These residents will complete the program in June of 2013.
I had the priveledge of growing up as a missionary kid with the Bahamian people, loving the adventures of island life, being part of the culture, and adapting wherever we went (crazy Americans!!) I figured that I needed more experience with frostbite, icefishing, and snow so decided to study in Nebraska (GO BIG RED!!!) at Grace University, Univ of NE, and eventually UNMC. After various experiences in Ecuador, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Nigeria I continue to be excited about serving overseas someday.
Why Via Christi? Excellent broad traing of the program, the focus on international medicine, the great people
Passions: Spearfishing/snorkeling, hiking, hunting, camp counselling, traveling (especially to places like New Zealand), investing (er... well, not much now as currenly broke)
Favorite Books: Wild at Heart, Heaven, The Out Island Doctor, Jungle Pilot
Favorite Quotes: "People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives...and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted." -Nate Saint
After residency plan: International fellowship at Via Christi, rural Kansas or Nebraska for 1-2 years to pay off debt, potentially more surgical training, then serving in an international hospital.
Home town: Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera Bahamas
I was raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, as the middle of three children. I completed my undergraduate studies at The Kansas State University, and obtained my medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Why Via Christi? The Via Christi Family Medicine Residency offers advanced inpatient and procedural opportunities. Such training, in my opinion, has become all-too-rare within our specialty.
Passions: Running, climbing, water sports, draught beers, local gems (restaurants, micro-brews, chocolatiers).
After residency plan: Undecided. I am currently enjoying the start of my PGY3, and hoping the next few months bring some clarity to my future plans.
Home town: Hutchinson, Kansas
Residency stats: Vaginal Deliveries - 110; C-Sections - 52; Colonoscopies - 48; ICU admissions - innumerable
Most of my body is made up of molecules from Michigan. They began pure and clean in West Michigan, became dirtier and mildly more street-wise in Detroit for 4 years of med school, and are currently kickin' it down here in Wichita, looking for elevation changes which are not to be found. I am almost always excited about life: it is amazing, ridiculous, drab, underhanded, olfactory, humbling and full of people who are unpredictable and predictable. Things here which have yet to faze me: the winters, the work hours, Frederiksen's beard, OB nurses. Things I find daunting (in a good way): the overall excellent quality of residents at our program, the amount my 3yo nephew obsesses over Dan Reimer, how much fun OB is. Also, I am the genetic offspring of two awesome parents: Jerry (a contractor) and Marge (a pharmacist). They work down in Matamoros, MX, if you want to visit them during January/February; the drug cartels have so far not significantly deterred their missions work. My brother Jacob (pharmacist) is an interesting lad and my sister Sara (teacher) used to (very literally and intrauterinely) house my niece and nephew. I love them all.
Why Via Christi? I found these folks on the CMDA website and met them briefly (Lisa Gilbert) at the Louisville Global Health Conference. We have wide-spectrum learning, we don't fight for patients/procedures/deliveries with other residencies. In the end, I chose this place because it's solid and the other applicants, residents, attendings I met are people I want to influence me.
Passions: I can no longer stop at treating cholesterol, diabetes, what have you. 80%+ of what we see is caused by spiritual/social/societal/personal issues. I must be a better Christian/person/doctor for my patients. Also: trapping water samples from rivers, lakes, etc in glass and seeing what grows. Never giving up against an unbeatable foe.
Favorite Books: The Bible. A Horse and His Boy (CS Lewis). The Road to Reality (Yohannan). Celebration of Discipline (Foster). Anything that makes me laugh, amazes me or destroys my pride.
Favorite Quotes: If God has ever put His word on our lips, then a solemn obligation is upon us to guard these lips for His service alone. -Poonen. God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. -Shakespeare. Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be. -Don Quixote.
