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Clarice Upshaw
Clarice Upshaw
Gallup Indian Medical Center

Clarice Upshaw was born in a small community on the Navajo reservation called Fort Defiance, Arizona. Clarice is of the Coyote Pass-Jemez clan born for the One Walks Around people. Her maternal grandfather is of the Mud clan, and her paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water clan. Clarice received her Associate Degree in Nursing and began working in Indian Health Service (IHS). In 2016, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has dedicated a total of thirty years of nursing in IHS. She has worked in many facets in nursing from bedside staff nurse, supervisory clinical nurse, and currently as a nurse case manager in the Behavioral Health department at Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. Clarice is currently seeking state board certification as a nurse case manager. She has volunteered her time in various community projects with an emphasis on promoting harmony with self, family, neighbors, and other members of the community. She enjoys walking in the country, physical exercise, watching movies, working outdoors, learning new things and make an honest effort to apply healthy living habits into all that she does. She also enjoy spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. This spring her family project is to start a vegetable garden, seeing the importance in learning, teaching, and representing healthy life choices. Clarice is a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.

Natasha Topaha
Natasha Topaha
Tsehootsooi Medical Center

Natasha Topaha grew up on the Navajo Reservation. She has lived in Burnside, AZ most of her life. Her clans are Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water clan) born for Honágháahnii (One-walks-around clan), her maternal grandfather is Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge clan), paternal grandfather is Kiyaa’áanii (The Towering House clan). Natasha graduated from Ganado High School and attended Eastern Arizona College. However, it wasn’t until she attended Everest College for Medical Assisting that she found her passion for the healthcare field. She received a Diploma in Medical Assisting and is a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant. Natasha’s goal is to go back to school to become a registered nurse. Currently, she works in the Mobile Health & Outreach Services Department at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ. She enjoys being out in the community and helping bring healthcare services to those in need. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two kids as well as reading, running, and biking. Natasha is currently training to run the Grand Canyon Half Marathon this fall. She is a fellow at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Jessica Top
Jessica Top
Tsehootsooi Medical Center, SEWA Rural

Jessica Top grew up in South Dakota with an interest in global health that began at a young age. She attended Wheaton College in the Chicago area where she earned a B.S. in Cross-Cultural Healthcare, then returned home to attend medical school at the University of South Dakota. USD exposed her to medicine in underserved areas of the Midwest as well as Haiti which confirmed her desire to pursue a career involving global health and providing care for the underserved. She did her pediatric residency at Virginia Tech Carilion in the Appalachian mountains, then stayed on as a chief resident and attending pediatric hospitalist. Throughout her training she has had experience with the NGO Mission Haiti, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital, and garnering experience in Ghana and Malawi. She has spent the last two years as a teaching pediatric hospitalist, then decided to pursue more training and experience in global health through the HEAL fellowship. She has a passion for medical education, quality improvement in the hospital setting, and providing care for underserved children. She loves mountain biking, snowboarding, trail running, Thai food, her nephews, and a good book. She is thrilled to join the HEAL family and provide care at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and SEWA Rural in Jhagadia, India.

Evan Taylor
Evan Taylor
Abwenzi Pa Za Umuyo, Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility

Evan Taylor received his Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Combined training at the University of California, San Diego. He had initially planned to be a writer while studying English Literature at Tufts University but after graduation he found a passion for global and rural health while serving as a Health Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa. He met his wife while attending the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and they still consider Colorado home. In addition to his time in the Peace Corps, he has done global health work in Mali with Engineers Without Borders, and worked in Uganda and Saipan. He enjoys running, hiking, burritos, zombie shows, surfing, and spending time with his wife Claire and son Oliver. Evan is a fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umuyo in Malawi and at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility  in Chinle, Arizona.

George Talama
George Talama
Abwenzi Pa Za Umuyo

George Talama completed his primary school at Naotcha Full Primary School and Chilomoni Catholic Primary School and secondary level education at Henry Henderson Institute. He enrolled at University of Malawi, College of Medicine in 2006 and finished his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in October 2011. George completed his internship at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe in May 2013. He was then posted by the Ministry of Health to Kasungu District Hospital where he worked from July 2013 to November 2016. At Kasungu District Hospital he worked as a Medical Officer doing direct patient care and was then promoted to work as an In-charge / Director of the Hospital. In November 2016, he left the government and joined Partners in Health (PIH) where he currently works as a Clinical Manager. George joined PIH due to his passion to serve poor people and to gain a better understanding of health equity. George’s vision is to help in alleviating the health disparities that exist between the rich and the poor. He is a fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umuyo in Malawi.

Kalpana Shah
Kalpana Shah
SEWA Rural

Kalpana Shah was born and brought up in Gujarat, India. She completed her MBBS with a post-graduate degree in anaesthesia from Gujarat University. Immediately after post-graduation she joined SEWA Rural, a voluntary organization in south Gujarat working for the community health and integrated development of poor youth and women of rural tribal families. She has more than 25 years of professional experience which includes basic anesthesia work in wide, typical surgical areas related to tribal patients. She has also worked hard for surgical camps of plastic surgery, polio, gynecology oculoplasty etc. Some of her interests include working to expand and develop the operating theater and a focus on infection control. She developed and implemented a critical infection control protocol after the in-depth study of different areas of the hospital after providing the required trainings. She has frequently been invited as a resource person at state and national level hospitals to evaluate infection control qualities. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening, home decorating and travelling. Her ultimate goal is to stay in this remote location to serve the needy and realize the purpose of human birth. Kalpana is a fellow at SEWA Rural in India.

Neha Sagar
Neha Sagar
Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Neha Sagar completed her graduate education from Dr. V.M, Government Medical College, Solapur, Maharashtra, India. Neha was a part of the Youth Movement in Maharashtra called Nirman, which gave her a huge opportunity to meet many like minded friends and mentors working for a social cause. A few of her friends from Nirman formed a group who wished to continue to serve the under-served areas and wished to explore similar places. As a part of their exploration, she worked in Jan Swasthya Sahyog, as a volunteer for a year and later joined the DNB, Family Medicine course 2015 batch in JSS as a resident doctor. Neha is currently working in JSS as a third year Resident. She is a fellow at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Margaret (Maggie) Prior
Margaret (Maggie) Prior
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, Northern Navajo Medical Center

Margaret (Maggie) Prior grew up in Michigan and studied Biology as an undergraduate at DePaul University in Chicago. She then completed graduate work in Pharmacology and her MD at Wayne State University in Detroit. She graduated from the OB/Gyn residency program at Beaumont Health in the Detroit area. During her residency, she became interested in global health while spending time working in Kenya with a particular interest in HPV testing and cervical cancer research. In her free time, she is an avid runner, and loves to travel and read. She is a fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi and at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Mariana Montaño
Mariana Montaño
Compañeros En Salud

Mariana Montaño is from Mexico City. She attended medical school at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She completed her social service year as a primary-care physician in rural Chiapas with Compañeros en Salud (CES). After finishing her social service year, she worked closely with Community Health Workers and has spent her last year working as the Maternal Health Coordinator at CES. Throughout these years, she received additional training in social justice and global health. Mariana is passionate about improving women´s health and empowering them, she is especially interested in obstetric care and ceasing obstetric violence. Her long-term goal is to keep strengthening public health systems in rural areas. She is very excited to join the HEAL family and to hear about other HEAL fellow´s experiences. Mariana is a site fellow at Compañeros En Salud in Mexico.

Brian McPhee
Brian McPhee
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Possible

Brian McPhee is a child and adult psychiatrist who recently graduated from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA, after completing his Adult Psychiatry Residency at the same institution. He attended medical school at UCSF and was in the inaugural class of the UCSF PRIME Urban Underserved program, an additive curriculum with a focus on training physicians to work in low-resource and often marginalized settings. Growing up he was provided with an education in both the social determinants of health and the role of power and inequality in cultural relations. He moved to New York City to attend college at NYU, where he studied anthropology and sociology. He stayed in New York and became a member of an avant-garde performance troupe with a group of visual and performance artists on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. After performing on tour in Europe, he returned to New York and worked for an HIV non-profit and began pursuing a career in medicine. He attended a post-baccalaureate program for entrance to medical school, and worked at the New York State AIDS Institute, as a researcher in quality improvement and healthcare delivery services. Since graduating medical school, he has worked for the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, on a school-based project in Nicaragua for 6 months with at-risk youth and families, and at a residential school in the northeast of Guatemala for 4 months. He is excited to work in Navajo Nation at the Gallup Indian Medical Center and in western Nepal at Possible in Achham.

Shruti Kumar
Shruti Kumar
Jan Swasthya Sahyog, Tsehootsooi Medical Center

Shruti Kumar grew up in Atlanta, GA and remained connected to her Indian roots with frequent trips during her childhood. During her undergraduate years at Georgia Tech, she worked with FIMRC and rotated at their clinical site in El Salvador. She attended medical school at GA-PCOM during which she completed a one-month clerkship in New Delhi, India. Shruti will complete her training at the Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in June 2018 where she participated in the Global & Community Health Track. Her desire to work in India longitudinally led her to travel to India several times during residency. She has also participated in a Spanish language immersion program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where she was able to provide care to locals at the free health clinic and participate in mobile nutrition clinics. More recently, she worked with the inpatient pediatric team at CHUK in Kigali, Rwanda where she was able to engage with pediatric residents and medical students, an experience which enabled her to further develop her interests in teaching and medical education. Shruti is a fellow at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India and at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Abhisake (Abhi) Kole
Abhisake (Abhi) Kole
Jan Swasthya Sahjog, UCSF Medical Center

Abhisake (Abhi) Kole was born in Calcutta, India. He finished his medical school at Emory University and PhD at University of Oxford with residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University. He became interested in the economic toll of untreated chronic illnesses through economic development courses in his undergraduate studies. He believes by increasing access to healthcare, equity in other parts of society will be achievable. During his MD/PhD, he studied cellular immunology of the gut mucosa in the context of maintaining homeostasis in the face of infectious and non-infectious antigens. During residency, he rotated through the Indian Health Services in Tuba City, AZ and Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He currently volunteers regularly at a free refugee clinic near Atlanta, GA. He also enjoys mentoring children via several programs including a sickle cell buddy program, autism buddy program, and Destination Imagination, a creative problem solving program that combines theatrical and scientific elements. Abhi is a fellow at Jan Swasthya Sahjog in India and at UCSF Medical Center at San Francisco, California.

