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Virtual Shadowing

Welcome to our virtual shadowing program! Shadowing sessions span a variety of specialties, allowing you to look into the world behind trauma surgery, OB/GYN, dermatology and much more! Sessions are free to attend and livestreamed on Youtube. In order to be awarded shadowing hours, the session's quiz must be passed with a minimum score of 60% on the first attempt. Quizzes are available 6 days after each session by 11:59pm CT. For example, a Thursday session's quiz will be due the following Wednesday at 11:59pm CT. For any questions, contact us at

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Joan Lien, MD

Dr. Joan Lien, a board-certified pediatrician and 2nd-year neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow at the University of Oklahoma, brings a unique background in biomedical engineering and extensive clinical experience. Originally from Louisiana, she earned her BS-MSE from Tulane University, where her passion for healthcare emerged through roles as an EMT and leadership in Tulane University EMS. After working as a biomedical engineer in New Orleans, she pursued her dream of becoming a doctor, joining LSUHSC and co-founding the first New Orleans chapter of Sling Health. Her journey continued with a pediatrics residency at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN before embarking on her current fellowship. Dr. Lien is enthusiastic about reaching the midpoint of her fellowship, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to provide compassionate care to NICU babies in her future practice.

Surgeons in Operating Room

Jasmine Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is a fellow training in pediatric hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

March 4th at 7-8pm CT

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February 29th at 7-8pm CT

Past Shadowing Speakers

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Rodrigo Gerardo, MD, MS

November 18, 2021

Dr. Rodrigo Gerardo is currently in the research years of his general surgery residency as a pediatric surgery research fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He attended medical school at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where he also received a concentration in Global Health after mission trips to Jamaica and Uganda. During his time in medical school, he served as the Social Chair for the Student Council. During medical school, Dr. Gerardo also worked as a medical student producer for The Dr. Oz Show where he produced and vetted content for the Emmy Award-winning 8th season of the show.

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Thomas Scalea, MD

December 2, 2021

Dr. Thomas Scalea is globally recognized as a pioneer in leadership and advancing the field of shock and injury care. As Physician in Chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, he heads the only freestanding trauma center in the nation and the best known trauma center in the world. It cares for over 8000 critically injured patients annually with a 96% survival. In 2001, Dr. Scalea established a military training program, CSTARS that has trained more than 4000 Air Force personnel. He has health leadership positions in many national organizations and has received many local, regional and national honors. Dr. Scalea is a funded investigator and remains a prolific investigator mentoring many investigators from his department.

Kristin Yates, DO

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December 9, 2021

Dr. Kristin Yates is an OB/GYN in private practice and a certified life coach. She went to medical school at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri (known as the founding school of osteopathic medicine). Dr. Yates completed residency at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from residency in 2016. After feeling self-doubt as she started her career as a physician, Dr. Yates bounced back and sought to help other women struggling with self-doubt as physicians. She helps woman physicians to get rid of self-doubt and cultivate genuine confidence. Dr. Yates also hosts her podcast, Imposter to Unstoppable, where she explores how physicians can overcome Imposter Syndrome and create the career of their dreams.

Morgan Murphrey, MD, MS

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January 13, 2022

Dr. Morgan Murphrey completed her undergraduate degree with a major in biochemistry and minor in psychology at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Murphrey continued on to complete medical school at Creighton University. Afterwards, she finished her preliminary medicine intern year at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Just recently, in July 2020, Dr. Murphrey then went on to dermatology residency training at UC Davis. With an interest in healthcare ethics and policy, she also pursued a Master of Science in Health Care Ethics. Dr. Murphrey also carries a passion for mentoring aspiring physicians through help on their path in medicine.

Adedeji Olusanya, DO, MPH

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January 20, 2022

Dr. Adedeji Olusanya is the co-founder and President of Mentoring Minorities in Medicine, a non-profit organization aimed at changing the narrative of underrepresented minorities in medicine. Dr. Olusanya founded Mentoring Minorities in Medicine as he strives to be an example for the next generation of physicians. Through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, he seeks to open doors of support to those who are next in line. For his undergraduate degree, Dr. Olusanya attended the University of Central Florida. Afterwards, he completed his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Olusanya is now a resident physician training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at UT Health San Antonio.

Amanda Xi, MD, MSE

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January 27, 2022

Originally from Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Amanda Xi is a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) anesthesiologist and intensivist. Dr. Xi is an MD graduate of Oakland University William Beaumont. Afterwards, she completed a transitional year as a resident at Henry Ford Hospital and continued on to her anesthesiology residency at MGH. Finally, Dr. Xi completed training with her critical care fellowship at MGH. She is an active leader in the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and ACGME along with a lover of all things technology. Dr. Xi has her own Youtube channel and blog, where she includes medical student resources, a specialty series, and more insight into anesthesiology.

Brian Smith, MD

February 3, 2022

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Dr. Brian Smith is a gastrointestinal surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic, robot-assisted and open surgeries of the gastrointestinal tract, including bariatric procedures. Dr. Smith completed general surgical residency at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Smith now serves as Chief of Surgical Services at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. He also serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is president of the California chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Smith is Associate Residency Program Director for UC Irvine’s general surgical residency program and carries a passion for resident education.

Richard Wender, MD

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February 10, 2022

Dr. Richard Wender is the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Perelman School of Medicine. He has dedicated his career to leading medical and public health efforts that strive to improve the quality of primary care, implement population health, and address social determinants of health in the continuous pursuit of equity in health outcomes. Dr. Wender previously served as the first Chief Cancer Control Officer of the American Cancer Society. His Cancer Control team launched a transformative national initiative to achieve 80% colorectal cancer screening rates in every community and an enterprise-wide effort to help build healthier communities. As Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and a member of the steering committee for the President’s Cancer Panel screening initiative, Dr. Wender is helping to lead efforts to promote uptake of cancer screening services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vidhya Prakash, MD

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February 17, 2022

Dr. Vidhya Prakash is the Founder and Director of the SIU Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS). Through the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program), she joined the United States Air Force and completed Internal Medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship training. Before joining SIU School of Medicine, she served as an infectious disease specialist in the United States Air Force for ten years on active duty status. In the Department of Medicine, Dr. Prakash serves as vice chair of Clinical Affairs and chair of the Clinical Competency Committee. On the national level, she serves as director of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) membership committee. Dr. Prakash is also the author of her book: Learning to Listen: A Memoir.

Stephanie Zeszutek, DO, FACOG, RPh

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February 24, 2022

Dr. Stephanie Zeszutek is a board-certified OB/GYN, a pharmacist, and an Associate Professor and Course Director for Physical Diagnosis in the Department of Primary Care at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a health policy fellow, she is a strong advocate for policies to increase access to care and preventative medicine. Dr. Zeszutek received a Pharmacy degree from St. John’s School of Pharmacy and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx, NY. She is an active member of the Orange County Medical Society and serves on the Executive Board. Dr. Zeszutek has a clinical practice in the Orange County area with a focus on preventative medicine, women’s health and anti-aging.

Richard Harris, MD, PharmD, MBA

March 3, 2022

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Dr. Richard Harris is a board-certified internal medicine physician, pharmacist, and host of the Strive For Great Health Podcast who specializes in lifestyle medicine, personalized medicine through nutrigenomics and micronutrient testing, and health coaching. He attended the University of Texas at Austin for pharmacy school then pursued medical education at the McGovern School of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Harris is a lifelong learner and completed his MBA at the University of Houston. He is also an experienced life science consultant who has helped several startups navigate the healthcare market, especially from a holistic perspective. A true entrepreneur, Dr. Harris co-founded New Spectrum Educational Consultants, an educational consulting company that helps students achieve success through resilience and social-emotional learning. He is an avid reader, weight lifter, video game enthusiast, and author in his spare time.

