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Cathy Lu

External President 

Hello! My name’s Cathy Lu and I'm a fourth-year Biological Sciences major with a minor in Medical Anthropology. As an ISFJ, I value the traits of compassion and support for those around me. In SHIP, I'm constantly inspired by selfless individuals who stand as advocates for those who are most marginalized in our community. My dream job as a kid was to open up my own cafe and bakery-- inspired by the "pay what you can" model that brings an altruistic approach to community-building. Growing up with my grandparents, I grew to value the dedication of caregivers and hope to become a  healthcare professional that creates an environment where all patients regardless of background feel welcomed and cared for. Through SHIP, the countless stories and patient encounters fuels my desire to not only pursue a career in health but advocate for change among a healthcare system that denies healthcare as a fundamental right. Along with the many passionate and giving individuals in this organization, I strive to work consciously to become a future healthcare professional that advocates for patient care on a more inclusive level.

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Catherine Zhang

Internal President

Hi! My name is Catherine Zhang, and I am a fourth-year Human Biology major. As an ENFJ with traits of compassion, loyalty, and optimism, I describe myself as having a lot of love in my heart, and I find myself doing everything I possibly can for others, even if it means making sacrifices of my own. I love animals, so in elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian to help out all of our animal friends. Inspired by my experiences working with the underserved through SHIP, I have redirected my desire to help humans through a career in healthcare. SHIP allowed me to meet incredibly motivated and compassionate individuals, who inspire me to be the best version of myself, and to work alongside the most appreciative patient demographic, often those unfairly left marginalized in today’s healthcare system. No one should be denied fundamental healthcare services based on ANY factor, and SHIP allows me as an undergraduate to work actively, doing all I can, to help these deserving individuals with plans to do even more for them as a future licensed healthcare professional.

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Jeanette Meraz

Clinical Executive President

Hi y’all! My name is Jeanette Meraz and I am a fourth year Bio Sci major. I have been working with SHIP at UCI since my first year of college, and have enjoyed every minute. Working with our patients has afforded me the opportunity to not only experience the many different lives and backgrounds, but to also make an impact on their lives, and help to provide our patients with the care they deserve. Each shift reaffirms my passion for medicine, healthcare, and has strengthened my desire to enter this field to help patients of all backgrounds. Since I was a child, I had wanted to become a doctor, and working at Crescent Clinic through SHIP has only strengthened this desire. SHIP not only has allowed me to serve our patients but has also taught me a lot about who I am as a person. Over the past year, I have transitioned from an INFJ-T to an ENFJ-T, as SHIP has provided me the space to grow more confident in myself and to understand who I am as a student, leader, and person.

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Megan Chow

Vice President

Hello! My name is Megan and I am a 3rd year Biological Sciences major. According to the Myer-Briggs test, I am an INFJ-A (Advocate). I tend to be soft-spoken, but I deeply value growth and change. Behind my shyness (and unfortunate RBF), I am a quirky gal who has random strikes of inspiration and loves bringing ideas to the table! During my childhood, I was obsessed with Kim Possible and fantasized about joining the FBI. So, when my mom suggested cheerleading and karate lessons, I immediately agreed because I wanted to follow the footsteps of the great spy herself. Over time, my spy obsession translated into healthcare as I wanted to “protect and save” patient lives. I am passionate about inpatient care and psychiatry and currently exploring the PA or OT route. Since my SHIP mentee days, our members constantly inspire me with their passion for the underserved. SHIP has sparked a butterfly effect inside of me and I hope to continue fighting healthcare disparities in different patient demographics.

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Nydia Gomez

Vice President

Hello friends! My name is Nydia Gomez and I am a third-year Public Health Sciences major. As an INFP-T, I value empathy and optimism through always looking for the good in people. I often find myself completely devoting myself to interests and passions, oftentimes leading to some forms of “organized chaos” every now and then.  When I was younger, I often dreamt about using my creative outlet as an artist to impact others through paintings and music . My yearn to inspire others and creative tendencies have evolved into wanting to pursue the healthcare field as a Pediatrician in order to find creative solutions for many of the issues that underserved patients face today. My desire to help the patient demographic we serve at Crescent Clinic stemmed from experiences my own family had to face, and am now grateful to be in the position where I can make a direct impact on patient’s lives. SHIP has truly given me the opportunity to consciously work toward changing inequitable systems in today’s healthcare realm through assuring that every patient receives the essential healthcare services they deserve.