Muhammad (Shoaib) Khan
Muhammad (Shoaib) Khan
Last Mile Health, Tsehootsooi Medical Center

Muhammad (Shoaib) Khan was raised in Riyadh and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He finished his residency in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK. His interest in global health is a combination of many different things including the influence of his parents in helping him choose a career. In medical school, he worked directly in an under-resourced public hospital and volunteered as an administrator in a healthcare NGO. He was also an intern in a slum hospital, contributed in natural disaster relief work, and has done 10 years of research in primary care, public health, infectious disease, pediatric cardiac diseases and outcomes across the world. When choosing a career, he wants to continue being a clinician (especially in the under-served settings), a public health professional involved in research and academics, and most importantly become a leader that can bring about change. He is a fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia and at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones
Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Muso

Hannah Jones was born in Botswana and grew up in Malawi and Kenya. She left the warmth of Africa to study International Relations at Tufts University in Massachusetts. While at Tufts, she spent a year in Paris learning French and re-examining her career goals. After graduating, Hannah worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. However, she eventually decided to take the plunge and pursue a career in medicine. So, she returned to Massachusetts to complete the pre-medical requirements, while also working at a Boston-based ophthalmology practice. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and stayed in the city to complete her internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Throughout this time, she took every opportunity to expand her global health horizons, including trips to Cameroon, Eastern and Southern Africa and Haiti, as well as being involved in the CDC Ebola response training workshops in Aniston, Alabama. She also did a rotation on the Navajo reservation in Kayenta, Arizona, which helped solidify her goal of becoming a HEAL fellow after residency. She will be working in at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Muso in Bamako, Mali.

Jennifer Gorman
Jennifer Gorman
Fort Defiance, AZ - Tsehootsooi Medical Center

Jennifer Gorman was born and raised in Chinle, AZ in the heart of the Navajo Reservation. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and obtained her B.S. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. After 7 years of working at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility she accepted a position at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. (FDIHB) Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ. She obtained her M.S. in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania and is now the Director of Wellness & Fitness at FDIHB Nihi Dine’e Ba Wellness Center. She has worked in the fitness field for over 15 years and is committed to improving the overall health and wellbeing of the Navajo community through exercise and physical activity. She enjoys running, hiking, spending time with family and eating different foods. She is hard-working, but doesn’t like to take herself too seriously. Jennifer is a fellow at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Robynn Frank
Robynn Frank
Shiprock, NM - Northern Navajo Medical Center

Robynn Frank is Dine’ born and was raised in Sanostee, New Mexico. Her clans are Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water clan), born for Tachii’nii (Red Running Into Water clan), her maternal grandfather is Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House clan) and her paternal grandfather is Hooghanlani (Many Hogans clan). In 2015, Robynn completed an internship with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program with Indian Health Service at the Shiprock site; it was during this time she realized that “home” is where she needs to be. After completing this internship, Robynn received her Bachelor Degree in Public Health with a minor in History from New Mexico State University. Robynn has worked with Indian Health Service ever since and has 2 years experience in working with the HIV/AIDS Program at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. She is particularly passionate about working with those who are living with HIV/AIDS on the Navajo Reservation and is a member of the New Mexico’s HIV Community Planning and Action Group. She is excited to embark on her journey as a HEAL fellow. She is a fellow at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Djoume Diakite
Djoume Diakite
Mali - Muso

Djoume Diakite was born and raised in Farabala, Sikasso, Mali and received his MBBS from the University of Bamako Faculty of Medicine. In 2015 he co-founded Muso and took on the role of Community Health Worker Manager. From 2008 -2010 he was the Head of Health Programs before becoming the Muso Program Director in 2010. Since 2015, Djoume has been a HEAL Site Mentor & Advisor. He is a fellow at Muso in Mali.

Diana Dennis
Diana Dennis
Last Mile Health
Diana Dennis was born and raised in Nimba County in a little town called Yekepa.
Andrethia Bia-James
Andrethia Bia-James
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare facility

Andrethia Bia-James grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Red Mesa, Arizona. She is of the Red Bottom People clan and born for the Coyote Pass-Jemez clan, her maternal grandfather is of the Mud clan, and her paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water clan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and an Associate Degree in Navajo Studies, Elementary Education and Liberal Arts. Andrethia has worked in a diverse range of settings, including art, education, law enforcement, and as a park ranger. She currently works at Indian Health Services Chinle Service Unit as an Integrated Behavioral Health Coach where she strives to provide quality and accessible whole-person care for her Dine People. She has admired the values and aims of the HEAL initiative since seeing other HEAL fellows bring empowering change to serve her community and the Navajo Nation. She has always been interested in social justice and community involvement. In Chinle, she volunteered at the food bank, family services, and at the hospital. Her hobbies include embracing the simple life of enjoying time with her family, traveling to new places, hiking, running, and painting landscapes. Andrethia is a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility  in Chinle, Arizona.

Craig Avery
Craig Avery
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare facility

Craig Avery was born and raised in Sanders, Arizona and is a member of the Navajo Nation tribe. He is Honágháahnii (One-Walks-Around Clan), born for Tsi’naajinii (Black-Streaked-Wood People), his maternal grandfather is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People), and his paternal grandfather is Tó’áhání (Near-To-Water Clan). Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre Health Emphasis, from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Before accepting his current position, he worked for the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project for three years as a Health Educator, and worked six months for Tsaile Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Department as a Recreation Specialist. He is currently employed by Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility (CCHCF) and has worked there for the past three years as a Diabetes Health Coach. He provides direct patient care to patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus within Internal Medicine and other outpatient departments. Craig speaks and understands the Navajo language and serves as an interpreter during patient appointment visits with providers. Mr. Avery has discovered his passion for American Indian health care, and hopes to continue to serve his native people. As a HEAL Initiative fellow, he is excited to expand his skill-set in leadership and grow personally and professionally. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and running. Craig is a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona

William Shunkamolah
William Shunkamolah
Gallup Indian Medical Center

William Shunkamolah is a member of the Osage, Navajo, Kiowa,and Tohono O’odham tribes. He received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. William grew up in NM, but have lived and worked in various Native communities in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Montana. His thesis and dissertation research focused on American Indian people’s grief and bereavement experience, which he explored using both qualitative and quantitative methods. He completed his postdoctoral residency at the San Carlos Apache Tribal Wellness Center in San Carlos Arizona, and completed his internship at the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK. He will have been employed with the Indian Health Service at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup NM for 3 years this October, and have been the Acting Director of Behavioral Health since the beginning of 2017. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, music and concerts, movies, and various sporting events. William is a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM.

Viet Nguyen
Viet Nguyen
Possible

Viet Nguyen was born and raised in the cultural melting pot ofSouthern California. She became an advocate for human rights in college, raising awareness about world hunger and Oxfam, and lobbying for HIV/AIDS programs in Washington, D.C. This led to her receiving her public health graduate degree at UC Berkeley, where she studied infectious diseases and global health, investigating risk factors for Hepatitis B and C co-infections in HIV positive patients in Jos, Nigeria. She then returned to Southern California for medical school at UCLA, where she worked with Child Family Health International in Dehradun, India, and then later completed an HIV elective in Malawi. Her passion for advocacy and social justice drew her to the mental health field, completing psychiatry residency at UCLA, where she was the first community and global mental health chief resident. Viet also volunteers for Physicians for Human Rights, conducting asylum evaluations for victims of torture in Los Angeles, as she is particularly interested in refugee mental health. She was fortunate enough to create global mental health electives in Indonesia and rural South Africa during residency, and considers herself even more fortunate to be serving at Possible in Nepal and the Department of Mental Health in Los Angeles.

Susana Samaniego
Susana Samaniego
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud

Susana Samaniego was born in Washington, D.C.  After a charmed childhood in the nation’s capital, she moved to Chicago, IL, for her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where she spent her junior year abroad in Seville, Spain.  A double major in Biological Sciences and Spanish Literature prepared her not at all for her time after college as a Hollywood nanny in Los Angeles, CA, but it did help her figure out that she wanted to be a doctor.  So, she returned to the midwest to attend the Chicago Medical School, where she fell in love with surgery.  She completed her Surgical Residency at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center, and decided to practice General Surgery as a locum tenens physician, traveling to underserved communities across the United States in need of surgical services. Growing up as a first-generation American, with parents who emigrated from Paraguay in South America, Susana was fortunate enough to begin traveling the globe at a very young age. In her travels, she began to understand the disparities in access to basic necessities, including healthcare, across different populations and socioeconomic groups.  This inspired her to pursue a career not only in healthcare but also global health.  From free medical clinics in Chicago to rural surgery in Ecuador to Orthopedic Surgery in Taiwan and Urology in India, she has volunteered at home and abroad to help those in need.  She is excited to join the HEAL team and learn how to continue to provide access to care to the most vulnerable populations. Susana will serve at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM, and Companeros en Salud in Chiapas, Mexico.

Sheryl B. Livingston
Sheryl B. Livingston
Gallup Indian Medical Center

Sheryl B. Livingston was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation on the outskirts of Gallup, New Mexico. Sheryl is of the Towering House Clan, born for the Meadow People. Her maternal grandfather is of the Water’s Edge People, and her paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water Clan. Sheryl attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sociology with an emphasis in medical care and gerontology. After receiving her degree, she taught preschool and special education on the Navajo Reservation. She also worked with at-risk youth in an experiential outdoor program. During this time, she also worked with an early intervention program for infants and children and their immediate caregivers. It is through this early intervention program that she became more aware of the need for mental health services in the community. She returned back to school and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. She is currently working with Gallup Indian Medical Center as a Licensed Clinical Counselor. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, coloring, gardening and traveling, especially spending time with her son. Sheryl was a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM.

