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    Alumni Profile: Samantha Pieper

    April 24, 2017
    Dr. Samantha Michelena Pieper enjoyed small class sizes and friendly instructors during her time at UW.

    Samantha Michelena Pieper treats women of all ages in her medical practice in Cheyenne. Her husband, Brian Pieper, is also a UW graduate and owns Albany Eye Clinic in Laramie. “We are both very proud and honored to be serving our communities,” Pieper says, adding that more than half of the physicians in her clinic are UW alumni.

    After graduation from UW, Pieper took part in WWAMI, a multistate program that reserves 20 seats a year for qualified Wyoming residents, who then complete their first year on campus at UW and receive their medical degrees through the University of Washington School of Medicine. Pieper completed her residency at the prestigious Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., and did a mission trip to the Dominican Republic as a senior resident to help provide health care and surgeries to the underserved women.

    She traveled abroad at UW as well: “I did a short summer class that took me to Australia to study the health system there. This was an invaluable experience, giving me a broad view of not only health care but also general living, in both in our country and another, which was a great start for a career in health care.”

    During her time as a UW student, Pieper competed on the swimming team, was a member of Tri Delta sorority and worked as a teaching assistant for anatomy classes. “UW offered smaller class sizes, friendly and helpful teaching staff and ample extracurricular activities for a well-rounded experience,” she says. “My experiences at UW definitely helped get me where I am today.”

    Pieper now helps educate the next generation of regional doctors, overseeing WWAMI students on their rotations.

    “The relationships I gained at school as well as the ones that have been fostered as an alumnae have been invaluable,” she says.

    When not serving the community, the Piepers enjoy fly-fishing, skiing and other outdoor pursuits. “We love the Wyoming lifestyle,” she says. “I feel blessed every day here—living and working in Wyoming.”