when I was in middle school and high school, which got me interested in social justice and showed me the importance of being an advocate for people. In college I majored in Philosophy, and while I can’t tell you my favorite philosopher 5 years later I can still knock out a pretty rock solid argument in paragraph form. I also joined Cru and met some of my best friends for life.
I moved to Cincinnati for medical school, and there got involved with our school’s branch of CMDA, as well as the Initiative on Poverty, Justice, and Health. I met an awesome group of women who were down for real talk and supporting each other through the hard stuff in medicine, and who were also ready to be ridiculous together and made squeezing travel into our wild collective schedules a priority. I became interested in Family Medicine early on, loving commitment to community health that I saw demonstrated in my mentors. I also wanted a field that would let me care for both mothers and children, something that only Family Medicine allows me to do. I explored programs all over the country and ended up here in Wichita for the next step in my training.
Why Via Christi?I wanted a Family Medicine program that would give me exposure to complex patients, and Via does that. There is no getting nudged out of the way because you’re “just” the Family Medicine resident on a service. When you are on Labor and Delivery, you are functioning like an OB resident, taking care of really complex patients. When your patient on the floor gets transferred to the ICU, you continue to take care of them, even your pediatric patients. There is a unique kind of camaraderie here. I remember being on my interview dinner and hearing residents talk about going in to the hospital on their night off to visit the residents on nights and take them food. There is a real sense of “Yes, this work is hard, but we are in this together and we are going to support each other through it.” And with 18 of us, there is a lot of support to go around!
Passions/hobbies: Playing board games, checking out new restaurants or coffee shops, hiking, museum exploring, baking, knitting, road trip planning
Favorite books?Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey, Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown, A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, Complications and Better by Atul Gawande, the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater|
Favorite quote? “Some people care too much, I think it’s called love.” – Winnie the Pooh “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” – The Lord of the Rings “Love is not an emotion. Love is a promise.” – Doctor Who
Post residency plan?I want to practice full scope Family Medicine in an underserved community, with a particular focus on taking care of women and children and providing obstetric care.
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Medical school: Kansas State University
Bio: I was born in Milwaukee, WI and then moved to Overland Park, KS when I was 9. When I was in high school I thought my purpose in life was to pursue a career in football. My senior year I was being recruited to play Division I football and I thought my dream was going to come true. However, God had other plans for me. During the homecoming football game that season, I had a head to head collision with a defensive end. The neurosurgeon told me I was one hit away from being paralyzed, and I should stop playing football. This conversation completely rocked my world. It led me to re-evaluate my entire life, but the way that the neurosurgeon cared for me during this time propelled me to pursue a new dream to become a physician. I wanted to be able to impact people’s lives not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. When I went to college I realized with the help of some spiritual mentors that I was in the driver seat of my life, and I needed to surrender my life to Christ. Once I made that decision to pursue after Christ with everything, it just stimulated my desire even more to become a physician. I knew that as a physician I could use medicine as a venue to communicate the greatest truth to patients, which is knowing Him. After college, I worked as a medical assistant for a year, and then earned a Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Kansas City University. I married my incredible wife Lauren the first weekend of medical school, which has been the 2nd greatest decision my entire life! She is the perfect helper! She encourages me, empowers me, and inspires me to be the man, husband, and best friend God has called me to be! I really have no idea how I would survive without her!
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi for a couple of different reasons. First, I had no idea what I wanted to do post-residency. All I knew was that I wanted a program that was going to give me training in every aspect of Family Medicine so that I could pick and choose what I wanted to do in my future practice, rather than have my training dictate what I could or couldn’t do. Via Christi provides full-spectrum family medicine training so it had everything that I wanted academically! Via Christi is known for its strong obstetrics, procedures, and inpatient experience. Second, my wife and I wanted a program that had an incredible community of residents. There are a lot of Family Medicine programs that can provide great academic training but the people you interact with during those three years will make or break your experience. When I came to Via Christi for my sub-I, I fell in love with the community. Every resident knew each other and their families. Even as a student I felt included in the community, which is just rare. My wife and I have been more social in the last three months of residency then we were our entire time in medical school. Our co-residents are not just people we work with, we do life together, we are each other’s families in a season where most of us live away from family. Finally, I wanted to go to residency where my wife and I would be able to grow spiritually. Our faith is something that is very important to my wife and I. We wanted to be surrounded by other people in the medical field that had the same priorities of God first, family second, and medicine third. From day one we have had many opportunities to grow spiritually and be encouraged which makes me so grateful we chose to join the Via Christi Family.
