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Success Stories

How do you know if the Health Professions is right for you? These are some of the questions that our alumni found helpful.

Are you motivated to help people?

The health professions require practitioners to uphold an ethical responsibility toward caring about other people. All professions in the healthcare industry place a high-value on service and awareness of social and cultural factors that can influence client behaviors. It is never too early to volunteer at a hospital or other clinical setting!

Do you enjoy problem solving?

All health professions value critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and the ability to integrate and synthesize information. These skills are considered necessary among health professionals across the spectrum for successful clinical and managerial problem solving. A well-developed ability to problem solve is the backbone of successful care provision. This skill will enable clear oral and written communication between you and other professionals and clients, so work to develop these skills in your classwork, in independent research, and in public presentations.

Are you a good team player?

The health professions are motived by several competencies related to interprofessional teamwork.  It is essential that all professionals are willing to engage in open and transparent health communication with other members of the caregiver team. Effective communication is considered an outcome measure of high-quality care when used between a team of professionals. Consider developing team-building skills with your classmates as good practice for working with others having different professional perspectives.

Click on any of our alumni profiles below to read more

Doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD)

Alina Konnikova

Alina Konnikova '11

MD
University of Illinois Chicago

Sydni Cole

Sydni Cole ’12

Neurology Residency, Beth Israel Hospital (Harvard medical School)
Vascular Neurology Fellowship, University of Pensylnvania

Jarred Applegate Portrait

Jared Applegate '20

MD
University of Michigan Medical School

Pascal Accoh in lab

Pascal Accoh ’12

MD
Southern Illinois University
Physician Resident
St. Louis University.

Amanda Gibbs

Amanda Gibbs '16

MD
University Nevada Reno Medical School

MD/PhD

Brian Kinsman ’09

Brian Kinsman ’09

MD/PhD
Penn State College of Medicine

Mariam Aboian

Mariam Aboian '00

MD/PhD
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Paulius Kuprys

Paulius Kuprys '12

MD/PhD
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Nijee Luthra

Nijee Luthra '04

MD/PhD
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Arun Paul

Arun Paul '05

MD/PhD
Rosalind Franklin University

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Danielle Sychowski Portrait

Danielle Sychowski ’19

DO
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fatima Hooda

Fatima Hooda '16

DO
Midwestern University

Saajidha Rizvydeen

Saajidha Rizvydeen '12

DO
Marian University

Victoria Egedus

Victoria Egedus '14

DO
Midwestern University

Alexandra Skokzec

Alexandra Skoczek '18

DO
Emory University

Master of Science Nursing/Doctor of Nursing (MSN/DNP)

Marisol Careon

Marisol Carreon '18

MSN
DePaul University

Carlos Becerra-Meneses

Carlos Becerra-Meneses '10

MSN
Depaul University
Psychiatric Mental Health DNP Studies
Rush University

Amanda Brunges '18

Amanda Brunges '18

MSN
Rush University

Jessica Dudley

Jessica Dudley '14

MS DNP
University of Illinois Chicago

Daniela Garcia

Daniela Garcia '16

MSN
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Roberta Dume ’13

Roberta Dume ’13

PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Diamond Owens Portrait

Diamond Owens ’19

PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Sadaf Syed

Sadaf Syed '09

PharmD
Midwestern University

Daria Polyarskaya

Daria Polyarskaya '18

PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Anna Sandler

Anna Sandler '19

PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Zach Sekulich

Zach Sekulich '15

DMD
Midwestern University

Bilal Khan '22 Profile Photo

Bilal Khan '22

DMD
Midwestern University

Allyson Richards ’21 Portrait

Allyson Richards ’21

DMD
University of Louisville
School of Dentistry

Mohini Verma

Mohini Verma ’18

DMD
Midwestern University

Cosmo Vivirito

Cosmo Vivirito '15

DMD
Midwestern University

Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Psychology

Kristina Johnson

Kristina Johnson ’12

Clinical Psychology
Illinois Institute of Technology

Natasha L. Poulopoulos

Natasha L. Poulopoulos '12

MS/PhD
Rosalind Franklin University

Uribe portrait

Yesenia Uribe ’21

PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master of Science-Physician Assistant (MS-PA)

Cassandra McCray

Cassandra McCray ’16

MS-PA
Midwestern University

Joseph Mountain Portrait

Joseph Mountain ’22

MS
Rosalind Franklin University

Tate Rosenhagen Portrait

Tate Rosenhagen ’21

MS-PA
Monmouth University

Caroline Boatfield Portrait

Caroline Boatfield ’22

MS
Rosalind Franklin University

Alyssa Tunison

Alyssa Tunison '16

MS-Physician Assistant Practice

Mara Negru ’17

Mara Negru ’17

MS-PA
Rosalind Franklin University

Master of Clinical Counseling (MS)

Natasha L. Poulopoulos

Natasha L. Poulopoulos '12

MS/PhD
Rosalind Franklin University

Danielle Shaw

Danielle Shaw '20

MS
Clinical Counseling
Rosalind Franklin University

Sam Curry

Sam Curry '19

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Northwestern University

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Abby King

Abby King '19

DPT
Northwestern University

Yvette Ramirez

Yvette Ramirez '18

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Rosalind Franklin University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Beth Bennett

Beth Bennett '10

DVM
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ellie Bacon ’19

Ellie Bacon ’19

DVM
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Doctor of Optometry

Snezhanan Belyk

Snezhana Belukov '07

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry

Kari Hatridge Portrait

Kari Hatridge ’21

Doctor of Optometry
Midwestern University

Lisa Jeziorny

Lisa Jeziorny '07

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry

Karina Nikogosian

Karina Nikogosian '07

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry

Beyond Traditional Pre-Health

Arlyn Bateman

Arlyn Bateman '16

MS
Marriage and Family Therapy
Northwestern University

Maegan Schultz

Maegan Schultz '15

MS
University of Illinois Chicago

Chisomo Mwale ’19

Chisomo Mwale ’19

Clinical Research Coordinator
Northwestern Feineberg School of Medicine

Logan Graham

Logan Graham '17

MHSA and MBA
Xavier University

Alexandra Skokzec

Alexandra Skoczek '18

DO
Emory University

Jaime Perez Pineda

Jaime Perez Pineda '10

MS
Prosthetics and Orthotics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Anna Denslow Portrait

Anna Denslow ’20

Master of Occupational Therapy
Nova Southeastern University Florida

Lauren Giurini

Lauren Giurini '20

PhD Epidemiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Headshot of Amanda Allred

Amanda Allred '14

MS in Genetic Counseling
Brandeis University

Morgan Marshall

Morgan Marshall '16

MS Biomedical Visualization
University of Illinois at Chicago

Aasimah Tanveer

Aasimah Tanveer '18

Master's Data Science
DePaul University

Natalie Brusie

Natalie Brusie '16

MS
Healthcare Administration
University of Minnesota

Sara Murillo

Sara Murillo '16

Master's in Biotechnology
JD
Chicago Kent Law School

Reshma Kurian

Reshma Kurian '16

MS
Public Health and Policy Administration
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee