Tim Carpenter, MD
Medical School: West Virginia School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin

In choosing a residency program, I was looking for three main things. I wanted to be part of a rural hospital where I could become part of the community I was helping to provide care.  It was also very important to work with great people who would welcome me as family.  Lastly, there needed to be an atmosphere that nurtured learning and allowed me to become the best physician I could become.  With these factors in mind, it made Latrobe and Excela Health the perfect choice for me. 

Scott Nellis, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa

I chose the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency for several reasons.  First, the location and proximity to my hometown of Glenshaw, Pa., was very important.  I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and I take great pride in the family values and work ethic that serve as the foundation of an area known to many as the "City of Champions."  Secondly, the residency program and its staff have an outstanding reputation.  During medical school, I met several physicians who spoke very highly of their experiences in Latrobe.  Then, once I got to know several residents and staff members involved with the program, I was certain that I had found a home in the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency program.

Marie George, DO

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus, Blacksburg, Virginia
Undergraduate: The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.

Finding the right residency program was not easy for me.  I was picky about the criteria I needed in a program in order to apply.  First, I wanted an unopposed program that would give me the opportunity to broaden and refine my skills without having to compete with residents in other specialties.  I needed a program that would allow me to learn and expand my knowledge base in a rigorous but supportive environment, one that allows for a life outside of medicine.  Additionally, I wanted a program that would expose me to a large number of differing pathologies throughout my residency.  Lastly, I wanted a program that would allow me to be close to my family in Johnstown while offering access to a larger metropolitan area.  The Family Medicine Residency Program at Latrobe not only checked every box, but the family-like atmosphere I saw at my interview confirmed that this is where I belonged.

Samuel Valletta, MD
Medical School:  American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Undergraduate:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

After growing up in Pittsburgh and graduating from Duquesne University, I lived in a variety of places but always called Pennsylvania my home.  Latrobe's Family Medicine Residency Program is a great fit because of the focus on the entire patient and its stellar reputation for producing high quality physicians.  I especially appreciate the small town feel of the program and the community of support the residents share.  My passions include fishing, cooking and aquatic adventures.  In the future, I hope to continue to learn as a physician and provide the best care possible to the Latrobe community.

Bryan Dempsey, MD
Medical School:  Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Undergraduate: Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, Pa.

When searching for residency programs, I had a few requirements in mind: a community hospital with a small town feel and an unopposed program.  I believe I found a hidden gem in Latrobe.  Growing up in rural Pennsylvania just outside DuBois, I knew I wanted to train in an area that was much like my hometown.  When I arrived for my interview, my wife and I were sure we had found a new home.  The hospital and the courteous staff exemplify the definition of a community hospital.  The attending physicians are extremely active in the residents' learning experience and we are their top priority (second to their patients,  of course).  These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the atmosphere that makes Latrobe Hospital such a great place to begin my medical career.  My wife, Tabitha, and I are happy and blessed to be back in Western Pennsylvania.  We are also excited to raise our son, Garrison, in such a tight knit community.  We enjoy the outdoors, playing any type of sports, especially golf, traveling and rooting for our Pittsburgh sports teams.  Throughout these next three years, we look forward to becoming an integral part of this community and finally plant our roots firmly in Western Pennsylvania.

Chris Ciccarelli, MD
Medical School: Saint James School of Medicine, St. Vincent and Grenadines
Undergraduate: Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pa.

Choosing Excela Health over other family medicine residencies was I decision I'll never regret.  First, the program offers a new physician more direct control over patient care than others.  Second, inexpensive living costs in the area allow a resident a few financial freedoms not usually witnessed during residency.  Third, not too far away from catching Big Ben throwing bombs to AB.  Lastly, this program in Latrobe, Pa., is truly all about family.  Many others talk about how their program is close knit, but this one is truly a tight bunch.

Paul Kline, MD
Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

I had no ties to Western Pennsylvania, yet I knew I wanted to practice family medicine in a rural setting.  In my fourth year of medical school, I arranged an Acting Internship (AI) in family medicine at Latrobe Hospital.  I immediately fell in love with the hospital, the patients and the residency program.  I tried to keep an open mind when I interviewed at other residency programs, but my heart was in Latrobe.  Every day I am excited to practice with people who care for their patients like they care for their own family.  All of that with excellent teaching made this program perfect for me.

Andrew Nguyen, MD
Medical School: Sydney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles, California

So many things drew me to Latrobe for my family medicine residency training.  As a field, family medicine provides a unique breadth and scope of practice that appeals to me, and the Family Medicine Residency Program at Latrobe has many unique strengths that make it stand out.  For example, the program is unopposed, guaranteeing us great breadth of experiences.  Also, the location truly is the best of all worlds:  it provides the neighborly friendliness of a small town and the quiet, tranquil atmosphere of a rural or suburban area, and the city is a short drive away.  Speaking of which, there are some great driving roads around here as well!  Having housing so close to the hospital is a great benefit, too.  Most importantly, everyone -- the residents, the faculty, the staff -- is friendly, helpful and willing to teach.  The attitude, culture, camaraderie and community here promote a warm, friendly and supportive environment conducive to learning.  I felt from Day One that this was a place where I can succeed and flourish.  I'm excited to pursue the next step in my medical training as part of the Latrobe family and I believe that here, I will learn, grow and become not only the best family physician, but the best person I can be.