Chief Resident

Rebecca Krewer, MD

Rebecca Krewer, MD

Bio

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Medical school: University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
Career/Research Interests:Primary care, preventative medicine, newborn nursery
After chief year: Outpatient general pediatrics with newborn nursery in Cedar Falls, IA
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, cooking, puzzles with husband Peter, cuddling my cat Maximus, movies/TV shows, casual baseball fan (Go Cardinals!)
Bio: I am Iowa born and raised and grew up in a medical household. Nature and animals were my entry point into science, and I fell in love with chemistry in high school. In college at the University of Northern Iowa, I had many great experiences working with children, so I decided medicine - and eventually pediatrics - was for me.  I chose Mizzou for residency because it is a University-based program with all the academic and research opportunities that setting offers, but is a smaller, more intimate residency and department where you can get to know everyone.  I decided to stay on as chief resident to help improve upon our already great residency and as 25% clinical instructor I keep up my clinical skills for after chief year.

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Class of 2024

Bilel Amor, MD

Bilel Amor, MD

Bio

Hometown: Ballwin, MO
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences - Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
Career/Research Interests: Pediatric outpatient medicine, medical informatics
After Residency: Undecided
Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, cars
Bio: I was born in Columbia, MO, then moved to St. Louis when I was 12, and now back to Columbia again.  I have 5 siblings, all of whom were born within the University of Missouri healthcare system, so coming back to Mizzou was a no-brainer for me. I went to undergrad at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and have a BS and a BA in biology, with a minor in chemistry.  I chose pediatrics because of the continuity of care from beginning of life, and throughout the transition into adulthood.  You get to appreciate the different stages of life, and the change in medicine associated with different ages.  Also, being one of the older siblings, I've always had experience with kids, and proudfully and boastfully accept the title of "Favorite Uncle" from my nieces, and yes, that's both maternal and paternal sides of their families.  
On my spare time, I love playing competitive sports, especially basketball and soccer.  Spending time with family is always a great/eventful experience.  My favorite movies are The Count of Monte Cristo (the newer one), The Prestige, and of course everything Marvel related.  Favorite read was the entire Harry Potter collection. 

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Jessica Doran, MD

Bio

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Medical School: University of Missouri – Columbia, MO
After Residency: General pediatrics
Hobbies/Interests: Pets (2 dogs and 2 cats), podcasts, trying new hobbies
Bio: I am originally from Sacramento, California but I did my undergrad at William Woods in Fulton, Missouri and medical school here at Mizzzou, so at this point I feel like a real Midwesterner! I love Columbia and I'm so happy I got to stay here for residency! I want to stay in the mid- Missouri area as a general pediatrician when I graduate. I love animals and I have four at home- a german shepherd, a golden retriever, and two cats. I would have even more if I had enough space!

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Catherine Du, MD, DSc

Catherine Du, MD, DSc

Bio

Hometown: Jingzhou, China / Calgary, Canada
Medical School: Wuhan University - Wuhan, China
Career/Research Interests: Primary care, childhood safety
After Residency: Both outpatient and inpatient pediatrics in a teaching/research institution in the mountains
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, traveling, roller coasters
Bio: Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor. After medical school, I had four years dermatology training in Boston. During that period, I started to realize my passion for children. As a mother of three, the need of me enjoying a connection with the families during work prompted my route into pediatrics. I vision myself as a connection point of the community I serve. I chose Mizzou, because it is a university-based program with all the academic and research opportunities in a small town! It’s just a sweet spot for me and my family.

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Josh Hall, DO

Josh Hall, DO

Bio

Hometown: Plain City, UT
Medical School: Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine – Las Cruces, NM
Career/Research Interests: Childhood obesity and metabolic disorders
After Residency: Hopefully stay somewhere in the Midwest and practice rural pediatric medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Piano, cooking, birding, and family
Bio: I grew up in a small town with about a thousand people. Growing up I was interested in classical piano and football. After graduation, I lived in Brazil for a couple of years where I served a mission for my church. I loved working with the people there so much that after returning home, I decided to minor in Spanish and incorporated this into my major, Zoology, studying birds on the Great Salt Lake and along their migration routes in Central/South America. I am married with three BEAUTIFUL daughters (ages 5, 3, and 1) who are the best part of my life. Ultimately, family is what attracted me to pediatrics. Family is most central in pediatric medicine, and I love working with families to make our kiddos better. 

