Class of 2023

Rachel Couch, DO

Rachel Couch, DO

Bio

Hometown: Liberty, MO

Medical School: A. T. Still University Kirksville, MO

Career interests/research: Osteopathic Manipulation and Education

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, India

Career interests/research: 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

 

Katie Guymon, DO

Katie Guymon, DO

Bio

Hometown: Centralia, Missouri

Medical School: Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa

Career interests/research: 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 interest/research: 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

Career interests: Rural Medicine, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

After residency: Undecided

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, India

Career interests/research: 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. I went to four different boarding schools in as many cities across India. 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 actively volunteered in several health camps with the goal of generating an awareness among the socio-economically disadvantaged population regarding sanitation, communicable diseases, and significance of preventative measures. While these – and all other – clinical experiences were very rewarding and reinforced my passion for the field of medicine, I always enjoyed Pediatrics the most. 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

Bio

Degrees: BA, BS, MA, MD

Home Town: Charleston, SC

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine- Columbia -- 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

Degrees: BS, MD

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

After residency: 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, and working with community gardens 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 best I can 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

Bio

Degrees: MD

Home Town: Overland Park, KS

Medical School: University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND Career interests/research: 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

Degrees: DO

Home Town: Milwaukee, WI

Medical School: Touro University Nevada- Henderson, NV

Career interests/research: Preventative care, lifestyle management

After residency: Leaning towards outpatient but undecided

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

Degrees: AA, BS in Biology, MD

Home Town: Smithton, MO

Medical School: MU School of Medicine, Columbia, MO

Career interests: Rural Medicine, Primary Care

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. Instead of cartoons, I would watch shows on Discovery Health as a kid, and I spent recesses helping kids who had gotten hurt, get to the nurse. 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

Bio

Degrees: MD

Home Town: Edwardsville, IL

Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

Career interests/research: 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

Bio

Degree: DO

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA

Career interests/research: 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

Class of 2021

Secil Aydinoz, MD

Secil Aydinoz, MD

Bio

Hometown: Southwestern Turkey

Medical School: Ankara University Medical School

Bio: I was born and raised in a small town in southwestern Turkey. My father has been the biggest influence in my life. He was an accountant and had had no education after primary school because his parents had not allowed him. He started to work at an early age and learned most things by himself. He encouraged me to be educated in the best schools in my country, although he had to work more to pay for my education.

I completed my undergraduate and medical school education at Ankara University Medical School in Turkey. Medical school helped me deal with tough situations. For example, while managing a patient with a life threatening anaphylactic reaction, you might ask yourself the question: what am I doing here now or why am I here? But life goes on and you must do your best to save a life. At the end of the day, if you could do your best, it is nice to save a life. It is like a happy end to a movie.

When I was in medical school, I saw a kid in the pediatric unit with failure to thrive. She was being placed in foster care because of parental neglect. I could easily observe that child’s motor and cognitive improvement at that time and decided to select pediatrics as specialty.

In 2013, I got a postdoctoral research scholarship from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey to conduct my studies at the University of Chicago in the Department of Pediatrics.

The health system in US is very well developed, and it reflects the concepts of evidence based medicine for promoting value in healthcare. That means a higher satisfaction both for healthcare workers and patients.

I loved the small class size, friendship and family like feeling of Mizzou Child Health.

Secil Aydinoz
Nathan Beckett, MD

Nathan Beckett, MD

Bio

Hometown: Columbia, MO

Medical school: University of Missouri School of Medicine

Career interests/research: Patient care, international medicine, public health, spinal pathologies

After residency: Undecided.

Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying my family (wife: Emily, daughter: Eleanor, son: Henry), nature trail riding, Mizzou sports, woodworking/tinkering, Interagency Council on Immigrant Health (ICIH)

Bio: I grew up in Columbia, MO, and lived elsewhere for 12 years prior to returning for medical school and residency. It’s a great town, and I’m proud to call it home once again. Mizzou Pediatrics offers a good mix of patients and exceptional faculty, staff and facilities. Our program is small in number but big on opportunities to learn with an expansive patient base. I’m grateful for this opportunity and look forward to my future in pediatrics; I aim to have a positive and durable impact on the kids and families I serve. Providing hope and optimizing health for the next generation is my dream come true.

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Taylor Goldammer, MD

Taylor Goldammer, MD

Bio

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Medical school: University of Missouri School of Medicine

After residency: Undecided

Bio: I grew up in St. Louis, MO, and completed my undergraduate education at Baylor University in Waco, TX, where I majored in Biochemistry. I attended the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine. Our pediatrics program prepares residents by offering a variety of rotations as well as a weekly continuity clinic built into our schedules. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my fellow residents — one benefit of a small class size! In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, running and spending time with my dog Remy.

