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Our Team

The success of our Tours and the impact that we make is directly credited to the amazing group of Mentors that join us as we travel the country.  From medical, dental, and pharmacy students to young practicing physicians and dentists, we purposefully recruit in order to highlight stages of growth and full spectrum of experiences throughout the undergraduate/pre-med years and early career.  Our Mentors include physicians (allopathic,  osteopathic, and podiatric) and dentists as well as medical, dental, and pharmacy students, from different educational backgrounds, with different specialty interests, and with a variety of dual degrees.   A pre-health/medical advisor is also invited to expand our capability for outreach and education.

Our Mentors reach the students through their presentations as well as through very personal interactions, and we encourage the development of individual mentoring relationships during and after the Tours.  Our Mentors do not lecture to the students, but instead provide guidance so that the students are able to make the best decisions for themselves.

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February 2017 5th Anniversary Tour

Approximately 10-15 underrepresented minority physicians, dentists and medical students serve as workshop facilitators for each day of the Tour and work in conjunction with the host institution to set up each Educational Stop.

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Involvement

T4D Mentors volunteer their time to join us on our campus visits for select weeks. Their passion and time commitment are critical to the success of T4D. Additional opportunities will soon exist for other professionals who are seeking to be involved, but are not able to participate in an entire Tour. Individuals can also join us at individual Tour Stops; the presence of local physicians, dentists and medical/dental students assists our efforts by emphasizing our local and more regular connections.

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Criteria For Selection

Criteria for selection as a Mentor to join us on a Tour includes:

  • strong presentation skills
  • experience with and passion for mentoring and teaching
  • early stage of career (health professions student through young practicing provider)
  • personal stories that provide motivating teaching points for our student audience (i.e. significant distance traveled, challenges overcome)
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Our Mentors

  • Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH Co-Director
    Location

    Milton, MA

    Institution

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

    Undergrad

    Prairie View A&M University

    Grad School

    University of Alabama School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Emergency Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, MMEP

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, October 2014, February 2015, October 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Andrea Prince PharmD
    Andrea Prince PharmD
    Location

    Springfield, MO

    Institution

    CoxHealth

    Undergrad

    University of Missouri

    Grad School

    Drake University

    Speciality

    Pharmacy

    Affiliations

    Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Iowa Pharmacy Association

    Tour(s)

    February 2016, February 2017

  • Brandi Freeman MD
    Brandi Freeman MD
    Location

    Denver, CO

    Institution

    Children's Hospital Colorado

    Undergrad

    Duke University

    Grad School

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Speciality

    Pediatrics

    Affiliations

    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, October 2014, February 2015, October 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Brandon Henry MD
    Brandon Henry MD
    Location

    Waco, TX

    Institution

    Baylor University

    Undergrad

    California State University Sacramento

    Grad School

    Howard University College of Medicine

    Speciality

    Pediatrics, Sports Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, SMDEP

    Tour(s)

    September 2012, February 2013, February 2014, February 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Charnell Cain DO
    Charnell Cain DO
    Location

    Knoxville, TN

    Institution

    -

    Undergrad

    Jackson State University

    Grad School

    Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Speciality

    -

    Affiliations

    The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians -Family Medicine Club, Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    September 2012, September 2013, February 2014

  • Ciera Sears MD
    Ciera Sears MD
    Location

    Dayton, OH

    Institution

    Wright State University

    Undergrad

    The University of Akron

    Grad School

    Howard University College of Medicine

    Speciality

    Internal Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, SMDEP

    Tour(s)

    February 2015, February 2017

  • Corey Shy MD
    Corey Shy MD
    Location

    St. Louis, MO

    Institution

    Washington University

    Undergrad

    Prairie View A&M University

    Grad School

    Texas A&M Health Science Center- College of Medicine

    Speciality

    Internal Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, SMDEP, Joint Admissions Medical Program

    Tour(s)

    October 2014, February 2015

  • Deirdre Young DDS
    Deirdre Young DDS
    Location

    Detroit, MI

    Institution

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

    Undergrad

    Howard University

    Grad School

    University of Michigan School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Dentistry

    Affiliations

    American Dental Educators Association, National Dental Association

    Tour(s)

