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Dr. Joshua Hanson

Dr. Joshua Hanson


Joshua received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas and his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. During medical school, he took part in the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. After receiving his medical degree he completed internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing his training, he joined the faculty at UCSF and received his master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty at UT Health Sciences Center, San Antonio in 2011. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine. His interests include medical education and physician-physician communication.

He enjoys trying to find the perfect vinyl record store in central Texas and has recently revived an interest in running. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Samuel. Since Samuel is a recent addition, the three of them enjoy cooing at each other, although babbling is right around the corner.

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Adam Dunstone

Adam Dunstone


I was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland and moved to the U.S. with my family when I was in high school. I went to Emory University for undergrad and absolutely loved living in Atlanta for 4 years. My main hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, rugby, and tennis. My primary extracurricular activity is serving as an Assistant Coach for the Alamo Heights High School Rugby Club. After completing residency I hope to work abroad for a few years in various locum placements.

Kristin Schneider

Kristin Schneider


I grew up in Austin, TX and loved it so much that I stayed for college, majoring in Plan II at UT Austin. I have a younger brother who followed me at UT, and two younger sisters, one who just started college and another who's a second grade teacher. For fun I like trying out new restaurants and coffee shops with friends, going to concerts and music festivals, and going running. I really enjoy the 5K and 10K "fun runs" like the Color Run and the Culinaria Wine Festival 5K. I'm applying to pediatrics this fall and currently leaning towards doing a fellowship that allows me to do mainly hospital-based work.

Kristy Smithson Riniker

Kristy Smithson Riniker


I grew up in Amarillo, TX, and went to college at UT Austin where I majored in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Government. After graduating I worked for a while, and later decided to become a doctor after going on a medical mission trip to Kenya. I went back to UT to finish my prerequisites, then deferred med school to move to Yemen for a year and a half where I studied Arabic, taught English, and began working on my MPH, which I finished last May. While at UTHSCSA I've been involved in Frontera de Salud and Physicians for Human Rights, and I'm a National Health Service Corps Scholar. In my free time I like to travel (I've been to 28 countries), hike, kayak, scuba dive, play with my puppies, and spend time with my husband, and I'm expecting my first baby at the end of June. I plan to go into family medicine and am interested in integrating public health, global health and community service learning into my education and practice.

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Helen Heymann

Helen Heymann


Hi! I grew up in Austin, Texas and went to Stanford where I majored in Biology. I stuck around for another year to get a Masters in Biology. In college I had a focus in marine bio: I did research on Mytilus californianus aka the California mussel, and I studied abroad in a ecology-based program in Australia. I also played on the polo (equestrian) team. Back in Texas, I have loved my time at UTHSCSA so far. Aside from studying, I like hanging out with friends, being outside, photography, and going to museums when I can. I am also a big Spurs fan. I have a wide range of interests and am not yet sure what field I will go into. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Veronica Medina

Veronica Medina


My name is Veronica Medina, but most people just call me Ronnie. I grew up in McAllen, Texas and graduated from UTPA in 2013 with a Bachelors in Biology. I like to spend my free time watching way too many TV shows, playing soccer, and baking sweets. I've just recently started to pick up cooking, so I spend some time reading recipes. During my first year, I became really involved with our student government, the recruitment committee, and the Veritas program. Medical school can be a lot of fun! I look forward to getting to know y'all!