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Aug312017

Member Spotlight: September 2017

Bogdan Grecea
WUCPM Class of 2019

 

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Grammatical errors: “their” “they’re” “there” / “your” “you’re”

Where is one place you want to travel to and why?
I would like to travel back in time between 2550-2490 BC to figure out how the ancient Egyptians were able to build the Pyramids of Giza.

What characteristic do you most value in a person?
I value a person’s ability to accept others for who they truly are without passing judgment. Gender and skin color are just phenotypes, a random rearrangement of genotype made from the same basic nucleotides – A, G, T, C.

What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?
I find abstract painting the most relaxing and rewarding activity that one can perform regardless of location. What I love most is the response to a particular finished or unfinished artwork. In a multicultural society such as the United States of America, the intended purpose of an abstract painting can be interpreted through different lenses, cultures, experiences, to mean something completely different to each one of us. In this case, the painting serves as a catalyst for unlocking the subconscious mind to find our own meaning in itself. This is why I value teamwork above all else as it offers a different perspective and point of view on the same subject.

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
My best mentor and role model is Ovidiu Grecea. He wore many hats: head of the Government’s Anti-Corruption Department, Governor of Bucharest, State Secretary, and Diplomat. But most important of all, loving father. I owe him everything I am today.

Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.
Understanding we are only limited by perfection, I stopped placing constraints on myself. It is amazing what you can accomplish when you believe and allow yourself to do it.

What would you title/name your autobiography?
Dracula’s incomprehensible ramblings

What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?
This may not be backed up by a proper scientific data, but if you put love into the brownie mix, they will taste better.

Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that...”
…I lived in over 13 countries and I speak 5 languages. 

Monday
Aug072017

Member Spotlight: August 2017

Matthew Modugno
TUSPM Class of 2018

 

What is your most played song?
Right Back at it Again by A Day to Remember

What is your favorite meal?
My mom’s homemade chicken parmesan.  

What characteristic do you most value in a person?
Being genuine. Someone who stays true to their personality, is trustworthy, and dependable.

What is your favorite spot in Philadelphia?
There are so many good spots to choose from. Believe it or not, one of my favorite things to do is to go for a run on the Ben Franklin Bridge. It’s a great way for me to get some exercise and relieve some stress. I also love the view of the skyline in the background.

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
A friend and former boss of mine, Dr. Lisa Hutto, has been a great mentor and role model to me. I worked with her full time in my year off between college and podiatry school. As the sole physician in a very successful private practice, she demonstrated that hard work, dedication, and exemplary patient care are some of the keys to being a good physician. One day I hope to impact the careers of rising physicians as much as she did mine.

Why did you get into the field of Podiatry?
When I was in college, much like most of the other pre-med students, I spent time shadowing physicians in various specialties. One day after speaking to my grandfather, who frequently saw his podiatrist, I decided to give podiatry a try. After several days of shadowing and learning more about the profession I decided that I liked the idea of specializing on an area of the body from the beginning while still having a wide variety of things to do within the field. I saw early on the impact our profession has on our patients which is also very important to me.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
Anywhere with a beach. Some of my favorites are Myrtle Beach, SC, Folly Beach, SC, and Siesta Key, FL. The beach is a great place to relax with friends and family, spend some time outdoors, and cool off in the summer time.

If you could go back in time to give advice to your ten-year-old self, what would you say?
I would tell my ten-year-old self to have as much fun and spend as much time with friends and family as possible because the older and busier you get the more challenging it will be to enjoy those things as much as you used to.

What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?
The gravity on Mars is approximately one-third the gravity on Earth. So chances are we’d all be able to dunk a basketball on Mars. 

Friday
Jun302017

Member Spotlight: July 2017

Kelsi Nutter
KSUCPM Class of 2019

What is your most played song?
Remember The Name – Fort Minor  

What is your favorite meal?
Burgers and beer. But pizza is a close third, behind beer and burgers, respectively.  

What characteristic do you most value in a person?
Hands down, a sense of humor. Life can be so brutal at times. It’s best to share it with people who can make you laugh, and can laugh at themselves. 

What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?
I admittedly lead a pretty boring life.  I wish I could answer this with something exciting, but then I would be a liar. However, I’ve been fortunate enough to keep my competitive running dream alive throughout my time at KSUCPM, so I would have to say my favorite (albeit, only) activity is to run.

