Current Residents

PGY-2 Residents

Brett Gudgel, MD
Oklahoma

Dr. Gudgel grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where he graduated with Special Distinction and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He and his wife McKenzie spent a year in Indianapolis while he completed his Internship at Indiana University Methodist Hospital before moving back to Oklahoma City. In his free time, Dr. Gudgel enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, watching his Sooners play college football, and spending time with his friends and family. His hobbies also include snow skiing, wakeboarding, traveling, and reading.

Finny John, MD
New York

Dr. John grew up in the metropolitan area of Detroit, Michigan and moved to New York City shortly before high school. He attended Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology and minor in Business. He then completed medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his internship at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY where he was named Preliminary Intern of the Year before moving to Oklahoma City to begin his training in ophthalmology. In his spare time, he enjoys supporting his hometown Detroit Lions and Pistons, going on road trips, playing the guitar, and eating good sushi.

Gerta Mane, MD
Michigan

Dr. Mane was born and raised in Tirana, Albania. She ventured to Michigan for college where she studied Biochemistry at Oakland University located near Detroit, in Rochester Hills. After college, she spent a year conducting basic lab research at the University of Michigan molecular biology department and then worked on translational research at the college of pharmacy. She attended Oakland University William Beaumont for medical school. There, she continued her passion for volunteering and global health. During medical school she spent a good amount of her free time working in homeless shelters and traveling on medical mission trips. After medical school, she completed her transitional year internship at Crittenon Hospital in Rochester Hills, Michigan. When Dr. Mane is not working, she enjoys reading, yoga, exploring new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

David Griffin, MD
Idaho

Dr. Griffin was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho. He attended college at Brigham Young University where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. He then attended medical school near his wife’s home at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. There he was also chosen by his peers to receive the Student Choice Award for his graduating class. He completed a transitional year internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Griffin’s favorite thing is spending his free time with his beautiful wife Leslie. They enjoy traveling, rock climbing, and exploring the outdoors together. Dr. Griffin also loves playing the drums, soccer, fly fishing, and trail running.

PGY-3 Residents

John Russell Burks, MD
Arkansas

Dr.Burks grew up as a proud Arkansan just outside of Little Rock in Cabot, Arkansas. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Philosophy. For medical school, he attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is married to his beautiful and talented wife,Ashley, who is a pharmacist. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with Ashley and their dog, Samson, in the great outdoors. He enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf, traveling, watching sports, and following the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Valerie Miller Lobodiak, MD
Oklahoma

Dr. Lobodiak grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Zoology/Biomedical Sciences. She then went on to medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where she was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed an internship year in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. During her free time she enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, spending time with her husband, Alex, and exploring OKC.

Kyle A. Rogers, MD
Oklahoma

Dr. Rogers grew up in Enid, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Microbiology, and he obtained his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma as well. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife Sydney and son Alston AKA Big Al, hanging out with his co-residents, shooting photography, hunting, and running.

Vincent D. Venincasa, MD
Florida

Dr. Venincasa was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and has one younger brother. He met his beautiful wife, Kiran (a surgery resident), at the University of Miami where they both completed university studies and medical school. Vince loves to play basketball and enjoys watching his Hurricanes play on Saturdays in the fall. Vince and Kiran love traveling, cooking, literature and art.

PGY-4 Residents

Joshua F. Hendrix, MD
West Virginia

Dr. Hendrix grew up in the small town of Bluefield, West Virginia. He attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV, where he obtained a B.S. in Chemistry. He went on to obtain his M.D. from the Marshall University School of Medicine and was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Greenville Health Systems in Greenville, SC. When away from medicine, Dr. Hendrix is an avid tennis player, enjoys hiking, loves to travel, and basically tries to be outside as much as possible.

Christina M. Lippe, MD
Pennsylvania

Dr. Lippe comes from Chocolate Town USA, also known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. She attended college at Ursinus College, a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. She graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry Molecular Biology. She then went to medical school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine where she was president of her medical school class and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. In her free time, Christina likes to spend time with her husband, Andy, and her family. She likes to scuba dive, ski, and play sports such as softball and tennis.

Andrew T. Melson, MD
Ohio

Dr. Melson is a native of Ohio. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Louis University with a BA in Chemistry and minors in Theology and Philosophy. He then attended Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a junior and graduated with distinctions in research and community service. He completed a Transitional Medicine Intern year at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana before moving to Oklahoma City. In his free time, Dr. Melson enjoys volunteering and spending time with his beautiful wife Danielle, a physical therapist, family and friends. His hobbies include soccer, racquetball, trap/skeet, skiing, and homebrewing.

Jason C. Smart, MD
Utah

Dr. Smart is originally from Provo, Utah, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Brigham Young University. He then attended medical school at Texas A&M College of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the Excellence in Surgery award. He completed a transitional year at the Intermountain Medical Center in Utah before moving to Oklahoma. Dr. Smart enjoys spending time with his sweet wife, Sherise, and their two boys. He also enjoys hiking, shooting sports, and most things outdoors.

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