Starla Graber '85
Major at GC:
M.D. from Indiana University
Graber thought she did not want to be a small-town doctor, like
her father, but as her nursing career developed, colleagues during
voluntary service in Boston, Mass., at Tufts University, and at
an Indianapolis hospital kept pushing her to apply for medical school.
In my heart of hearts, I knew I probably wouldnt stay
in nursing. I was more interested in why and how, I liked the hands-on
medicine, she said.
Graber returned to Goshen to finish her pre-med prerequisites, then
moved with her husband, Harley Yoder 85, to Indianapolis for
her schooling and his residency. Now both are Elkhart doctors
Graber an obstetrician/ gynecologist for River Oaks OB/GYN Associates
and Yoder a family practitioner at Concord Family Medicine.
Graber said her doctoral decision made a nurse cousin irate: She
said, How can you join the enemy? You are defecting!
I said, I am not, I am infiltrating. GC professors taught
me things in nursing that are part of who I am as a doctor. ...You
cant do it if your heart isnt in it. It takes too much
of your soul.