MWU Now Stories

Suraj Upadhyaya, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO

Chicago College of Optometry (CCO)

Being an educator at Midwestern University is rewarding because, every day, you are imparting knowledge to students; making each student a little more knowledgeable and a little more confident and making them believe that they will be a competent optometrist is an amazing feeling.

  • Matthew Roe, O.D.

    Arizona College of Optometry

    I am blessed to be able to work with not just the most incredible colleagues, but also the most amazing future colleagues (our student doctors). Each person that I interact with inspires me to become a better doctor and teacher.

  • Jesus Peña Nunez

    Arizona College of Optometry, Class of 2025

    I had the opportunity to work with five different optometrists who have all been Midwestern graduates, and I was able to see the quality of education that the University provides because of the high standards that these doctors uphold.

  • Jonathan Attiyah

    Optometry Student, Class of 2024

    One of the biggest reasons I decided to attend the Chicago College of Optometry was the warm welcome I received from the faculty members. I also wanted to attend a school that is up-to-date with new research, technology, and methods of patient care. I truly thought in the midst of applying to optometry school that Midwestern University would be the best school to transform me into a great clinician.

  • Balaji Rangarathnam, Ph.D.

    Speech-Language Pathology Program, College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove

    I hope that students develop a sense of patient-centered learning and consequently develop skills of patient-centered clinical care. Patients are the ultimate consumers of the services we provide, and clinical competence/skills are a lot more important than grades!

  • Taylor Alflen

    College of Health Sciences Speech-Language Pathology Program, Class of 2024

    I decided to pursue speech-language pathology because I love working with children and want to help them advocate for themselves. Initially I thought I wanted to focus on the educational side of speech-language pathology, but all of the medical opportunities available really resonated with me.

  • Sumith Liju

    Speech-Language Pathology Student, Class of 2023

    I decided to attend Midwestern University because of how well the school prepares its students for their profession.

  • Tiffany Tapia

    College of Health Sciences Speech-Language Pathology Program, Class of 2023

    My dream is to become a speech-language pathologist in the inpatient rehabilitation setting, and I knew Midwestern and the College of Health Sciences would provide me with the experience required to excel in that field.

  • Megan Sandilands, D.P.T.

    Physical Therapy Program, Class of 2022

    From the moment I went on my first clinical, I heard from many clinicians that students from Midwestern University are well prepared in terms of knowledge base and stand out for their professional behavior.

  • Mia Felix

    College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2024

    One of my greatest passions is to provide to underrepresented minorities the resources, opportunities, and connections that I didn’t have growing up.

  • Alejandro M.S. Mayer, Ph.D., M.S.Ed.

    Department of Pharmacology, College of Graduate Studies, Downers Grove

    When teaching, I engage students by emphasizing the principles of the One Health Initiative as a significant component of healthcare. I also highlight the importance of pharmacology in their professional careers, as well as the resources that are available to them at the Midwestern University Library for lifelong learning.

  • Shaifali Bhalla, Ph.D.

    College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove

    I believe that the purpose of education is to build character, and to create human beings, not machines.

  • Justin Griffin

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2023

    It is neat to see how all the pieces of Midwestern University come together to make the incredible production that is our educational process.

  • Medha Joshi, Ph.D.

    College of Pharmacy, Glendale

    Medicine is the noble profession of saving people’s lives. As a healthcare professional, your patients have bestowed their trust in you. You commit your highest to this trust by paying your utmost attention and effort to the patient care process.

  • Chloe Kaunitz

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2023

    Once I realized that medical school was an option for me, I decided that I wanted to become the type of doctor that my friends had lacked.

  • Caroline Sensiba

    College of Health Sciences, Master of Science in Nursing Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Class of 2023

    Midwestern has been one of the most supportive schools I have attended. They truly want to see you succeed.

  • Carolina Campos

    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2025

    MWU and CCOM seemed like a perfect match for me due to their emphasis on giving back to low-income communities and teaching their students to be compassionate healthcare providers.

  • Sally Arif, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCP

    College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove

    Through my classes, I hope students understand the importance of cultural care by gaining self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural adaptability, and respect for others.

  • Nicolas Rivera Rodriguez

    College of Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Class of 2023

    I want to use all the tools and knowledge I acquire at Midwestern and use them to help local communities that are usually overlooked due to their socioeconomic status or racial background.

  • Christine Mendoza

    College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, 2024

    I attended Midwestern University because I would be able to stay close to my family. I also chose Midwestern for the state-of-the-art clinic and resources that are available for us to use. The amazing faculty-to-student ratio was also enticing.

  • Jose Vargas

    College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, Class of 2022

    Dr. Vargas is now well on his way to a successful career with Dental Partners of Georgia and looks forward to improving the dental health of his patients.

  • Ashton Dessert

    College of Health Sciences, Clinical Psychology Class of 2025

    The best way that healthcare professionals can better serve and care for their LGBTQIA+ clients and patients is by being present and being an advocate alongside them.

  • Athens Graves

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Class of 2025

    There is a small community of people that share the same experiences getting here as I did, and I want people to know that and feel inspired by it.

  • Chong Lee

    Chicago College of Optometry, 2022

    First and foremost, I chose optometry because I wanted to show the younger generation of the Hmong community that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.

  • Ashley Roberts

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2023

    My interest turned into passion once I realized the importance of having physicians that look like me and the need to rectify the disparities that exist in minority and underserved communities.

  • Michelle Mahmood

    College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, Class of 2025

    I hope to prove to my cultural community that women can be doctors too.

  • Halley McDonald

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2026

    This profession combines the ability to empower patients, apply critical thinking in a clinical setting, and build long-term relationships that can change the course of people's lives.

  • Ashley Brown

    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2024

    Through my volunteer experiences, public service work, and clinical experience, I realized that medicine offered me the ability to engage in all the areas I loved.