Class of 2026

Whitney Chancia

Hometown:  Stanton, Texas / Whitney, Texas
Undergraduate:  Abilene Christian University
Medical School:  Texas Tech University

Hi y’all! I grew up in small-town Texas and later moved to smaller-town Texas. I’m known as Whitney from Whitney. I was raised by two selfless parents who devoted their time to all of my siblings and my extracurricular activities. My family has now grown to include several nieces and a nephew, to whom I absolutely cherish being an aunt. 

I am the first in my family to go to college and beyond, but I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a physician. While at ACU, I discovered my passion for medical missions after several trips to Guatemala with the pre-health program and local doctors. I started medical school open to any field but fell in love with full-spectrum Family Medicine and its flexibility for any community I serve in the future.

During medical school, I married my incredible husband, Michael. He is passionate about humanitarian aid, working at the American Red Cross, and being in seminary. We have two rescue pups together, Ollie and Scout. In our spare time, we enjoy traveling, hiking, window shopping, or relaxing at coffee shops.

Why Via Christi?  

During medical school, I was encouraged by a classmate to look at Via Christi after discussing my interest in medical missions. After interviewing, Via Christi was the one program that checked all my boxes– strong inpatient medicine and pediatrics, advanced OB training, POCUS, and faculty that care about me as a person and a growing physician. We visited in person for the callback weekend, and meeting everyone solidified that the program and Wichita felt like home to us!


During the COVID pandemic, when all gyms were closed, I bought a Peloton bike that I absolutely love. If I have a free weekend, you can find me either refurbishing furniture, visiting family, hiking, or playing tennis.

Favorite Books: 

The Bible, Gentle and Lowly, Anatomy of a Kidnapping

Plans after residency:

Full-spectrum family medicine with OB wherever the Lord leads us, whether local or internationally.

Seth Chauhan

Hometown:  New Orleans, Louisiana
Undergraduate:  University of Alabama
Medical School:  Louisiana State University - New Orleans

I grew up way down in New Orleans with all the music, food, and celebration of life that make the city so vibrant. Most of all it is the community I have there of family and friends that make this place so special to me. After high school, I shocked my Louisiana relations by going to college at University of Alabama where through a variety of experiences including an art therapy class with Alzheimer’s patients and a mission trip to Jamaica with the Missionaries of the Poor, I felt called to pursue a career in medicine. After being accepted to LSU medical school I took a two-year deferment to serve as missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at the University of Southern Mississippi mentoring college students which was a great opportunity to mature in my faith and develop the spiritual and emotional attentiveness which is so vital to the practice of medicine. 


Returning to New Orleans as a medical student allowed me to rediscover the city as an adult and to see the poverty and social injustices that existed especially through encounters with the homeless population.  As I progressed through medical school I became more and more convinced that pursuing Family Medicine would best equip me to serve people outside the healthcare infrastructure through community based medicine. God willing, I hope to one day return to New Orleans and serve the people in the place I call home. 


Why Via Christi? 
I was not expecting to end up in Kansas and was quite skeptical of the bland food and cold winters. However, after reading the resident and faculty bios I wanted to learn more about why so many incredible people were living in Wichita. I did a Sub-I in January as a winter trial and found out I could survive the cold with jackets generously donated by my midwestern friends and the food with some hot sauce (I was pleasantly surprised by Wichita's cuisine). What sealed the deal was meeting individuals with a passion for excellent and compassionate medicine who I wanted to model after and learn from. In addition, I knew the broad spectrum training would prepare me to serve in whatever capacity I felt called. Most importantly it was a place where I could practice medicine in a way that did not violate my faith and continue integrating spirituality within my practice of medicine. 


Passions/Hobbies:  Dancing, cooking, frisbee, biking, walking outside, reading, playing guitar, mission trips, enjoying time with family and friends


Favorite Books:  The Classics: The Bible, Aeneid, Odyssey, St. Augustine's Confessions, Count of Monte Cristo, Brothers Karamazov, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice

Others: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, anything by Pope John Paul II, GK Chesterton, C.S Lewis, and Louis De Montfort


Favorite Podcast:  Doctor Doctor

Favorite Quotes:

"Blessed are we doctors often unable to remove illness, blessed are we if we remember that we have in the presence of sick people, not only bodies to cure, but also divine and eternal souls, and we must love them as ourselves."  - St. Giuseppe Moscati


 “Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit,”  ~ “Perhaps one day it will be pleasing to remember “Even these things with joy.”  - Virgil in the Aeneid 


"Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler" ("Let the good times roll")  - New Orleans

Plans after residency:  Hopefully back down to New Orleans but open to anything including Global Health, Direct Primary Care, and practicing with Fertility Awareness Based Methods. In your search for residency look for places that will bring out the best in you and help you flourish as a person as well as a future doctor. Also don't be afraid of some adventure!

