I was born and raised in Wichita with strong family and community values. Throughout my childhood, my parents instilled in me a very strong work ethic. My mother is a respiratory therapist and my father is a machinist by day and farmer every other hour of his life. My husband is from Conway Springs; we met in high school through mutual friends and powerlifting meets, then graduated from Pittsburg state together (GO Gorillas!). Since then, we’ve continued to enjoy weightlifting, as well as watching athletics together. My husband is a strength and conditioning coach, so there are plenty of games to watch! When we’re not doing that, we’re typically talking to our corgi as if he were human, or spending time with family and friends over a meal.
I attended KU medical school and did all of my medical rotations in Wichita, then my husband and I went to Oklahoma City where I completed residency at the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. I really enjoyed my pediatric hospital training and caring for children in hospital with complex and special medical needs, but I found myself wanting more. It was not enough to have a short, albeit important role in the child’s health journey. I want to enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of children of all different abilities as well as providing guidance throughout their childhood during any physical or mental illness.
After three years of professional training in Oklahoma, my husband and I are excited to come home to Wichita! I am excited to build trust with you and your family through evidence- based medicine and shared decisions regarding your child’s care. I’d also love to hear about your family pets! Growing up, I remember a wall plastered with drawings and keepsakes at my pediatrician’s clinic. I hope to earn such a wall as well. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve your family here at Redbud Pediatrics.
Trista Vancuren, MD, FAAP