Passions/hobbies:God, church, spending time with my beautiful wife Lauren, golf, disc golf, playing basketball, and watching all types of sports, favorite teams include: Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, K-state Wildcats, Golden State Warriors, and KC Royals
Favorite books?The Bible, Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges, Laboring in the Harvest by LeRoy Eims, The Lost Art of Disciple Making by LeRoy Eims
Favorite quote? “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you.” -Matthew 6:33
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.” -Philippians 2:3-4
Post residency plan?I don’t know ask me in 3 years.
Hometown: Audubon, IA
Undergraduate: Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA
Medical school: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, IA
Bio: Hi, I'm Whitney! (the one in the middle of the picture!) I was born and raised in a farming family in rural Iowa, and I'm a small town girl through and through. My fondest memories are of holidays with all the extended family in one house and of riding in the tractor and combine with my dad during planting and harvest. I graduated high school with 55 fellow students and was active in sports, music and theater year-round. I attended a private DIII college for undergraduate studies and was blessed to be a part of the women's track and field team during my time there. After graduation, I spent a year working as a CNA on a med/surg/peds floor in a rural hospital where I experienced some of the most vulnerable and tender moments with patients, walking beside them day by day in their time of suffering. I have an 8 month old nephew who is the cutest, most entertaining little man ever, and I love seeing him experience the world for the first time!
Why Via Christi? Via Christi is home. From the first day of my sub-I here, I knew Via Christi was the program for me. I wanted to be challenged in training in order to return to small town Iowa with competence and confidence in my medical knowledge and clinical skills. Additionally, I valued program culture and resident-resident interaction and hoped to find a program with fellow Christ followers to do this journey with. Via Christi checked both of those boxes and more. My class has become close in just a few short weeks, and I'm thrilled to walk side-by-side with them through this journey of residency.
Passions/hobbies:Spending time with family! Reading, bible study, playing guitar, crochet, needlework, sewing
Favorite books? The Bible! Historical fiction - James Rollins's Sigma Force and Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels are the best. Anything written by Eric Metaxas. Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. Harry Potter.
Favorite quote? "Why, it beats so I can love you" -The Mercy of Thin Air.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Post residency plan?Return to rural Iowa and provide full-spectrum family medicine including surgical obstetrics
Hometown: LeCenter, MN
Undergraduate: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Medical school: University of Iowa (Carver College of Medicine)
Bio: : : I grew in rural Minnesota, son of a teacher and a farmer. Moved south to Winona, MN for college to attended SMU, a small liberal arts college, for a major in Biology with Chem/Spanish minors. Moved south once again to Iowa City and became a Hawkeye for medical school. During my time in school I've had the opportunity to learn Spanish in Sevilla, Spain and Riobamba, Ecuador (my picture is from Quilotoa, Ecuador). I did not do a Sub-I at Via Christi, and had only spent 20 hours in Wichita before moving here at the start of residency, so needless to say I was a little worried about my journey into Kansas. However, so far it has been great! Everyone, both inside the program and who I have met in the community, has been very friendly, and I've been able to find plenty of things to do with the free time I have. I don't understand the KU vs K State thing, and at this point I'm afraid to ask.
Why Via Christi? ? Mainly I was looking for a way to continue my journey south through the central United States and Kansas seemed like as good as spot as any. But seriously, Via Christi has a reputation as a great program to learn full scope family medicine, including obstetrics, procedures, and inpatient medicine. During my Family Medicine rotation in Iowa, I worked with a Via graduate who continually talked about how great the program was and all the opportunities he had during his time in Wichita. Also, Via Christi provides free lunch everyday as well as money on your badge to cover the other meals you are in the hospital, which was a crucial part of what I looked for in a program. If you have any questions, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passions/hobbies: : Volleyball, paddle boarding, spikeball, cooking/baking, puzzles
Favorite books? Harry Potter, The Name of the Wind, Lies of Locke Lamora, Song of Fire and Ice
Favorite quote? "I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields
Post residency plan? Either work at a critical access hospital with OB or try to get a job at an urgent care in one of those all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Because let's be honest, I would see norovirus and sunburns all day if it meant I got to sit on the beach and eat/drink for free the rest of the time.
Hometown: Newton, KS
Undergraduate: Tabor College
Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
Bio: : I was raised by the most amazing family in the whole wide world. My dad taught me a love of classic rock, boxed cake mixes, and the beauty of unconditional generosity. My mom taught me how to sew (at least she tried), how to cook stir-fry, and a genuine love for others. My sister taught me a love of the fine arts, goofiness, and what it means to have a vocation, not just a job. After that, I just kept knocking on doors and God kept opening them, leading me to be a FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENT AT VIA CHRISTI. I don’t know how it happened, but I ended up at the best job in the entire world with the best friends in the entire world. #thankful #grateful #blessed
Why Via Christi? One day early in 4th year I was thinking about what aspects, residents, and attendings would be in my “perfect” program. I then realized that the majority of all 3 were coming from the Via Christi program. It was my ah-ha moment when I realized that Via Christi had the training, the teaching, and (most importantly) the community I needed and wanted. This wasn’t just a “good” program, it was THE program where I knew I could grow and thrive.