Abby Gaffner

Hometown:  Greenville, Illinois
Undergraduate:  University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign
Medical School:  A.T. Still University KCOM

I grew up on a multigenerational grain and dairy farm in Southern, Illinois (45 minutes from St. Louis) surrounded by corn, cows, and lots of cousins - a rare occurrence in many places, except in Kansas!


I had always known that I wanted to pursue medicine as a career from the time I was in 6th grade. However, it was during my time in college at the University of Illinois (ILL!) that I had experiences that profoundly shaped my career goals. Summer after my freshman year, I shadowed a group of family doctors at an urban Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in St. Louis. Every day in the clinic, patients would share their stories and struggles with us. These patients' faith and resilience in the face of trials inspired me. I was equally as inspired by the family docs I worked with and their deep concern for both the healing of their patients and their community. I watched as they utilized a broad skillset:  prenatal care, procedures, sports medicine, behavioral health, and HIV medicine, to reduce barriers their patients had in accessing specialists. From here, I was introduced to an organization called Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF), a network of primary care physicians living out the gospel through healthcare among the underserved in the US. Through this organization, I have gained lifelong mentors who have taught me the true meaning of the parable of the Good Samaritan to “love your neighbor as yourself”. 


After college, I followed in my medical mentor’s footsteps (a D.O.) and started medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville. After doing COVID-school for 2 years in Kirksville, I had the unique opportunity to move to Jersey City, New Jersey to complete my clinical rotations. My time in Jersey City was transformative as I had the opportunity to train in a multicultural city, teach ESL to Spanish-speaking families, and attend a church with believers from all over the world. These experiences further committed me to a career in family medicine in an underserved community where I hope to emulate the work of the Christian physicians who have gone before and to “love my neighbor as myself”. 


Why Via Christi?  
My priority in family medicine residency was this: trustworthy medical training - with an emphasis on OB, clinic procedures, and developing any tools needed to work at FQHC -  in an environment where I could professionally, relationally, and spiritually thrive. 


To find this program, I interviewed at full-spectrum programs across the country and rotated at three of them. Via Christi was my first Sub-I early into 4th year and became the measuring stick. The Via Christi residents spoke for themselves - they were confident, competent and evidence-based. The OB volume was remarkable and my week of medicine was rigorous and had a strong teaching environment. Every day of my sub-I, I felt both intellectually challenged and filled with joy. Making my rank list was difficult, but what set Via Christi apart was the medical, OB, and procedural training combined with the mission-minded residents and faculty passionate about serving vulnerable populations. 


I am thrilled to be training at Via Christi where I know I will build a diverse toolset to serve the underserved no matter if my career takes me to a rural, urban, or international setting. 


Passions/Hobbies:  Hosting friends and cooking for big groups! My local church. Illini sports (ILL!). 


Favorite Books: Psalms. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Knowing God by J.I. Packer. 

Plans after residency:  As a National Health Service Corp (NHSC) scholar, I intend to practice a broad scope at an FQHC (not sure if rural or urban) with special interests in obstetrics, clinic procedures, HIV medicine, and serving immigrant families.

Alec Hampton

Hometown:  Pratt, Kansas
Undergraduate:  Newman University
Medical School:  Kansas City University

I was born and raised in rural Kansas in a town known for its quirky water towers and pizza tacos. My parents have an accounting firm, which they grew while raising me and my four siblings. Growing up, I enjoyed a lot of things including academics and sports, although my parents probably knew they weren’t raising the next Michael Jordan. I had a few exposures to medicine at some pretty impressionable moments in my life that caused me to shift my focus toward the future. The family medicine doctors I’d known since I was a child taught me what it meant to be a physician, and I developed a passion for Family Medicine. I met my wife, Kylie, in college at Newman University, and we were married the year after we graduated. Not long into marriage and barely into medical school, we learned we were no longer a family of two. Near the middle of my first year of school, we were blessed with our daughter, Gianna. Kylie was in Wichita, well into her third year of medical school and taking care of a newborn, while I studied up in Kansas City. The pandemic actually worked in our favor, letting our family live together while we finished up school. We loved our little family so much that we decided to add to it, and our son Elijah was born during my fourth year of school. The four of us stay pretty busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!


Why Via Christi? 
Family medicine embodies everything I believe a physician should be. Like the doctors I grew up around, I want to be there for my patients for whatever needs they have. For me, there isn’t any other option besides full-spectrum family medicine training. While being a KCU-Core student is a great way to get to know the program, I took it one step further by being married to one of the residents. In a way, the decision felt like it had already been made because I felt I belonged to the family long before applications began. I felt my choice for this program was led by friends, family, and God. Via Christi not only has the qualities of a robust full-spectrum family medicine program but the spirit as well. You can tell by the kinds of residents it attracts, and by the faculty who nurture its existence. VCFM is the place where I know I am challenged to become the best physician, spouse, father, and disciple I can be.