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Dalia Ishaq, MD

Dalia Ishaq, MD

Bio

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Medical School: Loyola University – Chicago, IL
After Residency: Undecided
Hobbies/Interests: Learning new languages
Bio: I was born and raised in Ramallah, Palestine till age of 14 before I moved to Chicago, IL with my family. Moving to a new country during Freshman year of high school was quite the transition, yet it was a positive one! I met new people, practiced a new language, got introduced to new cultures, developed new hobbies, and discovered that my passion and strength lays in the sciences. By senior year, I received the POSSE scholarship to attend Denison University in Granville, OH where I chose to major in biochemistry. I recall that I have always been interested in either pediatrics or plastics (don’t ask me why…maybe because they rhyme) and therefore the next planned step was to attend medical school. Upon graduating from Denison, I went back to Chicago to attend Loyola Stritch school of medicine. After a challenging yet rewarding 4 years, I was meant to end up in pediatrics. Pediatrics is a rewarding and fun field, where else are you going to get a chance to interact with cute kids all day long and contribute to raising a healthy future generation. 
I chose Mizzou to complete my residency because I thrive in small and friendly environments. Medicine is a teamwork and having a close-knit group to complete this path with just makes residency more meaningful and enjoyable.
(P.S. I still put on the same face expression in my attached baby picture every time I enter a patient’s room) 

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Shanon Luke, MD

Shanon Luke, MD

Bio

Hometown: Stanberry, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Obesity prevention, child mental health, ACEs, trans health
After Residency: General pediatrics at an FQHC with well baby
Hobbies/Interests: Running, biking, concerts, wine
Bio: I grew up on a farm in a small town in Northwest Missouri. My interest in medicine started in high school when I realized what a need there is for physicians in rural areas. I received my undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Mizzou in 2016. When it came time to choose a medical school, staying at Mizzou was the ideal place for me to pursue a career in medicine because of the collaborative nature of the PBL program and the opportunities provided by the rural track program. From my first experience with pediatrics in med school, I couldn’t believe how excited I was to go to the hospital each morning and how much energy the kids gave me. The pediatrics program at Mizzou also offers the chance to serve a large geographic population, and I look forward to serving patients from all over the state. After residency, I hope to be a general pediatrician and an advocate for children in a rural community. Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, biking, cheering on Mizzou, the Chiefs, and the Royals, and enjoying all that Columbia has to offer! 

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Landon Olson, DO

Landon Olson, DO

Bio

Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Medical School: Kansas City University - Joplin, MO
Career/Research Interests: Preventative medicine, primary care, rural medicine
After Residency: General pediatrics, probably in a rural setting
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, biking, playing with my cats, bowling, watch sports (football, basketball, hockey, baseball)
Bio: My identical twin brother and I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2012 I started school on the other side of the state in Brookings, South Dakota at South Dakota State University. My main motivation for starting school at SDSU was the marching band, The Pride of the Dakotas, and being able to stay with my brother who wanted to pursue pharmacy at SDSU. Things ended up working out very well though and I met my future wife in the marching band at SDSU. My brother became a pharmacist in Gillette, Wyoming and I took a year off before medical school and worked as a Microbiology Teaching Assistant, a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home, and bottle-fed baby kittens Maggie and Theodore we ended up keeping and still have in Columbia. After that year I was accepted to the inaugural campus for Kansas City University in Joplin, Missouri. My now wife had just finished Nursing school and moved down to Joplin with me. In Joplin we made so many wonderful friendships and memories. I was a tutor and student ambassador at KCU and was also the secretary for our chapter of SOMA in Joplin. I proposed on July 4th 2018, she said yes and we began to plan our wedding for May 2020. During my 3rd year I did most of my rotations in South Dakota and worked with an amazing Pediatrician in Watertown, South Dakota, Dr. Nina Bishop, who helped solidify my choice to pursue Pediatrics. After 3rd year my wife and I were preparing for our wedding, but due to COVID we had a ceremony on Facebook live with an person ceremony later on May 2021.  My wife and I picked Mizzou because we loved the area. There is so much to do in Columbia, such as hiking, biking and food! In addition to the area, I loved my interview day I got the feeling that everyone was a tight knit family and I could feel the culture of learning and growth even though we were on Zoom for my interview season!

