Meet a Preceptor:
Timothy Grenemyer, DO
Dr. Grenemyer received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of New Mexico. He then earned his DO at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in California. He completed an internship at Botsford General Hospital in Michigan and a residency at Denver Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Colorado. He returned to Albuquerque in 1992 to practice family medicine. He worked in private practice until 1999, when he joined what is now the DaVita Medical Group. Dr. Grenemyer is happily married and the proud father of four “extremely active” girls. In his rare time off, he enjoys snow skiing, participating in triathlons, and golfing.
“I decided to become a preceptor because other DOs were good enough to precept me when I was a student, and I believe in paying it forward. The cornerstone of the osteopathic profession is DOs teaching other DOs. I’ve been teaching medical students for 27 years now and it is mutually beneficial; they teach me along with me teaching them. Working in a mid- to large-sized city like Albuquerque will give the medical students good exposure to multiple patient types. We have the premier heart hospital in the state here and a Level I Trauma Center. In my office specifically, they will be exposed to the wide range of patients we see in a general family practice, from newborns to elderly. They will see Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in practice on a daily basis, along with many in-office procedures, like musculoskeletal ultrasound. This is a good rotation to show the students how many options are available to them in a family practice setting.”
Meet a Student:
Mariah Maestas, OMS-II
Mariah Maestas was born and raised in Espanola in Northern New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico where she studied biochemistry. She was drawn to osteopathic medicine because she sees it as a viable alternative to the over prescription of opioid pain medicines. “I also believe Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will help provide the physicians needed in rural areas,” she said. At Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maestas has served as Vice President of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. She is also a mentor to teens in the Medical Explorers program and a member of the Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and one day hopes to acquire a loom for her hobby of weaving traditional Rio Grande rugs.
“I am looking forward to the exposure to different fields of medicine that comes with clinical rotations. I still have a tremendous amount to learn and look forward to applying the information I have gained so far to a real clinical scenario. I am so happy to be here in New Mexico. I love the people and cultures present here. New Mexico is a special place and will always be home for me. I am glad I am able to give back because that has been my intention since the very beginning of this long journey. I am excited about what osteopathic medicine can do for our state and I really do hope I am able to stay and practice here in New Mexico.”