Laura Baker, MD

Hometown: Tyler, Texas

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University — biomedical sciences

Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine

Medical Interests: International Medicine & Obstetrics/Women’s Health

Personal Interests: Music, traveling and coffee

I love this residency because: Everyone is treated like family. Not only is the work environment supportive, but this is one of the best programs in the country at training full-spectrum, rural family docs. Everyone arrives here with different backgrounds and foundations of knowledge and skill, but this progrunivam strives to help you become the best doctor you can be. Whether you want to do procedures, live overseas, practice OB, work in a hospital, or work in a clinic, you will get the training you need here.

Future Plans: I hope to someday practice medicine in South America. When I’m not doing that, I would like to live somewhere near family and practice full-scope family medicine including obstetrics. I also plan to learn Spanish and to travel as much as possible.


Ryan Buse, MD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

Undergraduate: South Dakota State University

Medical School: University of South Dakota

Medical Interests: Underserved populations, International medicine, ER, OB, Inpatient, System Management

Personal Interests: Reading, Team Sports, Adoption, Nerdy Board Games, Coffee

I love this residency because: The residents and faculty at Texas A&M are a family, from the get go it has been clear that this is a group that goes out of the way to care for one another. I’m super excited about the drive to practice full-spectrum medicine here which pushes me to stretch and grow. There is also lots of opportunities to tailor the training to fit the specific practice residents desire to pursue in the future. There is a great legacy here, and residents from this program are heavily recruited. Also, they feed us well J.

Future plans: love the Lord my God with all my heart soul, mind, and strength, love others more than myself, full-spectrum somewhere: Rural vs. International vs. Residency faculty, be as loving a father & husband as I can be


Hanna Braden McGehee, MD

Hometown: D'Hanis, Texas

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University — nutrition major, Spanish minor 

Medical School: : UT School of Medicine at San Antonio 

Medical Interests: Women's Health/OB-GYN, geriatrics, peds, rural medicine

Personal Interests: Anything sports (except tennis), live music, dancing, running

I love this residency because: The broad spectrum training allows you to choose how you want your practice to be and what you want to do. I love that the program emphasizes family within the program and supports not just the residents but their families too.

Future Plans:  Practicing rural family medicine: Doing OB-GYN in a rural area and possibly endoscopy/colonoscopy too. Providing full scope family medicine to the underserved rural populations

Kurtis Klecan

Kurtis Klecan, MD

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Undergraduate: University of Kansas

Medical School: University of Kansas Medical School

Medical Interests: Rural, OB, Sports Medicine, Endoscopy

Personal Interests: Avid fan of the KC Royals, Chiefs, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Colorado Avalanche. Boating, softball, fishing, camping, tailgating, barbecuing, gardening and canning, playing with my dog Harley

I love this Residency because: Of its motto “training old school docs.” When I did my rural rotations in Kansas the docs there did everything from scopes to OB. This residency allows me to get trained in everything I need to be a rural doc. My fellow residents also made this place special. Moving away from Kansas was hard decision. Yet, after my wife and I visited here, we realized how much of a family this residency is. They not only made me welcome but my wife too. These are awesome people who I know will make this a fun three years in Texas. Also the town of Bryan-College Station has a lot to offer. It’s not too big. It’s just the right size and has plenty of fun to be had when you get those precious days off. 

Future plans: Practicing in a rural Kansas town doing everything from clinic, to ER, to procedures, to babies. Buying a boat and a lake house hopefully somewhere in the Ozarks.


Nick Lemley, DO

Hometown: Prosper, Texas

Undergraduate: University of the Incarnate Word

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Interests: Rural medicine, hospital medicine, endoscopy

Personal Interests: Hunting, fishing, all things outdoors, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars hockey

I love this residency because: There's so many reasons I liked Texas A&M, but first and foremost was how much I liked the people here. You won't find a better group to be around. Additionally, your training here won't limit the scope of your future practice. Whatever you want to do, the opportunity exists. Lastly, it's located in the heart of the greatest nation on earth, Texas.

