Meet our AHEC Scholars!

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ZACH AFFELDT

I am a current 4th year medical student at MCW applying for residency in emergency medicine. I have a passion for population health and local community involvement, which AHEC has helped bolster and provided me with lifelong tools to use in my future practice. In my free time I like to pretend I know how to golf, bike around Milwaukee, and hang out with my wife and our two labs Bear and Cooper. 

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SITA AGTERBERG

I am a second-year physical therapy student at UW-Milwaukee. I graduated from UW-La Crosse with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. I’m passionate about inclusivity initiatives within PT and our patient populations. In my time at UWM, I started working with an organization called Advancing Diversity and Excellence in Physical Therapy. Our goal is to educate student physical therapists on diverse patient populations to build culturally competent PTs. I’m looking forward to learning more about social determinants of health and other health inequities in Wisconsin through AHEC Scholars. My goal is to work in school-based pediatrics when I graduate, and I plan on being an active part of the APTA.

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MAX ALBIERO

I am a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I grew up in the Milwaukee suburbs and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Neurobiology and minors in Global Health and Environmental Studies. My career interest is to pursue a surgical specialty and work in a practice that serves a diverse patient population. I hope to learn more about how to effectively reach this goal through time spent with AHEC. Before starting medical school, I worked as an EMT in the city of Milwaukee. I enjoy winter sports, biking, and spending time with my family.  

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DALILA ALCALA

My name is Dalila Alcala and I am a Physician Assistant student at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. While at Carroll, I am a member of the diversity committee. I was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. I graduated from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL with a bachelor's in biology, Pre-Health. I have been a volunteer at Christ Children's Hospital of Chicago for several years. I was the captain and MVP of my college soccer team, I love to run and play with my dogs in my free time. Prior to PA school, I was working in orthopedics and general med-surg. My goals as a PA are to use my Spanish speaking skills to help form a bridge to better serve the underserved Spanish speaking communities. 

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KRYSTAL ALMAZAN

I am a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin where I have served various roles working towards increasing diversity in medicine. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Biology. Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I received a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Rush University Medical Center. I plan to go into Family Medicine and primarily serve in urban, underserved, and under resourced communities. I joined AHEC to arm myself with more knowledge and skills that will aid in my goal of serving underserved communities. During my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, watching Chicago sports, binging shows on Netflix, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

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PAYAL CHADWA

I am pursuing my master's in Clinical Psychology and am currently working with clients who are addicted to substances. I believe that mental health is extremely important and often ignored in our society due to the stigma and costs associated with it. I am hopeful that in time we will be able to provide quality mental healthcare that is accessible to all of our citizens. I currently work as an Academic Advisor. Outside of advising and school, I enjoy taking my dogs on adventures, traveling (mainly to sample world cuisines), and spending as much time in lakes and oceans as I can in the summer months. 

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MORGAN ASHLEY CRAFT

I am currently a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from Chicago and I received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Upon receiving my medical degree, I hope to become an OB/GYN primarily serving in underserved and under resourced, urban communities. I joined AHEC to strengthen my cultural competency while working alongside like-minded individuals who also have a passion for community-health needs. During my free time, I love to be active by doing things such as kayaking, kickboxing and hiking. 

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ASHLEY CRAWFORD

I received my BS in Community Health from UW-Madison. Now a first-year Physician Assistant student at the UW-Madison SMPH, I serve as my student government’s Diversity and Community Outreach Co-Representative. As a Black woman, I know all too well the negative impact that racism has on the health outcomes of communities of color. My experiences working to reduce Black infant mortality and guide anti-racist practices at a policy and systems level represent my passion to dismantle systems that reinforce widening health disparities between white and underrepresented Black and Indigenous persons of color (BIPOC). When I am not studying, I enjoy spending quality time outdoors with my daughter. 

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BRITISH FIELDS

I am currently a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from the Westside of Chicago, IL. I completed my undergraduate studies at Howard University in Washington, DC where I was Clinical Laboratory Science major. I then went on to do a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where I received my second Bachelor’s in Medical Science. Before starting medical school, I worked as a Research Technologist at Versiti’s Blood Research Institute. As an aspiring Pediatrician, I plan to use my voice to advocate for those who have been wronged by the healthcare system and deliver care that will lead to disease prevention, better health outcomes, and ultimately a reduction in health disparities. I am truly excited to be a Milwaukee AHEC Scholar, as I am looking forward to the interdisciplinary learning with individuals who are also interested in working with marginalized populations. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to live music, trying new Sunday brunch restaurants, and discovering new nail designs. 

