Residency Profiles

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation – PGY5

Reuben Macias, M.D.
Reuben Macias, M.D. PGY-5 Chief Resident

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Undergrad: University of New Mexico
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Favorite thing about El Paso: The food.
Hobbies/Interests: Trauma, Arthroplasty.

Spencer Schulte, M.D.
Spencer Schulte, M.D. PGY-5 Chief Resident

Hometown: Chico, CA
Undergrad: Gonzaga University
Medical School: University of Washington
Favorite thing about El Paso: Sunny weather
Hobbies/Interests: Family time, cycling, outdoor pursuits, and weight lifting.

Ryan Bucknam, M.D.
Ryan Bucknam, M.D. PGY-5

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Undergrad: Baylor University
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Favorite thing about El Paso: Outdoor activities all year long.
Hobbies/Interests: Woodworking, Jiu Jitsu, fly-fishing.

John Fuller, M.D.
John Fuller, M.D. PGY-5

Hometown: Saint Augustine, FL
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: Cool outdoors activities (Carlsbad, White Sands).
Hobbies/Interests: Martial Arts, video games, outdoors.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation – PGY4

Kyle Bockelman, D.O.
Kyle Bockelman, D.O. PGY-4

Hometown: San Bernardino, California
Undergrad: University of Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: The mountains and the food.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking and spending time with family.

Michael Eckhoff, M.D.
Michael Eckhoff, M.D. PGY-4

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN
Undergrad: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Medical School: Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences
Favorite thing about El Paso: The weather and food
Hobbies/Interests: Running and weight lifting.

Hunter Graver, M.D.
Hunter Graver, M.D. PGY-4

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergrad: The University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Favorite thing about El Paso: The mountains are awesome, tons of things to do outdoors.
Hobbies/Interests: Adult Reconstruction / Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, hiking, spending time with
my girlfriend and my dogs.

Joshua Tadlock, M.D.
Joshua Tadlock, M.D. PGY-4

Hometown: Evergreen, CO
Undergrad: Furman University
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Favorite thing about El Paso: The mountains.
Hobbies/Interests: Mountain biking, hiking, spending time with family.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation – PGY3

Austin Fares, M.D.
Austin Fares, M.D. PGY-3

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Undergrad: Point Loma Nazarene University
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: Mexican Food
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, mountain biking, and soccer.

Kyle Klahs, D.O.
Kyle Klahs, D.O. PGY- 3

Hometown: Bloomsdale, Missouri
Undergrad: Westminster College
Medical School: A.T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: The mountains.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking and spending time outside with my family.

Tyler Nicholson, M.D.
Tyler Nicholson, M.D. PGY-3

Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergrad: Grace College
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Favorite thing about El Paso: Weather
Hobbies/Interests: All things that are fast, go boom, and are rockin’.

Michael Polmear, M.D.
Michael Polmear, M.D. PGY-3

Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergrad: University of Colorado at Boulder
Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Favorite thing about El Paso: Franklin Mountains
Hobbies/Interests: Family, climbing, mountain biking, and running.

John Scanaliato, M.D.
John Scanaliato, M.D. PGY-3

Hometown: Westhampton Beach, NY
Undergrad: University of Maryland College Park
Medical School: Uniformed Services University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: Proximity to the mountains, the food, and the people.
Hobbies/Interests: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, snowboarding, mountain biking, fitness.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation – PGY2

Benjamin Childs, M.D.
Benjamin Childs, M.D. PGY-2

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Undergrad: Columbia University
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: The mountains and the sunshine.
Hobbies/Interests: Technology

Isaac Fernandez, M.D.
Isaac Fernandez, M.D. PGY-2

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas at El Paso
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Favorite thing about El Paso: The culture and people.
Hobbies/Interests: Various outdoor activities, vehicle performance modifications, off-roading,
Physics, Coding, and device design.

Joshua Simson, M.D.
Joshua Simson, M.D. PGY-2

Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, TTUHSC – El Paso
Favorite thing about El Paso: Franklin Mountains
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and our Jack Russell terriers, home gym, sports, and
travel.

Mikel Tihista, M.D.
Mikel Tihista, M.D. PGY-2

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergrad: Washington State University
Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Favorite thing about El Paso: Weather, Señoritas, Margaritas, cheap enough I could build a pool, no
traffic, need I say further?
Hobbies/Interests: Other than those applicable above, up North (in a past life): Snow skiing, travel,
golf, wake boarding, slalom skiing, scuba, surfing, and back packing.

Matthew Wells, D.O.
Matthew Wells, D.O. PGY-2

Hometown: West Milford, New Jersey
Undergrad: The College of New Jersey
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: Being able to go outside or to the park with my wife and boys every
season of the year. The weather is fantastic here.
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, working out, and hiking

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation – PGY1

Anthony Gavalas, M.D.r
Anthony Gavalas, M.D. PGY-1

Hometown: North Augusta, SC
Undergrad: Francis Marion University
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia
Favorite thing about El Paso: All the outdoor activities and great weather.
Hobbies/Interests: Golf, working out, off-roading.

Jeffrey Jones, M.D.
Jeffrey Jones, M.D. PGY-1

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad: University of Louisville
Medical School: University of Louisville
Favorite thing about El Paso: The people are friendly.
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, car/home maintenance, and precision rifle shooting.

James Jordan, M.D.
James Jordan, M.D. PGY-1

Hometown: Smyrna, TN
Undergrad: Tennessee Technological University
Medical School: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: The blend of cultures, great food, and all of the nice people I have
been fortunate enough to meet so far.
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and son and our two dogs, Alabama football,
weightlifting.

Lauren Kenney, M.D.
Lauren Kenney, M.D. PGY-1

Hometown: State College, PA
Undergrad: Penn State University
Medical School: Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: Warm weather and outdoor activities
Hobbies/Interests: sports, hiking, climbing, movies

Cole Patrick, M.D.
Cole Patrick, M.D. PGY-1

Hometown: Lawton, OK
Undergrad: United States Military Academy
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Favorite thing about El Paso: The Mountains
Hobbies/Interests: Skiing, rock-climbing, building, and family.