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Eric Anderson

Eric AndersonHometown: 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.

Anna Coleman

Anna ColemanHometown: 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.

Tim Cox

Tim CoxHometown: 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.

Thomas Dagg

Thomas Dagg

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.

Ashley Daniel

Ashley Daniel

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate: Mizzou
Medical school: Mizzou
Bio: I grew up in KC with my 3 sisters and a brother. Growing up I was pretty much your standard girl who loved Barbies and the color purple. However, around high school my interests started to change. I picked up stunt snowboarding (which I stopped after a concussion), then I started boxing (shockingly did not get a concussion). After high school I moved to Mizzou, where I joined the club flag football team.

The end of college was a time of great change in my life. My world turned upside down when I found out I was pregnant with Jaylyn (better known as J). Shortly after, another J entered my life, this time in the form of Jesus. Since that time my life has pretty much revolved around serving them both, trying to raise my daughter and to raise up the word of Christ.

After college I started my PhD studying the link between osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Less than a year in, I decided that research was not really my pace (shocker). The following year I started medical school at Mizzou.

Why Via Christi? Initially I thought I wanted to do Trauma Surgery. I love working with my hands and the adrenaline rush that comes when someone comes into the ER. However, I soon learned that the grueling hours in the hospital were taking away from my time with the Js in my life. Even though surgery wasn’t for me, I still wanted something that would keep me on my feet and bring excitement to my life. I realized the variety and depth that full scope Family Medicine can provide. While looking for a program, my good friend Elizabeth Worsowicz (see below) told me “your people are at Via Christi.” When I interviewed here, I realize that not only were my people here, but the training I was looking for was here as well.
Hobbies: Hanging with J, painting with pastels along with Bob Ross, finding new ways to introduce Jesus into peoples’ lives, finding new ways to introduce my fist into people’s face (competitive boxing), learning other languages, attempting to learn guitar.
Favorite books? The Bible,The Bad*** Single Mom’s Survival Guide by H.M. Hudson, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, The Case for A Creator, The Heavenly Man
Favorite quote? “Get outside of your comfort zone. Nothing grows there.” - Unknown
Post residency plan? When thinking about plans after residency, I thought to myself, “What is the most intense, adrenaline-filled place to practice?” Naturally I decided I wanted to do international medicine in Africa. I’m considering doing the international fellowship, but regardless, I want to go where I can make a big difference in others’ lives, both medically and spiritually. Being at Via Christi, I KNOW I could parachute off a plane anywhere in the world and have solid training to handle whatever is thrown at me.

Theresia Gordnier

Theresia GordnierHometown: 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.

Robert Klug

Robert KlugHometown: 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.

Whitney Nelson

Whitney NelsonHometown: 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

Rachel O'Beirne

Rachel O'BeirneHometown: Panhandle, Texas (Yes, it's a real town!)
Undergraduate: Baylor University
Medical school: UNTHSC-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX
Bio: Typical small town farmer's daughter raised by the most incredible parents with two younger sisters that I adore. I loved sports, science, & music growing up, and I knew early on that I wanted to be a doctor (after forcing my sisters to be my pretend patients frequently!). I went to Kanakuk Kamps for many years and decided to follow my counselors and pursue my degree at the best university out there, SIC 'EM BEARS! College was full of friends, TriDelta functions, and finding the love of my life in tennis class!! I volunteered with hospice and knew that God was calling me to medicine. I chose a D.O. school in Texas, and I joined the rural scholars track. I gained an incredible physician mentor through this program, and I learned exactly what it looks like to be a female family medicine physician practicing full-scope family medicine in a small town. Ever since that experience I haven't been able to take my mind off of rural family practice, and it was truly a life-changing rotation for me! After med school graduation, I married my sweetheart after 7 years of dating. Stephen is a CPA and was able to transfer to a Wichita with his company, which was a huge blessing for us after his incredible support and willingness to move out of Texas for me. We are now figuring out this residency, marriage, and Kansan life together and trying to cherish every second!
Why Via Christi? The people and the opportunities! After I finished my sub-internship here, I realized just how special this place really was. 99.9% of the residents are truly genuine people that care about you, take care of you, and truly make you a better person. They make you want to go to work every day. The faculty are involved and engaged in your life and are always present for questions, hard days, and fun! You can find friends and a family here that encourages you in your faith or through any struggles you go through. I was amazed at the opportunity to gain incredible procedural training in obstetrics and outpatient procedures, and I wanted an unopposed program to prepare me for the future. I really recommend sub-I's because I think it's the only way you get to really see the people and the opportunities that make up the program. Also, the faculty band at callback weekend pretty much sealed the deal for my husband too ;).
Passions/hobbies: Traveling with friends and family, going to sports games with my husband, snow-skiing, concerts (especially involving Needtobreathe or country music), hiking/exploring outdoors, learning Spanish, learning to cook, visiting new restaurants, watching movies, star-gazing & sunset watching, and family time!
Favorite books? The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers, Crazy Love, Francis Chan
Favorite quote? "A person's a person no matter how small." - Dr. Seuss
Post residency plan? Still somewhat undecided, but we plan to go back to Texas eventually! Hoping to practice rural family medicine a small town with obstetrics, women's health, pediatric, and hospice care as part of my practice. I have always had the dream to pursue medical missions in some fashion, but still figuring that out! Excited for all that God has planned for us on this crazy journey.

