Robyn Burton

Robyn Burton

Name: Robyn Burton

Medical Title/credentials: BSN RN Student

IG: burton4

School/programUniversity of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing BSN, Graduation December 2022

Favorite hobbyI love being outside. During the summer months I hike, bike, run, pack raft, and camp. Once the snow blankets the ground I downhill & cross-country ski, dust off my fat tire bike, and ice skate on the frozen lakes and rivers. When the weather prevents me from being outside, I enjoy reading a good book, eating delicious food, and baking lots of yummy treats.

Why did you choose this profession? I’ve always known I wanted to work in healthcare, but it took me some time to land on nursing. What made my decision final was working as a tech on a med surg unit at a local hospital. Seeing first-hand how a simple conversation and simply listening could change a patients outlook for the day. The bond that begins to form is special and I knew that continuing my education toward becoming a registered nurse was one I wished to continue. 

Biggest inspirationMy biggest inspiration comes from those I choose to surround myself with. There are so many wonderful humans in my life that lift me up and support me. They inspire me with their hard work and dedication to their own goals whether personal or professional.

Current passion project: School has been all consuming these past two years. However, once I’m graduated, I hope to thru-hike a long trail. I’m still narrowing down which one I would like to do first.

Fun factI played collegiate volleyball way back when (2010-2012)

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your fieldWhile in nursing school it is easy to feel overwhelmed, I had multiple mid-day meltdowns throughout the program. However, the bond that is formed with the students around you who quickly become family and the triumphs felt when the “AH HA” moments happen make every hard moment totally worth it.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to shareMake sure you are continuing to fill your own cup. If it is empty, then helping others fill theirs will become difficult and draining.

October 17, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Dv’nn Cooks

Dv’nn Cooks

Name: Dv’nn Cooks

Medical Title/Credentials: PA-S1

IG: @princedvnn

School/Program: UW MEDEX Northwest

Favorite Hobby: Family time and coaching football

Why did you choose this profession? To provide patients with the same empathy, comfort, and knowledge I once received from a PA, all while working together with a team.

Biggest Inspiration: Father and oldest brother

Current Passion Project: Helping AK football athletes develop skills on and off the field that’ll benefit them even after football is done. 

Fun Fact: Peach Cobbler is my favorite dessert!

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Set goals, write them down, and work everyday to accomplish your goals. #SeeItThrough

October 17, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Jaymar Sagun

Jaymar Sagun

Name: Jaymar Sagun

Medical Title/Credentials: Jaymar Sagun

IG: ja.ymar

School/Program: UAA 

Favorite Hobby: i like to swim and spend time with friends and family

Why did you choose this profession? I chose this profession because I have taken an interest in furthering my education in bones and patient care.

Biggest Inspiration: the MRI techs who helped me during my MRI on my knee

Current Passion Project: Focusing on my physical health and getting stronger each day.

Fun Fact: i like mint oreos 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? It is eye opening and very challenging!

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Keep pushing, you have one more rep in ya :) you didn’t come this far just to quit, gots to see it through.
October 17, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Martina Yanish

Martina Yanish

Name: Martina Yanish

Medical Title/Credentials: Nursing Student / PBT-Medical Lab Assistant 

IG: martie_coolio

School/Program: UAA SON / RN-BSN

Favorite Hobby: Skiing! 

Why did you choose this profession? I chose this profession because I love people and want to help them in hard times. 

Biggest Inspiration: Mother Theresa

Current Passion Project: Katie’s Handprint 

Fun Fact: I used to be a forklift operator! 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? If you’re in the process of working towards nursing school or are in a program already, do not give up! Always have the reason you decided to enter this field be your beacon to light up the hard and dark times. 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi
October 17, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Jordan Iverson

Jordan Iverson

Name: Jordan Iverson

Medical Title/Credentials: RN-BSN, OCN, CMSRN

IG: @jordaninak and @fromalaskatofranceviaengland

School/Program: Northern Michigan University

Favorite Hobby: swimming, traveling, hiking

Why did you choose this profession? In high school I had volunteered at an adult daycare for those with Alzheimer’s and found I really enjoyed helping others and the geriatric population. 