Rodrigo Bazúa
Rodrigo Bazúa
Compañeros en Salud

Rodrigo Bazúa was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). After graduating from medical school in 2015, he completed his social service year as a primary-care physician in rural Chiapas with Compañeros en Salud (CES). After finishing his social service year, Rodrigo served as the Community Health Programs Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor with CES, mainly working with Community Health Workers. Rodrigo is passionate about strengthening health systems and health equity. He is very excited to join the HEAL family. Rodrigo is a fellow at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.

Rebecca White
Rebecca White
Chinle Medical Center, Possible

Rebecca White is a recent graduate of the psychiatry residency at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. She grew up in the small town of Eaton Rapids in Michigan. After her first year of college, she took a year off and served in a small medical clinic in a rural village in the Philippines which sparked her interest in global health and inspired her to pursue medical training. When she came back she obtained an undergraduate degree in International Rescue and Relief at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and went on to complete her medical training at Loma Linda University.  During medical school, she became passionate about mental health and decided to focus her career on improving global mental health services. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, hiking, reading, and learning new things. Rebecca is a fellow at Chinle Medical Center in Arizona and Possible in Nepal.

Ravikumar Manoharan
Ravikumar Manoharan
Tribal Health Initiative

Ravikumar Manoharan is a rural surgeon working with Tribal Health Initiative in a remote forested valley in South India. After his medical graduation, his life changed while working with this unique community health program. With a commitment to work on tribal health issues, he went on to study Public Health in London. He then worked with another tribal community in central India where malaria and tuberculosis were rampant. He has finished the rural surgery training program and has ever since returned to Sittilingi to manage a 30-bed tribal hospital and train young doctors willing to work in rural areas. Ravi is a fellow at Tribal Health Initiative in India.

Rachel Lusk
Rachel Lusk
Natividad Medical Center, SEWA Rural

Rachel Lusk grew up in northern Arizona and received her B.S. in Biology and Society from Arizona State University. She then received her medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, and completed her pediatrics residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  She is currently completing a year as a chief resident. Her time volunteering at a family homeless shelter throughout college and medical school inspired her to pursue a career caring for underserved populations as a physician, and she was fortunate to have global health experiences in Mexico, Malawi and Kenya. She is passionate about primary care for under-served patients and medical education, and she is excited to continue learning about caring for underserved communities locally and abroad as a HEAL Fellow. Rachel is a rotating fellow who will serve at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA and SEWA Rural in India.

Pragya Rimal
Pragya Rimal
Possible

Pragya Rimal was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. She is currently working with Possible as a fellow and as the Mental Health Research Manager where she leads mental health implementation research.  Pragya has a Masters in Psychology from India and has experience working with NGO’s, in both clinical and educational settings. She aims to expand her horizon in global health, with a special focus on global mental health. Further, Pragya wants to specialize in adolescent and geriatric mental health. As a future project, Pragya would like to better understand mental disorders across cultures using a combined approach of both sociology and psychology. Pragya has an exceedingly positive and balanced attitude towards her work, herself and her surroundings. She is passionate about mental health and wishes to continue working in rural and marginalized communities, where the need for care and the neglect of mental health are both high. In a country with 27.8 million people, 53 psychiatrists and less than 60 psychologists, majority of whom are based in urban areas, Pragya wishes to continue working in rural Nepal. Pragya is a fellow at Possible in Nepal.

Nathaniel Uchtmann
Nathaniel Uchtmann
Natividad Medical Center, Last Mile Health

Nathaniel Uchtmann grew up on a family farm in Illinois, where formative experiences shaped a deep respect for natural beauty and complexity. Building on that important early exposure to “real-world interconnectivity”, he also greatly enjoyed classroom opportunities to study connections through college coursework in Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Romantic Poetry. After completing his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University, he volunteered for one year in Kenya, which confirmed the suspicion that “unity through diversity” and “global citizenship” were not empty abstractions, but well worth pursuing. Afterwards, he completed a Law Degree, Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, and Medical Degree at the University of Illinois–with the aim of exploring joint promotion of environmental conservation and poverty reduction at the global level. He finished his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in June 2017 at the University of Illinois in Peoria. Nathaniel is a fellow at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California and Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Nadra Crawford
Nadra Crawford
LifeLong Medical Center, Possible

Nadra Crawford was a resident at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, received her bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME, and completed medical school at the Escuela Latino Américana de Medicina in Havana, Cuba. Nadra became interested in healing and bridging the gap between healthcare and her community at an early age. When she was 13, she participated in a “medical mission” in the Caribbean where she witnessed commensurate health inequities. These experiences led to her studying medicine abroad, working in the Amazon with the forgotten indigenous people of Peru, and joining the HEAL Initiative. Nadra is a fellow at LifeLong Medical Center in California and Possible in Nepal.

Myra Francisco
Myra Francisco
Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup

Myra Francisco was born in a small community on the Navajo reservation called Lupton, Arizona.  She is of the Water Flows Together clan born for the Black Streaked Wood People, her maternal grandfather is of the One Walks Around clan, and her paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water clan. She was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and Lupton, Arizona. Myra has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education with an emphasis on Community Health Promotion, an Associate Degree in Nursing, and a Masters in Administration with an emphasis in Health Sciences.  She has worked with the Indian Health Services for approximately eleven years and has worked in Crownpoint, NM, Gallup, NM, and Phoenix, AZ.  Myra has worked in a diverse range of settings, including adult/pediatrics, medical/surgical, float pool, infusion/wound care and as a Nurse Educator.  She has also worked as a Research Nurse for the National Institute of Health.  She is currently the Lead Clinical Cohort Liaison for the Navajo Birth Cohort Study and a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center. Myra has chosen to work within IHS and Tribal systems as a way to give back to those who have supported her.  As a recipient of direct-care services herself, she recognizes there are many challenges and areas that need improvement and hopes to empower those who receive care and provide care at these facilities. Aside from her professional career, Myra loves being an aunt, traveling to new places, walking, and spending as much time as possible with family. Myra serves as a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.

Miguel C Gómez
Miguel C Gómez
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud

Miguel C Gómez was a resident at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and did his undergraduate studies in biology and history at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He then went on to complete his MD at the University of New Mexico. His interest in global health was kindled as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. He has done global health work in Mali, Kenya, Malawi and Mexico. When he has time, he loves to collect and listen to records, read, run in the hills, and go camping/backpacking with his beagle. Miguel serves as a fellow at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico and at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.

Max Weston
Max Weston
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Max Weston received his Family Medicine residency training at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, Washington.  He was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and studied biology at the University of Michigan.  While there he developed his medical interest through a focus on ethics and social justice.  He attended medical school at Michigan State University where he received additional training in underserved leadership. With broad medical interests, he pursued Family Medicine to address the medical need in a variety of populations and settings.  He has trained and worked in urban, rural, wilderness, and international locations including Nicaragua, Uganda and Malawi.  Max serves as a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Marwa Saleh
Marwa Saleh
Possible

Marwa Saleh received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and completed her residency in Family Medicine and Global Health from UT Southwestern. Marwa was born and raised in Lebanon, and left to Qatar after graduating from high school, to join an accelerated medical training program with Weill Cornell Medical College. Throughout her medical school she volunteered with NGOs for short-term medical trips in Uganda, Nepal and Ghana focusing on community health projects. Prior to graduating with her MD, she spent a year between Tanzania working at a local hospital and medical school, Geneva, working with the UNHCR on resources for health workers, and Lebanon assisting with the early response to the local refugee crisis. Marwa completed her Family Medicine Residency training at UT Southwestern, where she helped establish their Global Health track, elective and partnerships in Guatemala. Marwa is a fellow at Possible in Nepal.

Krupali Patel
Krupali Patel
Tuba City Regional Health Care, Tribal Health Initiative

Krupali Patel was born and raised in Ndola, Zambia. Her upbringing in Africa and exposure to the poverty and lack of medical professionals there, painted a vision where social justice and healthcare would be accessible to all, including the poorest of the poor. Determined to bring this vision to life, and be an advocate and voice for the underserved, Krupali ventured to Texas, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Medical Humanities at Baylor University. She took a year off after college and volunteered her time, serving in rural Zambia and in the Himalayan foothills of Rishikesh, India. She then went on to medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has been fortunate to have various global health experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India and Zambia. Her hobbies include embracing the simple, nomad life; traveling, hiking, dance and yoga. She is an Earth wanderer and environmentalist who also enjoys hugging and planting trees, sleeping under the stars and cleaning up trash from polluted rivers and forests. Krupali is excited to be a part of the UCSF Global Health team, serving with other HEAL fellows to bring an empowering change to global health equity and social justice. She is a fellow at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Arizona and Tribal Health Initiative in India.

Kristin Burstedt Leonard
Kristin Burstedt Leonard
Natividad Medical Center

Kristin Burstedt Leonard was born in Concord, California and raised in the sunny Bay Area and Oahu, Hawaii.  She majored in Biology at Saint Mary’s College in nearby Moraga, where she met the love-of-her-life, and now husband, Michael. She then attended medical school at Des Moines University where she discovered her passion for pediatrics, adult medicine, geriatrics and mental health. She decided to focus on family medicine as it emphasizes the care of the whole person. Natividad Medical Center’s mission of providing the highest quality care for the underserved drew Kristin to their Family Residency Program. Caring for the hard-working field workers at Natividad, has been an extremely humbling and enriching experience for her. While at Natividad, she led an after-school social-emotional health program for children at a local elementary school in an effort to prevent future effects of trauma, such as mental illness. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with all the wonderful people she has been blessed to call family and friends: her husband, supportive parents (including her in-laws), three brothers, two sisters-in-law, extended family and friends from all walks of life. As an eternal optimist, Kristin enjoys looking for the joy in all of life’s moments and helping to spread that joy to others. Kristin is a fellow at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California.

