Current Students and Past Alumni

Current Students

 

Ali Nasser

Harvard University '20

Ali Nasser is from Dearborn, Michigan. He is a recent graduate from Harvard University where he majored in Neurobiology with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. At KDDS, he is looking forward to working with various medical professionals and gaining a new perspective on the everyday work of a physician. He is also very excited to be a part of a community of like-minded peers, pursuing their passion for medicine together. After the program, Ali will attend medical school and is interested in a few different paths including internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery. However, Ali would ultimately like to take his skills and knowledge and apply them to projects that improve healthcare around the globe. During his free time, he loves to read, go biking, hiking, and play basketball.

Anupama Balasubramanian

Washington University in St. Louis ’20 

Anu Balasubramanian is originally from Westford, Massachusetts. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Biology and Anthropology. This year at KDDS she is looking forward to mentorship from health professionals, assisting in procedures, and getting to know other students in the gap year program. Long-term, Anu hopes to pursue medical specialties related to women’s health or oncology. In her free time, Anu enjoys singing, going for runs, and spending time with family and friends.

Ben Evans

Johns Hopkins University '20

Ben Evans is from Miami, Florida. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor's in Chemistry where he also conducted research on skin regeneration. At KDDS, he hopes to further his understanding of dermatology by experiencing different aspects of dermatology such as allergy testing. He also hopes to be able to develop meaningful relationships with the staff at the clinic as well as the patients. Ben hopes to obtain his MD and study dermatology, as he has been interested ever since high school after having to worry about skin cancer in the blazing Florida sun. In his free time, Ben enjoys photography, playing video games, doing crosswords, and taking long walks on the beach.

Bobby Cecere

Yale University '20

Bobby Cecere is from Glastonbury, Connecticut. He attended Yale University, where he majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and played on the varsity baseball team as a pitcher. At KDDS, Bobby is excited to work with exceptional doctors and develop close relationships with the local population of patients. He is looking forward to getting the chance to provide direct, meaningful care to patients and applying his experiences from school and internships over the past couple years. Bobby is particularly interested in surgery, but is looking forward to exploring different practice areas. Outside of medicine, Bobby enjoys playing sports, working with kids with special needs, being outdoors, and cooking.

Camden Bohn

Harvard University '20

Camden Bohn was born and raised in Granger, Indiana. He spent the last four years attending Harvard University where he majored in Biomedical Engineering. He aspires to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the medical field during his time at KDDS. As of now, he has gained some skills through shadowing and clinical research but he is excited to become fully immersed in a medical practice and gain a better understanding of the everyday life of a physician. Camden is leaning towards orthopedics due to his athletic background, but is open to change as he continues to learn more about different medical fields. In his free time, he enjoys exercise, sports, food, and spending quality time with friends.

Christian Potter

University of San Diego '17

Christian Potter is a recent graduate from the University of Guam with a Master's degree in Biology. Growing up in the rural Garden Isle of Hawai'i, Kaua'i, he first became interested in Dermatology by following his father to work. With his dad being the only Dermatologist on the island, he hopes to one day return to serve his local community as a physician.  While he is still curious about many medical specialties, Christian comes to KDDS to further his knowledge in Dermatology and gain exposure to Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology. Working as an assistant under the tutelage of Dr. Carl Schanbacher, he hopes to gain experience in treating the most unruly skin cancers. 

 

His hobbies include surfing, hiking, and snowboarding. While completing a degree in biophysics complemented with a minor in mathematics at the University of San Diego, he competed and served as the USD surf team captain. His academic and research interests focus on the connection between humans and their local environments. With a passion for mitigating Pharmacopollution and preserving the environment tied to indigenous communities' cultural well-being, Christian hopes to one day serve the Pacific while advocating for its natural and cultural treasures.

Danaë Alexandrou

University of Rochester '20

Danaë Alexandrou is from Worcester, Massachusetts.  She graduated from the University of Rochester with a major in Environmental Health and a minor in Spanish. Throughout college, Danaë volunteered with underserved children and those with special needs. She also worked as a writing tutor and clinical research coordinator for neurodegenerative disease studies. She joined KDDS in hopes to gain new perspectives into both the clinical and clerical aspects of medicine and she looks forward to forming dynamic relationships with patients and staff. Danaë aspires to work with disadvantaged populations to improve their health and environment through public health initiatives. Outside of academia, Danaë enjoys biking, volleyball, baking, and hiking throughout Cape Cod.

Danielle Yerdon

Yale University '20

Danielle Yerdon is originally from Syracuse, New York. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Neuroscience and studied the molecular basis of Parkinson's Disease. This foundation, in addition to past work in a neuromuscular clinic, has fueled her interest in the field of neurology. While at Yale, she was an active member of two dance groups, visited residents at a local nursing home, and led an adaptive dance program for children and young adults with special needs. At KDDS, she is very excited to partake in such a hands-on learning experience, work closely with mentors in the medical field, get to know the other students, and continue honing the interpersonal skills fundamental to exceptional patient care. Outside of the clinic, Danielle loves gardening, dancing, drawing, and painting.

Grace Wu

University of Pennsylvania '20

Grace Wu is from Lexington, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Neuroscience. At KDDS, she is excited to develop her clinical skills and help deliver quality care to the local patient population while working closely with outstanding providers and fellow gap students. Grace is open to exploring various medical specialties, with particular interests in neurology, dermatology, and psychiatry. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, drawing, and spending time with family and friends.

Isabelle Lombardi

University of Wisconsin '20

Isabelle Lombardi grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a degree in Microbiology and a certificate in Global Health. At KDDS, Isabelle is looking forward to learning from highly esteemed providers and gain more clinical experience. Additionally, Isabelle is excited to get to know the rest of the gap year students and experience the day to day life of working in dermatology. Isabelle is open to different specialties but is currently interested in women’s health. In her free time she enjoys sailing, trying new recipes, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Leipman

Cornell University '20

Jessica Leipman is from Brookline, Massachusetts. She attended Cornell University where she majored in Biological Sciences and was a diver on the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. At KDDS, she is looking forward to gaining hands-on clinical experience, learning about general and surgical dermatology, and forming relationships with the providers, patients, and other gap students. After the gap year program, Jessica hopes to attend medical school and is interested in exploring sports medicine, orthopedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family and pets.

John Almeida

Washington University in St. Louis '20

John Almeida is from Ashland, Massachusetts. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. At KDDS, he is excited to gain practical clinical experience in a patient-oriented environment and practice the art of delivering high-quality patient care. He’s also looking forward to developing meaningful relationships with and learning from the physicians, staff, and other gap year students, as well as getting involved in volunteer opportunities around the greater Boston area. John hopes to pursue an MD/MPH after the gap year program, and although he isn’t decided on what path he wants to specialize in, he’s broadly interested in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and asthma and allergy on the medical side and political and socioeconomic determinants of health disparities and health policy on the public health side. In his free time, he likes spending time with friends and family, running, trying new restaurants, and playing and watching soccer. 