Biggest Inspiration: my grandmother- she was one of the hardest workers I have known and always encouraged me to pursue my dreams

Current Passion Project: teaching myself Spanish so I can take several months off and travel around Spain

Fun Fact: I am a marathon open water swimmer, currently training for a solo swim across the English Channel

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Nursing has so many different fields, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t find your niche in clinicals during school. A nursing degree opens up so many different doors and opportunities. 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have” - Theodore Roosevelt
October 17, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith

Name: Jenny Smith

Medical Title/Credentials: CNA - BSN student

IG: Alaskasbarbie

School/Program: UAA Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Favorite Hobby: Halibut fishing in summer/ Snowboarding in winter. Powerlifting all year round :)

Why did you choose this profession? Growing up I bounced throughout the foster care system in Colorado. Within that time I helped care for my foster dad who was terminal with cancer. I assisted him to his appointments and with his ADL’s before and after school each day until the very day he passed away. I knew at 13 I thoroughly enjoyed helping others and had a passion to bring joy to others especially during times of need. I later on became a CNA at the age of 17 to help care for my grandparents. I treat my patients like I would treat my family! With love, kindness, dignity and respect! :)

Biggest inspiration: Since a young age I set a mindset for myself to never let anyone or anything get me down. If I want something I will go for it and if it isn’t achieved right away then I will keep trying until I am able to achieve those goals.. 

Current Passion Project: I am currently working on writing a book based on my life and the experiences I have had in life and how each day is based on perspective. From growing up in over a dozen foster homes to the aspects of dealing with the different chronic illnesses I have been diagnosed with and the obstacles I have had to overcome to conquer my goals. 

Fun Fact: My children are all animals. I have a corn snake named Tangi, a poodle named Ruby and a ball python named Toggle.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?

Taking care of others is not an easy task or job but it is such a rewarding thing to do. To be that person that can help another person when they are vulnerable and sick and make all the difference in their day. It is truly special. Not everyone is capable of it. But those who are, and enjoy what they do are very much noticed and appreciated by patients. :) 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?

Be the Change you wish to see in the world. 

Mahatma Gandhi

October 17, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Giovanni Scarpata

Giovanni Scarpata

Name: Giovanni Scarpata
Medical Title/Credentials: Veterinarian
School/Program: Department of Medicine Veterinary - University of Bari, Italy
Favorite Hobby: Beatmaking, Sport fishing, DIY and everything that can stimulate my creativity
Why did you choose this profession? Actually, I've never chosen this profession, it's a strange thing to say but that's the way it is. It is something that has accompanied me from my earliest childhood memories, as if it were spontaneous or already written. In my family no one has ever forced me into this choice or tried to direct me to other professions, they respected my attitude and let everything go as it should go. It is clear that over the years I have always asked myself questions about my future but this is part of the game!
Biggest Inspiration: I've never had a real mentor to follow. I like to acquire information from as many people as possible, always looking for opposing visions to have different stimuli.
I like to empathize with my mind in their experiences, as if I were experiencing those things in the first person, this helps me a lot to memorize them.
Current Passion Project: I am currently in the first year (of 3) of Specialization Course in Infectious diseases, Prophylaxis and Veterinary Police (in University of Bari) to broaden my knowledge on this branch of veterinary medicine and subsequently give my support to combat infectious phenomena in my country. I am also trying to carry out other personal projects such as opening B & Bs to welcome tourists in my beautiful city ( Scicli, Sicily island - Italy ) and to expand our family alpaca farm, the first in all of Southern Italy, which we bring forward with love since 2003. Visit us on @sicilpaca_allevamento
Fun Fact: Tabasco sauce on everything!
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Veterinary medicine is a profession that in my opinion is greatly belittled compared to human medicine. The good and bad about this profession is that it is immense, you can create your own job and at the same time, if you are not careful, you can get lost in a glass of water. Try never to break down and choose your small size, you can't do everything, you know and respect your limits for your well-being and that of your patients. Instead, try to bridge your limits by creating a team that deals with different branches, so as to make everything easier and less frustrating. We have the most beautiful profession in the world but we don't realize it! :)  
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?
I base my life on two principles, one of which is an aphorism of Baden Powell, founder of the scouts. "Leave a place a little better than how you found it". Apply it in any context of your life, from your messy bedroom to the places you will frequent in the world, always leave an improvement, even if sometimes it will be at your financial, physical or mental expense. We need to grow and to do so it is right that those before us leave something fertile to build on. 
October 03, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Daniel Trinh

