Third Year

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Alanna  Beckman, MD

Alanna wanted to become a doctor because “It is a profession that utilizes my favorite areas of study, it is challenging, and it makes me smile.” She says her most unique feature is her “there is always a silver lining” attitude. She grew up in Venango, the wheat capital of Nebraska. She earned a biology degree from Creighton University, and an M.D. from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in the Grand Cayman Islands. She chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because she likes the autonomy of the residents as well as the opportunity to become proficient in all aspects of family medicine without competition from other residency programs. She is interested in geriatrics and is looking forward to her internal medicine rotations. Her special talents are Christmas shopping and driving her father crazy, and she could not live without salt. Someday she is going to write a novel so watch for her name on the best seller list!
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Alicia  Chennel, MD

Rock chalk Jayhawk! This vivacious Kansas native loves her KU basketball. She was completely educated in Kansas growing up in McPherson, going to McPherson College, and then moving on to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is excited to be in this neighboring state for residency as she was seeking a community-based residency program with strong obstetrics and pediatrics training. She likes Lincoln because it is a vibrant and active community, and she appreciates the closeness and comradery of everyone in the Lincoln Family Medicine Program. One of her goals is to travel to all the continents (except Antarctica) during her life, and she is already half done! Her husband, Luke, will be traveling with her, as she couldn’t live without him. One of her role models is Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician, and one of her best pieces of advice to her patients is, “Everything is temporary, if you give it enough time.”
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Jenna  Cook, MD

Jenna is from Norfolk, NE, the hometown of Johnny Carson. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and received her M.D. from St. George’s University School of Medicine. When she was 16, she went on a mission trip to India. During that incredible experience, she had a calling to embark on the journey to become a physician. Since that time, all she has done is go to school. She thinks she has done nothing but study for nine years. She chose family medicine because she likes the relationships she builds with her patients. She loves Lincoln for many reasons including all the good places there are to eat. She loves all food especially chocolate. She is impressed with the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because of its solid foundation of teaching. The program faculty and volunteer community faculty here love to teach, and it is a great work environment. On her day off, you can find her skiing, golfing, swimming, cheering on the Huskers at a football game, or rocking out at a Switchfoot concert.
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Jessica  Heckman, MD

“Nehman sie zwei aspirin udn rufen sie mich am morgen.” Only Jessica knows what that means as she received her Bachelor’s degree in German from Vassar College in New York State. If she wasn’t a physician, she’d be a translator. She actually translated some previously lost letters of Albert Einstein and wrote a thesis about them. Danke, Jess! She came back to Nebraska to attend UNMC and is now in her hometown for residency. She is a multi-talented quirky gal who sings, plays a few musical instruments, and enjoys geo-caching. Her family includes her husband Scott, her giant dog, Byron, and her kitty Annyong (Korean for “hello”). She is excited to be at the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because she loves the people and wants a strong obstetrics experience. Some of her favorite things include schokolade, suesskartoffel, and Netflix.
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Michael  Israel, MD

Dr. Israel, also known as “Izzy,” is a laid back guy from Kansas City. He enjoys sports including basketball, golf, and football. His favorite saying is ”Big Players make big plays in big games.” One of his goals is to attend a game at all 32 NFL stadiums. He grew up in Texas, so Longhorn football is in his blood. He’ll stand out at the clinic wearing his burnt orange amidst the sea of red during football season. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City which is known for its fierce mascot, the kangaroo. He chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because the people are genuinely nice, and the program is strong and located in a great city. He wanted to be a family doctor because after every rotation in medical school, he thought to himself, “This is awesome, I could do this forever!” Family medicine is the only specialty that allows him to do everything, and he especially enjoys working with his hands and doing procedures. The best piece of advice he gives his patients is “Dream it. Plan it. Do it.”
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Brett  Malchow, MD

Brett joined the Lincoln Family Medicine Program from UNMC. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and natural science at Midland University. He wanted to become a doctor because it was the only thing he thought he could wake up to do for the rest of his life. What else would a guy who grew up in Colon, NE, do anyway? He chose family medicine over gastroenterology because he enjoys the flexibility that family medicine offers and the continuity of care. Brett describes himself as relaxed, and when asked what makes him unique, his very intelligent answer was, “What doesn’t?” He likes the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because residents are offered autonomy in a friendly learning environment. The smartest thing he has ever done is to buy a big screen t.v. Some of his interests include Husker athletics, classic muscle cars, and playing the guitar. If he weren’t a doctor, he’d be a professional fisherman.
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Evan  Neesen, MD

Evan is a home grown Nebraskan who grew up in David City. He received his undergraduate degree from Creighton and went on to get his PharmD and MD from UNMC. He just loves school! He says the craziest thing he ever did was to go back to med school after pharmacy school. He wanted to become a doctor because a doctor has “the ability to help others when they are in the most need.” He likes family medicine because of the procedures and the variety, and he is looking forward to his ER and surgery rotations. His greatest accomplishment in life is becoming a father twice. His family is number one in his life which includes his wife, Becci, and his daughter, Addison, and his son, Ari. He is a fan of Husker football and Chicago Cubs baseball. One thing he could not live without is the internet, and some of his favorites include European cars, Chinese food, playing golf, listening to the music of the Avett Brothers, and watching Entourage on HBO.
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Ben  Thayer, MD

Ben is laid back guy from Sidney, NE. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Then he graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with his M.D. The craziest yet smartest thing he has ever done is to go to school for 9 years after high school. He is an avid Husker fan but also enjoys cheering for Colorado’s Broncos, Nuggets, and Rockies. He chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Program because it is unopposed and is in a great city. He is especially looking forward to his residency training in procedures and likes general surgery. When he is not placing some vertical mattress sutures, you might find him eating Chipotle and watching the Transformers movie, or if the weather is nice, going for a run. After residency, he is going to head west to be closer to his family and the ski slopes in Colorado.