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Work experience

Feb 2011Present

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Animal Science Department at Michigan State University

    In Dr. Orth's lab, I worked on a study that simulated the effectiveness of treating arthritis with synthetic chondroitin sulfate.  We used cartilage taken from the knees of steers and placed it into a bovine media infused with interleukin-1 (IL-1) to simulate the damage created from arthritis.  After treatment with the osteoclastic-activating factor (IL-1), synthetic chondroitin sulfate was placed into the test tubes to test the efficacy of repairing the damaged cartilage.  My main role in this project was mixing and pH-ing media, labeling test tubes, pipetting media into the tubes, changing the media and removing the cartilage discs, and performing several different computerized analysis of the affected media.

  Currently, I am preparing to analyze CT scans of chicken legs in order to examine bone density in relation to the body weight  of the bird.

Sep 2009May 2011

Undergraduate Research Assistant

McPhail Equine Performance Center

At Mcphail, I gained valuable experience working with horses in research.  I assisted with motion analysis setup and data collection over force plates.  Postmortem, I assisted with the disarticulation and cleaning of various bones of the equine spine and legs.  I also tracked the data using programs such as Cortex and EVART.  In addition to these research experiences, I also was able to observe/ assist with handling of several horses that came in for examination and ultrasound

Jun 2010Aug 2010

Veterinary Assistant

Towne and Country Animal Hospital

At Towne and Country Animal Hospital, I helped the veterinarians restrain animals during treatment. I also administered vaccinations, scheduled client appointements, provided care for the boarding animals, and assisted in surgery.

May 2010Jul 2010

Waitress

Bar None Steak and Fish

At Bar None, I worked 30-40 hours a week serving customers.  I gained valuable communication skills here.

Aug 2007Aug 2009

Instructor's Assistant

Shiloh Training Center

At Shiloh Training Center, I had the opportunity to exercise dressage horses, assist with children’s lessons, and travel with the owner of the farm (a dressage judge) to various horse shows where I served as a scribe.  I also assisted with the day-to-day care and maintenance of the horses. I gained riding and horse management skills here.

Education

Sep 2009Present

BA (in progress)

Michigan State University

3.825 GPA

Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2012

Interest

Originally, I had intended on attending Michigan State University to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine; however, my plans changed after visiting an orphanage in Guatemala on a mission's trip.  After experiencing first-hand the extreme poverty in the villages on the outskirts of Guatemala City, I feel called to a future in medical missions.  I am now intending to apply my interests in biomechanics and the musculoskeletal system to the realm of human medicine.  Currently, I am in the process of applying to medical schools and taking the MCAT.

Activities

-Member of the Honors College at Michigan State University

-Professorial Assistant

-Member of the Midwest Dressage Association (horseback riding)

-Leader in Spartan Christian Fellowship

-Team Translator: Mission's Trips to Guatemala

-Running-training for a half-marathon

Objective

Acceptance into Medical School to obtain my MD. With this degree, I would like to serve as an international family practitioner through a world mission's organization. 

Skills

Spanish
I have taken Spanish classes for 6 years now.  I have also traveled to Guatemala and Mexico where I was able to employ my Spanish speaking abilities as I worked among the people in a church and an orphanage.

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