Second Year

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Sarah  Castillo, MD

Dr. Castillo is coming back to Lincoln for residency, and she is brining her family with her including her husband, Erick, and daughter, Isabella.  She earned her biology degree from Union College.  She then attended medical school in Loma Linda, California, where her class was the first to do a flash mob at graduation.  Her medical school is known for being a pioneer in whole person care and global mission work.  She wanted to become a doctor to "make man whole" in the most practical way.  Becoming a mother sparked her passions which include both women and children’s health.  Her roots grow in Chadron, home of the Fur Trade Days, and she is the first generation of her family to graduate with a four year degree.  She speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys Latin dancing, scrapbooking, gardening, swimming with her daughter, and cheering on the Real Madrid soccer team.  She is excited to be at LMEP for its family-friendly atmosphere and its hands-on obstetrics training.  A good piece of advice she will give her patients is "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
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Cristina  Merete, MD

Dr. Merete is from the land of sunshine and South Beach. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but grew up in Miami. She has a degree in psychology from Emory University, a master’s degree in nutritional epidemiology from Tufts University, and an M.D. from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She is known for playing a mean game of Cranium, and she enjoys reading, dancing, and the outdoors. She could not live without music, and if she weren’t a physician, she would be singing in a bluegrass band. She wanted to be Indiana Jones when she grew up which explains why she once sat at the mouth of a volcano in Tanna, Vanuatu. She decided to become a doctor to help bring good health to the poor, and after residency she will fulfill her obligation to the National Health Service Corps by practicing in an underserved area. She is thrilled to be a part of LMEP because it’s unopposed, full-spectrum family medicine, and strong in obstetrics. She likes the fact that the alumni are really proud of the program and the community fully supports the residents. She believes life is like a pencil…..”You can be sharpened, you can correct mistakes, and you can leave a mark.”
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Jennifer  Shafer, MD

Dr. Shafer is returning to Nebraska  after studying abroad in Israel.  She received her medical degree from Ben Gurion University of the Negev Medical School for International Health in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center.  This medical school is known for specializing in global health and having a ridiculously long name!  According to Jen, the Israeli doctors referred to her class as “The Columbians” due to the association with Columbia University.  The people were always confused as to why they spoke English and were from North America.  Indeed, she grew up in the heart of North America and claims both Benkelman and Cambridge, Nebraska, as her hometowns.  She completed a program in biology/health professions from Northwestern College in Orange, City, IA.  She is looking forward to graduate medical education at LMEP because it’s a “whole package residency, and it is close to home, just the right size, and incorporates absolutely everything one could want in a family medicine residency.”   Jen is a passionate person who likes to spend her free time performing slam poetry, drinking coffee, watching Scrubs, traveling, playing with her nieces and nephews, and speaking “Spanhebrenglish” (a conglomeration of Spanish, Hebrew, and English).
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Andrew  Shahan, MD

If you see a person unicycling around Lincoln, it’ll be Dr. Shahan!  He enjoys riding his one-wheeled cycle along with playing baseball, football, lacrosse, and running.  He is a NY Mets and Buffalo Bills fan.  Plus, he is a Husker fan even though he has not lived in the state yet.  His hometown is Monument, CO.  He earned a biology degree from Newman University in Wichita, KS, and his M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  He is famous for completing the “Chipotle Challenge”, running over 16 miles and then eating three burritos in one night!  He ranked LMEP because of its “great location, great state, and great people.”   He wanted to become a doctor because “you never stop learning,” and he is looking forward to his emergency medicine rotations because “you have to think quickly.”  After residency, he is committed to the Air Force, and he looks forward to his career in family medicine because it is broad spectrum medicine with the ability to get to know his patients.  His best advice for his patients is “you have to work hard for your health.”
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Kellen  Sherlock, MD

Dr. Sherlock bleeds purple. No he doesn’t have tetralogy of fallot….he’s got Wildcat power running through his veins! He is all about the Sunflower State. His hometown is Washington, and he went to undergrad at KSU where he earned a degree in biology. Then he received his M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He hopes to return to his home state after residency to practice full scope family medicine in a small town. He chose LMEP because of the program’s focus on preparing family physicians for rural medicine. Also, he likes the program’s ability to customize the residency experience and the encouragement by faculty to moonlight. One of his fondest medical school memories is when he ate BBQ from Oklahoma Joe’s while holding on to a pancreas. Yummy! One of the smartest things he has ever done was to travel to Wexford, Ireland, for a rotation. If he wasn’t a physician, he’d be a football coach. He can’t live without college football (but he can live without KU). On his day off, this easy going doc could be playing with his Basset hound pup (Charlie), eating corned beef and cabbage, listening to the Beatles sing “Let it Be,” or tailgating at a K-State football game.
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Nathan  Smith, MD

Dr. “Nate Dog" Smith is looking forward to residency at LMEP because of the pediatrics training as he really enjoys working with kids and feels like he is able to connect with teenagers. He also enjoys the elderly, and surgery, and inpatient, and outpatient, and OB……hmmm.….that is exactly why he went into family medicine! His hometown is Hays, Kansas, where he was born crimson and blue, a tried and true Jayhawk fan. He earned a degree in microbiology and a M.D. from the University of Kansas. The first day after his gross anatomy lab, he went home and was greeted by his loyal cat, Gavin. Gavin started smelling him and immediately ran and hid. Obviously formaldehyde smells a lot different than cat nip! He describes himself as being jolly, and he has a great laugh that people always recognize. One of his role models is Warren Buffet, and he enjoys dabbling in investing. He is a talented first tenor, and he could not live without thunderstorms. To him life is like a roller coaster, “there are boring parts, thrills, and even moments where you will be afraid, but if you stay the course, then you’ll get to your end goal and be excited to repeat the process.”
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Julie  Steinhauser , MD

Dr. Julie Steinhauser has lived in Lincoln most of her life.  She loves that it feels like a small community but still has the perks of a bigcity.  She was a biopsychology major at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, and then ventured all the way to UNMC in Omaha for medical school.  Even then, she felt she couldn’t stay away for four years solid, so she did some rotations in Lincoln including a 4th year clerkship at the Lincoln Family Medicine Program.  She liked the strong support the residents get from all the community physicians, “and when I left at the end of the month, I knew I wanted to come back.”  So she and her husband moved back to Lincoln with their newborn daughter, Irene.  Julie says the craziest thing she ever did was to have a baby the week before starting residency.  That does sound crazy, but it’s also the best thing she has done and she handles it all with grace!  Her professional interests include preventative medicine and pediatrics.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, playing tennis and golf.  Julie claims a hidden talent that she can pick things up with her toes, and her favorite food is any type of candy.
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Shea  Welsh, MD

Dr. Welsh, also known as "Sheabird," is from Pender, Nebraska. He studied chemistry and health sciences at Wayne State College, and completed medical school at UNMC. His special talents include spelling, juggling, and trying new and strange foods. When he is not working or studying, he’ll be eating thin crust pizza, watching Sportscenter, or listening to the Rolling Stones. One thing on his bucket list is to visit all seven continents (well maybe six because Antarctica is pretty cold). He has already been to China during his M4 year where he learned about traditional Chinese medicine. He wanted to become a doctor because he enjoys helping others and challenging himself, and he chose LMEP because of the one-on-one exposure the residents get with the program’s physicians. His favorite is saying is from Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." His best advice that he will give his patients is to "be proactive in your health, and always wear clean underwear. "