Member Spotlight

Lauren Michels
SCPM, Class of 2022

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I chose podiatry because it allows for a wide scope of learning and clinical practice while still allowing for early specialization and expertise in areas of particular interest to me. As a long-time dancer and athlete, I was specifically attracted to the opportunity to become a biomechanical expert in order to help treat the root causes of orthopedic pathologies, many of which involve foot and ankle misalignment. In my past experience working with Type 1 Diabetic children, I  was also fascinated to learn of the crucial role podiatrists can play in the prevention or early detection of many systemic pathologies that can manifest in the foot.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
A: I enjoy visiting Mexico to learn more about my Hispanic heritage, speak Spanish, and, of course, escape from Chicago winters!

Q: Where is home for you?
A: I’m from Glenview, Illinois, a Northern suburb of Chicago just 30 minutes South of Scholl, but I adopted South Bend, Indiana as home for my four undergraduate years at the University of Notre Dame.

Q: Share one of your secret study habits.
A: As a very kinesthetic learner, I learn best from relating the topic to my body somehow, such as trying out the movements on my own, palpating structures, or drawing out muscles, tendons, and ligaments on my body. I also focus well if I am standing, drawing on a white board, or walking on a treadmill while studying.

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: A salad with my mom’s homemade pesto, spinach, peas, parmesan, chickpeas, and salmon.

Q: What characteristic do you most value in a person?
A: I really value people who are good listeners and open to different perspectives. I admire those who genuinely value others’ ideas and strive to learn and grow in their own mindset.

Q: What famous feet would you like to work on?
A: I would love to work with any type of athletic population, but with my background in dance and cheerleading, it would be a dream come true to work with elite dancers or competitive gymnasts.

Student Doctor Lauren Michels

"The American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association is the national, student-led organization that serves as the collective voice for all podiatric medical students. We are committed to the protection and advancement of student rights and interests by advocating in legislative and educational arenas. We provide resources to our members to assist them throughout their education as they transition into podiatric residents and physicians."