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Inaugural Class of 2023

Top- Alex Sirney, DO, Dan Brown, DO, Nick Quigley, DO, Ryan Hirata, MD, and Christina Lee, MD

Bottom- Katherine Sensenich, MD, James Ko, MD and Lillian Amezquita, MD 

 

Class of 2023

Lilly Amezquita

Lilly Amezquita, MD

PGY 2

Hometown: Edinburg, TX
Undergrad: Brown University – Providence, RI
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School/Brown University – Providence, RI

Hobbies/Interests: Binge-watching several hours of Great British Baking Show, attempting their recipes - usually failing. I like to dabble in digital illustration; it would be awesome to illustrate a children’s book one day! I am currently obsessed with woodworking and hanging out with my cute son before he stops being so cute. Of course, I have a fond appreciation for the outdoors and enjoy camping, fishing and learning about primitive survival.

Life before med school: I studied Immunology as an undergrad and participated in several research projects, including the study of protein folding involved in Lou Gehrig's Disease. One of the most enjoyable things I did was my participation in community outreach programs aimed to get kids interested in STEM fields.

Why Lubbock: I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful city. Lubbock has a great home-town feel, the most friendly folk, and is located in a place that intersects so many different types of communities. A great mixture of cozy city and robust rural living.

Dan Brown

Dan Brown, DO

PGY 2

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergrad: Brigham Young University – Provo, UT
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Parker, CO

Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, music, and rock climbing.

Life before med school: After undergrad, I worked as an ER tech in a small critical access hospital before accepting a position in clinical research at the University of Utah. During my other gap years, I lived in Thailand as well as visited South America, Europe, Africa, and other parts of Asia.

Why Lubbock: I was excited to join a new program with enthusiastic faculty and staff. Dr. Morris and the other leaders truly care about their residents and are dedicated to high-quality education. The isolated yet centralized location of Lubbock is ideal for emergency medicine training.

Ryan Hirata

Ryan Hirata, MD

PGY 2

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia
Undergrad: University of British Columbia – Vancouver, BC
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine – Aurora, CO

Hobbies/Interests: Martial Arts, cycling, woodworking

Life before med school: My name is Ryan Hirata and I am super excited to be one of the new EM residents. I am Canadian and lived up north in western Canada until I went to medical school in Colorado. I originally wanted to be a botanist, which oddly, is how I met my wife, Eiko. I ran into her while I was hiking on a tiny island in the Pacific to see a particular tree that was in one of my textbooks. We also have a 4-year-old daughter, Tomoe. We primarily speak Japanese at home. I practice traditional Japanese martial arts and enjoy woodworking, especially furniture making. I look forward to working with everyone!

Why Lubbock: Many reasons, I originally applied here because I am attracted to new programs. They always seem to have an enthusiastic group of motivated people who want the program to be the best it can be. That certainly holds true here. I like the challenge of trail blazing, representing a brand new group in the hospital and having the opportunity to leave a positive make in the program for future EM Residents. The other major reason I am excited to be in Lubbock is because I had a great time when I was last here. We are always told in medical school “you will find your people,” and it was true for me and this program. I felt like I connected with all of the attending’s I met and had a good laugh with the program coordinator. I am super excited to be able to work with and learn from the crew here.

James Ko

James Ko, MD

PGY 2

Hometown: Petaluma, CA
Undergrad: University of California – Santa Cruz, CA
Medical School: St. George’s University – West Indies, Grenada

Hobbies/interests: Powerlifting, reading, movies, cooking

Life before medical school: I was born and raised in Petaluma, CA. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, then worked as a scribe for a few years before starting medical school at St. George’s University. In medical school, I picked up powerlifting as a great hobby and way of staying healthy. In my free time I like to relax with a good audiobook or podcast. I also enjoy taking walks, watching movies, and cooking with my loving wife. Before medical school, I spent much of my time practicing martial arts, playing music, and volunteering with youth leadership organizations.

Why Lubbock: I have had my eye on Texas for many years now as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I was first drawn to Lubbock by its small town feel that reminds me of my own childhood. After learning more about the program starting at TTU HSC and meeting with the leadership, I felt impressed and excited about the prospect of starting my journey as a new doctor here in Lubbock.