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Lattisha Bilbrew, MD

March 17, 2022

Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon subspecialized in hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Bilbrew completed her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She chose to pursue orthopedic surgery and attended residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Bilbrew then specialized in hand and upper extremity surgery with a fellowship at the University of Florida. Over her career, she has earned several awards and honors including the Pfizer Award in Excellence and Medical Research, Texas Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Award, and the Women in Surgery Conference Featured Speaker. She has also been published within the field of orthopedic surgery and her subspecialty of hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Bilbrew practices at Resurgens Orthopaedics, which has the most female orthopedic surgeons of any orthopedic group in the nation.

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Olivia Campa, MD

March 31, 2022

Dr. Olivia Campa is a general internist at the University of California Davis Medical Center where she also serves as the Director of the Postbaccalaureate Program, the Associate Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of General Internal Medicine and a Core Faculty Member for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Being the first person in her family to graduate from college, Dr. Campa is passionate about mentoring and promoting the success of diverse students at many levels of education to encourage them to successfully become providers that enhance care delivery. Her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion have earned her award recognition including the AAMC Herbert Nickens Award, AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award, and several teaching awards in UC Davis's School of Medicine and its Health System.

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Leonard Lee, MD

April 7, 2022

Dr. Leonard Lee graduated from then UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York Medical College. He then completed fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001. Dr. Lee was later recruited to Hackensack Medical Center as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Heart and Vascular Hospital where he stayed for a period of just one year before being recruited to then UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In addition to responsibilities in cardiothoracic surgery, he fulfills the role of James W. Mackenzie, M.D., Professor and Chair for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Lee has been featured on platforms including Insider and GQ where he has showcased insights as a cardiothoracic surgeon, garnering millions of views.

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Donald Batisky, MD

April 14, 2022

Dr. Donald Batisky is a pediatric nephrologist and clinician-educator at heart. At Emory, Dr. Batisky is the executive director of the Pre-Health Advising office in the Emory College of Arts & Sciences. In the Emory School of Medicine, he is a small group advisor in the Osler Society and chairs the Educational Development Committee of the School of Medicine's Executive Curriculum Committee. Dr. Batisky has served as a member of the NICHD Working Group on Pediatric Hypertension and has been a member of the International Pediatric Hypertension Association, having served as Education Chair for over ten years. In that role, he has been actively involved in the Program Planning Committees of the Pediatric Academic Societies and the American Hypertension Associations annual meetings. He has also been a member of the board of trustees of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, and he chairs the Student Affairs and Athletics Commitee.

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Sonya Sloan, MD

April 21, 2022

Dr. Sonya Sloan, aka #OrthoDoc, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the male-dominated field of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Sloan completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine where she made history as both the first African-American female Intern in General Surgery and the first African-American female Orthopedic Surgery resident. She has authored and published research projects in Orthopedic Surgery and a joint venture with NASA, Johnson Space Center. Dr. Sloan currently serves on several Board of Trustees including, Black Women Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Institute of Spirituality and Health, RoweDocs Telemedicine, and Tristar Global Medical Inc. She is a consultant, blogger, and speaker for CompHealth and DairyMax, a national partner to the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, which promotes proper youth daily nutrition. As a serial entrepreneur, Dr. Sloan helped to launch a telemedicine company as the Virtual OrthoDoc, one of the first of its kind in telehealth and orthopedics. In 2016, Dr. Sloan was chosen as the TEDMED Front Line Scholars. Additionally, she has been listed as one of the “Top 25 Women in Houston,” and has been featured in Essence Magazine and several national publications.

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Christopher Cirino, DO, MPH

April 28, 2022

Dr. Christopher Cirino is an infectious diseases specialist with more than 20 years of experience in practice. He completed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) after graduating from Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cirino returned to GWUMC for his fellowship in infectious dis-eases. Dr. Cirino currently practices in a few settings in Portland, including as an infectious diseases specialist and public health officer. Outside of his practice, he published five health-related children's books and developed a website: Your Health Forum, now featuring more than 100 health articles for patients and the general population.

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Karri Dutton, MD

May 26, 2022

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Karri Dutton has seen the many changes and challenges in the lives of families, teenagers, and young adults. This empowered and inspired her movement to help the next generation of youth with “Speak Life Next Gen.” Dr. Dutton graduated with her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. She completed her medical degree at UT Houston before moving forward to pursue her passion in pediatrics with residency at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN. After residency, Dr. Dutton established her own practice where she practicing for 8 years before moving on to pursue overseas medical missions work. Dr. Dutton is now a practicing pediatrician in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

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Jamin Brahmbhatt, MD

July 7, 2022

Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt is a board-certified urologic surgeon and Assistant Professor of Urology at UCF College of Medicine. He is an active member of several professional healthcare organizations including the Florida Urologic Society’s executive board. Dr. Brahmbhatt is a TEDx speaker, on-air health expert, Top 40 under 40, and recipient of numerous patient choice awards. He routinely serves as an expert for tv and print publications including NBC, Fox News, USA Today, Men’s Health Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He is co-founder of the Drive 4 Men’s Health, a nonprofit public engagement campaign that has encouraged millions of men to eat better, get active, and engage in preventative medical screenings. He speaks on topics including physician burnout, improving quality of healthcare, men’s health and inspiring our future generations.

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Marianne Cosgrove, CRNA, DNAP, APRN, PhD

July 14, 2022

Dr. Marianne Cosgrove has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since January 1991. She is a graduate of the Yale New Haven Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia and received her Master’s degree in the Biological Sciences: Anesthesia from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 1993. She received a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree in 2011 and her PhD in Health Related Sciences: Nurse Anesthesia in 2019 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, she is the program director of the Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) School of Nurse Anesthesia, adjunct faculty at CCSU, a clinical educator/practicing CRNA at YNHH, and founder/co-owner of Core Concepts Anesthesia Review, LLC. Her research interests include the optimization of study and test-taking skills, novel approaches to teaching observational skills, and human factors and anesthetist performance in the setting of elevated ambient noise in the OR.

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Jaleen Sims, MD, MPH

July 16, 2022

Dr. Jaleen Sims is a practicing board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in Jackson, Mississippi. She is also the Associate Program Director for Wellness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Sims is an active participant in several organizations, including Mississippi State Medical Association, Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association and American College of Obstetricians Gynecologists. With these organizations she strives to amplify the voices of patients and physicians. She is the co-founder and Vice-President of Sims Foundation of H.O.P.E., Inc. Through her foundation she hosts an annual conference called, Imagine You, for middle and high school girls aimed at promoting health and wellness, career and personal development and positive self-images. Dr. Sims earned her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Wichita State University, Master of Public Health and medical degree at Southern Illinois University and completed her residency training in OB/GYN at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Hana Hobbs, DDS, MS

July 18, 2022

Dr. Hana Hobbs is a practicing periodontist with over 25 years of experience. She earned her DDS from the University of Maryland Dental School, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Hobbs completed her General Practice Residency at York Hospital and was the Chief Resident afterwards at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Hobbs worked as general dentist in Charlotte for several years before deciding to specialize in Periodontics. She attended the University of California at San Francisco where she earned her certificate in Periodontology Specialty while simultaneously earning a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. She received the “Most Innovative” Clinical Research Award in her Senior Year from the Western Society of Periodontology. She has been an Assistant Professor at UNC School of Dentistry’s Periodontology Department since 1997 and she served as President of the North Carolina Society of Periodontology in 2014.

