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First Year Family Practice Residents
Ryan Allen, MD
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Ryan Allen, DO
Hi!  My name is Ryan Allen, and I am excited to be living in Fort Wayne so I can learn more about medicine.  I am a native of the western side of the United States, having lived in California, Washington, Utah and Arizona.  Although most of my family is in Utah, I call Arizona home because that is where I spent most of my growing up years.

After graduating high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I spent a few years at Mesa Community College taking a bunch of science and music classes.  After serving a mission in Wisconsin for the LDS church, I decided medicine would be a perfect fit for me, so I got a degree in Biochemistry at Utah State University.  Then I headed off to medical school at Des Moines University.

During my undergraduate years, I met my wife.  We soon got married and later had a daughter.  We are all excited to be in Fort Wayne, because we love the Midwest and being outside together.  We all enjoy music, reading and generally having a good time.  I especially enjoy reading fantasy, usually the bigger the series the better.

Why did I choose Fort Wayne?  Having decided I wanted to do Family Medicine, I knew I wanted a program that would train me to be proficient in everything a rural family doctor would need to know.  A quick internet search brought up the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program.  After looking into it, I found out that one of my mentors from my undergraduate years did his residency here.  He had nothing but positive things to say about it.  After spending some time here with people in the program, I knew it was the best fit for me.
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Ryan Bleck, MD
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Ryan Bleck, DO
My name in Ryan Bleck. I was raised in Riverside, CA and Deer Park, WA. After high school I joined the Navy and spent five years as a hospital corpsman in Maryland and Japan. When my enlistment ended I moved to Phoenix where I met my wife and started pursuing a career as a DO.

I did my undergraduate work at Northern Arizona University where I studied speech communication. Then I went to medical school at A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Medical school was an incredible experience. Our school focused on teaching students to serve the under-served with many of our rotations being completed at community health centers (CHCs). In my four years I have had the honor of being educated by the most amazing patients who ranged from urban and poor to rural and isolated. Usually, we cared for those who have poor access to care and very few resources. It was a blast!

Throughout school I fell in love with the specialty of Family Medicine. We get to care for people of any sex, any age, any disease, and in any location or setting. I am attracted to the ideals of family medicine which is really the image of the hometown country doc.

During the residency interview we were struck by how welcoming and positive everyone in the program was. What really impressed me is how their goal is to give you the training to become the kind of physician you want to be.

My career goals are to become an excellent family physician whose practice is thoroughly rooted in osteopathic philosophy and practices. I dream of working at a CHC someday catering either to the inner-city urban poor or to the isolated rural outbacks.

Outside of medicine I love: my wife, my son (Michael - 5yrs), my daughter (Emma - 8mos), my spiritual journey, riding my motorcycle, and watching baseball (We back the D-backs!).
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Emily Bushey, MD

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Emily Bushey, DO
Hello everyone!  I am a native and was born and raised in Fort Wayne.  I attended Hanover College in southern Indiana for my Bachelor’s degree in Biology.  From there, my journey took me to Glendale, Arizona where I earned a Master’s in Biomedical Science.  While living in Arizona, I met and fell in love with my best friend, Jeff, who was here in Indiana.  This helped with my decision to move back to the Midwest, where I attended Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. 

The Fort Wayne Medical Education Program was a perfect fit for me for many reasons. First, I love the family atmosphere among the residents, staff and faculty.  Everyone works together as an amazing team and wants to see the each of the residents be successful.  Second, it is an unopposed, dually accredited program, which also has ample opportunity for training in obstetrics and procedures.  I am certain that my training will help mold me into a well-rounded physician and allow me to pursue my passions of women’s health, pediatrics and preventative care.

