Third Year Residents

Adam Howard, MD, Chief Resident

I grew up in the small town of Alpine, Utah. I went to Brigham Young University and then to the University of Utah School of Medicine and graduated in 2011. I am married to the smartest woman I know and have an amazing 3-year-old daughter. Growing up in Alpine, I was only minutes away from one of the best rock climbing canyons in the world. I spent a lot of time clinging for dear life in that canyon, and loved every minute of it. I also like to travel (a lot), scuba, boat, and workout. I’m a big believer that when people are physically fit, it’s easier to be happy. I also have a special connection with Guatemala. I have lived there for over two years, part of that time was as a missionary for my church, and the other I was doing research for BYU on alcohol abuse. My time abroad has inspired me to continue international volunteer medicine as a part of my future practice. I chose IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because of the ability to, not only obtain a great foundation in traditional family practice, but also to tailor my education to fit me, something of which most other residents only dream. Our graduates have full time careers in family medicine/comprehensive obstetrics, ER, inpatient, rural, international medicine, and regularly perform advanced procedures, including: c-sections and colonoscopies. This program truly has it all and, in my opinion, is the best in the nation and I am proud to be a part of it.

Maried E. Celkis, MD

I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! As a child my family and I moved to “sunny” Minnesota where I finished high school. From there I pursued a degree in Biology at Wheaton College, to then move back down to my enchanted island of Puerto Rico and attend medical school at Ponce School of Medicine.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, James, and our new son, Abraham. We both enjoy an active life-style of working out, as well as staying involved in our local church. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing games, cooking/baking, reading and watching movies.

The decision to choose a residency program was one that I thought was going to be hard, until I did a rotation through IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital during my fourth year of medical school. It was during this time that I learned that this program had exactly what I was looking for: academic excellence, plenty of exposure to procedures, and close knit relationships within the staff and residents.

Luke S. Ernstberger, II, MD

My name is Luke Ernstberger and I am thrilled to be at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for my residency training in Family Medicine. Originally from Muncie, I spent part of my childhood just a few hundred yards away from the hospital, roaming around Guthrie Park with my siblings and friends! Ultimately, I graduated from Wes-Del High School and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where I earned a BA in Biology with minors in History, Sociology, and Chemistry. I married my high school sweetheart, Ashley, before entering medical school at Indiana University the following year. During my third year of medical school, Ashley and I welcomed our daughter, Noelle, into our family. What a cutie! We couldn’t be happier parents.

I chose to become a family physician for a number of reasons. Most of all, I love the variety and spontaneity of the specialty and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with patients. In my view, family medicine is about striving to achieve a collective balance between mind, body, and spirit, and I hope to be an instrumental force in achieving this balance with my patients. During my fourth year of medical school, I did a month-long rotation at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Center, and I absolutely loved it. What impressed me the most was the accessibility of the directors and staff. All of the directors are enthusiastic and passionate about their jobs, and they love teaching residents. In addition to this, the opportunities to learn quality inpatient medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, ambulatory medicine, and numerous outpatient procedures made this program a great fit for me.

In my free time, I love anything involving sports and physical activity, especially basketball, running and golf. I completed my first marathon during my second year of medical school and have my sights on a triathlon at some point in the future. I also love spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, and watching suspenseful movies with my wife.

Stuart G. Knapp, MD

I was born and raised in the mountains of Idaho in a town called Preston. I met my wife at Idaho State University while doing my undergraduate school. I graduated from Idaho State and went back to Preston where I worked as an x-ray technician at the hospital and farmed with my dad. I fell in love with medicine after I worked with the family physicians in the small hospital of my home town. So after being out of school for 5 years I applied to Medical school. I was accepted and completed my Medical school at the University of Utah. I plan on returning to work in Preston Idaho when I am done with residency. I chose IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because of the great family atmosphere, the great training, and the great people I get to work with. I love all outdoor activities, spending time with my family, and sports. My wife and I have three children Gordon, Akazia, and Maycie.