Kai-Lou Yue

Bryant University '20

Kai-Lou Yue is from Westford, Massachusetts. She attended Bryant University where she majored in biology. This year at KDDS, she is excited to expand her knowledge of the medical field and build strong connections with patients, providers, and other gap year students. Kai-Lou hopes to attend medical school after the completion of this program. She’s keeping an open mind with regards to the direction of her medical career, but is interested in oncology-related specialties at the moment. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends.

Lohit Sodagum

Johns Hopkins University '20

Lohit Sodagum is from Budd Lake, New Jersey. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. At KDDS, he hopes to become more comfortable with patient interaction and is excited to work with the other gap students and providers. Lohit hopes to pursue an MD/MPH to learn more about health disparities affecting underserved populations. He is not certain about what he will specialize in but is interested in pediatrics and oncology. In his free time, Lohit likes to play basketball, follow sports and learn guitar.

Martha Kebeh

Harvard University '20

Martha Kebeh recently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an English minor. Before moving to Cambridge, she grew up in Worcester, MA. She is interested in many aspects of medicine, including orthopedics and sports medicine as well as public health, but is happy as long as she gets to work with patients and looks forward to doing so at KDDS. She hopes to learn from the providers at KDDS and build relationships with its patient population over the next year as she develops clinical experiences as a Doctor Assistant at KDDS. In Martha's free time, she enjoys exercising and spending time outdoors, reading novels and poetry, and spending quality time with roommates.

Mickey Shearer

Washington University in St. Louis '19

Mickey Shearer is originally from Locust Valley, New York. He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he double majored in Biochemistry and Japanese. At KDDS, Mickey hopes to learn more about everything that is required of a clinic to provide excellent patient care. He also looks forward to assisting in various procedures and learning about dermatology on a daily basis. Mickey is excited to explore medicine further before entering medical school, because he is currently interested in many fields, including dermatology, emergency medicine, and surgery. In his free time he enjoys practicing gymnastics and playing guitar.

Nicholas Taylor

Wesleyan University '20

Nick Taylor is from Burlington, Connecticut. He graduated from Wesleyan University where he majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Biophysics. At KDDS, Nick is excited to develop his communication skills with both patients and physicians while learning how to facilitate positive patient experiences in a clinical setting. He is also eager to assist in patient care through both managerial duties and medical procedures. After attending medical school, Nick plans on pursuing a career in either orthopaedic trauma surgery or surgical sports medicine. In his free time, Nick likes to go fishing with his dad and younger brother, read books at a local café, or pump some iron in the gym. 

Sandra Freeman

Northwestern University '20

Sandra Freeman is from Boulder, Colorado. She attended Northwestern University where she majored in Biological Sciences and swam on the Varsity Swim Team. At KDDS, Sandra hopes to gain experience working with patients and an in-depth understanding of the physician-patient relationship. After KDDS, Sandra hopes to attend medical school and is excited to learn more about potential specialties. In her free time, Sandra enjoys swimming, hiking, and reading. 

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Class of 2019 - 2020

Alvin Thampalakattu

Emory University '18

Alvin Thampalakattu is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Emory University where he majored in Biology. At KDDS, Alvin hopes to learn more about the intricacies of medicine and gain insight on how to provide extraordinary patient care. In terms of his future career plans, Alvin is interested in exploring surgery, pediatrics, or emergency medicine. In his free time, he enjoys working out, traveling, and trying new, healthy recipes. 

Amelia Joyce

Emory University '19

Amelia Joyce is a native to the greater Boston area and grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts. Amelia graduated from Emory University, where she studied Neuroscience and Chemistry. This year at KDDS she is looking forward to working alongside all the providers and learning more about both general and surgical dermatology, as well as how best to serve and communicate with a diverse patient population. Amelia is excited to work with the other gap year students and assist in outpatient care, and in the future Amelia hopes to go to medical school to pursue her dream of being a doctor. Although she has not narrowed down what she would want to focus on later in life she is eager to learn more about different medical specialties, including emergency medicine, pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, and infectious disease. In her free time Amelia likes going to the beach, playing ice hockey, cooking (and eating), and spending time with friends.

Angela Yu

Tufts University '19

Angela Yu was born and raised in Austin, Texas and attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where she graduated with a degree in Biopsychology. At KDDS, she looking forward to getting hands on experience with the patients and having the opportunity to form long term relationships with them and their families. Angela hopes to work with children, babies, and families in the future and maybe even open up her own practice! In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, soccer, and football and, in the winter, she goes skiing with her family. 

Anthony Camargo

Harvard University '19

Anthony Camargo is originally from Covina, California. Anthony has spent the last four years at Harvard University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and played on the Varsity Football team. At KDDS, Anthony is looking forward to having a more hands on role in clinical care and hoping to learn more about what is required for daily operations as well as how to provide positive patient experiences. One day, Anthony would like to own of a clinic of his own. In his free time, Anthony likes to watch NBA basketball, swim and be outdoors; whether that is hiking, fishing or off roading.  

Awa Franklin

Yale University '19

Awa Franklin is from Columbia, South Carolina. She attended Yale University where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. At KDDS, she is excited to gain a strong understanding of the many facets of being a physician, managing a practice, and providing high-quality patient care. Awa plans to attend medical school in the future. She is interested in exploring pediatrics, primary care, and psychiatry as possible specialties. She hopes to apply her psychology background to promote positive patient experiences and doctor-patient relationships as well as empower patients to achieve their healthcare goals. In her free time, Awa enjoys seeing and participating in theater, baking, and traveling.

Cameron Neeson

Cornell University '19

Cameron Neeson is originally from Orono, Minnesota. She attended Cornell University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Nutrition and Health. She is excited to be immersed in an amazing clinical experience with KDDS, and is especially looking forward to interacting with patients and learning about dermatology. After her gap year, Cameron plans to attend medical school. She is particularly interested in pursuing primary care or psychiatry, but is very open to exploring all specialties. In her free time, Cameron loves going skiing with her family, baking cookies when she’s stressed, and going boating with her friends when she’s back home in Minnesota.

Danielle Abrams

Washington University in St. Louis '19

Danielle Abrams is originally from Chappaqua, New York. In 2019, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology with a minor in anthropology. At KDDS, Danielle hopes to learn how to provide quality patient care and gain hands-on experience in a diverse clinical setting. After the gap year program, Danielle hopes to attend medical school and is interested in exploring pediatrics, psychiatry, and neuroscience. In her free time, Danielle enjoys hiking with her dog, baking, and spending time with friends. 

Isis Van Putten

Tufts University '19

Isis Van Putten grew up in Harrisville, Rhode Island. She attended Tufts University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Community Health. Isis is looking forward to gaining valuable skills and medical knowledge while working at KDDS, particularly on how to empathize and connect with patients. She is also excited to learn more about the field of dermatology while working alongside the amazing providers at KDDS and her fellow peers. After the gap year program, Isis hopes to attend medical school to receive her MD/MPH dual-degree. Isis hopes to work in Women’s Health and Genetics, serving and advocating for under served populations. In her free time, Isis loves to sing, play soccer, and read a good book on the beach.

