Annabelle Bowman

Annabelle Bowman

Name: Annabelle Bowman

Medical Title/Credentials: Oncology CNA 

IG: @annabellegbowman

Favorite Hobby: Trying new foods

Why did you choose this profession?: I always loved help others around me and making them feel better so I decided to go into healthcare to be an advocate to those who need the support. I am a patient myself as I battle every day with an invisible disability and I want to be a voice to those in my community and know I am advocating for them! 

Biggest Inspiration: My family. They always support me and my dreams, pushing me to do what I love and always tell me that I can do it!

Current Passion Project: incorporating medicine/health with cosmetology 

Fun Fact: I am a twin! 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?: Don't let anyone tell how you can't do something; you are capable of doing anything! Do what makes YOU happy 

Bahar Jalalian

Bahar Jalalian

Name: Bahar Jalalian

Medical Title/Credentials: Dentist/ DMD 

IG: @doctor.bahar.dmd

Favorite Hobby: Weightlifting 

Why did you choose this profession?: I was always bullied as a kid and one comment from a bully that stuck with me most was, “You know, at least you have a pretty smile.” As hurtful as this comment was, it also made me realize how universal a smile and its beauty can be. Smiles don’t discriminate; they don’t choose a person of a certain shape, color, or size; they simply shine and radiate for others to see and feel uplifted by. I am so proud to be a smile doctor and to be able to help others feel healthy and confident in their own smiles. 

Biggest Inspiration: My mom. She’s the strongest, most confident woman I know. She’s unapologetically herself, and I live by her mantra to be unapologetically me. 

Current Passion Project: Working with Extra Mile Pediatrics to be the first dentist they’ve had going on a mission trip to help children in Ecuador and Guatemala. 

Fun Fact: My Bachelor’s degree is actually in Comparative Literature! I’m a huge bookworm, and I love to write. 

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?: Make sure you know what dentistry entails before you sign up for it. Dentistry is truly a form of art maybe more so than any field of healthcare. If you love art AND science, this could be a great career path for you! 

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? If you have to choose, choose hope and happiness. Life isn’t easy for anyone, and it’s even harder for some of us. But if you choose to hope for a better day, a better day will inevitably come. 

Christian Capobianco

Christian Capobianco

Name: Christian Capobianco

Medical Title/Credentials: Veterinary Student

IG: @christianthevetstudent 

School/Program: North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Favorite Hobby: Volleyball, Hiking, and Scuba Diving

Why did you choose this profession?

Like most people in this field, I always had a love for animals and knew from an early age that I wanted to be an "animal doctor"; however, it wasn't until a family vacation to Walt Disney World that I discovered my true career goal. We went to Disney's Animal Kingdom as a family and were able to watch the veterinarians perform an examination on a lion in their on-show veterinary window. I remember being completely awestruck seeing a doctor that works with exotic animals! From then on, I've wanted to be a veterinarian working in zoological medicine and my path has never wavered.

Through some amazing circumstances, for the past four years, I've been working at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Animals, Science, and Environment Department as a conservation educator. I get to empower hundreds of guests per day to take an active role in conserving natural resources and protecting threatened species. I hope that in this role, I've been able to inspire the next generation of conservationists just as I was inspired so many years prior! 

 

Biggest Inspiration:

My family has been my biggest inspiration throughout my life. They've made incredible sacrifices for me and continue to be an unparallelled support system. I've also had some incredible mentors throughout each stage of my veterinary journey thus far. There are far too many to name, but they know who they are and they know the immense impact that they've had on me! 

 

Current Passion Project: I'm passionate about exploring the relationship between veterinary medicine, conservation education, and research to do my part in educating the public and saving species. I truly believe that proper communication and education within veterinary medicine is the key to success. I enjoy guiding others in developing their interpretation techniques so that they can convey a strong message and ensure understanding within their audience. 

 

Fun Fact: I'm an avid traveler and will take any excuse to go explore the world! In fact, I just got back from a field research trip to the Galapagos Islands where I completed health assessments on some native species.