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Paola Duran

Medical Clinic Coordinator

Hello! My name is Paola Duran and I am a fourth-year Biological Sciences major. As an ENFP-T (Campaigner), I am seen as independent, compassionate, and free spirited. I also consider myself to be a very patient and family-oriented person! Growing up I obsessed over the Food Network and I dreamed of going to culinary school. At a young age I understood the sacrifices that my parents had to make in order to prioritize our well being, despite the limited access we had to healthcare. My aspirations have now shifted to become a PA in hopes of serving the hardworking communities that have been treated unfairly and neglected by our healthcare system. SHIP has been one of the most rewarding and life changing experiences I have had. It is such an honor that we are able to provide quality healthcare to the deserving and appreciative communities we serve. Every patient at our clinic has a powerful story to tell and that inspires me everyday. It is a privilege to be in such a position where I can be an advocate and voice for these communities.

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Ly Nguyen

Medical Clinic Coordinator 

Hello y’all! My name is Ly Nguyen and I am a fourth-year Exercise Sciences major. As an ISFJ (Defender), I am enthusiastic, loyal, and supportive— all traits of a Hufflepuff too! Back when I was a wee lad of 10 years, I dreamed of becoming a doctor with hopes of helping out as many people as I possibly can. Fast forward 11 years from then, I still have the same aspirations, though I specifically want to go into primary care since I love the extensive breadth of knowledge that primary care physicians hold and the huge number of patients that they can see. Ever since I joined SHIP, my love for helping others has only ever increased! From their smiles to their laughs, every patient holds a special place in my heart— and I will continue to cherish each and every moment I had in SHIP!

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Sophie Lee

Dental Clinic Coordinator

Hello! My name is Sophie Lee, and I am a fourth-year Biological Sciences major. My Myers-Briggs type was previously ENTP, but my most recent test indicated INTJ, so my personality is arguably fluid. My variable Myers-Briggs results together suggest that I am an innovative and strategic thinker. Considering my inability to commit to something as simple as a personality type, I have come a long way in committing to something as weighty as a career in dentistry. Back in elementary school, I wished to be a vast multitude of things, including a teacher, designer, singer, and doctor. Eventually, however, my experiences, academic interests, and unique skills drew me to dentistry, and SHIP has confirmed time and time again that my passion truly lies in providing healthcare to the underserved. From clinical administration to patient resources, every effort that SHIP makes to ensure the quality and accessibility of healthcare for underserved populations embodies exactly what I wish to continue doing throughout my lifetime. Thanks to this amazing organization, I am constantly reminded of the potential I hold in making a difference in the lives of others.

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Tori King

Secretary 

Hello! My name is Tori and I am a 4th year majoring in Biological Sciences. My Myer-Briggs personality test describes me as an ISTJ, which means I am a “responsible organizer.” I’d say this is pretty accurate because I love to plan things out, whether it’s tracking school work, detailing a road trip itinerary, or obsessing over my Spotify playlists. When I was younger, my dream job was to be an engineer and design rides for Disneyland. However, I quickly discovered that I valued working with people much more than with machines (and I thought working at Disneyland might take all the magic away). Fast-forward to the present and I am now on the pre-PA route! My involvement in SHIP has opened my eyes to the disparities in the American healthcare system and has only strengthened my passion for the medical field. Through SHIP, I have realized how important it is for healthcare workers to provide any help possible to communities in need and I plan to continue working with the underserved population in my future as a Physician Assistant.

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Jasmin Nguyen

Marketing Director 

Hello everyone! My name is Jasmin Nguyen and I am a 3rd year biology major. My Myer-Briggs personality type is ENFJ. I am very drawn to helping others, empathizing with others and empowering others. I am constantly working on improving myself, my community and the beautiful world around me. When I was 2 years old, my mom recalled me choosing a stethoscope when placed in front of different occupational tools. Coincidentally, ever since, I have always been intrigued by the healing powers and beauty of medicine. In 3rd grade, I made a project stating that I wanted to be a pediatrician when I grew up. However, as I learned more about the various, unique fields within medicine, I’ve grown to really love the field of dermatology and psychiatry. SHIP has been a life-changing experience for me! Its incredible work and impact has helped strengthen my passion for helping the underserved communities and inspired me to open a free clinic for the underserved in the future. The experiences I gained from SHIP will enable me to be a better, more compassionate physician one day!

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Vivian Dang

Finance and Fundraising Committee Leader 

Heylo! My name is Vivian Dang and I am a fourth year Human Biology major. My Myer-Briggs personality type is ENFJ and I like to think of myself as an optimistic and caring person who goes out of her way to reach out and help others! I have always been fascinated with the healthcare field because of the positive impact it has on the lives of others. When I was younger, my dream career was to become a veterinarian and help animals but it has since shifted to becoming a physician and helping people improve their personal health. My experiences in SHIP (both in and out of clinic) have really inspired me and reaffirmed my goals of pursuing a healthcare career in order to better serve my community. Health and happiness are so connected and seeing the emotional and physical toll that healthcare inaccessibility can have on certain individuals has been really eye-opening. Everyone is deserving of living a happy and healthy life and I hope to make that more of a reality through SHIP and beyond.