Daniel Trinh

Name: Daniel Trin
Medical Title/Credentials: Osteopathic Medical Student, Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow - OMM/NMM
IG: @danieltrinh3
School/Program: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest
Favorite Hobby: Sports and photography
Why did you choose this profession? I gained a lot of inspiration from a TED talk given by Dr. Abraham Verghese about the importance of human touch and the human ability to observe. He told the story of Joseph Bell discerning a vast amount of information about a patient based off of pure observation and logic, therefore inspiring the creation of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As an aspiring osteopathic physician, Dr. Verghese’s talk reminds me of the significance of the human ability to touch and observe.
Biggest Inspiration: My parents. They’ve done more than I can describe in words. Their sacrifices have given me the opportunities that I have today.
Current Passion Project: Started and maintaining an annual college scholarship fund for local high schoolers!  
Fun Fact: In my free time, I’m a photographer and a personal trainer! Time is obviously limited in school, but fitness and photography are certainly two passions I try to maintain.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Take your time. Go explore what you like, but also be honest to yourself about what you don’t like. I’ve seen so many pre-medical students try to rush into medical school thinking gap years are a waste of time. I personally loved my gap year in the sense that I got to explore hobbies that I was passionate about, but knew I would never get the opportunity to do again. I honestly would not have been upset if I had to take more.
Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” - Kobe Bryant
October 03, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Kate O'Brien

Kate O'Brien

Name: Kate O’Brien

Medical Title/Credentials: Registered Practical Nurse

IG: @katethenurse

School/Program: RPN Bridge to BScN

Favorite Hobby: Going to the gym, walking my dogs, tennis, snowboarding and swimming

Why did you choose this profession? I have always found science and learning about what our bodies can do very interesting, and I enjoy promoting/teaching and helping people be the healthiest they can be! 

Biggest Inspiration: All women because we don’t get enough credit! 

Current Passion Project: Just working on eating healthier and working out consistently

Fun Fact: I have a black belt in karate 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? It can be difficult at times and you may question why you started in this field, but just try to remember the main reason and motivation behind you wanting to be in this field. Nursing has a wide variety of options and specialties you will find one you enjoy eventually :) 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? “A bad day is still a luxury” - Libby Christensen

June 13, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Shiza Tanveer

Shiza Tanveer

Name: Shiza Tanveer

Medical Title/Credentials: PA-S1

IG: @scrubsandshiz

School/Program: CUNY School of Medicine

Favorite Hobby: traveling, reading, trying new restaurants

Why did you choose this profession? For me, being a PA was an easy decision because I absolutely loved that I would be able to treat patients in 2 short years, change specialties at any time, and still have great work-life balance to be able to travel and focus on other hobbies outside of work while still making a difference in my patients’ lives!

Biggest Inspiration: My parents — they are first generation immigrants and have always shown me the importance of hard work, dedication, and pushing me to do anything I wanted to do. I remember attending doctor’s visits with my parents as a child and feeling the barrier between them and their providers, often due to language, which is a huge reason why I wanted to work in medicine and focus my career on working in underserved communities where I can make the most impact.

Current Passion Project: When I’m not studying for exams, I spend most of my time creating content and finding resources to help other pre-PA students (especially minorities) get into PA school on my Instagram and Tiktok (@scrubsandshiz).

Fun Fact: I can speak 5 languages — English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish (currently learning Bangla!)

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? If you have a low gpa like I did, it is still possible to get into PA school by focusing on other parts of your application to become competitive. I focused on getting tons of PCE hours and took 3 gap years to do so and don’t regret it one bit!

