Justin Whitt, MD, FAAFP
I was born and raised in Illinois, where my family still resides. I attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where I studied chemistry, biology and German. I graduated in 2003 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, where I was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. I then ranked Ball Memorial Family Medicine as my first choice of residency because of the wonderful, balanced teaching staff and the broad scope of training available.
After residency I returned to Robinson, Illinois to practice full-spectrum family medicine including obstetrics and colonoscopy. I then returned to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in May 2009 as an Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency. In April of 2013 I was called to serve as the Program Director. My clinical interests include full-spectrum patient-centered care and procedures. I love teaching and enjoy spending time with residents and students.
I met my wonderful wife, Amy, while in Carbondale, and we now have three children, Lauren, Isaac and Samuel. I enjoy spending time outdoors camping with my kids, backpacking, biking, kayaking and playing sports. I also have a background in construction and enjoy woodworking and home improvement.
Ryan Brown, MD, FAAFP
I lived in Evansville, Indiana for 20 years and studied biology and art at the University of Evansville before moving with my wife to Atlanta to teach high school. After the birth of our first daughter, I returned to Indiana University School of Medicine to pursue an interest in medical ethics and a desire to teach at a higher level. I graduated in 2005 and matriculated into the Navy, where I completed a transitional internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. I served as a general medical officer for the Marines for five years with overseas assignments in Iraq, Japan and Cambodia. By the time my family moved back to the U.S., my youngest daughter had lived in Japan longer than the United States and we were looking for something familiar.
I returned to Indiana specifically for the tradition, training and culture of IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Residency. I joined the faculty after graduation and focus primarily on sports medicine, geriatrics and addictions. I have a strong interest in process improvement regarding healthy aging and end-of-life care. I am also involved in the integration of behavioral health into primary care and, in particular, the development of multidisciplinary addictions treatment.
In my spare time, you might see me volunteering on the sideline of a Ball State University sporting event, running a 10k or watching my daughters compete in track, cross country, soccer or academic bowls. You are welcome to join me.
Jennifer R. Bunch, MD, FAAFP
As a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, I am a lifelong Hoosier. I love the state of Indiana and its people! I studied biology and chemistry at Manchester University, where I graduated with a BA before matriculating to Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing medical school, I was blessed to have matched at IU Health Ball Family Medicine Residency. From the moment I first interviewed here until now (many years later!), this place holds a special piece of my heart. I believe it would be hard to find another family medicine residency that better combines such a strong dedication to learning and academic excellence with a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment that cultivates personal growth. It is my great honor to be a part of this teaching faculty and to be surrounded by top-notch residents from all over the country. My clinical interests include acute and emergency care, inpatient medicine, women’s health, and pediatrics. I love to teach and I am also very passionate about helping residents develop their own unique leadership skills in medicine.
When I’m not at the residency, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. We are very involved in our church and we love to hike, ride bikes, travel and watch movies or catch a show at our local theatre. We can also be found enjoying our kids’ activities from our camp chairs on the sideline of a soccer game or swim meet or from the comfy seats in the theatre for the latest ballet or musical performance. I can get you tickets!
Luke Ernstberger, II, MD
My journey in medicine has led me right back to my birthplace, here at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. I was born and raised in Muncie and had a wonderful childhood experiencing the many assets of this great Midwestern town. I took to the hills of beautiful, south central Indiana and graduated from IU-Bloomington before attending IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Following medical school, I returned to Muncie to complete my residency training in Family Medicine at IU Health Ball Memorial.
What separates the IU Health Ball Memorial Family Medicine Program is its overwhelmingly friendly and collegial atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work and collaborating with all team members of the FMRC to practice full spectrum, patient-centered family medicine. I learn something new every single day. My professional interests include traditional full spectrum care, including endoscopy and obstetrics, and I also have a growing interest in international medicine after a memorable mission trip to Kenya in 2013.
My wife, Ashley, and I have five children, four daughters and a son, who keep us busy! As a family, we enjoy exploring the woods and creek on our property, building forts for a movie night, summer vacations to Kiawah Island in South Carolina, cooking and baking together, and riding bikes and playing basketball in the driveway. I also enjoy running, triathlons, golf and any…actually, most home improvement and building projects.
Melanie Schreiner, MD
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, I came to Indiana because of family ties and to attend Hanover College and then Indiana University School of Medicine. I decided early in my fourth year of medical school that I was staying in Indiana and fell in love with IU Health Ball Memorial FM Residency during a fourth-year rotation. I was impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the directors and the high quality of residents as well as the camaraderie that was shared. During my residency, I was active in community education and women’s health issues and served as chief resident during my third year. After graduation, I spent two years in private practice before being asked to return to the residency as an associate director. I have the best job in the world! I have been blessed to be part of such a committed, fun and inspiring group of colleagues & residents – I love coming to work every day!
