The WWAMI program reserves twenty seats each year for qualified Wyoming residents.The
current WWAMI class began course work in July, 2023 and will complete 18 months of
studies here at the University of Wyoming before moving on to clerkships. Their third
and fourth years of study are spent at selected clinical sites throughout the WWAMI
Chantelle was born and raised in Worland, Wyoming. She graduated from Columbia University
in New York City with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior in 2021. While completing
her last three semesters online due to the COVID pandemic, Chantelle spent her free
time volunteering at the hospital in Worland, assisting in the radiology department
and operating room. Since graduation, she worked as a per diem emergency department
technician and a full-time medical scribe. Though originally interested in anesthesiology,
her work as a scribe has fostered a passion for family medicine. Chantelle spends
her time outside of work tending to her 200+ houseplants and competing in dart league.
Clara was raised in Sheridan, Wyoming. She attended the University of Wyoming and
graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She also
obtained a Masters of Science from the University of Wyoming in Food Science and Human
Nutrition, focusing on the recovery and molecular characterization of human norovirus
from wastewater. Her interest in medicine was solidified by experiences working in
a long-term care facility, volunteering at the Downtown Clinic, and shadowing physicians in the state. She looks forward to discovering which specialty
best suits her during her clinical rotations. In her free time, Clara enjoys baking,
skiing, hiking, and spending time at her family cabin.
Quinton was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming. After graduating with a Bachelors
in Molecular Biology, he joined staff with the Navigators ministry at the University
of Wyoming. Quinton confirmed his desire to pursue a career in medicine during a high
school internship where he shadowed a group of physicians and became fascinated with
learning about the complexity of the human body, and saw how the physicians served
their patients in meaningful ways. After shadowing multiple physicians throughout
college, Quinton is currently interested in pursuing a career in family medicine or
oncology due to their nature of facilitating longitudinal relationships with patients.
In his free time, Quinton enjoys spending time with family, playing guitar, connecting
with God, playing frisbee, and exploring the mountains.
Brad is from the small town of Story, Wyoming, where he has worked as a Rock Climbing
Guide during the summers for the past 5 years. Brad graduated from Montana State University
with a Baccalaureate in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. After graduating from MSU,
he pursued an internship with “Higher Ground”, a nonprofit working with veterans and
disabled athletes through outdoor recreation and recreational therapy. Brad found
his way toward a career in medicine with the help of a few amazing mentors and health
professionals, and is passionate about giving back to rural Wyoming communities through
the medium of medicine. During the rare stint of free time, you can find him rock
climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding, playing music with friends, or enjoying the
outdoors in this wonderful state we call home.
Brandi was born and raised in Laramie, WY, but has spent the past few years in South
Carolina, Africa, and Florida. She attended the University of Wyoming earning a BA
in Psychology and a BS in Physiology. Following graduation Brandi joined the Wyoming
Air National Guard serving as an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician providing in-flight
medical care to service members both stateside and during an overseas deployment.
Her interest in medicine stems from having worked in various helping professions and
numerous volunteer roles. These opportunities have helped build Brandi’s extensive
experience in the fields of mental health, emergency medicine, flight medicine, military
medicine, surgery, and global public health. Brandi is drawn to primary care and trauma
surgery but is open to exploring other specialities. Brandi is the first in her family
to attend medical school and is extremely grateful and excited to serve her fellow
Wyomingites as well as continue to serve her country as a member of the Armed Forces.
In her free time, Brandi enjoys traveling, cooking, learning about health and fitness,
and most of all spending time with her husband who is also serving in the United States
Annaliese has lived in a few places in Wyoming, having grown up in Greybull, WY and
Jackson, WY and spending the last few years in Pinedale, WY. She attended the University
of Wyoming where she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Environment
and Natural Resources (double major) in 2020 and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental
Systems Science with a minor in Sustainability in 2021. She continued to Missouri
State University where she received a Master of Public Health in 2023. Her medical
interests lie in rural and frontier family medicine with a focus on preventive and
holistic medicine. Outside of school, she is interested in plants, rocks, music, and
Sabrina was born and raised in Pinedale, Wyoming. She attended the University of Wyoming
where she graduated with a BS in physiology. She found her passion for medicine at
a young age when both her parents worked in Sublette County as EMTs. She was fascinated
by their knowledge of the human body and their ability to help people, and she wanted
to be just like them. Since that early age, she has spent time working, volunteering,
and shadowing in many areas of healthcare and has fallen in love with patient care.
She has a strong interest in both public health and preventative medicine, but she
looks forward to exploring all specialties over the next few years. Outside of school
she enjoys traveling, reading, exploring the outdoors with her husband, and (very
Dean was born and raised in the rural Thanh Son district of Vietnam and moved to Casper,
Wyoming, at the age of 9. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor
of Science in biology in 2023. His intrigue in medicine began after a close encounter
with rabies while growing up in Vietnam. Dean worked as a medical assistant for Wyoming
Family Practice, but it was his experience as a hospice companion for Central Wyoming
Hospice that gave him the resolve to pursue medicine. As a first-generation immigrant
and student, he is beyond grateful for all the opportunities Wyoming has given him,
both inside and outside the classroom. Though unsure of which specialty he wants to
pursue, he is drawn to family medicine for its longitudinal aspect of care. Art has
been his love since childhood, and Dean prides himself on his ability to not only
sketch and character illustrate but also to sing. He loves spending time with those
he cares about and enjoys cooking, though he is no expert at it.
