First-Year Residents


Brett Copley, D.O.

Brett Copley, DO, is a 1st year resident physician at Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program. He likes the role a family physician plays in patients’ life stories. He chose to specialize in family medicine because of his experience growing up in rural Syracuse, NE, best known for its GermanFest and Viener (Dachshund) Dog Races. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Northwestern Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City School of Medicine and Biosciences. Dr. Copley decided to come to Lincoln for his residency after meeting the great people here, and seeing first-hand how senior residents interacted well together and were prepared for the real world.

Some of his favorite things to do are hiking, mountain biking (he excels in crashing), and swimming. He loves history, watching TV shows like House, House of Cards, and Game of Thrones, listens to his dad’s classic bands, and is a die-hard Husker fan. He describes himself as “adaptable” (his nickname is Cope). If he wasn’t a physician, he would be a mountain guide, like Rambo. He feels Lincoln offers a lot for the residents— that small-town feel, with the right blend of unique places to eat, coffee shops, and low-key atmosphere. 

Dr. Copley’s advice to his patients: You only get one body. Find things that make you happy and you enjoy doing, but take care of yourself, too. After residency, Dr. Copley would like to find his niche in a community. 


Kinsey Cornick, D.O.

Dr. Kinsey Cornick grew up in Mason City, Iowa, most known for the 1962 movie classic “The Music Man”. He attended Iowa State University in Ames and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. He went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathy Degree at Des Moines University. 

Dr. Cornick enjoys hockey, baseball (St. Louis Cardinals), volleyball, and basketball, playing board games, and woodworking. He loves spending time with his four-legged buddy, Ozzie. His favorite shows are Game of Thrones and Star Wars. At first glance he may not appear to be a daredevil; however, on his first airplane ride he ever took, he jumped out of it! 


Sean Erickson, M.D.

Dr. Sean Erickson is from Ralston, NE, just outside of Omaha. Growing up, Dr. Erickson wanted to work in cancer research but that changed once in medical school. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, and went on to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He fondly recalls an incident during medical school when he talked his way out of getting a speeding ticket once he explained to the officer that he was transporting organs to the hospital in the back of the car!  

Dr. Erickson chose Lincoln to complete his Family Medicine residency because he feels it's a program that treats a community with a variety of health concerns. Many of his attendings have been educated in Lincoln, and practiced and treated patients here, much like he wants to do in his practice. He’s looking forward to doing his rotation in Emergency Medicine. After residency, Dr. Erickson would like to move to a rural community, like McCook, where he can practice family medicine.

Being back in Lincoln is giving Dr. Erickson time to connect with friends from college, and to perform his newest gig: judge the UNL Chemistry Department’s Chili Cook-off. He enjoys horseback riding, cycling, fishing, hunting, and white water rafting, and spending time with his parents, two brothers and young nephew. He’s a fan of Game of Thrones, Nebraska Huskers, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen, and steak. Before becoming a physician, he had a job as a high school baseball umpire. His favorite quote is by the legendary Babe Ruth who said, “Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” If he wasn’t a physician, he would teach college chemistry. 

Dr. Erickson’s best piece of advice for his patients: “Take life one day at a time. Work on yourself a piece at a time.”


Sean Flor, M.D.

Dr. Sean Flor from Omaha, NE, the city he proudly calls home to the College World Series and The Henry Doorly Zoo. He attended Marquette University (best known for basketball and Dwayne Wade) in Milwaukee, WI where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. This might not have happened he says since he failed his first exam at med school. "Luckily, it was also the only one I failed," Dr. Flor says. He decided Lincoln’s residency program was where he’d get the best training while actually being able to have a life, and the faculty seemed very welcoming. What Dr. Flor likes most about Lincoln Family Medicine is the variety and challenges it offers, treating patients across the age spectrum. He especially likes the areas of wellness, nutrition, and gastrointestinal issues (allows him to do scopes) which he believes are diet-related health concerns. 

Prior to medical school, Dr. Flor had an extensive career in the Air Force as a B-1B Weapon Systems Officer and Flight Instructor with three deployments to OEF/OIF, almost 1,200 combat flying hours, and just short of 2,000 total hours flying the mighty BONE, hailed as the busiest bomber in the fleet. “I dreamed of doing two completely different things when I grew up... and I have been lucky enough to do both of them,” Dr. Flor states. Running, golfing, soccer, hunting, enjoying time at his family’s ranch, and spending time with family and friends are activities he likes to do. He also enjoys watching TV shows like The Office, Scrubs, and The Big Bang Theory, cheering for sports teams (like Husker football and Marquette basketball), and eating pasta, his favorite food. 