Christina Lee

Christina Lee, MD

PGY 2

Hometown: Bushland, TX
Undergrad: University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
Medical School: TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine – El Paso, TX

Hobbies/interests: Intramural basketball, painting, hiking

Life before medical school: I was born in Amarillo, TX and grew up mostly in Bushland, studied health sciences and engineering at AACAL and met my husband at a church in Amarillo. Then we moved to Albuquerque for The University of New Mexico studying Biology and Chemistry, while passing time tutoring, coaching YMCA basketball and volleyball, and of course hiking.

Why Lubbock: Growing up in the panhandle made Lubbock the place to be! Three different times my husband and I have tried to move to Lubbock and we finally made it after 7 years and 5 degrees (between the two of us) later! I am so excited to be back near all my family!

Nick Quigley

Nick Quigley, DO

PGY 2

Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Undergrad: Lubbock Christian University – Lubbock, TX
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine – Dothan, AL

Hobbies/interests: Family, photography, exercise, training my standard poodle

Life before medical school: I grew up in Lubbock and scribed here in the ED prior to medical school.

Why Lubbock: My wife and I are very excited to return to Lubbock and I am looking forward to training with all of you!

Katherine Sensenich

Katherine Sensenich, MD

PGY 2

Hometown: Leawood, KS
Undergrad: Kansas State University – Manhattan, KS
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City, KS

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy playing cello, traveling, swimming, and spending time with family and our golden retriever.

Life before medical school: In undergrad, I worked in a virology research lab, was president of my sorority, did mission work in Kenya, and won the smile cam at a football game!

Why Lubbock: I was welcomed with kindness and impressed by the interesting lives of the people I worked with. I trust the department’s vision for the program and am excited to help shape its growth. Plus, it’s a bonus to live in a fun college town!

Alex Sirney

Alex Sirney, DO

PGY 2

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA; Harrisonburg, VA
Undergrad: James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – Kirksville, MO

Hobbies/interests: Running, hiking, camping, filmmaking, strategy games

Life before medical school: I lived in Pittsburgh, PA and western Virginia before moving to Missouri and Chicago for medical school. Before school I worked in public health and EMS. I'm interested in studying global health and disaster medicine, and have done medical work in Greece and Peru.

Why Lubbock: I love hiking, camping and being outdoors, and am looking forward to exploring West Texas!

Class of 2024

Brandon Bradley

Brandon Bradley, MD

PGY 1

Hometown: Amarillo, TX
Undergrad: Texas Tech University – Lubbock, TX
Medical School: Texas Tech University HSC – Lubbock, TX

Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Fitness, Photography, Woodworking and Van builds

Life before med school: I was born in Amarillo, TX but attended school in Bushland, TX.  I had a strong interest in Agricultural Education and was very involved in the National FFA Organization.  I have been a student of Texas Tech since 2010 when I started undergraduate work in Animal Science.  Since that time, I have completed a Masters in Medical Sciences and Business Administration.

Why Lubbock: I am not originally from Lubbock, but this town has been instrumental in shaping who I am today.  From my education to my friends and family, Lubbock has become my home over the years.  I am so very happy to continue my training and education in the place I call home with the community I have spent so much time being a part of.

JD Escobedo

JD Escobedo, MD

PGY 1

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Undergrad: Texas Tech University – Lubbock, TX
Medical School: Texas Tech University HSC – Lubbock

Hobbies/Interests: Sand volleyball, buying books, ceramics, being a Josh Farkas fanboi, bringing home wood from the side of the road for “future projects”, podcasts, not getting around to enough future projects, mountain summits, looking for my keys/wallet, aspiring to become a zentensivist, and medical education

Life before med school: I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX.  I have unintentionally become Mr. Texas Tech as I have completed my undergraduate and graduate education at Texas Tech followed by a year of metabolomics research at Texas Tech’s Center for Biotechnology and Genomics.

Why Lubbock: Lubbock has become my home away from home.  By cosmic, and sometimes comedic, design Lubbock has perpetually offered the opportunity to pursue my academic and professional interests.  I have lived most of my adult life in Lubbock where I have witnessed and, at times, been able to take part in its growth.  I look forward to another active 3 years of West Texas livin’.