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Isaac Mora

Finance and Fundraising Committee Leader

Hello everyone! My name is J. Isaac Mora, I am a third year Biological Sciences major and my Myer-Briggs personality is INFP-T - a Turbulent Mediator. Growing up in a small ethnic town, the expectations were minimal and it was reflective of the few opportunities present in the community. As long as I can remember, I always dreaded filling out permission slips for field trips for one reason: the health insurance portion. Growing up we couldn’t afford health insurance and getting sick was always treated with home remedies to avoid large costs for treatment. At that small age I would fantasize being a doctor to cure my siblings and I and my parents wouldn’t have to worry so much. That feeling of lacking something so essential caused so much worry, and is something I hope to ease when serving in SHIP. Being a part of SHIP has only further solidified my aspirations of being a doctor and has shown me how an organization can be the difference between making something as vital as healthcare be a commodity vs a rarity.

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Drishti Modi

Community Outreach Committee Leader 

Hi! My name is Drishti Modi, and I am a second-year Biological Sciences major. As an ISFJ-T or Defender, I consider myself as a kindhearted, dedicated and soft-spoken individual who deeply values optimism and perseverance. When I was younger, my curiosity and love for learning left me with the dream to one day become a teacher. However, as I grew older and further explored my passions, I realized I truly aspire to a career in healthcare. SHIP has provided me with a supportive environment where I can learn and grow alongside such passionate individuals, and the ability to have a positive impact on the lives of underserved patients in our local communities that are unfairly affected by healthcare disparities. I am so grateful to be a part of such a meaningful organization, and know that the lessons I learn through volunteering with SHIP will shape me into a more empathetic and perceptive healthcare provider in the future.

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Aliza Hasnain

Community Outreach Committee Leader 

Hi there! My name is Aliza Hasnain and I am a fourth-year Neurobiology major minoring in Medical Humanities. My Myers-Briggs personality type is ENFJ, as I really value authenticity, empathy, and ethics. When I was younger, my interests in careers shuffled between choices ranging from an architect to a scientist. Throughout my life I have undeniably wanted to pursue work that produces a tangible result, especially if that result is large-scale. Combined with my interests in the mysteries of neuroscience and the humanities side of patient care, this desire is why I would love to study neurology or neurosurgery and eventually pursue healthcare administration to work with a team of people passionate about expanding healthcare. A wonderful thing about SHIP is that it provides a glimpse of such a future—as volunteers, we work together to serve the underserved. Because of the populations we work with, I am firm in advocating for a well-rounded medical education that allows me to serve various backgrounds so that everyone receives the care they deserve.

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Eva Esquivel

PEAR Committee Leader 

Hi! My name is Eva Esquivel and I am a third year Biological Sciences major. As an INFP-T, a turbulent mediator, I am quiet, empathetic, and value compassion. As a kid, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher, thinking I could do arts and crafts all day. This quickly changed when I joined my high school’s biomedical pathway program and saw how massively diverse and important the medical field is. From there, I narrowed down my general interest to becoming a physician’s assistant, specifically working in low-income areas. I am extremely grateful to SHIP for helping me make that decision; through volunteering at clinic, I have learned so much about myself and the world around me. Each shift reminds me how fortunate I am to be healthy and have access to medical care because a lot of people cannot say the same. It is so rewarding to serve others and because of SHIP, I know I want to continue doing so for the rest of my life!

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Gretta Ozuna

PEAR Committee Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Gretta Ozuna and I am a second year Biological Sciences Major.  According to the Myers-Briggs personality test I am a protagonist ENFJ-T! I think that translates to being a people person who is optimistic and empathetic.  With that said, when I was a kid I wanted to start a non-profit organization for kids and ran by kids.  Although I tried, it was not as successful as I dreamt. Fueled by the same enthusiasm and passion, I am currently pursuing a career in nursing.  I want to take care of people, alleviate their pain, and bring them hope during difficult times. This is something that I love about SHIP; it has allowed me to serve the underserved. The current healthcare system has neglected a big part of our community and having experienced this first hand, being able to bring hope to those in need is a privilege. SHIP is full of highly motivated and supportive people that teach me how to be a better person. I hope to continue helping others and growing through SHIP to eventually give the best care to my patients, regardless of their background.

