Class of 2022
Philip Manzano, M.D. Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica Dr. Manzano received his M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. He chose Family Medicine because of his personal experience of contracting Dengue Fever (twice!) as a child and almost dying each time. He cites the experience as what really drove him into pursuing rural medicine as it gave him “an appreciation and perspective of what it meant to put on the patient gown.” He credits his life being saved “because someone decided to go into primary care and I would like to dedicate my life doing the same.” Dr. Manzano chose HMS and Silver City because of the people, the city, and the “wonderful staff at HMS”. He states that “from the day I first interviewed, I felt the warmth and nurturing environment in the program and I truly wanted to be a part of it.”
Erica Palin, M.D. Meharry Medical College Dr. Erica Palin, is from the rural county of Lancaster, Virginia. Since she was young, Dr. Palin has always wanted to become a physician; inspired by the physicians from her small town who always took part in the local community where she grew up. From being part of the Medical Explorers Post in high school to raising funds for local soup kitchen with the American Latino Medical Association in medical school, Dr. Palin has always wanted to do what she could to help others around her. “I am very excited to become part of this program. Its mission, purpose and people are all something that I very much want to be a part of.”
Class of 2023
Bryan Messenger, M.D. St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada Bryan is a loving and devoted husband and father of seven children. With four boys and three girls, he remains busy at home playing games and changing diapers. He received the biggest surprise of his life in the spring of ’19 when he found out his wife was pregnant with twins to make numbers 6 and 7! Bryan was born in Colorado Springs, and raised in Provo, UT, and has always loved the beautiful mountainous landscapes there. He enjoys the outdoors—particularly skiing, water sports, and golf, but also has a knack for the arts—in photography and music. He and his family are looking forward to living in New Mexico and soaking up the sun and adventures the beautiful Southwest has to offer! Bryan has wanted to be a physician ever since he was six years old. He has a kind and genuine heart, and is always finding ways to help others before helping himself. Bryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sciences from the University of Utah, and he attended medical school at St. George’s University on the island of Grenada, finishing his medical rotations in the beautiful “Garden State” of New Jersey. His love for medicine grew while living in Grenada. It was there that his eyes were opened to the medical limitations in rural communities; including not having access to the latest equipment, immediate care, or imperative laboratory tests. This piqued his interest as a medical student, and he became passionate about providing medical service for all. One day, he hopes to sponsor and serve medical missions in developing countries. Bryan is excited for the opportunities that await him as a resident at Hidalgo Medical Services. He believes it will give him the education and experience he needs to help anybody anywhere. Family Medicine excites him because he feels it will allow him to learn how to serve patients of all ages in a myriad of situations, circumstances, and stages.
Scott Stinson, M.D. Ross School of Medicine Dr. Scott Stinson, was a resident of the rural county of Greene, in Greensboro, Georgia where he lived with his wife Allison. He grew up in Shepherdsville Kentucky before he went off to college and received his Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University Southeast. His Doctorate of Medicine degree from Ross School of Medicine where he did rotations in New York and Atlanta, GA. Dr. Stinson joins HMS after doing a Transitional Residency at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program where he worked at Tucson Medical Center and Southern Arizona Veterans Hospital. His love for medicine grew when he was working at the Louisville Medical Examiner’s office and then Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates in Louisville Kentucky. His passion for rural medicine is inspired by his humble upbringing in Kentucky where he saw firsthand how a Family Practice Physician is a valuable part of the community. “I am very fortunate to be able to train in a rural training program and excited to be part of Silver City. I look forward to working with the community and exploring New Mexico.”
Class of 2024
Dr. Kaela Moldowan University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dr. Kaela Moldowan grew up in Canada where she attended French Immersion schools and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in her early teens. From a very young age, she started volunteering with her family and this fostered a desire to serve others. When Dr. Moldowan saw the hindrance that a linguistic barrier was causing her patients, she taught herself Spanish. Dr. Moldowan then spent three months in remote cities in the Republic of Panama where she was able to further her Spanish abilities and treat international underserved patients for which she has a passion. Dr. Moldowan was drawn to Family Medicine because the broad scope of the practice allows her to have the strongest positive impact on those within her community. She envisions her future career as a mix of stateside and international medicine serving those with obstacles to care and is excited to be a part of the Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medicine Residency.