Future Plans: Practicing rural family medicine, endoscopy, hospital medicine, emergency medicine


Kristyn Mathewson, DO

Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico

Undergraduate: St. Mary’s University in San Antonio

Medical School: UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Interests: Rural Medicine, Obstetrics, Endoscopy, Emergency Medicine, Public Health

Personal Interests: Anything sports or outdoors, traveling, family time

I love this residency because: Texas A&M is the perfect residency program because it offers exceptional rural training and cultivates a family atmosphere. The residents, faculty and staff are so supportive. In my short time being here it is obvious that my success as a physician is important to everyone. Whether you want to do rural medicine, obstetrics, procedures, etc., there is always someone who is willing to take the extra step to make that possible. I love being a part of the Texas A&M family, and I couldn’t imagine training anywhere else.

Future plans: Practicing rural family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics, doing endoscopy, getting involved with mission work, and advocating for my patients


Abbi Messer, DO

Hometown: Gruver, Texas

Undergraduate: West Texas A&M University

Medical School: UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Interests: Women’s health, Geriatrics, Rural Medicine

Personal Interests: Family time, painting and live music.

I love this residency because: This residency program is filled with genuine, hard-working, super intelligent people that I find myself wanting to be around even outside of work. I initially became interested in the program because of its emphasis in rural medicine and the amazing opportunities to put emphasis on scopes and/or OB, but the first day I stepped foot in the TAMFMR office, I fell in love with the people. I feel honored every day to train with such incredible people, people who go the extra mile for their patients, people who set time aside to make sure you are adjusting well to your new role as a physician, and people who want you to succeed in all aspects of your life, including roles such as a spouse, a parent, a Christian, and of course, a physician. Seriously, I believe it can’t get any better than this.

Future Plans: Practicing rural medicine in my hometown and short term mission work


John Pulvino, DO

Hometown: Trinity, Texas

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University — history

Medical School: UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical Interests: Wilderness Medicine, International Medicine, Obstetrics, Endoscopy

Personal Interests: Waterfowl and upland bird hunting, backcountry backpacking, fishing

I love this residency because: When looking at residency options, I was immediately drawn to Texas A&M for the breadth of training available. After spending some time around the program I quickly realized that the true strengths were the incredible people and culture. This is a program that will undoubtedly provide a top tier education in the full scope of Family Medicine. More importantly, it is a program that will develop its residents as people.

Future Plans: Practicing rural family medicine in rural Texas. I plan on working to meet the needs of the community I live in to include obstetrics, endoscopy, and inpatient medicine in addition to outpatient clinic. Additionally, I plan on finding international missionary opportunities for myself and my family


Travis Tomek, MD

Hometown: Bay City, Texas

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University

Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine

Medical Interests: Rural Medicine

Personal Interests: Outdoors and sports

I love this residency because: This residency gives you the training to confidently practice all types of medicine. I chose this residency because I did not want to be limited by my training and I wanted to be competent in a rural setting in order to serve a wide range of patients. The culture at this program is second to none and it was a fit that was perfect for me. This residency was an easy choice for me knowing that I would be surrounded by great faculty and residents.

Future Plans: Practicing rural family medicine


Randall Waldner, MD

Hometown: Redfield, South Dakota

Undergrad: South Dakota State University — biology

Medical School: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Medical Interest: Sports medicine, rural medicine, endoscopy

Personal Interests: Anything sports or outdoors

I love this residency because: The people I met and interacted with at Texas A&M made all the difference for me. This residency provided all the aspects of training that I wanted and I know I will feel confident caring for all sorts of problems in a rural setting. There are so many different options that Texas A&M provides and you will undoubtedly be able to make the most of your experience. 

Future Plans: Returning to South Dakota to practice rural family medicine.