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CAROLYN FLOOD

I am a current occupational therapy student at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. I grew up in Appleton, WI and graduated from the University of WI-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology with minors in Health Promotion for Diverse Abilities and Leadership. I have a passion for helping others and want to touch the lives of many through my dedication to occupational therapy and positive outlook on life. I hope that my knowledge gained throughout the AHEC program will help me to best work with a wide variety of patient populations across diverse settings. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, doing craft projects, and hanging out with friends and family.  

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LYNDSEY GULLSTRAND

I am a Physician Assistant student at Carroll University. I am originally from Green Bay, WI and graduated from UW-Madison with degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish. Prior to PA school, I worked as a CNA at UW Health in Madison, WI for 2 years. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing tennis, baking, and cooking. As a PA, I want to work with underserved patients in urban areas and participate in medical mission trips abroad. 

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HEATHER HELLWEG

I am a PharmD candidate (2023) at the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. I grew up on a family-owned sheep farm in Shiocton, WI and received my bachelor of science from St. Norbert College in 2021 through the 3+3 Dual degree program. While in pharmacy school, I am pursuing an academic concentration in population health to learn how social determinants of health can affect health outcomes. Recently, I’ve taken a special interest in the beautiful city of Milwaukee and am doing research on hypertension while volunteering at the Bread of Healing Clinics for uninsured adults. In my free time, I have been wedding planning with my fiancé for our wedding in June 2022. My dream is to be able to work in a clinic for medically underserved populations. 

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TRISH IKE

I am currently a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from Manassas, Virginia and graduated from Duke University in 2015 with a BA in Evolutionary Anthropology, minor in Sociology, and a certificate in Human Development. I chose to pursue a career in medicine so I can work toward alleviating health disparities for disadvantaged, minority, and aging populations. As an alum of Milwaukee AHEC’s Community Health Internship Program in 2019, I am excited to join the AHEC Scholars Program! I plan to pursue a career Psychiatry and wanted to broaden my healthcare training through this program to further learn about social determinants of health in Wisconsin and other emerging issues. I love a good Sunday brunch and listening to music with friends during my free time. 

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GIFTY MARFOWAA

I am a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Columbus, Ohio. I completed undergrad at the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Science-Business and a minor in International Development Studies. At MCW, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with patients from many backgrounds such as those at the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured and pursue my interests in global health. After medical school, I hope to practice in a surgical subspecialty and advocate for patients from underserved communities at the surgical level. I joined AHEC Scholars with the hopes of developing my skills of cultural humility, partnership, and advocacy, and to become more aware of important social determinants of health within Milwaukee.  In my free time I enjoy traveling, watching Korean Dramas, and restaurant hopping!

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CARLY MAVES

I am a Physician Assistant student at Carroll University. I am originally from Wausau, WI where I was born and raised. During my undergraduate education, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I graduated with degrees in Neurobiology & Psychology, with a certificate/minor in Gerontology. While at UW-Madison, I was very involved in research, community outreach, and volunteer opportunities throughout the Madison, WI community. Additionally, I was also a member of the UW-Madison club tennis team, which is one of my favorite activities to do in my free time, along with hiking, biking, and playing with my dog. I am very excited to be a part of AHEC to learn more about and serve the unique underserved communities throughout Wisconsin.

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BRITTANY MILLER

My name is Brittany Miller and I am a junior at Carroll University studying Public Health and Healthcare Administration. My career goals include working in organizations that support efforts to eliminate health disparities and offer health advocacy opportunities. I am currently an intern with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health working to support the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council. I joined AHEC to have additional opportunities to learn and work in community health as well as having the ability to network. Post-graduation, I plan on working for a year or two to obtain some public health experience that will be applicable to when I start a Master of Public Health program. 

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ELIZABETH MOORE

My name is Elizabeth Moore and I am in my third year of medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from Oregon, and I before medical school I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Oregon State University. I joined AHEC to learn more about how to best serve our underserved populations and those who face health disparities. Through AHEC, I hope to broaden my knowledge by engaging in community outreach, cultural learning experiences, and interprofessional education. In my free time, I love playing my violin, doing yoga & barre classes, and spending time with my friends and family. 

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ADRIANA PEREZ

I am a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I was born and raised in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado at Denver where I graduated with a BS in Biology. I also earned my Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Rocky Vista University in Parker, Colorado. Before medical school, I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and as a tutor/peer counselor for first-generation college students where I discovered my passion for education/teaching and working in underserved communities. After medical school, I hope to work for underserved populations, Spanish-speaking communities, and teach at a medical center. 

