“Encouraging and Supporting Women Physicians and Dentists
Through Connecting, Inspiring and Equipping.”
In February 2015, WIMD changed its name to WPC. But the mission and focus of this 25-year-old organization did not change. Women Physicians in Christ is an outreach ministry to provide resources for Christian women physicians and dentists to integrate their personal, professional and spiritual lives. We encourage and support Christian women and physicians as we share the unique challenges of our multiple roles. To learn more about our ministry and stay abreast of events, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, the PULSE.
To encourage and support Christian women physicians and dentists as we share the unique challenges of our multiple roles:
- Through authentic relationships ("They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer," Acts 2:42, NIV 2011.)
- Through personal growth ("I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands," Psalm 119:10, NIV 2011.)
- Through discipleship and mentoring ("Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live…Then they can train the younger women..." Titus 2:3-4, NIV 1984.)
- Through professional development ("Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving," Colossians 3:23-24, NIV 1984.)
To be the key resource for Christian women physicians and dentists in integrating their personal, professional and spiritual lives.
In addition to CMDA's core values, we emphasize the following core values unique to our members:
- Authenticity and Transparency
- Intentional Relationships
In April 1992, Rev. Marti Ensign became the first director of this outreach, which provided resources directed toward women physicians and dentists, conferences to meet their specific needs and a close-knit network to help them share and grow in Christ. In 1993, members of the (newly formed) WIMD Commission attended the American Medical Women’s Association meeting, where many expressed an interest in CMDS. In April 1994, the first CMDS/WIMD national convention was held in Philadelphia.
In 2000, Rev. Marti Ensign retired from the leadership of WIMD and Harriet Askew became the new director. She worked on behalf of the ministry from 2000-2002. Since 2002, WIMD has created a monthly e-newsletter that is sent out to thousands of women. With the e-newsletter, WIMD can reach women all over the world and in return receives many responses including prayer requests, needs and useful suggestions.
In 2002, the Commission members realized their desire to personally minister to the women professionals of CMDA, and therefore, the ministry paradigm was restructured. The WIMD Commission hired its first administrative assistant in the fall of 2002 and its first full-time administrator in January 2014. WIMD now has yearly conferences in different regions of the United States to minister to the growing number of women physicians, dentists and medical and dental students.
In January 2015, the name of Women in Medicine and Dentistry (WIMD) was changed to Women Physicians in Christ (WPC) in order to reflect the heart of the organization, Jesus Christ. The mission of this commission has not changed—the ministry continues to be focused on Christian women physicians, dentists and the students in these professions.
- Darilyn Falck, MD – 2000-2004
- A.J. Demlow, MD – 2004-2006
- Gloria Halverson, MD – 2006-2008
- Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD – 2008-2010
- Cara Brown, MD – 2010-2012
- Leslie Walker, MD – 2012-2014
- Amy Givler, MD – 2014-2016
- Holly Austin, MD – 2016-2018
Holly Austin, MD
Holly B. Austin, MD, is a Pediatrician in Urgent Care at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she attended college at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois and then went to Medical School at University of Missouri-Columbia. She did her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansa City, MO. She is one of 5 doctors in a Pediatric practice that has been together for 22 years. Married with four dogs and one cat, Holly loves bicycling, skiing and music and is involved in church and community activities. She has a handicapped sister born when she was 9 years old, and has extensive experience with handicapped children in both private practice and on a personal level. She was chosen as one of the top three pediatricians in the greater Kansas City area (pop. 1.5 million with over 270 pediatricians) by a poll of physicians published in Squire Magazine in 2000 and 2003. (poll was completed every two years but magazine is no longer published).
Patti Francis, MD
Patti Francis, MD, has been in private practice in a partnership at Lamorinda Pediatrics since 1985, located in Lafayette CA. Patricia (Patti) graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, completed her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; was a founder and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Medicine and Dentistry from 1990-1996; and is a member and past chair of the Marriage Enrichment Commission. She has served on the Physicians Resource Council of Focus on the Family, as an Advisor Board Member of the Medical Insitute and DiscoveryHealth.com Disease and Conditions; and has worked on missions with Samaritan’s Purse, GHO, Kids Alive International, and Women of Vision/World Vision. She is married to Ron and has two daughters—Corrie and Erica.