Karthik Kavasseri
Karthik Kavasseri
Tribal Health Initiative, Gallup Indian Medical Center

Karthik Kavasseri did his Family Medicine Residency at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC. He completed medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where his education was based in Grand Rapids and Flint, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science in Social Theory and Practice at the University of Michigan, and completed a year of Americorps in Detroit, MI prior to medical school. Karthik has always been interested in social justice and community involvement. In Detroit, he lived on an urban farm and participated in projects improving housing equity, access to healthy foods, and school lunches. It became clear through this work that being an active participant in one’s community is also a key to personal fulfillment and happiness. This worldview ultimately led him to family medicine, where he sees clear avenues for community leadership and activism. Karthik has global health experience in Uganda through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, and Honduras through Shoulder to Shoulder. Karthik was a fellow at the Tribal Health Initiative in Sittilingi in India and Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico.

Jonas Telson
Jonas Telson
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Companeros en Salud

Jonas Telson was born in Germany and raised in Woodstock, New York. Jonas Telson is a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. He completed a family medicine residency at the Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Residency Program near his hometown. His training included a commitment to work with the most in-need and disadvantaged members of his community, as well as a dedication to transnational humanitarianism. In his free time, Jonas is rarely found indoors. He spends his time hiking, rock climbing, swimming, and biking. Jonas was a fellow at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico and at Companeros en Salud in Mexico.

Jennifer Bass
Jennifer Bass
Last Mile Health, Gallup Indian Medical Center

Jennifer Bass grew up in Michigan where her passion for public health was sparked at a young age by her mother’s work as a school nurse in Detroit. She went on to study Human Biology at Stanford University with a concentration in global health and infectious diseases.  She decided to pursue medical training to gain both the clinical skills to serve individuals and a vantage point for shaping equitable and effective health systems. While at the University of Michigan Medical School, her experiences in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Chinle, AZ served to strengthen her passion for delivering care in resource-limited settings. She also got to fulfill her dream of working at the CDC where she focused on rabies control in Kenya and monkeypox surveillance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She went on to complete training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University where she became increasingly interested in global health education. She has been admiring the values and aims of the HEAL initiative since its creation and is thrilled to get to join the HEAL community as a fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia and Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico.

Jeanne Rittschof
Jeanne Rittschof
Northern Navajo Medical Center

Jeanne Rittschof grew up in Eastern North Carolina where she spent her childhood catching sea creatures in the estuary. She went to Duke University where she majored in biology, then UNC Chapel Hill for medical school followed by the University of Michigan for her med/peds residency. Jeanne is currently practicing full spectrum Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico. She enjoys working for the Indian Health Service and caring for the Dine People. She strives to provide quality and accessible whole-person care for under-served populations and to help patients advocate for themselves with a problem-solving approach. Additionally, Jeanne would like to broaden the impact that she and other physicians can have by using their whole training to improve the effectiveness of healthcare delivery. She is a fellow at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM.

Isaac Kulimushi
Isaac Kulimushi
Muso

Isaac Kulimushi is passionate about humanitarian work and has acquired expertise in program development, planning and management. He also has experience working in Community Health, Public Health Nutrition, Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Gender-Based Violence. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science from the Evangelic University in Africa, after which he received his Medical Degree from the University of Lubumbashi. He has attended a postgraduate course in Clinical Research, ISPED at University of Bordeaux in France. Currently, Isaac serves as the Chief Operations Officer of Muso Health based in Mali. Over the past twelve years, he has worked in DR of Congo, Rwanda, Chad, Burundi and Cameroon over the past 12 years. Isaac Kulimushi is a fellow at MUSO in Mali.

Gajanan Phutke
Gajanan Phutke
Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Gajanan Phutke was born and raised in Maharashtra, India. Gajanan received his medical degree from Government Medical College, Nanded. During his final year, Gajanan got in contact with a platform called ‘Nirman’ for restless youths to come together and seek life goals to do something in life beyond just earning money.  His work with Nirman inspired him to work for rural healthcare. To acquire multiple speciality skills, he joined Family Medicine Residency at a rural hospital Jan Swasthya Sahyog Ganiyari in 2014. Gujanan is interested in improving rural health care especially to vulnerable groups through service, research and advocacy. Gajanan is a fellow at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Fatima Rodriguez
Fatima Rodriguez
Compañeros En Salud

Fatima Rodriguez is originally from Mexico City. She studied Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she worked as an instructor in Tissue and Cell Biology for 3 years. She did her social service year in rural Chiapas, running one primary care clinic supported by the MoH and Partners In Health (PIH) Mexico. After learning that mental health disorders were highly prevalent in these communities she decided to stay and work as the Mental Health Coordinator in PIH Mexico. She has continued to integrate mental health services in rural primary care clinics by training physicians and Community Health Workers in treating mental health disorders. She is also a clinical supervisor and is very interested in improving her clinical skills to provide high quality healthcare to patients and medical education to young physicians. She is eager to learn about Global Health and other HEAL fellows’ experiences. Fátima is a site fellow at Compañeros En Salud in Mexico.

Erin Lorencz
Erin Lorencz
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Tribal Health Initiative

Erin Lorencz was born and raised on a farm in the thumb of Michigan. Before college, she traveled to Kenya, where she first was given an opportunity to work with refugees. She attended Grand Valley State University, during which time she spent a summer teaching in India. She received her BA in Philosophy before spending her year prior to medical school working on airstrip construction and other development projects with an aviation NGO In Madagascar. She attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and enrolled in the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved program, which took her to Flint, MI. During medical school, Erin led the Refugee Health student elective and worked as a research assistant for a pediatric HIV and neurodevelopment project in Uganda. Returning to Uganda, she completed a rotation with the Foundation for the Medical Relief of Children as well as one working with obstetric fistula patients. She finished her residency program at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in the lush and beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she was active in helping develop the substance abuse in pregnancy program. Her interests include access to emergency obstetric care in under-resourced settings, prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula, and substance abuse in pregnancy. Erin was a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM and at the Tribal Health Initiative in Sittilingi, India.

Elizabeth Lally
Elizabeth Lally
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

Elizabeth Lally is an Internal Medicine and Pediatric physician working at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation on the Navajo Nation. She was born in Minnesota and spent her childhood both there and in Japan. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley in molecular and cell biology and then attended medical school at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. During her Med-Peds Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she completed global health rotations in India focusing on palliative care and primary care, as well as a rotation at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care on the Navajo Nation. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, go camping and paint landscapes. Elizabeth is a fellow at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.

Doris Kollie
Doris Kollie
Last Mile Health

Doris Kollie is the Community Clinical Supervisor for Last Mile Health and works with the Rivercess County Health Team. She received her diploma through the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Liberia.

Dhiren Modi
Dhiren Modi
SEWA Rural

Dhiren Modi was born and raised in Gujarat, India. He completed his MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in 2003 from Saurashtra University in Gujarat, where he later received his MD in Community Medicine in 2007. During his time there, he joined SEWA Rural, a voluntary organization established in South Gujarat for integrated development of the rural poor, becoming a full-time staff member. Over the past ten years, he has served in various capacities as a community health physician and managed a “Family Centered Safe Motherhood and Newborn Care Project.” He represented SEWA Rural at district, state and national level health committees & consultations and was frequently invited to share SEWA Rural’s experiences at national and international forums. He has led a variety of community-based field operational research studies and the publication of many articles in scientific and peer-reviewed journals. Dhiren introduced a new mHealth application “ImTeCHO” to improve maternal and newborn health and nutrition by empowering ASHAs through the use of mobile and phone technology in tribal and remote areas of Gujarat. His hobbies include reading and traveling. His long-term goal is to stay at remote locations to serve the rural poor. Dhiren is a fellow at SEWA Rural in India.

David Pavkovich
David Pavkovich
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Muso

David Pavkovich grew up in Northwest Indiana as part of a large Serbian family. He studied Biology and created an Individualized Major entitled Science and the State while at Indiana University. His studies took him to Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where he earned his MD. While there, he tested the waters of global health by working in Senegal. He loved both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and spent a fruitful four years at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center’s Med-Peds residency program. While there, he spent time with Wayne State’s HIV specialists researching antiretroviral resistance patterns. He enjoys watching and debating about movies, finding new restaurants, and fully intends to get back into hiking while in the southwest. He is a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and MUSO in Mali.

Corina Blackwater
Corina Blackwater
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility

Corina Blackwater was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in a town named Rough Rock. She is of the Red Running into the Water clan, born for Salt People clan, her Maternal Grandfather is Black Sheep clan and Paternal Grandfather is Beneath its Clover clan. Corina worked in the healthcare field for 24 years, she received her Nursing Assistant Certification during her sophomore year in high school and worked in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, clinics, and dialysis facility. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Arizona University. She is currently employed with Chinle Indian Health Care Services as an Integrated Behavioral Health Coach. Corina speaks the Navajo language and interprets for her native people. She is passionate about American Indian Healthcare and the introduction of integrated behavioral health in her healthcare facility. Aside from work, she loves spending time with her husband and 4 children, along with reading and photography. Corina Blackwater is a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona.

Christina Brakebill
Christina Brakebill
Chinle Indian Health Service, Partners in Health Liberia

Christina Brakebill  is a family nurse practitioner whose initial career was in biomedical research. She earned her bachelors of science degree in molecular physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation she worked at Oregon Health and Sciences University in virology lab studying the Cytomegalovirus. She then joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as a community health and HIV/AIDS extension volunteer in Malawi. As a result of her experiences living in a substance-farming village with a high rate of untreated HIV, Christina became determined to learn health care provision skills she could utilize in underserved communities globally. In 2013 Christina completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Since then she has worked in an integrated care clinic providing primary care to medically complex mentally ill, homeless, and substance abusing clients of a community mental health center in Chicago. During this time she also completed the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center’s yearlong HIV clinician scholars program and provided care to HIV positive adults. As a HEAL Initiative fellow Christina will expand her ability to provide health care across different cultural contexts and in under resourced settings. She looks forward to studying public health and has research interests in the role of community health workers as well as nurse practitioners in the global health context. She is a fellow at Chinle Indian Health Service in Chinle, Arizona and Partners in Health in Liberia.