James Yu

Johns Hopkins University '19

James Yu is originally from Lexington, Massachusetts and attended Johns Hopkins University. He graduated in 2019 with a degree in Biology and a minor in French. During this year at KDDS he is very excited to get to know the other gap year students, learn from and work closely with the doctors, and provide the best care he possibly can to the patients he encounters. He is not yet sure what field of medicine he would like to go into, but he is particularly interested in dermatology, pediatrics, correctional medicine, and emergency medicine. He hopes to eventually combine his interest in medicine with his desire to work with underserved populations and communities. In his free time he loves to play football, soccer, and volleyball, listen to music, and buy all kinds of scented candles. 

Joy Udoh

Oberlin College '19

Joy Udoh is from Lagos, Nigeria. She recently graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. Joy hopes to grow in the skills and knowledge that are required to provide excellent patient care and she believes that her time at Kuchnir dermatology will be perfect for that. Joy hopes to become a physician and an educator in the future, and is interested in pediatrics. In her free time, Joy enjoys reading, cooking, and watching films.

Katherine Franklin

University of Southern California '19

Katherine Franklin is originally from Franklin, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in both Spanish and Health and Human Sciences. At KDDS, Kate hopes to learn what goes into providing exceptional patient care, and hopes to put what she learns into action in the clinic. Kate hopes to earn an MD and go on to practice in a specialty with both medical and surgical elements. During her free time, Kate enjoys doing yoga, writing, and playing the guitar. 

Ketura Webb

Harvard University ‘19

 

Ketura Webb is originally from Southfield, Michigan. She recently graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in Neurobiology and a secondary in English. At KDDS, she is excited to learn from experienced healthcare providers and gain invaluable experience in providing excellent patient care. Ketura hopes to attend medical school and pursue a specialty with surgical elements. She is also interested in urban health and making healthcare more accessible. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, photography, and watching films. 

Laura Barthold

Dartmouth College '19

Laura Barthold grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Dartmouth College, where she earned degrees in Biology and Music. At KDDS, Laura is excited to gain invaluable experience from wonderful physicians in a clinical setting. Laura plans to attend medical school in the future, where she is open to exploring all specialties, although she maintains an interest in surgery and pediatrics. In her free time, Laura enjoys working out, playing music, and skiing. 

Lizzie Fountain

Duke University '19

Lizzie Fountain is from Madison, New Jersey.  She attended Duke University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Child Policy Research. At KDDS, Lizzie is looking forward to learning more about the patient-physician relationship and what goes into providing excellent patient care. She also can’t wait to get to know her fellow gap students and work with such accomplished providers. Lizzie hopes to attend medical school after her year at KDDS, and is currently interested in working somewhere within pediatrics. In her free time, Lizzie loves volunteering, dancing, and rewatching old seasons of Friends on Netflix.

Michael Park

Washington University in St. Louis '19

Michael Park is from New Jersey and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor's of Arts in Cognitive Neuroscience. Michael is really excited to learn what it means to take care of patients and to be part of that process as an assistant. In the future he wants to explore many specialties, but the ones in his head right now are psychiatry, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. In his free time, Michael loves taking dance classes and reading fantasy novels. Michael is hoping to start entering dance battles in Boston during his gap year!

Monika Karki

Rice University '19

Monika Karki grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering. Through KDDS, she hopes to become more acquainted with the healthcare system, develop important clinical skills, and learn how to put the well-being of a patient above all else. Monika is still discovering what her specific medical interests are but is interested in pursuing cardiology and neonatology. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, painting, exploring new places, watching movies, and spending time with friends.

Natalie Philips

Davidson College '18

Natalie Philips is from Asheville, North Carolina. She went to Davidson College, graduated in 2018, and majored in Biology. For the past year, Natalie has been researching pediatric oncology in Paris, France on a Fulbright research grant. She hopes to gain more experience with hands-on patient care at KDDS, to bolster her clinical skills. Natalie is keeping an open mind when it comes to the direction of her medical career, but she is interested in oncology and pediatrics at the moment. In her free time, Natalie likes to spend time outdoors, go hiking, and box. She also likes to travel and take pictures.

Paul Kinard

Princeton University '19

Paul Kinard is from Lexington, Massachusetts. Paul attended Princeton University where he studied Neuroscience. For his year at KDDS, Paul is looking forward to learning practical clinical skills and forming lasting patient relationships. He plans to attend medical school after his year at KDDS with a potential surgery focus, though many aspects of the medical field draw his interest. Outside of medicine, Paul enjoys dancing, sculpting, and reading.

Sarah McDonough

Northwestern University '19

Sarah McDonough grew up in Western Springs, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience with a concentration in Biology and minor in World Literature. At KDDS, Sarah looks forward to working alongside outstanding physicians to offer quality patient care and learning about the everyday work that goes into running a dermatology practice. She hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in allergy and immunology, pediatrics, or obstetrics/gynecology. Sarah also hopes to use her medical degree to advocate for underserved populations and improve access to care. In her free time, Sarah enjoys baking, dancing, reading books, and traveling to new cities. 

Sarah Yapo

Washington University in St. Louis '19

Sarah Yapo is from Rockford, Illinois but spent her childhood in Malaysia. Sarah attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a Bachelor's of Arts in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. At KDDS, she is eager to gain experience developing positive doctor-patient relationships and insight into the administrative duties of the clinic. She is also excited for the mentorship and collaboration with the physicians and her peers! Sarah is open to exploring different specialties, but she is currently interested in orthopedic surgery. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, exploring new places, and being active!

Shahzaib Saleem

Cornell University '19

Shahzaib Saleem is from Elmont, New York, which is by the Belmont Racetrack. Shahzaib graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Biological Sciences, Near Eastern Studies, and Chemistry. At KDDS he hopes to gain valuable experience in working with patients and develop a personal style of communication with and care for patients. Shahzaib is currently interested in becoming a neurosurgeon. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing cricket, studying theology, and volunteering at Science Olympiad tournaments.

Zach Harrison

Emory University '19

Zach Harrison is from Savannah, Georgia. He attended Emory University where he majored in biology. He hopes to learn how to deliver quality patient care while working at KDDS. His current medical interests include oncology and pediatrics, though he is unsure exactly what he would like to do with his medical career. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, and trying new restaurants.

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Class of 2018-2019

Adam Uppendahl

the University of Notre Dame '18

 

Adam Uppendahl is originally from Bellevue, Washington. Adam attended the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Neuroscience & Behavior and minored in Sustainability. At KDDS Adam looks forward to developing relationships with many patients and learning more about what it means to deliver quality patient care. Adam is currently interested in pursuing psychiatry or neurology in his future medical career, but he is looking forward to exploring all medical specialities. In his free time Adam loves to ski, run, and watch sitcoms.

