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Faculty Feature Tarin Bigley

Tarin Bigley, MD, PhD, was born in Arizona but grew up in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bigley’s dad was an elementary school teacher, and his mom worked in childcare and retail. Growing up, when he wasn’t in school, he was playing sports, hanging out with friends roaming around town and even …

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Faculty Feature Andrew Glatz

Andy Glatz, MD MSCE was born to two graduate students in Madison, Wisconsin, and lived there for a year as his parents completed their PhD studies. He then moved to Ames, Iowa as his parents both accepted faculty positions at Iowa State University. Glatz grew up in that central Iowan …

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Faculty Feature Drew Schwartz

Drew Schwartz was born in New Jersey, but his family rapidly relocated to Columbus, Georgia, to escape the cold. Thanks to his mother’s passion for horses, he began competing in the equestrian sport of three-day eventing at age 13. Schwartz dedicated his free time to his horses and was rewarded …

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Faculty Feature Sherea Smith

Sherea Smith’s rehabilitation career began at an early age. Her very first patient was her twin sister, who had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. By the age of 5, Smith would spend her playtime helping her sister with sitting balance and reaching skills. When trying to work on her sister’s …

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Faculty Feature Jared Levin

Growing up in northern California, Jared Levin was told by several family members not to pursue a career in medicine unless he was certain there was nothing else he wanted to do. This advice was most commonly provided by his grandfather, Dr. Clinton Levin, who along with being the first …

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Faculty Feature Maleewan Kitcharoensakkul

Maleewan Kitcharoensakkul grew up in Khon Kaen, a town in Northeastern Thailand. She is the youngest of six siblings. Her dad was known in Khon Kaen as a mechanic specializing in fixing trucks and large-size automobiles. For Kitcharoensakkul, her dad is the kindest human being who loves art and music. …

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Faculty Feature Kevin O’Bryan

Kevin O’Bryan grew up in the suburbs of Detroit as the oldest of three children.  His father was an engineer and deemed Mr. Safety by the family.  The home had more smoke detectors than any house should ever have.  Beeping from a low battery was a family activity with children …

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Faculty Feature Michelle Gill

Part of a military family, I spent my childhood in many places including Maine, Alaska, and Michigan. I remember the joy of playing in Alaska snow in the dark days of winter and building massive snow caves and tunnels in our yard in northern Michigan. My father’s last Air Force …

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Faculty Feature Melissa Riley

Melissa Riley, MD, grew up in northeast Ohio with about 70 rotating siblings over her childhood years. Her family was a foster family and eventually adopted four of those children to add to the biological group. As No. 2 of the now eight, Riley found caring for and teaching the …

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Faculty Feature Rebecca Same

Rebecca (Becca) Same, MD, grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with her parents and older brother. Her father was an obstetrician. As a child, Same swore she would never become a doctor, but by the time she started college, she had started to reconsider. She attended Georgetown University and majored …