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Rebecca Krewer, MD

Rebecca Krewer, MD

Bio

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Medical school: University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA

Career interests/research: Primary care, preventative medicine

After residency: Planning for general outpatient pediatrics with something like newborn nursery

Hobbies/Interests: Baking and cooking, cuddling my cat Maximus, planning my wedding with my fiancee Peter, trying to stay up on all the new 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 because it is a University-based program with all the academic and research opportunities that setting offers but also has a community hospital feel with a smaller, more intimate residency and department where you can get to know everyone.

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Carmen Mostek, DO

Carmen Mostek, DO

Bio

Hometown: St. Paul, NE

Medical school: Kansas City University- Kansas City, MO

Career interests/research: Pediatric cardiology, pediatric pulmonology, research on disaster preparation for medically-complex children in rural settings

After residency: Planning for pediatric cardiology fellowship

Hobbies/Interests: Foreign languages, Taekwondo, forensic science, Husker football (Go Big Red!), Cardinal and Royals baseball

Bio: My interest in medicine came more from experiences in life, and I’m proud to say I’m the first-generation college student and first physician in my family! I was born and raised in St. Paul, NE, and I went to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I majored in Forensic Science and Spanish and even studied abroad in Chile for a semester. I thought I would go into forensic pathology, so I applied to medical school and went to Kansas City University in Kansas City, MO. However, as I went through medical school, I found that I was more interested in the clinical aspects of medicine versus the diagnostic aspects. I found that I enjoyed working with kids and that I could be myself and be silly with them. I also came to find that I liked teaching the parents about what to expect with their children.

Looking back on my experiences even before medical school, I realized that life had prepared me for pediatrics. My little brother had a complicated medical history which required my family to spend a lot of time in Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Watching what these doctors did for my brother was simply amazing. I also babysat from junior high through medical school, and I taught swimming lessons to kids as a lifeguard in high school. Working with kids just seemed to be the best fit for my skills and where I felt happiest!

I chose Mizzou for my residency because I couldn’t help but feel that this program supported not only my professional goals but my personal goals and well-being. I also felt I would learn and grow as a pediatrician because the smaller program would give me more hands-on experiences and be able to work more closely with fellow residents.

Outside of residency, I enjoy spending time with my puppy Sadie and with friends I’ve already made in Columbia, playing video games, doing my home CrossFit-style program and Taekwondo, and watching the Huskers, the Royals and the Cardinals play ball.

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Brian Proctor, DO

Brian Proctor, DO

Bio

Hometown: Cheney, WA

Medical school: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences- Yakima, WA

Career interests/research: Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology

After residency: Fellowship

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, reading (non-fiction), and playing my guitar.

Bio: I grew up in Cheney, WA, and am a 2011 graduate of the University of Idaho, B.S.P.E. Sport Science with a minor in Biology. I received my DO from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Prior to matriculation at PNWU, I worked as a Firefighter/EMT for three years. My wife, Kelli, is a middle school P.E. and Health teacher. We have a goldendoodle named Tenzing. My personal interests include hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, reading (non-fiction) and playing my guitar. I am social person who appreciates humor, classic rock and good craft beer.

I chose pediatrics as I was in an ATV accident at 10 years old and was hospitalized for a severe leg fracture. I spent several weeks in the hospital and underwent 13 surgeries over the next couple years. I remember the compassion I received from pediatric doctors and staff, and I wish to emulate that compassion with my patients. I enjoy how quickly youngsters heal, as well as their spirit and general positivity throughout their course of illness. I chose MU for residency because I wanted to train in a reputable academic setting with a smaller class size and because I love the activities classic college towns like Columbia offer.

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Emma Wright, DO

Emma Wright, DO

Bio

Hometown: Hannibal, MO

Medical school: ATSU-KCOM Kirksville, MO

After residency: General pediatrics

Bio: I grew up in the small river town of Hannibal, MO, a.k.a “America’s Hometown.” I stayed in town for undergrad and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Hannibal-LaGrange University. I continued to honor my Missouri roots as I attended A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for my medical training. I chose Pediatrics because my own children remind me daily of all the joy that the pediatric population can bring to our lives. I knew Mizzou would be a great fit for me when I visited for a clinical rotation during my fourth year of medical school. I felt like both the residents and other members of the medical staff welcomed me as their own and acted as my surrogate family while I was away from home. The small class size is a great culture for learning and will prepare me well for my eventual goal of serving back in my rural community. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and two boys. I also enjoy shopping, baking and Broadway musicals.

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