What are your goals and interests? My goal is to become the best primary care physician I can be. My interests are in women’s health and urban communities. In my free time, I enjoy working out and swimming, spending time with my family, and traveling and making new friends!
Best day as a Doctor? I’ve had many amazing days that remind me why I went into medicine. The best are when patients can see my love and passion for medicine, acknowledge my efforts and sincerity, and trust me enough to share their stories, even as a medical student. Now that I will be a resident training for primary care, I know that treating and healing my patients will be even more satisfying.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I was truly impressed by Dr. Shaffer’s enthusiasm and passion. He is incredibly supportive and I love that he advocates for servant leadership. The program is unopposed and I know it will give me the best training to treat a wide range of patient population and help me develop my future goals in women’s health. Plus, I love Kansas City!
Chadwick Byle, MD
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, and attended the Blue Springs School District from kindergarten through high school. I lived in a neighborhood near Independence Center Shopping Mall and my parents still live there today. A lot has changed in this area over the years, but it still brings a smile to my face whenever I visit my childhood home.
What are your goals and interests? My goals are to complete residency and attend a 1 year fellowship in sports medicine. During this time I would like to visit several countries in Europe and put my vacation time to good use! Following residency/fellowship, I would like to start a family with my wife Laura and continue practicing medicine in the Kansas City area. I’d also like to work with local high school sports teams, which have always been an interest of mine, to help me further connect with the community.
Best day as a Doctor? My best day occurred while volunteering at MedZou, a student run free health clinic, when I was in my second year of medical school. I was seeing a patient that I had seen every month for the last four or five months for his uncontrolled diabetes. We had our struggles in the past changing his daily habits to more diabetic friendly choices, but today he was happy to see me and show off his hard work over the last month. It was very rewarding to build rapport with a patient and see that the time spent reviewing medications and life style changes was starting to pay off. The continuity with this patient was a deciding factor in why I chose Family Medicine.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I grew up in the Mid-West and wanted to stay in the area for residency. I was interested in a community program so that I wouldn’t have to fight the residents of other specialties for interesting cases or procedures. The fact that UMKC offers a community style program with rotations at local hospitals to ensure intensive pediatric inpatient experiences and options to learn at level one trauma emergency rooms set it apart from other programs I visited. Choosing a residency program in my hometown didn’t hurt my decision either.
Jennifer Cabral, MD
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Pleasant Hill, CA which is in the Bay Area.
What are your goals and interests? I want to be able to learn and be challenged during my time at UMKC. I am interested in Ob, and what attracted me to UMKC was the operative Ob fellowship.
I am a big sports fan love the Golden State Warriors, SF Giants (sorry about the World Series) and 49ers. Also, like to cook and hang out with friends.
Best day as a Doctor? When a patient tells you he/she appreciates what you are doing and is gracious for your help, giving validation that I choose the right profession.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I choose UMKC because of the residents and faulty I meet with on my interview day. I really wanted an unopposed program as well as an Ob tract.
Cassandra From, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Liberty, MO
What are your goals and interests? My goal in life is to be great doctor, a good wife, and an even better mom. I am interested in several different avenues of family medicine. However, I am most interested in broad scope practice. I like the idea of incorporating procedures into my family medicine clinic. I am also very interested in global medicine and would love to have an opportunity to give back to a different culture/country.
Best day as a Doctor? My best day as a doctor was my first delivery. It was incredible coaching mom and guiding baby. It is such a happy feeling to help bring a new life into the world.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC for several reasons. To list a few: serving an underserved population, Truman Medical Center gives back to the community by offering patients who could not otherwise afford care the Truman Discount, other fellow residents, and the general vibe of the hospital. In short felt like home.
Ashley Hall, DO
AT Still Kirksville
Where did you grow up? I grew up in pacific palisades, CA, close to Santa Monica.
What are your goals and interests? My professional goals involve setting up an integrative health clinic, and teaching people how to take charge of their own health. I would also love to annually volunteer in health clinics around the world. My personal goals include traveling to the pyramids in Egypt, restoring a classic car, and learning how to skateboard. And someday I would love to live on a small farm by the ocean.
Best day as a Doctor? Well I'm not officially a doctor yet, but the best day of this whole process so far was the day I first delivered a baby. It was amazing to be able to participate in something so special.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I instantly felt at home at UMKC. Everyone is so open and friendly, and the hospital is beautiful. Also, the program is unopposed, and the perfect mix of academic learning in a community hospital setting. The program director is enthusiastic about the program and takes resident input very seriously. He talked a lot about innovation and constant improvement both professionally and personally, and I really related to that mindset. They have multiple tracks, but the ones I plan to participate in are the integrative medicine and global health tracks. It is hard to find a program where you can learn both OMM and integrative health principles. I am so excited to improve my OMM skills while being able to participate in an online integrative medicine program! This program may be far from home, but it will help me become the kind of doctor I can't wait to be.