    September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, October 2014, February 2015, October 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Demetra Gibson MD, MPH
    Demetra Gibson MD, MPH
    Location

    Boston, MA

    Institution

    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Undergrad

    University of Virginia

    Grad School

    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/Harvard School of Public Health

    Speciality

    Internal Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, February 2015

  • Erika Flores Uribe MD, MPH
    Erika Flores Uribe MD, MPH
    Location

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Institution

    University of California Santa Barbara

    Undergrad

    University of Southern California

    Grad School

    University of California San Francisco/Harvard School of Public Health

    Speciality

    Emergency Medicine

    Affiliations

    Latino Medical Student Association

    Tour(s)

    February 2013, February 2014, February 2016

  • Estell Williams MD
    Estell Williams MD
    Location

    Seattle, WA

    Institution

    University of Washington

    Undergrad

    Xavier University/University of San Francisco

    Grad School

    University of Washington

    Speciality

    General Surgery

    Affiliations

    American College of Surgeons

    Tour(s)

    October 2015

  • Francisco Castelan BS, BA, MS
    Francisco Castelan BS, BA, MS
    Location

    Atlanta, GA

    Institution

    Georgia Institute of Technology, NAAHP, AAMC

    Undergrad

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Grad School

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Speciality

    Pre-Health Advising

    Affiliations

    Chair of Minority Affairs Committee (NAAHP), Committee of Diversity Affairs (AAMC)

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, February 2013, February 2014, February 2017

  • Gezzer Ortega MD, MPH
    Gezzer Ortega MD, MPH
    Location

    Washington, DC

    Institution

    Howard University College of Medicine

    Undergrad

    Syracuse University

    Grad School

    Howard University College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Speciality

    General Surgery

    Affiliations

    SNMA, LMSA, NMA, NHMA, American College of Surgeons, Association of Academic Surgeons, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, The G4 Alliance, Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians

    Tour(s)

    October 2015

  • Italo Brown MD, MPH
    Italo Brown MD, MPH
    Location

    New York, NY

    Institution

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Undergrad

    Morehouse College

    Grad School

    Boston University School of Public Health, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Emergency Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    February 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Janae Currington M.Ed
    Janae Currington M.Ed
    Location

    East Lansing, MI

    Institution

    Michigan State University

    Undergrad

    -

    Grad School

    -

    Speciality

    -

    Affiliations

    National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

    Tour(s)

    September 2012, September 2013, February 2014, October 2015

  • John-Paul Sanchez MD, MPH
    John-Paul Sanchez MD, MPH
    Location

    New York, NY

    Institution

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Undergrad

    -

    Grad School

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Speciality

    Emergency Medicine

    Affiliations

    National Hispanic Medical Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies - CUNY Graduate Center

    Tour(s)

    February 2013

  • Jose Cruz DO, MPH
    Jose Cruz DO, MPH
    Location

    Tulsa, OK

    Institution

    University of Oklahoma

    Undergrad

    Yale University

    Grad School

    Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Texas A&MSchool of Rural Public Health

    Speciality

    Family Medicine

    Affiliations

    Latino Medical Student Association

    Tour(s)

    February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, February 2016

  • Joseph Stringfellow MD
    Joseph Stringfellow MD
    Location

    Charlottesville, VA

    Institution

    Wake Forest University

    Undergrad

    Howard University

    Grad School

    University of Virginia School of Medicine

    Speciality

    OB/GYN

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013

  • Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP Co-Director
    Location

    Washington, DC

    Institution

    Veterans Health Administration

    Undergrad

    Duke University

    Grad School

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Family Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, National Health Service Corps, National Medical Fellowships

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, October 2014, February 2015, October 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Kittra Owens DPM
    Kittra Owens DPM
    Location

    Las Vegas, NV

    Institution

    VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

    Undergrad

    Tuskegee University

    Grad School

    Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

    Speciality

    Podiatry

    Affiliations

    American Podiatric Medical Association, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

    Tour(s)

    September 2013, February 2014, February 2015, October 2015

  • Lekeisha Terrell MD, MS
    Lekeisha Terrell MD, MS
    Location

    Arlington, VA

    Institution

    Unity Health Care; AT Still University; George Washington University; Georgetown University

