1 Master of Public Department of Public Sciences, SOM One Shields Ave. University of California, Davis Davis, CA Ph: Fax: Master of Public Student Profiles Name: Rachel Aumann, Degrees: B.A. - Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine (2006); Masters in Social Welfare, UC Berkeley (2009) Professional Interest: Environmental Graduate Advisor: Deborah Bennett, PhD Background/Interest: Rachel became interested in public health, in particular as it relates to stress and the environment, while taking health psychology at UC Irvine. In 2007 she attended social work school to get a comprehensive perspective on how to mediate social problems through direct practice. She did clinical internships with Sequoia Hospital and Kaiser Permanente and worked in university settings as a mental health counselor and residential dean. Rachel aims to combine direct practice skills with a public health prospective to help employers minimize stress and related illnesses. She enjoys running, drinking coffee, dancing, touring gardens, game nights, theatre, and cooking. Name: Melissa Binger, Degrees: B.A. Sociology, UC Santa Barbara (2003) Graduate Advisor: Lorena Garcia, DrPH, Background/Interests: After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, Melissa began her career working with at-risk youth. She served as a manager at a treatment facility for juvenile offenders with abuse-reactive disorders. She later became an advocate for homeless youth and was given the opportunity to serve as Project Manager for shack, a health program for marginalized youth. She helped develop an online personal health information system, opened a low-cost vaccination clinic, ran a mobile STI/HIV clinic and created opportunities for youth development by hiring youth to promote health awareness amongst teens. Melissa has a strong passion for working with at-risk youth and wants to develop innovative ways to improve adolescent health. Name: Joel Breck, Degrees: B.A. Psychology, CSU Chico (2010) Professional Interest: Human and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Graduate Advisor: Edward Panacek, MD, Background/Interests: At a young age Joel experienced what it was like to be a patient going through extreme surgery at a large hospital, this led him to find passion in helping others in need. Joel was involved in organizing blood drives and spreading general health knowledge through his undergraduate campus s student health center. During this time he also worked as a tutor, introducing students to the sciences. He currently interns at the UC Davis Medical Center, shadowing physicians and helping with clinical infectious disease research. In his spare time Joel enjoys traveling, weight lifting, playing basketball, and spending time with his family and friends. Name: Amber Burnett, Degrees: B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Sociology, University of the Pacific (2009) Graduate Advisor: Lorena Garcia, DrPH, Background/Interests: At the University of the Pacific Amber was involved in multiple student lead organizations including the Black Student Union and the United Cultural Council and helped to coordinate events geared toward spreading awareness of health issues that affected the surrounding communities. She graduated with a BA in psychology in 2009 and currently works as a teacher at an after school program for the Knowledge Learning Corporation. Her professional interest in public health includes general public health and issues of mental health. 1
2 Name: Edward Cruz, Degrees: B.A. History and Molecular Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, M.D. Medical Degree, UC Davis Professional Interest: Epidemiology, General Public Graduate Advisor: Patrick Romano, MD, Background/Interests: Edward is interested in improving access to health care and easing the transition of health care amongst primary care providers and acute care providers. He is also interested in serving underserved (disadvantaged) and dearth of access to care present in those populations. Name: Lisa Gonzales, Degrees: B.A. Public Policy, UC Irvine (2010) Graduate Advisor: Lorena Garcia, DrPH, Background/Interests: Studying Public as an undergraduate gave Lisa the opportunity to learn the multiple disciplines and fundamentals of the public field. She developed a true appreciation and interest in the humanitarian efforts of public health through her research and internship experience. As a UCI Corporate Researcher and March of Dimes Program Services Intern, Lisa learned how to create and implement effective health interventions, working directly with the community. She seeks to improve the health of underserved women and children by promoting health communication and health literacy. Her goal is to empower these populations to take control of their health. Name: Parker Goodell, Degrees: B.S. - Anthropology, UC Davis (2011) Graduate Advisor: Christian Sandrock, MD, Background/Interests: Parker became interested in public health through a variety of experiences during his undergraduate education. As a volunteer at Shifa Community Clinic, a free student-run clinic in Sacramento, focusing on an uninsured immigrant population, Parker began to see how education and outreach led to tangible results for