Portrait of an MCS Graduate
Dr. Travis Groth Class of 2002
In the fall of 1998, Travis Groth walked into Madison Avenue Baptist Church to begin school as an eighth grader. He had been unhappy at the public schools and his parents had given him an opportunity to become a student at the fledgling, four year-old Maryville Christian School. He was nervous, but that only lasted a day or so as Travis immediately bonded with classmates such as Josh Armstrong, Nick Grahl, Leah Hughes, and Danah Akin. Later, Travis grew even closer to classmates David Ivens and Tommy Loud through basketball.
And so began an amazing journey for Travis at MCS that culminated with his graduation in 2002. In the school yearbook he noted that, “MCS has been one of the greatest influences in my life,” and he also noted, “Next year I plan to attend college and enter a pre-medicine course of study.” Providentially, he earned the prestigious Cobb Scholarship for students pursuing a health care career at Maryville College. It remains one of the largest college scholarships ever achieved by an MCS graduate.
After four years of pre-med study, an exhausted Travis took off a year and worked as a phlebotomist. Then he moved to Hilton Head, S.C. where he waited tables and lived a life on the beach. “It was a great year and I certainly learned servanthood as a waiter,” he stated.
But, the calling God put in his heart back at MCS still beckoned. He wanted to do more with his life and make a difference as a doctor. So, he came back to Knoxville in 2007 and started at the Osteopathic School of Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. For the next four years, he again studied diligently, and in 2011, he began a residency at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. He considered many options in medicine, but eventually opted to become a family physician. Last summer, Travis returned home as “Dr. Groth” and began work at East Tennessee Medical Group.
He is impacting many lives as a doctor and points back to MCS as a source of much of his success and inspiration. “I had never really been close to God until I became an MCS student,” he explained, “but the school drew me closer to the Lord and provided the spiritual foundation I needed. I was able to truly rely upon God through the tough years of med school.” In addition, he cited the role models of MCS teachers such as Glen Arnold, Jan Gore, and Julie DeBusk as having set a standard of a biblical lifestyle for him.
Today he is serving God and claims that, as a physician, he has a “daily chance to witness.” He prays with his patients and is so grateful to be able to treat the whole person, including the spiritual lives of those under his care. He reflected on his days at MCS by saying, “It is a blessing to have a chance to make a difference in the lives of a wide variety of people. Every day my education at Maryville Christian School impacts all aspects of who I am.”