Why did you pursue podiatric medicine? I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to mentor a young man with Down Syndrome in undergrad and this interaction really drove me to want a career with meaningful human interactions that can change not only your patient's life, but yours as well. From there, I considered everything in the medical field and once I shadowed a podiatrist I knew this was my calling. I love that as a podiatrist you can be a radiologist, dermatologist, and an orthopedic surgeon all in the same day. This all-encompassing practice of medicine and meaningful work drove me to the field of podiatry.
Why did you choose Kent State? Kent State felt like the right fit for me from the moment I stepped on campus and was greeted by professors and students. The whole experience was very welcoming. Further, I loved how Kent State was dedicated to the profession of podiatry. Some of the other schools I was considering had multi-disciplinary programs, but Kent devoted all its resources towards my profession and that was another huge reason I chose Kent State. I am very thankful for Kent State giving me the opportunity to be the best Podiatrist I can be!
Favorite aspect of Kent State now that you are a student here: The students and faculty are my favorite aspect. If it wasn't’t for them I would not be as successful as I am today. Their devotion to podiatric medicine excellence helps keep me motivated and progressing forward in this journey to become a foot and ankle physician.
What advice do you have for anyone considering podiatry school? I would highly recommend shadowing a couple of different podiatrists. From my experience, each of the 5 podiatrists I shadowed had such varied roles with in the field of podiatry. It is great to see the different avenues one can take within podiatry from sports medicine to wound care and anywhere in-between.
What are some of the activities/clubs you are involved in at KSUCPM? I am the Vice President of KTE, which is a professional podiatric fraternity at KSUCPM. KTE holds many events, such as anatomy lab mock practicals and an amazing formal at the beginning of every year. Also, I am the treasure of ASPS, or the American Society for Podiatric Surgeons, which holds events such as suture workshops and bowling nights.
As a first-year student, what are some of the challenges you faced (if any) while transitioning into medical school? I felt very prepared with my transition and I attribute that to being a student athlete in undergrad. That responsibility of being apart of an athletic team and performing in the classroom gave me the time management skills and discipline that is needed in medical school.
What one word describes you best? Genuine
What one word best describes KSUCPM? Empowering
Favorites: Movie: Billy Madison Song: Follow Me by Uncle Cracker Starbucks Drink: Vanilla Macchiato Class: I really enjoyed both Lower and Gross Anatomy. Thing to do in Cleveland? I have become a Cleveland sports fan and love attending any game I can! Sport to play? I wrestled in undergrad and still enjoy the sport even though I am no longer competing. Restaurant: Melt is an amazing restaurant with great sandwiches. Plus, it is a stones through away from the school!