“Volunteering energizes me. It reminds me why I went into medicine and keeps me going in my regular job.” Hans Bruntmyer, DO, shared these words as he spoke about his volunteer service at New Braunfels Christian Ministries. United Way of Comal County applauds the work of Dr. Hans Bruntmyer and awarded him with the organization’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Dr. Bruntmyer generously contributes time every week to provide medical care to uninsured patients at Volunteers in Medicine. He compassionately cares for patients, helps them understand their health condition, and equips each to improve their health. Volunteers in Medicine Director Ashley Woodward says, “Dr. Bruntmyer listens to patients, provides skilled compassionate care and helps patients heal in their mind, body, and spirit.”
As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bruntmyer uses specialized skills in osteopathic manipulation treatment to help patients struggling with muscle pain and migraines. He says, “my patients are some of the hardest working people I know. I’m happy to be able to relieve a small amount of their suffering to help them do their jobs and provide for their families.”
Dr. Bruntmyer serves as Assistant Professor in Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and brings medical students to serve at the clinic to expand their skills and extend the clinic’s capacity.
Dr. Bruntmyer encourages other medical providers to join the volunteer team. He says that his volunteer time re-energizes him mentally, physically, and spiritually. The clinic’s staff make it easy to come in and focus solely on patient care. He says, “Try it! You will spark your love of medicine again!”
When asked about the impact Volunteers in Medicine has on patients, he commented about patients being respected and valued as people created in the image of Christ. He recalled one patient who struggled with intense and frequent migraine headaches that set him on a downward spiral and made him want to end his life. Through weekly visits and coordinated treatment, this patient made significant improvement, drastically reduced the frequency of headaches, and returned to the clinic with hope for the future.
In addition to his volunteering with New Braunfels Christian Ministries, Dr. Bruntmyer and his wife Tichelle lead Imago Dei Ministries, where they coordinate six teams of volunteers providing street medicine to homeless in Bexar County.
United Way of Comal County celebrates the work of Dr. Hans Bruntmyer and honors him with the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award. New Braunfels Christian Ministries applauds Dr. Bruntmyer for five years of dedicated volunteer service affirming every patient’s God-given value and improving the health of our community.