Passions/Hobbies:  Family time, board games (especially chess), movies, books, camping, backpacking, running, singing, craft beers, scotch, cigars and good conversation.


Favorite Books:  Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson, Man's Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl


Favorite Quotes:

“Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.”  – George Carlin

“Beware of unearned wisdom.”  – Carl Jung

"The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness"  – Pope Benedict XVI

"Memento Mori"


Plans after residency:  We plan to end up somewhere in Kansas, practicing full spectrum Family Medicine.

Katie Hrencher

Hometown:  Hiawatha, Kansas
Undergraduate:  Kansas State University
Medical School:  University of Kansas - Wichita


I grew up in Hiawatha, KS, as the daughter of two family medicine physicians, and wanted to be a doctor since before I could remember. Scrubbing in on my first C-section in high school solidified that desire, and sparked my excitement for rural medicine. I met my husband Jacob in high school, and we got married shortly after graduating from K-State. Six months into medical school I convinced my husband we absolutely needed a puppy, so Evi, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, entered our lives. Now our house is covered in corgi hair and our phones are filled with pictures of her. 


Why Via Christi?

As I was lucky enough to go to KUMC-W, Via Christi was always the standard to which I compared other residencies, with OB, C-sections, and procedures being my main focus. While I found other residencies that had similar numbers, the people and culture at Via Christi were unlike anywhere else. During my Sub-I I felt at home and could easily visualize myself working here.  And I love being a part of the legacy of Via Christi graduates serving rural Kansas. 


Passions/Hobbies:  Hiking and camping are my favorite ways to spend time, but if I have a weekend at home you’ll usually find me in the garden.  


Favorite Podcasts:  National Parks after Dark, Ologies


Favorite Book:  The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson 

Plans after residency:  My husband and I plan to move back to small-town Kansas and practice full-spectrum family medicine. Outpatient, inpatient, ED and lots and lots of OB. 

Kayla Kruse

Hometown:  Bettendorf, Iowa
Undergraduate:  University of Iowa
Medical School:  Carver College of Medicine (University of Iowa)


Hi there! I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa (one of the four Quad Cities) with my parents and older brother. My childhood was filled with tromps through the woods, "frog hunts" i.e. swatting my net at leaping frogs at the pond, mud up to my knees, and endless hours spent swimming. I also grew up with parents in the medical field, with my dad a pharmacist and my mom a retired rad tech.  So in addition to the sunshine days, I also had overnights in the "dark room" of the radiology department. During these nights, my mom taught me about anatomy and caring for others, initiating the spark of interest in healthcare that has taken me on this journey. Fast forward many years, and I am overjoyed to take on this next step to becoming a full-spectrum family medicine doctor at Via Christi! My partner, Dan, our golden retriever, Bix (named after a running race in the Quad Cities), and our cat, Lucy, join me on this journey - we are so excited to be here! 


Why Via Christi? 

Even before the residency hunt, I was told time and time again to check out Via Christi. I was told the OB training is one of the best experiences you could get in a family medicine program and that if I wanted to be a full-spectrum family medicine doctor, I should try my best to go here. I then had the opportunity to work with several doctors who did their residency here at Via Christi (Dr. Brent Owen and others up in Algona, Iowa), who showed me excellence in all areas of family medicine, including obstetrics and women's health which are strong interests of mine. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to continue my training at Via Christi and cannot wait to see where the road takes me. 



Anything outdoors (hiking, biking, pickle ball, xc skiing, camping), reading, cooking/eating good food, traveling (featuring the photo of me in Greece), swimming 


Favorite Podcast: 

The Moth Radio Hour


Favorite Books:  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Beartown by Fredrik Backman 


Favorite Bands:  Hozier, Noah Kahan, Dave Matthews Band, Wild Rivers, Taylor Swift 


Plans after residency:  After residency I hope to practice full-spectrum medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics and women's health. 

Corinna Lemke

Hometown:  Garden City, Kansas
Undergraduate:  University of Kansas
Medical School:  University of Kansas School of Medicine - Kansas City/Wichita


Hi!  I'm from Garden City, Kansas, a small-ish town in southwest Kansas and one of the most geographically isolated towns in the country. Growing up in a town that's far from everything taught me the importance of relationships. It doesn't matter where you are -- it's the people you are there with. I love Kansas and the people who live here, and I am so thankful to have been able to stay for college, medical school, and now residency! I am passionate about rural family medicine & hope to stay in Kansas and make a difference as a full-spectrum rural family med doc!


Why Via Christi? 

I was able to do a Sub-Internship with Via Christi during my fourth year of medical school and fell in love with the program. The high intensity and large volume is there, but so is immense support from faculty and residents. I immediately felt comfortable and a sense of belonging. I am so glad to have been chosen to be part of the team! Staying in Wichita is a huge perk as well!