    Undergrad

    niversity of Missouri-Kansas City

    Grad School

    University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

    Speciality

    Adolescent Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association; Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Sports Medicine;

    Tour(s)

    October 2014

  • Love Anani MD
    Love Anani MD
    Location

    Nashville, TN

    Institution

    American Physician Partners, Northcrest Medical Center

    Undergrad

    Carleton College

    Grad School

    Howard University College of Medicine

    Speciality

    Emergency Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, February 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Luis Rivera MD
    Luis Rivera MD
    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Institution

    Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine

    Undergrad

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Grad School

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Speciality

    Family Medicine

    Affiliations

    National Medical Fellowships Monash/Scott Scholarship Recipient, Latino Medical Student Association, Student National Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians

    Tour(s)

    October 2015

  • Minerva Romero Arenas MD, MPH
    Minerva Romero Arenas MD, MPH
    Location

    Edinburg, TX

    Institution

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Undergrad

    Arizona State University

    Grad School

    The University of Arizona

    Speciality

    Endocrine and General Surgery

    Affiliations

    Latino Medical Student Association, National Hispanic Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    February 2013, February 2014, October 2015

  • Nathan Lott DO
    Nathan Lott DO
    Location

    Columbus, OH

    Institution

    OhioHealth

    Undergrad

    Prairie View A&M University

    Grad School

    Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Speciality

    Internal Medicine, Critical Care

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, MMEP

    Tour(s)

    February 2013, September 2013, February 2016

  • Nii-Daako Darko DO, MBA
    Nii-Daako Darko DO, MBA
    Location

    Miami, FL

    Institution

    University of Miami

    Undergrad

    -

    Grad School

    Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Speciality

    Trauma/Critical Care

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    September 2012, February 2013, September 2013

  • Paola Portela MD
    Paola Portela MD
    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Institution

    Woodridge Clinic

    Undergrad

    Northeastern Illinois University

    Grad School

    Ross University School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Pediatrics

    Affiliations

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    Tour(s)

    September 2013, October 2015

  • Renee Volny DO, MBA
    Renee Volny DO, MBA
    Location

    Atlanta, GA

    Institution

    Morehouse School of Medicine/Satcher Health Policy Institute

    Undergrad

    -

    Grad School

    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

    Speciality

    OB/GYN

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, February 2013, September 2013

  • Robert Trevino PhD
    Robert Trevino PhD
    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Institution

    Rush Medical College

    Undergrad

    Stanford Unversity

    Grad School

    Rush Medical College

    Speciality

    MD/PhD Candidate

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, SMDEP, Teach for America

    Tour(s)

    September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, February 2015, February 2016, February 2017

  • Shawnita Briggs
    Shawnita Briggs
    Location

    Williamsburg, VA

    Institution

    -

    Undergrad

    Bowie State University

    Grad School

    Medical College of Virginia

    Speciality

    -

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2013

  • Shayla Wilson
    Shayla Wilson
    Location

    Nashville, TN

    Institution

    Meharry Medical College

    Undergrad

    Meharry Medical College

    Grad School

    Florida A&M University

    Speciality

    Dentistry

    Affiliations

    Student National Dental Association

    Tour(s)

    February 2017

  • Tiphany Jackson MD
    Tiphany Jackson MD
    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Institution

    Advocate Healthcare

    Undergrad

    Duke University

    Grad School

    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, SMDEP, Schweitzer Fellows Program

    Tour(s)

    February 2014, February 2016

  • Travelle Franklin-Ford Ellis MD, PhD
    Travelle Franklin-Ford Ellis MD, PhD
    Location

    Columbus, OH

    Institution

    Zimmer Biomet

    Undergrad

    University of Pittsburgh

    Grad School

    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

    Speciality

    Medical Products

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association

    Tour(s)

    September 2012

  • Tyree M.S. Winters DO
    Tyree M.S. Winters DO
    Location

    Newark, NJ

    Institution

    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

    Undergrad

    University of Michigan-Dearborn

    Grad School

    Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Speciality

    Academic Pediatrics

    Affiliations

    Minority Committee Chairperson of American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2015, February 2017

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