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Preston Wheeler, MD

Preston Wheeler, MD

Bio

Hometown: Yukon, OK
Medical School: University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, OK
Career/Research Interests: General pediatrics, Reach out and Read
After Residency: Undecided
Hobbies/Interests: Huge OU football fan! Golfing, duck hunting, live music, exercise, charcuterie boards.  I’d say traveling but I’m not that world traveled.
Bio: I grew up in Yukon, OK a suburb just outside of Oklahoma City. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. As a kid and even through undergrad, I knew medicine was extremely interesting to me and a path I wanted to follow. Staying true to my Sooner roots, I went to medical school at the University of Oklahoma in OKC. As I volunteered at clinics and went through my rotations, I found myself enjoying the days and the interactions where I was treating and working with my younger patients. Children are so unpredictable and amazingly resilient but also very vulnerable and I knew I wanted to be a part of the care that advocates for them. During my interview at Mizzou, I loved how welcoming the residents and faculty were and I was drawn to the resident driven culture this program offers. Missouri prides itself on developing outstanding general pediatricians while offering strong exposure to specialty care, which were both huge pluses for me as I’m still clueless on my plan for after residency. Columbia, the city, is such an amazing place to live and has so much to offer. I’m a huge college football fan and being able to go to a Tigers ballgame, on a Saturday afternoon, is tough to beat. While in Columbia I’ve loved getting to experience all the local restaurants and music venues, as well as lose all my golf balls at most of the golf courses in town. I’m excited for the future at Missouri Peds and all the friendships I will make along the way!

Preston Wheeler

Class of 2023

Rachel Couch, DO

Rachel Couch, DO

Bio

Hometown: Liberty, MO
Medical School: A. T. Still University Kirksville, MO
Career/Research Interests: Advocacy, mental health, foster care, OMM
After Residency:  Unknown
Hobbies/Interests: Crocheting, building/refurnishing furniture, decorating
Bio: I am a Missouri girl having grown up in the Kansas City area, went to undergraduate school at Drury University in Springfield, MO, and medical school in Kirksville, MO at A. T. Still University. Just like Missouri, pediatrics is a place where I am happiest and a place where I felt like I could be myself. I suppose growing up with brothers 8 and 11 years younger than me primed me to feel this way. They also made family very important to me. Pediatrics is filled with family care as we care for kids that were brought in by worried parents. This same concept is felt throughout the residency between residents and attendings. Every time I feel this sense of family and encouragement, I am so grateful to be here at Mizzou.

Rachel Couch

 

Shreeya Chugh, MBBS/MD

Shreeya Chugh, MBBS/MD

Bio

Hometown: Pune, India
Medical School: Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College - Pune, India
Career/Research Interests: Pediatric Endocrinology and Neonatology
After Residency:  Fellowship
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Cooking, Traveling, Sketching and Gardening
Bio: I am originally from the western part of India. Hailing from a family of physicians, medicine was a staple dinner table conversation. This inculcated in me a sense of empathy and compassion towards patients and humanity from a young age. My parents have been my biggest inspiration to pursue Medicine. After finishing my medical school, I started working at my parents’ hospital assisting gynecologists and pediatricians with the pre-natal and peri-natal care. It was then I realized that taking care of children gave me a sense of gratification and my interest lay in Pediatrics.
The Pediatric program at Mizzou has a perfect size for learning coupled with great training resources and a tight knit community. There is a wonderful support system here and the faculty makes time to guide and mentor you. As a city, Columbia has been a home away from home. It has a great food culture, music, good hiking trails, a cute downtown, easy commute, and everyone who I interacted with has been very welcoming.
In my free time, I catch up on my favorite tv shows, go on hikes, experiment with different cuisines, and recently trying my hand at gardening.

Shreeya Chugh

 

Savannah Davis, MD

Savannah Davis, MD

Bio

Hometown: Carthage, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Childhood obesity
After Residency: General pediatrics with focus in obesity, possibly as an army-civilian provider.  Possibly fellowship in nephrology or GI
Hobbies/Interests: Reality TV, baking desserts, and teaching my dog new tricks

Katie Guymon, DO

Katie Guymon, DO

Bio

Hometown: Centralia, Missouri
Medical School: Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Career/Research Interests: Vaccination education, preventative and well care of children
After residency: Outpatient
Hobbies/Interests: Golfing, spending time with friends and family
Bio: I grew up in mid-Missouri and attended the University of Missouri for my undergraduate education where I majored in Biochemistry. I ventured up to Iowa where I spent several very cold winters attending medical school at Des Moines University. I thoroughly enjoyed my time away but knew when considering where I wanted to complete my residency that it was the perfect time to move home!
I chose pediatrics because every day presents its own challenges, but children always make it brighter, happier, and more hopeful! Kids have amazing resiliency and are truly inspiring every day. I chose Mizzou because of the ability to train at an academic center in a setting with smaller class sizes and the ability to foster close relationships with your colleagues.
In my free time, I am most likely spending time with my husband, Kayden, and my family.

