Recent Graduates

Jeffrey BarstadJeffrey Barstad
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Biography: Dr. Barstad was born in Colorado Springs. During graduate school he was involved with the School of Rural Health working with community leaders to coordinate health related services to underserved areas.

In medical school Dr. Barstad went with the Christian Dental and Medical Association on a mission trip to Mexico. He was also the talent show coordinator.

Dr. Barstad is a recipient of the Gold Humanism Award. He is married and the father of 3, including twins.

Dr. Barstad enjoys being a husband and father, also playing piano and guitar, singing and writing songs, hunting, fishing and golf and is a beginner triathlete.

Private practice, McKinney, Texas

Amy HintonAmy Hinton
Baylor College of Medicine

Biography: Dr. Hinton was born and grew up in Oklahoma. During medical school Dr. Hinton was an energetic student ambassador-working in alumni affairs, serving as a tour guide and panelist for medical school interviews, raising money for the school and hosting medical school applicants. She was also the social chair for the young adult group at her church.

Dr. Hinton was the Vice President of the Geriatrics Interest Group, Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group and participated in two medical mission trips to Uganda.

Dr. Hinton is married and has two daughters. She enjoys attending church, archery and hunting, reading fiction and adventure non-fiction and house renovation. She is participating in the MBA program during residency.

Texas A&M Student Health Science Center, College Station, Texas

Vihn MaiVihn Mai
Texas A&M Health Science Center - College of Medicine

Biography: Dr. Mai was born in Viet Nam. Growing up Dr. Mai helped his parents in their sewing business and convenience store when they immigrated to the USA.

His volunteer experience includes baking cakes and cookies as the Senior baker for church fundraisers. He also volunteered in the ER, Central Supply and transportation and worked as a Vietnamese translator for hospitals and churches.

Dr. Mai enjoys baking, cooking and networking

Emergency Room Locum Tenens, Dallas, Texas

Sarah LowSarah Low
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Biography: Dr. Low was born in Waco and grew up in Jacksonville, Texas. She has worked as a sewing machine operator, substitute teacher and staff writer/reporter for the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

During medical school Dr. Low was Secretary of the Student National Medical Association, Vice President of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group. She has volunteered with Big Brother’s and Big Sister’s and went on a mission trip to Mexico.

Dr. Low is married and has a son. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking, watching movies, listening to music, spending time with her husband and son, family, and church members. Dr. Low is participating in the MBA program during residency.

Faculty, Department of Family Medicine
UT Health Northeast

Amy NewtonAmy Newton
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Biography: Dr. Newton was born in Austin and grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She worked as an Anatomy and Physiology Teaching Assistant and as an Ophthalmic technician. Dr. Newton is very interested in medical missions and has taken trips to Mexico, Bolivia and South Texas with Dr. Tyo and Dr. MacClements. She also volunteers at Habitat For Humanity, and an indigent clinic.

Dr. Newton is interested in a career as a medical missionary. She is fluent in Spanish.

Hospice/Palliative Medicine Fellowship, M.D. Anderson, Houston, Texas

Michelle WardMichelle Ward
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Biography: Dr. Ward was born in Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Ward worked for the Daily Oklahoman as a newsroom assistant. She also volunteered as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, reading tutor for elementary students, ER assistant, and therapy assistant at the Sky’s The Limit Ranch where she worked with patients with cerebral palsy and autism.

Dr. Ward has a special interest in OB and plans to have a practice primarily in OB/GYN and Pediatrics.

Dr. Ward enjoys reading, listening to music, movies, baking, knitting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Private Practice, Norman, Oklahoma

Chad WeldonChad Weldon
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Biography: Dr. Weldon was born in Monroe, Louisiana and grew up in Orange, Texas. He worked as a stocker and cashier in a grocery store for five years. During medical school Dr. Weldon volunteered at an indigent clinic where he saw patients and organized and cleaned exam rooms. He also volunteered at a food bank, Wellness fair and Boys and Girls Club.

Dr. Weldon is interested in a rural practice including clinic, inpatient, and ER. Dr. Weldon is a recipient of academic scholarships and is married with one child. He enjoys running, golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, and church activities.

Private Practice, Granbury, Texas

Stephanie TyoStephanie Tyo
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Biography: Dr. Tyo was born in San Antonio and grew up in West Virginia. She has a very strong interest in medical missions, having been on 22 trips already!

Some of the activities during these trips included:

  • gathering one hundred pairs of glasses to take to Honduras and then working in a general medicine clinic there
  • one week of Women’s Health in Mexico
  • three weeks in Peru at an eye clinic, children’s clinic, and primary care clinic
  • and one week in South Texas with Dr. Newton and Dr. MacClements.

Dr. Tyo is planning to practice in Latin America as she has “always intended to practice where the need is greatest”. She is a recipient of the Gold Humanism Award and is fluent in Spanish.

Faculty, Department of Family Medicine
UT Health Northeast

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