Resident of the Year – Spencer Gallner, M.D.

Resident of the Year

Lasting Hope Recovery Center Annual Awards: (seated – left to right) Residents, Dr. Marshall, Dr. Gallner and Dr. Hickert. (standing – left to right) Dr. William Marcil, Dr. Hudson Hsieh, Rhonda Hawks, Dr. Jeana Benton, Dr. Syed Faiz Qadri and Dr. Shannon Kinnan

Lasting Hope Recovery Center (LHRC) awarded the 4th Annual Resident-of-the-Year Award to Spencer Gallner, M.D., a third-year resident from Omaha. The other nominees included Alyssa Hickert, M.D. and David Marshall, M.D.

The award honors the winning resident for excellence in clinical skills and abilities, fostering an environment of teamwork and communication, seeking and providing mentoring opportunities, responsiveness and collaboration in patient care, and putting patients’ interests first.

Nominees are selected from all residents who completed a rotation at Lasting Hope in the prior year by a vote from the attending physicians. All LHRC staff take part in the vote for the winner.

Get to Know Spencer Gallner, M.D.

Dr. Gallner graduated from Westside High School in Omaha and completed an undergraduate degree in Biology with a focus in genomics and minors in chemistry and anthropology from Southern Methodist University. His medical degree is from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  

How did you become interested in psychiatry?

I became interested in psychiatry while in my clerkship during my third year in medical school while working with patients with schizophrenia at Lasting Hope. I was fascinated by the disease and enjoyed helping those afflicted with mental illness.

What have you enjoyed most about your residency?

In residency I have most enjoyed the collegiality among fellow residents and attending physicians. I feel that our Creighton residency program fosters a good environment to make lasting relationships / friendships.

Is there a mentor, patient or experience that has had a major impact on you?

This year I am primarily working at the VA in an outpatient clinic. I have enjoyed working with and helping veterans with PTSD. This has been an outstanding experience and one that will likely benefit me throughout my career.

Tell us about your LHRC experience.

My experience at LHRC has been an incredible one that spans my entire medical education thus far, spanning from medical school through residency. As a medical student, I enjoyed honing my interview skills and then learning how to manage patient care during residency. The doctors, nurses and staff have provided a great environment for learning and teaching. I am very thankful to have spent so much time at LHRC.

What are your career aspirations?

I am planning to train to become a Forensic Psychiatrist, however if that does not work out I will likely be a general adult outpatient provider.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy running and have been in multiple half marathons/marathons, reading, traveling, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Other nominees:

Alyssa Hickert, M.D.

A second-year resident, Dr. Hickert received her undergraduate degree in English literature from Gonzaga University and still considers herself a die-hard GU basketball fan. She is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where she was the editor for the medical school newspaper and earned certification as a counselor for victims of sexual assault/domestic violence. She is involved in late-life presentation of PTSD.

David Marshall, M.D.

A first-year resident, Dr. Marshall grew up in Hastings and is a proud central-Nebraskan. He attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he received a master’s degree in business administration before returning to complete pre-med coursework. While attending UNMC, he was originally interested in family medicine before being slowly won over by psychiatry. He enjoys classic English literature, home-based fitness and spending time with his family.


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