If he hadn’t become a physician, Dr. Flor says he would still be in the Air Force as a newly minted Lt. Colonel. His nickname “Sticky” comes from his call sign as a rited 37th Bomb Squadron Tiger.  He feels his greatest accomplishment so far has been to serve his country. Dr. Flor's favorite quote is by John Stuart Mill made in 1862: "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made so and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” 

Dr. Flor's role model was his mother who died of breast cancer in 2003.  After residency, Dr. Flor would like to practice in a small Nebraska town where there is a shortage of physicians. His piece of advice he gives to his patients is your health is way more in your own hands than you think it is so take care of your body and what you put in it.


Zach Mahler, M.D.

Dr. Zach Mahler, of Lincoln, Nebraska received his bachelor’s in Biology at UNL before attending medical school at UNMC, all the while also managing to squeeze in experience as a CNA at Madonna Rehabilitation Center. Zach is happily married to Ally, who he says he could not live without, and together they share a daughter, Charley. Away from the clinic, you will find Dr. Mahler playing ultimate frisbee, slalom or barefoot water skiing or surfing, running, hiking, and even trap shooting, probably while listening to his favorite singer, Macklemore, and eating Chinese food. If he were not a physician, Zach would likely be a farmer, but always wanted to be a racecar driver and hopes to someday fly an airplane. Until then, he can practice on his days off with video games.  Dr. Mahler says his dad is his role model, and spending time with family makes him happy.  

Zach loves the small town feel of Lincoln, Nebraska. He has really enjoyed how friendly and kind everyone at Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program are to his family and himself. It also helps that both sets of his parents live in Lincoln, so his daughter will be able to enjoy her grandparents. When asked what he is looking forward to most this year, he shared, “Feeling more comfortable as a physician.”


Rick Poppe, M.D.

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, 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. But 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. And, he would like to add that cross country is actually a sport, his favorite one to be precise.



Dr. Caty Ward grew up in Cairo, NE, a small community outside of Grand Island. She attended Chadron State College (known for running back Danny Woodhead who played for several NFL teams) where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology, with an option in Human Biology. She earned her Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, her greatest accomplishment so far she feels. Growing up Dr. Ward wanted to be a veterinarian but chose to become a Family Medicine physician. She likes being able to treat a wide range of illnesses and age groups throughout life. Why did she choose Lincoln for her residency program? “When I was a student and did rotation here, I felt like part of the team and not just an outsider,” Dr. Caty says. She’s looking forward to her rotations in OB to gain more hands on experience. After her residency, Dr. Ward plans to move back to central NE to practice medicine.

Dr. Ward is married to husband Kyle, and they have two “fur” children: Rori, a Toy Australian Shepherd, and Zelda, a German Shepherd-Husky mix. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, riding horses, and canoeing, or catching a revitalizing nap. Some of her favorite things include the Nebraska Cornhuskers, ice cream, pizza, the movie “The Cowboys”, and the band Guns ‘n Roses. Her role model is her mother and she enjoys spending time with family. Her favorite saying is, “You know what I mean?”


Madeleine Wilson, M.D.

Madeleine Wilson, M.D., also known as “Scooter” or “Mads”, wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up, but thinks if she were not a physician she would definitely have been a fashion designer. She has a natural talent for bargain hunting and LOVES shopping. Madeleine’s favorite saying is, “Close, but no cigar”.  And she loves to watch New Girl and drink Diet Dr. Pepper.

If she could describe herself in one word, it would be “outgoing”, so it is no surprise that she, “Loves all the people at Lincoln Medical Family Residency Program.” After her training at LMFP, Madeleine plans to continue her practice in small-town, rural medicine, but has big travel aspirations: she hopes to visit all seven wonders of the world. Madeleine loves her family. She is happily married to Eric, her mother is her role model, and her uncle is actually Dr. BJ Wilson of Lincoln’s CHI Health in neonatology and her connection to Lincoln, Nebraska. Her love for the Huskers also connects her to Lincoln as well and her unusual affinity for humidity; she is a perfect fit, but not from Lincoln. Dr. Wilson is from Chillicote, MO. She received her bachelor’s degree at SLU in biology with a minor in anthropology and attended medical school at UNMC.