Passions/Hobbies:  Any time spent with my family, friends, and boyfriend is time well spent! On days off, you might find me on a long walk or run with my dog, Millie, and boyfriend, Zach. We usually end up stopping at one of the many yummy local coffee shops in Wichita! I also love cooking, baking, gardening, yoga, reading, podcasts, and music.


Favorite Quote:  “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”  -St. Catherine of Siena


Plans after residency:  Serving the underserved - be it rural medicine, a federally qualified health center, or something I haven't discovered I am passionate about yet!

Rebekah McAdam

Hometown:  Wichita, Kansas
Undergraduate:  Friends University
Medical School:  University of Kansas - Wichita


Hello! I was born in Northern Ireland but made my way to Kansas at a young age, so Wichita has been where I have called home for most of my life. Growing up, I always wanted to work in the medical field and shadowed in nearly every area before deciding on medicine after spending a summer in Zambia at a Christian mission hospital.  Throughout my time in college and medical school, a desire to work internationally using medicine and missions to help those in underserved areas led me to family medicine. 


I grew up with four brothers, and my parents live on a small hobby farm (donkeys, goats, sheep), so I enjoy spending time with them and then traveling to new places both in the US and overseas!


Why Via Christi?

When I decided on family medicine, I knew I wanted to go somewhere that would provide the training I wanted in obstetrics and also be trained by and have mentors who have a heart for global health. Via Christi has both of those and so much more in the training it provides for inpatient medicine, clinic, and procedures as well as the value it places on community within the residency and Wichita as a whole. 


Passions/Hobbies:  I became a runner during COVID and enjoy the flat lands of Kansas for running outside when the weather cooperates! I enjoy reading biographies, making desserts, growing my indoor plant collection, and hosting friends!


Favorite Books:  God's Double Agent, Breaking Cover, Unbroken, Being Mortal, Redeeming Love, The Insanity of God


Favorite Quotes:

 “Serving God is not a matter of location, but a matter of obedience.”

― Nik Ripken, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected


Romans 8:28 (ESV)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.


Plans after residency:  International medical missions in a rural community 

Peter McCullough

Hometown:  Lander, Wyoming
Undergraduate:  Wyoming Catholic College / Franciscan University of Steubenville
Medical School:  University of Washington


Howdy! I’m Pete- I’m the middle child of 7. I grew up on an apple orchard in rural Western Washington but moved to Wyoming when I was 17. I attended a small Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming where I spent my time learning to speak, read, and write in Latin, reading classical theology and philosophy, horseback riding into the Wind River Range, teaching backpacking and mountaineering courses, and chasing elk, lion, and deer on the weekends.


After school I worked simultaneously volunteering in search and rescue while working a day job in direct care in a traumatic brain injury unit. It was both these experiences that started the fire that eventually grew into a plan to enter medicine. After my time in the TBI unit I spent about a year working for a federally funded non-profit and worked investigating abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities across the state of Wyoming. After this I entered the oilfield and worked my way up from a roughneck on a workover rig to eventually becoming a field engineer and leaving the oilfield 4 years later as the Senior Lead Field Engineer for a large oilfield company in Williston, North Dakota.


Ultimately, my heart was always drawn back to medicine. My love-language is gift giving and what better gift than to be able to give the gift of good health? I went back to school and crammed another degree in biology with a minor in chemistry along with an enormous amount of ocular tumor immunology into 4 semesters. I applied to medical school, and by the Grace of God I’m here in residency now at Via Christi. 


Why Via Christi?

I chose Via Christi in large part because of the bios that I found on this very page. I initially did not know about Via Christi, but a friend pointed it out to me well past the application deadlines. I took a shot in the dark and applied and was put on a waiting list- and the rest was history. When I read through the bios I was struck at how comfortable people were talking about what they really cared about, and it felt like I was reading about a group of “my people.” There were very similar backgrounds, experiences, and interests to my own and the residency offered everything I wanted in terms of volume, exposure, and culture. 


Passions/Hobbies:  I spend my free time building Jeeps (some of them can drive underwater!), gold-panning on my gold claim, guiding elk, deer, and mountain lion hunts, backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, canyoneering, and SCUBA diving. Other hobbies include competitive shooting, reloading, fly-fishing, sailing, welding, hunting for dinosaur bones, skiing, building computers, reading, writing letters, cooking, drawing, and traveling (managed to make it to essentially the entire US and most of Europe so far!)


Favorite Book The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien - the Tale of Beren and Luthien is truly the greatest romance ever told. 


Favorite Quote:  “But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while they still endure for eyes to see, are ever their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion


Plans after residency:  Full spectrum rural family medicine in the smallest town that will hire me in the Rockies.