Alexander Lee

Duke University '18

Alexander Lee is originally from Thousand Oaks, California. He attended Duke University where he earned a degree in Biology and minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. At KDDS, he hopes to gain valuable insight into the daily tasks of physicians and how they manage a clinic. He is excited to be part of the program and work alongside physicians and other gap-year students. Alexander will enter medical school with an open mind to a variety of specialties. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and strumming the guitar.

Alexandra Luna

Johns Hopkins University '18

 

Alexandra Luna is from Southlake, Texas. Luna attended the Johns Hopkins University and earned a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She hopes to learn how to be a great physician by working alongside each of the KDDS providers. Luna is still deciding what type of doctor she would like to be. Lastly, Luna enjoys traveling and listening to music during her free time.  

Catherine Pulles

Boston College '18

Catherine Pulles is originally from Plymouth, Minnesota. She attended Boston College and earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Catherine is looking forward to better understanding the intricacies of patient care at KDDS. She is also very excited to collaborate with providers and peers on a daily basis. After KDDS, Catherine plans to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys baking, playing soccer, and painting.

Chandler McMillan

Duke University '18

Chandler McMillan is originally from a small beach town on Long Island, New York. She attended Duke University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in chemistry. At KDDS, she is excited to engage with a diverse set of patients and gain exposure to both the general and surgical sides of dermatology.   She is also excited to better understand what goes into navigating medicine successfully within a private practice setting. Chandler hopes to explore obstetrics and gynecology or neonatology in her future medical endeavors, but is open to exploring any and all fields! In her spare time, she enjoys baking, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and going to the beach!

Emily Crawford

Emory University '18

Emily Crawford grew up in the suburbs outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Emily attended Emory University and majored in Biology and Chemistry. She is looking forward to working alongside the physicians at KDDS and developing relationships with patients. Emily is also excited to learn more about patient care in a private practice setting and to explore the field of dermatology. She plans to attend medical school and is interested in pediatrics, oncology, and infectious disease. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, running, and traveling.

Emma Klug

Kenyon College '18

 

Emma Klug is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Kenyon College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. This year at KDDS, Emma is looking forward to gaining valuable clinical experience through collaboration with patients, providers, and her peers. After KDDS, Emma hopes to enter an MD-MPH dual degree program to gain a fundamental understanding of how healthcare policy and the U.S. healthcare system affects the delivery of clinical care. In terms of her medical career, she is interested in specializing in women's health and is looking forward to an active career full of advocating for her patients. Outside of work, Emma enjoys playing soccer, exploring the outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Gabriele Ruzgas

the College of William and Mary '18

Gabriele Ruzgas is originally from Downers Grove, Illinois and attended the College of William and Mary. Gabriele graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences and a minor in Public Health. This year at KDDS she is beyond excited to work and learn in a clinic and gain invaluable medical knowledge and experience. Gabriele is also eager to get to know all the providers and her peers! In terms of a future medical career, she is not quite sure which specialty she wants to pursue, but has been interested in pediatrics, internal medicine, endocrinology, and oncology. Gabriele also hopes to use her medical knowledge to help deliver and build healthcare for people and places in need. In her free time Gabriele likes to explore new places and eat ice cream.

Grant Black

Washington University in St. Louis '18

Grant Black is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned degrees in Neuroscience and Economics. At KDDS, Grant is excited to gain hands-on experience interacting with patients and learning from healthcare providers. Grant is interested in a career in surgery, possibly in conjunction with orthopedics or neurology.  In his free time, Grant loves cooking, running, and spending time with his friends.

Heather Tier

Boston College '18

 

Heather Tier grew up in a small beach town in Oceanport, New Jersey. After high school, Heather moved to Oriental, North Carolina. She attended Boston College and recently graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities Studies. The aspects of the KDDS Gap Year Program Heather is most excited for are the extraordinary human connections she will be able to make with patients, and the clinical skills she will develop by participating firsthand in dermatologic procedures and surgeries. In terms of her medical career, Heather hopes to begin medical school in Fall 2019 after completing one gap year. Heather has always had a passion for pediatrics and women's health, and recently she is fascinated by the field of dermatology. Outside her interests in science and medicine, Heather has a passion for nutrition and fitness. She was a cheerleader all four years at Boston College, and in her free time she loves to workout and go sailing.

Heidi Nocka

Harvard College '18

 

Heidi Nocka is from the small town of Harvard, Massachusetts. She went to Harvard University and received a Bachelor’s of Arts. Heidi concentrated in Human Evolutionary Biology and received a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She hopes to learn about the skills required to give quality patient care and to learn from the Physicians about this particular career path in medicine. With a background in athletics and biomechanics, she is interested in sports medicine, and possibly injury prevention research. Heidi is an avid outdoors woman, and is excited to find new ways to be active after being a competitive rower for many years.​

Jacqueline Ly

Yale University '17

Jacqueline Ly is originally from Newton, Massachusetts. She attended Yale University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology. At KDDS, she is excited to engage with patients and learn more about the field of nurse practitioning as she hopes to one day become a family nurse practitioner. During the free time of her dreams, Jacqueline is likely lying in the sun (wearing sunscreen, of course!) and sipping a boba milk tea.

Jason Shao

Washington University in St. Louis '18

Jason Shao is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jason attended Washinton University in St. Louis where he majored in biochemistry and minored in computer science. At KDDS, he hopes to learn about interacting with patients and providing quality health care. As a physician, Jason hopes to pursue a surgical specialty. In his free time, Jason likes to play soccer, tennis, cook, and enjoy time with friends.

Joshua Kotlyar

Cornell University '18

 

Joshua Kotlyar is originally from Oceanside, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. At KDDS, Josh hopes to learn more about the intricacies of medicine in a practice setting while working with experts in the field of dermatology. He is also excited to gain more experience interacting with patients. In terms of medical specialty, Josh is currently interested in dermatology, otolaryngology, and oncology, but is keeping an open mind and is excited to explore many other specialties in medical school. He is also interested in working with underserved populations abroad, particularly in Latin America. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, skiing, and trying new foods.

Mustafa Ali

Johns Hopkins University '18

 

Mustafa Ali is from Macomb Township, Michigan. He attended Johns Hopkins University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. At KDDS, he hopes to continue developing his bedside manner and see how the experienced dermatologists best apply their medical knowledge to clinical care. Mustafa is open to exploring different areas of medicine. He has an interest in autoimmune diseases and new biologic therapeutics. In his free time, Mustafa enjoys visiting historical sites and following sports like basketball, hockey, baseball, football, and cricket.

Nikhil Kasarla

University of Rochester '18

 

Nikhil Kasarla is originally from Rochester, New York. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester in 2017. At the KDDS Gap year program he is most excited to experience how a private outpatient clinic is run. In the future Nikhil is looking to pursue a surgical career. In his free time he enjoys dancing, hiking, skiing, and traveling.

Paige Scarbrough

Duke University '18

 

Paige Scarbrough is originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Duke University and majored in Psychology. At Kuchnir Dermatology, she is looking forward to interacting with patients on a daily basis and witnessing how a practice runs. She is planning on applying to medical school but is keeping an open mind with regards to which specialty she will choose. In her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures to new cities and restaurants. 