After residency plan: Underserved Christian clinic here in the States and International Missions
Home town: Newaygo, MI
Residency stats: Vaginal Deliveries--79, C-Sections--39 (primary 21), Continuity Deliveries--15, Forceps Assisted--2, Vacuum Assisted--2, Circumcisions--12, ET intubations--53, LMA--11, ICU patients--tons
My name is Kali Rubenthaler-Brunkhardt. I grew up here in Wichita and it's been great to be back home. I am a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and went to undergrad at Baylor University where I played lacrosse. My husband (Austin) and I have a 6 month old girl named Kierra who takes up the majority of my free time.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi because of the broad training in everything from OB to procedures to sports medicine. Plus, the program is unopposed and the training is great!
Passions: Running, basketball, hiking, skiiing, lacrosse
Favorite Books: The Shack Robinson Crusoe Little Women Ship Wrecked A Tale of Two Cities
Favorite Quotes: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight
After residency plan: I plan on practicing in a small town where I can do full scope family medicine. Hopefully some sports medicine, OB, scopes, ER, and whatever else they may need.
Home town: Wichita, KS
Residency stats: C-Sections: 28 Vaginal Deliveries: 93 Forceps: 5 Vacuum: 5 Colonscopies: 10 EGD: 10 Colposcopy: 2 Leep: 0 Circumcisions: 25
I grew up most of my life in minnesota and then after graduating from college with a degree in engineering got a job working as a nursing assistant and from there decided to go to medical school and along the way worked as a paramedic. I am married to Paul who is a computer whiz and we have a siberian huskie named Icee who is very spoiled and loves cold weather.
Why Via Christi? I choose via christi for the gifted leadership, incredible oportunites to grow medically, personally, and spiritually, and lots and lots of procedural training including surgical ob and colonscopies. I have not been disapointed yet.
Passions: Track and Field and Basketball Scubadiving Traveling Down hill skiing Any outdoor activity including biking, kayaking
Favorite Books: The Shack Eternity in their hearts
After residency plan: I would like to do the international fellowship and anticipate spending a significant amount of time overseas
Home town: Grand Rapids Minnesota
Residency stats: Vaginal Deliveries-39 C-sections- 8 Vacuum-3 Intubations-59 Colonoscopy EGD
I recently got married September 3, 2011! I also have a new bulldog puppy named Diesel who takes much of my free time...but he is so worth it. I was born in Kinsley, KS and moved to Wichita in 2nd Grade. I attended Wichita State University for my undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and I attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Why Via Christi? As a third and fourth year medical student I did all my core rotations at Via Christi and grew to love the people and program. It was a great place to learn and offered a great amount of experience even as a student. I wanted a practice will full-spectrum training since I took a rural Kansas scholarship.
Passions: My favorite thing to do is play card and board games with friends. I also enjoy riding bikes and reading the left behind series (on book 9 now, and I only started reading them 9 months ago so there is some free time in residency!).
Favorite Books: The entire Left Behind Seires; A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger; and Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite Quotes: I don't really have one...
After residency plan: After residency I plan on going to a rural community in Kansas to practice full-spectrum family medicine.
Home town: Kinsley, KS
Residency stats: 1) Vaginal Deliveries(not including Forceps/Vaccuum deliveries listed below)-68 2) C-Sections-8 3) Forceps Deliveries-1 4) Vaccuum Deliveries-7 5) Vaginal Repairs-12 6) Circumcisions-10 7) Colonoscopies-5 8) EGD-8 Please note I am not planning on doing C-sections or scopes so I defer these most of the time to other residents or my numbers there would be much higher.
I grew up on a pig farm in Iowa. Yes, stereotypical, but true. And certainly the reason I have worked so hard throughout my life to get where I am today. I can't thank my parents, 4 sisters and 1 brother enough for shaping me into the woman I am. Then went off to Texas A&M for undergrad, met my husband there. Back to University of Iowa for med school. Then off to Kansas for residency, had my daughter in June 2011, and here we are.
Why Via Christi? Best program in the country to train a full-spectrum rural family medicine doctor. The faculty and graduates are great examples of what I aspire to be one day--compassionate, competent clinicians, parents, teachers, and friends.
