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Medical Student Biographies (Class of 2024)

Allison Josselet

Allison Josselet is from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is a medical student at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2024. Since childhood, Allison has been interested in science – specifically biology – and discovered in high school that her interests could be applied to medicine. She went on to shadow local physicians and decided to pursue a career in medicine. Allison finds the science of how the human body functions – or malfunctions – to be fascinating. At Phelps Health, she hopes to discover which specialties pique her interest. She also desires to expand her patient communication skills and to gain insight into other demographics. Her hobbies include running, hiking and playing with her dog. While living in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, Allison volunteered with Care Beyond the Boulevard, a free clinic; and with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She is hoping to become involved with CASA again, in the Rolla area.

Allison Christy

Allison Christy was raised in Silver Lake, Kansas, and graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is a medical student at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2024. Allison wants to become a physician to help establish care in underserved communities, after growing up in a small community where access to healthcare was limited. She believes all individuals have the right to quality healthcare. Her special interests include internal medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics/ gynecology and rural family medicine. She looks forward to joining her brother, who works as a charge nurse in an emergency department, and her sister-in-law, who is an APRN (advanced practice registered nurse), in the medical field. At Phelps Health, she hopes to gain practical knowledge and develop her patient communication skills. She also desires to become a well-informed patient advocate. In Kirksville, Missouri, Allison helped package food for children in need through the YMCA and is looking for a similar opportunity in Rolla. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, softball, reading and genealogy.

Matthew T. Bentz

Matthew T. Bentz grew up in Humboldt, Iowa, and graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in clinical and applied health science. He is a medical student at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2024. Matthew first became interested in healthcare after attending a scout camp in western Iowa, where a tornado hit and his best friend passed away. Thankfully, there was a doctor at the camp, and a number of young scouts lived because of his knowledge. This tragic experience continues to motivate Matthew, and he desires to meet people where they are in their health journey. Matthew, whose mother is a nurse and grandfather who is a nurse anesthetist, wants patients to feel enabled by their healthcare team. He envisions himself in primary care, with an interest in the entire human body. At Phelps Health, Matthew is hoping to integrate the whole-person approach taught as part of his osteopathic curriculum into everyday practice. He has served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) and a member of its activity committee. He has also volunteered with Knights of Columbus. Matthew’s hobbies include running, lifting and reading.

Sean B. Larson

Sean B. Larson is from Longmont, Colorado, and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He is a medical student at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2024. Sean initially became interested in medicine after working as a lab assistant and phlebotomist at Boulder Community Health, where he enjoyed interacting with patients and working with a like-minded medical team. Sean’s special interests include surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, internal medicine and family medicine. He is open to any specialty, however, that is hands-on and offers significant patient interaction. At Phelps Health, he hopes to gain firsthand experience in patient and medical team interaction, and in performing various exams and procedures. Outside of school, Sean enjoys aquarium/reef keeping, piano composing, beer brewing and weightlifting. He has volunteered in the past as an Eagle Scout and hopes to volunteer again in the future.

Mark Chiodo

Mark Chiodo hails from Darien, Connecticut, and graduated from Springfield College with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is a medical student at Kansas City University and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2024. In high school, Mark was a volunteer EMT (emergency medical technician), which first sparked his interest in healthcare. He desires to care for people as a doctor, where care, compassion and science intersect. Mark is currently interested in emergency medicine, with its broad range of patients and fast pace. At Phelps Health, he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to work as a physician. Mark loves the great outdoors and named skiing, hiking, rock climbing and cycling among his hobbies.

Elizabeth Straus

Elizabeth (Liz) Straus spent her youth in Philadelphia, Missouri, and graduated from Culver-Stockton College with a bachelor’s degree in biological chemistry. She is a medical student at Kansas City University and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2024. When Liz was 12, she ended up in the ICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. During her brief stay, she witnessed amazing physicians and nurses working tirelessly to save children’s lives. She knew then that she wanted to help people in that same way. Liz’s ultimate goal is to return to her small hometown to practice medicine. Having had to travel two hours by ambulance once, she truly feels the need for stronger rural healthcare. Liz is leaning towards pediatrics as her specialty, as she enjoys working with children and thinks the field will be interesting and diverse. At Phelps Health, she desires to learn how to communicate effectively and to form meaningful relationships with patients. Outside of school, Liz enjoys playing with her dog, Nino. She is also an avid reader and knitter and loves visiting her family on the weekends.


Medical Student Biographies (Class of 2023)

Pooja Patel

Pooja Patel is from Springfield, Missouri, and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is a medical student at Kansas City University and is expected to graduate with the Class of 2023. In high school, she was part of an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program and also participated in a Medical Explorer’s Program, where she was able to shadow different departments at a healthcare facility in her hometown. Her experiences in high school inspired her to pursue a career in healthcare because she was able to see the varying intricacies in medicine and the impact healthcare can make in people’s lives. At Phelps Health, Pooja hopes to learn more about working with patients and meeting their healthcare needs. Outside of school, Pooja has a pet dog, Charlie, and enjoys painting, cooking and watching Avenger movies.

Lindsey Valdiviez

Lindsey Valdiviez was raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in biology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is a medical student at Kansas City University and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2023. She wants to become a doctor because of the impact a plastic surgeon had in her life when she underwent reconstructive surgery as a teenager. At Phelps Health, she hopes to find mentors who can share their personal philosophies of care so she can craft her own philosophy in order to best serve her patients. Among her hobbies are hiking, being outside in nature and riding horses as an avid equestrian.

Lindsey Valdiviez

Taylor Moyer grew up in O’Fallon, Missouri, and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. She is a medical student at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2023. Taylor decided to pursue a medical career because of her love of science. Taylor also is a first generation college student and is excited to make an impact in the healthcare field. Her special interests include emergency medicine, women’s health and mental health. At Phelps Health, Taylor would like to gain confidence in her physical exam skills and learn more about hands-on, patient-centered care. Her hobbies include reading, baking artisan bread and listening to music.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith spent his youth in Wright City, Missouri, and graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri. He is a medical student at A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and is expected to graduate as part of the Class of 2023. Colin wants to become a doctor to establish lifelong relationships with patients and make a positive impact in their overall health. He first became interested in healthcare in part due to his father, who is a family practice physician. Additionally, Colin is part of the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and will serve four years as a Navy physician after completing his medical degree. His special interests include dermatology, family medicine and internal medicine. At Phelps Health, he is excited to gain knowledge to better serve his future patients. His hobbies include cooking, caring for his houseplants, spending time outside and volunteering with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central Missouri.

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