Patrick Regan

University of Rochester '18

 

Patrick Regan is originally from Rochester, New York. He attended the University of Rochester where he majored in Molecular Genetics and researched in a neuroscience lab. At KDDS, he hopes to immerse himself in the medical field, learn its intricacies, and develop his bedside manner. In the future, Patrick is open to exploring most medical specialties, but he is interested in pursuing surgery. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking excursions and snowboarding on bluebird days. 

Shannon Robins

the College of William and Mary '18

 

Shannon Robins is originally from Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, and spent the past four years at the College of William and Mary. Shannon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is excited to spend the next year working with KDDS to gain a more hands-on experience in a clinical setting and take advantage of the mentorship opportunities with the different providers. Shannon is open to many different specialties but has a special interest in possibly pursuing Emergency Medicine as a physician in the future. In her free time, Shannon loves watching stand-up comedy and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Timothy Gao

Carnegie Mellon University '17

 

Timothy Gao is originally from New York, New York. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017 where he majored in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry. Tim joined KDDS to improve his clinical competencies and develop a more intimate understanding of quality healthcare delivery. Undecided on specialty, he hopes to use his medical degree as a platform for culturally-competent care, medical education, and health advocacy. In his free time, he likes to go fishing, play basketball, and read.

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Class of 2017-2018

Anna Clements

Johns Hopkins University '17

Anna Clements is originally from Oak Hill, Virginia. She attended Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Neuroscience and Spanish. At KDDS, Anna hopes to learn more about the complexities of the health care system and gain perspective on how to deliver exceptional patient care. In terms of her future medical career, Anna is interested in exploring sub-specialties within pediatrics, such as pediatric neurology or cardiology. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing classical piano, and making bucket lists of travel destinations. 

Brittany Bautista

MIT '17

Brittany Bautista is originally from Stamford, Connecticut. She attended MIT where she received a degree in mechanical engineering. At KDDS, Brittany is excited to care for patients, learn from experienced doctors, and experience medicine first hand. In her medical career she hopes to pursue a surgical specialty and care for patients from underserved communities. In her free time, Brittany enjoys dancing, cooking, and building things. 

Daniel Henick

Yale University '17

Daniel Henick is originally from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. He attended Yale University where he majored in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Daniel joined KDDS to gain perspective as to how a medical practice is run and understand what it takes to promote a patient's health above all. In his medical career, he wants to combine his interests in psychology as well as music to better understand the nuances of how to connect with others to develop trusting physician-patient relationships while also maintaining a commitment to research and the improvement of the patient experience through academic medicine. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys playing and listening to music. Over the past ten years, he has performed in orchestras on the bassoon. 

Holly Sprow

Washington University in St. Louis '17

Holly Sprow is originally from Wauconda, Illinois. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Biology and Psychological/Brain Sciences. During her gap year at KDDS, Holly hopes to gain a more in-depth understanding of how medicine is practiced, from the interactions with patients down to the insurance and paperwork. She looks forward to discovering more about her interests in the medical field to see where she can best help to make improvements. For her future medical career, Holly wants to focus on a clinical practice in underserved communities, but it still keeping an open mind. In her free time, she enjoys reading, weightlifting, volunteering, hiking, and traveling. 

Jessica Saifee

Wellesley College '16

Jessica Saifee is originally from Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2016 where she majored in Neuroscience and South Asia Studies. She joined KDDS to understand how a private practice is run. In the future, Jessica hopes to become a medical doctor and work in global health. In addition to her interests in global health, she is also passionate about language learning. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, doing calligraphy, and learning Russian. 

Joseph Schanbacher

Colorado School of Mines '17

Joseph Schanbacher is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He attended The Colorado School of Mines where he majored in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. He joined KDDS to gain a better understanding of the intricacies involved with day-to-day patient care and to contribute to the practice in an effective manner. In the future, Joseph is interested in becoming a specialized surgeon and launching his own medically-related patent. In his free time, Joseph enjoys researching contemporary technology, downhill skiing, and riding his motorcycle. 

Julia May

College of William & Mary '17

Julia May is originally from Riverside, Illinois. She attended The College of William & Mary where she majored in Kinesiology and minored in Chemistry. Julia joined KDDS to gain further clinical experience through patient interaction and by working closely with her doctor mentor. She believes the opportunity to work closely with a mentor will be a valuable insight into life as a doctor. Julia is open to any area of medicine for the future, but is very interested in dermatology, women's health, and emergency medicine. In her free time, Julia has continued to competitively dance since the age of two. She was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, theater, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. 

Jiyeon Park

SUNY Binghamton University '17

 

Jiyeon Park is originally from Brooklyn New York. She attended SUNY Binghamton University where she majored in Cell and Molecular Biology and minored in Asian and Asian-American Studies. Jiyeon joined KDDS to learn more about the doctor-patient relationship and what it means to pursue a career dedicated to the service of people. In the future, she hopes to become a surgeon but is undecided about a specialty. Outside of work, Jiyeon enjoys swimming for the Charles River Masters Team, reading books, and hanging out with her dog. 

Kristina Dunworth

Cornell University '17

Kristina Dunworth is originally from Pleasanton, California. She attended Cornell University where she majored in Biology. She joined KDDS in order to get a more complete understanding of what a career in healthcare entails. Kristina is excited for the opportunity to both observe and participate in the relationships that the KDDS professionals have with their patients. In the future, Kristina intends to keep an open mind about medical specialties but is interesting in women's health. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and loves dogs. 

Manas Deolankar

Tufts University '17

 

Manas Deolankar is originally from Morganville, New Jersey. He attended Tufts University where he majored in Biology. Manas joined KDDS in order to better understand the responsibility of managing a person's health and hopes to practice connecting with patients to become a supportive figure in the delivery of their healthcare. In the future, Manas sees himself as a clinician potentially in the field of infectious diseases, but continues to keep an open mind about his prospective specialty. ​Outside of work, Manas enjoys playing both the guitar and bass guitar. 

Nate Barber

University of Rochester '17

Nate Barber is originally from New Fairfield, Connecticut. He attended the University of Rochester where he majored in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in cell and tissue engineering. At KDDS, Nate hopes to learn about the complexities of running a private practice as well as providing outstanding patient care. He continues to keep an open mind about his future medical career, but has a special interest in otolaryngology and dermatology. In his free time, Nate enjoys playing the guitar, lifting weights, and watching movies. 

Nick Toomey

University of Chicago '17

Nick Toomey is originally from San Mateo, California. He attended The University of Chicago where he majored in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Endocrinology. On top of academics, he also played four years of baseball for his University.  Nick joined KDDS to gain clinical experience while receiving valuable insight into the daily lives of physicians. For the future, he is mostly keeping an open mind about medical specialties, but is especially interested in surgery. In his free time Nick likes to ride his bike, snow ski, hike, and read. 