Maaroof Islam, MD
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Fenton, MO, which is a suburb of St. Louis, MO.
What are your goals and interests? My first and main goal is to become a gifted, well-rounded, and respected physician so that I can help my patients in every way and please my Creator. After Residency, I would like to hopefully receive additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine and would like to work for a professional team or university team. Outside of Medicine, I like to play sports, travel, spend time with family & friends, and watch Cardinals games.
Best day as a Doctor? I feel that I haven’t had a “best day as a doctor” that stands out, because almost every day that I provide care to my patients is a good day for me. When I have an impact on how my patient’s life has improved, whether it is in the inpatient setting or in the clinic setting, I consider it a win.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC Family Medicine because of the great training that it gives for its residents and the fact that it has the best of both worlds as a University-affiliated program and a community hospital. The fact that it was an unopposed program with excellent attending physicians and specialists supervising and supporting the residents was a bonus. Furthermore, I also appreciated the amazing camaraderie between all the residents and even the faculty. And finally, I admired the long history that the UMKC Family Medicine Residency Program has in training kind and caring physicians.
Caroline Martin, DO
Where did you grow up? I attended grade school through high school in North Carolina. For the next 10 years, I braved the winters of the upper Midwest, living in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, until I landed in Kansas City for medical school.
What are your goals and interests? Great food is a passion of mine. I enjoy exploring new flavors and techniques and sharing my culinary experiences with others. I also have a deep appreciation for the outdoors.
I have a long-standing interest in nutrition and preventive medicine. Ultimately, I plan to help patients achieve health and wellness, on the individual, family and community levels.
Best day as a Doctor? It is thought that variety is the spice of life…and in Family Medicine, no two days are ever the same! My best day as a doctor would include treating patients with diverse medical needs, building relationships and providing competent and compassionate care.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I spent a month during my fourth year of medical school rotating at UMKC as a sub-intern. I was able to work on several services, including outpatient clinic, inpatient medicine, labor and delivery, and geriatrics. I found that the residents had autonomy while also benefiting from the strong support of a diverse and talented faculty. I was drawn to the program’s community-based hospital setting while also having an affiliation with an academic institution.
Kevin Munger, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Overland Park, KS.
What are your goals and interests? My goal is to help my patients live healthy and happy. I am a firm believer in “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I am interested in sports medicine, and incorporating OMM into my daily practice. Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, bowling, reading, classic movies, the Royals, the Chiefs and KSU sports.
Best day as a Doctor? My best day as a doctor was when I was in an outpatient family medicine clinic in Ashville, OH during my 4th year. During my first week, I saw a 70 year old gentleman who had an acute exacerbation of his COPD. I had the fortunate experience to see this gentleman a few days later for a close followup on his treatment course. He was improving quickly, and he was satisfied with his treatment. A few days later, I say the same patient for a third time. He had a new complaint. It was on this day that I realized I cared about this patient, and I had bonded with him in less than a week. It was this day that I realized that family medicine is my calling and passion.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? The choice was easy. UMKC offers diverse areas of concentration. During my interview, it was very apparent that the residents are supportive of each other, and there was a great chemistry between them. I really liked Dr. Shaffer’s dedication to be a servant-leader. Because of these reasons I know that I will be able to pursue my interests in family medicine as they develop.
Aaron Neisen, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lewistown, MO, a small town in rural Northeast Missouri.
What are your goals and interests? My medical interests are healthcare economics, healthcare policy, informatics, and healthcare delivery systems. I hope to combine all these interests in my future practice by being part of a small, but growing movement whereby physicians provide care directly to patients. I’ve been interested in Direct Care since my second year of medical school and the prospect of being able to provide care to my patients with their best interests at the center of the picture keeps me motivated. I hope to have my own clinic running shortly after finishing residency.
Outside of medicine, I love to spend time with my wife, Stephanie. I also enjoy reading, particularly about economics, politics, and personal finance. I also enjoy music—Steph and I attend many concerts at all the wonderful venues throughout Kansas City.
Best day as a Doctor? I particularly enjoy helping patients make improvements in their day-to-day lives outside of diagnosing and treating diseases. Often, this involves helping them save money on medicines or providing simple measures to cope with the daily burden of chronic disease.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC because I get the best of both worlds at Lakewood. As a university-backed program, I get the full support of an academic institution. Being at Lakewood, I get the benefits of being at an unopposed, community program. On a personal level, the family atmosphere amongst the staff and residence is great and provides a healthy learning environment.
Theresa Nguyen, DO
Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Kansas City. I’m a Kansas City girl through and through.
What are your goals and interests? The ultimate goal has always been to become the best physician that I can possibly be. I want to be someone that patients trust and enjoy coming to visit. Harboring solid relationships and inspiring interest in a person’s own health and wellbeing are very important. Knowledge is power.