Bryan Pierce

Bryan PierceHometown: Satellite Beach, FL
Undergraduate: Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida
Medical school: University of Florida
Bio: Hey! I’m glad you’re reading these bios, which were actually the thing that first drew me to this program! I grew up in a small beach town on the east coast of central Florida – where space shuttles launch, cruise ships set out to sea, and tourists flock during the summer months after visiting Disney World. Despite growing up in what was otherwise a paradise, my childhood was marked by restlessness in the present and fear of the future. I tried to drown it out by pursuing success in sports, academic achievement, and winning other people’s approval, but “I found in myself a desire which nothing in this world could satisfy, so the most logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” Freshman year of college, after examining an array of worldviews and possible life trajectories, I became fully convinced that Jesus was and is who He claimed to be, and that His resurrection from the dead confirmed His authority over my life. After that, everything I had previously set up to be the measure of my life’s worth – namely, achieving the “American Dream,” seemed worthless compared to knowing Jesus and living into my designed purpose. It was also in college that I met my wife Shannon, who was on a similar journey, a woman who made it clear from the outset she would love Jesus more than she ever loved me (something I actually prayed for!) We both set out to pursue medicine (Shannon as a Physician Assistant) as we believe it to be a beautiful reflection of the redemptive and restorative power of the “good news” we came to trust in.
Why Via Christi? The people. The faculty and residents are utterly outstanding – Via Christi has one of the most unique assemblies of compassionate, thoughtful, talented, fun (and funny) people Shannon and I have ever met. Our desire to come here further increased after learning about a group of residents and faculty who intentionally live in a particularly underserved part of Wichita, called Planeview – with the intent of ministering to neighbors and the hope of seeing the neighborhood transformed. There is also a network of house churches that meets there, which Shannon and I are involved in. In addition to the people, the training is phenomenal. Full spectrum family programs were just about the only ones to which I applied – seeking out OB with C-sections, endoscopy, inpatient medicine, rural/international opportunities, etc. All of that not only exists here, but is taught really, really, well. Shannon and I have a particular interest in doing medical missions overseas, and through this program there are connections all over the world to meet, learn from, and even rotate with, docs doing international medical missions, which was another draw for us.
Passions/hobbies: Surfing is my favorite pastime (which may have to evolve into kite-boarding or wind surfing while I’m here). Second to that is beach (sand) volleyball. I enjoy anything outside – my wife and I seek out any opportunity we have to take a National Park trip when we can (most recent being Rocky Mountain). Applicants, be sure to ask about Bike Trip – a 5 day trip through our program for residents and faculty to get CME, grow in relationship, and do awesome outdoors stuff! I also enjoy craft beer and home-brewing. Lastly, I really enjoy learning from others’ worldviews, faith backgrounds, and life-lenses. In an age where we have almost no good examples of healthy dialogue, I enjoy getting to hear from perspectives different than mine and hope to be a part of re-writing the script for how individuals can share and discuss differences in beliefs and opinions.
Favorite books? The Bible, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Preach and Heal, Jesus for President, The Cost of Discipleship, 1984, Farenheit 451, The Hobbit.
Favorite quote? “In religion…comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth – only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.” C.S. Lewis
“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” – Malcom Muggeridge
“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another… the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting – any one of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work…” CSL
Post residency plan? My senior year of college, I heard someone say: “Anytime someone addresses you as a young adult, every question they ask is rather egocentric (though not in a bad way) – where do you want to go to college? What do you want to major in? Where do you want to live? What job do you want to get? And in reference to others: what is he going to do, or what is she going to do? But very rarely does one pause, and even think to ask, “what are we going to do?” All that to say, while my wife and I have our interests after residency (Possibly Via Christi’s International Fellowship, maybe locum tenens in Kansas to support overseas missions in the 1040 window?), something that really excites us is the prospect of getting to do it alongside some of our closest friends. So right now we’re in the “let’s dream big” and “let’s dream together” phase, excited to see where the Lord directs.

