The new family doctor in Fairbury, Dr. Brett Wergin, spoke with the Rotary on Wednesday as part of a series of meet and greet sessions he is conducting with local civic groups.
A native of Lincoln, Wergin graduated from Lincoln Southeast in 2003. He did two years of undergraduate work at UNL before transferring to UC Berkley in California, where he graduated, and then went to the Med Center in Omaha and did his residency in Lincoln.
“I knew I wanted to come back to Nebraska practice medicine,” Wergin said. 
After taking a trip through California, Wergin decided to transfer to school out on the coast. 
“When I went to college, I knew I wanted to come back to Nebraska for med school and my dad always impressed on me that in the Midwest, you do a lot more primary care. I went on a backpack trip with a friend one summer and to justify it to our parents, they said to take summer courses and I had a friend that knew someone that went to Burkley.”
His father, Dr. Robert Wergin, is a longtime physician in the Seward, Milford area, and was a big influence on Brett wanting to move to a rural setting.
“I grew up around family medicine that is practiced in a smaller community,” Wergin said. “I knew that is what I wanted to do.”
Dr. Robert Wergin is good friends with longtime family doctor in Fairbury Dr. Richard Blatny, Sr.
“I have known Dr. Blatny Sr., and Jr., a very long time and they would tell me about Fairbury in med school,” Dr. Brett Wergin said.
Brett Wergin’s fiancée is studying to be a physician (internal medicine) and has done work in Fairbury before as a med student during a rotation.
“My mind keeps coming back to Fairbury,” Wergin said of choosing a place to practice.
His hobbies include traveling and has been to many countries in Latin America, including Guatemala and throughout Europe.