Member Spotlight Archive - September

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

Kara Goettl
KSUCPM, Class of 2022

Q: Why did you choose podiatry?
A: I fell into podiatry. I had known that I always wanted to become a doctor and completed my undergrad degree at the University of Cincinnati where I received my BS in Health Sciences which had a strong focus in biomechanics. I was applying to MD programs and had my sights set on dermatology while I was taking a gap year. I decided to scribe at a podiatric medical clinic where I discovered that podiatry is the perfect blend of biomechanics and dermatology and decided to apply to podiatric medical school immediately and have enjoyed the process ever since.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination and why?
A: My favorite vacation destination is anywhere that has a beach! I grew up around the water and love to get back to the ocean any chance that I get. There is nothing better than waking up near the waves!

Q: Where is home for you?
A: Dayton, Ohio. Home of the Wright Brothers!

Q: Share one of your secret study habits.
A: Knowing when to stop studying. Learning how to be self-aware to know when you have hit a wall is the best way to find a balance in your life and find time for the activities you enjoy!

Q: Finish this sentence, "People would be surprised to learn that I..."
A: …love architecture and history of cities! I have loved moving to Cleveland to learn more about the historical buildings and how the city came about! So much history right in your backyard.

Q: What famous feet would you like to work on?
A: I would love to work with Misty Copeland because I spent so much of my time growing up en pointe. I would love to get back into the world of dance and educate that population on foot health.

Keith Crenshaw
NYCPM President-Elect, Class of 2022

Keith Crenshaw is the new President Elect, Class of 2022 at NYCPM. As a native of Arizona, Keith discovered the field of podiatry through his two close friends. After shadowing an orthopedic surgeon, he knew he wanted to specialize in foot and ankle. Upon his friend's suggestion, he also shadowed a podiatrist and he knew this is a field he wants to be a part of.
As a graduate of Arizona State University, Keith decided to attend NYCPM since he has always dreamed of living in New York City. While he loves the city, studying is a priority for this President Elect. He likes to have a thorough look at the test material, quiz himself, and repeat until all the information on the page is memorized.
Outside of school, Keith loves to explore what the city has to offer. He enjoys mountain biking, soccer, and even parkour. If he could choose to meet any mentor, it would be Albert Einstein or Nicola Tesla. Keith was a commercial actor for the Nerf toy. He is looking forward to meeting his colleagues at Salt Lake City this July. If only it was winter, he would bring his snowboard.

Megan Kingston
DMU-CPMS President-Elect, Class of 2022
Megan Kingston is a first-year student at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and attended college in South Dakota where she played soccer. Megan is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan which is evident by her love for her German Shepherd named Jordy Nelson-long time NFL wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. She loves to travel with her favorite spot being Seaside Beach in Oregon. When Megan isn’t studying for school, she enjoys listening to country music, with Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs being her favorite, and eating sushi with her friends.

Megan became interested in podiatry through her experiences playing soccer growing up, but ultimately chose podiatry due to the diversity of patients seen, the hands-on procedures and surgeries performed, and the multiple types of practice settings that are offered for podiatric physicians. She has adjusted well to the rigor of coursework at DMU and shares with us that she enjoys using a small electric blanket (that plugs into her computer) while she studies in the library. She has also learned the importance of working together with classmates to share study materials which has allowed her to become more efficient with her study time.

Megan never thought she would be living in Des Moines, Iowa, but has appreciated all the activities that go on here. She was surprised to learn that Des Moines is not just a state full of farms. In addition to the activities here in Des Moines, Megan has enjoyed meeting all of her classmates and finding her niche in school. She is heavily involved in the Podiatric Medical Advocacy club and highlights the joy of spreading the word about Podiatry with local high school students. If Megan could work on any feet she desires, she would pick Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers. She would name her autobiography: Megan Kingston; Good Doctor, Better Person.

"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."