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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

While managing a busy Chicago restaurant that was part of a major hotel on Michigan Ave., Diane Baldemor, PTS-II, wasn't thinking about pursuing a career in the healthcare field. She was enjoying her work and the challenges of motivating the staff and keeping patrons happy. However, a trip to the gym during her off hours changed her outlook and, as a result, her career path took a dramatic turn.

"I was on a treadmill and I saw the lady next to me who had multiple sclerosis working with a physical therapist. The PT was making such a real difference in her life and that's what I really wanted. I wanted to impact people that way," Diane said. This realization, along with the downturn in the economy, led Diane to consider a career in the healthcare field.

There's such a sense of professionalism here. Everyone has set a goal to be great in whatever field they chose."
— Diane Baldemor, PTS-II

Learning about Physical Therapy

"My parents are both in the medical field, and I didn't want to go that route initially. But, I got nervous for my future in the hotel/restaurant management industry in a bad economy. I enjoy working out and being physically active, so I started researching physical therapy. I decided I really liked the field and the opportunity it offers to do something meaningful," she said. After observing physical therapists in a variety of workplace settings and volunteering at a hospital and pediatric clinic, Diane decided to apply to Midwestern University's Physical Therapy Program. "When I visited the campus, I felt welcomed. I came from a huge university and it was difficult but fun at the same time," she relates. "For my graduate degree, I wanted something that was more intimate because this was such a huge transition for me."

At Midwestern, she found a supportive atmosphere and faculty members who are both knowledgeable and encouraging. "Starting over as a student is the biggest challenge I've had so far. The work load is very challenging and with Midwestern being on quarter system, it's very fast-paced," Diane said. "It really helps that professors are very encouraging and want to help you reach your goal of working in the field," she said.

The Midwestern Experience

Diane thinks the overall atmosphere and focus on healthcare at the University also helps students succeed. "There's such a sense of professionalism here. Everyone has set a goal to be great in whatever field they chose. I am taking classes with students in all the other programs and everyone is willing to help each other," she said. Diane also believes she is learning valuable skills for her future career in healthcare. "Here I get to practice communication skills with students in other programs in ways that I think are similar to what I'll experience after I graduate. Midwestern is prepping us for the future because we're all going to be in health professions."

When not in classes, Diane keeps a very active schedule that includes playing paintball with friends, dancing, and doing yoga. "Being from the hotel and restaurant world, I also am an avid foodie and I love trying out new and unique local restaurants," she added.

Using Her Skills

One of the major undertakings for the first-year physical therapy class was the Halloween Fest. This popular event is coordinated by several student groups and draws thousands of area children and their parents for a safe trick-or-treating event and a haunted house. Diane was one of the class leaders for the Fest and was able to tap into her management expertise to make sure everything ran smoothly. "It was a lot of fun and brought back some of the planning skills and creativity I had in hotel management," she said.

As she continues with her studies, Diane is excited about her future and the many opportunities open to physical therapists. "I am looking forward to learning more about the PT field and trying to figure out where I fit in that niche of physical therapists," she said. "I can't wait to graduate and get started."

Baldemor, PTS-IIDiane Baldemor is a second-year student in the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University.


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