Regina Frost, MD
Dr. Regina Frost is an OB/Gyn who is newly hospital employed and works out of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She has been in practice for 10 years, the majority of which was spent as the owner and solo physician of her former private practice. Regina enjoys educating women about their health and seeing God work in the lives of her patients. She is single and enjoys serving at church, cooking/eating, reading, exercising, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Amy M. Givler, MD
Amy Givler is a family physician in Monroe, Louisiana. She and her husband, Don, met in 1980 at a CMDA student event her first year of medical school, and they have both been active members of CMDA ever since. Finding WIMD has filled a long-held desire to connect with fellow Christian women doctors. Amy graduated from Wellesley College and Georgetown University School of Medicine, and she then completed her family medicine residency at the same indigent-care hospital where she now works part time. She also works at an urgent-care clinic and is the medical director for a Shots for Tots clinic. Amy loves to write and has written many articles and one book, Hope in the Face of Cancer: A Survival Guide for the Journey You Did Not Choose. She and Don have a heart for missions, and hope to do more short-term trips now that their three children have launched from the nest.
Marilyn Whitney, MD
Marilyn Whitney is a family practice physician in Ossian, Indiana. She attended medical school at Indiana University, and she has been practicing for 26 years in a small-town private practice. With interests in disaster medicine and adult mood disorders, she continues her adjustment as an employed physician in a town of 3,000 people.
Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD
Sherry-Ann Brown is a cardiology fellow and an instructor in medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Trained as a physician scientist, her areas of expertise include participatory medicine focusing on patient engagement) medicine, precision (or individualized) medicine, systems medicine, and genomics in preventive cardiology and cardio-oncology. She has been a longstanding member of CMDA (joined in 1999) and serves on the commission for Women Physicians in Christ.
Lisa Reimer, BA
Lisa Reimer grew up in a non-religious family, but became a Christian when she was 15 years old. Since her dad was in the Army, she moved often and is from a little bit of everywhere. She went to college at Radford University in Virginia and double majored in psychology and religious studies, with a minor in international studies. After graduating in 2003, she moved to Los Angeles, California to help start a church. She worked with women in domestic violence, teenage mothers and at-risk preschoolers and their families. She had thought about medicine periodically throughout her life and after working in social services for a few years, her thoughts turned again to medicine. She researched, prayed and went to the medical missions conference in Kentucky and felt that God was calling her to be a missionary doctor. Two weeks later, she began dating her husband, who wants to do mission aviation, and got married in 2007. In the summer of 2013, she enrolled at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.
Lanette M. Guthmann, MD
Lanette Guthmann is an Ob-GYN in Omaha, NE who graduated from the University of Nebraska. She attended medical school and residency at the University of Kentucky. She joined CMDA during her first year of medical school. After residency, she and her husband, John, moved back to Nebraska to be near their extended families. She joined a multi-specialty practice. During that time, she has enjoyed private practice-- delivering babies, doing gynecologic surgery and promoting health care maintenance. She became involved in WIMD when she attended a WIMD national conference at the Cove in North Carolina in March 2005. She has enjoyed the annual conferences ever since. When she found WIMD, she found the unusual combination of female Christian physicians who were trying to fulfill their God-given roles as Christian, doctor, woman, along with being both a wife and mother for Lanette. Lanette has had the opportunity to be part of GHO and work in Ecuador and Mexico on 3 medical mission trips. John and Lanette have 3 grown children: Michael, David and Christina.
Tiffany Owens, MD
Tiffany Owens is an allergist/immunologist and hospitalist pediatrician from Johnstown, Ohio. Tiffany received her undergraduate degree from Capital University and has been a CMDA member since starting medical school at Wright State University. While serving as an officer in the United States Air Force, she completed residency training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, survived being a chief resident, was assigned to be a staff pediatrician, and later attended fellowship at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, finishing 8 years as a military physician. CMDA meetings, mentorship, and Bible studies have helped Tiffany, her husband, Bobby Owens, and their three children to feel better equipped to deal with the challenges of medicine, marriage, military life, and lay ministry. WPC is like a balm for Tiffany’s soul when her heart is weary and, while serving on the Commission, she hopes to assist others to further develop meaningful relationships among the remarkable ladies of WPC.
Connie Hahn, DO
Connie Hahn, DO, is a family medicine physician in group practice at Bozeman Deaconess Health Group in Bozeman, Montana. After spending the first part of her career life in the airline industry and as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe, Connie decided to return to her education in her 40s. Her husband Chris was her main source of encouragement as she found herself applying to medical school later in life. Connie was an officer in her CMDA chapter while in training and later became involved, as a new physician, with what is now Women Physicians in Christ. She attended UC Davis family medicine residency in Merced, California and was treated for cancer during that time. As a survivor, and experiencing the dual role of being a patient and physician at the same time, Connie witnessed God at work in a very big way. This helped shape her practice and her compassion for her patients, while leaving her with two mottos in life: 1) You may not ever be able to give back enough, but you can always pass it forward; and 2) At the end of the day, no one will remember what you said or accomplished, but they will always remember how you made them feel. She incorporates her faith into her practice and gives public lectures on this subject as well as behavior health. Her husband has a PhD in mental health and works as a mediator for families, the church and natural resource disputes. They have two grown children, one living in Australia and another in Lake Tahoe.