Outside of medicine, you will find me cooking, reading, working out, and spending time with my husband.  Jeff and I got married right after medical school and are both very excited for me to be back in Fort Wayne!  He has his degree in Architecture from Ball State University and does design-build work here in town.  We both enjoy spending time at the lake, being outdoors and spending time with our families and friends.
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Syed Hasan, MD
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Syed Hasan, MD
Hello Everyone! My name is Syed, and I come from a place down south called Miami. After high school I ended up making one of the biggest decisions of my life, and ended up attending medical school in Pakistan! I attended Khyber Medical College and what a beautiful decision it was. Attending a college in a 3rd world country helped me appreciate what we have back home. Witnessing various pathologies and dealing with patients of various socioeconomic backgrounds helped strengthen my desire for medicine. I took part in many health clinics and enjoyed providing aid to those who were less fortunate. Now you may ask what brought me to Fort Wayne? I had the privilege of meeting the residents a few years back, since my brother was already a resident in the program. I could just see how family oriented and diverse the program was from the start, and I made it my goal to become part of the family.

Besides medicine, I am a huge sports fan! I love the Miami Heat aka home to the Big three! I enjoy playing sports as well, and outdoor activities. If there is a show on TV you can bet I have watched it! I'm thankful to be part of FWMEP and cannot wait to start the beautiful life of a resident!
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Tracy Hitzeman, MD
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Tracy Hitzeman, MD

Hi, my name is Tracy Hitzeman and I grew up just north of here in Auburn, IN. I attended Grand Valley State University for my undergraduate education where I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. I then went to the Indiana University School of Medicine to begin my medical training. I completed my first three years of medical school in Lafayette, IN at Purdue University in order to be with my husband, Thomas, who was completing his training as a veterinarian at Purdue. After he graduated in 2013, we then had the pleasure of moving back home to Auburn where I completed my fourth year of rotations in Fort Wayne. My husband is now a practicing veterinarian in Auburn and we are very excited to be back with family and to be part of the Fort Wayne area community once again!

I learned during my clinical rotations that I enjoy all aspects of medicine, so I am looking forward to the full spectrum training offered by the FWMEP. I do have a special interest in obstetrics and emergency medicine. The Fort Wayne medical community has been very welcoming and I am excited to learn from, and be a part of, this community.

My husband and I currently have a Bernese Mt. Dog, Sadie, and are thrilled to be adding to our family this July when our son is born!! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, camping/hiking/outdoor activities, going to see movies and reading.
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Drew Hosier, MD
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Drew Hosier, DO
Hello! My name is Drew Hosier. I was born and raised in Indiana, growing up in Grant County, about an hour south of Fort Wayne. I attended Earlham College in Richmond for my undergraduate degree where I played football and received my B.A. in Biochemistry. After Earlham, I married my high school sweetheart, Aleta, and then moved to Chicago to attend Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for my D.O. degree while Aleta pursued her Masters in Child Development. We loved the city and took advantage of everything it had to offer over the four years, especially enjoying the Chicago summers. After welcoming our daughter Charley to the world during my last year of school, we decided it was time to look into moving back home close to family and to a little slower pace (with a lot less traffic!).

Once I interviewed with the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, I knew we had found a place that would fit us very well, both professionally and personally! I was instantly attracted to the opportunity to do full-spectrum Family Medicine in an unopposed program at FWMEP. My interests in medicine range widely from primary care Sports Medicine to Women's Health with a lot in between. I feel that FWMEP will enable me to get a very broad, well-rounded education while molding my time to fit my interests. On the personal side, I found the environment to be very supportive and family-friendly which made it the perfect situation for our young family!

Outside of medicine, I love to spend time with my family, friends and dog! II am also a huge sports fan to say the least! I love to watch the Cubs, Bears, Colts, Notre Dame football, IU basketball and am becoming a big Blackhawks fan as well! We are looking forward to spending more time with family and finding all that Fort Wayne has to offer!
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Manju Kanikunnel, MD
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Manju Kanikunnel, MD
Hello! My name is Manju Kanikunnel.  I was born and raised in Kuwait and lived in India for two years before I moved to Chicago in high school. For my undergraduate I attended the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana and majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I then attended medical school at Ross University in Dominica.

