Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Isheng Hou, MD, is captivated by family medicine because it emphasizes taking the time to listen to patients and addressing all their concerns, medically, socially, and emotionally. Hailing from Carbondale, Illinois, Isheng earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Isheng comes with a breadth of research, volunteer and work experience including investigating labor-induced trauma to the urinary tract; abstracting data from existing EMR to Epic; at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center she taught children who have experienced abuse how to play a variety of musical instruments. Notably in 2018 she was the recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) award for her outstanding work in and commitment towards health issues that affect Asians and Pacific Islanders. Isheng is fluent in Chinese, and dabbles in German. When she is not serving her community, Isheng enjoys swimming, from competitive to casual water sports, weight training, and travel. Some of her favorite time is spent with family on road trips to state and national parks and preserves. Isheng is always up for an adventurous and difficult hike!
Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Ali Howen, MD, is from McFarland, Wisconsin. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ali earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Prior to medical school, Ali developed a passion for working with individuals with disabilities as a support specialist (respite provider), working primarily with children at risk of out-of-home placement. She sought those experiences via AmeriCorps and United Cerebral Palsy. With a servant’s heart, Ali volunteered with Global Brigades, a non-profit organization using a holistic model to help prepare rural communities in Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua for self-sustainability through student-led medical, dental, public health, business, water, and engineering brigades, participating in three medical/dental brigades in Honduras, particularly. Ali further developed her Spanish-speaking abilities by majoring in Spanish, and incorporating Spanish into everyday life, which led to advanced ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients. When she’s not serving her community, Ali loves to play soccer, road biking, reading, and has deemed herself a cheese curd (both fresh and fried) enthusiast.
Medical school: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Jeffrey (Jeff) Daniels, MD was born and raised in Cedar Falls, IA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. While in medical school, Jeff worked with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition to foster health equity in communities through advocacy, education, and acceptance, and work against stigma. This strengthened Jeff’s commitment to reaching out to people where they are and providing care and support in an environment where they feel comfortable to share their experiences and improve their livelihoods. Jeff also volunteered at the student-run free clinic and provided care in underserved Hispanic and homeless communities. He was also involved with a women’s health rotation quality improvement project to develop and implement changes for both patient experience and clinical education for his peers. Jeff is interested in full spectrum integrative primary care and obstetrics and is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with his patients and their families. Jeff enjoys spending time with his friends playing baseball, basketball, golf, volleyball, board games, and tabletop RPGs. He also can be found writing, playing piano, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Medical school: Rush Medical College
Undergraduate: St. Olaf College
Andrea Kratzke Nelson, MD is from Edina, MN and earned her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Olaf College. After graduating from college, Andrea volunteered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in disaster relief from hurricanes and floods, where she developed her passion for helping survivors of natural disasters and recognized the importance of community resilience. Andrea earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College. In medical school, Andrea helped lead a homeless shelter clinic, where she saw the importance of partnering with her colleagues across the allied health professions. As a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, Andrea learned how research can impact communities. In the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, she discovered that people succeed best in their health goals when they receive support from their community; as a family physician, she contributes to both direct patient care and community health. Andrea also has an interest in health improvement and epidemiology and she has worked with a CDC international task force on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to community work, Andrea has medical interests in emergency medicine and psychiatry, especially mood disorders. Andrea relaxes by baking, knitting, painting, writing, sewing, hiking, and reading.
Medical school: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas
Jack Massee was born and raised in the small rural community of Appleton, MN. For Jack, the essence of medicine is to care for whole communities, from babies to the elderly, in clinics and in hospitals. Jack attended the University of St. Thomas where he received his degree in neuroscience. After college, he worked as an EMT and saw firsthand that many medical situations could be prevented with comprehensive primary care. Jack earned his medical degree from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is interested in rural medicine, with a focus in maternity care – he notes that every opportunity to deliver a baby is a humbling experience. While in medical school, Jack rotated at an HIV wellness clinic, where he learned how to work with patients to manage complex diseases. He also served meals at The Shade Tree, a shelter for women and children in Las Vegas. He is interested in osteopathic manipulative treatment because it provides a hands-on way to positively impact patients’ lives. Jack is also interested in addiction medicine and providing scope procedures. Jack enjoys travelling, attending musicals, and spending time hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking in the great outdoors.
Medical school: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Jamie Petzke was born and raised in Medford in north central Wisconsin and rural medicine is close to her heart. She values honesty, integrity, and hard work and creates honest, trusting relationships with her patients. Jamie served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and was called to active duty and deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She then earned her undergraduate degree in biology with a focus in neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Prior to starting medical school, Jamie worked as a research assistant at the VA where she enjoyed meeting the patients who enrolled in the study. Jamie’s approach to medicine is very patient-focused and she chose family medicine so she can care for kids, adults, and the elderly. Jamie is committed to caring for her patients through all of life’s stages, from maternity care and delivering babies to helping patients’ families cope with sadness and loss. When she is not in the clinic or the hospital, Jamie loves the outdoors – fishing, backpacking, camping, and hiking with her dogs. She also enjoys cooking for her husband, family, and friends.