Rafael was born in Samsun, Turkey, and moved to Laramie when he was two. Since then
he has moved back and forth between Wyoming and Turkey. Rafael graduated from the
University of Wyoming in 2022 with degrees in Molecular Biology and Finance. He has
worked as a biotech consultant, finance intern, STEM curriculum designer, psychiatric
technician, and fashion importer. Rafael has researched developmental biology and
worked on the UCHAT project, examining barriers to healthcare access in Wyoming. This
research and other aspects of growing up in Wyoming and Turkey have helped grow his
passion for medicine. He is excited to explore many different specialties and plans
to continue to work to improve health equity in the state and beyond. In his free
time, he enjoys working out, learning to code, collecting and reading graphic novels,
pizza-making, and spending time with loved ones.
Anh was born in a medically underserved community in Phu Yen, Vietnam. When she was
twelve years old, her family immigrated to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Witnessing the negative
impacts of healthcare disparities in her hometown, and the challenges that immigrants
face in seeking medical care in the U.S. has motivated her to pursue a career in medicine.
As a future physician, her goal is to help bridge the gap in access and advocate for
more equitable care. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of
Washington and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, she
served as a volunteer at Swedish Hospital where she helped optimize patients’ experiences,
and worked as an undergraduate researcher. After her graduation, Anh worked as a medical
scribe and assistant for Frontier Derm Partners, an experience that sparked her interest
in the specialty. As a continuous learner, Anh enjoyed serving as an academic tutor
where she was able to help students while fulfilling her intellectual curiosity. Though
her current medical interests are dermatology and emergency medicine, she is excited
to explore other specialties throughout medical school. During her free time, she
enjoys playing kalimba and spending time with her cat.
Emma was raised in Lander, Wyoming where she spent most of her childhood on horseback
with her family. After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in Chemistry,
she completed research in novel polytrauma model development and treatment paradigms
at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense. Time spent
working directly with patients in under-resourced areas of healthcare, from clinics
in Boston to hospice care in Lander, cultivated Emma’s love for medicine. In the future,
she hopes to serve patients in rural areas and increase accessibility of care for
vulnerable populations. In her free time, Emma can be found in the nearest mountain
range, mountain biking or trail running, or at home cooking up a storm.
Kaden moved from Utah to Powell, Wyoming when he was in the third grade. His interest
in medicine started while attending cardiology follow-up visits for his older sister,
Kenly, who has Down syndrome. He was also influenced by a work-experience program
in high school with Powell Valley Health Care. Before graduating from BYU-Idaho with
a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and a minor in chemistry, Kaden served
a church mission in Guatemala City. From that experience, he became passionate about
the Spanish language and became involved in volunteer clinical interpreting. Most
recently, he worked as a clinical research coordinator and phlebotomist involving
the conduct of investigational vaccine trials covering a wide array contagious disease.
Kaden is honored and grateful to be returning to Wyoming through the WWAMI program
and is interested by many fields of medicine, but he is keeping an open mind as to
what specialty he will pursue. Kaden loves spending free time with his wife Madelyn,
their daughter Mae, and his older sister Kenly who lives with them. He also enjoys
road biking, fly fishing, basketball, golf, and other outdoor activities.
Aaron was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming, and for a brief period, he lived in Billings,
Montana. He is a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, as
well as an EMT at Cody Regional Health. While he has always gravitated towards the
sciences, particularly Physiology, He developed a desire to pursue medicine and to
help others through hospital experiences with his friends and family. This desire
was expounded upon with his unique interaction with patients as a strength coach,
EMT, and a microbiologist capable of interpreting research. He found that an extreme
variety of conditions, including most of the 10 highest mortality conditions, could
be ameliorated or prevented using his knowledge as a strength coach, and that very
few people have the resources to meet the physical activity guidelines that would
be very useful for their health. His wish is to become an emergency physician that
can help in the most dire of situations, but also to have educational interactions
with patients about lifestyle change. In his free time, he loves to read books; learn
to cook new and exciting dishes; train with weights (of course); listen to music;
and learn about medicine. Growing up in Wyoming, some of his greatest passions are
camping and hiking in the outdoors, and skiing.