Passions/hobbies: Passions include pursuing Christ, eating peanut butter, using CAPSLOCK, and learning. Hobbies include Saturday morning coffee dates, singing Mariah Carey with Bob Klug, watching tennis, and traveling with my sister.
Favorite books? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. The Midnight Jesus by Jamie Blaine.
Favorite quote? “He loved us not because we were loveable, but because He is love.” – C.S. Lewis
“…and this is the wonder
that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart
(i carry it in my heart)”
– e.e. cummings
Post residency plan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I’m a Kansas girl and definitely committed to staying here. But what does that look like? No clue. Ideally, a practice including OB, in-office procedures, raising and caring for a healthy community, short term missions, and being genuinely connected with my patients and community.
Hometown: Waxahachie, TX
Undergraduate: Stephen F. Austin State University
Medical school: Texas A&M Health Science Center
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi because I wanted a training that wouldn't limit my career options. I haven't fully decided on exactly which practice, what location, or the minute details of what I will be doing post-residency, and I wanted a program that would train me in a full scope manner, so that when I do decide those things, my training is not the limiting factor on what I'll be able to do later. I wanted a solid and thorough OB training that would allow me to become proficient in c-sections, but would also help me become a well-rounded physician in all other aspects as well. Via Christi does all this while also making you, your family and your personal life a priority. Yes, we want you to be well trained and be a great physician when you leave here, but this program also recognizes that without your personal life, hobbies, and relationships outside of medicine, your training suffers. Via Christi makes a point to not only nurture your education and training as a physician, but also you as a whole, which makes a huge difference once residency starts.
Passions/hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Reading, Photography
Post residency plan?My career plans are not fully decided as of yet. I'll likely be going rural and continue full scope medicine with OB included.
Hometown: Newton, KS
Undergraduate: Wheaton College (IL)
Medical school: University of Missouri- Columbia SOM
Bio: Hi! Hmm, where to begin...well I was born in Houston, TX (although I don't consider myself a Texan) and am the oldest of 3. I have 2 younger brothers (1 yr and 2 yrs younger... right in a row...crazy for my parents!). I grew up in New Jersey until I was 12 and then my family moved to Missouri...when you grow up on the east coast, the Midwest doesn't exist and I thought I was going to live in cornfields! Anyways, I ended up loving Missouri! My family was big into sports and I grew up playing tennis, basketball, and soccer. I went to Wheaton College for undergrad where I studied applied health science, played tennis and mentored high school girls. During this time, I spent a summer doing medical mission work in Liberia, Africa. My time in Liberia was difficult, eye opening and life changing...oh, and our house there was footsteps from the ocean...amazing! Before medical school I worked as an EMT and at a local FQHC, and I am so thankful for the many lessons I learned about real world patient care not taught in medical school. Beginning medical school, I considered doing Dermatology but quickly found out I wanted to be a part of more comprehensive care of my patients. After rotating at Student Health with Family Medicine, I realized this was more my speed. FM encompassed all my interests in medicine- sports medicine, adolescent medicine, gyn, psych, global health, undeserved care and preventative care! I also hugely value deep, long term relationships, which are core to FM.
Why Via Christi? Well, I had not heard of VC until I was randomly assigned to rotate in a practice with a VC grad. After picking her brain about what to look for in a FM residency, she pointed me to VC. After reading these very bios, I was convinced I needed to rotate at VC. I did a sub-I at VC and loved it! The BEST part of VC are the people! I remember telling a friend from home, "these are my people!" VCFM is a supportive, caring and uplifting environment! I am so glad to be here!
Passions/hobbies: Growing to better know and love Jesus, My family and friends, My fellow VC interns, Running, spinning, yoga, tennis, trying to surf/the beach (difficult in KS)...really anything outdoors and active. Brewing and drinking kombucha, Animals- my 2 dogs at home- Chloe and Tosha (Newfies), Good coffee, Mangoes, Sweet Potatoes
Favorite books? The Bible, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, None Like Him by Jen Wilkin, Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman
Favorite quote? "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32
Post residency plan? Je ne sais pas?!...possible sports med or adolescent med fellowships are in the running, I enjoyed my time with Indian Health Services and am open to that as well (if you have a chance to do a rotation with IHS, do it!)...right now I am focusing on surviving intern year and trusting that God will make my path clear!