patients. As an undergraduate, he was also involved in research related to the population dynamics of malaria transmission and clinical research in the Emergency Department at UC Davis Medical Center. Though these experiences are from various fields, they inspired Parker to pursue public health with an aim to work with vulnerable, at-risk populations. Name: Benjamin Hicks, Degrees: B.S. - Microbiology, University of Texas at El Paso, (2008) Graduate Advisor: James Marcin, MD, Background/Interests: Ben is a versatile worker, and diligent when it comes to his studies. After obtaining his bachelor s degree at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), he taught and tutored 8th and 9th grade math and science courses until joining the US Air Force. Always seeking self-improvement, he is currently pursuing his Masters of Public degree. His research interests include general public health, epidemiology, and child nutrition. His general interests are weightlifting, track, and travelling. Name: Rachel Hollander, Degrees: B.S. Biology, Iowa State University (2003); M.D. University of Texas Science Center (2008); Family Medicine Residency, UC Davis (2011) Professional Interest: Nutrition Graduate Advisor: Patrick Romano, MD, Background/Interests: Rachel Hollander became involved in advocating for health care reform and public health during her medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She has been a board member of Alchemist Community Development Corporation since fall With this nonprofit, she produces farm stands in low-income communities of Sacramento to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables. While continuing to care for patients one-on-one in clinic, Dr. Hollander would like to use what she learns from her degree to effectively advocate for health on a larger scale. Name: Jesse Landis, Degrees: B.A. Psychology, UC Santa Cruz (2006), M.A. Biology, San Jose State University (2011) Graduate Advisor: Marc Schenker, MD, Background/Interests: While studying Psychology at UCSC, Jesse gained experience in both long term and acute psychiatric care. 2
3 Working as a mental health worker in a psychiatric emergency room for four years sparked his interest in medicine, inspiring him to obtain an MA in biology with a concentration in physiology at SJSU. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Public to attain a better understanding and knowledge of applications of public health and preventative medicine. Jesse hopes to one day become a primary care physician that implements preventative practices that serve the needs of both underserved rural and urban communities. Name: Charlotte Lewis, Degrees: B.S. Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Santa Clara University (2010) Professional Interest: Human and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Graduate Advisor: Kathryn DeRiemer, PhD, Background/Interests: Charlie Lewis is a recent graduate of Santa Clara University with a diverse background in biological research focusing on botany proteomics, entomology, epidemiology, and ecology. Although not yet committed to one particular emphasis in the program, she is excited to begin her studies at UC Davis and to contribute to the community via public health policy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Oscar, attending Giants baseball games with her family, and watching hilarious comedies. Name: Julia Logan, Degrees: B.A. American Culture, Northwestern University (1995) M.D. Drexel University School of Medicine (2005) Graduate Advisor: Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, MS, PhD, Background/Interests: Julia is starting her as part of a Preventive Medicine Residency through the State of California. Previously, she was practicing as a family medicine physician with Sutter Medical Group in Sacramento. In this capacity, not only was she was able to interact personally with patients, but she was also able to begin to understand the physical, social, and economic burden of cancer on individuals, their families, and society. Throughout her residency she will be partnering with the American Cancer Society, which awarded her a grant that will allow her to focus her studies on cancer control and prevention. Name: Tawny Macedo, Degrees: B.A. - Sociology, University of the Pacific (2010) Professional Interest: Nutrition Background/Interests: Tawny became interested in public health through her sociology course work at University of the Pacific, community work in Stockton, Ca. and experiences abroad in Ghana. Her professional interests are to expand lower socioeconomic access to nutritional foods and health education awareness. She studied the impact of environment and developmental factors that lead to the decline of community health in Ghana. Name: Lesly Martinez, Degrees: B.S. Biological Sciences, UC Irvine (2009), B.A. Spanish, UC Irvine (2009) Graduate Advisor: Marc Schenker, MD, Background/Interests: At UC Irvine, Lesly participated in the organization Chicanos for Community Medicine (CCM), in which she learned more about the health disparities including lack of access and knowledge on prevention. She became passionate about these topics and participated in many health fairs, serving as a translator and an educator