Meet our IDS 2020 Ambassadors
AmbassadorArsh Patel is an M.D. candidate at Wake Forest School of Medicine and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he earned a B.S. in Biomolecualar Science and Drama. He completed his M.S. in Biomedical science at Wake Forest Graduate School. He has an interest in psychocutaneous medicine, integrative medicine, and the arts in healthcare. He is a student researcher involved in many interdisciplinary projects and is a presenter at various national conferences and symposia. He is a co-author in several publications aiming to explore and raise awareness for the psychosocial aspects of dermatologic disease
AmbassadorBrooke Campbell is in her third year of Naturopathic Medical School at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. She has special interests in integrative and natural dermatology, as well as endocrinology, environmental medicine, and healthcare policy.
AmbassadorEmerald Curry is a physician assistant working in dermatology in Sacramento, California. She graduated in September 2019 from UC Davis. She enjoys being a PA as she is able to help an underserved population whom she believes is so worthy of care. Emerald’s interests include integrative medicine, learning about the human microbiome, and all things general dermatology related.
Hera is medical student at California Northstate University and a clinical research fellow at UC Davis and Integrative Skin Science and Research. She is actively pursuing a medical education and career that focuses on integrative, whole body health, and developing her own understanding and research on the needs of modern population of diverse peoples and unique solutions that work and are safe for use. She is committed to finding the bridge between hard evidence-based science and compassionate patient centered care throughout her medical education. Hera is from Manhattan, Kansas or “The Little Apple,” and went to UC Berkeley for undergraduate education. She is currently living in Sacramento for medical school and a research year. She plans on pursuing a career in dermatology with interests in integrative approaches and differences in dermatopathology in ethnic skin.
AmbassadorKinsley McKnight is a 3rd year student at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Kinsley’s passion for dermatology and aesthetics led her to gain extensive training in the fields through working for various doctors and through her research at ASU’s Biodesign Center. After graduating, Kinsley plans to continue in dermatology and aesthetics.
AmbassadorMaria is currently a naturopathic medical student in her third year studying at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has a strong interest in integrative dermatology and mental health. Environmental medicine and epigenetics are also topics of high interest to her. Maria’s goal is to work in an integrative setting after she graduates. In the future she aims to help others reach their own health goals by providing individualized treatment plans that get to the root causes of illness.
Marian Conaty is a Master’s student studying herbal and Chinese medicine at Pacific College of Health and Science, New York. Originally from Miami, FL, she studied biomedical ethics and worked in retail merchandising before beginning what will be a lifelong journey into Chinese medicine.
AmbassadorMorgan Woods is a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University and acupuncture student at Pacific College of Health and Sciences.
Petrolina (Lina) Sims
AmbassadorLina is happy to represent IDS as she pursues a degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Her specialty interests include dermatology, women’s health, and neurology. When she is isn’t working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing violin and gardening.
AmbassadorSaloumeh (Sally) Rounaghi is studying to become a Naturopathic Doctor. She interested in Skin-Gut biome and autoimmune conditions. Saloumeh believes that to better our health, we need to reach the root of the problem.
AmbassadorTess Engel is a second-year allopathic medical student at the University of California, Davis and interested in dermatology and integrative approaches to patient care. Tess is in the Rural PRIME track program and hopes to help expand healthcare access in rural communities. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, being outdoors, painting, pilates and traveling.