Mandel Wellness Pathway Class of 2021

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Zoe Balaban-Feld 

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Adriana Collada

Adriana is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Miami Florida and obtained her BS at the University of Florida in psychology and biology. Her interest in medicine stemmed from father’s difficulty in communicating with physicians and literal “white coat syndrome”. As a result, she has a passion for learning communication and comforting patients.

She is interested in learning how to approach the wellness of her future patients through multiple outlets and combining healthy lifestyle choices and medicine for the best possible outcomes. Adriana is quite excited to learn better cooking techniques and how to eat healthier so that she may share this information with others as well as instill self-care throughout her medical education. Aside from school she also very much enjoys hiking, spending time with her dogs and baking.

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Anh Nguyen‌

Anh Nguyen is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She was raised in Irvine, CA and received her B.S. in Human Biology at the University of California, Irvine. As an undergraduate student, she was active in serving the underserved community and in UCI’s extensive hip hop dance community. Growing up, she was surrounded by family members of diabetic predisposition, and became attracted to the idea that a healthy diet and lifestyle could help to prevent chronic diseases. Her family promoted a lifestyle that was both active and that emphasized self-care. Anh is a part of the medical Spanish program and Doc Opera. In her free time, she enjoys dancing to hip hop, baking, crocheting, and going to the gym, but she also likes to explore new food places with friends and is perfectly fine with a night at home with Netflix/Korean dramas.

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Raghav Tripathi

Raghav Tripathi is a medical student at CWRU School of Medicine on the University Track. He was raised in Portland, OR, and received his B.A. in medical anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. Raghav has a passion for public health, and is concurrently pursuing his Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) with a focus in healthcare policy and administration. As an undergraduate, Raghav was very involved in mentorship, tutoring, and research in a variety of fields ranging from epidemiology and health disparities to proteomics. Through his public health coursework, Raghav nurtured a passion in preventative healthcare and empowering others to improve their own wellness. He has a particular interest in further understanding the intersection of social determinants of health with long-term health outcomes, and he is excited to better understand how wellness initiatives can encourage positive health behaviors.

Raghav is currently a choreographer for DocOpera, an advisor and dancer for the Spartan Bhangra competitive Indian dance team, and a part of the Advanced Medical Spanish Program. He is very grateful to be a part of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventative Care Pathway to learn more about how to apply methods of wellness and preventative care for both himself and his future patients!

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Lyba Zia

Mandel Wellness Pathway Class of 2020

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Joshua Buzzard

Josh is a medical student at CWRU medical school in the University Track.  Josh grew up in the greater Cleveland area and attended Ohio University as an undergraduate, obtaining a B.S. in Biological Sciences, a minor in Chemistry and a Diabetes Certificate.  As a passionate runner, Josh has always had an interest in exercise and health promotion.  His completion of the Diabetes Certificate program at Ohio University and subsequent work as a counselor at Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury Ohio piqued his interest in management of chronic disease and prevention through lifestyle modification.  After graduation, Josh spent a year working at the Cleveland Clinic researching stem cell biology and development of the pancreatic mesenchyme.  Shadowing doctors at the Wellness Institute and attending lectures confirmed his interest in preventive medicine.  Josh is exploring the vast field of medicine, but ultimately would like to include preventive methods in his practice to improve patient outcomes and foster wellness.

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Sanjay Sridaran

Sanjay is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University. He grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area and received a B.S in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While an undergraduate, Sanjay was involved in musculoskeletal research, which continued during a transition year between undergrad and medical school. He is also an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, having played at Georgia Tech and now in the Cleveland area. Sanjay is currently a part of the AMSA Global Health committee and American Medical Spanish Program, and is exploring different areas of medicine for a future career. Having an older sibling who is a preventive medicine resident, along with the emphasis on social determinants of health early in the medical school curriculum, sparked Sanjay’s interest in learning more about wellness. He hopes to acquire practical skills from the Pathway that can be used for improved self and future patient quality of life.

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Katherine Willie

Katherine Willie is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is from Abington, Pennsylvania and grew up with her three brothers in a home that fostered taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. She attained her BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she was involved in research that studied the intersection between Racial discrimination and the cardiovascular health of African Americans. She is also passionate about singing and sang in the university's Women's Choral Ensemble while in Pittsburgh. After completing her degree at the University of Pittsburgh, she took a year off to do service in Philadelphia through the AmeriCorps program, City Year. In this program, she mentored and tutored students in math, literacy, and behavioral skills who were at risk for dropping out. From her experiences with her family, school, and volunteering, she discovered her passion for not only medicine but also the promotion of mind, body, and spiritual wellness. This led her to join the Wellness Pathway so that she can learn about the different ways to help the people around her and also help her live a balanced and healthy life as well.

Mandel Wellness Pathway Class of 2019 (Inaugural Class)

Zachary Belden

Caroline Figgie

Caroline Franke

Brett Graham

Andrea Huynh

Mimi Luo

Eduardo Mier Y Terán

Tricia Stepanek