Our next group of fellows for the coming year are Lisa Gilbert, Marta Hantke, Sarah Mandigo and Jonathan Teubl. Their tropical medicine training begins in July.
Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
Medical degree/residency: Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program
Why international medicine? “Growing up in Africa, my heart has always been pulled to those suffering with illness and poverty. I see this year as an opportunity to return and give back to some of the ‘least of these’ while continuing to grow my medical skills.”
What do you do for fun? “I enjoy being outdoors and traveling, as well as reading and discovering new music. I love to explore off-road places, old churches and cemeteries.”
Jonathan Teubl, MD
Hometown: Red Hook, N.Y.
Medical degree/residency: State University of New York Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, N.Y.; Albany Family Practice Residency program
Why international medicine? “To whom much is given, much is required. We have been blessed with our family, education and faith and we feel called to share those blessings with others.”
What do you do for fun? “Tandem bicycling with my wife and playing duets with my wife on piano and flute.”
Sarah Mandigo, MD
Hometown: Alma Center, Wis.
Medical degree/residency: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program
Why international medicine? “International medicine has been a passion that has been growing in my heart since high school. It is such a beautiful way to be able to meet the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished people around the world.”
What do you do for fun? “Quality conversations, biking, hiking, camping and reading books.”
Marta Hantke, MD
Hometown: Newberg, Ore.
Medical degree/residency: St. Georges University, Grenada; Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program
Why international medicine? “I am interested in working internationally in the future and wanted the best opportunity to be better prepared for what I would see overseas.”
What do you do for fun? “I appreciate traveling and hanging out with friends.”
Melissa Sandberg served at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Mukinge, Zambia this past fall/winter and is currently finishing the stasteside portion of the fellowship. She hopes to return to full-time service at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Mukinge, Zambia and work with one of our former resident graduates currently serving in the same locale (Daren Tompkins).
Kristin Odell served this past fall/winter at Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe and is also currently finishing up the stateside portion of her fellowship training, and still has a passion to serve the underserved in the under-developed world for the King and the Kingdom. Her blog for her time in Zimbabwe can be viewed at http://kristininzimbabwe.blogspot.com/.
Dean Kubacz and Marc Carrigan are currently serving together in Galmi, Niger, West Africa and their blogs can be viewed at http://ddkubacz.blogspot.com and http://thecarriganslife.blogspot.com/. Following their return, the Carrigans are planning to serve in their hometown while the Kubacz’s are planing to go into full-time medical missionary service in the developing world.
John Birky, Alexis Carmer, and Alice Oliveira were the 2010-2011 fellows and all three served for the fellowship at Karanda Mission Hospital.
John Birky currently is in rural practice in Lakin, Kansas, and he and his wife hope to return to service as missionaries abroad following the retirement of their medical school debts.
Alexis Carmer is currently in practice in Wichita, Kansas serving the underserved in our community.
We graduated 5 Fellows during this 2009-2010 Fellowship year. Four of the five were instrumental in developing the concept of the IFMF as first-year residents. Our Fellows were John Epperly, Paul McQuillen, Rick Moberly, Jack Kline, and Logan Banks. The first four docs are currently practicing broad-spectrum Family Medicine together in Rural NW Iowa, and still serve overseas 3 months yearly in a unique rotating/supporting practice.
Logan Banks, our fifth fellow for the 2009/10 class is currently on the faculty at the Cox Family Medicine Residency in Springfield, MO (http://www.coxhealth.com).
We started with one Fellow, Kevin Raymer, (the one in the hat….) who piloted this fellowship in 2008/9. Check out his blog at www.internationalfamilymedicinefellow.blogspot.com. Kevin now works in Arizona with his wife, Katie, who is a general surgeon. Following the retirement of medical school debt they hope to pursue long-term service for the King and the Kingdom in Africa.