Member Spotlight Archive - December
NYCPM Class of 2022
Outside of school, Lina has a strong support system in her husband and their two children. This past Thanksgiving she had the delight to watch her 6 year daughter as a dancer in the Macy’s Day Parade. Lina is fully fluent in Russian and Hebrew. She also has a bearded pet dragon named Spike who is sometimes her study buddy. If given the opportunity, Lina would love to treat the magical feet of the world renowned ballerina, Misty Copeland.
NYCPM Class of 2022
Outside of school, Zishan likes exploring new restaurants and whipping up a new recipe every week. If given the opportunity, Zishan would like to work on the feet of Lionel Messi. Go Barca! His favorite vacation destination is Alaska because it is far away from industrialization, and his most played song right now is “Clocks” by Coldplay.
KSUCPM Class of 2022
Blake chose podiatry because he found it "to be unique in that, from day one, its students are guaranteed to be in a surgical specialty while maintaining a sizeable number of hours in clinic.” He stated that he liked that “podiatrists see an incredibly wide range of patients, whether it be a high school athlete with an ankle fracture, a single mother suffering with hallux valgus pain, or an active grandmother being hindered by diabetic neuropathy.” Blake also likes how the future of podiatry is growing and that with the growing number of patients with foot care issues, including diabetes, there will always be those in need of care. Blake also really loves this profession allows for one to have a good balance between professional and family life.
Blake reported that his mentor is Charles Krauthammer, who was paralyzed during a diving accident and went on to finish his medical education from a hospital bed. "He had an unrivaled level of determination, intellect, integrity, and humility, all of which are things that I hope can be said about me one day.” Blake has a strong will and drive to do whatever he can do to better the field of podiatry in the now and in the future.
KSUCPM Class of 2022
Ali discovered podiatry after completing his prior education in public health. While studying and working in public health, Ali discovered that a “majority of the chronic diseases that develop within the human body can be identified by looking at the feet. Podiatric medicine is the first line of defense for many disease processes, and many of us take our feet for granted until these diseases develop into something worse and debilitating.” For Ali, podiatry was a calling for him to not only be able to use his public health background, but also to use medicine to help prevent diseases.
Lastly, a fun fact about Ali is that he was home schooled in the first grade, but only for that one year. He also shared that the pancake syrup used in television commercials is in fact motor oil because it is not absorbed as fast by the pancakes. Overall, Ali hopes to better the field of podiatry and feels that his background in public health will be one of his greatest strengths to do so.
CSPM Class of 2022
Daniel grew up in Orange County, CA and was heavily involved in competitive sports such as baseball, basketball, and golf. Having sustained many ankle injuries over the years, he knew the importance of proper foot wear and care. He is also an avid landscape photographer. His love for the outdoors has taken him to some incredible locations in the American west such as Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. Photography has provided an outlet for Daniel to be creative and get away from the hustle and bustle of work and school life.
Mr. Kim remained fairly active during his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley. If he wasn’t in the classroom studying or on his next quest for ideal photography locations, Mr. Kim devoted time to serving his college community. It was through volunteering that Mr. Kim learned about what issues had to be addressed in healthcare and how can we make it more accessible to those who cannot afford it as physicians. Mr. Kim has always been a prime advocate for podiatric medicine since his college days as it runs in his blood.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology, Daniel worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in Southern California. After residency, Daniel hopes to move back to Orange County and practice alongside his father. He is excited to serve his classmates as an APMSA delegate.
CSPM Class of 2022
Mr. Malik grew up as the oldest of six kids on the eastern coast in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. There, he grew up in the great outdoors and had competitive sports to find hobbies in. He has hiked and skied many of the various trails in the Pocono Mountains as well as played Varsity Basketball and Tennis at Moravian Academy High School. Aside from these sports, some hobbies Mr. Malik partakes in to let off steam from the inevitable stresses of life include boxing, muay thai, and lifting.
Prior to accepting his offer of admission to California School of Podiatric Medicine, Mr. Malik achieved his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at Temple University in Philadelphia. There he was involved as the Vice President of the Temple University Greek Association, which governed a body of over 5,000 Undergraduate students. Since graduating, Mr. Malik served as the Vice President of Communications for the National Executive Board for Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc. This was a role that had Mr. Malik heavily involved in maintaining lines of communication to facilitate collaboration within his organization at the national, regional and 23 Undergraduate Charters at their respective campuses. In this role he oversaw public relations, record management, information technology and social media brand building.
Mr. Malik hopes to transition these leadership experiences and skills into being the best asset he can be for the American Podiatric Medicine Student Association. Mr. Malik understands the importance of leading by example and communication and looks forward to being the voice of his classmates in the frontlines of advocating for the field of Podiatric Medicine.