Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Compassionate, self-motivated, and a never-ending learner!
Why did you choose SMU?
As a Bay Area native, I wanted to attend school and be able to network in the community I hope to work in as a Podiatrist. What was especially enticing about SMU was the small school, small class sizes, early clinical exposure, scholarship opportunities, and the distinct DPM program (not combined with a MD or DO program).
What has been your favorite class or experience?
My favorite class has been Podiatric Medicine with Dr. Reyzelman and Biomechanics with Dr. Richey. As practicing podiatrists in the area, they provide unique perspectives as professors. They both encouraged us not to memorize facts but instead go through a methodical system of thinking in order to reach a diagnosis.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
I enjoy being outside in nature, exploring the East Bay/SF, and finding new, delicious places to eat!
We understand that you organize opportunities for community volunteering. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
My classmate and I started the first Interdisciplinary Diabetes Club at SMU. It has been such a unique experience starting a club from the ground up and working alongside SMU students from different specialties. This year, I was appointed Co-director of Clinica Tepati and elected as the Co-editor-in-chief of the National Foot and Ankle Review. Each of these opportunities allow me to work with individuals from different paths, from Sacramento to the East Bay, and shape me into a more well-rounded, knowledgable future Podiatrist.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
You get what you put in! Get involved and throw yourself into something you want to grow. I highly encourage new students to find an extracurricular activity such as starting a new club, participating in existing clubs, volunteering in the community, to become excited about and enjoy when not in class.