Benjamin Nelson

Hometown:  Opp, Alabama
Undergraduate:  Auburn University
Medical School:  University of Alabama at Birmingham


I am an only child and first generation college student born and raised in rural, south Alabama on 40 acres, where my family dabbled with cattle, pigs, gardening, and chickens. I got inspiration to pursue FM partly from my own family doctor and partly from disfavor of the highly specialized but hardly personalized direction that medicine is headed. I met my wife Allie, who's now a practicing PA, at a premedical summer internship, and we have an Aussie Doodle named Moose. 


Why Via Christi? 

Of the few FM programs left that train full-spectrum family physicians (in the broadest sense of what that could mean), Via Christi rose to the top. With no geographical preference for residency, I considered several of these programs. Via Christi was repeatedly brought up, either as the bar to beat or as the training site of the most prized faculty. During my sub-i here, it became apparent why this place has such a respected reputation nationwide. The faculty are approachable, vastly informed, and supportive (both educationally and spiritually); residents bond like none I witnessed elsewhere; and there is unanimous dedication among faculty and residents to train full-spectrum capable physicians, which means outstanding procedural, POCUS, and OB training. I was also impressed by the organized and common-sense approach taken to carry out these things. 


Passions/Hobbies:  mountain biking, film photography, vintage trucks/motorcycles, learning Spanish, pickleball, mechanic work


Favorite Podcasts: 

The Joe Rogan Experience

Lex Fridman Podcast


Favorite Books:

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willinck

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

1984 by George Orwell


Most Frequently Remembered Quotes:

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."  - Chinese Proverb


"No man ever steps in the same river twice. For he's not the same man and it's not the same river."  - Heraclitus


Plans after residency:  Rural, full-spectrum family medicine, likely in Alabama where our families live

Graham Pankratz

Hometown:  Hillsboro, Kansas
Undergraduate:  MidAmerica Nazarene University
Medical School:  University of Kansas - Wichita


Hey there! I grew up just 50 miles north of Wichita in the rural town of Hillsboro, Kansas where I was the third of four siblings (older sister, older brother, younger sister). I didn't have any "medically-inclined" personal connections/role models growing up, but I did have two parents who encouraged me to wholeheartedly pursue my passions and interests. Their encouragement and my passions led me to MidAmerica Nazarene University for undergraduate studies, where I was fortunate to receive an excellent biology/chemistry education in a transformative Christlike community. Though not initially pursuing medicine while at MNU, I had several incredible faculty mentors that encouraged me to do so and I will always be grateful that they did. Medicine is where I truly felt that I would be able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in my community in an intellectually stimulating and fulfilling way. I married my high school sweetheart, Shelby, in the summer between graduating from MNU and starting medical school where I would go on to spend my two pre-clinical years in Kansas City and my two clinical years in Wichita. Shelby received her nursing degree while at MNU, and while working as pediatric nurse has also taken on a second full-time job as my greatest supporter and encourager to help get me where I am today. We welcomed a Bernedoodle, Kona, into our lives at the beginning of medical school and then welcomed our daughter, Presley, into our lives near the end of medical school.


Why Via Christi?

Via Christi was a no-brainer top choice for me as I considered where I would complete my family medicine residency. Having spent my clinical years here in Wichita, I got to work with Via Christi residents and faculty on many rotations and it was evident to me that Via Christi attracted and trained the exact type of family physician I aspired to be. With these connections, I was forced to compare every other program I interviewed with to what I knew best - and none came close. Equipped, personable, and community focused, I couldn't imagine NOT training here. At Via Christi, I could be confident that my family and I would be joining a program that would come alongside us throughout my training, supporting both professional and personal goals we share.


Passions/Hobbies:  Outside of medicine, I especially enjoy fine coffee brewing, camping/backpacking, cooking, trying new whiskeys/bourbons, and spending time with Shelby, Presley, and Kona exploring local parks, restaurants, and coffee shops.


Favorite Quotes:

From Psalm 62, "Truly my soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."

From an admirable medical school preceptor, "Life is good"


Favorite Books:

Greenlights - Matthew McConaughey, Denali's Howl - Andy Hall, 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness - Eric Metaxas

Plans after residency:  We will be sticking around the Sunflower State after residency, but we're not at this point sure where that will be. I plan to practice broad-scope family medicine in a rural or small community, with particular interests in obstetrical care, clinic procedures, diabetes management, substance-use disorder care, and sports medicine. Outside of medicine, I hope to someday serve my community in another way, with dreams of opening a coffee shop and employing individuals with disabilities.

George Rees

Hometown:  Opelousas, Louisiana
Undergraduate:  University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Medical School:  Louisiana State University New Orleans


I grew up in a small town in southern Louisiana with my four sisters and surrounded by cow pastures. My father, a rural family physician, was my first inspiration to become a doctor. The admiration our community had for him was evident from a young age, and I knew I wanted to impact people the way he did. 


I took a nontraditional path to medical school. It included a year of studying to be a Catholic priest and two years working with men, women, and children experiencing homelessness as an employee of Catholic Charities. These two experiences were instrumental in fostering my desire to become a family physician, and allowed me to discover a passion for serving the most vulnerable, underserved members of our society.