on topics including diabetes and stroke. She also participated in the SB810 Lobby Day, which supports a universal healthcare system. After completing her masters' in public health, she plans to attend medical school and become a primary care physician. Name: Haley McDermott, Degrees: B.S. - Biology, San Diego State University (2008) Professional Interest: Human and Zoonotic infectious diseases, Veterinary Public Graduate Advisor: Woutrina Miller, DVM, MPVM, PhD Backgrounds/Interests: Haley first became aware of the importance of public health while pursuing her interest in veterinary medicine as a student at San Diego State University. Through work within the veterinary field, she became aware of the inextricable connection between animal, human, and environmental health. Haley is interested in the One approach to the research and identification of health challenges resulting from poor water quality and Zoonotic disease. Haley has extensive volunteer experience in the animal as well as 3
4 human public health fields, and plans to utilize her graduate education to contribute to the One Initiative. Name: Rupal Patel, Degrees: B.S. - Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University (2003) M.D. - Wright State University (2008) Professional Interest: Epidemiology, Nutrition, General Public Graduate Advisor: Patrick Romano, MD, Backgrounds/Interests: Rupal's interest in public health developed during her Internal Medicine training at the UC Davis Medical Center. Her primary professional interest is on the significance of prevention in the medical field. She further hopes to develop health services research to further illustrate the loss of health care resources, medical expenditures, and complications secondary to medical diseases which could have been prevented. Name: Ashley Scarborough, Degrees: B.A. Women and Gender Studies, UC Davis (2011) ; Environmental Graduate Advisor: Adela de la Torre, PhD Background/Interests: Ashley developed an interest in accessible health care for all people through her work in Women s and advocating for reproductive justice. In her undergraduate program she completed a designated emphasis in gender and health. For a senior thesis she examined the context of Public Research practices outlined in the Care Reform Bill. Ashley intends to use feminism to examine ethics in health research, and promote health equity for marginalized populations. She hopes to contribute to a conversation on structural barriers to health equity. She intends to study the environmental health and reproductive risks present in U.S. cities. Name: Ruby Shah, Degrees: B.S. Biochemistry, University of Houston (2004) M.D. Baylor College of Medicine (2008) Graduate Advisor: Patrick Romano, MD, Background/Interests: Ruby is interested in specializing in Internal Medicine, primary care, public health, as well as public health education. Name: Jennifer Shoemaker, Degrees: B.S. - Human Development, UC Davis, (2005) M.D. UC Davis School of Medicine, (2013) Professional Interest: Nutrition Graduate Advisor: Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, MD, PhD, Background/Interests: Jennifer Shoemaker is a medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She is part of Rural PRIME, a combined 5-year MD/Master s degree program for training students to become primary care physicians and community leaders in rural areas. Jennifer s future career goals are to improve the access to medical care in rural communities and improve the overall health of these communities. A Masters degree in public health will further aid her career plans by giving her the means to make a definitive change in these rural communities. Name: Melissa Spahr, Degrees: B.A. Kinesiology, Saint Mary's College of California (2008) Background/Interests: Melissa Spahr studied Kinesiology at Saint Mary s College of California. After graduating, she joined the Lasallian Volunteers where she lived and served in low income communities. In Philadelphia, Melissa served as a and Physical Education teacher and the Coordinator for courtadjudicated youth. In the Bronx, she worked as a Program Coordinator with low-income senior citizens. She plans to focus on Community, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, increasing the accessibility to healthy foods and fitness. Name: Carla Stack, Degrees: B.S. Biopsychology, UC Santa Barbara (2006) Background/Interests: Carla s interest in public health developed while volunteering at a Santa Barbara community clinic that offers basic medical services, preventive care, and 4