Bikash Gauchan
Bikash Gauchan
Possible

Bikash Gauchan was born in Kalopani Village of Mustang, a famous mountain district in Nepal. He completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal, where served as a house officer in the department of general practice, emergency medicine, anesthesiology and critical care for a year thereafter. In August 2010, he joined Bayalpata Hospital as the acting medical director and was promoted to medical director within a month of his joining. Bikash completed a three years residency Doctor of Medicine (MD) in general practice and emergency medicine, to become a family doctor. He joined Possible at the Bayalpata Hospital, where he was given the role of Director of Medical Education. During his tenure as medical director, he served as HEAL on-site advisor for the 2015-2017 fellows. He has a deep passion for improving the health care system in rural regions. He enjoys trekking, playing football, volleyball, basketball, cricket and being involved in public debate. He is an executive member of the World Organization of Family Doctors Working Party on Rural Practice for 2016-2018 to advocate for better rural health care. He is also a member of the WONCA Organizational Equity Committee to guide and direct WONCA on equity issues for 2016-2018. He was awarded the South Asian Young General Practitioner Jyoti and Ramnikh Parekh Award in February 2015 and Taiwan Family Medicine Research Award in November 2016. Bikash is a fellow at Possible in Nepal.

Arnold Jumbe
Arnold Jumbe
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo

Arnold Jumbe was born in Milepa, Chiradzulu District, Southern Malawi. He graduated from Mzuzu University with a Bachelor of Science in Education (BScEd) as a secondary school teacher, majoring in chemistry and biological sciences. He then taught at Marymount Secondary School and University of Livingstonia. Since he had a passion for Medicine from a young age, and after having observed how badly patients were being treated and deprived of quality health services (especially from rural areas and the vulnerable people), and through his own experience, Arnold decided to change his career and do medicine to be the voice of the voiceless and make an impact on the lives of vulnerable people. He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Malawi College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, in Blantyre, Malawi and stayed in the Department of Surgery for a year post-internship. He decided to do a career in global health to acquire knowledge and skills of how best to manage avoidable morbidity and mortality in his region as a developing country, as well as learn the organization, financing and management of health care systems in this region. His interests lean towards surgery for general practice, pediatric TB and research. He is currently working as a District Medical Officer for Neno District Health office, a rural District hospital in southern Malawi. He enjoys gardening and social football during his free time. Arnold is a fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.

Anup Agarwal
Anup Agarwal
Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Anup Agarwal was an Internal Medicine resident at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York. He grew up in Gangarampur, a small village in Eastern India. He received his medical degree from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India. After medical school, he spent a year working as a telemedicine consultant in Bangalore, India, where he had the privilege of providing teleconsultations via video conferencing in 22 primary health centers located in rural India. He then worked as a research assistant at Yale University with telemedicine, simulation, and technology in medicine. During residency, he volunteered at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Haiti. His clinical interests include chronic non-communicable disease especially diabetes and cancer, improving healthcare delivery in resource-poor settings, decision support systems in medicine and telemedicine. As a HEAL fellow, his dream is to work towards building a health system, where every human has access to affordable healthcare. In his free time, he enjoys watching cricket, movies, occasionally yoga, reading non-fiction novels. Anup is a fellow at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Andrea Walker
Andrea Walker
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, Gallup Indian Medical Center

Andrea Walker grew up in Southern California and did her undergraduate studies in Biology with a minor in French at the University of California, Riverside. She then went on to complete her MD at the University of California, Los Angeles where she also recently graduated from the Ob/Gyn residency program. She has done global health work in Haiti, Jamaica, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, with a focus on STI awareness and cervical cancer prevention. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, yoga, snowboarding, hiking and dance. She is a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico, and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.

Lena Wong
Lena Wong
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Possible

Lena Wong was born and raised in the wonderland that is New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University as an undergrad where following a few trips overseas to South Africa and China, she saw the inequities in access to medicine and education and decided to go to medical school with an interest in international health.  She moved to Philadelphia to attend medical school at Temple University, mostly to watch her beloved Flyers play. During that time, Lena was able to do medical work in Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and Tanzania, which served to solidify her goals in life. She went on to do a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Miami, working mostly in the county hospital. With the diversity in the patient population, ability to work with the underserved and a great exposure to tropical medicine, she travelled south for the first time in her life and found it warm and amazing. She worked with the international community on a daily basis but also had the chance to go to India, Costa Rica and Cambodia for rotations. Ultimately she wants to do public health based work overseas, specifically in Africa but also wants to focus on gender equality. Lena was a rotating fellow who served at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Tuba City, Arizona and at Possible in Nepal.

Michael Tutt
Michael Tutt
Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Michael Tutt is currently working as CMO for TMC in Fort Defiance, AZ. He is trained as an internist and rheumatologist. Interest includes traveling, farming, and natural medicine. Expand in the area of social injustice on the Navajo Reservation. Visited China, Libya, Turkey, Venezuela, Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Michael was a site fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Marco Trigueros
Marco Trigueros
Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud

Marco Trigueros is originally from Celaya, Gto in Mexico. He grew up in El Paso Texas up to high school, went to college at Washington State University at Pullman, WA with a BS in Zoology, and later went to medical school at Ross University. This was soon followed by residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia U. College of Physicians, in internal medicine. Marco was a rotating fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.

Leonard Shirley, Jr.
Leonard Shirley, Jr.
Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Leonard Shirley, Jr. is of the Kiiyaa’ani clan born for the Ta’baaha Clan. His maternal grandfather is the Ashihi Clan and Paternal Grandfather’s clan is the Taa’chii’nii clan and is a member of the Navajo/Dine Nation of Arizona. He is originally from Ganado, Arizona and currently resides in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Mr. Shirley is the current Interim Director of the Outpatient Mental Health and Medical Social Work Program at Tsehootsooi Medical Center. Mr. Shirley has been employed at Tsehootsooi Medical Center since January 2010 as a Social Worker and is licensed in the State of New Mexico as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in good standing. Mr. Shirley received his undergraduate degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology and graduated in 1997. Mr. Shirley also completed a Masters Degree in Social Work from the New Mexico Highlands University in 2005. Mr. Shirley is proficient in the Navajo language and is excited about participating in the HEAL Initiative to better the livelihood of other people, specifically underserved American Indian populations. Leonard was a site fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Centerr in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Trisha Schimek
Trisha Schimek
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud

Trisha Schimek is originally from Rochester, Minnesota, but has been moving around since high school. Her first stop was New Orleans, where she studied Neuroscience and Spanish at Tulane. She then decided to stay there after Hurricane Katrina to complete an MSPH in Tropical Medicine. Afterwards, she volunteered with Doctors for Global Health in Chiapas, Mexico, which was her first experience with global health. Since then, Trisha has spent time volunteering in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Peru. She completed medical school at the newly named Sydney Kimmel Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. For her Family Medicine residency, she decided to return to the Midwest to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here she was able to continue providing care to underserved communities in an FQHC. Outside of medicine, Trisha enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, Latin dancing, volleyball, and of course traveling. She is thoroughly looking forward to working and learning among all of HEAL’s fellows and partner communities these next two years. Tricia was a rotating fellow who served at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico and at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.

Meghan Ritz
Meghan Ritz
Northern Navajo Medical Center

Meghan Ritz grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies in Biochemistry. She spent several years in Boston working in genetic research, followed by a move further up the coast to Portland, Maine to become involved in a tissue banking program as a research coordinator. After earning a Master’s of Health Science in Physician Assistant studies at Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut, Meghan and her husband moved to the high desert of northwest New Mexico to begin a career in family medicine with the Indian Health Service. She has worked at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico for three years and following her National Health Service Corps obligation, she remains committed to continuing her service in providing care for communities on Navajo Nation. Meghan is thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside HEAL fellows and is excited to learn new skills that will allow her to impact the health outcomes for the communities she serves on a larger scale. She is also excited to learn more about global health and recognizes the parallels in health disparities that exists in underserved communities in this country and internationally from her experiences in her career and as a PA student participating on a medical mission in the Dominican Republic. Meghan was a site fellow at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Sushil Patil
Sushil Patil
Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Sushil Patil is originally from Maharashtra state in India. He previously completed training in Ayurveda (Indian system of medicine) and later earned his Master’s in Health Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Since completing his Masters, he has been working with Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS – Peoples’ Health Support Group), a voluntary, non-profit organization working in Chhattisgarh, a state in rural, central India. There, Dr. Patil works as clinical coordinator, looking to improve both the long-term systems based and intervention-based services JSS provides. Dr. Patil is excited to participate in the HEAL initiative and hopes to learn more about global health while collaboration with other HEAL fellows at JSS. Sushil was a site fellow at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Isha Nirola
Isha Nirola
Possible

Isha Nirola is the Community Health Director at Possible, a nonprofit in Achham District of Nepal. She leads the Community Health strategy and oversees operations at two key levels of Possible’s hub-and-spoke healthcare model – clinics and community health workers. Previously, Isha worked for over 3 years as Regional Manager at the Carter Center, where she managed parts of the Guinea Worm eradication program in South Sudan – and where she and her team achieved a 92% reduction in Guinea Worm cases within her first 2 years. Prior to her work in South Sudan, Isha contributed to a number of fact-finding missions for the Human Rights Law Network’s Reproductive Rights Unit in India; served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati as a Health and Community Development worker; and worked as a Health Advocate in Baltimore City. Isha graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. in Health Administration and Policy, and earned her Master’s in Public Health at New York University. Isha was a site fellow at Possible in Nepal.