I married my wife, Celeste, at the end of my first year of medical school in the midst of COVID stay at home orders. We welcomed our son, Ambrose, at the end of my second year of medical school.


I'm an avid golfer and love restoring antique furniture in my spare time. If I couldn't be a family physician, I'd either own an antique shop or flip houses for a living.


My future plans are to return to southern Louisiana to practice full scope family medicine with obstetrics in a rural community. In the meantime, I am enjoying my time away from the swamps of Louisiana and soaking in all that Wichita has to offer!


Why Via Christi? 

Initially, it was the broad spectrum training. However, after interviewing and visiting for a second look, it was also the people.


The fellowship among the faculty, residents, and spouses is unparalleled. It was such a nice surprise to see that residents and faculty were just as interested in my wife as they were in me during our visits. My wife told me at the beginning of my application season that if we were going to leave Louisiana for residency, she would need a program with great spousal support. At the end of our first visit, it was clear Via Christi provided the community we had been looking for.


Passions/Hobbies:  Golf, running, refinishing antique furniture


Favorite Books:  He Leadeth Me, Death Comes for the Archbishop, the Harry Potter Series


Favorite TV Shows:  Any Star Wars series on Disney+, Downton Abbey, The Crown, Anything on HGTV


Favorite Quotes:  "A life not lived for others is not a life.”  - Mother Teresa; "Faith is not an illusion, a flight of fancy, a refuge or sentimentalism; rather it is total involvement in the whole of life and is the proclamation of the Gospel, the Good News that can set the whole of the person free."  - Pope Benedict XVI


Plans after residency:  Return to rural southwestern Louisiana to practice full scope family medicine

Jerad Rogers

Hometown:  Wichita, Kansas
Undergraduate:  Wichita State University
Medical School:  University of Kansas - Wichita


I was born and raised in Wichita, KS by two incredible parents who served as great role models for my two sisters and me. I certainly had many blessings growing up on the east side of Wichita with such a supportive family, church, and social group who always encouraged education and community service. 


After graduating from high school, I went to Wichita State University to study biomedical engineering but discovered along the way that serving others through the vehicle of medicine was where I was meant to be. A life goal of mine was always to serve in the Peace Corps so after graduating from WSU in 2017, I began my service as a Community Health Educator in the southern part of Belize in a small Mayan village called Conejo Creek. The two-year placement taught me many things (including how to speak Q’eqchi’ Mayan!) but ultimately solidified the desire to study medicine with the goal to eventually revisit to the international stage as part of my regular practice. I returned in 2019 and was lucky enough to begin medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.  


Why Via Christi?

I was drawn to family medicine because it incorporates every specialty of medicine at every age range over a long period of time. I discovered during my time at KU that VCFM truly trains their residents to practice broad-scope medicine in any setting or resource requirement. Outside of the unparalleled training, I found residents that were friendly, eager to teach, and showed tremendous character and I knew fairly quickly that I wanted to emulate them when I would reach residency. It is also a unique opportunity to train as a resident in my hometown and I am looking forward to providing medical care to the community that helped create the man I am today!



My family and my faith are my two biggest passions other than medicine and I try my best to give them the ultimate priority for my time. Outside of that, my hobbies include running, basketball, and watching one of the many outstanding Kansas sports teams (Go Chiefs! Go Shox!). I’m a big pet guy and have an aussie/border collie mix name Mak that is the ultimate fetch partner and always keeps me on my toes. I also love music and my annual top 50 Spotify playlist often includes every genre there is!  


Favorite Podcasts:  Curbsiders, everything by Fr. Mike Schmitz


Favorite Books:  Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity; Favorite 


Plans after residency:  I aim to practice broad-scope medicine with inpatient, outpatient, and OB. After a few years in practice, I plan to go spend some time doing international medicine and looking specifically at Doctors without Borders! 

Mikaela Snell

Hometown:  Centennial, Colorado
Undergraduate:  Adams State University
Medical School:  Rocky Vista University


Hey there! I am a born and raised Colorado native, growing up in a close-knit family of four in the suburbs of south Denver. I grew up playing competitive soccer from an early age and for all four years of college. Following college, I took two gap years working as an Emergency Department scribe and a middle school coordinator for a Denver-based church. From these experiences, I knew I wanted a healthcare career focused on building meaningful relationships with people. 


I met my husband, Jonathan, during medical school, and we got married just before graduation. We have navigated all of the steps of medical school, and now residency, side-by-side. He is an anesthesiology resident at KU-Wichita!  We have a golden retriever named Mila, who loves a good walk and meeting other pups.


Family medicine seemed like the natural fit for me with the foundation in building long-term relationships with patients from all ages and the ability to practice in a variety of areas such as OB and sports medicine. 


Why Via Christi? 

