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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

If the shoe fits...

When Barbara Adams accompanies Dr. David Jenkins, her faculty advisor for Midwestern University's Sports Medicine Club, to the Runner's Den in Phoenix, Arizona for customer consults, she cannot help but feel a sense of déjà vu.

After all, Barbara, a trim, athletic young woman with a serious addiction to running, is studying to become a podiatrist in part because of her own experiences working at a running shoe store.

Barbara had switched to pre-med from broadcast journalism while in college at the University of Southern California, but after receiving her bachelor's degree in biology, she became overwhelmed by what lay before her in her nascent medical career and was questioning whether she wanted to keep going.

"As soon as I decided I was interested in something scientific, it seemed like my only option was, 'I'll be a doctor,'" she remembers. "I got involved in many medical clubs, took the MCAT, and so forth, but by the time it was time to apply, I was having second thoughts."

Barbara decided to take a year off and returned to her Sacramento, California home. She got a job at a running shoe store and, as part of her training, took a two-month course on foot biomechanics, gait analysis, and other running-specific assessments. But it was when a podiatrist stopped by the store every month to do screenings and consultations for her customers that Barbara saw where her future might lie.

"It was the first time I had ever been exposed to a podiatrist," explains Barbara. "That was when my gears started turning. I thought, 'I really like running, and here are all of these people with foot problems who have a similar interest in running.'"

Armed with her completed medical prerequisites from USC, Barbara came to a decision - she wanted to study podiatry and focus on sports medicine to help her fellow runners. "Once I decided to do it, I went full force," she says.

It was the first time I had ever been exposed to a podiatrist,” explains Barbara. “That was when my gears started turning. I thought, ‘I really like running, and here are all of these people with foot problems who have a similar interest in running."
— Barbara Adams, PMS-II

A community of learning

The decision to attend Midwestern University was an easy one - even though it was her first interview, she fell in love with the school and the area and cancelled the rest of her appointments.

Barbara is one of 26 podiatry students in her class, which she says makes it feel like a large family instead of a collection of faculty and classmates. She enjoys how Midwestern's interdisciplinary approach allows the podiatry students to study basic sciences with osteopathic medical students - she believes that comparing notes with students from other disciplines strengthens her foundational skills.

Midwestern's interactive approach is also a plus for Barbara. She and her fellow students help their professors with research and often accompany them to their private practices and to service opportunities. "I think that people here are active and want to be involved," she observes. "They want to interact with others. It's a social, fun campus."

Her monthly trips with Dr. Jenkins to Runner's Den, however, may be her favorite podiatry-related activity. They are a constant reminder of the moment she decided what she wanted to do with her career. "I love going and doing that with him because I feel right at home. I know all of the shoes, and I just feel comfortable in a shoe store."

Adams, PMS-IIBarbara Adams is a second-year student in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Program at the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine in the College of Health Sciences.


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