Lawrence Nazimera
Lawrence Nazimera
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo

Lawrence Nazimera is a medical doctor working with Malawi’s Ministry of Health in the remote district of Neno. After graduating in 2011 from the Malawi College of Medicine with a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Dr Nazimera did an eighteen month internship at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. In 2013, he was recruited by the Ministry of Health as Neno’s District Health Officer, the highest ranking health official in a district of 150,000 people. In the role of District Health Officer, Dr Nazimera leads, manages, and coordinates all health related programs that take place within the district. This includes supervising the District Health Management Team, managing the district’s health budget, performing clinical and mentorship duties in the inpatient wards, coordinating with several multi-sectoral partners, and spearheading strategic planning for the district. Dr. Nazimera is very passionate and committed to improving the health of the poor and vulnerable population of Neno as well as mentoring and building a strong clinical team in the district. Lawrence was a site fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.

Jimena Maza
Jimena Maza
Compañeros En Salud

Jimena Maza was born and rised in La Peninsula de Yucatan Mexico, (for her, the Paradaise on earth), in a very loving family. She did medical school in La Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. After she finished medical school, she spent one year working in a rural clinic in a Mayan community close to Chichen Itza. Since then, she has been working as a clinical supervisor at Compañeros en Salud (CES) in la Sierra Madre de Chiapas. Jimena was a site fellow at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.

Tim Laux
Tim Laux
Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Tim Laux grew up in New York (the suburbs of the City) and completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently Internal Medicine residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He has previous experience working with Chronic Kidney Disease of Non-Traditional Causes (CKDnT) in Nicaragua and Guatemala, one of a number of recently described regional nephropathies affecting rural agricultural communities worldwide. He has done previous clinical work at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi but is not proud of this one month of voluntourism. His clinical interests include Critical Care in lower resource settings and tuberculosis and his ethical interests include the maturation of global health from a fad to an established, respected specialty. He can adamantly argue that tuberculosis is the most evil (yes, evil) of all the diseases. His interest in the HEAL Initiative stems from a desire to gain clinical experience in low-and-middle-income countries to better perform clinical research in the same setting(s). He speaks Spanish at near fluency and enjoys learning Hindi. The soccer / football team he supports is Fulham FC. Tim was a rotating fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Anna Landau
Anna Landau
Last Mile Health, Tuba City Regional Health Care

Anna Landau is currently a 3rd year family medicine resident at UCLA/Harbor. Anna’s interest in medicine started at the early age of four, with a plastic stethoscope, and was fostered through many personal and family experiences with the health care system over the years. She studied chemistry and Latin American studies at Barnard College, and attended University of Arizona for both Medical School and to complete her Masters in Public Health. She was drawn to the philosophy of Family Medicine when she worked as a promotora for a community clinic in Tucson, AZ. It seemed to be the perfect mix of caring for individuals and communities. It was a way to meld her passion for preventive care and public health with medicine, while at the same time addressing social and economic disparities and barriers to healthcare access among women, immigrants and minorities. Growing up speaking Spanish and French, the extension to global health was a natural progression. Anna has worked in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, helping to establish sustainable locally-driven medical care, train lay health workers and help indigenous communities conduct health needs assessments. During her MPH work she partnered with the Department of Health Services to evaluate the legal policy regarding TB patients crossing the US-Mexico Border. She has helped to coordinate and run free clinics for refugees at the University of Arizona, as well as homeless patients in Los Angeles. She has been very involved the resident union as an elected delegate, focusing her work on Women in Medicine programming, contract negotiations, and staff & patient safety issues.  She recently has been involved in an exciting new project with group visits focusing ways to combat teen obesity.  Annie was a rotating fellow who served at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Tuba City, Arizona and at Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Annie Khan
Annie Khan
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Annie Khan is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a first-generation child of immigrants, her personal experiences with diversity helped foster her interest in community-oriented health care leading to a career in Family Medicine. She completed residency at Boston Medical Center, which serves Boston’s diverse urban underserved populations. After completing undergraduate studies at University of California, Davis, she volunteered and provided preventive and reproductive health care education to women and children in Afghani refugee camps on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. After living amongst vulnerable populations, she wanted to better understand community oriented health care of all ages in resource poor areas, eventually leading to a career in clinical medicine. She went off to Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she continued work in global health through volunteering at Arco Iris Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia and completing research involving risk factors associated with heminthic infections in Assendabo, a rural village in Ethiopia. Her specific interests are International/Refugee Health, Maternal Child Health, Family Planning and Addiction Medicine. Outside of medicine, her hobbies include theater, writing comedic skits, traveling, and hiking. She is fluent in Punjabi/Hindko and proficient in Urdu. Annie was a rotating fellow who served at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico and at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Alice Johnson
Alice Johnson
Last Mile Health

Alice Johnson is a rural health Liberian nurse who hails from Lofa County. She got involved in nursing care after witnessing and living through many terrible experiences during and after the Liberian Civil War. As a nurse working in the hospital’s emergency department, she saw that many patients, especially those coming from last mile villages, could not make it to the hospital or were too late. As a person, a nurse, and an aspiring Public Health Practitioner, Alice is motivated by the fact that health is a basic human right and that everyone deserves quality health care no matter who they are or where they live. In a post war country like Liberia, she believes her country needs a grass roots health care approach that involves community health workers. While she is not working, Alice likes listening to music and chatting with friends. Her favorite Liberian dish is spicy potatoes and greens with palm oil. Alice was a site fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Tarnue Jallah
Tarnue Jallah
Last Mile Health

Tarnue Jallah is from Lofa county in the northern part of Liberia. He is currently working as a Site Manager at Last Mile Health in Konobo District, Grand Gedeh county. He started working with Last Mile Health in March 2013. When he is not working, Tarnue enjoys playing soccer and reading. His favorite food is rice with soup, especially with greens and palm oil. Tarnue was a site fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Kami Groten
Kami Groten
Gallup Indian Medical Center

Kami Groten is of the Red House People Clan, born for the Water Flows Together Clan. Her maternal grandfather is of the One Who Walks Around Clan and her paternal grandfather is of the Big Water Clan. She grew up a stone’s throw from the Navajo Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico and studied Signed Language Interpreting and Biology before participating in the Southern California Regional Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program at UCLA’s School of Dentistry. She received her dental training with an emphasis in Rural Health from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2013. She then returned back home and has been working as a general dentist with the Indian Health Service at Gallup Indian Medical Center. She is a first time mom to a rambunctious little boy. He absolutely hates brushing his teeth, but like his mom, he loves the outdoors. She also enjoys camping, fishing, indoor rock climbing, snowboarding, competitive bowling, reading, going to the movies and pulling teeth. Kami was a site fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.

Amelia Fisher
Amelia Fisher
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Amelia Fisher is a recent graduate of the pediatric residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She grew up in Vermont and came back to the state for residency. She did her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. She has done global health work in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, with a focus on pediatric HIV. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors- running, hiking, or biking. Amelia was a rotating fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.

Emilia Connolly
Emilia Connolly
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Emilia Connolly is currently a pediatric chief resident at Jefferson Medical College/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, where she also completed her pediatric residency. She grew up in California, where her family currently lives, and attended Smith College for her undergraduate work. Emilia worked in pharmaceutical development for 2 years and then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for medical school. She has been fortunate to have several global health experiences in eastern Africa during her training and is thrilled to learn and grow as a clinician and educator in the next two years. Emilia was a rotating fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.

Kelvin Chan
Kelvin Chan
Last Mile Health, Gallup Indian Medical Center

Kelvin Chan is originally from the Los Angeles area. He did his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and majored in Cognitive Science, and his medical school training at Wake Forest University. He subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a county hospital in Los Angeles, where he was first exposed to global health after doing a rotation at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. After finishing residency, Kelvin completed a chief year, and stayed on board working as an academic hospitalist at Olive View. Kelvin was a rotating fellow who served at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and at Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Jessica Bender
Jessica Bender
Last Mile Health, Gallup Indian Medical Center

Jessica Bender grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she attended medical school at the University of Washington. She did her undergraduate studies in Biology and Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University and then  worked at the American Red Cross in Seattle. She completed her internal medicine residency training and chief residency at Boston University, focusing on refugee health and primary care. She has global health experience in Morocco, Madagascar, and Liberia. Her professional interests include health systems strengthening through primary care networks, quality improvement, and medical education. Jessica was a fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia and Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, Arizona

Marla Yazzie
Marla Yazzie
Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Marla Yazzie was born and raised in Fort Defiance, Arizona. At an early age she was fascinated with caring for young babies and children. Marla received a BA in Anthropology from Dartmouth College in 2004. She then did pre-med courses at the University of New Mexico while working as an EMT and a research program assistant for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. In 2012, she received her MD from University of Arizona College of Medicine. Afterward, she went back to the New England area to complete her Pediatric Residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA in 2015. Her dream of being a Navajo pediatrician came true when she accepted a position at her hometown hospital after residency. She is passionate about American Indian healthcare. Her hope is to care for and encourage a generation of American Indian children that will be not only be successful in the modern world but carry on the traditions of their ancestors. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and running. Marla was a fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Miranda Williams
Miranda Williams
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility

Miranda Williams is originally from the cool waters of the Oregon coast and is an enrolled member of one of nine federally recognized tribes called Siletz. She has three sons, Sequoyah, Denali and Nakoa and one daughter, Priah that live and attend school in the Navajo community. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from Arizona State University and has over 11.5 years of public health experience working in American Indian communities with a keen interest in prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. For the past five years, Miranda has been in her current position as a Supervisory Public Health Advisor at the Chinle Service Unit Diabetes Program for Navajo Area Indian Health Service. She has advocated on a local and national level for culturally-tailored diabetes services for the people of Navajo. Through her leadership, the diabetes program team has put together testimonials in the form of digital stories and patient success stories which have given a voice to patients’ efforts to transform the care of diabetes. Miranda has been a supporter for innovation and care improvement within the Chinle Service Unit. The HEAL Initiative fellowship will expand upon her patient-care experience and will strengthen her skill-set in leadership and public health delivery. Miranda was a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona.