A majority of my preceptors during my third-year family medicine rotation graduated from Via Christi, and they were the most competent, friendly, and compassionate physicians to work with. After spending a month at Via Christi during my fourth year, I was even more impressed by the work ethic, knowledge, and kindness all of the residents possessed, and I knew Via Christi was the right place for me. I was certain Via Christi would support and guide me in both my professional goals as a family medicine physician and personally by providing a supportive community.


Passions/Hobbies:  I enjoy most outdoor activities, but hiking, running, and playing soccer are my favorites. I also love gardening and attempting to keep my collection of indoor plants alive and watching as many professional football and soccer games as possible. 


Favorite Podcasts:  Any true crime podcasts, but “My Favorite Murder” is my favorite one.


Plans after residency:  I may head back to Colorado with my husband, Jonathan, to be closer to family. I am interested in sports medicine, OB, and academic medicine, so this is still to be determined!

Paul Seraly

Hometown:  Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate:  University of Pittsburgh
Medical School:  University of Pittsburgh


Hi! I grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA with my parents, three siblings, and surrounded by my loving extended family of grandparents, aunts/uncles, and many cousins. I stuck around the area for college and medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. Most of my family is in medicine but it wasn't until the end of my freshman year of college that I decided I would pursue medicine, too! I'm thankful for the many opportunities that came from that decision.


Why Via Christi?

I heard about Via Christi during my third year of medical school and was fortunate to have scheduled a Sub-I for the fall of my fourth year. My month at Via Christi exceeded all of my expectations! An intern, Olivia, and her husband, Jared, hosted me for the month and I immediately felt at home. From playing pickleball together to going to the Kansas State Fair, the three of us had many great times together which definitely added to the experience. Throughout my Sub-I, I was blown away by the welcoming community of residents and attendings that I worked with during each of the weekly rotations. When application season came around, I had no question that Via Christi would not only provide me with the best training but also the formation I need to authentically care for my patients and community. 


Passions/Hobbies:  Bouldering, acrylic painting, hunting/fishing, slack lining, jewelry making (with my Grandpap!)


Favorite Podcast:

Catechism in a Year by Fr. Mike Schmitz


Favorite Quotes: 

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care"  -Theodore Roosevelt


"Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Without sacrifice, there is no love."  -St. Maximilian Kolbe


"It is not enough to say prayers: we must become, be prayer, prayer incarnate. All of life, each act, each act, every gesture, even the smile of the human face, must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. One should offer not what one has but what one is."  -Paul Evdokimov


"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -Maya Angelou

Hayden True

Hometown:  The mountains of central Wyoming
Undergraduate:  Casper College; University of Wyoming
Medical School:  University of Washington


I was born and raised in the mountains of Wyoming, where summers are beautiful but short and the winters are cold and windy. While I have chosen not to pursue my family heritage with a career in agriculture, I nonetheless have a special place in my heart for wild places and salt-of-the-earth people who are rooted in rural communities. I hope to return to rural Wyoming to serve my community, though I also anticipate a career in international medicine somewhere along the way.


I take extra joy in finding common ground with people I meet and love the opportunity to form longitudinal relationships with patients in Family Medicine. I enjoy thinking deeply about each patient and getting nerdy in the details of medical conditions and pathophysiology. This is extra fun to do on inpatient services and critical care, though really I'm not picky.


Why Via Christi? 

At the AAFP conference my 4th year of medical school, I stopped by the Via Christi booth mostly by accident. I was instantly struck by the aura of warmth and intentionality found in the conversations I had with faculty and residents. Not only does Via Christi offer incredible training and opportunities, but also a call to something greater. This sense of purpose and community is a rare find and something I knew I couldn't pass up. I knew I wouldn't have to compromise camaraderie and meaningful relationships to pursue my passions in medicine.


Passions/Hobbies:  Fishing, watercolor painting, delicious coffee, cultivating anything that grows (I'm waiting for a breakout career in mushroom farming)


Favorite Podcasts:  ClincialProblemSolvers, Outlaw Ocean, Bad Blood, Outside Podcast, History That Doesn't Suck... and lots more 


Favorite Books When Breath Becomes Air. Anything by Brandon Sanderson or CS Lewis


Favorite Quotes: 

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn't really matter.” - D.L. Moody


"God is still on the throne" - my mom


Plans after residency:  international medicine vs rural family medicine 

Jakob Tsosie

Hometown:  Spring Creek, Nevada
Undergraduate:  Montana State University
Medical School:  Tufts University 


Yá'át'ééh! I am a Diné (Navajo) and Newe (Western Shoshone) man hailing from northeastern Nevada, where I was raised by my amazing parents, Richard and Nyree, and grew up with my awesome younger sister, Aliyah. I spent my winters sledding and building snow forts on our 2 acres of land and spent my summers riding ATVs on Nevada’s vast network of dirt roads and hiking and camping in the most criminally underrated mountains in the world.


