Samuel Borcherding’s path to a career in medicine began with Schneck Medical Center’s Health Career Discovery Program.
After graduating from Seymour High School in 2009, he received a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from DePauw University in Greencastle and went on to Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute and received Schneck’s George H. James Scholarship while there.
He wrapped up a three-year family medicine residency at Deaconess Family Medicine in Evansville in June and found himself back in his hometown at the beginning of August to start at Family Medical Center in Seymour.
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Borcherding is among six new physicians recently hired by Schneck.
In describing his first month at Family Medical Center, he said, “So far, so good.”
“It’s a really good place to work,” the 29-year-old said. “Everybody is very invested. They’ve done a good job of creating that cultural workplace where everybody wants the best for the patients, and that translates over to how everybody treats each other, as well, and it’s nice.”
The practice growing with a new building being constructed on State Road 11 also is a plus for Borcherding.
“It has been a very successful practice, as well, so to be a part of that is pretty cool,” he said.
Borcherding said he developed an interest in medicine, health care and science in high school, and that’s the track he followed after graduating.
With his undergraduate degree in hand, he was a part of the rural medicine education track in medical school.
“We did all of our required stuff both the first two years of class, and then all of our core rotations were there in the Terre Haute area,” Borcherding said. “It was mostly focused on primary care in critical access hospitals for small communities.”
Getting hooded at graduation was his favorite memory from medical school because of all of the work he put into it, he said.
“At the point, that was eight years — four of undergraduate, four of medical school — and you finally are like, ‘OK, now I can finally see the light at the end,’” he said.
Then his residency involved practicing to be a physician with oversight from faculty.
“It’s pretty cool because you’ve spent four years book learning, and a lot of med school is a lot of shadowing and seeing and doing more like that, so being able to actually see some patients and put what I’ve finally learned into more concrete practice is pretty awesome,” Borcherding said.
He met his wife, Shelby, in Terre Haute and they moved to Evansville during his residency. Since he’s from Seymour and she’s from the west side of Indianapolis, they wanted to be closer to family when it came time for him to start a job in family medicine.
Since he was on scholarship, he had a commitment to a rural or underserved county following residency. He visited a few hospitals, but Schneck stood out.
“Compared to the other places, I would say this was right by family, and especially at this practice, I felt very comfortable and I could be successful,” Borcherding said. “There was at least one other place we had looked where I just felt like I won’t be able to do what I really wanted to do. None of that really applied here.”
Kathy Covert, vice president of workforce and support services, said Schneck is glad to see Borcherding back in the community practicing medicine and the five other doctors choosing to move to Jackson County to work at the hospital.
She shared information about the physicians during the Aug. 24 hospital board meeting.
“One of our main strategic objectives always is to recruit highly skilled, very talented, compassionate physicians to care for those in our community, so we’re just really excited to meet six new physicians,” Covert said. “We’re proud to have this talented group of physicians here to take care of our patients in the region.”
Bloomington native Amanda Kile was familiar with Seymour while on her recruiting visit from her time as a competitive swimmer.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University and then went to A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona. She then returned to the Midwest for her internal medicine residency at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio and endocrinology fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
“It was a dream from an early age,” she said of becoming a physician, “though my initial career path was as an electrical engineer. However, I desired to use my problem-solving abilities and love for science in a manner that affected and enhanced the lives of others firsthand and began the journey of becoming a physician.”
Kile is practicing at Schneck Specialty Associates in the Jackson Medical Building.
“She’ll be the second endocrinologist to join the health care team at Schneck Medical Center, which is very unique for an organization our size, so we’re very excited to have her,” Covert said.
Ryan Sarver is another new family practice physician. He started at Schneck Primary Care Jackson Park in August.
The Arizona native received Bachelor of Arts degrees in religious studies and sociology from Arizona State University before going to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Sint Maarten.
His family medicine residency was at St. Luke’s University Healthcare System, Sacred Heart Campus, Temple University School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.
“Being a family physician has given me the opportunity to bring joy to the lives of people of all ages and to be there during their hardest times,” Sarver said. “I like talking to people and hearing their stories.”
Sarver had a memorable recruiting visit at Schneck.
“Schneck is a world-class health care system in the heart of a small town community where people genuinely care about each other,” he said. “I want to raise my family in just such a place.”
Christopher Spalding hadn’t considered becoming a physician until his second year at University of Central Florida in his home state.
He was halfway through his engineering major when he started thinking about his future career.
“I was enjoying my studies, but I realized I wanted to work more directly with the people I would be helping,” Spalding said. “Medicine seemed like a natural fit that satisfied both my intellectual curiosities and my career aspirations.”
He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from UCF and then went to University of Louisville School of Medicine and also completed his anesthesiology residency there. Plus, he did an anesthesiology internship at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
On Aug. 1, he started with Schneck Anesthesiology at the Seymour hospital.
“I like the unique position of being able to comfort patients immediately before their surgery and helping get them through surgery safely,” Spalding said.
Indianapolis native Matthew Wilson also started at Schneck Primary Care Jackson Park in August.
He received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in biology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Master of Arts in medical sciences from Loyola University Chicago.
He went to medical school at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“I knew I wanted to be a physician from a very young age, but when I was in high school, the death of a close family member was affirmation of my career choice,” Wilson said.
Covert said besides having a lot of training through education, Wilson is a U.S. Air Force veteran, so Schneck is very proud of his service to the country.
The final new physician, Lisa Snow, also is a veteran.
She grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and later earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Brigham Young University—Hawaii.
She went to medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado before doing a residency and an internship in pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in her home state.
Snow joined Schneck Pediatrics in the Schneck Professional Building in August.
Her favorite part about practicing medicine is hanging out with kids all day.
“I also love taking care of newborns and educating new parents on how to take care of their babies,” she said.
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Dr. Samuel Borcherding (family practice): Family Medical Center, 225 S. Pine St., Suite 200, Seymour; 812-524-3333
Dr. Amanda Kile (endocrinologist): Schneck Specialty Associates, 225 S. Pine St., Suite 300, Seymour; 812-523-7893
Dr. Ryan Sarver (family practice): Schneck Primary Care Jackson Park, 1124 Medical Place, Seymour; 812-522-1613
Dr. Christopher Spalding (anesthesiologist): Schneck Anesthesiology, 411 W. Tipton St., Seymour; 812-522-2349
Dr. Matthew Wilson (family practice): Schneck Primary Care Jackson Park, 1124 Medical Place, Seymour; 812-522-1613
Dr. Lisa Snow (pediatrician): Schneck Pediatrics, Schneck Professional Building, Level 4, Seymour; 812-523-7466
For more on the new doctors at Schneck Medical Center, visit schneckmed.org/connect/news or facebook.com/schneckmedicalcenter.