Nicole Plenty, MD, MPH, MS

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July 21, 2022

Dr. Nicole Plenty is a double board-certified OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, blogger, public speaker, and patient advocate. Dr. Plenty’s passion for service is also evident through her international advocacy and medical missions work in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Jamaica. Most recently, she launched Pregnancy Pearls with Dr. Plenty, a website and vlog she created to help patients advocate for themselves by providing pre-/post-conception advice and education regarding complications of pregnancy. She has received local, state, and national honors for her involvement in health policy, mentorship, and her work in community advocacy. Among those, she has received Top 40 under 40 recognitions from the National Minority Quality Forum, the National Medical Association, the Indianapolis Business Journal, as well as her alma mater, Xavier University of LA. She has served as an advisor to various companies, most recently being the Women’s Health Advisor for Physician Promise, a new telehealth company, and a clinical instructor for Medical Education Without Borders.

Jessica Kaplan, DDS

July 25, 2022

Raised in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Emory University in neuroscience and behavioral biology, Dr. Kaplan completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from New York University College of Dentistry with honors in pediatric dentistry. She subsequently completed her pediatric residency, also at New York University College of Dentistry. Among her academic accolades, Dr. Kaplan is proud to have been the recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral Student Award, which is given to one senior student who shows the most promise in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Kaplan takes special pride in her overseas volunteer work in Nicaragua, Nepal and Grenada. Since graduating from residency, she has worked on the Upper East Side of New York City in a multi-specialty group as the lead pediatric dentist. She sees children of all ages and enjoys all aspects of private practice.

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Mike Roberts, PA-C

August 1, 2022

Mike Roberts grew up poor in Louisville, Kentucky. After high school, he left for the military to gain experience and attend college. His first exposure to medicine took place when he signed up as a Navy Corpsman. The medical training is broad but revolves around combat medicine such as treating gunshot wounds, traumatic amputations, and doing emergent airways. His undergraduate degree was in healthcare management, although he found the PA field more fitting. The idea of autonomy and still being part of a team appealed to him. He found the work-life balance and lateral mobility of the PA field enjoyable. After graduating from Sullivan University’s PA program, Mike currently works in pulmonary and critical care.

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Jeremy Grossman, MD

August 4, 2022

Dr. Jeremy Grossman is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Resident at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. He is a Sackler School of Medicine-NYS Branch graduate, where his work as founder of “The Homeless Project: Tel Aviv” took 1st Place from the Social Justice Project & Paper. He also has a Bachelors in Psychology and Biology from the University of California, Irvine. Among his many volunteer interests is a counselor at Camp Conrad Chinnock, a non-profit youth summer camp for children with diabetes. He began as a young camper and earned the camp’s Michael White Award for his years of commitment. Dr. Grossman plans to continue volunteering with the camp’s medical team and hopes to one day serve as the camp’s medical director. He would like to practice medicine in impoverished and underserved communities and looks forward to the multigenerational treatment of the family as a unit. Dr. Grossman speaks fluent Hebrew and enjoys playing acoustic guitar, weight training, and his Belgian Shepard.

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Monica Wheeler, DDS

August 8, 2022

Dr. Monica Wheeler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. At a young age, she discovered the art and science of dentistry through numerous summer science programs, and fell in love with it. She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006 with a degree in Biology, and from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011. In 2012, Dr. Wheeler completed a General Practice Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey, where she received advanced training and mentorship in various fields of dentistry. Dr. Wheeler practiced dentistry in Nashville/Brentwood, Tennessee for a few years, after completing my residency, and moved to North Carolina in 2014. She loves the field of dentistry which she holds a firm belief to encompass being a doctor, artist, and engineer all in one, while it allows the chance to help others achieve improvements that will affect their overall health and confidence. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, bike riding and community outreach programs with the local chapter of my sorority.

Jennifer Chevinsky, MD, MPH, DipABLM

August 11, 2022

Dr. Jennifer Chevinsky is a double-boarded Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Physician serving as the Deputy Public Health Officer for Riverside County Public Health, an Assistant Professor for Loma Linda University’s Department of Preventive Medicine and School of Public Health, and an Editor for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Focus Journal. She recently joined Riverside County after working for the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for over 2 years. While at CDC, she participated in multiple deployments for the COVID pandemic and was the lead author for the CDC’s interim guidance on post-COVID conditions, also known as long COVID. In Riverside County, Dr. Chevinsky serves as the Medical Advisor for the COVID-19 response, as the TB controller, treating patients with tuberculosis throughout the county, and oversees the Division of Infectious Disease, Community Health Planning, and Health Equity as well as the Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Student Training Programs.

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Cyrus Aghdam, DDS

August 15, 2022

Dr. Cyrus was born and raised in Washington D.C. It was in high school when he first realized his interest in orthodontics during his own orthodontic treatment. This interest led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland at College Park where he furthered his studies in biomechanics and biomaterials. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore where he graduated Magna Cum Lade and at the top of his class. He then completed his postdoctoral specialty training in orthodontics at Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. This is recognized as one of the top orthodontic residency programs in the country, and more importantly where he met his beautiful wife, who is also an orthodontist! This is what led him out to San Diego where she grew up her whole life.

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Umair Shah, MD, MPH

August 18, 2022

Dr. Umair Shah was appointed Secretary of Health for the Great State of Washington by Governor Jay Inslee in December 2020. He is the first Asian-American physician in this leadership role in the history of the state of Washington. Dr. Shah began a distinguished career as an emergency department physician at Houston’s Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center, where he provided clinical care for over two decades. He started his formal public health journey in 2003 as Chief Medical Officer at Galveston County’s Health District before joining HCPH. From 2013-2020, Dr. Shah was appointed Executive Director and Local Health Authority for Harris County Public Health (HCPH) – a nationally recognized $100 million agency serving the nation’s 3rd largest county (4.7 million). Dr. Shah has held numerous leadership positions with respected entities like the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, where he served as president, proudly representing nearly 3,000 local health departments nationwide.

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Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH

August 18, 2022

Dr. Scott Lindquist completed his medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine as a student of the WAMI (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) program. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an infectious disease fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, and his Master's in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lindquist has drawn upon this broad background to focus on underserved populations and infectious diseases, combining the aspects of his training as a Health Officer/Director of Health for the Kitsap County Health District from 2001-2014. In addition, he serves part-time as a pediatrician and Public Health Officer at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Medical Clinic. He also serves as the Tuberculosis Medical Consultant for the Washington State Department of Health, a position he has held since 2002. Dr. Lindquist currently serves as the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases and Deputy Health Officer for Washington State.

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Neelab Anwar, DDS

August 22, 2022

Dr. Neelab Anwar is a board-certified orthodontist who attended the prestigious Eastman Institute of Oral Health at the University of Rochester in New York for orthodontic residency. Prior to attending residency, Dr. Neelab obtained her degree in biological sciences and physiology, graduating with high honors from California State University San Marcos. Dr. Neelab received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. At the age of fourteen, she was very self conscious about her smile and the way her teeth looked. After completing orthodontic treatment and with her new smile, her confidence increased, and it truly changed her life! At this point, Dr. Neelab knew she wanted to be an inspiration and boost the confidence of so many people everyday while creating beautiful smiles.

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Julie Linton, MD

August 29, 2022

Dr. Julie Linton is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. Dr. Linton is the Medical Director of the PASOs program in Greenville and a member of the Board of Advisors for PASOs SC (PASOs helps the Latino community and service providers work together for strong, healthy families). Her professional work focuses on optimal clinical care, community engagement and advocacy for policy-level action regarding children in immigrant families, with a framework of health equity. After graduating with a B.S. with a major in psychology from Duke University, Dr. Linton spent nine months in Panama as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, in partnership with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Dr. Linton earned her medical doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, followed by pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Nationally, Dr. Linton serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health. She was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders Program from 2017–20.

