Dr. Vanna Gold is a 2005 graduate of Lampasas High School. The biggest factor in her decision to become a physician was her work years ago for Dr. James Cain and Dr. Robin Gruen at Family Medicine Clinic. Dr. Gold began working for FMC as a junior in high school when the clinic was on West Avenue E.
At one point, Dr. Gold thought about becoming a pharmacist, but Dr. Cain encouraged her to pursue a career as a physician.
The Lampasas High alumna received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 2009. Then she began medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Medicine in Fort Worth.
During her fourth year of medical school, Dr. Gold worked alongside Dr. John Ramsay, a family practice doctor in Fredericksburg who delivered both her and her older sister Johnna Stotts Davis.
Dr. Gold had an especially meaningful rotation during medical school with James Cain at Family Medicine Clinic.
She knew that she wanted to go into family medicine and that she wanted to be practicing in a small town. She knew that she wanted to come back to Lampasas, and her time at FMC confirmed that. The rotation at Family Medicine Clinic was special because she loved seeing people she already knew and enjoyed having the special relationships with patients that small town doctors have.
Having decided to practice family medicine, Dr. Gold graduated from medical school in 2013. Among those who helped Gold celebrate was a special guest from Lampasas. As part of her med school graduation process, there was a “hooding” ceremony. Dr. Cain drove to Forth Worth and actually participated in that ceremony of “hooding” Dr. Gold as a physician.
Another milestone for Dr. Gold came in April 2013, when she married her husband Edward, who is from Fredericksburg. He is an automotive technician.
Shortly after marrying, Dr. Gold began a three-year program at Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency.
Gold is happy to practice at FMC because she is able to work alongside the doctors who treated her growing up and whom she looked up to.
Along with professional relationships, Dr. Gold’s faith is very important to her. She participated in medical missions trips to Mexico as a Texas A&M undergraduate and as a medical school student. Gold also went with her older sister a family nurse practitioner, on a medical mission trip to Honduras.
Dr. Gold believes prayer has played a key role in her life, and that faith strongly shapes how she practices medicine. It reminds her that our lives are not in our hands. We can make good decisions for our health, but the Great Physician has more power than all of us ever will.
The close-knit Lampasas community is another key influence in her life, and she is glad to be back among the people that shaped the person who she is. She especially appreciates Lampasas’ friendliness, safety, and good school system.
Dr. Gold has deep roots in the Lampasas area. She is the daughter of Victor and Janette Stotts and the granddaughter of Nelda Vann.
Her family ranches on the Colorado River, where Gold and her sister have worked cattle, hauled hay, and built fences with their father.
Dr. Gold lives with her husband in Lampasas, but the couple’s long-term plan is to own land in the country. Dr. Gold also plans to remain involved in the family’s ranch.
Dr. Gold enjoys traveling, hunting, and sewing. She and her husband also like to spend time with their two dogs, a labrador and a pug.
Dr. Vanna Gold’s CV
- Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency, Bryan, Texas — 2013-2016
- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Forth Worth, Texas — 2009-2013
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas — 2005-2009
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
- Family Medicine Clinic, Lampasas, Texas — 2016-present
- CareNow Urgent Care — 2015
- OMM Teaching Assistant — 2010-2011
- JAMP UNTHSC-TCOM Summer Internship Student Assistant — 2010
- Office of Professional and Graduate School Advising — 2007-2009
- JCPenney Optical — 2007
- HSC Communications — 2005-2007
HONORS AND AWARDS
- TCOM Ambassador — 2010-2011
- Honors Selected Inherited Diseases Associated with Dyslipidemia Course — 2011
- Honors Global Health Course — 2010
- TOUCH (Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health) Award for Community Service — 2010
- Joint Admission Medical Program — 2007-2009
- Regent’s Scholarship — 2005-2009
- USA Funds Scholarship — 2005-2009
- American Board of Family Medicine, Board Certified — 2016
- American Academy of Family Physicians — 2011-present
- Christian Medical Association — 2009-2013
- American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians — 2009-2013
- American Medical Student Association — 2012-2013
- National Rural Health Association — 2012-2013
- Executive Council of Health Organizations, Treasurer — 2008-2009
- Aggie Special Olympics Texas Volunteers, Treasurer — 2008-2009
- Aggies for Christ — 2005-2009
- Pre-Medical Society — 2007
- Rollins Brook Community Hospital, Lampasas, Texas
- Metroplex Health System, Killeen, Texas
- Seton, Harker Heights, Texas — courtesy privileges
- Summit Church Special Needs Children’s Class — 2012
- Nueces County Health Fair, Christus Spohn Memorial Skin Lesion Booth — 2011
- Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament Medical Team — 2011
- Fort Worth ISD School Physicals — 2011
- Presbyterian Night Shelter Clinic for the Homeless — 2010
- Albert Galvan Health Clinic — 2010
- UNTHSC Patient Care Center Geriatric Flu Shot Clinic — 2010
- First- & Second-Grade Teacher for HYPE Youth Mentoring — 2005-2009
- Cherokee Children’s Home — 2006-2009
- National Kidney Foundation Memory Walker — 2009
- Alzheimer’s Foundation Memory Walker — 2009
- Como Health Festival — 2009
- Kwanzaa Fest, National Kidney Foundation Health Screening — 2009
- Special Olympics Spring and Winter Olympics — 2008-2009
OTHER MEDICAL EXPERIENCES
- Medical Mission Trip, Tegucigalpa, Honduras — 2012
- Medical Mission Trip, Saltillo, Mexico — 2010
- Medical Mission Trip, Matamoros, Mexico — 2008
- University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio School of Medicine Internship — 2008
- Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Medicine Internship — 2007
- Traveling, hunting, and sewing