5 health education to low-income patients. Since 2005, she has implemented scribe programs in numerous Emergency Rooms. Seeing the congested ERs in city after city, she became interested in reducing hospital overcrowding by establishing reliable networks of accessible health resources. After obtaining her degree, Carla plans to become a physician assistant and focus on coordinating programs that provide preventive care and health education to underserved populations. She also hopes to participate in global health efforts. Name: Roxanne Strohmeier, Degrees: B.A. Politics, UC Santa Cruz (2008) Professional Interest: Maternal and Child Graduate Advisor: Lisa Ikemoto, JD, LLM Background/Interests: Prior to attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, Roxanne worked as a medical assistant, counselor, and health educator for Planned Parenthood. While studying abroad at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro she interned for a Brazilian nonprofit that supports pregnant and parenting adolescents in the favelas of Rio. After coming home to the US, she returned to Planned Parenthood for three more years. In both the US and in Brazil, she saw how health disparities are linked to poverty, structural violence, and human rights violations. At UC Davis she intends to first complete her and then her JD, and is interested in global maternal and child health and international human rights law as it relates to health policy and access. Name: Nicole Tarui, Degrees: B.S. - Biology, UC Riverside (2010) Professional Interest: Epidemiology Graduate Advisor: Ellen Gold, PhD Background/Interests: At UC Riverside, Nicole established the first chapter of Global Brigades. For 3 years, she led students and physicians to rural communities throughout Honduras where they provided free healthcare in schools and churches. Through this, she developed a passion for public health and health education. After graduation, Nicole was selected to be an advisor fellow for Global Brigades where she researched the best practices in public health, medical, dental, and environmental brigades. This experience inspired an interest in creating greater access to healthcare in rural communities, health education, and disease prevention. Name: Cindy Tran, Degrees: B.A. - Spanish B.S. Psychology, UC Davis (2006) Background/Interests: Over the years, Cindy has served the Vietnamese and Hispanic communities. While in Honduras, she helped orphans with HIV maintain healthy lifestyles. Here in Sacramento, she informed Vietnamese people about Alzheimer s disease, Dementia and Cancer. Both types of service showed her that the public health field lets her learn, teach and serve. This in turn makes healthcare more accessible and personal. After obtaining her, she hopes to increase effective healthcare access, enhance people s understanding of health issues, and bridge communities together. She hopes to project this vision into the future of community health. Name: Phuoc Vu, Degrees: B.S. Biological Sciences, UC Davis (2010) Graduate Advisor: Debora Paterniti, PhD Background/Interests: Phuoc spent most of her undergraduate years advocating for a community of uninformed and financially challenged patients through VNCARES (Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research Education Society), an organization that aims to decrease the rate of deaths due to cancer by providing free screening. In addition, she participates in a medical mission to Vietnam every summer with GSMDM (Good Samaritan of Medical Dental Ministry) to provide free medical care for the poor. Through these experiences, Phuoc became interested in public health and hoped to work toward promoting preventive medicine and breaking down healthcare barriers in the U.S. as well as other countries. Name: Jenny Wong, Degree: B.A. Public, UC Berkeley (2010) Professional Interest: Epidemiology Graduate Advisor: Kathryn DeRiemer, PhD, Background interests: Jenny spent two years as a health educator for Peer Exchange where she taught health workshops to underserved high school students in the Bay Area. 5
6 She also worked extensively with the Hep B Project, a nonprofit organization that aimed to educate, screen, and vaccinate Asian and Pacific Islanders. Upon graduation, she continued in her Hep B efforts alongside Sacramento County s Perinatal Hepatitis B Program. Jenny is dedicated to eradicating health disparities and barriers to access as well as promoting health education, and hopes to use her to implement more effective programs to achieve these public health goals. Name: Katrina Wyatt, Degrees: B.S. Biological Sciences with an emphasis of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, UC Santa Barbara (2009) Graduate Advisor: Robert Bell, PhD Background/Interests: Katrina strives to make a difference in her local community by reducing preventable disease through education. She served a year with AmeriCorps before pursuing her master's degree and was exposed to a variety of ways to engage her community while focusing on health and wellness. She looks forward to building strong relationships with her peers to further her career in healthcare. About the at UC Davis The UC Davis program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health. The program includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health services and administration, and social and behavioral science, and prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine. Questions and Information: Program Director Stephen A. McCurdy, MD, Professor Department of Public Sciences Associate Director Diana Cassady, DrPH Associate Professor Department of Public Sciences University California, Davis Student Affairs Officer Amber Carrere, Med Department of Public Sciences University of California, Davis Class of Student Affairs Officer Crystal Saetern Department of Public Sciences University of California, Davis
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