Mandel Wellness Pathway Class of 2021

Zoe Balaban-Feld 

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.

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.

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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Mandel Wellness Pathway Class of 2020

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.

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.

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

Zach is a medical student from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2012, where he majored in philosophy. Being more interested in how the body works together than any of its constituent subsystems, he has no idea where his prospective medical degree will take him, but hopes to somehow locate the intersection of autonomic physiology, immunology, psychology, neural crest cells, evolution and consciousness.

Zach joined the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventative Care Pathway in order to learn practical skills aimed at not just minimizing disease, but maximizing health through food, exercise and information. In his spare time, Zach enjoys finding new places and hanging out with friends.

Caroline Figgie

Caroline Figgie is a graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Raised in Connecticut with her two brothers, she moved to a warmer climate for college, attending Davidson College in North Carolina, where she received a BS in chemistry with a minor in economics in 2013. Her interest in nutrition and healthy eating has its foundations in frequent familial discussions of the pros and cons of various diets, nutritional supplements and exercise regimens, as well as her own personal enthusiasm for cooking and baking. Caroline is a volunteer with the Sickle Cell Disease Buddy program and participates in the medical Spanish program, Doc Opera, Docappella and the medical school intermural softball team. She enjoys reading, singing, cooking, handcrafts and spending time with friends and family.

Caroline Franke

Caroline Franke is a medical student at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) at Case Western Reserve University. She is from Annapolis, Maryland, and she did her undergraduate education at Princeton University. In college, Caroline was a varsity athlete on the women’s lacrosse team, and she also enjoyed spending time being a volunteer youth basketball coach. Caroline graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. During her year after graduating, Caroline worked as a research coordinator in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. At CCLCM, Caroline is on the College Board of Student Representatives, and she volunteers for the Sickle Cell Buddy Program at University Hospitals. In her free time, she also volunteers as a coach for Case Western Reserve University's Club Lacrosse program. She is really interested in learning about wellness and how to empower her patients to see health are more than just the absence of disease.

Brett Graham

Brett grew up in Lake Mary, Florida, but completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Since his teenage years, he has had a passion for health and fitness, and staying active and eating healthy has always been important to him. Before completing his bachelor’s in neuroscience at BYU, Brett lived in Mexico for two years, where he served as a proselyting and service missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, fitness remained important to him after his missionary service—so much so that he decided to become an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer. However, rather than working at a gym, Brett ended up working as a teaching assistant and tutor during college. In 2015, he was accepted into the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and now his wife and he live in Cleveland Heights. They love exploring the outdoors and taking pictures of all our adventures together. As a physician, Brett hopes to incorporate the knowledge and skills that he is learning in the Mandel Wellness Pathway to not only treat disease, but create health and vitality for his patients. He has recently become very interested in functional medicine and would like to incorporate this approach into his medical practice.

Andrea Huynh

Andrea Huynh is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. While gaining her BA in Psychology from CWRU, Andrea advocated for the importance of a holistic lifestyle through many activities, whether it was through doing research in the field of spirituality, addressing mental health stigma in the Asian American community, developing her senior thesis on the effects emotional intelligence in the workplace, or pioneering self-care awareness initiatives for women in her fraternity. Through these experiences, she discovered a great passion for promoting accessible, holistic healthcare that addresses all the needs of a person—mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. Andrea was inspired to join in the mission of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventative Care Pathway because of its emphasis for balance in addressing several domains of health and how this informs medical care, so that she can better help others to live a more fulfilling and enriching human experience. In addition to the Wellness Pathway, Andrea is also involved in leadership for the Intersociety Council, Dermatology Interest Group and the Christian Medical Dental Association.

Mimi Luo

Originally from Guangzhou, China, Mimi Luo is a current second-year student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Mimi majored in Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell University. While an undergrad, she served as the marketing manager of The Cornell Daily Sun—the school’s daily independent newspaper. Before starting medical school, Mimi spent time as a financial and risk management consultant. In her free time, Mimi enjoys exploring the outdoors and cooking. She is excited and grateful to be part of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventative Care Pathway’s inaugurating class!

Eduardo Mier Y Terán

Eduardo has developed an interest for primary care and in a practice focused on preventative medicine in a way that is beneficial for both the patients’ body and mind by promoting personal health, growth and wellbeing. He wants to learn different approaches to leading a healthy lifestyle and also improve on his ability to pass this knowledge onto the people around him. Eduardo's previous experiences in health care were closely associated with Hispanic and Latino populations, and his goal is to address the high rates of preventable, chronic conditions that affect this population due to poor habits and lack of education. He is interested in the effects of “Body-Mind exercises,” and the poorly understood connection between emotional/spiritual health and the physical health of a person. Lastly, Eduardo is interested in tackling the challenges of maintaining good health.

Tricia Stepanek

Tricia Stepanek is a graduate of the University Track at CWRU School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. An avid runner, Tricia has been passionate about personal wellness for many years. She first became interested in patient wellness while working as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department. She is in the process of completing a master’s degree in nutrition and is the leader of the Wellness and Student Life Committee for the CWRU chapter of the American Medical Student Association.