Nicole Heidenreich, MSPAS, PA-C

September 1, 2022

Nicole Heidenreich is a physician associate in the Emergency Department at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She started her career in neurosurgery after graduating from DeSales University with a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2012. She later completed a PA Residency in Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, the program she now serves as the assistant program director for. Nicole’s journey to, and in, medicine has been one of self-discovery and intense personal growth. She enjoys the constant challenges and teamwork-based environment of the emergency setting. She’s passionate about medical education, patient advocacy, and she enjoys mentoring new healthcare providers, and thinking of innovative solutions to the complex problems that plague our medical system.

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Mohini Daultani, MDS

September 5, 2022

Dr. Mohini Daultani completed her Masters in 2016 from the School of Dental Sciences, Karad. She is the Brand Ambassador of “Dental Reach Digital Magazine”. She is Associate Editor of “Contemporary Research of Medical Sciences”. She has published two books “Fundamentals of Laser in Periodontics” at Scholar press publication and “Basics of Laser in Dentistry- A to Z” at Lambert Publication. She is appointed as “Maharashtra State Media Secretory” by Indian Association of International Dentistry. She was a key note speaker at “Dental Divas Digital Summit” 2021. She earned the most prestigious Dental Oscar award "Budding Dentist of the Year” (2019) and "Periodontist of the Year”(2021) by Famdent Excellence Dentistry Awards. She also has been the recipient of the international award "Top Doctors Choice Awards" by Doctors Choice Awards (DCA) 2020. She is a consultant periodontist and implantologist at Apollo Hospital and various private clinics across Navi Mumbai.

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A.M. Barrett, MD

September 8, 2022

Dr. A.M. Barrett is a clinician-scientist, with special expertise in both cognitive neurology and neurorehabilitation. Dr. Barrett is the Neurorehabilitation Division Program Director at the Emory Brain Health Center. She also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CVNR) at the Atlanta VA Health System. Before taking her current role as CVNR Executive Director, she was the Director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at the Kessler Foundation, and before that, was at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Barrett brings together training in cognitive neurology and neuropsychology (the University of Florida, postdoctoral fellowship), Neurology (Columbia/The Neurologic Institute, residency) medicine (NYU School of Medicine, MD), and Brain Injury Medicine (ABPN certification).

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Damaris Grossmann, DNP, FNP

September 22, 2022

Dr. Damaris Grossmann is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She focused her doctoral work on integrative health, functional medicine, and mindfulness techniques for anxiety and stress reduction for nurses, healthcare professionals, and with the use of patient care. She has years of experience in the medical field in military, trauma, rehabilitation, college health, community health, and acute pediatric care. A US Navy Veteran, she served in the Global War on Terrorism in the military for almost six years and received a Navy Achievement Medal. Additionally, she studies integrative health to incorporate and facilitate her practices of holistic modalities, and breathing with patient care, as a board-certified holistic nurse and as a family nurse practitioner. She is a compassionate and driven nurse leader. Seeking to help you find a mindful way each and every day in your optimal wellness life, she continues her studies with a functional medicine certification.

Kevin Chung, MD

September 26, 2022

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Dr. Kevin Chung, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, is a renowned expert in multi-organ support and extracorporeal therapies. He is the Chief Medical Officer of SeaStar Medical, a medical technology company developing proprietary solutions to reduce the consequences of hyperinflammation on vital organs. Prior to joining SeaStar Medical, Dr. Chung served as professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, and professor of Surgery, at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Dr. Chung deployed as the Chief, Intensive Care Unit, for the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq 2008, and as Director, Joint Combat Casualty Research Team in Bagram, Afghanistan 2012. He is a 1995 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a 1999 graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. After finishing a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Chung was assigned to the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), where he served in the capacity of Medical Director of the Burn Intensive Care Unit, Task Area Manager of Clinical Trials, and the Director of Research for 12 years. Dr. Chung has authored over 300 peer reviewed manuscripts, reviews, editorials, and book chapters, and has been an invited speaker for over 150 lectures internationally.

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Tina Ho, MD

September 28, 2022

Dr. Tina Ho is a fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and board-certified head and neck surgeon serving greater Philadelphia. She attended the College of William and Mary as a 1693 Scholar, part of the university’s most selective merit-based scholarship program. Dr. Ho then obtained a degree in medicine at the University of Virginia, where she received several honors, including the Vietnamese American Medical Association National Scholarship. She matched into the highly competitive specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and completed a five-year residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, one of the top clinical programs in the country. Dr. Ho then pursued a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago and trained under Dr. Dean Toriumi and Dr. Steven Dayan, world-renowned leading authorities in rhinoplasty and injectable procedures.

Gabriela De Vita, PA-C

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October 3, 2022

Gabriela is a board-certified PA with extensive experience in nutrition education and diabetes management. Her career began as a Registered Dietitian in maternal-fetal medicine in 2015, where she became passionate about medicine and empowering patients to achieve a healthy lifestyle and manage their diabetes. In 2017, she became a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and prides herself in successfully helping patients improve their blood sugars and reduce risk of complications. This experience led her to pursue a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy graduating in 2020. Gabriela is a PA with many hats, working in primary care, urgent care, and maternal fetal medicine. She is originally from Venezuela and is a Spanish-speaking provider.

Jillian Rigert, DMD, MD

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October 6, 2022

Dr. Jillian Rigert is an oral medicine specialist with formal training in dentistry and medicine. She is an Air Force veteran and NIDCR-Funded Research Fellow in Radiation Oncology. Additionally, Jillian is a Life and Professional Leadership Coach, blogger, and YouTuber devoted to supporting individuals navigating life and career transitions after experiencing her own life threatening burnout which resulted in a career pivot from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the military to where she is at, today. As we navigate our career paths, it’s important to remember- you are more than your career.

Van Nguyen, MS, PA-C

October 10, 2022

Van earned his Bachelor of Science degree and PA certification from Howard University in 2014. He furthered his academic career and earned his Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Touro College in 2019. Van was born and raised in a small province in Central Vietnam, he came to the United States when he was ten years old with his parents and three older siblings, and has lived in the D.C Metropolitan area ever since. Van’s clinical experiences focus on general orthopedics and sports medicine in patients of all ages from pediatric to geriatric. His goal is to offer his patients the most up-to-date, unbiased opinions while providing the highest quality of care so they can stay active and pain free. As of recent, Van has started to embrace his role as a mentor and exploring his new passion for teaching.

Sandra Minck, RDMS

October 13, 2022

Sandra Minck is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) of 30 years. She dedicated most of her career to a private OB/GYN practice specializing in women’s healthcare where she performed obstetric studies in all weeks of pregnancy as well as gynecologic sonography. She is the author of her first book, Ultrasound Unwrapped: A Week-by-Week Pregnancy Image Guide, which walks the expectant parent through an ultrasound image journey in the First Trimester and explains ultrasound’s role in pregnancy addressing safety and misconceptions. She is the creator of and @ultrasound_unwrapped on Instagram, both credible sources of information for expectant parents. She contributed blog health content for AIUM’s, The Scan and enjoys educating and mentoring both pre-health and ultrasound students.