Valerie L. Tenequer
Valerie L. Tenequer
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare facility

Valerie L. Tenequer is a member of the Navajo Nation and is of the Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-In-A-Line clan from Leupp, AZ and born for the Near the Water clan of Chilchinbeto, AZ. She grew up on the Navajo reservation and graduated from Chinle High School in Chinle, AZ, then went onto complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. While working as a Public Health Nurse, Valerie became inspired to continue her formal education in Public Health and completed the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Graduate Certificate Program with the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in Tucson, AZ. Currently, Valerie is an Infection Control Nurse at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility and looks forward to strengthening her skill-set in leadership and public health delivery as a HEAL Initiative Site Fellow. Valerie loves spending time with her husband, three sons & family; and enjoys running, hiking, watching movies, listening to music, and reading. Valerie was a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona.

Regina Szczesniak
Regina Szczesniak
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility, Zanmi Lasante

Regina Szczesniak was born and raised with eight siblings in Philadelphia, PA. She remained in Philly for her undergraduate studies at Temple University, where she discovered her passion for social justice and fostered a commitment to serving the poor and disenfranchised, while earning her B.A. in Women’s Studies and History. She spent the following year exploring movements for social justice in Latin America through volunteer work and travel, ultimately deciding to pursue medicine with the goal of becoming a physician advocate for the underserved. After completing her pre-requisite coursework, she earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2013. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia’s largest safety net hospital, serving one of the region’s most impoverished populations in North Philadelphia. Regina loves yoga, vegetarian food and spending time with her husband and her absurdly large family! Regina was a fellow who will serve at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona and at Zanmi Lasante in Haiti.

Cristina Steufen
Cristina Steufen
Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Cristina Steufen grew up with a father in the military, so her family moved around a lot before relocating to South Dakota. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University, and is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Nursing through the University of Arizona. Currently, she is the Lead Clinical Nurse for the Multi-Service Unit at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ, and holds certifications in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Gerontological Nursing, with interests in geriatrics, diabetes, and epigenetics. Her four children are her motivation and inspiration, and she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family. Cristina was a fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Rekha Sherchan
Rekha Sherchan
Possible

Rekha Sherchan grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal and earned a Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Universal College Of Medical Sciences-College Of Dental Surgery (UCMS-CODS) in Bhairahawa, Nepal. She is currently working as a Staff Dentist at Possible, a non-profit healthcare company working to provide high quality, free-of-cost healthcare in rural Nepal, where she has worked for the past one and a half years as the only dentist for the 250,000 people in the Far Western region of Nepal. Rekha hopes to deepen her expertise in Global Health through programs like the HEAL Initiative. She believes in serving the poorest of the poor and has a sincere intent to enhance the medical and dental condition in the rural areas of Nepal. Additionally, Rekha wants to stand for the betterment of women in rural areas especially with respect to Gender Based Violence and discrimination. She aspires to promote health and equity all over Nepal. Rekha was a fellow at Possible in Nepal.

Safia Rubaii
Safia Rubaii
Gallup Indian Medical Center

Safia Rubaii works as an IHS emergency physician at Gallup Indian Medical Center, in Gallup, NM. Born in Iowa, she has lived mostly in Florida, Colorado, and New Mexico. She started working in healthcare as a nursing home “kitchen girl,” then as a nurse’s aide, before completing nursing school at the University of South Florida. She worked as an RN in a variety of settings (education, urban and rural emergency, ICU, and OB at a large urban hospital; migrant health; and as a Boulder Community Hospital eye health volunteer in Mante, Mexico). She attended medical school at the University of Colorado, with electives in tropical medicine/infectious disease at Cayetano Heredia in Peru and in Costa Rica (LSU). She completed her internal medicine internship in Colorado, and her emergency medicine residency at the University of Florida. After working briefly at the Yukon Kuskokwim Hospital in Bethel, Alaska, she worked at the Navajo hospital in Tuba City and in rural Colorado before coming to Gallup Indian Medical Center. She completed the DTM&H program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Besides under-served and native health care, compassion in healthcare, and the change process; she is passionate about languages, and has an MA in Linguistics from the University of South Florida. She loves to learn, hike, back-country ski, cycling, dance, and study Classical Literary Tibetan and the arts, especially ceramics. Safia was a fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.

Aaron J. Price
Aaron J. Price
Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Aaron J. Price is a member of the Navajo Nation born and raised in Fort Defiance, AZ. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is a Chief Manuelito, Indian Health Services, A.T. Anderson Scholar, and has completed extracurricular work at the Yale School of Medicine. While at UNM, Dr. Price served as president of the American Indian Medical Society, as a Center for Native American Health representative, and worked in multiple research labs including the Departments of Vascular Physiology and Biochemistry. Beyond academia Dr. Price was involved with the recruitment of Native American youth throughout the greater Four Corners area and has worked tirelessly to expand Native American self-determination via the establishment of pipelines to higher education. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Price went on to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he completed an internship in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Price then returned to the University of New Mexico, where he completed a residency in Internal Medicine with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Medicine. He currently the Chief of Internal Medicine. Aaron was a fellowat Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Jonathan Powell
Jonathan Powell
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility, Jan Swasthya Sahyog

Jonathan Powell is originally from the Northeast. He grew up in New England and studied Economics at Dartmouth. After less than a year in the financial industry, he relocated to Mali to serve in the Peace Corps, where he worked with rural communities on income­-generating activities, sanitation, and literacy. It was that experience that inspired him to pursue a career in medicine, so he completed pre­-med courses in Philadelphia, and then headed back to New York for medical school at Cornell. He took a year off from medical school to conduct Pediatric HIV research in Ghana as a Doris Duke clinical research fellow. He came out West for residency to train at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in the Bay Area where he served as chief resident during his 3rd year. Whenever he has some free time, Jonathan tries to get away for some skiing or backpacking. Jonathan is a rotating fellow who will serve at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona and at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.

Jacquelin Pierre
Jacquelin Pierre
Zanmi Lasante
Jacquelin Pierre is from the northeastern region of Haiti,and attended medical school at the State University of Haiti School of Medicine from 2000 to 2006. He completed his residency  program at Port-au-Prince General Hospital and graduated in Internal Medicine in January 2011. He also completed postgraduate training in infectious diseases and HIV care at a joint program led by the University of Maryland and the University Notre Dame of Haiti. He is now working as Internist and Chief of Service at Sainte Therese Hospital, a regional hospital in the Central Plateau with Partners in Health. He has always had a great interest in working with the most vulnerable people and advocating on their behalf for health equity and social justice. Jacquelin was a fellow at Zanmi Lasante in Haiti.
Rose Ochieng
Rose Ochieng
LifeLong Medical Center, Last Mile Health
Rose Ochieng grew up in Kenya, then moved the United States. Her interest in healthcare began in high school and continued to be fostered in undergrad at Kansas State University, leading to medical school at University of Kansas. All along, she knew she wanted to have global health experience as part of her training, given her goal of being involved in health care in her home country. During medical school, she had opportunities for global health experiences in Kenya, India, and Belize. She was also able to pursue an MPH, which has also added to her preparation.Currently she is finishing a Family Medicine Residency at Harbor­-UCLA Med Center, where she has been fortunate to be involved in medical trips to Tecate, Mexico, in addition to also providing primary care to the underserved population in her current community. She is thrilled and excited to learn and grow as a collaborator and clinician in the next 2 years. Rose was a fellow who served at Lifelong Medical Center in Oakland and at Last Mile Health in Liberia.
Savior F. Mendin
Savior F. Mendin
Last Mile Health

Savior F. Mendin is a Liberian Registered Nurse. She was born and grew up in Monrovia, Montserrado County, and graduated from Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts in Monrovia in 2008 with a diploma in Nursing, and from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Monrovia, Liberia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with distinction. In 2008, Savior began working at St. Francis Hospital, the only referral hospital in Rivercess County. Here she saw patients with poor outcomes due to delay in referring them from remote villages, where people must travel several miles through dense forests, crossing rivers in canoes, to access health care. This led Savior to engage with communities to deliver services. She served as a social worker with the United Nations Population Fund, and as supervisor of Community Ebola Case Investigators with the Liberia Ministry of Health. Savior remains zealous about advocating and educating the populace on the need to live healthy lives to promote health and avoid illnesses. Her current function as a Training Supervisor with Last Mile Health, where she trains Community Clinical Supervisors and Community Health Workers in providing basic community health services in remote communities, aligns with her passion to mitigate complications from illnesses, and fosters her ardent ambition to tackle Liberia’s most serious health issues as a public health professional.  In her spare time, Savior enjoys reading mystery novels and listening to Liberian Gospel Music. Savior was a fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia.

Stephen Mehanni
Stephen Mehanni
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Possible

Stephen Mehanni was born in Egypt to an Egyptian father and Canadian mother, though he arrived in the U.S. early in life. He grew up in rural Florida, and remained in the state for medical school at University of South Florida. He was exposed early on to the idea that healthcare can transcend national borders, hearing stories from family friends who dedicated their lives to medical mission work in Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. Medical school provided an introduction to the realities of healthcare abroad, with clinical rotations in rural Ethiopia and a Tibetan community in India.  Stephen moved to Portland, OR for internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University, where he served as a chief resident. A newly formed residency partnership with BIDMC afforded the opportunity for several clinical rotations in Botswana, where the heavy burdens of HIV and TB make for a unique and challenging environment. Stephen has a passion for clinical medicine, and interests in medical education, narrative medicine, and communication skills. He is excited to join the HEAL family. Stephen is a rotating fellow who will serve at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and at Possible in Nepal.