 

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

Try not to compare yourself to others! I know it can be tough given the grueling requirements for veterinary school admission, but remember that everyone brings something unique and wonderful to the table. If you truly love this field and are doing your best, you'll get to where you want to be. It is almost never going to be the path that you envisioned, but embrace the uncertainty and enjoy the ride! 

 

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

I always tell prospective veterinary students that the most important thing is to be kind to yourself. Make time for activities outside of veterinary medicine and develop a healthy work-life balance early on. You cannot give your patients, clients, or studies your best effort if you are not at your best. Take care of yourself above anything else! 

Vincent Chan

Vincent Chan

Name: Vincent Chan

Medical Title/Credentials: MD - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

IG: @vinpin 

School/Program: 

Case Western Reserve University - Medical School

Harbor UCLA Medical Center - Internal Medicine Residency
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship

Favorite Hobbies: Graphic design & Trying new restaurants

Why did you choose this profession? When I was a medical student, I knew I wanted to care for acutely ill patients with a holistic approach. I thought this meant having a deep understanding of patient physiology across multiple disciplines. At the same time, I was nervous about being in the Intensive Care Unit and having to make medical decisions that could rapidly impact life and death.

As I started my intern year in 2009, I was thrown into the H1N1 pandemic, and I soon realized that in addition to diagnosing and treating complex medical issues, caring for these individuals also meant treating patients and their loved ones with compassion and open communication, whether it’s early in their hospital course or nearing their end of life. I got over my fear of the Intensive Care Unit and chose to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Biggest Inspiration: My father inspired me to pursue medicine. I have also had wonderful mentors through each stage of my training who helped shape me into the physician I am today.

Current Passion Project: Outside of the hospital, I have been designing enamel pins for healthcare professionals. In June of 2020, I produced my first pin, which was funded by my institution and given to our residents, nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists for their hard work and dedication fighting the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Since then, I have opened a small business, VINPIN, where I sell enamel pins for healthcare workers and donate the proceeds to charity.


Within the hospital, I have been developing an ultrasound curriculum aimed at Internal Medicine residents, Hospitalists, and Nurse Practitioners. My goal with this curriculum is to empower bedside clinicians to make targeted clinical decisions with point of care ultrasonography, which will hopefully reduce hospital days and improve patient outcomes.

Fun Fact: I have two cats

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Medicine can be a difficult field to succeed in, but if there is anything I have learned throughout my training and career, it is that the best doctors are not the ones with the best grades or the highest scores. They are the ones who believe in the work they do and truly advocate for the patients they care for.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Fortune is nothing more than loving what you do. - Jason Mraz

Vicki Chan

Vicki Chan

Name: Vicki Chan

Title: MD

Ig: Vickichanmd  

Favorite hobby: Shopping!

School/Program: University of Southern California (undergrad), Johns Hopkins University (medical school), UCLA (residency/fellowship)

Why did you choose your profession?: My father is a doctor, so I've always known and wanted to be a doctor. I chose ophthalmology because I enjoy the combination of clinical work and surgery. I think the eye is so fascinating and helping people with their vision is so satisfying.

 Current Passion Project: Educating and fighting misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines with various organizations like #ThisIsOurShot, #teamhalo (United Nations), and the WHO.

 Who was/is your inspiration? My father! 

 How do you get over the troubled times: Whenever things get tough, I try to focus on the next step - how to make it better, what can be learned, etc.

 Fun Fact: I can move my ears.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Focus on the goal. There will be a late nights and rough days, but as long as you focus on your goal and never give up, you'll get there!

Any other message/ motivational quotes you'd like to share: Do what you love; Love what you do!

 

Howard "Howie" Pyo

Howard "Howie" Pyo

Name: Howard “Howie” Pyo

Medical Title/Credentials: 3rd Year Medical Student

IG: @howieepowiee 

School/Program: 

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Favorite Hobby: I love gardening, fishing, bushcraft, golf, and trying new food.

Why did you choose this profession? It was a gradual process. Starting in high school, I was volunteering in hospitals and homeless clinics and I was drawn towards talking to them and the interactions I had with them. That's when I realized I wanted to work with people. I was also always interested in biology and science so when I started college, I started shadowing doctors and observing what they did/what impact they made. That's when I really learned what medicine entails and began to fall in love with the field.