In Medical school, I had the wonderful privilege of “island hopping” in the Caribbean and living in various states in the US.  During interview season, I came across Fort Wayne and greatly enjoyed the city, the people and the food. The residency program caught my eye as it is one of the largest unopposed programs with some of the happiest residents. I felt welcomed and am honored to be part of such a wonderful family.

During my free time, I love to learn new crafts, watch movies/ TV shows, shop, spend time with family, go on hikes, listen to music, sing, eat chocolates and mostly love travelling and learning about other cultures. I am greatly looking forward to starting my residency at Fort Wayne.

 

Braden Parmer, MD
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Braden Parmer, MD
Howdy! I’m Braden. I am from small-town Oklahoma and have deep family roots there. I went to a small university in Ada, Oklahoma, and right after graduating with a biology major, I attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Having grown up in a small town, family medicine was the only exposure to medicine I had going into training. I kept an open mind throughout my first 3 years, but I kept going back to my love for family medicine.

I am married to a wonderful woman (Katrina). She’s a public accountant. We both have our own work-related languages we speak that neither understands. We found FWMEP at the FM national conference in Kansas City. Their residents immediately drew us in and made us feel welcome and excited. Their residents showed confidence and experience, and explained how their program was unopposed in the entire city of Fort Wayne and also about the procedural breadth of their training. Upon interviewing, I was further impressed by their passion, compassion, and satisfaction in their training.

I love spending time with family. I read comic books and graphic novels (you know… the ones with pictures), play disc golf, board games, love the outdoors, and a bunch of other stuff.

It’s with excited nervousness that I begin my journey with FWMEP. I am confident that my choice to rank this as my top program was a great one!
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Lauren Stoffel, MD
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Lauren Stoffel, DO
Hello! I’m Lauren, and I was born and raised in the small town of Huntington, IN that is about ½ hr southwest of Ft. Wayne.  After getting a degree in Biology-Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselear, IN, I took a year off to serve my country as an AmeriCorps member.  I was in the Response and Preparedness Corps at the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, and I taught disaster and health and safety classes and disaster preparedness.  It was an amazing experience, and I realized in that time off that my calling was in serving others.

I decided to get my medical education at the birthplace of osteopathy, so I spent two years in Kirksville, MO at A. T. Still University-KCOM followed by two more doing rotations in Columbus, OH.   I’m now ready to embark on the next stage in my life—residency!  It’s exciting to be back home in Northeast Indiana, and I look forward all of the opportunities that FWMEP and the field of family medicine have to offer. 

Outside of medicine I enjoy being outdoors April through October, and due to my complete lack of athletic ability, jogging is my exercise of choice (though I do enjoy watching sports).  I also love traveling, eating, gardening, baking, and, of course, spending time with my family and friends!
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Trever VanderHorst, MD
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Trever VanderHorst, MD
Hi!  I’m Trever VanderHorst, and I’m thrilled to be in Fort Wayne for my residency training.  I grew up in Michigan, both the Upper Peninsula and the Grand Rapids area, so I’m a Midwesterner at heart.  I first moved to Indiana to attend Taylor University, where I received a degree in Psychology.  Upon graduation, I spent two and a half years in Kolkata, India working with people stuck in extreme poverty.  I returned to Indiana and began a career in social work, but all the while the idea of going into medicine grew inside.  After some soul searching and encouragement from my wife and family, I decided to apply to medical school.  I attended Indiana University School of Medicine, and did my first two years in Muncie.  For third and fourth year, I brought my family to Fort Wayne.  We liked the city immediately, and it did not take long to feel like home.  From a medical perspective, I had two years to evaluate and be impressed by the educational opportunities that abound.  When the time came to look for residency programs, staying in Fort Wayne was clearly the best choice for myself, my wife, and our daughters. 

In my free time, I like to do just about anything as long as it’s with my family or friends.  When the weather is nice, you might find me at a park or on a bike ride with my girls.  My family likes to make each other laugh, and I will admit to losing more than my fair share of Uno games.  I’m always up for a good conversation or a friendly debate, and I wouldn’t complain if Saturdays during college football season were all national holidays. 

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