Leanne Marcotrigiano
Leanne Marcotrigiano
Lifelong Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud

Leanne Marcotrigiano is originally from Central Pennsylvania. She majored in Biology and Sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, where she developed an interest in public health and race relations. After college, she worked for a small nonprofit in Portland, ME, where she helped study an intervention to improve correction officers’ treatment of mentally ill prisoners. While at Jefferson Medical College, she joined Physicians for Social Responsibility and studied local and international programs that promote healthy communities. As a medical student, Leanne twice traveled to Nicaragua, where she volunteered at a hospital in Jinotepe. Her time in Nicaragua confirmed her commitment to family medicine and to caring for Latinos. Leanne chose to train at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, a FQHC in a largely Latino community in northern Massachusetts. During residency, Leanne was grateful to work with seasoned global health physicians in Nicaragua, Ghana and Guatemala. She also completed Harvard’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program and helped establish a program that recruits Lawrence women to serve as birth companions (doulas). She admires the thoughtful and collaborative HEAL approach to global health and is excited to become part of the HEAL family. Leanne was a fellow who served at Lifelong Medical Center in Oakland, California and at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.

Sauveur Marcel M.
Sauveur Marcel M.
Zanmi Lasante
Sauveur Marcel M. was born in Petite Riviere-de-l‘Artibonite, a rural area located in the lower Artibonite in Haiti. He grew up in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, where he attended both high school and the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy. He spent about one year at the Hospital Ste Therese of Hinche based in the central Haiti as part of his social service prior to obtaining his license in Pharmacy in 2000. He has been working since September 2000 with Zanmi Lasante, first as a pharmacist in the system, and in 2011 was promoted to the position of Director of Pharmacy and Procurement. Over the years, Sauveur has greatly contributed to building a well-organized pharmaceutical system and procurement team across  all the ZL sites. His field experience after one decade working with Zanmi Lasante  has helped  him better understand the relevance of global health, which is key from his standpoint to improve access and quality of care in the remote areas of Haiti. Sauveur was a fellow at Zanmi Lasante in Haiti.
Alexa Lindley
Alexa Lindley
Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud
Alexa Lindley grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She stayed in the Midwest for college at Denison University in Ohio and after college, worked in research at Northwestern University in Chicago. She was inspired to pursue a career in under-served medicine while working at a free clinic in Chicago’s medically under-served Englewood neighborhood. During medical school at the University of Michigan she worked on health education projects in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. She finally left the lovely Midwest for equally lovely San Francisco to join the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at UCSF/SFGH where she was inspired by her mission-driven colleagues who care for a diverse group of San Francisco’s most vulnerable patients. Following residency she stayed on an extra year as a chief resident. She is passionate about primary care for under-served patients, medical education and comprehensive women’s health. She is excited to join the HEAL Initiative. Alexa was a fellow who served at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.
Colleen Keough
Colleen Keough
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Zanmi Lasante

Colleen Keough is from the Houston, Texas area. As an undergraduate, she studied at the University of Texas at Austin where she was often involved in community service. She became interested in being a physician in limited resource settings after volunteering at a local clinic in Austin for the medically under-served. Following graduation, she spent time volunteering with the Native Health Initiative in North Carolina and as a mentor with an organization for disadvantaged children in Argentina. She then went on to medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine, where she also stayed for residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. During her time at Baylor, she was very involved in developing the global health curriculum for medical students. She also worked as a volunteer for Engineers Without Borders. She is excited to be a part of the UCSF Global Health team and looks forward to exploring her interests in point-of-­care diagnostic ultrasound training and healthcare workforce development in under-served areas. Colleen is a rotating fellow who will serve at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and at Zanmi Lasante in Haiti.

Matias Iberico
Matias Iberico
Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Muso

Matias Iberico completed his internal medicine residency training at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. He was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Ohio when he was five. While in medical school he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study tuberculosis in Peruvian peri-urban slums and used that research to complete a master’s degree in public health. He is passionate about global health equity and hopes to return to Peru at some point in the future to work in medical education and health systems strengthening (while enjoying some of the world’s greatest cuisine). As a UCSF HEAL Initiative fellow, he will help build health systems that aim to eliminate illness rooted in poverty. Matias is a rotating fellow who will serve at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Muso in Mali.

Melba Hunter
Melba Hunter
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare facility

Melba Hunter was born on the Navajo reservation in a small town called Fort Defiance, Arizona.  She is of the Towering House clan, born for the Coyote Pass, her maternal grandfather is of the Mexican people clan, and her paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water clan. She was raised in the center of the Navajo reservation in a small town called Chinle. Melba attended Northern Arizona University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Nursing.  She has been working for approximately 24 years with the Indian Health Services in Chinle, Arizona. Presently, she is working in the Emergency Room/Urgent Care as the Nurse Supervisor/Manager. Melba speaks the Navajo language and interprets for her native people.  Working in the ER she has recognized  the lack of resources needed to address the issues of alcoholism, anxiety, domestic violence, depression, and others. She is optimistic the HEAL fellowship will help bring quality healthcare to the Indian Health Services.  Melba likes all foods prepared from scratch.  She has 2 adult children and a ten year old; 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and has inherited 2 more grandchildren.  Someday, she would like to travel to other countries. She also has a passion for Interior Design.  Melba is compassionate and  a humanitarian.  She is excited and honored to be a HEAL fellow. Melba was a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona.

Kuang-Ning (Annie) Huang
Kuang-Ning (Annie) Huang
Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Last Mile Health

Kuang-Ning (Annie) Huang grew up in sunny Florida and went to undergraduate at the University of Chicago where she studied Anthropology. She took a few years off after college and spent time doing research, traveling, and eventually a stint in the Philippines with the Peace Corps. After returning home, she decided to attend medical school at the University of Vermont, and stayed on to complete her Family Medicine Residency, with a special interest in global health and palliative medicine. She has been fortunate enough to spend time with the IHS (in New Mexico and Alaska), Bangladesh, and Uganda; she also had the chance to return to the Philippines during her medical training. She is committed to continuing to work with under-served populations and providing full-spectrum care for her patients. After living for many years in the tropics, Annie has learned to ski – and absolutely loves it! She also loves scuba diving, photography, and a good meal. Annie was a fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Last Mile Health in Liberia

Bassem Ghali
Bassem Ghali
Jan Swasthya Sahjog, UCSF Medical Center
Bassem Ghali grew up in Dubai, UAE and immigrated to Fairfax, VA where he finished high school. He graduated from Cornell University as a Mechanical Engineer, and then attended medical school at the University of Virginia and went on to do his Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. It was during medical school that he signed up for a health elective in beautiful Moshi, Tanzania. It was an amazing experience and inspired him to pursue global health work. His clinical interests are varied, but range from hospital and Emergency Department “super users”, infections in critically ill patients (particularly in resource limited settings), postgraduate medical education in resource limited settings, and increasing global health exposure for US medical trainees. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his large family and friends, occasionally running, and checking out local restaurants, coffee houses and microbrews. Bassem was a fellow who served at UCSF Department of Hospital Medicine and at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.
Grace Deukmedjian
Grace Deukmedjian
Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Possible

Grace Deukmedjian received her B.S. degree in Neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine, followed by her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She then completed her pediatric residency training at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and continued at UCLA as a pediatric hospitalist for three years. Her clinical and academic interests have included evidence-­based pediatric hospital medicine, global health and humanities in medicine. She has spent time caring for Tibetan refugees in the Trans-­Himalayan region of Northern India, worked in a pediatric hospital in Armenia, and spent one year in Haiti working on potable water and malnutrition as well as disaster relief. Most recently, she taught midwives and traditional birth attendants NRP in Ghana. She is excited to build on her previous experience, and work towards refining traditional global health practices with her new HEAL family. Grace was a fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Possible in Nepal.

Graciela Cadet
Graciela Cadet
Zanmi Lasante

Graciela Cadet was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and attended the national nursing school (Ecole Nationale d’Infirmieres de Port-au-Prince). She has worked as a nurse for seven years and became the nurse manager of the Intensive Care Unit at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in 2013. Graciela has worked for Zamni Lasante (ZL), the sister organization of Partners in Health, for over three years, and has come to see the organization as a driving force in social justice and a key player in the promotion of equity in health. She is particularly interested in quality improvement, advocacy, and strengthening the Haitian health system, and has continued to pursue training in public health management. She believes through this fellowship she will gain the skills needed to lead the effort in making a difference at the hospital she works, in the country where she comes from, and advocating for marginalized populations around the world. Graciela was a fellow at Zanmi Lasante in Haiti.

Amanda Bradke
Amanda Bradke
Tsehootsooi Medical Center, Zanmi Lasante

Amanda Bradke is currently a third year internal medicine resident at Boston Medical Center. She grew up in the Midwest, in the city of Grand Ledge, Michigan. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan, she went on to complete a Master’s of Bioethics at the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on global health. During this time, Mandy wrote her thesis on the ethics of short-­term medical mission trips and worked full-time at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center. As a medical student at Case Western Reserve University, and later during residency, Mandy participated in a variety of global health experiences. She traveled to Uganda as part of SocMed, went to India as a member of the BMC’s Global Health Pathway, and spent a month on the Navajo Reservation at Shiprock Northern Navajo Medical Center. In her free time, Mandy enjoys baking, eating and travelling. She is very excited for the opportunity to collaborate with all the other wonderful HEAL fellows she will meet. Amanda was a fellow who served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and Zanmi Lasante in Haiti

Tamara Augustine
Tamara Augustine
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility, Zanmi Lasante

Tamara Augustine was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica, not to be mistaken with the Dominican Republic. She migrated to Tennessee in 2002 and completed a BS in Chemistry and Spanish at Middle Tennessee State University. She returned to Dominica to study medicine at Ross University. It was not until a stint with Child Family Health International in Mexico during undergrad that she became focused on providing healthcare to the poorest among us, a desire which has continued to grow through the years. She accidentally stumbled upon Emergency Medicine and that was the best thing that ever happened to her! Currently, she is completing an Emergency Medicine residency at Sinai-­Grace Hospital in Detroit. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, and dancing. She also loves spending time outdoors, especially near water, and hanging out with family and friends. Her long term goal is to move back to Dominica where she can sell coconuts on the beach to tourists. Tamara was a fellow who served at Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility in Chinle, Arizona and Zanmi Lasante in Haiti.