Katie Guymon

 

Varun Manohara, MD

Varun Manohara, MD

Bio

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: International public health
After Residency: undecided
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, watching Blues hockey, Cardinals baseball, FC Barcelona soccer, movies/TV shows, and running
Bio: I grew up in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where I majored in Medical Anthropology with minors in Biology and Spanish. After working as an EMT on the campus emergency support team at Washu, I decided to pursue a career in medicine. After completing my medical degree at University of Missouri-Columbia, I am thrilled to be part of our pediatrics program; our smaller program has a positive culture where residents can collaborate together and thrive.

Varun Manohara

 

Nicole Meyer, DO, MS

Nicole Meyer, DO, MS

Bio

Hometown: Perryville, MO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia
After residency: Most Likely Fellowship....in what? I have no idea!
Hobbies/Interests: Listening to audiobooks, watching my kids play sports, and spending time with my family
Bio: I was born and raised in a small town in Southeast Missouri on a family farm. If I wasn’t in a sprayer or combine, I was enjoying some kind of activity outside. Despite loving the country life, I decided to go to the city to attend undergrad at Saint Louis University where I majored in chemistry. A year later, I returned to get a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry.
I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, and because of my nurturing spirit and admiration for children, I found my calling in pediatrics. I chose Mizzou because I wanted to get back to my Missouri roots at a University-based program with a smaller class size. With that combination, there is reputable academic training with exceptional faculty and residents that become like family.
My husband, Todd, and I have three wonderful kids, Layne, Ella, and Audrey. If we weren’t busy enough, we thought it was a great idea to add our Goldendoodle, Finn, to our already crazy family during quarantine! In my free time, you can catch me on the sideline at one of my son’s sporting events or having a dance party in the living room with my girls!

Nicole Meyer

 

Elly Ranum, MD

Elly Ranum, MD

Bio

Hometown: Waunakee, Wisconsin
Medical School: University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Career/Research Interests: Rural Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
After Residency: Developmental-Behavioral Fellowship
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Gardening, Reading, Broadway Musicals, Watching Sports - especially basketball and football
Bio: I grew up in Waunakee, Wisconsin, a small town just outside of Madison. I attended UW-Madison (Go Badgers!) and earned my degree in Biology. I also attended UW-Madison Medical School and was a part of the rural medicine program. As part of this program, I moved to Green Bay (Go Packers!) and did my clerkships at a community hospital as well as a few outlying clinics. It was a great experience.
My family and my interest in science led me to a career in medicine. I come from a family of many healthcare workers including my grandparents and dad who also attended my same medical school. I was inspired by stories of how they made a difference in the lives of their patients and I hope to follow their path.
My interest in Pediatrics was sparked by my position as an in-home Autism Therapist that I held during my undergrad years. It was amazing to see children thrive through strong partnerships between families and providers.
I chose to come to Mizzou for residency because it had all of the things I was looking for in a program. It is a large academic center and yet it has a small tight-knit group of residents. When I interviewed here, all of the residents, and faculty were incredibly friendly and welcoming just like the city itself.

Elly Ranum

 

Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MD

Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MD

Bio

Hometown: Northern India
Medical School: N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences - Nagpur, India
Career/Research Interests: General Pediatrics; Primary Care
After residency: Rural Outpatient Pediatrics
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling; Exploring historical sites and national parks; Hiking; Table tennis; Reading; Watching movies; Cooking; Online shopping
Bio: I was born in a small town in the northern part of India. Belonging to a family of two generations of doctors, an interest in medicine sparked in me at a very young age, and has grown ever since.After graduating from high school, I enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) program at N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences. During my medical education, I really like working with children; and the preventative aspect of Pediatrics. Moreover, being from a family with long history of community service, I am very much interested in catering to healthcare needs of children, especially in underserved, rural settings.
In the past few years, I have lived in Los Angeles, a sprawling metropolis, and in Rolla, a small town with a population of less than 30,000. While large cities and small towns have their own pros and cons, I believe that Columbia represents the best of both worlds: it offers vibe and amenities of a large city, and, at the same time, the charm of a small town. I chose Pediatrics at Mizzou because it’s a small, focused program that provides a highly personalized learning experience. Also, General Pediatrics is one of the biggest strengths of Mizzou’s Pediatrics program, and it also provides healthcare to children of many underserved communities; which is very much in alignment with my long-term professional goals.