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Nathan Nguyen

Research and Development Committee Leader

Hey everyone, my name is Nathan Nguyen, and I am a third year Biological Sciences major. My Myers-Briggs personality type is ISTJ-A (Logistician) which means I am decisive, dependable, and passionate. When I was ten years old, I knew I wanted to pursue healthcare as I loved the idea of being able to help people when they needed it the most. I loved superhero shows and movies and believed that a career in healthcare would allow me to help people like my favorite comic book characters. Today, I am interested in pursuing a career as a physician to give back to my community and make my ten-year-old self proud. Volunteering with SHIP has inspired me to continue exploring the world of healthcare. It has given me invaluable experience working with patients and ignited a passion for serving the underserved. Down the line, I hope to build on the lessons that SHIP has taught me and become the best healthcare provider that I can be, and continue to work towards providing healthcare for all.

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Zaynab Ketana

Research and Development Committee Leader

Hello everyone! My name is Zaynab Ketana and I am a fourth year Human Biology major. My Meyers-Briggs personality is INFJ-T (advocate) which is apparently rare. Advocates are usually soft-spoken but have a sense of purpose to help others. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a researcher with some cool universal medicine to spread around the world. As I grew older, however, I became more interested in connecting with people to directly take care of their ailments. This quickly changed my goal in wanting to serve patients in the healthcare field with the utmost care. This zeal grew even further in my involvement with SHIP, which has given me the privilege to explore both medicine and compassion in a new light. While having the ability to clinically care for our underserved patients, I am also able to hone in on the research aspect to find optimal ways to help our community. Being surrounded by so many supportive SHIPmates with similar goals to help others makes me more motivated to do beyond the bare minimum for others in my community and beyond.

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Wesley Vu

Mentorship Committee Leader

 Hi everyone! my name is Wesley Vu, and I am a fourth year Human Biology major. My Myers-Briggs personality type is ISFJ (Defender), which suggests that I am kind, compassionate, and reliable! When I was 10 years old, I loved art and cooking, so I thought I wanted to pursue a career as either an artist or a chef. However, after about 10 more years, I am now pursuing a career as a physician. Being in SHIP has reaffirmed my desire to work in the healthcare field, as it has allowed me to surround myself with some incredible people who care greatly for our patients and who continually inspire me with their passion and drive. SHIP has opened my eyes to the many healthcare disparities present in our society, and I hope that the knowledge I have gained through SHIP will allow me to be a more compassionate and empathetic provider in the future.

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Natalie Thach

Mentorship Committee Leader

Hello lovelies! My name is Natalie Thach and I am a third year Human Biology major. My Meyers-Briggs personality type is INFJ-A (Assertive Advocate). I value integrity, authenticity, and empathy. I strive to make thoughtful and compassionate interactions with those around me. When I was younger, I swore I was going to be a rockstar but I realized I am not vocally or instrumentally talented enough, so I gave up on that dream. I developed a passion for women’s health upon earning my women’s health badge in Girl Scouts and volunteering with Planned Parenthood so I hope to become an ob/gyn physician to advocate for the expansion and protection of women’s healthcare rights. I am very grateful for SHIP because it has provided me with opportunities to give back to the underserved community that raised me, and surround myself with motivated and passionate individuals who constantly inspire me to fight for health equity.

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Sara Phung

Dental Clinic Coordinator Intern

Hi everyone! My name is Sara Phung and I’m a third year Biological Sciences major. My Myer-Briggs personality type is ENFP, which is a Campaigner. Like other ENFP’s, I am compassionate, motivated, and harbor a sense of hope and goodwill toward others. When I was ten years old, I received orthodontic treatment for the first time. My orthodontist’s genuine care and artistry inspired me to pursue a career in dentistry and my passion for this field has only grown since then. As I got involved in SHIP, I became surrounded by like-minded individuals, who also wanted to positively contribute to their communities and bridge the healthcare disparities gap. Each patient and volunteer that I have interacted with has influenced me to continuously improve and educate myself as well as become an advocate for the accessibility of healthcare for all populations.

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Christina Hall

Dental PEAR Committee Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Christina Hall and I’m a fourth year Biological Sciences major with a minor in Medical Anthropology. My personality type is INFJ-T, or the Advocate. Advocates tend to be compassionate, creative, and altruistic. Even though I never had a specific career aspiration when I was younger, I’ve always wanted to be in a career where I could help and connect with people, especially in a way that positively contributes to the well-being of humanity. Overall, my combined interest in the arts, sciences, and social justice has led me to pursue a career in Dentistry. Working as a volunteer at Crescent Clinic has further influenced me to advocate for health equity and provide high quality dental care for the mentally disabled and the underserved.