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TATIANA PERRY

I am a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) who is passionate about increasing diversity in medicine, advocating for patients, and addressing health disparities. I grew up in Southern California, before moving to Massachusetts to get my BS in Human Physiology from Boston University. After college, I moved to Milwaukee and earned my Master's in Medical Physiology from MCW. After medical school, I hope to become an Emergency Medicine physician who works with underserved and minority populations. I joined AHEC to continue pursuing these goals and to arm myself with the necessary knowledge to better serve my patients. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two cats, hiking, traveling, and reading/listening to fiction books. 

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CATHRYN PHOUYBANHDYT

I am a third year medical student pursuing my MD/MPH at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and part of the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) Program. Prior to medical school, I graduated from UW-Madison with majors in biology and Spanish with a global health minor, and then took a few years off to serve in AmeriCorps at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers while working as an EMT. My career-related interests are immigrant/refugee health, food systems, and adolescent medicine. Otherwise, catch me on my bike zipping around town, whipping up something savory in the kitchen, or disappearing into the outdoors on the weekends. 

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DANIELLE PRIESGEN

I am a second year didactic student in the Physician Assistant Program at UW-Madison. I graduated from Carroll University with a BS in Psychology and minor in Biochemistry. I grew up in Hartford, WI and now live in Milwaukee, WI. Between undergraduate and starting the PA Program, I worked as a kidney dialysis technician at DaVita. I am now working as a Registration Specialist in the Emergency Department at Froedtert. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, working out, trying new food places, and spending time with family and friends. I’m excited to join the AHEC Scholars and strengthen my cultural competency while networking with like-minded individuals.  

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ENICA SAFFOLD

I am a Ph.D. Public Health candidate with Walden University. I am a Milwaukee, WI native and completed my undergraduate at UW-Milwaukee in 2014 with a degree in  Conservation & Environmental Science and a minor in Pre-Pharmacy. In 2020, I completed my MPH with a concentration of Mental Health from National University. My professional interests are mental health development, pharmacology, and environmental health. I've also completed research at the Medical College of Wisconsin within the Pharmacy School department. I joined the AHEC program to gain experience in ways to address social determinants along with networking opportunities.  After completion of my Ph.D. program, my ultimate goal is to work with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on building a multidisciplinary approach to health globally.  

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HANNAH SAVAGE-COOPER

My name is Hannah and I am a wife, sister to 4, and cousin to 87. I am currently studying Physical Therapy through the DPT program at Carroll University where I participate in the Health Careers Opportunity Program in conjunction with AHEC. I enjoy spending my free time volunteering at Richard's Place in Waukesha, WI and relaxing with a good economics book. 

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NICOLE SOMPPI

I am currently a second-year physical therapy student at Carroll University. I attended Carroll for my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. I hope to work with pediatric patients in the future to help the younger generation grow into strong individuals both mentally and physically. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, exploring, spending time with animals and going to the lake with my fiancé. I joined AHEC to have a better opportunity to reach out in the community as well as network with many amazing individuals!

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KATE WAGNER

I am a second-year occupational therapy student at Mount Mary University. I attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where I graduated with a BS in Education. I went on to teach special education for 6 years, working with a diverse group of students with physical, developmental, and social-emotional disabilities. Through this work, I discovered my passion for reaching individuals with disabilities through the lens of occupational therapy. In pursuit of my doctoral degree in occupational therapy, I hope to work with underserved school districts to create learning environments that support their students' developmental, physical, and social-emotional wellbeing. 

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BECCA WALDMAN

My name is Becca Waldman and I am currently a 3rd year medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin. I am originally from West Bend, WI and I graduated from Wartburg College in 2018 with a BA in Biology and minor in Leadership. During my time at Wartburg, I was a member of the Track & Field team and volunteered in the emergency department at the local hospital. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, fishing and being outdoors! I have previously participated in AHEC’s Community Health Internship Program and am very excited to join the AHEC Scholars! My goal is a career in Pediatrics, and I am looking forward to enhancing my medical education through AHEC Scholars.  

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SOPHIA WARNER

Sophia was born and raised in rural northwestern Wisconsin and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Carroll University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. Her professional interests include geriatrics and orthopedics. After graduation she hopes to work in an outpatient facility that serves various underserved populations. She also spends many hours coaching club volleyball throughout the winter and spring. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports, cooking, hiking, and reading. 

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LISA WENDT

My name is Lisa Wendt and I am a 3rd year medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin.  I was born and raised in Middleton, WI and graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in Biomedical Engineering.  I have always had a passion for working with people with disabilities and have volunteered at places such as the Central Wisconsin Center and Milwaukee Center for Independence.  Prior to medical school, I was a substitute teacher and preschool teacher.  In my free time I love to travel, hike, and be outdoors.