Member Spotlight Archive - April

Jason Wellner
TUSPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: While applying to medical school, I developed a mass in the arch of my left foot that steadily grew larger. My PCP referred me to an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI and biopsy. He diagnosed me with a plantar fibroma but declined to operate due to the difficulty of excising it. I consulted a podiatric surgeon who performed the surgery. During my recovery, it occurred to me that I had stumbled upon my future profession, one that treats a variety of patients with medicine and surgery.

Q: What podcast are you listening to now?
A: My girlfriend and I listen to CaseFile, a true crime podcast narrated by an Australian man known as the Anonymous Host. He shares cases from all over the world in a style that feels like listening to ghost stories around the campfire.

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: My favorite meal would have to be my mom’s homemade pasta sauce, which includes ground beef, ground pork, country ribs, and Italian sausage, over rigatoni.

Q: What would you title/name your autobiography?
A: "Late Bloomer," because it took me a few extra years to find my career path. Now that I have, I am dedicated to my success and promotion of the profession.

Q: Finish this sentence, "People would be surprised to learn that I..."
A: …play the drumkit.

Q: What famous feet would you like to work on?
A: I would be humbled to treat the feet of Rush drummer Neil Peart. They have masterfully manipulated multiple pedals for over 40 years, so I had better not screw up!

Benjamin Honeycutt
BUSPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: There were two factors that contributed to my recognition and ultimate choice of a podiatry as a profession. I grew up playing competitive soccer which brought me throughout the country, internationally and eventually landed me a spot at Calvin College, a division 3 school in Grand Rapids, MI. I was also studying pre-med at Calvin and always had a passion for medicine. I suffered through and witnessed many different foot and ankle injuries throughout my time playing. I was able to see how each injury effected the person including recovery, treatment and management. I appreciated the athletic trainer and doctor who knew the sport well and helped to get the players on the field as quickly as possible. Aside from my interest in sports medicine, my interest in podiatry stemmed from treatment and care of my grandma who was getting older with vascular deficiencies. I went to the podiatrist with my grandma multiple time for office visits and treatments which allowed my to recognize the versatility and skills that podiatrists have. I saw the positive affect that the podiatrist had on my grandma’s life as well as prolonging her life for years with his knowledge and expertise and I knew it was something I could see myself being a part of. My grandma passed away last year and she is an inspiration to me. I want to become the best podiatrist I can to deliver that same positive experience that our family had to others who are in need!

Q: What podcast are you listening to now?
A: I have only listened to one podcast: Dr. Death and it was amazing.

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: My favorite meal is my grandmother’s homemade southern fall off the bone bbq ribs with a side of green beans, mashed potatoes and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Q: What would you title/name your autobiography?
A: "Sometimes you must, other times you have to."

Q: Finish this sentence, "People would be surprised to learn that I..."
A: …wanted to be an architect or interior designer when I was younger. I really like the details and styles of design when they come together!

Q: Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact?
A: One small change that I have made in my life is trying to be more intentional. Intention with each aspect of life whether it’s relationships, studying, lifestyle or habits. It is something that always needs work but so far I am feeling healthier and happier since I have changed my mindset.
Rabeea Abbas

CSPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I always knew I wanted to be in the medical profession, and back in undergraduate, I had decided that I wanted to be a surgeon. While growing up, I played a lot of contact sports, and had my fair share of ankle and foot injuries. After graduating, I decided to a shadow a few doctors around my area, and ended up shadowing a podiatric surgeon who had graduated from CSPM. I absolutely loved the balance he maintained between clinic and time in the OR, as well as the wide variety of conditions that he saw, including orthopedic trauma, wound care, and even pediatric care! Plus, he always had time to go to the gym and watch the Warriors play. It is an exciting time to enter the field of foot and ankle surgery, and the possibilities of contributing to this specialty are endless!

Q: If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
A: Abraham Lincoln. I would love to have a discussion with a leader who was as honest, trust-worthy, caring, and fair as President Lincoln, especially when we are lacking leaders like him today!

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: I can never say no to Pad Thai.

Q: What would you title/name your autobiography?
A: “Nailed it, or failed it”

Q: Finish this sentence, "People would be surprised to learn that I..."
A: ...have played the violin for 15 years (I still play).”

Q: Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact?
A: During my first year of medical school, I had spontaneously decided to take on a leadership role as the Education Chair for my class, which is not something I commonly did even as recently as undergrad. I have now maintained that position for 3 years, and it has given me the confidence and experience to openly accept all challenges that come my way.

Kyle Schwickerath
AZPOD Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I chose podiatry because it was the first specialty I found that fit everything I was looking for. I love that our profession lets us shape our practice however we desire, and our work-life balance can’t be beat. Podiatry is one of the few specialties where doctors I’ve shadowed are still happy with their career path, and the relationships they’ve built with their patients is unlike any other field of medicine I’ve seen. Since I am an Arizona native, Midwestern was at the top of my list. The program has a great reputation, and once I had a chance to visit campus and the students, I knew it was where I wanted to go.

Q: What is your favorite indoor and/or outdoor activity?
A: My favorite outdoor activity is mountain biking, but I also enjoy hiking and a wide variety of sports.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
A: Favorite destination tends to be Mexico, but favorite vacation is really anywhere a cruise ship will take me that has a beach.

Q: What are you binge watching when not studying?
A: I’m generally watching and working my way through too many different shows at once, but my go to shows are The Office, Parks and Recreation, Modern Family, and Game of Thrones

Q: Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact?
A: Just choosing to be happy and not worry too much. It takes too much energy being worried or down all the time.


"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."