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First Year Family Medicine Residents
Michael Giffen, DO
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Michael Giffen, DO
Hi, my name is Mike Giffen and I was born and raised in South Bend, IN. I attended Valparaiso University for undergrad and studied biochemistry and mathematics. Afterwards, I studied physiology for a year at IU School of Medicine. I then continued on to Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, where I got to be in the inaugural class of Indiana's newest medical school.

Fort Wayne Medical Education Program offers great training opportunities. I was looking for a community based program that was unopposed and was close to home and to Indianapolis. Fort Wayne fit all the criteria and more. The program has greatly impressed me from the start. I am excited to join this great group of physicians.

In my free time, I like to spend time with my husband and our two cats, and our families and friends. I enjoy running and cycling, being outdoors, cooking, and watching movies. I am excited to explore Fort Wayne and discover all it has to offer!
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AJ Henry, DO
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AJ Henry, DO
Hi, I'm A.J., the family man! I was born and raised in rural Utah. I am the 9th of 12 children, which makes family gatherings quite eventful! My upbringing fostered my love for family, rural communities, music, playing sports, serving others, academia, religion, and dance. Some fun hobbies I enjoy are singing, playing piano, playing any sport, clogging, breakdancing, unicycling and reading.

After high school I served a 2 year mission for the LDS church to the Netherlands and Belgium where I was able to serve, teach, and fellowship people in the Dutch-speaking community. Upon returning from my mission, I pursued a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. In my 3 short years at BYU I met and married my wonderful wife, Carrie--we met while playing ultimate frisbee. She also has a great love for family and we decided to start expanding our own right after we were married. In the past 7 years of marriage we have moved 8 times and are excited to add Fort Wayne as our 9th. We now have 3, soon to be 4, outrageously fun and adventurous children whom we love and with whom we cherish every moment.

While anticipating graduation with my bachelor's in psychology it dawned on me that my desire to become a therapist related heavily to psychiatry. This, along with some personal experiences with the medical field, led me to change my graduate studies path to medicine. During medical school at Des Moines University I quickly discovered that my greater passion lies within serving rural communities and practicing a wide scope of family practice. Intense research for the perfect residency program resulted in Fort Wayne Family Medicine Education Program, and I'm so grateful to be here! It has every high ranking this aspiring rural doc and family man could wish for.

When I'm not working, you can easily find me playing outside with the children, wrestling my son, soothing a baby (and coincidentally myself) to sleep, or reading "Go Dog, Go!" and "Goodnight Moon" for the 1,000,000th time. And I love every second of it!
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Christopher Little, MD

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Christopher Little, MD
I am a southern born, midwestern raised person of faith who is excited about serving the greater Fort Wayne Area in the discipline of medicine and beyond. I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Arkansas and Missouri before finally spending my middle and high school years in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. As a child of the 90's and early 2000's, lines and theme music from Doug, Hey Arnold, Toy Story, Lion King, and Home Alone (1 and 2) frequently swirl in my head.

My love of the weather narrowed down my choices for college to University of Oklahoma and University of Wisconsin. I chose to stay closer to home and attended University of Wisconsin and graduated with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (yes I have been storm chasing). During my undergraduate work, I spent a lot of time ministering at my church through music and helping mentor youth.

The draw to medicine has been there since high school, but my path toward being a family physician has had a few unexpected turns. Once my life was focused on being what I was designed to be, things quickly began to fall into place and I was accepted into Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. The blessing of studying at Wayne State was seeing how different culture impacts health status and how health status impacts culture in both a positive and negative sense. Each patient is a not just a lesson in physiology and pathophysiology, but also a lesson in culture and life as a whole. This awareness of the interplay between board room and blood pressure, kitchen and clinic, the streets and the surgeon's table is what I hope to bring.

Outside of medicine and ministry, my interests are unique to the least. I am huge fan of the NBA (San Antonio Spurs Fan) and the NFL (Green Bay Packers). In college football, my dad and I support University of Michigan. Observing wild and amazing weather will always be a past-time for me. If you see a weather radar on a computer screen and I am in the vicinity, I was definitely using that computer.
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Allen Maertin, DO
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Allen Maertin, DO
Hi, my name is Allen Maertin and I am from Southeast Michigan. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and spent my 3rd year working in one of the poorest counties in the country, where I fell in love with rural Family Medicine.

