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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.
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.
Zachary Karlinski
Chicago College of Pharmacy – Downers Grove
Zachary Karlinski is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Reed Whittington
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Reed Whittington is a graduate in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.

Nurse Anesthesia Graduate, CRNA Class of 2017
College of Health Sciences

Hometown: Camarillo, California
Undergraduate degree: University of Utah College of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Why did you decide to attend Midwestern University?

I did a lot of research about what makes a Nurse Anesthetist program successful and ultimately it came down to the type of clinical experience I would be exposed to. Midwestern was an easy choice because it is a program that averages more than double the required anesthetic cases during clinical education. The clinical sites are located in more than 10 different states nationwide, including multiple sites within the state of Arizona. This gives me the opportunity to travel to different clinical settings while enjoying a diverse learning experience.

What made you want to be a nurse anesthetist?

I wanted to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist because it is a profession that will enable me to be fully autonomous in my practice and provide me with flexibility. Having autonomy allows me to practice independently in a variety of fields in and out of the operating room including: interventional pain management, endoscopy suites, cardiology, pediatrics, and many more. As a Nurse Anesthetist, I can have flexible scheduling and work hours. For example, I could be an employee at a hospital or be an independent contractor and make my own schedule, or even a combination of both. I love the flexibility this career provides me. 

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

Other than the beautiful sunny weather all year round, I enjoy the quality of education I have received. I have learned physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry from professors who have received their degree in their respected fields. The anesthesia core classes have also provided me with high-quality lab experiences including, but not limited to: an intimate learning environment with three students per teacher, hands on learning by using an x-ray machine to place spinal injection on cadavers, and real life simulation scenarios.

Whittington, Nurse Anesthesia Graduate

Reed Whittington is a greaduate in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.