After residency plan: I plan to enter a small group practice somewhere in the rural midwest. Where? You know about as much as I do...we're working on it.
Home town: Manning, Iowa
Residency stats: After 4 months of OB: Vaginal deliveries 94 C-sections 40
I'm a farm boy from Garden City in Southwest Kansas, went to undergrad at Wheaton College in the western suburbs of Chicago where I studied Spanish and Computer Science. Moved back to Garden City, married my wife from Central Illinois, decided to pursue medicine and went to KU med school in KC. Now I'm here!
Why Via Christi? Lots of the traditional answers, great OB, great Medicine, lots of procedures, it is in my admittedly biased opinion the best program at least in the midwest, maybe in the country. But one of the main reasons that I chose VC was I looked around at the residents and faculty and thought...That is what I want to be like when I grow up.
Passions: Jesus My Wife and kids (5 year old boy, 2 year old girl, and baby girl due in December)
Favorite Books: C.S. Lewis junkie - Some highlights are Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and The Silver Chair from the Chronicles of Narnia.
Favorite Quotes: He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose -Jim Elliot
After residency plan: Rural Kansas Practice with some component of short term mission work
Home town: Garden City, KS
My name is Dave Timler. I am originally from Indiana. My wife and I met in Dallas. We were both teachers in Northern Virginia. I taught Physics, Latin and Biology (among other things). I found my way to medicine and then family medicine. Adrienne and I have three children (Mariana, Jacob, and Genevieve). I came from Virginia to Wichita because of the full spectrum family medicine training. I have not been disappointed.
Passions: Faith, Family, running, ND football, reading, subsidiarity as an organizing principal for social justice, ravioli,
Favorite Books: Brother's Karamazov, The Road, The Moviegoer, David Copperfield, The Divine Comedy, Modern Times.
Favorite Quotes: Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales? (Richard Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons")
Why Via Christi? My top 3 reasons: 1. I met amazing people (both residents and attendings) here while on my Sub-I and wanted to spend more time learning about medicine and life from them. 2. The residency offers an excellent experience regardless of where you plan to practice afterward, especially for international and rural settings. 3. Wichita has a great atmosphere for Family Medicine.
Passions: OB - continuity involved in prenatal care and deliveries; Pediatrics - watching the kiddos you deliver grow up; Inpatient medicine - challenge of managing so many problems at once; Preventative medicine - seeing people make lifestyle modifications that really make a difference for them; Procedures - combining skills with the art of medicine. In short, family medicine. Things I enjoy outside of medicine: fellowshipping with family and friends, cooking, reading, going for walks, travelling, laughing, biking, drinking coffee with Rose, and doing many other simple things.
After residency plan: The plan for after graduation is to do international medicine with Joshua Frederiksen. :) Timeline unknown.
Home town: Corsica, SD
I'm from Franklin, KS, a small town in the southeast corner of the state. I went to Pittsburg State University for undergrad where I met my wife (and fellow resident), Anna. From there, I went to KU for med school. After completing my first two years in Kansas City, I came to Wichita for my clinical rotations...and I'm glad I did. The clinical experience, as well as the people, are outstanding.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi for several reasons. Being an unopposed program allows us to get great clinical opportunities. The OB experience is one of the best around and it is built-in to the curriculum, which leaves your electives open for other interests. The sports medicine opportunities are great and it is possible to complete a fellowship in this area. However, the main reason I chose this program is the people. The residents, faculty, and support staff are some of the brightest, most helpful, and likable people you will ever meet.
Passions: Passions might be a strong word, but in my free time I enjoy playing tennis and staying active. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.
After residency plan: After residency, I am contemplating completing the Sports Medicine fellowship here at Via Christi. After that, Anna and I plan to go to a small, underserved community somewhere in rural Kansas where we will be able to practice full spectrum family medicine.