Shruti Sinha

 

Class of 2022

Sarah Christenberry, MD

Sarah Christenberry, MD

PL-3 Chief Resident

Bio

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
After Residency: Rural Outpatient Pediatrics
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, Kickboxing, Quilting, Reading, Anything outdoors, Playing with my canine siblings (Abby and Kensie), American History, Watching Clemson Football
Bio: I grew up in Charleston, SC and attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC where I majored in History and Biology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. I received a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences from Loyola University Chicago. I went to medical school at the University of South Carolina.
I always thought that I would be a teacher when I grew up, but I started working with kids with special needs in high school, which sparked my interest in medicine. I knew that pediatrics would be the only specialty that would make me happy in the long run. I chose Mizzou for the small class size as well as the opportunity to work with people with limited access to healthcare. I also wanted to experience life in a different part of the country.
In my free time, I love to bake and spend time outdoors. I will read pretty much anything I can find and love to sing along with the radio at the top of my lungs.

Sarah Christenberry, MD
Elizabeth Hagan, BS, MD

Elizabeth Hagan, BS, MD

Bio

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine - New Orleans, LA
After residency: General Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Health, Integrative Medicine, Neonatology, Pulmonology, all of the above?
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening Outreach,Cooking, Hiking, Integrative Medicine, Travel.
Bio: I am originally from Seattle, WA where I worked as a computer programmer before realizing that I had to follow my dream of becoming a pediatrician. Throughout my journey I have taken a number of twists and turns including teaching English in Japan for a few years, working with community gardens, being a bioinformatics translational medicine coordinator, founding a garden-based community outreach group, and helping develop an integrative medicine curriculum for medical students in Seattle, New Orleans, and New York City.
I have always been interested in whole-person health and Mizzou Pediatrics is a perfect place to learn all the different aspects of pediatrics while I discover how I can best serve our community. In addition to being a close, supportive, family-like program, there is a consistent emphasis on scholarship and excellence. Research and advocacy are supported from the top down and residents have many opportunities to shine as they develop a solid foundation in pediatric medicine.

Elizabeth Hagan

Jessica Johnson, MD

Jessica Johnson, MD

PL-3 Chief Resident

Bio

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Medical School: University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, ND
Career/Research Interests: General pediatrics
After Residency: Two years working with the Indian Health Services, after that I'll probably be doing general outpatient pediatrics somewhere
Hobbies/Interests: Playing and watching practically any sport, traveling, taking naps with my French bulldog, buying way too many things on Amazon prime
Bio: I grew up on the Kansas side of Kansas City and therefore went to many Jayhawk basketball games while wearing crimson and blue. I played competitive soccer throughout high school and in college at JCCC, Newman University in Wichita, and finally graduated from Rockhurst University in KC, MO with a bachelor's in biology. Then I ventured up to the great white north for 4 long years (and winters) of medical school in North Dakota, so you betcha, I'm thrilled to be back in the midwest for medical school.
I've always known I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, and I see pediatrics as a way to pay it forward for the amazing childhood I had. I chose Mizzou because I wanted a smaller sized residency program with attendings that could get to know me along with my strengths and weaknesses. Mizzou has a great reputation for training general pediatricians, and I know I'll receive an excellent education here. They're also very family oriented, and I will be forever grateful that my fiancé and I both will complete our residency training in Columbia.

Jessica Johnson, MD
Brandon Kozinski, DO

Brandon Kozinski, DO

Bio

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: Touro University Nevada -  Henderson, NV
Career/Research Interests: Preventative care, lifestyle management
After Residency: General pediatrics
Hobbies/Interests: Anything sports related baseball, golf and volleyball are my favorites, fishing, cooking, yard/board games, trying to learn guitar
Bio: I grew up in a family of four, plus one large dog on the south side of Milwaukee. I received my undergraduate education at St. Norbert College near Green Bay, WI where I was also part of the school’s baseball team. I then went to Touro University Nevada in the suburbs of Las Vegas for osteopathic medical school. It was during my pediatric hematology-oncology rotation where I knew I wanted to work with kids and adolescents. Seeing how resilient and positive children can be even when facing an uphill battle was inspiring and something I want to be a part of. My wife likes to say I’m a child at heart, so it seemed like a perfect fit for me. I also learned during medical school that the desert was not for me, and I wanted to move back to the Midwest where there is a strong sense of community, family and seasons. During my interview at Mizzou, I loved how welcoming the residents, faculty and staff were and the fact that you can receive big city medicine with a small town feel. Our relatively small class size allows us to know everyone in the program, and we can become a closer knit group. Columbia also has a great mix of things to do, and I’ve enjoyed exploring the local parks/trails, golfing and going out for ice cream.