Professionally, I have interests in women’s healthcare including obstetrics and gynecology procedures (colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, IUD/Nexplanon). I serve as the Medical Director of our Centering Pregnancy program and love being involved with both the residents & patients that take part in Centering. I am dedicated to increasing access to care for the patients of Delaware County and I participate in many community outreach events. I am also involved in the EMR optimization and improvement at the hospital and for the IU Health system, as I feel that we have to continue to strive for excellence in our documentation and quality management. This year I will be serving as the Chair of the IUH Ball Medical Executive Committee and I hope to continue to make our hospital a desirable place to work for physicians. I also stay involved with OB Peer Review and the Women & Children Collaborative in our hospital – I really love being a part of such great committees in the hospital.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Kelly, and my daughter, Nora. As a family, we enjoy camping, spending time on the boat, going on family bike rides and just being silly! In addition, I am an amateur potter, so I like to delve into my creative side to get away from daily stressors. I love gardening and any chance I can be outside. I strive to keep a balance of work and family life, as I feel I am a better doctor when I make time to be a better friend, better mom and better neighbor.
Christian Shue, DO, FAAFP
I am from St. Joseph, Missouri. I received my undergraduate degree in medical technology from the University of Central Missouri and my degree in osteopathic medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio Sciences. I am a graduate of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. After residency, I spent time working in the Health Center at Ball State University and then two years as a hospitalist at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. I have over 20 years of military service and am currently serving as a flight surgeon in the Indiana Air National Guard. I chose to return to the residency center as a director to have the opportunity to teach, learn and work with a great group of faculty, residents and staff. I enjoy sports, fishing, reading and time with my wife, Carrie, and my children, Christopher, Brad, Addison and Katie.
Jennifer Wilson, MD
I was born in Indianapolis and raised in Rushville, a small town south of Muncie. After completing my undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish at the University of Indianapolis, I attended Indiana University for medical school. It was during my third-year family medicine clerkship at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital that I began to strongly consider a career in family medicine. After completing a fourth-year elective at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, I not only made the decision to pursue family medicine but also decided that I wanted to complete my training at IU Health Ball Memorial.
My three years of residency went by quickly. During my intern year I had the opportunity to participate in my first medical mission trip. After that first trip to Mexico, I developed a passion for medical missions. During my three years of residency, I had the opportunity to make multiple trips to Mexico in addition to trips to Haiti and Rwanda. I also had the unique opportunity to provide disaster relief in Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
After residency I initially worked in the emergency department of a small hospital in Greensburg, Indiana. Despite the distance, my heart remained in Muncie. After two years I returned to Muncie to work in the emergency department at IU Health Ball Memorial. During that time I also became involved in medical education by staffing inpatient wards and the outpatient clinic with the residents. I am very excited to be joining the faculty as an associate director. I look forward to working with and training the best family medicine residents in the country! My areas of special interest include international medicine, tropical medicine, underserved medicine and urgent and emergency medicine. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my niece Ella, traveling, Colts football and IU basketball.
Josh Rainey, PhD
Director of Behavioral Sciences
Raised in Ozark, Missouri, I went just up the road to Drury University, where I received my undergraduate degree in psychology, sociology, and criminology. My master’s and doctoral training were completed at the University of Texas at Austin, where I specialized in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology.
My move to Indiana and my relationship with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital began with my doctoral internship, where I began to develop my role in primary behavioral healthcare. This internship was a foundation for developing a relationship with the various clinics in the hospital. This has been both exciting and enlightening as my passion, training and research have centered on bariatric psychology and motivation for health changes. Unique opportunities for HIV/AIDS counseling during a medical mission trip to Kenya provided a capstone to my postdoctoral fellowship as well as a desire to become a clinician on the global level. I am overjoyed that this path has allowed me to join the faculty as a Director of Behavioral Health where I can teach and learn from the best and brightest in the country. Outside of the clinic you will find me in the garage tinkering on a woodworking project.
Eric Lester, PhD
Behavioral Sciences Faculty
I grew up in Athens, Alabama before embarking on an academic journey that eventually led me to Muncie. I attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology. I then went east for a Master’s Degree in Psychology from East Carolina University. Finally, I came to Ball State University in 2005 where I earned a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2007 and completed my PhD in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in health psychology in 2012. Prior to graduating with my PhD, I spent part of my internship year at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency.
After graduating, I taught part-time and was in private practice in Northwest Indiana before returning to Muncie in 2016 to practice integrated primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center. When the opportunity to return to the Family Medicine Residency came up in early 2019, I did not hesitate to join the faculty. I enjoy teaching and training future psychologists. My clinical interests include bariatrics, chronic health issues, lifestyle changes, and anxiety. My teaching interests are varied and include multicultural counseling, health psychology, and practice-related professional development topics.
Outside of my role within the Family Medicine Residency, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. As a family, we enjoy swimming, biking, camping, and taking “nature walks”. I am also regular runner and have taken up gardening recently as a hobby.