Home town: Franklin, KS
Residency stats: As of begining of third year: Vaginal Deliveries - 100+ Primary Surgeon on C-Section - 34 Forcep Deliveries - 1 Vaccum Deliveries - 6 Colonoscopy - 25-30 EGD - 21 Circumcision - 22 ICU patients - 20+ (stopped counting after first week of inpatient medicine) D & C - 4 Endotracheal intubation - 41 LMA placement - 13 Lumbar Puncture - 5 Treadmill testing - 5
I attended medical school at the University of New Mexico, and my folks still live in New Mexico. I love family medicine because I am all about delivering babies and then taking care of them! I love green chile.
Why Via Christi? After intense analysis of all the great family medicine programs it was clear that Via Christi was the best for me. Great people. Great learning.
Favorite Books: Historical. Novels. Autobiographies. I love reading.
Favorite Quotes: "We have not yet finished the fight against polypharmacy." Osler
After residency plan: FULL spectrum Family med. Lots of ob. surg. public health. farming. community development.
Home town: Gallup, NM
Residency stats: NSVD's >51 LTCS >10 Circ >10 LP 10 Vacuum 5 Forceps deliveries 1 6 LMA's Lac's >13 Colonoscopies >12 ET intubations 50 I&D >4 EGD's >12 2 cool roommates.
I'm from Virginia - grew up in the moonshine capital of the world - Franklin County! I've got lots of brothers, a sister... mom, dad. I have a really awesome dog - he's blue and has the coolest bark I have ever heard. I love International Scouts. I listen to music WAY too much and have too many favorites to mention - love old hymns, Bob Dylan, CCR, This Will Destroy You... you know, good stuff. Above all, I desire to be completely in love with Jesus. Dude, He saved me.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi (which is located in Wichita, a place that has neither mountains or ocean) because I want to be an amazing full-scope physican. The people in the program are very unique. We are all pretty weird, especially Tibbe; but we are freaking awesome - even Tibbe. Seriously dude, people get excited about helping you move.
Passions: Love to cook, knit, clean, play with my Weim - Atlas. Drink coffee with the best roomie in the world - Yeah, that's right, I'm talking about you Jen!
Favorite Books: Bible... hmmm... what else can make me look really smart? Love John Piper, C.S. Lewis - can't get enough. Sproul, Spurgeon... bring it.
Favorite Quotes: "To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have the power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect" John Owen
After residency plan: My dream is to serve the Lord abroad. Where? That place that no one else wants to go. You know, that place. Perhaps it will be with medicine, perhaps I will be a cook. I don't care as long as it brings Him glory.
Home town: Martinsville, Va
I grew up in Houston, Texas and consider it home. Before starting medical school, I got my degree in public health and spent four years in rural Bolivia doing community health work. After returning to Houston, I worked at Baylor College of Medicine for several years directing programs to help disadvantaged high school and college students become doctors. At the same time, I started organizing an annual medical mission trip to Bolivia with my father (a pediatrician). It was inevitable that I would finally decide to take the plunge and get my medical degree at Baylor, and I have no regrets. I am now a second-year resident and loving family medicine every bit as much as I expected.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi because of my interest in international medicine, for its strong obstetrics training and its overall great reputation in the community.
Passions: I am passionate about caring for the underserved both locally and internationally. My desire is to become the best doctor I can, to provide compassionate healthcare to needy patients and families and utilize my public health background to help communities address their own health problems. All this I do to serve the One who loved me and gave himself for me - Jesus Christ - to spread his grace and love to all whose lives I touch.
Favorite Books: Recent favorites: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Host. Reread favorites: Safely Home (by Randy Alcorn), A Story Like the Wind and A Far Off Place (by Laurens Van der Post), Harry Potter, any Jane Austen.
After residency plan: I would love to teach in a residency program in a resource poor country, either long- or short-term - somewhere I can also use my public health background.
Home town: Houston, Texas
Residency stats: Vaginal deliveries: 90 C-sections: 30 Colonoscopies: 22 EGDs: 12