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Do not let imposter syndrome stop you from achieving your goals! Whether you’re a pre-PA thinking you aren’t good enough to apply or an incoming student thinking you aren’t smart enough to make it through — trust me if I can do it as an average student, so can you!! It’s all about hard work and dedication, don’t listen to that negative inner voice!

June 01, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Caleb White

Caleb White

Name: Dr. Caleb White

Medical Title/Credentials: PGY-1 Podiatry Resident

IG: @calebwhite5

School/Program: Kendall Regional Hospital

Favorite Hobby: I am a big movie guy... I absolutely love going to the movies to catch whatever is being released on the big screen.

Why did you choose this profession? I chose this profession during my third year of college. I always knew I wanted to join the medical field and working in the ER throughout college really gave me the drive to help achieve that goal. For the longest time, I believed I wanted to go into emergency medicine, but after shadowing all of the different departments the hospital had to offer I began to quickly fall in love with podiatry. After much debate and pondering, I decided podiatry was the right field I wanted to pursue as it met the needs of what I truly wanted most in medicine. In the spring of 2022, I had the privilege of matching at a podiatric residency that specializes in trauma so I get to have a taste in both of the specialties I love!

Biggest Inspiration: My wife and parents helped pave the way for me to pursue my dream career and are such an inspiration to me!

Current Passion Project: Teaching those fresh into medicine the appropriate steps and guidance on what it's like to pursue your career in healthcare. Our future lies in our next generation and teaching and mentoring those who are trying to learn and grow in their knowledge will only help the future of healthcare! I love to help educate and make sure individuals who were in the same shoes as I perform even better than when I was in their position.

Fun Fact: Every chance I have to play the Chainsmokers in the OR I get to. Favorite musical artist without a doubt.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Always ask. This career will leave you with so many questions that are hard to answer alone. Make sure to ask those who have been in your shoes for the best advice whether that be with clinical skills or with studying habits- never be afraid to ask and to learn.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? If you take the path to medical school make sure you rely heavily on what brings you peace and comfort during stressful situations. Whether that be religion (that's what I relied on), friends, hobbies, or certain environments make sure to not let the stress of the profession take away what truly matters to you and what you rely on to help keep you going.

June 01, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo
Andy Nguyen

Andy Nguyen

Name: Andy Nguyen

Medical Title/Credentials: MS-3 (3rd Year Medical Student

IG: @andy_nguyen9

School/Program: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Favorite Hobby: Photography and Videography

Why did you choose this profession? Couldn't see myself doing anything else! I was exposed early on to patient care and being able to hear the stories of struggle and triumph through clinical research at 16 and from then on knew medicine was exactly where I wanted to be. It is the only field that allows you to not just share in people's most intimately human moments, but provide them a source of encouragement and hope in a time when they may need it the most.

Biggest Inspiration: Medically it has to be my earliest mentor Dr. Wilde, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor who knew me since I was 5 and who showed me exactly what it meant to care confidently in any situation. Creatively my biggest inspirations are Casey Neistat, Danny Gevirtz, and Kobe Bryant, for making the every day ordinary seem like incredible adventures.

Current Passion Project: Being a part of a huge community of medical creators on YouTube through my channel ND MD. With over 100k subscribers, it has grown immensely since I started medical school and allows me to use my professional creative background in photography and cinematography to tell the incredibly inspiring stories of physicians, residents, and fellow students from all around the country and world. It has been such an unexpected blessing to reach so many students who may want to be a physician or healthcare professional one day in such a unique and authentic way.

Fun Fact: Because I went to medical school through a 7 year accelerated BS/MD track, I started medical school before I could legally drink and I had my white coat ceremony before my undergraduate commencement.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Don't lose sight of why you do it. This road is long but trust me patients teach you more about medicine and how to love everyone exactly where they are in that moment, than any textbook or lecture ever could.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Some of the best things you can do to heal, comfort, or provide for someone, do not require a medical degree.

June 01, 2022 — Mediclo Mediclo