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Brad Smith
Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
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.
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.
Mitchell Emerson
Dean, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Dean 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
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) 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.
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.
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 2013 graduate 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 graduate of 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.
Germaine Crockett
College of Health Sciences, Clinical Psychology, Downers Grove Campus
Germaine Crockett is a Psy.D. Candidate in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brooke Siesel
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Brooke Siesel is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.

Occupational Therapy Student, M.O.T., Class of 2018
College of Health Sciences - Downers Grove  

Hometown: Attica, Ohio
Undergraduate degree: The Ohio State University - B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences, minor in Substance Misuse and Addiction  

Why did you decide to attend Midwestern University?

Coming from a small town and graduating from high school with 77 classmates, I knew what it was like to have a tight-knit community for my education. After going to Ohio State and graduating with more than 11,000 students, I realized that a smaller community was something I preferred to have in graduate school - and that's what I found at Midwestern University. Another appealing factor of the school was that it was all graduate programs. Everyone at Midwestern is striving to further their education in a healthcare profession. I also knew that I still wanted the atmosphere of a city and with Midwestern University being a train ride or short drive away from the third largest city in America, I knew this was the best school for me.  

What made you want to be an occupational therapist?

I entered my freshman year at Ohio State planning to be a dentist, but I soon realized it wasn't the career path I wanted to take. I spoke with a career counselor who suggested that my personality and interests would better match a career in occupational therapy. I soon began observations where I saw first-hand the impact of being engaged in activities that are meaningful (or occupations as we call them) as a way of therapy that can improve someone's overall well-being. This realization was even further confirmed when I began volunteering with hospice and I saw how occupations were essential to everyone's well-being no matter their health or life circumstances. Midwestern University's Occupational Therapy Program has fostered my knowledge of occupations and I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients' occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.  

What do you enjoy most about being a student at Midwestern University?

At Midwestern, everyone is willing to help you in any way possible. In our program, we all share notes and study guides with each other and genuinely care about helping our classmates succeed. Our professors go above and beyond to help in every way possible. The librarians are very knowledgeable and amazing at what they do and can assist you in finding any resources that you may need. The Student Services Office provide activities, professional development, and opportunities to get involved. Financial services are available with planning for the present and future. Being a student at Midwestern, I know that there is someone to go to if I am ever in need of any assistance, whether it be for class, finances, or involvement.   

Siesel, Occupational Therapy Student, M.O.T., Class of 2018

Brooke Siesel, M.O.T., Class of 2018.