After spending a month in Fort Wayne while doing an audition rotation, I instantly knew that this was where I wanted to do my residency training. The program had everything I was looking for: procedures, strong inpatient training, a superb outpatient clinic, and a program that was unopposed. The residents and faculty made me feel welcomed, respected and a part of their family. Most importantly after showing my wife the city and introducing her to some of the residents and faculty, she was sold too. We are so excited to be living in Fort Wayne and honored to be a part of FWMEP.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jen and son Jaxon. I enjoy outdoor activities and all sports, especially ultimate frisbee, soccer, and basketball. I love hanging out with friends, playing board games, and all things Michigan football.
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Kelly Mullen, DO
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Kelly Mullen, DO

Hello! My name is Kelly Mullen. I was born and raised in San Diego, California where I also did my undergraduate studies in Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University. After working in a lab for a biotech company for two years, I moved out to Indianapolis to attend medical school at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I have family in the Warsaw, Indiana area which made the transition to Midwest life easy.

I chose FWMEP because of my desire to train in broad spectrum family medicine and because of the wonderful faculty, residents and supportive learning environment. Within family medicine I am especially interested in women's health, preventative care and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband of six years and our two cats, Hobbes and Watson. I also enjoy running, travelling, board games and trying new foods. We are so excited to explore Fort Wayne and to be part of the FWMEP community!
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Ian Reed, DO
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Ian Reed, DO
Hello! My name is Ian Reed, and I grew up in a small town in northwest Indiana called Kentland (population 1800). I attended South Newton High School where I enjoyed participating in sports: football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf. Following high school, I attended Manchester College (currently Manchester University), a small division III liberal arts school in northeast Indiana, where I continued playing football for four years. I graduated summa cum laude from Manchester with a major in Biology-Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. I received my professional degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in northeast Missouri. My third and fourth years of medical school were spent in Peoria, Illinois. I am so excited and proud to be home in Indiana attending the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program!

I married my high school sweetheart, Kayla, before leaving for medical school. She is an amazing wife, friend, and mother. We had our son, Everett, in the summer of 2016. I am thrilled that Fort Wayne will be the place that my family and I call home!

The Fort Wayne Family Medicine Residency was an easy choice for me. Being dually-accredited, it enables me to continue my medical and osteopathic training in a city that I had become so familiar with during my undergraduate days at Manchester. The Fort Wayne Medical Education Program also allows me to train with great doctors in three outstanding hospital systems.

In my free time, my wife and I enjoy going out to the movies and going for long walks with our son. We love spending time with family, and watching our son grow and learn. Personally, I enjoy golfing, card games, and watching NBA games (I am a dedicated Lebron James fan).
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Kimberly Schelb, MD
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Kimberly Schelb, MD
Hi everyone! My name is Kim Schelb and I am so excited to be coming to Fort Wayne for my next 3 years! I was born and raised in Marion, Ohio and then ventured to Springfield, Ohio for undergrad where I majored in Biology/Chemistry at Wittenberg University. I attended Ross University for medical school, where I traveled to the beautiful island of Dominica and then did my clinical training in downtown Los Angeles.

FWMEP was a very easy choice for me. I wanted an unopposed program to maximize my opportunities as a family doctor and the faculty truly convinced me that they would do everything they could to get me the best experience. But what sealed the deal for me was, hands down, the residents. Everyone along the interview trail was very nice but the residents here in Fort Wayne were the only people I really felt that I would want to hang out with outside of work. I wanted a place that would feel like home and Fort Wayne was it.

Outside of medicine, my activities are weather-dependent. I love to travel. Few things beat a long cross-country road trip and exploring nature. I've also played basketball and tennis for years. However, when the weather is a little rough, I turn into an old soul and would rather put on a pot of tea or coffee and curl up inside with my dog and a good book.

 

Christina Tatara, DO
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Christina Tatara, DO
Hi! My name is Christy Tatara, and I was born in Park Ridge, IL and raised in Fort Wayne. I attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN and majored in Biology and Spanish. Throughout undergrad I volunteered as a Spanish translator for free clinics in Indiana and abroad. It was in these small clinics that I found my passion for and my desire to pursue a career in the medical field! I then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and am excited to return home!

During my third year of medical school, I had the opportunity to rotate with a Fort Wayne family medicine graduate. That rotation not only solidified my decision to go into family medicine, but showed me what a high quality family physician looks like and peaked my interest in the program. Fort Wayne's program exemplifies the practice of family medicine through the quality of its faculty and residents, broad scope practice, and various opportunities because it is an unopposed residency program in a large hospital system. I am very honored and excited to be a part of this program. My particular interests include global medicine, women's health, and addiction medicine.