Sai Kit Ng
Sai Kit Ng (Kit) is from Laramie, Wyoming. He was born in Malaysia and immigrated
to the United States when he was six years old. He graduated from the University of
Wyoming with BS degrees in molecular biology and microbiology and minors in music
and physiology. Kit has been interested in medicine since he was a young boy and has
developed a passion for serving the underserved and immigrant community. He served
as a volunteer interpreter at the Downtown Clinic in Laramie, Wyoming, and wants to
help address social inequities in medicine as a physician and provide quality treatments
to patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kit was fortunate to serve the people of
Wyoming by administering COVID tests to the public and educating the community about
the virus. Additionally, through his experiences as a Junior Counselor for the Rocky
Mountain Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp (RYLA), Kit has understood what it means
to discover and embrace ones’ authentic self and seeks to keep the “RYLA magic” alive
in medicine by being a support system for patients. Kit wants to continue exploring
the parallels between music and medicine, having experienced how both seek to positively
impact people. He is inspired by the healing art of medicine, having seen first-hand
how impacting patients’ lives makes that infectious healing energy spread and inspire
others in the community to improve their health. He looks forward to exploring different
specialties of medicine that better serve the community. In his free time, Kit loves
playing piano, working out at CrossFit, reading, traveling, cooking, and spending
time with family and friends.
Rylie attended the University of Wyoming and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
in Chemistry and a minor in Physiology in 2021. Throughout her college career, she
also competed for the Cowgirl Swim and Dive Team. She worked as an Emergency medicine
intern for Campbell County Health for a summer and also worked as a phlebotomist and
Covid-19 screener for Ivinson Memorial hospital for a year. These experiences led
to her interest in medicine and taught her important lessons about the quick response
and problem solving aspects of medicine. She then returned to Gillette and spent two
years as a high school chemistry teacher and swim coach for Thunder Basin High School.
She loved her time as a teacher and learned about education and building relationships.
She is specifically interested in anesthesiology but is excited to explore the many
paths that medical school provides. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, traveling,
paddle boarding, and spending time with family and friends.
Matthew grew up in Burlington, Wyoming, a little farm town with about 300 people.
While growing up, he enjoyed playing basketball, working on my family's farm, and
participating in other school events. He then served a two-year mission for his church
in Mexico City and Southern California. After his mission, Matt attended Brigham Young
University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. He enjoys trying
new foods, playing any sport, and spending time with family and friends.
Hyrum is a second-generation WWAMI student who grew up moving around the WWAMI regions
while his father rotated between clerkships. Hyrum’s hometown is Buffalo, WY where
he helped on his family’s sheep and cattle ranch during his middle school and high
school summers. He served a two-year proselyting mission in Southern California for
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before finishing his degree in Physiology
from the University of Wyoming in May 2020. Hyrum conducted neuroscience research
at the University of Wyoming in a joint project with Johns Hopkins University and
is a published author. Hyrum has worked in a variety of clinics and specialties since
graduation including Shaun Shafer Ophthalmology, Ivinson Medical Group, and Primary
Children’s Outpatient Clinic in Layton, Utah. He hopes to use his talents and the
instruction from UWSOM to lift, encourage, inspire, and heal those in rural Wyoming.
In his free time, Hyrum likes to run, draw portraits, read books, play card/board
games, and spend time with his wife and two children.
Tatiana was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and moved to Casper, Wyoming in middle school.
Her passion for medicine started at a young age when she was inspired to become a
doctor by her pediatrician. She attended the University of Wyoming where she earned
a dual degree in Spanish and Physiology with a minor in Honors. As a student, she
was an undergraduate researcher through the Wyoming Research Scholars Program studying
the effects of e-cigarette vaping on the cardiopulmonary system and the molecular
mechanisms that drive chronic inflammation in high-fat-diet-induced obesity in mice.
She started working as a Dialysis technician her senior year and earned her CCHT certification.
Tatiana is currently interested in internal medicine but is excited to experience
other specialties. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family,
exercising, and exploring new hobbies.
Tori grew up in Gillette, Wyoming and graduated from Creighton University with Bachelor’s
degrees in Biology and History in 2022. As an undergraduate, she worked at the Omaha
Children’s Hospital as a scribe in a variety of specialities. This experience cultivated
her interest in pediatric medicine but she is looking forward to exploring other specialties
throughout her time in medial school. Following graduation, Tori hiked 150 miles of
the Camino Frances in Spain, worked in a pub in Ireland, and volunteered at a center
for Ukrainian refugees. In her free time, she enjoys pilates, baking, running, and
listening to live music.
Anna's interest in medicine was sparked by personal experiences. As a Hungarian-American,
she observed her family's struggles due to cultural and linguistic barriers. Growing
up in rural Wyoming, Anna experienced and witnessed the hardships caused by limited
access to medical resources. These experiences, along with her studies in Psychology
at Pepperdine University and pre-medical education at Johns Hopkins University, deepened
her understanding of healthcare disparities and the need for equitable care. Working
with immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles emphasized the significance of trust in
the patient-doctor relationship. As a medical assistant in Washington D.C., Anna's
belief in compassionate care was solidified. Witnessing the positive impact of comprehensive
and empathetic care reinforced her commitment to addressing healthcare disparities
and providing accessible healthcare for underserved populations. In her free time,
Anna enjoys traveling, cultural exploration, fashion, and spending time with her family,
friends, and miniature schnauzer.