Nivi Ram

Duke University '17

Nivi Ram is from Boxborough, Massachusetts. She attended Duke University where she majored in Neuroscience with minors in Biology and Chemistry. On top of academics, Nivi enjoyed choreographing and performing with her dance team. At KDDS, Nivi hopes to learn how to best care for patients and learn from the physicians, staff, and fellow gap students at the clinic. In terms of her medical career, Nivi is open to any field of specialty, but has interests in Neuroendocrinology and Pediatrics. 

Qais Iqbal

Tufts University '17

Qais Iqbal is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. He attended Tufts University where he majored in Physics. He joined KDDS to understand what it means to be a compassionate and effective clinician and to further his learning about medical care while also expanding his network of colleagues and mentors in medicine. Though he is open minding about a future specialty, Qais hopes to be involved with global health initiatives. In his spare time, Qais enjoys running, biking, and reading. 

Robert Hight

Emory University '16

Robert Hight is originally from Covington, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University in 2016 where he majored in Biology and minored in Japanese. Robert then continued on to receive his masters from Tulane University. He joined KDDS with the hope to learn about patient care, dermatology, and how to effectively navigate through a busy clinic. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to gain first-hand medical experience. For his future medical career, Robert is particularly interested in Pediatrics and Dermatology. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, excursions with friends, and swimming. 

Sarah Qadir

Georgetown University '17

Sarah Qadir is originally from Southbury, Connecticut. She attended Georgetown University where she majored in French with a minor in Biology and Modern Greek. She joined KDDS excited to interact with and care for patients, gain clinical experience, and build a strong support network of both current and future physicians and mentors. Sarah plans to attend medical school with an open mind in terms of a specialty. Outside of work, she enjoys running and spending time with friends. 

Suneet Waghmarae

University of Rochester '17

Suneet Waghmarae is originally from East Amherst, New York. He attended the University of Rochester where he majored in Biology and Economics. He decided to spend a gap year at KDDS because the program offers the best opportunity to develop close relationships with physicians, and find a mentor in the medical field. Suneet hopes to immerse himself in the clinical environment at KDDS to develop clinical skills that will help him be an efficient and effective doctor. In the future, Suneet is specifically interested in Dermatology, Oncology, and Ophthalmology but is excited to gain exposure to other specialities in the years to come. Outside of work, he enjoys working out, listening to music and exploring Boston. 

Will Freeman

Washington University in St. Louis '17

Will Freeman is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia. He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and minored in Anthropology. He joined KDDS to get more exposure in a clinical setting and learn how to navigate discussions with patients. He is excited to make connections with skilled physicians. Will is keeping an open mind when it comes to medical specialities, but is strongly considering orthopedics and emergency medicine. In his free time, Will enjoys lifting weights and tinkering with electronics. 

Yalun Zhang

Yale University '16

Yalun Zhang is originally from Los Angeles, California. He attended Yale University for his undergraduate education where he majored in Economics. He also received a Masters in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. At KDDS, Yalun hopes to better understand the art of medicine, the relationship between doctors and patients, and the operations of a medical institution. In the future, Yalun hopes to use his background in economics and health policy to serve as an advocate for under-served communities and people who cannot afford healthcare. He also hopes to use his graduate school experience to improve the medical student experience. In his free time, Yalun enjoys fencing, drawing, and playing guitar. 

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Class of 2016-2017

Jenn Akin

Washington University in St. Louis '16

Jenn Akin was born and raised in Encinitas, California. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a BA in Neuroscience and a minor in Biomedical Physics. In her free time, Jenn loves baking, running, and traveling. As a patient care coordinator, Jenn works with Dr. Schanbacher as part of the Mohs surgical team.

Tess Allan

 Cornell University '16

 

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Tess Allan graduated from Cornell University this past May with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. While at Cornell, she was involved in undergraduate research and peer advising. Despite being undecided as to what field of medicine she will pursue, Tess chose to work at KDDS in order to gain insight into patient care and the health care system that will prove invaluable regardless of her choice of specialty.

Saya Bery

Washington University in St. Louis '16

 

Saya Bery is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she double majored in Global Health and the Environment and Biology. In her free time Saya loves hiking, cooking, and reading. At KDDS Saya works with Dr. Thanh-Nga Tran, where she enjoys interacting with patients and learning how to diagnose complex conditions.

Alex Clay

Stanford University '16

Alex Clay was raised Powell, Ohio and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology. She was on the Stanford diving team where she was an Honorable Mention All-American. She joined Kuchnir Dermatology in order to work closely with patients and physicians on a daily basis. Though she hopes to keep an open mind when picking a specialty in medicine, she is especially interested in psychiatry and pediatrics.

Cristina Foschi

Boston College '16

Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Cristina desired to pursue an education on the East Coast. While a student at Boston College, Cristina enjoyed Neuroscience and earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in May of 2016. Outside of academia, Cristina loved serving as a Resident Assistant for freshmen women and leading students on an annual service trip to the Appalachian region. Prior to attending medical school, Cristina plans to further enhance her dedication to medicine by gaining clinical experience and developing strong interpersonal connections with patients, physicians, and colleagues. At KDDS, Cristina works with Dr. Deborah Goddard and hopes to apply the skills she has learned to her career. Outside of work, Cristina enjoys running, exploring the city, and spending time with friends. In the future, Cristina hopes to embody the Jesuit ideals of Boston College by serving as a physician for others within the Appalachian region and beyond.

Scott Lamm

University of Rochester '16

 

Scott is originally from Northbrook, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.  In 2016, he graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Cell and Developmental Biology and a minor in Theater.  While attending the University of Rochester, Scott was involved in a cappella, student government, gave tours for prospective students, and created a new organization fostering new musical theater opportunities on campus. In addition, Scott gained research experience in cancer, neuroscience, and sleep and circadian biology and volunteered at Rochester General Hospital in the Emergency Department.  While at KDDS, Scott has had the opportunity to work with Dr. Thanh-nga Tran, Dr. Peter Schalock, and Dr. Louis Kuchnir.  He hopes to pursue a pediatric speciality and plans on incorporating the experience he has gained from this year to better his commitment to future patients and medicine.

Ben Landwersiek

University of Rochester '15

After growing up in Upstate New York, Ben studied Neuroscience & Spanish at University of Rochester. He joined Kuchnir Dermatology in Summer 2015 to enrich his patient experience and work under the guidance and support of expert physicians. With aspirations of becoming a pediatrician in the future, Ben spent the following year in Spain teaching high school biology and English through the Fulbright program. He returned to KDDS in 2016 excited to continue his work in Dr. Deborah Goddard’s clinic.

Brett Wiesen

University of Chicago '16

 

Brett grew up in Southwest Florida but went to the University of Chicago to study Biological Sciences and be a part of the varsity soccer team. He joined the KDDS team in order to gain an appreciation of the daily life of a practicing physician and interact closely with patients in need. He plans to attend medical school with an open mind but after serving as a part of the Mohs Micrographic Surgery clinic, his interests lie within the realm of surgical procedures

Casey Stein

Massachusetts Institute of Technology '16

 

Casey graduated from MIT with undergraduate and graduate degrees in city planning. Since graduating, she has been pursuing her interest in medicine, and is now in the process of applying to medical school for admission in Fall 2017. Originally from northern New York, Casey loves running, skiing, squirrel wrestling, and varmint trapping

Dolly Nam

Columbia University '16

 

Dolly Nam is originally from San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She is currently applying to medical school. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, watching Korean dramas, and going to art museums. At KDDS, she works with nurse practitioner Barbara Starr.