Benjamin Ordaz

Benjamin Ordaz

Name: Benjamin Ordaz

Title: BSN RN

favorite hobby: Running

School/Program: California State University, East Bay

Why did you choose your profession?: I initially wanted to be a firefighter and in my pursuit to become a firefighter, I decided I wanted to get my bachelor's degree. I was taking an Emergency Medical Technician course and during this training I realized how intrigued and passionate I was about medicine. I decided to study nursing because I would have been able to obtain my bachelor's degree, expand my scope of practice in medicine, and be able to continue to care for people who are ill and injured. 

Justine Kim

Justine Kim

Name: Justine Kim

Medical Title/Credentials: Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse

School/Program: FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)

Favorite Hobby: Golf, watching K-dramas, and sleeping extended hours whenever I can!

Why did you choose this profession? Caring and respecting others has been such a big part of my life and who I am that I wanted to continue to help others through my career choices too. 

Biggest Inspiration: My dad taught me patience, that everything takes time and needs to go through its course. He also taught me positive attitudes and being humble to yourself and others will bring a positive outcome in the end.

Current Passion Project: I am studying to become a Nurse Practitioner in Critical Care. 

Fun Fact: I was the fastest female kid in my elementary school. I ran the 100-meter in 14 seconds. I was a pretty darn fast Asian girl.

How do you get over the troubled times? I try to take care of one thing at a time by focusing on what's currently presented to me at the moment and stay optimistic!

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? If you are thinking about the medical field, you are already halfway there. Treat every patient how you would want to be treated!

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? Just do it and never stop dreaming!

Justine Ipac & Jake Bendicion

Justine Ipac & Jake Bendicion

Name: Justine Ipac & Jake Bendicion

IG: @thepabaes

Title: PA Students

favorite hobby: Exercising, hiking, and playing with our dogs!

School/Program: UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program

Why did you choose your profession?: We chose the PA profession because we felt that this was how we could best make a difference in our patients lives. We were inspired by the PAs we worked with prior to starting school and found that they as well as their patients seemed so happy and pleased!

Current Passion Project: Helping and inspiring pre-health students along their journey in medicine!

Who was/is your inspiration? Our families were our inspiration! Working to not only care for them in the future, but to show them that they can trust in and be proud of the children they raised.

How do you get over the troubled times: A pint of ice cream! Haha In all seriousness we rely on each other. We communicate and raise each other up when one of us are down.

Fun Fact: Justine can solve a Rubik’s cube in 7.64 seconds. Jake once ate 16 tacos in one sitting.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Be patient! There is no rush in becoming a PA. Your experience prior to school will only help you in the long run. Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t doubt your path. You can do this!

Any other message/ motivational quotes you'd like to share: Thank you too all of those following along our journey. We hope we can help you find your way, whatever that may be. 💙

Stephany Giraldo Eierle

Stephany Giraldo Eierle

Name: Stephany Giraldo Eierle DO, MPH

Medical Title/Credentials: PGY1 Family Medicine Resident

IG: drstephanydo

School/Program: Currently a resident at UMass in Worcester. Graduated medical school from NSU KPCOM and obtained my masters at UMiami.

Favorite Hobby: Too many! I love dancing! Also, spending time cooking & reading poems with my hubs & our doggy daughter cookie; all while holding a cup of coffee or glass of wine.

Why did you choose this profession? No matter how little we had, my parents always made it a point to help others, so I knew I wanted to get into a profession where I could do that. Being a primary care doctor allows me to be their for my patient and their family for their health needs but also allows me to address social factors that could be contributing to their quality of life or lack there of.

Biggest Inspiration: My dad. He is the hardest working person I have ever known. He came to this country with nothing but the clothes on his back and worked endlessly to learn a new language and bring our family out of poverty.