Punam Rana, MD

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October 17, 2022

Dr. Punam Rana is a medical oncologist in a community hospital in Toronto, Canada. She completed all of her medical training in Canada, including McMaster University, University of Ottawa and University of Toronto. She completed a Masters of Science in epidemiology and a breast cancer fellowship. Currently she is treating several solid tumor sites including cancers of the breast, lung, colon, and prostate amongst others. She has a special interest in treating cancer in the young adult population and is a Board Member on the Pink Pearl Charity. She is also passionate about teaching patients about the benefits of meditation for stress management particularly in the context of cancer prevention, and she is a certified meditation teacher.

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Sarah Khan, DDS, MPH

October 20, 2022

Dr. Sarah Khan is a board eligible pediatric dentist who grew up in Long Island, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and subsequently earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery and Master’s in Public Health from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. Her education continued with a general practice residency at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. After practicing in the Philadelphia metropolitan area for two years, she realized she wanted to further her didactic and clinical knowledge of pediatric dentistry. She completed her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Maimonides Medical Center. After completing her speciality training, she practiced as a pediatric dentistry in Maryland where she served as the Vice Chair of Pennsylvania’s New Dentist Committee. She is currently practicing pediatric dentistry in Minnesota while teaching at the local dental hygiene school. Furthermore, Dr. Khan loves to mentor the next generation of healthcare providers through a personalized and practical approach to mentorship. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and cooking with her husband. She also loves to challenge her creativity through completing 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzles and working on intricate cross-stitching designs.

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Emeka Obidi, MD, MPH

October 24, 2022

Dr. Emeka Obidi is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Maryland where he owns a multi-provider family practice. He is also CEO of Newborn Prep Academy where he runs an online newborn preparation course that helps new expectant and recently delivered moms understand how to care for their newborn baby and what to expect so they can feel confident, empowered and ultimately enjoy their babies.

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Tracey Milligan, MD

November 3, 2022

Dr. Tracey Milligan, an expert in epilepsy treatment, is chair of the Department of Neurology at New York Medical College. During her time at Harvard Medical School, she was the recipient of the Barbara J. McNeil Faculty Award for Exceptional Institutional Service—the highest award for institutional service at Harvard Medical School. A practicing clinician-educator, Dr. Milligan focuses her research on best practices in education and on patients with epilepsy and has served on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of New England and as chair of the Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Milligan earned her bachelor's degree in communication disorders at the University of New Mexico, a master's degree in speech-language pathology at Emerson College and her M.D. at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, before completing both a neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy fellowship at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals.

Rashadah Jordan, PA-C, DMSc

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November 7, 2022

Rashadah Jordan is a board-certified physician associate in psychiatry. She is the host of her podcast God, Coffee, and Resilience Podcast and author of the book Unfold My Ashes: Silent Tears That Became My Rebirth. She completed her undergraduate degree in public health at Coastal Carolina University, her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Francis Marion University, and her Doctor of Medical Science at Lynchburg University. She is also the founder of the Dreams Inspire Life program, a mentorship program for pre-PA students applying to PA school. She is the founder of the Dreams Inspire Life Program. Her passion is to continue to give back to the future of the physician associate profession. She hopes to lead by example as she continues to pursue her mission to advocate for mental health and diversify the profession.

Mari Mitrani, MD, PhD

November 10, 2022

Dr. Maria Ines "Mari" Mitrani is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Organicell Regenerative Medicine. For the past 14 years, Dr. Mitrani has led Organicell in developing innovative treatments to various health conditions. She was most recently recognized as one of the ‘Top 100 Healthcare Leaders’ by IFAH for her work spearheading COVID-19 therapeutics. Over the past few years, Dr. Mitrani has built a team of forward-thinking scientists and has received several FDA approvals to conduct clinical trials; these include COVID-19 acute and Long Hauler sequelae, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Knee Osteoarthritis. Dr. Mitrani started her work in her native country, Ecuador, where she co-founded the American Cellular & Anti-Aging Center in Quito, one of the first Autologous Stem Cell centers in South America and was instrumental in opening additional stem cell clinics in Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaica. Her background in international aid to underprivileged and underserved people granted her the Humanitarian Award by the Ecuadorian Congress in 2016.

Rodeline Joseph, PA-C, MMS

November 18, 2022

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Rodeline Joseph has been a Physician Assistant (PA) for nearly 6 years. She completed PA school at Nova Southeastern University and graduated honors in 2016 with a Master’s of Medical Science. She has been an emergency medicine PA for over 4 years while also working per diem in urgent care the past 2.5 years. In addition to her commitment to caring for the sick and injured, she has a deep passion for mentorship and preparing students for a career in healthcare. Through her many conversations, forums, and talks with students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, she recognized a common trend among students who struggle with pitfalls and hurdles that mirrored her own experiences when applying for and attending PA school. Her urge to bridge the gap between students and medical professionals motivated her to develop Medsembly, an interactive app-based resources that connects pre-health students to healthcare professionals to offer clarity, guidance, and support as they transition into healthcare. Medsembly is available in iOS and Android stores.

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Kimberly Curseen, MD

November 21, 2022

Dr. Kimberly Curseen is the director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services for Emory Healthcare and serves as the director and the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship Cancer Institute. Board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative care, she is part of the clinical care team providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care for patients with cancer at any point in their disease process, and assisting patients with complex decision making. Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Curseen served as the program developer and director of Geriatric Palliative Care Clinical Services Program at University of Arkansas. Dr. Curseen has been named one of the Palliative Medicine Inspirational Leaders under 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for 2014-2015. She was listed as one of Atlanta's "Top Doctors" by Atlanta Magazine in 2020.

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Viet Le, MPAS, PA-C

December 1, 2022

Viet is an Associate Professor of Research with the Intermountain Heart Institute Cardiology Research and is a Preventive Cardiology PA. He also co-directs Cardiology Didactics at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is Co-Chair of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Team Section PA Committee and is the current President of the Academy of PAs in Cardiology. He is a member of the American Heart Association, National Lipid Association, and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. Viet is currently matriculated into a Doctor of Medical Science program.

Judy Yip, DDS

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December 2, 2022

Dr. Judy is a board-certified pediatric dentist practicing in sunny California. She obtained her undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, received her DDS at UCLA School of Dentistry, and completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Judy believes in the importance of maintaining a good work-life balance, physical and mental wellness, and self-care. When she is not holding a handpiece, you can find her outdoors staying active, relaxing at the beach, or educating children and parents in oral health through her social media, @doctor.girlfriend.

Deep Shah, DMD

December 7, 2022

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Dr. Deep Shah, a board-certified pediatric dentist, considers his role as a health care clinician for children to be a genuine privilege and blessing and believes that a customized oral health plan for each child is essential to the child’s overall well-being and continued growth and development. Dr. Shah pursued his dental education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and further trained at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he acquired extensive experience in the areas of growth and development, pediatric oral pathology, special health care needs, dental trauma, pharmacological modalities and behavior modification/management. As a childhood leukemia survivor, Dr. Shah's signature mantra is to "be YOUR own superhero." His mission is to help empower his patients to be the best versions of themselves in and out of the dental office and in the process, change the way dental care is being delivered to today's youth especially when it comes to mental health in the dental chair. Currently, Dr. Shah practices both in the private practice setting where he is the Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) and also teaches in academia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine/CHOP.

Stephanie Oexeman, DPM

December 19, 2022

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Dr. Stephanie Oexeman is a board-certified, fellowship-trained foot and ankle reconstructive and peripheral nerve podiatric surgeon in Chicago. She received her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University College Of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. She received extensive training during her residency at Franciscan Foot and Ankle Institute at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, WA and completed a fellowship in complex deformity correction and limb reconstruction, emphasizing lower extremity orthoplastic and peripheral nerve surgery at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, IL. She currently owns her own private practice Oexeman Foot and Ankle, PLLC and is an Attending Physician at Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago. Dr. Oexeman is an award-winning public speaker, published author, and serves as faculty for several international symposiums and courses.