Gerilyn Olsen

Washington University in St. Louis '16

 

Gerilyn Olsen was born and raised in Fremont, California. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a BA in Biology and Economics. In her free time, Gerilyn loves reading, hiking and watching the Golden State Warriors. At KDDS, Gerilyn works with Dr. Mitchell, where she hopes to gain clinical experience before attending medical school next year.

Joy Li

Cornell University '16

 

Joy is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Cornell University with a major in Biology. She is excited to gain more clinical experience and learn about Dermatology while working at KDDS and applying to medical school. At KDDS, she works with Dr. Donohue. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, reading, and cooking.

Morgan Albert

University of Rochester '16

Morgan is originally from Massena, New York. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in Cell and Developmental biology. During her time at Rochester, Morgan worked for Lifetime Care as a hospice volunteer and completed her senior thesis on mitochondrial research in the pediatric cardiology department at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In order to gain more clinical experience before medical school, Morgan joined the KDDS team as a patient care coordinator and has been working with both Dr. Kathleen White and Dr. Louis Kuchnir.

Nathan Adams

Yale University '16

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Nathan headed to the northeast four years ago to attend Yale University. At Yale, he earned a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Outside of the classroom, Nathan participated as a member of Yale’s varsity baseball team where he played right field. Excited by the prospect of getting hands-on experience in medicine before starting medical school, Nathan joined the KDDS team as a Patient Care Coordinator in the summer of 2016 after graduating. In his free time, Nathan enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and relaxing with friends.

Nick Leonard

Boston College '16 

 

Nick Leonard graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Boston College in May, 2016. Some of his highlights at BC included a medical service trip to Cusco, Peru and the opportunity to mentor underprivileged youth through the College Bound program. After graduation, Nick decided to take a year to gain further knowledge and perspective about the decision to dedicate his life to a career as a physician. After spending an enriching year and a half as a research assistant with the MGH Sports Medicine Team, Nick was excited to explore a completely different field in a more patient centered, clinical environment.

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Class of 2015-2016

Ashwin Ghanti

University of Chicago '15 | Rush University Medical School '20

Ashwin Ganti is originally from Fremont, California. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is planning on attending Rush Medical College. Outside of work, he enjoys going on hikes and reading in Boston’s coffee shops. At KDDS, he worked with Dr. Kuchnir and Dr. Schanbacher, and received grant funding to study how dermatology practices can sustainably accommodate deaf patients.

Ally Tank

Boston College '15 | University of Chicago Medical School '20

Ally Tank is originally from Long Valley, New Jersey. She graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology and will be attending the University of Chicago for medical school. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, playing/watching sports, and going to the movies. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Donohue.

Aaron Wallace

Cornell University '15 | University of Chicago Medical School '20

Aaron Wallace is originally from Utica, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in biology and is planning on attending the University of Chicago for medical school. Outside of work, he enjoys running. At KDDS, he worked with Dr. Kuchnir and coordinated Cornell recruiting.

Angela Song

Columbia University '15 | University of Pennsylvania Medical School '20

Angela Song is originally from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Biology and is planning on attending the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys creative writing and collecting postcards from art museums. At KDDS, she worked with nurse practitioner Barbara Starr and organized recruiting from Columbia University.

Annie Wang

Washington University in St.  Louis '15 | Boston University Medical School '20

Annie Wang is originally from Alamo, California. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Chemistry and is planning on attending Boston University School of Medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors. At KDDS, she works with Dr. Schanbacher, and she organized recruiting efforts at WashU. She also prepared a poster for the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting with Dr.Tran and Vanessa Cedarbaum.

Celia Lenarz-Geisen

University of Rochester '15 | New York University Medical School '20

Celia Lenarz-Geisen is originally from Stillwater, Minnesota. She graduated from University of Rochester with a B.S. in Neuroscience and is planning on attending Boston University School of Medicine. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, camping, and running. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Goddard and worked on recruitment and housing.

Clarice Lin

Cornell University '15 | University of Buffalo Medical School  '20

 

Clarice Lin is originally from Rochester, New York. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biological Studies (Microbiology) and a B.S. in Food Science (Food Safety). She is currently attending University of Buffalo Medical School. Outside of work, she enjoys playing violin, tennis, and trivia. At Dr. Marilyn Capek's office, she worked extensively in cosmetic, surgical, and medical dermatology. She also arranged a KDDS seminar with Boston Medical Center's Hair Clinic as well as helped with the passing of Massachusetts tanning bill S.1994.

Faith O'Brian

Massachusetts Institute of Technology '15 | Wake Forest School of Medicine '20

Faith O’Brian is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Biological Engineering and is planning on attending Wake Forest School of Medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys playing soccer, running, being involved in her church, and traveling. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. White, arranged a gap year seminar at Waters Corporation, and organized recruiting from MIT.

Gabriela Hanco

Washington University in St. Louis '15 | UT Southwestern Medical School ' 20

 

Gabriela Hanco is originally from Houston, Texas. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Biology and Anthropology and is planning on attending UT Southwestern Medical School. Outside of work, she enjoys running cross-country and traveling to explore new cultures. At KDDS, she works with Dr. Tran and Dr. Vaneeta Sheth at Newton-Wellesley Dermatology Associates.

James Winebrake

Cornell University '15 | Weill Cornell Medical College '20

James Winebrake is originally from Rochester, New York and majored in biological sciences at Cornell University in 2015. He enjoyed learning basic dermatology and surgical skills during his gap year at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater in Virginia Beach. Afterward, he completed medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where he matched into ophthalmology. In his free time, James enjoys playing soccer and producing music on the piano and computer.

Katie Kuppersmith

Washington University in St. Louis '15 | Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin '20

Katie Kuppersmith is originally from Glencoe, Illinois. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A in Psychology and is planning on attending Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin. Outside of work, she enjoys running and hiking. At KDDS, she works with Dr. Mitchell and works on recruitment for both the Patient Care Coordinator and Career Coordinator positions.

Soibhan Kelley

University of Rochester '15 | University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health '20

Soibhan Kelley is originally from Port Washington, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Bioethics. She is planning on attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and playing with her dog. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Bernhard and helped create the new orientation program for the 2016-2017 gap year program

Vanessa Cedarbaum

University of Rochester '15 | Two Year Gap Student

 

Vanessa Cedarbaum is originally from Flemington, New Jersey. She graduated from University of Rochester with a BS in Microbiology. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and traveling. At KDDS, she works with Dr. Tran and assisted with BC, Rochester, and Cornell recruitment as well as planning orientation for the incoming gap students.