Alec Espeland

Alec Espeland, DO

PGY 1

Hometown: Pierre, SD
Undergrad: North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Parker, CO

Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, Fishing, rodeo, woodworking and team sports

Life before med school: I worked as an EMT for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. I also worked in home construction.

Why Lubbock: The lifestyle, the people and the BBQ!!!

Andrea Fowle

Andrea Fowle, MD

PGY 1

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad: Midwestern State University – Wichita Falls, TX
Medical School: Texas Tech University HSC – Lubbock, TX

Hobbies/Interests: Playing with my dogs, learning random things from YouTube, attempting to game the stock market, and traveling. My goal is to visit all 7 continents in my life; I’m over halfway!!

Life before med school: I was born in Houston and lived in South Dakota, Atlanta, and Corpus Christi before moving to Wichita Falls for undergrad.  I studied Chemistry and Psychology with a minor in Biology at MSU while working as a bartender, church childcare worker, degree plan auditor for the university and scribing at the local hospital- somehow all at the same time!

Why Lubbock: I came to Lubbock form medical school initially because of the incredibly warm community and ultimately stated for residency because of the wonder faculty, staff and residents in the ER as well as its Level 1 Trauma Center status.  I also appreciate the lack of traffic and low cost of living.

Dustin Hoang

Dustin Hoang, MD

PGY 1

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas at Arlington – Arlington, TX
Medical School: Texas Tech University HSC – Lubbock, TX

Hobbies/Interests: In my free time, I enjoy boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, hunting and playing the guitar and drums.

Life before med school: Couch surfed out of HS with no real direction or plans.  I realized halfway through undergrad that medicine is something that I wanted to do.  I became a scribe out of college to get some clinical experience and then attended TTUHSC GSBS Masters Program and was subsequently accepted to TTUHSC medical school.

Why Lubbock: It isn’t the location, but the people in Lubbock that make it such a wonderful town.  Doing the master’s program and then medical school here has really allowed me to become integrated and really get to know the people and the culture of Lubbock.  Also, the Tech football games and Broadway aren’t too bad either!

Caitlin Magargee

Caitlin Magargee, DO

PGY 1

Hometown: Cibolo, TX
Undergrad: Schreiner University – Kerrville, TX
Medical School: University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine – San Antonio, TX

Hobbies/Interests: I love traveling abroad and to national parks.  I took up baking in high school when I interned as a pastry chef.  Barre is my favorite form of exercise.

Life before med school: I tutored in the math and sciences in undergrad.  I was an active member of my sorority Delta Phi Epsilon.  I took a gap year to receive my Masters in Biomedical Sciences before medical school.

Why Lubbock: UMC has a large catchment area, which leads to diverse pathology.  It is the academic center that serves as the county hospital, which is exactly what I wanted.  Lubbock is a huge university town, which is reflected in activities to do when not working.

Cam Mecham

Cam Mecham, DO

PGY 1

Hometown: Pleasant Grove, UT
Undergrad:  Utah Valley University – Orem, UT
Medical School:  Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Parker, CO

Hobbies/Interests: Triathlons, weightlifting, nutrition, hiking/trail running, hanging out with my wife and kids, and MOVIES!!!

Life before med school:  It is so hard to remember...was there life before med school?  I worked as a health and wellness coach during undergrad and really enjoyed the challenge of helping people hit their personal goals.

Why Lubbock: Texas Tech provided me and my family exactly what we were looking for; a great place to raise a family and an awesome spot to continue training.  We found it really difficult to find a place with this level of acuity, complexity of patients and the variety of cases that is also incredibly family friendly.  This program and area checked all the boxes for making it an easy decision to choose Lubbock!

Andrea Weitz

Andrea Weitz, MD

PGY 1

Hometown: Tough question.. born in Seattle, childhood in Australia, then NYC my entire adult life (minus the several year stints in Italy, Japan, Ireland and Salt Lake City.)
Undergrad: Baruch College – New York, NY
Medical School: Trinity College Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

Hobbies/Interests: Horses, aeronautics, animal rescue, traveling, reading, photography, painting, writing and yoga

Life before med school: I was a fashion designer and lived in NYC.

Why Lubbock: Why not?  Large open spaces, beautiful blue skies, friendly people, not to mention phenomenal dust storms, aka haboobs!