Meet Our Interns

A Word from our interns:

As interns at Heart and Health we helped medical assistants, by taking vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. In addition, we were able to help perform EKGs, pulmonary function tests, and a variety of different stress tests. Besides clinical experiences, we as interns were able to conduct research on heart healthy natural herbs, supplements, and foods. Throughout the summer, we also participated in numerous community outreach events, making free blood pressure testing available to the public, and educating people on the importance of early detection and prevention.

Jason:

I am currently a 2nd Year Medical Student at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I am involved in the Student Ambassadors Program, Big-Brother-Big-Sister Program, Internal Medicine Club, Family Medicine Club, and Sports Medicine Club. Before attending NYCOM, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During my time at Binghamton University, I was involved in Phi Delta Epsilon: International Medical Fraternity, in which I held the positions Community Service Chair and Vice President of Programming. I organized community service events including weekly visits to a Soup Kitchen and Boys and Girls Club, and involvement in Science Olympiads, and Southern Tier Special Olympics. As VP of Programming, I planned several events, including our yearly participation in a BBQ Festival in New York’s Hudson Valley where we raised money for Children’s Miracle Network.

Here at Heart and Health, I am learning so much. I have had the opportunity to take Medical Histories, Blood Pressures, and perform EKGs on patients. I have also gotten to assist Dr. Kavesteen and Medical Assistants perform Stress Tests. Currently, the other summer interns and I are researching the benefits of many natural herbs and supplements.

Jennifer:

My name is Jennifer and I am going into my junior year in the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program at SUNY Farmingdale. I am Co-Secretary of Farmingdale State College’s Student Nurses Association. I have helped raise money and awareness for many cancer societies and autoimmune diseases. I plan to continue my career to become a nurse practitioner. I participated in an internship at Huntington Hospital in high school where I observed interventional radiology, labor and delivery, and ER floors. I have also participated in a Sloan Kettering program called “Encourage the Heart” where I learned and observed Oncology nursing. I am currently interning at Heart and Health to learn more about Cardiology. At Heart and Health I have been researching uses of herbal supplements and alternatives to medications and identifying its benefits and side effects. I have also helped patients coming in for consultations, T-wave testing and performing EKG’s. Through different treatments, creating awareness and monitoring patients, many diseases can be prevented.

Kelly:

My name is Kelly and I’m going into my senior year at Gettysburg College. I am a Health Science major and I am planning on going to Physician’s Assistant school after Gettysburg. At Gettysburg, I am actively involved on campus: I am on the varsity field hockey team, a member of the pre-health club, Girls on the Run, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Adams County, Leadership team and the Student Athlete Leadership Committee, as well as a sister of Chi Omega. This past spring I spent the semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. My classes were taught by Danish doctors and were held in Rigshospitalet, the national hospital of Denmark. While I was there I was able to see firsthand the differences between the Danish social health care system and the private health care system that the U.S. has. I have also spent the past two summers shadowing a pediatrician at Penn State Hershey medical center and a family practitioner at the White House Clinics in McKee, Kentucky. Spending the past two summers shadowing in the medical field along with interning at Heart and Health has allowed me to realize my passion for medicine and that the medical field is the perfect career fit for me! So far at Heart and Health this summer, I have gained valuable hands-on experience by being able to work directly with patients. I have had the opportunity to do office visits and consultations with patients as well as perform their EKGs and help with T-wave and stress tests. I have also been researching the benefits and side effects of natural herbs and supplements that can be used for a more holistic approach for medical treatments and prevention.

Tori:

Hi! I’m Tori and just graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where I received a bachelor of science in Global Health along with a minor in psychology. My goal is to continue my education with the desire to become a Physician Assistant. My passion for health began at the age of 15 when I started life guarding. Learning CPR and studying first aid drew me in from the start. From there on, I began shadowing at different hospitals and even volunteering at an animal hospital. For the past year, I worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital along with shadowing different Physician Assistants at George Washington Hospital. My past experience volunteering has helped me learn so much about hands on patient care and the skills needed to be a qualified health care professional. I’ve learned a great deal of information from those health care professions and hope to continue my health career as Physician Assistant in the future.

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