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Success Stories

How do you know if the Health Professions is right for you? These are some of the questions that our alumni found helpful.

Are you motivated to help people?

The health professions require practitioners to uphold an ethical responsibility toward caring about other people. All professions in the healthcare industry place a high-value on service and awareness of social and cultural factors that can influence client behaviors. It is never too early to volunteer at a hospital or other clinical setting!

Do you enjoy problem solving?

All health professions value critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and the ability to integrate and synthesize information. These skills are considered necessary among health professionals across the spectrum for successful clinical and managerial problem solving. A well-developed ability to problem solve is the backbone of successful care provision. This skill will enable clear oral and written communication between you and other professionals and clients, so work to develop these skills in your classwork, in independent research, and in public presentations.

Are you a good team player?

The health professions are motived by several competencies related to interprofessional teamwork.  It is essential that all professionals are willing to engage in open and transparent health communication with other members of the caregiver team. Effective communication is considered an outcome measure of high-quality care when used between a team of professionals. Consider developing team-building skills with your classmates as good practice for working with others having different professional perspectives.

Click on any of our alumni profiles below to read more

Doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD)

Daniela Brutman

Daniela Brutman '12

MD
Rosalind Franklin University

Amanda Gibbs

Amanda Gibbs '16

MD
UNR Medical School

Alina Konnikova

Alina Konnikova '11

MD
University of Illinois Chicago

Sydni Cole

Sydni Cole ’12

MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Pascal Accoh in lab

Pascal Accoh ’12

Pascal received his M.D. degree from Southern Illinois University and is now a Physician resident at St. Louis University.

MD/PhD

Nijee Luthra

Nijee Luthra '04

MD/PhD
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Arun Paul

Arun Paul '05

MD/PhD
Rosalind Franklin University

Paulius Kuprys

Paulius Kuprys '12

MD/PhD
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Brian Kinsman ’09

Brian Kinsman ’09

MD/PhD
Penn State College of Medicine

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Victoria Egedus

Victoria Egedus '14

DO
MIdwestern University

Alexandra Skokzec

Alexandra Skoczek '18

DO
Auburn VIACOM
MPH
Emory University

Saajidha Rizvydeen

Saajidha Rizvydeen '12

DO
Marian University

Portrait of Ayesha Quraishi

Ayesha Quraishi ’19

DO
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Master of Science Nursing/Doctor of Nursing (MSN/DNP)

Jessica Dudley

Jessica Dudley '14

MS DNP
University of Illinois Chicago

Michael Peters ’17

Michael Peters ’17

MSN
Rush University

Daniela Garcia

Daniela Garcia '16

MSN
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amanda Brunges '18

Amanda Brunges '18

MSN
Rush University

Marisol Careon

Marisol Carreon '18

MSN
DePaul University

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Daria Polyarskaya

Daria Polyarskaya '18

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Anna Sandler

Anna Sandler '19

PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Roberta Dume ’13

Roberta Dume ’13

PharmD
Rosalind Franklin University

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Mohini Verma

Mohini Verma ’18

DMD
Midwestern University

Cosmo Vivirito

Cosmo Vivirito '15

DMD
Midwestern University

Zach Sekulich

Zach Sekulich '15

DMD
Midwestern University

Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Psychology

Natasha L. Poulopoulos

Natasha L. Poulopoulos '12

MS/PhD–Clinical Psychology
Rosalind Franklin University

Sam Curry

Sam Curry '19

PsyD Clinical Psychology
Nova Southeastern University

Kristina Johnson

Kristina Johnson ’12

PhD-Clinical Psychology
Illinois Institute of Technology

Master of Science-Physician Assistant (MS-PA)

Alyssa Tunison

Alyssa Tunison '16

MS-Physician Assistant Practice (PA)

Mara Negru ’17

Mara Negru ’17

MS-PA
Rosalind Franklin University

Cassandra McCray

Cassandra McCray ’16

MS-PA
Midwestern University

Master of Clinical Counseling (MS)

Danielle Shaw

Danielle Shaw '20

MS-Clinical Counseling

Natasha L. Poulopoulos

Natasha L. Poulopoulos '12

MS/PhD–Clinical Psychology
Rosalind Franklin University

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Yvette Ramirez

Yvette Ramirez '18

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Abby King

Abby King '19

DPT
Northwestern University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Ellie Bacon ’19

Ellie Bacon ’19

DVM
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Beth Bennett

Beth Bennett '10

DVM
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Doctor of Optometry

Lisa Jeziorny

Lisa Jeziorny '07

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry

Karina Nikogosian

Karina Nikogosian '07

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry

Snezhanan Belyk

Snezhana Belukov '07

Doctor of Optometry
Illinois College of Optometry

Beyond Traditional Pre-Health

Logan Graham

Logan Graham '17

MHSA and MBA
Xavier University

Maegan Schultz

Maegan Schultz '15

MS
University of Illinois Chicago

Alexandra Skokzec

Alexandra Skoczek '18

DO
Auburn VIACOM
MPH
Emory University

Chisomo Mwale ’19

Chisomo Mwale ’19

Clinical Research Coordinator
Northwestern Feineberg School of Medicine

Arlyn Bateman

Arlyn Bateman '16

MS Marriage and Family Therapy
Northwestern University

Natalie Brusie

Natalie Brusie '16

MS in Healthcare Administration at University of Minnesota

Lauren Giurini

Lauren Giurini '20

PhD Epidemiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jaime Perez Pineda

Jaime Perez Pineda '10

Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Morgan Marshall

Morgan Marshall '16

MS Biomedical Visualization
University of Illinois at Chicago

Headshot of Amanda Allred

Amanda Allred '14

MS in Genetic Counseling
Brandeis University

Sara Murillo

Sara Murillo '16

Masters in Biotechnology
JD
Chicago Kent Law School

Aasimah Tanveer

Aasimah Tanveer '18

Masters Data Science
DePaul University