I might have lived in a small town, but I nonetheless had phenomenal teachers who instilled in me a love for the sciences, especially biology, from an early age. I decided to study cell biology and neuroscience when I left home for Montana State. It was while at college that my life changed forever when I received and fell in love with Jesus, and I soon found myself spending the lion’s share of my free time shepherding other college students in their own walks with Christ. The other life-changing thing that happened to me at Montana State was meeting my beautiful wife, Megan, in 2015. We started dating and got engaged in 2016, and we were wed in the summer of 2017.


We moved to Boston in 2019 so I could start medical school at Tufts University. Despite living in a big city during a pandemic, we found amazing friends and community, and Boston had plenty of great food and even greater running trails to keep us busy! Megan started and finished a Master’s degree while there, and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in November 2022! As for me, I realized more and more that I needed a career in medicine that would combine my love for science with my passion for “pastoring”; thus, I pursued a career in family medicine!


Why Via Christi?

I was first drawn to VCFM because of the crazy breadth of training it offers. As someone who wants to practice in an area where primary care physicians are few and far between, I will need to be confident in everything from delivering babies to admitting geriatric patients to the local hospital. It became readily apparent early on that a program like Via Christi could train its residents to become confident in doing just such things.


But what set VCFM apart from other similar programs was its people. The faculty were kind and not self-serious. The residents had fun with and genuinely cared for each other, and their families were seen not as awkward encumbrances but as essential members of the cohort. I knew I would be encouraged in both my career and in my faith at Via Christi, surrounded by the kinds of people and doctors I hope myself to one day become.


Passions/Hobbies:  Running, hiking, camping, playing the piano, theology, linguistics/philology, Romantic Era classical music


Favorite Books:  Gilead (Marilynne Robinson), The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), There There (Tommy Orange), Desiring God (John Piper), Spiritual Friendship (Aelred of Rievaulx)


Favorite Hikes:  Ruby Crest Trail (Ruby Mountains, NV), Lava Lake (Spanish Peaks, MT), Franconia Ridge Loop (White Mountains, NH)


Favorite Bands/Artists:  AJR, Josh Garrels, Wilder Adkins, UPPERROOM, Jonathan David & Melissa Helser


Favorite Composers:  Chopin, Mahler, Schubert, Liszt, Beethoven


Plans after residency:  I want to return to the Mountain West to practice in a rural setting. My wife, on the other hand, is convinced we should become lifelong Wichitans. I guess we'll see who gets his/her way in the end!

Dane Wilson

Hometown:  Gothenburg, Nebraska
Undergraduate:  University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Medical School:  Kansas City University

I grew up on a farm southwest of Gothenburg, Nebraska. While I learned several valuable skills from helping dad out on the farm, I quickly discovered that driving a tractor was not going to be the thing for me. My mother worked as a nurse for many years. I got to see firsthand the passion that she had for her work, caring for patients, thus she was highly influential in my pursuit of medicine. 

After graduating from Gothenburg High School in 2011, my educational journey took me to Lincoln (Go Big Red despite how rough things have been for the football team the past 10-15 years) for my undergraduate degree, Omaha for my masters degree, and then onto Joplin, MO (KCU has two campuses - one in KC, one in Joplin) for medical school. I have been truly grateful for the people I have met and the experiences I have had throughout my educational path. As I have continued through my medical education, my interests have strongly shifted toward obstetrics and newborn care. 


I have three siblings - Ashley, Ben, and Nolan - who all live in Nebraska. Between Ashley and Nolan, I have five nephews (I really want a niece) who are all so fun to play with. My family has been ever so supportive in my path to becoming a doctor. I am usually reading, playing video games, or trying to cook something new in my spare time. I am only consistently good at the first two, though I’ve learned one can make a dish super tasty with enough pepper, garlic, and other aromatics. 


Why Via Christi?

Throughout my interview trail and 4th year sub-I rotations, I continually compared each program to my experience at Via Christi. I was fortunate to do my third year of clinical rotations in Wichita, working with the Via Christi residents. The residents and faculty were incredibly supportive, and I always felt valued and respected as part of the team. One of my fondest memories was my week of nights on OB and delivering my first baby with Dr. Scrafford and Dr. Eyan Roth. I completely fell in love with OB and really turned my attention toward strong OB programs.


In summary, Via Christi checked all the important boxes - strong OB and inpatient rotations, support and a sense of community and belonging from the residents and faculty, and ultimately a place where my training would not be limited in any way. Wanting to practice full scope family medicine, I know that Via Christi will provide me with the training and skill set to be able to do so. 


Passions/Hobbies:  Fishing, exercising, reading, cooking


Favorite Vacation:  Estes Park - love the beautiful outdoors of Colorado and the rainbow trout fishing is absolutely amazing. 


Plans after residency:  I hope to return to Nebraska to practice full scope family medicine with surgical OB.