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Meet your Student Wellness Team

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Boma Afonya

Email: afonyabi@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups: Student Wellness Committee, Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Research Interests: Skin of color and would healing.
Career Goals: I am interested in Dermatology and Radiology, being involved in global health especially in my home-country Nigeria and working to improve health care quality.
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Taking long walks in my neighborhood, meditation, exercise.
Hobbies: Cooking Nigerian food, baking, reading, watching crime-TV shows and Bollywood movies I can get my hands on, hanging out with family, and sleep (yes sleep!).
Matt Byrne SWC

Matt Byrne

Email: byrnemn@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student orientation leader, student wellness committee, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery interest group, men's health club.
Research Interests:Pearson Syndrome and other mitochondrial deletion disorders; bio engineered heart valves.
Career Goals: To travel the world.
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Yoga, racquetball, 5-minute breathing exercises, and exploring Cincinnati.
Hobbies: Culinary tourism, Irish music.
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Olivia Gobble

Email: gobbleom@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Med Mentors, Women Leading Healthy Change, MedVoUC, Emergency medicine Interest Group, Student Wellness.
Career Goals:Working hands on in a career and community where I feel like I can truly make a difference.
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Yoga, yoga, yoga, long walks with my dog in the sunshine, sitting and doing nothing on purpose for 10 minutes.
Hobbies:Hanging out with my malipoo, spending time with friends and family, yoga, walking in the endless parks of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, reading, listening to audiobooks.
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Jordan Hickey

Email: Hickeyjd@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness, Culinary Club, UC Teaching Kitchen, Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Exercise! Meditate every day, and spend a few minutes outside never hurts!
Research Interests: Undecided. This summer I will work on a project to improve prenatal care of under-served populations.
Career Goals:Undecided. Leaning toward Emergency Medicine or OBGYN. Mainly, a career that allows community engagement.
Hobbies: Cooking a home-cooked meal, play guitar, binge-watch Netflix, hiking, reading non-medical books.
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Caroline Horton

Email: hortoncj@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness Helpline Coordinator, UC Open School Co-Chair, Psychiatry MSSP Candidate
Research Interests: Bipolar Disorder
Career Goals: I am open to exploring any field, but I am currently most interested in learning about psychiatry and family medicine!
Favorite Strategies for wellness: Listening to music, talking with people I love, and taking a step back to appreciate the here and now are ways that help me de-stress and bring perspective back to my life.
Hobbies: Cooking, painting, watching anime!
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Kelsey Nusbaum

Email: kerserky@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness Committee, Mind-Body workshop participant, Admissions Student Ambassador
Research Interests: the gut microbiome, immunology, integrative medicine
Career Goals: Becoming more undecided by the day, but I hope to find a specialty that I am passionate about and focus on providing holistic patient care.
Favorite Strategies for wellness: the Calm app meditations, running with my dog, getting outside
Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with family and friends, teaching my dog new tricks.
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Paige Morrison

Email: morrispg@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness Committee, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group, Take 10 CPR Coordinator
Research Interests: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes, Muscle Force and Fatigue in Varying Environments
Career Goals: Practice medicine at a teaching facility where I will help to educate future physicians
Favorite Strategies for wellness: Outdoor Runs & Hikes, Spending time with my dog, Guided Meditations
Hobbies: Sewing & Crafting, Rock Climbing, Listening to Audiobooks and Podcasts
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Mahad Raheel

Email: raheelmd@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness Committee, UCCOM Chorus
Research Interests: I will be working with Dr. Blackard on a Hep B and C bioinformatics projects over the summer. I'm also interested in pulmonology research, particularly COPD.
Career Goals: I haven't decided what I want to go into quite yet. People that know me, however, have predicted that I will most likely end up in Internal Medicine.
Favorite Strategies for wellness: maintain an active lifestyle. You can usually find me floating around the Fitness Center in the evenings. When the weather is nice, I like to go for walks.
Hobbies: playing guitar, making sketches, trying out new recipes, and reading history books.
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Vanessa Wagner

Email: wagnervm@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness Committee, Anatomy Practice Practical team, Peds Club
Research Interests: 
Career Goals: SWC, Undecided, but I'm interested in pediatrics and/or neurology.
Favorite Strategies for wellness: getting great sleep and lots of fresh air, working out, and hanging out with family and friends
Hobbies: baking, spending time outdoors, watching too much Netflix, and wishing my dog was here

Meet your Student Wellness Ambassadors

Amanda Beyer SWC

Amanda Beyer

Email: beyerai@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups: Student Wellness Ambassador, Med Mentors, Peds Club, Nutrition Scholars Program, Medical Spanish and Latino Health
Research Interests:Pediatric food allergy, nutrition, integrative medicine
Career Goals:I hope to become a clinician in a subspecialty of pediatrics and also conduct clinical research..
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Walking or running in nature, meditation with calm.com
Hobbies: Marathon training, vegetarian cooking, listening to audiobooks.
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Selena Dasari

Email: dasarisn@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups:Student Wellness Ambassador, Integrative Medicine Interest Group, AMA, Nutrition Scholars
Research Interests: Nutrition, Mental Health, stress on the molecular level
Career Goals: Create a medical practice I love and that helps many people.
Favorite Strategies for wellness: Running, meditation, being outdoors
Hobbies: soccer, working out/running, singing in the shower.
Katelyn Gordon

Katelyn Gordon

Email: gordonk5@mail.uc.edu

Student Groups: Student Wellness Ambassador, Women Leading Healthy Change, Financial Aid Advisory Committee, Nutrition Medical Student Scholars Program.
Research Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroenterology
Career Goals: Career in academic medicine in a sub-specialty in pediatrics with a research focus related to nutrition.
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Meditation, Yoga, running, and cooking healthful foods
Hobbies: Traveling, cooking/baking, exercise, binge-watching culinary shows, reading.
Tricia Hengehold

Tricia Hengehold

Email: tricia.hengehold@gmail.com

Student Groups:AMA, Student Wellness Ambassador
Research Interests:Emergency Medicine, Surgery
Career Goals:Choosing a specialty that is hands on and that I love
Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Finding an exercise routine that gives you non-academic goals!
Hobbies:Running, spending time outdoors and making time to see friends
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