Fellows

Since 2008, International Family Medicine Fellows have traveled the world to bring needed care to underserved areas, while also improving their own skill at providing care in limited conditions.

2022-2023

Julien Atis

Hometown: Lawnside, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Wheaton College, Illinois
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey
Residency: Via Christi Family Medicine Residency

Julien Atis

Fun Facts about you: The first time I pumped my own gas I was 20. I have an extra set of molars. I used to have a collection of over 50 ties, but that’s been changing since learning about minimalism and essentialism.

Why did you do the fellowship?  What are you hoping to gain/learn from it?  What do you want to do afterwards?

I was instilled with a global perspective having two parents who were born in Haiti.  That perspective ignited my desire to engage in the needs of the marginalized.  I chose family medicine to be the avenue in which I partner with the Global South. I am pursuing the International Family Medicine Fellowship to expand upon my knowledge base and training opportunities that go beyond what I learned in residency. I appreciate the experiences we spend moonlighting in rural Kansas to also build on our skills in lower resourced settings and growing in confidence in our autonomy.  With the five months we train abroad, I hope to learn what life might look like in medical missions with a family with my wife and young children. I look forward to experiencing how to grow in resourcefulness, creativity, and adaptability. I think the Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship allows the freedom to get a practical  sense of what global medicine can look like in a sustainable way that is not too short to not acclimate or too long of a commitment.

After the fellowship, we plan to pay off loans in order to have more financial freedom before we go abroad. We have hopes to serve in long-term medical missions most likely in Latin America.

 

Peter Frank

Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY
Undergraduate: University of Maryland (but really my heart is loyal to Azusa Pacific University - where I started college)
Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: Cone Health Family Medicine

Fun Facts about you: I’m a twin (sister)!  I’m snobby about coffee and beer.  I love swing dancing.  One of the best gifts I have ever received is a reference book for Greek and Latin roots of medical words. My favorite cults are church and CrossFit (feel free to join me!).

Why did you do the fellowship?  What are you hoping to gain/learn from it?  What do you want to do afterwards?

Medical missions work has been a pull in my heart for a long time. My interest in medicine at all was first piqued on a medical missions trip with my church youth group. Since that trip, in 9th grade, I have been pursuing a career in medicine with the goal of using that to be involved in international work.

As my residency experience came to a close, I knew that I wanted to get additional training to be better prepared to work as a full spectrum doctor in low resource settings. I applied both to OB fellowships and to the Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship. Ultimately, I ended up at Via Christi and I'm incredibly grateful to be surrounded by Christian mentors who have really valuable experience to draw from. Even now, 3 months into my fellowship experience, I feel like I've been acquiring skills that I was not able to work on in residency and getting exposure to practice settings that are new to me. I'm really enjoying the rural locums work that we do, and it's made me interested in pursuing that kind of work in the future.

Following this fellowship, my long-term goal is to practice and teach medicine in the developing world. I think this fellowship is excellent preparation to build important skill sets and get exposure to low resource settings in addition to forming contacts with incredible physicians and people doing really impactful work around the world. I don't think that I will be going abroad immediately, and I may end up doing some full spectrum work here in the States before spending time abroad.

Taylor Russell

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Texas San Antonio
Residency: Via Christi Family Medicine Residency

Fun Facts about you: I’ve white water rafted on the Nile River. I’ve flown a plane (not well). There’s a pretty good chance I’ll starve living in a country without Costco. One of my favorite activities is cycling with Disney or action movies.

Why you did the fellowship?  What you're hoping to gain/learn from it?  What you want to do afterwards?
I have always wanted to serve communities in low and middle income countries. I completed my training at VCFM Residency due to the scope of training and caliber of teachers here. Truly, every provider in the area is so impressive and has an amazing heart for service. It seemed like a no-brainer to sign on for an extra year of globally-focused training and mentorship. While overseas, I hope to gain a better understanding of what tools, support, and training I will need to have longevity in a resource-limited setting.  I’m holding my post-fellowship plans loosely. However, it will probably entail a (hopefully, short) stint Stateside to pay off debt, establish partners, and gain region-specific training.

 

2020-2021

Joseph Sumhlei

Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa
Residency: Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
Fun Facts: Born in Burma (now Myanmar) and moved to America at 4.5 years of age. I grew up playing and watching tennis; Federer is the GOAT (no argument there). Not many residents played tennis, so I picked golf back up during residency. I'm unfortunately still not very good at it, but it's lots of fun. As you may expect I'm a huge Iowa football fan, Go Hawks! I enjoy making fun of Sarah Johnson and I'm pretty good at it.

Why the IFMF? I have been interested in the international fellowship since medical school, and it is big reason why I chose to come to Via Christi for residency. My passion for international medical missions started in undergrad and stems from my faith as well as seeing the immense needs during visits back to Burma. While attending the Global Missions Health Conference during my 2nd year of medical school I realized how abundantly blessed I have been... and that I can be a blessing to others in need.

The fellowship allow me to expand my skills and medical knowledge in areas where typical family medicine residents do not typically get experience, areas crucial for medical work overseas such as burns, trauma, tropical medicine, epidurals/spinals, and HIV. I also enjoy the flexibility in my schedule to independently study and expand my abilities in other areas such as ultrasound, reading radiographs, etc.