Shiven Chaudhry, MD

December 22, 2022

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Dr. Shiven is an internal medicine physician with fellowship training in integrative medicine. He partners with patients to integrate western and holistic approaches to help them improve their health. His virtual clinic offers conventional/functional lab testing, nutritional assessment, supplements/botanicals/herbs, western medicine evaluation, mind body and complementary medicine. The focus of the practice is to improve brain and gut health using an evidence-based integrative medicine approach. He is also passionate about training medical students, residents, and trainees with a strong interest in curricular development. He also teaches and designs integrative medicine curriculum at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Adam Heilmann, MD

January 30, 2023

Dr. Adam Heilman is an emergency medicine resident physician. He is from a small town in Maryland and attended community college prior to transitioning to the University of Maryland College park, where he received his bachelor’s in physiology and neurobiology. Following, he took 16 months off to gain research and clinical experience. During that time, he worked at a brain development research institute out of Johns Hopkins and at a local organ procurement organization harvesting cadaver skin for grafts. He then moved to St. Louis, Missouri with his partner for her master’s degree and worked for another organ procurement organization harvesting tissue from cadavers. He was accepted to Virginia Tech Carillon School of Medicine and matched into emergency medicine 4 years later at Washington University in St. Louis.

George Adesina, MD

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February 2, 2023

Dr. George Adesina earned his medical degree in 2011 at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. After completing his residency in 2014, Dr. Adesina began a fellowship program in cardiovascular diseases at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, which he completed in 2017, including a year as Chief Cardiology Fellow from 2016 to 2017. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold in 2018, Dr. Adesina served as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - General Adult Cardiologist at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He now works at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Dr. Adesina’s professional passions include clinical prevention, community outreach, and solving healthcare disparities.

Ravi Samy, MD

February 6, 2023

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Dr. Ravi Samy has been an otolaryngologist at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the director of the Skull Base Surgery Fellowship at the UC College of Medicine since 2005. He is also the director of the Adult Cochlear Implantation Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC). Dr. Samy was born in what is now known as Chennai, India, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 4. He spent most of his formative years living in Texas, but moved to Duke University in North Carolina for his undergraduate education. After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in zoology, Dr. Samy attended the Duke until his graduation in 1995. He then completed his residency training at Stanford, where he developed a love for otology, neurotology and skull base surgery. Dr. Samy spent two years at the University of Iowa as a Neurotology fellow before moving back to Texas to be an assistant professor at the UT-Southwestern Medical Center. During his time at UCMC, he has created an ACGME accredited, two-year Neurotology fellowship, which is one of approximately 15 in the country.

Bilal Asif, MD

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February 16, 2023

Dr. Bilal Asif is a transplant hepatology fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He attended medical school at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with a distinction in medical education. He went on to the University of Maryland/National Institutes of Health Clinical Scholars Program for his gastroenterology fellowship. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and aims to leverage insights from decision making research and behavioral economics to improve medical education, including patient education. His research interests include alcohol-related liver disease, outcomes in liver transplantation, and medical education. He can be reached on Twitter at @bilalasifMD.

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Nikolas Parisis, DO

March 13, 2023

Dr. Nikolas Parisis is a third-year diagnostic radiology resident at the University of Minnesota. He received an undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Afterwards, he completed medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. Before entering medical school, Dr. Parisis spent a gap year as a implementation and senior documentation specialist at Augmedix.

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Arunima Bera, MD

March 16, 2023

Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, Dr. Arunima Bera currently works as a ICU pediatric hospitalist with Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, CA. After receiving her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Dr. Bera completed her pediatric residency at the University of Buffalo/Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of California Los Angeles. Her contributions to research and medical education have been recognized by several professional organizations. One such recognition came in 2019, when Dr. Bera was awarded the Young Investigator Research Award by the American College of Chest Physicians for her presentation of research at their annual meeting in New Orleans, where she gave an oral presentation on the association of serum intra-cellular adhesion molecule (ICAM-1) levels with clinical outcomes such as mortality and severity of illness in pediatric patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Dr. Bera is an ardent supporter of the performing arts, loves connecting offline and online through her IG blog and covering her favorite musical genres.

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March 20, 2023

Dr. Valentina Bonev is a board-certified and fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist. She earned her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Loma Linda University Health, and went on to pursue her Fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Bonev has authored multiple research publications and has been active as a volunteer teacher. In her spare time, Dr. Bonev enjoys creative writing, scrapbooking, swimming, bicycling, playing tennis, and traveling. She is committed to providing patient-centered care and collaborative relationships with her clinical colleagues.

Ron Ayzin, MD

March 21, 2023

Dr. Ayzin is a SoCal native and received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California (USC). He obtained his DDS degree from the University of the Pacific (UoP), Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) while working as a faculty instructor at UCLA Dental School as well. Dr. Ron Ayzin then furthered his implant and oral surgery training at the Texas Implant Institute, where along with his residency, he developed his skills in full mouth reconstruction and advanced implant rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the California Dental Association. Aside from providing his patients with high-quality dental treatment and care, Dr. Ron Ayzin’s interests include basketball, tacos, hiking, scuba diving, traveling, working out, football, and spending time with his loved ones. Dr. Ron Ayzin is passionate about helping people build their confidence through their smiles and oral health and truly believes it can be life changing.

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Ananda Fidani, MPAP, PA-C

March 23, 2023

Ananda Fidani is a Southern California native and a certified PA specialized in cosmetic, surgical, and laser dermatology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and her Masters of Physician Assistant Practice from the Keck USC PA program in 2012. After graduation, Ananda trained and worked with a board-certified dermatologist for over 10 years safely performing laser, surgical and cosmetic dermatology with great, natural results. Ananda continues to perfect her craft and strives to learn the newest and latest techniques for procedures to give the best possible result to her patients. She recently trained under the prestigious Dr. Thuy Doan in Atlanta and now is offering full facial balancing with patented techniques. Her innate eye for beauty, symmetry, and balancing facial features is a gift. In her free time, Ananda enjoys spending time with her three children and has recently started teaching at the Keck USC PA program where she enjoys giving back and helping students with clinical skills and dermatology lectures. She also mentors pre-PA students and helps these prospective students achieve their goals of entering PA school.

Alejandro Badia, MD

March 27, 2023

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Dr. Alejandro Badia is a hand and upper extremity surgeon, author and healthcare entrepreneur in Doral (Miami), Florida. Badia studied physiology at Cornell University and obtained his medical degree at NYU, where he also trained in orthopedics. A hand fellowship at Alleghany General Hospital in Pittsburgh was followed by an AO trauma fellowship in Freiburg, Germany. He runs an international hand fellowship, served on the review board of a hand surgery techniques journal, and previously organized a yearly Miami meeting for surgeons /therapists devoted to upper limb arthroscopy and arthroplasty. This international meeting was held at the renowned Miami Anatomical Research Center ( M.A.R.C. ) which Badia co- founded in 2005. In 2008, he created the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, having previously co-founded the Miami Hand Center, and Surgery Center at Doral. In 2010 he launched OrthoNOW®, the first immediate orthopedic care center in South Florida. He is past president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand (ISSPORTH). Dr. Badia has outlined his journey and delved into the major challenges and hurdles of delivering healthcare in the U.S. through his Amazon best-selling book, "Healthcare from the Trenches" published during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Katherine Faltot, DNP, CRNA

March 30, 2023

Ananda Fidani is a Southern California native and a certified PA specialized in cosmetic, surgical, and laser dermatology. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and her Masters of Physician Assistant Practice from the Keck USC PA program in 2012. After graduation, Ananda trained and worked with a board-certified dermatologist for over 10 years safely performing laser, surgical and cosmetic dermatology with great, natural results. Ananda continues to perfect her craft and strives to learn the newest and latest techniques for procedures to give the best possible result to her patients. She recently trained under the prestigious Dr. Thuy Doan in Atlanta and now is offering full facial balancing with patented techniques. Her innate eye for beauty, symmetry, and balancing facial features is a gift. In her free time, Ananda enjoys spending time with her three children and has recently started teaching at the Keck USC PA program where she enjoys giving back and helping students with clinical skills and dermatology lectures. She also mentors pre-PA students and helps these prospective students achieve their goals of entering PA school.