Outside of medicine, my interests include anything artistic and crafty. I love trying out new projects and letting my creative side have a little fun. I also love spending time with my family and friends and curling up with a good book.
Best day as a Doctor? The best day is any day that leaves me feeling like I have made a positive difference in my patients’ lives. Whether it’s following a woman through her pregnancy and delivering a baby, providing preventative care, or helping someone understand their health better so they in turn take better care of themselves.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC not only because I believe it’s a great program that will fully prepare me for whatever I encounter as a physician, but also because it allows me to train at home. It’s a big plus having my support system in Kansas City. I also get to train and build my career around a community that I love.
Jessica Richter, DO
Where did you grow up? I grew up in the St. Louis metro area, in an Illinois suburb called Edwardsville. Go Cardinals!
What are your goals and interests? I am very interested in community medicine and working with underserved populations, especially women and children. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, I plan to eventually work in an urban, medically underserved area. I also have an interest in health policy and public health. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our family and friends, reading for fun, traveling to new places, and improving my Spanish speaking skills.
Best day as a Doctor? My best day as a doctor was when I was rotating at UMKC Lakewood as a fourth year medical student. I had delivered a baby (with the help of the residents and attendings) and the grandmother of the baby later asked me to take photo with the newborn for their baby book. I also got flowers! It was a great reminder of the effect that we have on our patients. A normal day for us can be such a monumental day in the lives of our patients, and we get to be a part of it!
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? During my search for the perfect family medicine program, I was looking for a comprehensive, unopposed program that would offer me the opportunity to be well trained in full-scope family medicine. I also wanted a program that encouraged Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and taught it well. I felt that UMKC provided all of these opportunities in spades. I also did most of my training in community hospitals and liked the familiar feel of Truman Lakewood, but also appreciated that it was part of the larger UMKC medical education system. When I rotated and interviewed at UMKC, I loved working with all the residents and faculty. They were all very welcoming and made me feel at home during my time there. It’s a big family here and I love that feel!
Jacob Shepherd, MD
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Dallas, TX as one of 11 children. My wife and I met in college and have been married for over six years. We recently had a baby girl who is growing up fast and is now 8 months old.
What are your goals and interests? I want to practice family medicine in a community setting and am interested in sports medicine. My goal is to practice full scope family medicine after residency and I desire to receive all the training necessary to fulfill those goals at UMKC Lakewood. Before starting medical school, I had the opportunity to travel to 17 countries overseas and want to participate in international medical missions after residency. I enjoy spending time with my wife and baby girl. We love outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, tennis, basketball and walks with our young family.
Best day as a Doctor? While working in a family medicine clinic, I had the opportunity to follow a patient who was morbidly obese at 285 pounds and was really struggling with weight loss. She had tried multiple weight loss programs with zero success. However, through the innovative program setup by the family medicine physician, the patient lost 45 pounds the first four months on the program which motivated her to continue on her weight loss journey. Because the physician believed in her and guided her, her life was changed for the better. I like Family medicine because you have the opportunity to help patients in need across various modalities and get the opportunity to use personal leadership skills to coach patients and help them reach their healthcare goals.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I am interested in a Family medicine Residency program that will provide diverse patient experiences that include: Community and hospital settings, treating acutely ill patients, learning how to manage chronic disease processes and have opportunities to pursue oversees international medicine electives. UMKC Family Medicine stood out to me as a program that offers all of these attributes in a community setting. Also, I really value Servant Leadership and the principles that UMKC Family Medicine uses to run the program.
Gretchen Stokes, MD
Where did you grow up? South Kansas City.
What are your goals and interests? My biggest interest is women’s health and I am developing an interest in global medicine as well. My goals are to serve the community I grew up in and promote physical, mental and emotional health and wellness within the field of women’s health.
Best day as a Doctor? My best day as a doctor would be being able to celebrate the victories, no matter how small they may be, with my patients. It will be proof that I am not just there to give medicine and advice, rather I am there to share in life with them.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I chose UMKC because the residents were heard. When they had concerns or feedback, the leaders of the program listened to them and made changes when possible. This assured me that I would be encouraged to speak up when I felt something needed to change or had an idea on how to make something better. I felt like I would be important part of the team.
Ryan Stokes, MD
Where did you grow up? Saint Louis, MO.
What are your goals and interests? I plan to be a primary care physician for the underserved. I enjoy reading classical fiction, listening to music, going on dates with my wife.
Best day as a Doctor? I believe my best day as a doctor will be when I am able celebrate with my patients in their victories or grieve with their losses and show that I care about them as a person.
Why did you choose UMKC for your residency? I love Kansas City. I worked with a resident in the program when she was an intern and worked with her again when she was a PGY-3 and she matured as a physician in her decision making. I thought this was a great testament to the strength of the program. Also, since I was a couples match, the program’s emphasis on maternal care was an interest to me because of my wife’s interest in maternal care.