My hope is to return to Burma someday. Still figuring out how that will look and whether it will be on a long term or consistent short term basis.

Margo Pray

Hometown: Norfolk Virginia
Undergraduate: Appalachian State University
Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill
Residency: Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
Fun Facts: I love slow mornings and time in the Word, my dog Eliza, hiking/backpacking, mountains, cooking, reading, and theological discussions around campfires in my fuzzy robe.

Why the IFMF?
I have loved my residency community at Via Christi and am interested in overseas missions, considering short versus long term, and figured this would be a great chance to get additional training and do a five month stint overseas :) while staying plugged into my church and family here in Wichita. I'm hoping that I will be able to serve and bless the community that I am sent to overseas! Also hoping to expand some skills from residency including ultrasound and emergency medicine, as well as add new skills including trauma, tropical medicine, spinal placement, and burn management. After the fellowship plans are TBD, maybe rural practice vs a faculty position, would love to be back towards my family on the East Coast, but I'm trusting where the Lord leads and cannot wait to see what he has planned.

Cody Rogers
Hometown: Great question. Born in Kijabe, Kenya. Lived most of my life in central Arkansas. Home is truly heaven, and I believe that.
Undergraduate: Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas
Medical School: UAMS in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas
Residency: Cox Family Medicine Residency (Springfield, Missouri), but started at Rez Health (Memphis, Tennessee)
Fun Facts: If I had infinite free time I would spend most of it either enjoying music, reading, or running. I enjoy medicine maybe more than I should. I am a middle child. Favorite band is currently MewithoutYou.

Why the IFMF?
have been looking forward to this Fellowship since M4 year and finding out about Via Christi. I have a deep desire to do long term work overseas. I wouldn’t say I have a definitive, clear calling (really good discussion point!) other than what God outlines in the Bible and the encouragement from His Church, but I feel suited for and want to do long term work. I am really enjoying training and following Christ with my co-fellows here at Via Christi.

Sarah Johnson

Hometown: Rochester, Michigan
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan
Residency: Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
Fun Facts: My favorite books to read are historical Christian fiction (esp. the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers). I can re-read books (or re-watch movies) more times than my husband understands. I also enjoy climbing, hiking, Beach Body workouts, driving golf carts, going to Disney World, drinking good coffee with a recent stint ordering many a matcha latte, responding "I don't get it" to Joe Sumhlei, and long dates at cute coffee shops with my husband..

Why the IFMF?
Since our first date, my husband Dan and I have been discussing a future in long-term missions work. We do not yet have clarity on many aspects of our future - when, where, how long - but felt like the fellowship could help us discern our next steps while also preparing us physically and spiritually. From a medical perspective, I'm excited to gain experience in areas that would be beneficial for a family doctor working on the field but that I would not normally have the opportunity to learn during traditional residency training, like trauma management, burn care, dentistry, and tropical medicine.

2019-2020

Josh McCoy, MD

Fellowship destination: Bangladesh
Home state: Washington State
Education: Seattle Pacific University
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
Dr. McCoy served Rohingya refugees and other groups at Memorial Christian Hospital in Bangladesh. He found himself as the only primary care physician at the hospital when the nation locked down due to COVID, and he developed robust COVID response for the hospital.

Dr. Nathan Piovesan, general surgeon and medical director of the hospital, wrote, "Without Josh we could not have mounted the response we did to help our area of Bangladesh meet the onslaught of this treacherous virus. Although we do not have an ICU or ventilators, we have local leaders and health officers, mayors, and members of parliament calling us to help take care of their patients because they have heard of the reputation of our COVID unit."

The McCoys are now working and reconnecting with family back home in Washington state. They anticipate further overseas work in the future.

2018-2019

Brian Jennings, MD

Fellowship destination: Hospital Loma de Luz, Honduras
Home state: Ohio
Education: Case Western Reserve University
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
North Colorado Family Medicine Residency
About me: I grew up in Connecticut in a family of ten kids. My wife and I met in medical school and did residency together in Colorado. We have two children, Emily and Jack.

Passions: music, guitar, hiking, learning, going to new places, family, faith

After the fellowship, Drs. Brian and Robyn Jennings were sent by Mission Doctors Association to work in Ghana

2017-2018

Left to right: Samuel Porter, MD and his wife, Jessica; Isaac Hatton, MD and his wife, Camille; Brandon Cole, DO and his wife, Jenna

Brandon Cole, DO

Quito, Ecuador
John Brown University
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Brandon Cole works in Michigan and continues to volunteer in the Philippines and elsewhere. He is planning to work full-time overseas in the future.

Isaac Hatton, MD

Belfast, Ireland
College of the Ozarks
Medical School for International Health, Israel
Memorial Family Medicine Residency, Indiana
Dr. Isaac Hatton completed residency at Memorial Family Medical Residency in Indiana before coming to Via Christi for the IFMF. He volunteers with refugees and the medically underserved in the Middle East.

