We have affectionately dubbed the postgrads working at SOSI, each of whom has aspirations of attending medical school, as the #SOSIclassof2021.
Maddie Labor grew up in Steamboat and then attended Regis University in Denver, where she was in the Honors Program and played on the volleyball team, which made the 2019 Division II National Semifinals and 2017 Quarterfinals. She graduated with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. While at Regis, she was one of 30 undergraduates from around the country chosen for a cancer research fellowship at CU Anschutz, where she studied bone cancer at the molecular level.
She is currently working at SOSI as a scribe while she applies to medical school. Maddie wants to pursue a career in medicine because “being a physician provides the opportunities and the privilege to help better the lives of patients of all ages and backgrounds.” Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her friends, and searching for the perfect brewery.
Mary O’Connell was born and raised in Steamboat Springs and then attended Dartmouth College, where she studied bioengineering and skied for the Varsity Cross Country Ski Team. Back in Steamboat working as an EMT on Ski Patrol, she began to envision a path that would combine her interests in biology and medicine and working with people in a team environment. Mary recently learned she has been accepted into the Idaho State Physician’s Assistant program and she will be attending their Boise campus starting in August! “Working at SOSI has helped me confirm that commitment. I am passionate about medicine, patient care, and desire to be a member of a team to achieve the best patient outcomes,” she says.
Until she leaves for Boise, Mary will continue her work as an MA with Dr. Tracy, Dr. Devin, and PA Jessica Nyquist, learning more about spine care and the effort and knowledge that goes into finding solutions for patients. In her free time, Mary loves spending time with her family and friends, skiing, mountain biking and hiking.
Devin Neilly is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado and a transplant from Massachusetts to Steamboat where he fits right in with his passions for snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing, and running. Devin works with patient insurance companies to pre-authorize diagnostic imaging including MRIs and CTs.
It was a high school anatomy course that first piqued his interest in pursuing a career in emergency medicine. However, since working at SOSI, Devin’s appreciation of orthopaedic medicine has grown. “Learning about all the different procedures performed in our office, and how much the specialties differ, has shown me the wide array of medicine this field has to offer. I definitely wouldn’t rule out a specialty in orthopaedics for myself.” Devin said.
Gail Wiedel loves her work as a scribe at SOSI and is intent on learning all she can while applying for medical school. Gail grew up in Steamboat skiing with the Winter Sports Club and playing volleyball at Steamboat Springs High School. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, earning a degree in exercise science while playing for the school’s Division III volleyball team.
While at St. Olaf, Gail had the opportunity to work as an on-campus EMT and volunteered as a bi-ski instructor at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, both of which inspired her interest in medicine. “I want to pursue a career in medicine because as a physician I will have the opportunity to impact individual and community health and well-being,” said Gail.