Dr. Thellman received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his general and plastic surgery residencies at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and was also selected to be a Burn Fellow at Vanderbilt University Burn Center during his time there. After completing his training he chose to return to his home state of Kansas and founded Lawrence Plastic Surgery in 1994. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Thellman has served his local medical community as Chief of Surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, helped establish both the LMH Breast Center and the Lawrence Surgery Center, and served as a board member of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. He is currently Chair of the Surgery Liaison Committee of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas and serves on the Board of Managers of the Lawrence Surgery Center. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Ottawa University, his undergraduate Alma Mater. He has given numerous presentations at the local, state and national level focusing on breast surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, skin cancer, and patient safety. Dr. Thellman has three children and lives on a small farm just outside of Lawrence with his wife, Nancy.