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The Peterson siblings from Osceola have all pursued degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Pictured, from left, are Lindsay Peterson, Landon Peterson and Lori Peterson.

The demands of an education in the health professions has brought three siblings closer together, though the rigors of their programs kept them from seeing each other on a regular basis.

If any of them went home to Osceola for the weekend, most of their time was spent studying.

Until Lindsay Peterson, 24, graduated in December from the University of Nebraska Medical Center physician assistant program on the Kearney campus, she and her two siblings were all enrolled at UNMC at the same time. Landon and Lori Peterson currently are enrolled on the Lincoln campuses in the dentistry and nursing programs, respectively. Lori, 21, plans to graduate in 2019. Landon, 28, plans to graduate this spring before entering UNMC’s orthodontic residency program in Lincoln.

As the oldest, Landon led the pack. All three siblings were voted homecoming king or queen and each was salutatorian of their graduating classes at Osceola High School.

“We all continually had big shoes to fill, and we all have worked hard to live up to our potential,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay said they did not text, call or get together often.

“But we know and understand in our hearts the amount of time that each of us is putting into our program to be successful as we work toward our goals and dreams,” she said.

Until she started the nursing program, Lori said she had no idea how demanding it would be.

“I now understand that a full day of studying truly means a full day of studying from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., sometimes longer,” she said.

While all three are in the health field, each has chosen a different path.

Lindsay decided on the physician assistant profession after shadowing her orthopedic surgeon following a sports injury in high school.

“I discovered the PA position, and was intrigued by their role and responsibility in the health care team. I never looked back, and am now a graduated PA,” she said.

Landon applied to medical school at UNMC but did not get accepted.

“Over the next year, I worked full time in a research laboratory and continued to shadow physicians and orthodontists. I found my heart and overall passion within the field of orthodontics. This profession would satisfy the rewarding aspects of becoming a physician, as well as fulfill my love for working with my hands, a skill instilled in me starting at a young age. It took at little longer than most and some unfortunate news, but I had finally found my passion,” he said.

Lori's interest in health care came from her siblings.

“Growing up with my brother attending dental school and my sister applying to physician assistant school sparked my curiosity in the medical field at a young age. I shadowed multiple nurses in different specialties and realized how diverse this career would allow me to be,” she said.

The siblings said they are thankful, especially to their parents Tim and Jean Peterson of Osceola for the continuous love, support and understanding while pursuing their education.

“We would not be where we are today without them. They also take the time and travel to see us for an hour or two during our study breaks or for a quick supper together,” Landon said.

They also give credit to UNMC.

“UNMC has guided us each into becoming the best we can be within our own disciplines of the medical field,” Landon said.

Lindsay has accepted a position with Faith Regional Physician Services in Norfolk, working with Dr. Tristan Hartzell and his team in hand, wrist and elbow surgery.


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