Raja Narayan, MD, MPH

May 1, 2023

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Dr. Raja Narayan is a surgical fellow in complex general surgical oncology at Harvard Medical School working at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He attended Berkeley for his BS in Chemical Biology, Yale for his MPH in Biostatistics, the University of California Irvine for his MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering for his postdoctoral training, and Stanford University for his General Surgery residency training. He has an interest in medical education – as a medical student, he developed a library of physiology and clinical videos for the online learning platform, Khan Academy, where his videos have been viewed over 20 million times. His research focus is in identifying markers of cancer biology using novel AI-based platforms and genomic assays.

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Shweta Namjoshi, MD

June 1, 2023

Dr. Shweta Namjoshi specializes in the care and support of children with intestinal failure on & off home parenteral nutrition (PN). Her research interests include long term outcomes for patients on home PN, iron in gastrointestinal diseases, clinical pathologic correlates in intestinal failure, quality of life & nutrition for patients with intestinal pseudo-obstruction, and the assessment & treatment of congenital enteropathies. Since completing her fellowship at UCLA, she has worked at Stanford Medicine Children's Health as the Medical Director of Intestinal Rehabilitation & Nutrition Support along with the Childrens Home Pharmacy.

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Richard Chen, MD

June 5, 2023

Dr. Richard Chen grew up in South Jersey before attending college at Johns Hopkins University where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. After working at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, he stuck around Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine before matching for emergency medicine residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. After discovering an interest in medical toxicology, he went on to complete a Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. He now is member of core faculty at the Einstein Montgomery Medical Center emergency medicine residency. Dr. Chen’s academic interests are in resident and student education and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, Richard is an avid cross-fitter and currently coaches once a week at his home box. He maintains interests in consumer electronics, video games, building computers and exploring new and unique foodie spots with his wife. He has two cats, Miso and Wasabi and a recently turned one year old daughter who keep both his wife and him busy.

Madeline Yung, MD

June 8, 2023

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Dr. Madeline Yung is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UCSF. She received her undergraduate, medical student, and residency degrees at UCLA, then completed Cornea Fellowship at UC Davis. She specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK, and refractive surgery. In addition to seeing patients, she is involved in the education/mentorship for medical students and ophthalmology residents. Her research interests include improving medical education in ophthalmology and ocular side effects from new cancer therapies. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area and snowboarding.

Love Anani, MD

June 12, 2023

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Dr. Love Anani is a full-time emergency medicine physician in the Northcrest Emergency Department in the Nashville, TN area where he serves as the Medical Director, Chief of Staff, and Roberstson County EMS Director. Dr. Anani attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine.  For residency Dr. Anani attended Central Michigan Emergency Medicine Program where he was co-chief resident. Dr. Anani currently works as the social media director at the Tour for Diversity in Medicine to help improve diversity in the medical field, specifically with underrepresented males. Dr. Anani currently lives in Nashville, TN, but is a native of Houston, TX where his family continues to reside.  He enjoys sports, comics, and is an avid gamer. He is currently married to Uchenna Ezeibe Anani, who is currently a NICU attending at Vanderbilt University.

Michelle Kittleson, MD, PhD

June 19, 2023

Dr. Michelle Kittleson is a Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai and Director of Education in Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Smidt Heart Institute.  She graduated from Harvard College and received her medical degree from Yale University.  She completed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins, where she also received a PhD in Clinical Investigation. Dr. Kittleson is also the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, on writing committees for the 2022 ACC/AHA Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Guidelines and the 2022 ACC/AHA/HFSA HF Guidelines, Co Editor-in-Chief for the ACC Heart Failure Self-Assessment Program, and on the Board of Directors for the Heart Failure Society of America.  Her book, Mastering the Art of Patient Care, is available from Springer Publishing.

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Raman Malhotra, MD

June 22, 2023

Dr. Raman Malhotra is currently Professor of Neurology at the Sleep Medicine Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as the Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Raman Malhotra attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for his undergraduate degree and medical school. He completed his neurology residency and sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is board certified in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. He served as the President for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for 2021-22 and has served on the Board of Directors for the AASM since 2015. His academic interest is focused on sleep medicine education for medical professionals and has written numerous chapters, review articles, and authored a book for those training in sleep medicine.

Dana Reid, DO

June 22, 2023

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Dr. Reid is a double board certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She is in private practice in Alpharetta, Georgia. She loves working with kids, teens and adults and has wide and diverse areas of interest and expertise. Dr. Reid is also a children's book author. In her free time, she loves playing tennis, working out and spending time with her friends and family.

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McKenna Perel, PA-C

June 29, 2023

McKenna is an NCCPA-certified physician assistant who grew up in Los Angeles. She attended UC Santa Barbara for college where she studied psychological and brain sciences. After college, McKenna spent 3 years working at UCLA Santa Monica as an ER scribe and team manager. She went to PA school at Barry University in Miami and graduated in 2021. McKenna spent her first year practicing in the ER at Temecula Valley Hospital. She also worked at United Medical Doctors Urgent Care in San Diego. She now is about to start travel work and is excited for this new opportunity. In her free time, McKenna is at the beach, rollerblading, or hiking with friends. She has loved working as a provider this past year and the flexibility this career has given her.

Saif Butt, BHSc. PA, BSc. Kin

July 3, 2023

McKenna is an NCCPA-certified physician assistant who grew up in Los Angeles. She attended UC Santa Barbara for college where she studied psychological and brain sciences. After college, McKenna spent 3 years working at UCLA Santa Monica as an ER scribe and team manager. She went to PA school at Barry University in Miami and graduated in 2021. McKenna spent her first year practicing in the ER at Temecula Valley Hospital. She also worked at United Medical Doctors Urgent Care in San Diego. She now is about to start travel work and is excited for this new opportunity. In her free time, McKenna is at the beach, rollerblading, or hiking with friends. She has loved working as a provider this past year and the flexibility this career has given her.

Malaika Qureshi, CCPA


July 6, 2023

McKenna is an NCCPA-certified physician assistant who grew up in Los Angeles. She attended UC Santa Barbara for college where she studied psychological and brain sciences. After college, McKenna spent 3 years working at UCLA Santa Monica as an ER scribe and team manager. She went to PA school at Barry University in Miami and graduated in 2021. McKenna spent her first year practicing in the ER at Temecula Valley Hospital. She also worked at United Medical Doctors Urgent Care in San Diego. She now is about to start travel work and is excited for this new opportunity. In her free time, McKenna is at the beach, rollerblading, or hiking with friends. She has loved working as a provider this past year and the flexibility this career has given her.

