Director: Stephanie Pintas
Stephanie Pintas is a third-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Raised in a suburb of Chicago, she moved to Atlanta for her undergraduate studies at Emory where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Human Health and Nutrition Science. At Emory, her desire to merge preventive and public health services through a patient-centered model took root. Stephanie led healthy cooking demonstrations for her fellow peers and disadvantaged populations within the community. She also researched the effects of botanical extracts on inflammatory skin conditions and was a teacher’s assistant for organic chemistry. Here at UCLA, Stephanie is interested in addressing chronic diseases and the social determinants of health among the underserved by fighting food deserts and improving education on lifestyle changes, as well as incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities. She was co-president of the Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group and currently conducts research within the East-West Medicine Department at Santa Monica Hospital. In the future, she plans to tackle chronic diseases as a community-oriented primary care provider with a focus on integrative and holistic care.
Director: Joanne Newens
Joanne Newens is a first year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A UC Davis alumna, former community clinic intern, and CommuniCare wellness volunteer, she hopes to continue educating others in healthcare issues and well-being to improve community health. Joanne’s passion for refugee health and health education is fueled by her family, whose Vietnam War stories of grit and sacrifice serve as a reminder for her to love deeply and broadly regardless of (or, especially because) one’s background. The love that her family has taught her transformed to advocacy, and she is excited to work with the UCLA Healthcare Symposium to move forward in that direction.
Director: Ayesha Ng
Ayesha Ng is a first-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She grew up in Diamond Bar, California and graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Biology as well as Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a concentration in Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Ayesha worked on Alzheimer’s disease research investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying progression of the neurodegenerative disease. She also enjoyed serving as a peer health advocate in her student community and as a peer support group facilitator for individuals with brain injuries in the greater Boston area. Her interest in public health was sparked after interning at the CDC Foundation on the Health Equity Strike Team. There, she strived to increase transparency of publicly available COVID-19 data on health disparities relating to race and ethnicity and other social vulnerability factors. At DGSOM, Ayesha currently serves as Health Disparities Liaison as part of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) and hopes to continue advancing health equity through community-based initiatives.
Director: Rohini Nott
Rohini Nott is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. From Phoenix, Rohini completed her B.S. and B.A. in Biological Sciences (Biology & Society) and Business (Public Service & Public Policy) at Barrett, the Honors College, at Arizona State University. At ASU, she served as a Student Director of the Student Health Outreach for Wellness Community Initiative, a program that serves vulnerable populations through free healthcare. Now at DGSOM, Rohini volunteers with the North Westwood Neighborhood Council: Homelessness & Community Health Committee, Loneliness Project, and Mobile Clinic Project. She also is involved in adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship research and transition of care research. In the future, she hopes to continue advocating for vulnerable communities and to help improve healthcare delivery for all communities.
Member: Mengdong He
Mengdong He is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Born and raised in China, Mengdong studied Traditional Chinese Medicine as an undergraduate in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Fascinated by the population-level impact of public health research, Mengdong moved to the US to pursue a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Hopkins, Mengdong found her passion in Pharmacoepidemiology, led the local student chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, and conducted large observational studies evaluating the safety of antiepileptic and lipid-lowering medications. After graduating from Hopkins, Mengdong worked with a research team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to conduct post-marketing surveillance of pharmaceutical products and researched pharmaceutical policy. At DGSOM, Mengdong is co-president of the Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group. In the future, she hopes to become a physician-scientist and provide evidence-based holistic care to patients by leveraging her background in integrative medicine and clinical research.
Member: Alli Brinacombe
Alli Brimacombe is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Although she originally grew up studying piano and musical theatre in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she realized her passion for medicine when she earned her EMT license at 17 years old. She then moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico where she completed a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she left the US for the first time, and later led a medical brigade to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Shocked by the inequities of health around the globe and humbled by everything she didn’t know, she was inspired to move to Spain and complete a master’s degree in global health from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. She then moved back to New Mexico to continue her previous work volunteering for a local fire department and working as an advanced EMT, where she witnessed the healthcare disparities during the development of Covid-19 firsthand. At DGSOM, she now volunteers for the Mobile Clinic Project and conducts research on the accessibility of health information. She is excited to be a part of the Healthcare Symposium team and looks forward to continuing to learn about advocating for health equity!