Samuel Porter, MD

Beirut, Lebanon
College of the Ozarks
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Sam Porter grew up in Lebanon, where his parents worked with a charitable organization focused on helping refugees. He attended medical school at Mayo and Via Christi for residency and fellowship. He lives and works in the Middle East with Dr. Hatton, providing medical care for refugee populations.

2016-2017

Left to right:
Dr. SunMin Kim (with wife, Angela) is studying language and culture as he prepares to serve in North Africa.

Dr. Garrett Schwab (with wife, Lindsay) is serving among the urban poor in south Dallas at CitySquare Clinic.

Dr. Brett Hoffecker (with wife, Felishia) is practicing full-spectrum family medicine in Scott City, Kansas.

2015-2016

Dr. Casey Hicks

Dr. Casey Hicks moved back home to Alabama and pursued additional Obstetrics and Faculty Development training at Cahaba Family Medicine, where he now serves as faculty.

Dr. Brett Malone

Dr. Brett Malone is serving in Central Asia.

2014-2015

Left to right:
Dr. Drew Posey is on faculty at Cahaba Family Medicine Residency in Birmingham, Alabama. He continues to volunteer abroad.

After practicing for a few years at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kansas, Dr. Jonathan Peters is also on faculty at Cahaba Family Medicine Residency..

Dr. Lane Olson (with wife, Audra) also works in Lakin, Kansas, and frequently volunteers his time overseas.

Dr. Nicholas Tomsen (with wife, Michaela) also lives intentionally in a lower resource neighborhood. He started Antioch Med, a Direct Primary Care clinic which provides full spectrum, quality care to those with and without health insurance.

Dr. Patrick Allen spent 2 years as a hospitalist in Wichita, Kansas, and has now joined faculty at Via Christi. He continues to travel overseas for volunteer work and teaching.

2013-2014

Dr. Rose Dulaney

Dr. Rose Dulaney is currently serving in a medical prison ministry in Virginia

Dr. Isaac Hotz

Dr. Isaac Hotz (along with his wife, Dr. Anne Hotz) is a graduate of the Greeley Family Medicine Residency in Greeley, CO. They are serving full time at Hospital Loma de Luz in rural Honduras.

Dr. Daniel Reimer

Dr. Daniel Reimer worked for three years as a hospitalist and now does a variety of locums and volunteer work in rural and international settings. He was working in St. Thomas during the Hurricane Irma crisis.

Dr. Heather Licke

Dr. Heather Licke is currently serving in Goodland, KS.

2012-2013

Dr. Sarah Mandigo

Dr. Sarah Mandigo is currently serving full time in north Africa.

Dr. Lisa Gilbert

Dr. Lisa Gilbert spent a few years practicing in rural Lakin, KS. She continues to volunteer much of her time abroad, and assisted in Liberia, Africa during the Ebola epidemic. She is now on faculty at Via Christi.

Dr. Marta Hantke

Dr. Marta Hantke has worked at GraceMed and with refugees in Garden City. She now practices in rural Oregon.

Dr. Jonathon Teubl

Dr. Jonathon Teubl is from Albany, NY. He is currently serving full time in Northern India.

2011-2012

Dr. Marc Carrigan

Dr. Marc Carrigan joined faculty in Springfield, Illinois, and now serves in a rural remote area in western Uganda.

Dr. Dean Kubacz

Dr. Dean Kubacz, along with his wife Dr. Dianna Kubacz, were Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency graduates. They served at GraceMed for 2 years and following a year of French language study in France are now serving in Chad.

Dr. Kristin O'Dell

Dr. Kristin O'Dell came to us from Mayo LaCrosse Family Medicine Residency and is currently working as a hospitalist in Madison, WI.

Dr. Melissa Sandberg

Dr. Melissa Sandberg is a St. Anthony's Family Medicine Residency program in OKC graduate. She has been serving at Mukinge Hospital in Zambia.

2010-2011

Dr Alice Oliveira

Dr Alice Oliveira was a graduate of the Mayo's Lacrosse, WI Family Medicine Residency program. Following graduation, she has returned to serve in rural North Dakota.

Dr. Alexis Carmer

Dr. Alexis Carmer is a Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency graduate. She is serving full time in Jos, Nigeria.

Dr. John Birky

Dr. John Birky served in Lakin, Kansas, and now practices in Garden City, Kansas, serving their growing immigrant and refugee population.

2009-2010

Dr. John Epperly

Dr. John Epperly, along with Drs. Kline and McQuillen, practice broad-spectrum Family Medicine as a group in New Hampton, Iowa. They each rotate for a few months per year to support Canillá, Guatemala, where they have helped build a hospital.

Dr. Jack Kline

Dr. Paul McQuillen

Dr. Rick Moberly

Dr. Rick Moberly, after serving in rural Iowa, is now on faculty at Oregon Health and Science University.

Dr. Logan Banks

Dr. Logan Banks practices in Burundi, and also works as faculty at the Cox Family Medicine Residency in Springfield, Missouri.

2008-2009

Dr. Kevin Raymer piloted this fellowship in 2008. He and his wife Katie, a general surgeon, worked for a few years back home in Arizona, and are now serving in India.

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