CCHF Leadership

Kristin Martel, MD

Internal Medicine and Pediatric Staff Phisycian at Siloam Family Health Center.

Tell us about God's specific call on your life for the gospel and care for the poor. 

During my first year of medical school, I had several experiences where the Lord opened my eyes and moved me to want to pursue the practice of medicine in underserved communities. First and foremost, I was blessed to have an early elective working with Christian physicians who were living out the Gospel as they cared for the refugees and immigrants in Nashville. I experienced relational, intentional, faith based care for the poor and alien. This practice of whole person care for the poor provided passion and purpose throughout my medical school training. Several other experiences reaffirmed this calling, including my involvement in overseas medical trips as well as a month long primary care month living and working in East TN. Here I saw first hand a group of physicians prayerfully committed to helping to bring wholeness and health to an impoverished Appalachian community. I feel blessed that the Lord so graciously allows me to participate in this work!    

 How has being involved in CCHF impacted your life? 

I first heard about CCHF as a first year medical student when I attended a CCHF conference in Chicago with several classmates. Throughout medical school and residency I continued to be encouraged by the stories, experiences and wisdom shared by the like minded students and physicians I read about in CCHF publications. This was so important for me especially because I did not always feel the same encouragement from my local academic center. In recent years, my attendance at CCHF conferences has allowed me to build a network of friends and mentors that have continued to inspire me and challenge me both in how I care for my patients and in how I care for my own spiritual health. Helping to lead several student/teaching workshops at the CCHF conferences, has also been a way the Lord has deepened my passion to mentor and disciple students.  

 What is your life verse? 

Jeremiah 17:8  "He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."

Tell us about your family. 

My husband Ben and I have been married for 7 years and have three adventurous, energetic children. Micah (5 years), Silas (4 years) and Eliza (2 years) have brought us much joy and God has also used them to refine us in the process.   Ben and I met during Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Vanderbilt. He now practices as a hospitalist in Nashville. We share a common passion for mentoring students and caring for those from other cultures. We love that God brought us together to practice medicine for His glory. 

Name three interesting facts about yourself.

-  I grew up in a Mennonite family in PA and have been grateful for the deep roots of faith, simplicity and service.

-  I played division one Lacrosse in college.

-  I love hiking and hope to visit all the national parks with my family.