Second Year

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Horacio Alvarez Ramirez, M.D.

Dr. Alvarez Ramirez claims two hometowns: San Antonio Juanacaxtle, Jalisco Mexico and Lexington, NE. He is the 4th of 7 children and states one thing he could not live without would be his family. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he earned a Chemistry Comprehensive in Molecular Biology degree, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He enjoys cooking, singing, running long distance, and working on puzzles. As a child he wanted to be many different things when he grew up but becoming a priest was at the top of the list. His favorite aspect of family medicine is obstetrics as “the joy of helping bring someone into this world is priceless.” He chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because it is the only residency program in Lincoln, and he appreciates that continuity of care for his patients is taught and practiced. After graduation, in addition to joining a practice, he hopes to seek even more education by pursuing a Masters in Public Health.
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Patrick Courtney, M.D.

Dr. Courtney comes to Lincoln from Charleston, SC where he recently graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina. Previous to that, he attended Missouri University of Science and Technology where he earned his degree in Biological Sciences. He is from Lansing, KS, which is also the home of the Kansas State Penitentiary. When he was younger, he wanted to design planes and submarines; if he was not currently a physician, he states he would pursue a career in engineering. Outside of medicine, Dr. Courtney likes to spend time in the outdoors as well as reading history, philosophy, and theology. He enjoys working with his hands and chose family medicine for its variety of hospital and clinic settings mixed with procedures. Not surprisingly, he is most looking forward to his surgical rotations. In the future, he hopes to enter into a rural family medicine practice or perhaps join the Navy.
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Josue Gutierrez, M.D.

Dr. Gutierrez comes to Nebraska with his wife, Carmen, from Little Rock, AR where he graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He grew up in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala – known for its high altitude training – and later attended the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR where he earned his degree in Biology/Chemistry. He has 7 older sisters (!!!), with the youngest being sixteen years older than him. He stated that having so many sisters is “the reason why my hobby is what it is” – Judo. Apparently judo is more than just a hobby for Dr. Gutierrez as he was once a part of Guatemala’s National Judo Team. He has always wanted to become a doctor, and he choose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program for its “great procedural training, extremely courteous and friendly people, and [the fact that] it’s an unopposed program in a beautiful city.”
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Mary Haas, D.O.

Dr. Haas grew up in Urbandale, Iowa and attended Luther College in northeast Iowa. She earned her medical degree from the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine; however, in her earlier years, she wanted to be a ballerina. She considers her Labrador Retriever, Cindy Lou, her child, and she describes her personality as “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” She enjoys being a physician because even after a bad day she feels she has done something meaningful and she can significantly influence a patient’s future with even small suggestions. She is most looking forward to gaining more experience in the emergency room as she enjoys the fast pace and has experience working as an ER Technician in the busiest ER in Iowa. After graduation she hopes to practice in a rural setting in Iowa.
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Jonathan  Leck, M.D.

Dr. Leck – known by some as The Leckness Monster – is an avid Kansas Jayhawks fan…even the football team. He is originally from Washington, KS and attended the University of Kansas for both his undergraduate and medical education. He grew up since preschool with Dr. Sherlock, one of our current residents. The Leckness Monster states he can juggle but he cannot live without chapstick. Outside of medicine his interests include golf, camping, softball, and volleyball. He chose family medicine for its opportunities to form relationships with patients as well as the procedures it offers. He hopes to learn all facets of family medicine so that he can bring a broad spectrum practice to his patients someday in a rural setting.
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Heather Sammons, D.O.

Dr. Sammons is returning to Lincoln after having attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where she earned a B.S. in Biology. She recently graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and she grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. In spite of going from state to state, she remains a Cornhusker fan and thinks football season in Lincoln is “the best!” She enjoys diet Coke, coffee, and running half marathons. She apparently enjoys it so much, she once ran 3 half marathons over the span of only 6 months. Dr. Sammons says her favorite aspect of family medicine is getting to deliver babies that you can continue to follow and see mature. She chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because as a medical student on her 4 week rotation, she considered the teaching great, and she saw that the residents, faculty, and staff were welcoming and kind to patients.
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Erin Schrunk, M.D.

Dr. Schrunk, “Schrunky,” grew up in Spirit Lake, IA and attended the University of Northern Iowa wher e she earned a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She stayed in Iowa for medical school and was part of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine’s graduating class of 2013. She has a twin sister and together they once ran the Des Moines marathon. She also has an older brother and a younger sister and states her “amazing family” is something she could not live without. Her favorite food is any kind of soup, and her favorite sports team is Iowa Hawkeyes football. Obviously, she will not enjoy all the red in Lincoln, but she does site the trail system as one of her favorite things about the city. Her favorite areas of family medicine are sports medicine and pediatrics, and after graduation, Dr. Schrunk hopes to practice full spectrum family medicine somewhere in the Midwest.
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Danielle Wooldrick, D.O.

Dr. Wooldrik grew up in Scribner, NE – population 859. She attended Midland University in Fremont, NE where she earned a degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Her medical training was then completed at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri during which time she had a cat named “Berk”, short for Tuberculosis. One of her hobbies is softball, she played college softball, softball is something that makes her happy, if she wasn’t a doctor she would be coaching softball, and she has had 5 surgeries on the same knee (presumably from softball?). Another talent of hers, besides softball, is baking chocolate chip cookies. She states she chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because the residents appear happy and competent, and Lincoln has a “homey” feel but still with all the amenities of a bigger city. She hopes to pursue a sports medicine fellowship after graduation.