Mindy R. McKnight, MD

I’m a farm girl from the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. I moved to Chicago for my undergraduate education at Trinity International University, where I met my wonderful husband, Wesley. I then headed back to Indiana for medical school and Wes and I were married after first year. We enjoy traveling, camping, biking, and serving in the local church.

My husband and I are planning to be medical missionaries in Africa. When we started searching for a residency program, we wanted something that would provide quality training in the full spectrum of family medicine, as well as a strong focus on obstetrics and the opportunity for training in surgical obstetrics. We also wanted to stay close to family while we are still here in the States. We honestly didn’t strongly consider IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital at first, but my advisor highly recommended I apply. When we went to the interview, we were extremely impressed with both the quality of the program and the warmth of the people. We felt a connection right away, and throughout the rest of the interviewing season, we just couldn’t see ourselves at any other program. We were confident that in this environment, I would not only develop as a physician, but we would also grow as people and active members of the community.

Caleb R. Overpeck, MD

I attended my undergrad at Taylor University prior to graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine. My hobbies include enjoying time with my wife Kate, hunting, fishing, golfing.

The reason I came to Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency is becuase the staff and residents are great people, the program has a great reputation, strong academics and a broad spectrum curriculum.

Joseph B. Schuerger, MD

Hi everybody! My name is Joseph Schuerger and I grew up in Poplar Bluff, a fairly small city in Southeast Missouri. I was enlisted in the Air Force for 8 years and did most of my undergraduate work in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated from Park University with a degree in Social Psychology. I returned to Missouri to attend medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. My beautiful wife Jancee and I have been married for 10 years. I have a wonderful son named Trevor who is 16 and a brand new beautiful daughter named Karastyn. I have a 4th degree black belt in Kong Soo Do-Mul Moo Kwan. Besides martial arts, I really enjoy cooking/grilling, basketball and golf.

I chose Family Medicine because it’s the best specialty in medicine! I love the variety and feel the long-term relationships you develop with your patients and families are the best part of being a physician. When looking at residency programs, I knew I wanted a community based program that was procedure oriented, had very strong academics, supportive faculty that loved teaching residents, great peds and ob exposure and would provide me with the opportunities I need to learn how to excel as a physician. I had high expectations and Ball Memorial exceeded them all! The faculty is absolutely amazing; this was the only interview I attended where I felt I was interviewing to be part of a family! Everyone seemed to genuinely care about me, my family, and my future practice plans. In addition to being great teachers, I left my interview day with the belief that each director makes it their personal responsibility to ensure we receive the best family medicine training possible.

Next, the caliber of residents in this program speaks volumes about the quality of training at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Every resident I met during my interview day was awesome! They are all dedicated to the values of Family Medicine and really enjoy learning and working together. With regard to our curriculum, Dr. Brown orchestrates a program with superior academics in a community setting that offers residents a chance to do anything they want! With 7 different tracks available to me, I have no doubts about the opportunity to tailor my education any way I choose. I never expected to end up in Muncie when I started the interview trail, now I can’t imagine being anywhere else!

Melody R. Shrack, MD

I grew up just outside of McCammon, Idaho, where my parents taught my numerous siblings and I how to work hard and love the outdoors. If I’m hiking, I’m in heaven. Later in high school my family moved to Utah, and subsequently I attended Utah State University where I got my BS in biology with a minor in chemistry. Immediately thereafter I headed to the University of Utah for medical school. When I’m not busy with school/work or community projects, I’m up for just about any adventure- whether it’s playing ball, ultimate Frisbee, a four-day pack trip, or a random excursion to try something new.

I plan to practice in a rural or otherwise underserved community, so when I was looking at programs, I knew I wanted something that would train me for full-spectrum as well as give me opportunities to go international. I also wanted strong PEDS, OB, and lots of procedural training opportunities (including C-sections). There are a lot of good programs that will train you well, but I felt like this was one of the best I saw. And what cinched the deal were the faculty and residents. At no other program did I find a similar level of excitement and energy among the faculty, nor did I find anywhere else a level of camaraderie or dedication to the community near what I've experienced at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.