M. Jane Goleman, MD
M. Jane Goleman, MD, received her MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical School and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Ohio State University Department of Pediatrics, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics. Her interest in diversity and health equity grew out of her patient care experience. She has developed a series on culturally effective pediatric care at Nationwide Children's, led curriculum design and implementation at OSU College of Medicine, and published resources on doctor-patient communication. She is the Medical Lead in Health Equity at Nationwide Children's and works in Quality Improvement to identify and address disparities. She enjoys short term medical missions and hosts a weekly Bible study for medical students in her home. She has been a member of CMDA since internship and has participated in the singles commission, medical missions, and WPC.
Madie Hartman, DO
Madie Hartman was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency at Altoona Family Physicians where she was trained in full spectrum family medicine. She is passionate about obstetric and pediatric care in family practice. Dr. Hartman currently practices at the Penn State Middletown Office. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three wonderful children as well as crocheting and playing the piano. She is excited about helping with the WPC ministry as a member of the commission.
Lynn Hickman, MD
Lynn Hickman received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, with residency at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, serving as Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also received training from the Academy of Pain Research Acupuncture Training in San Francisco. Dr. Hickman now practices as a Perinatal Laborist at St. Luke’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists in Kansas City and an OB Hospitalists at Lester Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO. Dr. Hickman first attended a WPC conference in 2014 in Philadelphia and feels that she has now “found a group of kindred spirits I had been searching for and did not even know existed.” She joined the commission to “help as many female physicians as possible find this ‘support and encouragement group’.”
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics)
Dr. Stevens serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Stevens served as a missionary doctor in Kenya helping to transform Tenwek Hospital into one of the premier mission healthcare facilities in the world. Subsequently, he served as the director of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, assisting mission hospitals and leading medical relief teams into war and disaster zones. As a leading spokesman for Christian healthcare professionals in America, Dr. Stevens has conducted hundreds of television, radio and print media interviews. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury University, is an AOA graduate University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002.
Alva B. Weir, III, MD
Sarah Rahkola, MD
Wanda Lam, BS, MD
Andrea Braun, MD, PhD
An annual four-day conference for Women Physicians in Christ providing opportunities for fellowship, continuing education, networking and spiritual growth & refreshment. The conference offers 12 hours of CME credits each year.
For the June WPC Grasping Power through Surrender (GPS) event in Hocking Hills, Ohio, God brought together 6 very different women. There were women from all over the country (Michigan to Texas), wide age ranges (30s to 60s), varied specialties (Emergency Medicine to general medicine on the mission field), single and married, and mothers of There were women from all over the country (Michigan to Texas), wide age ranges (30s to 60s), varied specialties (Emergency Medicine to general medicine on the mission field), single and married, and mothers of toddlers to grandmothers...all with one common purpose: to focus on and encourage one another in spiritual growth.
Through games, hikes, shared meals, discussion, prayer time, and personal reflection, we explored our walks with Christ and sought to deepen them. As only fellow Christian physicians can do, we listened, prayed, and supported one another. Grasping Power through Surrender (GPS) is truly the mission of these retreats, and of each of our lives as Christians!
If you are interested in having a GPS retreat in your area, get together two or three interested graduate physician colleagues and let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. WPC will provide the facilitator, support and advertising to bring together 6-8 female physicians for a Thursday-Sunday GPS event. Or if you would like to attend a future event in a different area, please email us.
Women Physicians in Christ holds events throughout the CMDA National Convention specifically for WIMD members to fellowship and renew their faith.
FRIDAY NIGHT – WPC Game Night
SATURDAY MORNING – WPC Breakfast
SATURDAY EVENING AFTER PLENARY – WPC BONFIRE
All WPC events are open to any female healthcare professional attending the CMDA National Convention.
A local resource for women involved in WPC to fellowship in their local communities.
A weekend conference provided by CMDA's Marriage Commission specifically for WPC members and their spouses. This weekend offers an opportunity for participants to grow and nurture their marital relationship.
In partnership with Global Health Outreach, WPC organizes mission trips to House of Hope in Managua, Nicaragua. These trips offer participants an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls and women caught in human trafficking. We will be working at House of Hope, an amazing place where the physical, spiritual, economic and educational needs of women in sex slavery (both girls who have been trafficked and women caught in prostitution) are addressed.