Meet Dr. Rick Poppe
Richard (Rick) Poppe, M.D., proudly states that his greatest accomplishment, as well as the smartest thing he has ever done, was to start a family with his beautiful wife Laura. When asked why he chose the Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program, he answered, “Besides being near family, I am excited for the opportunity to learn in an environment similar to my future practice.” Dr. Poppe plans to practice in a rural area like North Platte, Nebraska, where he grew up and learned to love the saying, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
As a runner and triathlete, who recently ran into and out of the Grand Canyon in six hours, Rick is not one to shy away from hard work. He describes himself as upbeat and has visiting every continent on his bucket list. He also lists gardening, hiking, and hunting as activities he enjoys.
A former Loper, Rick graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a biology major and minors in chemistry and business. He then attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center - known for producing great primary care providers.
Rick looks up to his grandfather as his number one role model. And in his early years, he wanted to be a farmer, but actually worked at an agricultural research farm collecting data before going to medical school. If Dr. Poppe was not a physician, he claims he would definitely be a mountain climber guide, despite the fact that he dislikes ticks. He ultimately chose family medicine because he likes the idea of “growing up with his patients” and “connecting with patients” makes him happy. He would like to add that cross country is actually a sport, his favorite one to be precise.