Jared Regehr

Jared RegehrHometown: Halstead, Kansas
Undergraduate: Bethel College
Medical school: University of Kansas School Of Medicine – Wichita
Bio: I come from a family of teachers and nurses. My parents showed my brothers and me what it meant to live a genuine life of love and service. I grew up just outside of Halstead and spent as much time with my brothers as possible (still do). I followed most of my family members’ footsteps and attended Bethel College where I developed lifelong friendships that continue to be very important to me. I try to live a simple life that includes loving God, loving others, and working hard.
Why Via Christi? The faculty and residents are people I want to be like. I was looking for a residency that would push me to be uncomfortable. I did not want my training to limit my opportunities post-residency, and Via Christi certainly fulfills that criteria. Knowing that residency is only 3 years, I wanted to find a spot that challenged me to learn as much as possible and would prepare me to work in a small town. I also had a great medical school experience with some extraordinary mentors and wanted to continue to be a part of the KU-SOM Wichita community. Finally, staying in Wichita allows me to see my niece and nephews which is essential for me.
Passions/hobbies: My free time is spent with my niece and nephews; there is nothing else I’d rather do. I am a big Jayhawk basketball fan and always look forward to March. Other hobbies include woodworking, running, construction projects with my dad and brothers, reading, and spending time outside with friends.
Favorite books? Unbroken; Love Does; If Grace is True
Favorite quote? “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
Post residency plan? I hope to practice broad-spectrum medicine in a small community in south-central Kansas.

Derek Surdez

Derek SurdezHometown: Sabetha, KS
Undergraduate: Kansas State University
Medical school: University of Kansas School Of Medicine – Wichita
Bio: I was born and raised in small town Kansas. My interest in medicine began during my father’s battle with pancreatitis and its subsequent complications/infections following that caused him to be in and out of hospitals for several years. Watching him suffering ignited a desire to care for others. Over the years I dreamed of becoming the surgeon or pancreatic specialist at Mayo that I believed ultimately saved my father’s life. However, with my experiences of observing different physicians and working with several mentors in Family Medicine, I gained a whole new outlook on how to serve others. I discovered that Family Medicine was where I belonged. After the second year of medical school, my wife and I moved to Wichita to finish out the last two years of school. We left our friends and family, thinking it was only a two year move. God had other plans! We became involved in small groups and joined a church planting team that started a church in the neighborhood of Delano. We grew in faith, community, and relationships more than we could have imagined. Wichita is home.
Why Via Christi? There were multiple reasons my wife and I decided to stay in Wichita and choose Via Christi for residency. Some of the big reasons: the people, the family atmosphere, and the truly full-spectrum training I desired.

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend 1 month with VCFM during my sub-internship as a 4th year medical student. Everyone was so genuine and caring, and right from the beginning of the internship I felt like I was treated as one the residency’s own. Both residents and faculty desired to get to know me and to share their life experiences. I knew early on that this was the place I could see myself for the next 3 years. We work hard, but we also play hard! VCFM is a huge family. Everyone is supportive of each other, and their families, residents, and faculty truly look out for each other. We all desire to see each other grow in faith, relationships, knowledge, and patient care. There is always someone or a group of people willing to have fun. My wife fit right in from the beginning and has developed close friendships as well.

As for the training, I knew that I could obtain the necessary skills here to be able to go out anywhere in the world, feeling prepared to provide excellent patient care. I desired a program that offered broad-spectrum training and would not limit me in my future goals. From being able to manage very complex ICU patients, vents, to providing surgical obstetric skills, performing EGDs/colonoscopies, thoracenteses/paracenteses, learning point of care ultrasound (POCUS), to placing central lines—all of that is obtainable here at VCFM. I wanted an environment where I would be challenged and grow as a husband, friend, and physician. I desired a program that would be supportive of my future goals and interests but that would also be invested in my family. VCFM meets all of this and so much more!
Passions/hobbies: Hanging out with my wife and pup, Marvel Cinematic Universe, For King and Country, food!!, naps, one-on-one discipleship, swimming in the ocean, learning (slightly addicted to watching random how-to videos on YouTube), coffee, dancing
Favorite books? The Bible, Harry Potter series
Favorite quote? "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
Post residency plan?I committed to practice in a rural or under-served area in Kansas for 4 years as part of a loan forgiveness program. However, my interests are broad. My wife and I have discussed pursuing a fellowship in International Family Medicine. Full-scope rural family medicine vs direct primary care are also interests of mine. With all that in mind, my wife and I will go wherever the Lord leads us.

