Member Spotlight Archive - March

Jonathan Nigro
DMU-CPMS Class of 2021

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I have been exposed to the field of Podiatry essentially since I was born. Both of my parents are Podiatric physicians, Drs. Jeff and Nicki Nigro, and I also have two first cousins who practice Podiatry, Drs. Jesse Mytinger and Linnie Rabjohn. I shadowed them from a young age and fell in love with the profession.

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: Can’t go wrong with a good slice of pizza

Q: If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
A: Jordan Spieth, so I can perfect my golf game.

Q: What would you title/name your autobiography?
A: “There and Back Again” by Jonathan Nigro

Q: Share one of your secret study habits.
A: Noise canceling headphones and listening to the Deep Focus playlist on Spotify
 
Q: Finish this sentence, "People would be surprised to learn that I..."
A: ...played quarterback in college.
Grant Yonemoto

NYCPM Class of 2020

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I chose podiatric medicine because of my sister. I was an investment banker in New York, and I felt that I was not making the kind of impact that I wanted. My sister introduced me to a podiatrist she worked with and I took a week of vacation to shadow him in his office. I saw first-hand the way he connected personally with his patients and made a direct impact on the patients’ health and well-being helping people live their best life. At that point, I knew that a career in podiatry was the only choice for me. 

Q: What is your favorite meal at home/when away at school?
A: Cooking is a major past-time for me, so whenever I can manage the time to make a gourmet home-cooked meal I take it! Perhaps my favorite meal to cook and eat would be my Grandma’s sweet & sour spare ribs.

Q: What is your favorite brand of sneaker?
A: Definitely Nike. Jordan Band sneakers, specifically, have a special place in my heart.

Q: What would you title/name your autobiography?
A: "Chasing Food: How I found my dreams, passion, and inspiration"
 
Q: Finish this sentence, "People would be surprised to learn that I..."
A: ...I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and I was a three-time state football champion.

Jimmie Watkins
WUCPM Class of 2021
Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: Diabetic care and limb preservation became my interests during undergraduate years and podiatry is the perfect fit.

Q: If you could choose any mentor (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
A: Russell M. Nelson – He has dedicated his life to helping others, managed a highly successful medical career, and balanced all while having a family.

Q: Share one small change you made in your life that had a big impact.
A: Focus most on the positives and less on the negatives.

Q: What would you title/name your autobiography?
A: “The Lessons I Learned, After I Knew it All”
 
Q: What is something new you learned this week, not related to school, that others may find interesting?
A: If you believe that you’re truly one in a million, there are still approximately 7,184 more people out there just like you.


"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."