Current Passion Project: At the moment it's my IG. I've made it a point to be vulnerable and talk about my experiences to motivate others to pursue their dreams and love who they are. I've received such amazing feedback about how my story has inspired my followers to do x, y, or z or has given them hope that they can do whatever they want if they work hard enough.

Fun Fact: I love doing low budget DIY projects!

How do you get over the troubled times? I'm a true believer in life being 10% circumstance and 90% outlook. So I try to approach situations as lessons and learn from them. I also make sure to take extra me time when I'm extremely overwhelmed.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Don't give up! This is a hard field to get into and you're probably going to fumble along the way, but do not be discouraged. No matter how long you take, or how many obstacles you face, keep going. You'll thank yourself for your resilience once you get there.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?  "Regardless of parentage, heritage or origin, dreams are meant to be pursued and grasped and pulled from the sky. If you work hard, educate yourself, strive, and never forget to be kind to others, your dreams can come true."      

Michael Lee-Chin

Carolina Baquerizo

Carolina Baquerizo

Name: Carolina Baquerizo

Medical Title/Credentials: Veterinary Student

IG: @carolinasfieldguide

School/Program: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Favorite Hobby: I enjoy surfing, skiing, and cooking in my free time!

Why did you choose this profession? The most pivotal years of my life were spent growing up at Zoo Miami; as a teenager, I began volunteering and spreading conservation awareness messages to guests. Then during my undergraduate studies, I returned to the zoo to intern on the African ungulate team. We collaborated with many of the departments on zoo grounds, and on my first day assisted the vet staff with three zebra immobilizations. Over time, I learned that zoo veterinarians are active in survival/reintroduction programs and facilitate conservation breeding. Just a few years ago, I did not know how I was going to integrate conservation work into my career choice, but this strong correlation between zoo veterinarians and conservation work ignited my dream profession.

Biggest Inspiration: My parents continue to inspire me on my journey towards becoming a veterinarian. I am incredibly grateful for the sacrifices each of them has made to help me succeed academically and as a person in the real world. They have always encouraged me to dream bigger and to reach for goals I may have felt were impossible. They are my biggest cheerleaders, and I hope I can return the favor in the future. 

Current Passion Project: My current passion project is self-care. I find that incorporating mindful and healthy moments into my day truly makes a difference. I love trying out new skincare products, meditating, painting my nails, taking a pilates class, or even baking something new! I encourage everyone to take a few moments each week to enjoy YOU!

Fun Fact: I have performed farrier work on giraffe hooves.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Never be afraid if you do not know the answer to something. Your time as a pre-vet or veterinary student is the time for your inquisitiveness to run wild! Take pride in not knowing and allow yourself to become a sponge; absorb anything that makes you go: WOW! Additionally, take the time to become someone’s cheerleader or mentor. When we lift each other up, we can all succeed.

Joey Tuyen Tran

Joey Tuyen Tran

Name: Joey Tuyen Tran

Medical Title/Credentials: Dental Student

IG: @joeydentistry

School/Program: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry class of 2024. I graduated from the University of Irvine in 2019.

Favorite Hobby: Anything that allows me to utilize my artistic skills and creativity, photography, and going to the beach.

Why did you choose this profession? My love for dentistry started from my early interest in makeup, and I realized that working with people and making them feel beautiful and uplifted is what I want to do. The vision I have for myself in dentistry is to not only provide patients with the best treatment, but also to create a positive impact on their lives.

Biggest Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is my family. We were immigrants coming from Vietnam in 2010, and although my parents speak hardly any English and had to accept low-paying jobs, they value education and constantly work hard to provide my sister and I with so many opportunities in our lives. 

Current Passion Project: My dental instagram blog @joeydentistry and CampMed at UCI – a non-profit educational-enrichment program that influences the younger generation to pursue a higher education and to follow their dreams.

Fun Fact: Before dental school, I went to a modeling casting in LA for the experience, and I got booked for a photoshoot.

Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field? Be yourself and know yourself. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses gives you a better understanding of who you are as an applicant.

Any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share? “All Roads Lead to Rome” – There are many different ways of reaching the same goal. So, no matter who you are and what your abilities are, don’t be afraid to keep trying and getting to the finish line.