During my time at Butler, I met my husband, Joost, who is from the Netherlands. After meeting Joost, I became interested in learning (rather trying to learn) Dutch, traveling throughout Europe, and buying my first pair of wooden clogs! My other interests include cooking, running races, yoga, festivals, concerts… and of course cheering on the Butler Bulldogs!
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Jenna Thiele, DO
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Jenna Thiele, DO
Hello there, Fort Wayne! What an honor it is to complete my medical training here! I was born and raised in Indiana, and am excited to join the wonderful health care systems of our great state. For my undergraduate education, I attended Purdue University (Boiler up!) where I majored in Public Health and obtained minors in both psychology and sociology. While there, I had the opportunity to study some of the suspected elemental ties to Parkinson's disease and leukemia, as well as human characteristics that can lead to intimate partner violence. For medical school, I attended Marian University as a part of their inaugural class. I completed my two years of clinical rotations here in Fort Wayne.

My husband, Gavin, and I met at Purdue and are excited for the new adventures to come. We have a dog (Delilah), cat (Theodore), and rabbit (Dusty); and they are all the most spoiled animals in the world. My hobbies/passions include: playing with the pets, theater, singing, hiking, volleyball, gardening, art, OMT, preventative health, cooking, playing board games, and going to the lakes.

It is one of my goals to empower patients with knowledge that will ultimately allow them to make healthy choices and maintain a positive state of well-being. FWMEP is a strong, unopposed, dually- accredited program that will allow me to hone my surgical and procedural skill while inundating me with the education to provide quality medical treatments for my patients. The strong networks of physicians in Fort Wayne and diverse patient community have been invaluable to learn from, and I can't wait to continue my relationship with them. It truly is good to be here!
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Brenda Vazquez, MD
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Brenda Vazquez, MD
Hello, my name is Brenda Vazquez and I grew up in La Puente, California. I went to UCLA where I majored in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minored in Spanish. I then decided to get a master's degree in Biology at California State University, Los Angeles. Then I had a short career working as a clinical analyst where I made meta-analyses for medical companies on various subjects such as diabetes, glaucoma, and bariatric surgery. I then went to medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

I decided to go to Fort Wayne because I was looking for a program that prepared me to be a highly qualified physician, but also looked at the future and prepared me for the upcoming challenges in primary care such as mental health, geriatrics, and health management. Seeing that the program had a strong curriculum and electives I was excited when I got an interview. At my interview I felt that he residents knew each other very well, and were very supportive of each other; a nurturing and supportive learning environment was exactly what I was looking for!

During my free time I enjoy cooking, yoga, audio books, and watching movies. I am a very big fan of hiking, and I love planning trips to different national parks so I can do so. As far as sports, I really enjoy going to live baseball games in the summer, following college football in the fall, and March Madness in the spring.  

Matthew Wells, MD
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Matthew Wells, MD
Hi! I'm Matthew, and I am thrilled to be in Fort Wayne! As a native Hoosier, I grew up in LaPorte, Ind. Cross-country and track took me to the University of Indianapolis, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Biology and Kinesiology. More importantly, though, that's where I met my beautiful wife, Michelle! She is also from Indiana, as she grew up in the bustling metropolis of Shipshewana, just an hour outside Fort Wayne.

Medicine was always my goal. I attended Ross University on the beautiful island of Dominica where I developed a strong desire to serve the underserved. From Dominica, I finished my clinical training in Miami and Detroit. I decided on family medicine, as I want to return to rural communities of Indiana and serve every type of patient from pediatric to geriatric.

Fort Wayne was the perfect fit! I began researching programs at the beginning of my medical school career and found FWMEP. I never looked back. From the tailored curriculum, to the supportive staff, it couldn't be a more perfect fit.

Outside of medicine, I still run, enjoy trying local eateries, and cheering on college football (Go Irish!) However, the highlight of my days is anything shared with my family – my wife and two boys!  

Andrew Wieging, MD
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Andrew Wieging, MD
Hello, my name is Andy Wieging. I come from Delphos, a small town about an hour east of Fort Wayne in Ohio. I went to the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) for my undergraduate education, majoring in Pre-Med and Classical Greek. While at Notre Dame, I played the baritone in several university bands, including the Marching Band. Upon graduating, I attended St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, doing my clinical rotations in the Atlantic Health System in northern New Jersey.

My goal is to have a full-spectrum practice, and the advanced training which FWMEP offers is exactly what I want. The fit with the faculty and residents also helped to solidify my desire to do residency here. Being back in the Midwest, away from the hustle and bustle of New Jersey is a great bonus!

In my spare time, I like going camping, rafting, and hiking, having completed a decent amount of the Appalachian Trail. As a voracious reader, I enjoy reading books of all genres and periods from Herodotus to Tolkien. But mostly, I enjoy getting together with friends, whether that be for a bonfire, board games (especially Risk), or card games (euchre is the game of choice).  

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