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Class of 2014-2015

Pooja Patel

University of Rochester '14 | University of Connecticut School of Medicine '19

Pooja is originally from Berlin, Connecticut. She graduated from University of Rochester with a B.S. in Biology and is planning on attending the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Outside of work, Pooja enjoys spending time with her family in Boston and Connecticut and doing dance and yoga. At KDDS, she worked with Barbara Starr, NP, and has helped to organize the housing for all of the incoming gap students.

“While in college, I focused on laboratory and leadership experience, but I had not obtained a significant experience in a clinical setting actually working side by side with physicians. My experience at KDDS was far more valuable than any previous volunteering or shadowing experience because I was spending 40 or more hours a week actually seeing and talking to patients and learning from the doctors. I not only learned how to get patient histories, fill-out medical charts and assist with procedures, but also learned how to communicate with pharmacists, the intricacies of insurance and billing, and how to manage a physician’s schedule. This inside look into a medical career strongly affirmed my goals of becoming a physician, and also helped me go into medical school more confident and prepared. Now as a first year medical student, I find that I am more comfortable speaking with patients and obtaining relevant information than some of my peers who missed out on such an in-depth clinical experience. Furthermore, I have made contacts with physicians and other medical students across the country that have helped strengthen my professional network.” -Pooja Patel

Audrey Fotouhi

Cornell University '14 | Wayne State University School of Medicine '19

Audrey is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and is planning on attending the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys learning about plant-based nutrition and working with social justice and global health based non-profits. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Karen Mitchell and organized recruiting from Cornell, as well as put together the website content for the gap year program.

 

“Working with the KDDS providers while in the Gap Year Program helped me to gain real life clinical skills. As I went on my med school interviews this year, I felt confident in explaining why I want to go into the healthcare field, having spent a year working firsthand with patients and physicians. I am looking forward to starting med school in the fall having already gotten patient experience and gained basic medical skills!” -Audrey Fotouhi

Amanda Connell

University of Rochester '14 | PA School

Amanda is originally from Blauvelt, New York. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She is planning on moving to Washington, D.C. to attend physician’s assistant school in the coming year. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and most sports. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Carl Schanbacher and helped to organize recruiting from the University of Rochester, in addition to helping develop the Patient Care Management Trainee Program.

Alec Zhu

Washington University in St. Louis '14 | Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine ' 19

Alec is originally from Lexington, Massachusetts. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Biology and is planning on attending Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Outside of work he enjoys long runs, long naps, and video games. At KDDS, he worked with Dr. Thanh-Nga Tran and helped to organize recruiting of new gap students from WashU and MIT.

“Working at KDDS was an amazing gap year experience. Not only did I learn about dermatology and the practice of medicine, I was able to gain clinical skills that will help me take care of my future patients. Some of the skills I learned include taking a history, how to communicate with patients, and how to coordinate tasks in a clinic. Throughout the year, I received incredible mentorship from the providers at KDDS. I worked closely with Dr. Tran, and her guidance was invaluable to my training. Furthermore, I was able to get to know and work with amazing individuals, from the gap year students and coordinators to the physicians of KDDS. I encourage any premedical students taking a gap year to consider this great opportunity.” -Alec Zhu

Ana Luiza Altaffer

Columbia University '14 | University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine '19

Ana is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia University and is planning on attending the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. When not at work, she enjoys reading, watching sitcoms, playing with her puppy, and spending time with family and friends. After KDDS, she is hoping to spend some time traveling, seeing the world and learning about different cultures. At Kuchnir Dermatology, she worked with Dr. Monika Berg and helped organize recruiting from Columbia University.

Anupa Manjunatha

University of Rochester '14 | Post Baccalaureate

Anupa is originally from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and and a B.A. in Health, Behavior, and Society. She is planning on staying in Boston for the coming year and doing a post-baccalaureate program. Outside of work, she enjoys being outdoors, finding live music around the city, and attempting new recipes at home. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Michelle Bush and organized recruiting from the University of Rochester.

Elaine Martin

Boston College '14 | Georgetown School of Medicine ' 19

Elaine is originally from Mansfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston College with a B.S in Biology and Hispanic Studies and is planning on attending Georgetown School of Medicine. Elaine studied abroad at La Universidad de San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, where she volunteered in a local hospital and became fluent in Spanish. At KDDS, Elaine worked with Dr. Kevin Donohue and organized recruiting from Boston College.

“Working at Kuchnir Dermatology for my gap year before medical school was a very valuable experience. I gained both clinical and interpersonal skills that I feel have already helped me in my first year of medical school. I enjoyed working with Dr. Donohue, Dr. Tran, and Dr. Schanbacher, and felt like they took the time to help me understand the science behind the clinical pathology.” -Elaine Martin

Jenny Wu

University of California Berkeley '14 | University of California Davis School of Medicine '19

 

Jenny Wu is originally from Fremont, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Music. She is currently attending UC Davis School of Medicine. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing with kids. At Marilyn Capek’s dermatology office, she worked with Dr. Capek and learned extensively about various dermatological conditions.

Nan Zhao

Washington University in St. Louis '14 | St. Louis University School of Medicine '19

Nan Zhao is originally from Shelton, Connecticut. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in neuroscience and is currently attending St. Louis University School of Medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, playing piano, and spending time with friends. At Newton Wellesley Dermatology, he worked with Dr. Goldaber and helped transition to electronic charts.

Natalia Jovanovic

University of Chicago '14 | University of Illinois College of Medicine ' 19

 

Natalia Jovanovic is originally from Gurnee, Illinois. She graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences, specializing in Endocrinology, at the University of Chicago and is planning on attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine . In college, she spent time TA-ing and partnering with Woodlawn community leaders to impact health disparities in the south side of Chicago. At Kuchnir Dermatology, she worked with Dr. Kathleen White, in addition to organizing recruiting from the University of Chicago and a gap year meeting with Dr. Kelly Morrissey.

“I really enjoyed the mentorship aspect of the KDDS Gap Year Program. I got to work closely with and develop a meaningful relationship with a specific physician, Dr. Kathy White, who was eager to teach me things and answer my questions, interested in my life, and wanted to help me succeed. Then as the year progressed and a new class of students joined the program, I got to pass on what I had learned and also assume the role of mentor myself. The KDDS Gap Year Program really embodies the “see one, do one, teach one” approach which was a great introduction to something that is so crucial to the medical field.” -Natalia Jovanovic

Nkele Davis

Washington University in St. Louis '14 | University of Alabama School of Medicine '19

Nkele is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and is planning on attending the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Outside of work she enjoys running and watching Alabama football. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Thanh-Nga Tran and helped organize jobs for gap students working at other dermatology practices in the Boston area.

Mitra Sharifi

University of Chicago '14 | Tufts University Medical School '20

Mitra is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Comparative Human Development. She plans on doing a masters program at Boston University this coming year. Outside of work, she tutors students in chemistry and is a member of the AOII Boston Alumnae chapter. At KDDS, she worked with Dr. Deborah Goddard and helped organize recruiting from the University of Chicago and MIT, in addition to helping put together content for the website.

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