Brandon Kozinsk

 

Brieanna Kroeger, MD

Brieanna Kroeger, MD

Bio

Hometown: Smithton, MO
Medical School: MU School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Rural Medicine, Primary Care
After Residency: After residency I will be joining a tight knit pediatrics group in Sedalia, MO and serving the communities that I love!
Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies include spelunking, hiking, fishing, camping, archery, sewing, crafting. I have interest in rural medicine, primary care, and mentoring rural students.
Bio: I grew up in Smithton, MO, a small farming town outside Sedalia. My family worked in trades and farming, and I graduated from Smithton High School with a class of 37 students. I stayed home for the start of my college career and used the A+ scholarship to get my Associates of Arts degree at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO. I then went to Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO to finish my bachelor’s degree in Biology before making the big jump to the city for medical school at the University of Missouri- Columbia.
Growing up I knew that I was different, I had an insatiable interest in science and medicine.  By mid-elementary, I figured out that all of my quirks were all attributes that would make medicine a great career path for me. Even at a young age, I always imagined myself caring for children as a doctor and all of my experiences in shadowing and clinicals reinforced my love for caring for the pediatric population.
Mizzou Pediatrics was always my number one choice when it came to residency programs. I interviewed at some great programs, but I always found myself comparing them to my gold standard of my home program. No matter how I looked at it, none of the other programs could beat the combination of our fantastic faculty, close-knit residents, proximity to my hometown and the small city environment of Columbia. Women’s and Children’s large catch area was attractive because it meant that I would get to take care of the kids of rural mid-Missouri, while still in residency. At the end of the day, I knew that I would be happiest and be able to make the biggest impact at Mizzou.

Brieanna Kroeger, MD
Spencer Lambdin, MD

Spencer Lambdin, MD

PL-3 Chief Resident

Bio

Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Pediatric Hospitalist, but I’m open to other sub-specialties trying to recruit me…especially if they try to bribe me with food.
After residency: Almost certainly Fellowship-bound
Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Battlestar Galactica, Overly Complicated Board Games, Reading
Bio: I grew up in what some people would call a small town in southwestern Illinois, before moving to Columbia to study Biological Sciences at Mizzou. During my junior year of college, I had to commit to what I actually wanted to be when I grew up, and medicine’s unique blend of supporting others, utilizing scientific knowledge, and solving problems inspired great interest from me. Working as an EMT on the Women’s and Children’s Transport Team solidified my fascination with the medical field and showed me the amazing experience that is working together with parents and a care team for the benefit of pediatric patients. After more than a decade in Columbia through undergraduate endeavors and medical school, I still love my second hometown, which is half of the reason I chose to stay here for my residency. The other half of my why I stayed is that our program is excellent, with numerous faculty truly focused on resident and student learning, a department that is growing, and a program that is small enough to ensure that I was not going to be lost in a shuffle of white coats. I’m excited for another 3 years with Mizzou!

Spencer Lambdin, MD
Jennae Reken, DO

Jennae Reken, DO

PL-3 Chief Resident

Bio

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Career/Research Interests: Primary care, developmental and behavioral peds, food and nutrition
After residency: Outpatient – I like general pediatrics and developmental and behavioral peds
Hobbies/Interests: Distance running, cooking, fermentation, spending time with my dog, Olive
Bio: I grew up in a small, rural town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. My interactions as a patient early in life sparked my interest in pediatrics, as I saw my own doctors as friends. I continued to pursue that interest in undergrad at a small, all women’s college, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where I majored in cell and molecular biology. When I got to medical school, I remained enraptured by my love for pediatrics. Children are joyful, curious, silly, unpredictable and incredibly resilient. At the same time, they are extremely vulnerable and need to be advocated for. My desire to nurture as well as provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves made peds a natural choice for me. I look forward to making long-term relationships with patients and helping to educate parents along the way. Mizzou’s ability to provide a large academic center while simultaneously being a small, close-knit community made it a great choice for me. Coming from a rural town, I feel passionately about serving that patient population, which I am connected with here in mid-MO. Outside of medicine, I enjoy trail running, cooking and hanging out with my bernedoodle, Olive Louise.

Jennae Reken, DO