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
I’m fortunate enough to already have a great mentor, who is alive and well! Dr. Mark Mendeszoon of Precision Orthopedics has been a professional mentor and track coach of mine for 15 years. He absolutely loves the sport of track and field and respects all athletes that walk through his door, regardless of ability. Because of this, all of his patients trust him implicitly with their care. If I can be half the podiatrist he is for his patients, and half of the leader in track and field that he is, I would feel fulfilled.

Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.
Bedtime before 10. In high school, my mom always told me “nothing good happens after midnight” to encourage me to make good decisions and get home. Now that I’m 10 years removed from high school, I changed her words to “nothing good happens after 9 PM”.
If you want to have your cake and eat it too, you have to learn how to manage the same 24 hours in a day that everyone else has. I found out that I am more productive in the mornings and I am able to take advantage of that by going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. This small change has given me the ability to make the most of my 24 hours in a day. BONUS: I get at least 7 hours of sleep that way, because rarely do I wake up before 5 AM.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
Cape Cod, Massachusetts…. But also, my only vacation destination?
My boyfriend’s family has a house there and we love to go in the summer or fall. It’s a cute town on the water with nice beaches, pools, and running paths. My ideal vacation is one where I can eat, sleep, run and sit by a pool.

What would you title/name your autobiography?
All Eyez On Me

What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?
Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn

Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that I…..”
Still have my baby blanky. Granted, it’s more of a cloth at this point, but it comes with me on vacation, and when I travel for races.

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun012017

Member Spotlight: June 2017

Juan Ceja Solorio
CSPM Class of 2020

 

What is your most played song?

“Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band

What is your favorite meal?

Homemade flautas made by my mom

What characteristic do you most value in a person?

Authenticity. Someone who is genuine, reliable, and always the same person.

What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?

Baseball. Hands down my favorite activity. Love to play it and watch it both indoors and outdoors.

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

Jackie Robinson. Being a UCLA Bruin myself, I think it would be a great learning experience to have Jackie Robinson as my mentor. His character, determination and what he stands for is truly inspirational. “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” – Jackie Robinson

Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.

Deciding to shadow a podiatrist. I had spent plenty of hours shadowing other health professions, but a couple of weeks into shadowing a podiatrist, I knew I had to make an effort to pursue that as a career.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

Anywhere I can go camping. Most recent was my trip to Zion National Park. One of the most amazing places I have visited.

What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?

Even after attending UCLA, I just learned that all UC’s have the same school colors of Blue and Gold.

Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that I…..”

Was born in Mexico. That usually gets a reaction out of people.

What would your mom say about you?

She would either say that I look too skinny or that I look like I gained weight. It’s really a toss-up as to which one it will be, but either way she would proceed to feed me delicious food and serve me seconds. She would say that I can be honest to a fault and that I can be little crazy sometimes, but then follow it up with she loves me and that she is extremely proud of me. I love you too mom.

What is your favorite part about the foot?

The important role that it plays in everyday life and the close association it has with the health of many other parts of the body.

Monday
May012017

Member Spotlight: May 2017

Dean Walters
AZPOD Class of 2019

What is your favorite song?

To be 100% honest, I don’t have a single song on my iPhone! And I don’t have a music playing devise of any kind other than the car radio ... but I do like listening to country stations.

What is your favorite meal?

Salmon. I've actually never had home-cooked salmon before, but I try to order it as often as I can at restaurants. I'm rarely disappointed.

What characteristic do you most value in a person?

Dependability. It means a lot to me when someone does what they say and always follows through. It’s nice to have a handful of dependable people you can call on for help, and you don’t need to think twice if they'll be there or not.
What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?

I'm from the Rocky Mountains in Canada. I spent all my summers hiking, caving, and climbing ever since I was a young kid. You can't beat a day in the wild!

If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?

I would actually just pick a seniors center! There is so much life experience in those buildings.

Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.

Getting up early. It adds precious hours to your week and I feel like I’m so much more productive in the mornings compared to afternoons and evenings.

What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

A cabin in the mountains! Picture this: floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a pristine glacier fed lake with snow capped peaks and an evergreen forest. Log walls, wood floors, a stone fire place, and the sound of a crackling fire ... you can't beat that!!!
What would you title/name your autobiography?

Dean, keep it simple.

What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?

My wife and kids just received their American Green Cards. In case you’re wondering, they really are “green cards”. Go figure.
Finish this sentence, “People would be surprised to learn that I…..”

Had 3 sets of teeth! No joke, I had baby teeth, adult teeth and now grandparent teeth! Seriously, the tooth fairy hates me!