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Aurthi Muthu, CCPA

July 10, 2023

Aurthi is a Physician Assistant (PA) working in Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at SHN. She graduated from the University of Toronto (UofT) PA Program in November 2020. She completed her undergraduate degree in the science stream of Kinesiology at Western University, with a minor in medical sciences. Outside of clinical work, she also holds a faculty role in the UofT PA program as the Academic Coordinator. Aurthi is passionate about advocating for the growing PA profession in Canada, mentoring and teaching.

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Morgan Teigen, NP-C

July 13, 2023

Morgan Teigen is a nurse practitioner specialized in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Morgan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida. After graduation, Morgan started her career as a Nurse Practitioner at a private practice in Tampa, where she acquired her advanced training and skills in all aspects of dermatology. She was born and raised in Stuart, Florida and always knew that she would return to South Florida to continue her career. Morgan is passionate about medical and cosmetic dermatology, and enjoys the balance of both specialties. She brings her clinical knowledge and skills working with patients with skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other dermatologic disorders.

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Ilan Shapiro, MD

July 20, 2023

Dr. Ilan Shapiro is the Chief Health Correspondent and Medical Affairs Officer at AltaMed Health Services. In addition to being a practicing physician, Dr. Shapiro is actively involved in creating binational public health programs to reach Hispanic communities on both sides of the border. He acted as the Medical Advisor for the General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago and was a Member of the Editorial Board for A Tu Salud (For Your Health), a health bulletin representing Hispanic health topics and resources. Dr. Shapiro is part of the National Hispanic Medical Association and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Shapiro earned a medical degree from Anahuac University in Mexico, and had the opportunity to practice medicine in several main hospitals in Mexico and has been serving in federally qualified health clinics in Chicago, Fort Myers (Florida) and Los Angeles.

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD

July 27, 2023

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Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber is a California native, with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from California State University, a medical degree from Weill College of Medicine at Cornell, and a residency in Internal Medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. She joined the faculty at AU/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens, GA in March, 2021. She has led efforts to advocate and improve the health of women and their families by being a professor of medicine from an underserved minority background. Her leadership positions have included being the first Hispanic woman to serve as president of the American Medical Women’s Association and the vice-chair of the American Medical Association Women’s Physician Section. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber has been the recipient of awards that include Outstanding Woman Leader, Innovations in Medicine, Exceptional Mentor, and was named a Woman of Influence.

Angelica Soberon-Cassar, MD

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July 31, 2023

Dr. Soberon-Cassar is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and brain injury medicine and is currently the medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Greenville. She graduated college at the University of Miami and went on to attend the Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Soberon-Cassar completed residency at the University of Texas-Houston/Baylor College of Medicine Alliance. During residency, she worked at TIRR Memorial Hermann, one of our nation’s renowned rehabilitation hospitals. Since moving to South Carolina, she worked as a rehabilitation physician at Prisma Health and Roger C. Peace.

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Anjanette Tan, MD

August 3, 2023

Dr. Tan was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She finished medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, through the Integrated Liberal Arts-Medicine program (Intarmed), a prestigious 7-year accelerated program that admits forty high school applicants from the top qualifiers of the University of the Philippines’ entrance exam. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann. She then pursued her fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Missouri. She has written several manuscripts and articles on diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

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James Kreshon, DO

August 10, 2023

Dr. Kreshon studied at Duquesne University for his undergraduate degree and then attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to earn his medical degree. Following a residency in Pittsburgh, Dr. Kreshon remained in the city to practice physical medicine and rehabilitation for the past 23 years. Over the course of those 23 years, Dr. Kreshon served as the Medical Director at numerous nursing homes, Harmarville IPR, Encompass, and various hospice companies. Currently, Dr. Kreshon runs his own private practice and is the owner of Kreshon Medical Rehabilitation Corporation. Some of Dr. Kreshon’s other interests include caring for his wife and three kids in addition to listening to Led Zeppelin.

Karine Tawagi, MD

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September 21, 2023

Dr. Karine Tawagi practices in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at UI Health. Dr. Tawagi's clinical focus is the treatment of genitourinary cancers including but not limited to bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer. Her research interests focus on clinical trials in genitourinary cancers, in addition to the use of immunotherapy in cancer treatment while developing strategies to diagnose, treat, and minimize side effects related to immunotherapy. Dr. Tawagi is dedicated to providing the best, most up-to-date treatment for all her patients, with consideration of each patient's specific goals and preferences. During clinic visits, all potential treatment options are discussed carefully with other members of the cancer care team, and with patients and their families. In addition to direct patient care and research, Dr. Tawagi also has a strong passion for medical education to help improve current gaps in healthcare.

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Flora Rodriguez, PA-C

November 6, 2023

Hello! My name is Flora; I am a Family Medicine PA working in the Central Valley. I am a first- generation Mexican American raised in Fresno, CA. I graduated from Fresno State in 2017 where I obtained a B.A in psychology, was part of HCOP and tutored second graders after school. I took a gap year after graduating to gain clinical experience as a CNA/PCA and to complete some of my pre-reqs at a community college. I was then accepted to UC Davis’s PA program, graduated, and passed my boards in December of 2021! Aside from medicine, I am passionate about mentoring other students, advocating self-care, and spending time with loved ones. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences as a first-gen student and my pathway to medicine.

Megan Tetlow, PA-C

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November 20, 2023

Megan Tetlow is an American physician assistant currently practicing in the UK in colorectal surgery. She graduated from University of North Carolina with a Bachelors in Psychology and attended PA school at Nova Southeastern University- Fort Myers campus, graduating in 2010. She began her career in gynecologic oncology where she practiced for 6 years, and then moved to the UK with a program with the National Health Service (the nationalized health system of the UK) to expand the role of PAs in secondary care. She then practiced gynecologic oncology in England for another 6 years and for the last 2 years have practiced in colorectal surgery in Scotland. She is a long-time PA student preceptor and has lectured at 2 PA programs. When she isn’t working, Megan is a PA admissions editor and Pre-PA coach. You can follow along with me on Instagram at @ExpatPA or on my website at

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Kali Braun, CCPA

December 7, 2023

Kali Braun is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) working in Internal Medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her training amidst the pandemic in 2020, and her early career included many facets of Covid care – including work in an outpatient Covid assessment centre, inpatient family medicine with dedicated Covid unit, and virtual Covid outpatient program. She found her permanent home on the inpatient wards at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, practicing acute medicine, and providing continuity of care in a setting of constantly rotating learners and attendings. Kali also serves as the Manitoba Director for the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA), and is a clinical instructor at the University of Manitoba. Prior to becoming a PA, she completed her Masters of Medical Microbiology, studying the human genetics of TB disease.

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Michelle Jorgensen, DDS

January 18, 2024

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen is a renowned holistic dentist, author of five books, and a holistic health advocate. She is a board-certified naturopath and therapeutic nutritional counselor, seamlessly integrating medicine and dentistry. For a decade, Dr. Jorgensen has been a pioneer in Functional integrative dentistry through her Total Care Dental and Wellness Way. Beyond her dental practice, she's the founder of "Living Well with Dr. Michelle", teaching essential life skills, with a charitable arm, the Living Well Today Foundation, supporting those in need. A busy mother of four, she is passionate about teaching and helping others and is known for her knack in simplifying crucial topics and providing practical, real-world solutions for listeners.

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Lewis Hassell, MD

January 25, 2024

Dr. Lewis Hassell is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma, and former director of Anatomic Pathology. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah and completed training in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a past board member of American Pathology Foundation, College of American Pathologists and Digital Pathology Association, and past president of the CAP Foundation. Before re-entering academia he practiced for 17 years with Dahl Chase Pathology in Maine and for four years in Northern California. Dr. Hassell is keenly interested in developing pathology capacity and diagnostic quality in low-resource settings.


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