Matthew Traxler

Matthew TraxlerHometown: 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
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.

Hannah Vogt

Hannah VogtHometown: 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.

Kyle Wells

Kyle WellsHometown: Topeka, Kansas
Undergraduate: Emporia State University
Medical school: University of Kansas School Of Medicine – Kansas City
Bio: I was raised in the suburbs of Topeka, Kansas, where I was fortunate enough to have attended a large high school (Seaman High), yet also experience a bit of the simple life (with my grandparents living on a farm about 5 miles from my parent’s house). Summers were spent working on my grandparents’ farm and playing sports. I was involved in football, basketball and baseball all the way through high school. After high school I had the privilege of playing baseball at Pratt Community College before obtaining both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Emporia State University. I met my beautiful fiancé Christi during med school in Kansas City while she was obtaining her MPH. Christi is now the policy director for Oral Health Kansas and has been a big part of the Tobacco 21 movement. I'm really proud of her! We recently adopted our first puppy, Chloe, who is a lab/golden retriever mix. Why Via Christi? Two primary reasons:
1) The People - During my Sub-I it was apparent that the relationships amongst residents, faculty and staff were 100% genuine. The culture is filled with kindness, compassion, and generosity. Everyone truly cares about the well-being of one another, whether it’s residents, medical students, faculty, staff, the patients we care for, etc. I knew I would need support during the trying times of residency, and the people of VC offer unparalleled support.
2) The Training - VC holds a very high standard of competency. Expectations are high for the acquisition of medical knowledge, development of procedural skills, and the practice of evidence-based medicine in a constantly evolving field. I wanted a challenging program, and VC was the most challenging I encountered on my interview trail. It is apparent that the residents want to become the best doctors they can possibly be, and I wanted an opportunity to be a part of that culture.
Passions/hobbies: Faith, family/friends, traveling, sports, my teams (Chiefs, Royals, Jayhawks), anything outdoors, self-improvement, reading/audiobooks, trying new foods, listening to music, meeting new people.
Favorite Books: Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Take the Risk by Ben Carson
Favorite Quote: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.” ― Charles Swindoll
Post residency plan?Unsure. Potentially a fellowship in sports medicine. If not, then likely some combination of inpatient or inpatient/outpatient. Most definitely staying in Kansas upon graduation!

Shelby Wigginton

Shelby WiggintonHometown: 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.

Ryan Woodruff

Ryan WoodruffHometown: Shawnee, KS
Undergraduate: Pittsburg State University
Medical school: University of Kansas School Of Medicine – Wichita
Bio: I was born in Wichita, KS and then moved to Shawnee, KS (suburb of Kansas City) in third grade. I'm the youngest of three and am blessed with loving parents. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor but never really had a good idea why. I went to undergrad at Pitt State where I met my beautiful wife, Sarah, working together as Resident Assistants in the dorms. I always knew of God and believed in Him, but never truly had a personal relationship with Him. Sarah helped me to deepen my faith and know the Lord, and I am so thankful for this. It was in this that I began to understand why I felt called to medicine. Caring for others is a perfect example of God's love that he shows to us, and I hope to use medicine as a way to share the Gospel.
Why Via Christi? I had a narrow list of programs I was interested in based on scope of training, and after interviewing and rotating at some of the different programs, I felt like the Lord was leading me to Via Christi. This program has the training I desire combined with a culture of positivity, helpfulness, and teamwork. Residency is difficult and I'm so glad that God has placed my wife and me in a place where we feel loved and supported. It was very important to me that my wife would be cared for just as much as I was, and the Via family has absolutely done that. I feel like I am not only growing as a physician, but also as a husband, friend, and most importantly, a child of God.
Passions/hobbies: Jesus! My wife and I love spending time with family and friends, playing board games, going kayaking, and playing with our dogs (Boston Terriers). We also love traveling and trying out new restaurants!
Favorite books: The Bible, The Case for Christ
Favorite quote: James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Post residency plan? My wife and I plan on moving closer to her family's farm in Chapman, Kansas and starting a Direct Primary Care clinic. If you aren't familiar with this model, I highly suggest you look into it!

Elizabeth Worsowicz

Elizabeth Worsowicz Hometown: Columbia, Missouri
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!