Born and raised in Detroit, Michael graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. Following a brief stop in Baltimore where he obtained a Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins, Michael attended Creighton University for medical school. While at Creighton he developed and presented research on the long-term complications of reverse total shoulder replacements. His interests outside of medicine include spikeball as well as baseball, hiking and hockey. He would like to thank his parents, Mike and Sherry, along with his siblings, Andi, Casey and Matthew, for their continuous guidance and support.
Garrett grew up all over California, but mainly lived in the Sacramento area. He majored in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral Science at the University of California- Davis, with a minor in history. He decided that California was no longer for him and wanted to leave for medical school, landing at the University of Missouri- Columbia for that. The Midwest has been a great fit for him, and he’s very excited to be able to remain in Missouri for another 5 years. He and his fiancée love to go on new adventures, whether that is a nearby hiking trail or another country. They want to do more medical mission work in the future. He loves learning and is a very curious person, especially about WWII and ancient civilizations. He enjoys going fishing, hunting, and camping whenever possible, anything to get him outside.
Matt was born in Rochester, Minnesota but moved to Jacksonville, Florida and then to Kansas City during middle school. He attended the University of Oklahoma for his undergraduate degree in Biology and returned to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Kansas. In his free time, Matt enjoys trail running, hiking, reading, traveling, and going to Chiefs games.
Andy was born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana and attended LSU in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate studies. He then moved back home for medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport. He is a diehard Louisiana sports fan, including LSU (Geaux Tigers) and the New Orleans Saints (Who Dat). In his free time he enjoys all things related to the outdoors including hunting, fishing, golf, and snow skiing. He also enjoys cooking, especially Louisiana foods like gumbo and crawfish boils.
Brant Ansley was raised on a family ranch near Joplin, Missouri. He played baseball at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he received his bachelor’s degree. Ansley began his medical career as an orthopedic physician assistant before attending medical school at the University of Kansas. He enjoys playing golf, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Kyle was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has a passion for hockey and continues to play in the position of goalie. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Mizzou, and his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine. He’s a foodie that loves exploring new eateries with friends and loved ones.
Cyrus is from Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, and then returned home to attend medical school at the University of Arizona. Cyrus enjoys good food, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. He is a huge football fan, following the USC Trojans, the Arizona Cardinals, and now he can continue to root for the Chiefs and his favorite player Patrick Mahomes! Cyrus also loves to read, watch movies and weightlift.
Clay was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) for his undergraduate degrees in Biology & Psychology. Following college, he decided to return to Missouri for medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. When outside of the hospital, Clay enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their rambunctious puppy, Louie. He also enjoys playing ice hockey, cheering on all St. Louis Sports (Let’s Go Blues!) and frequenting all the local BBQ restaurants and breweries.
Sheena was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey. She attended Drexel University in Philadelphia for her undergraduate and graduate education. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys traveling, going to the shore, boxing, and exploring the local food scene.
From Mclean, Virginia, Katherine attended Washington University in St. Louis for undergraduate education, studying Global Health and Archaeology. She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is passionate about health equity and social justice for marginalized populations as well as mentoring. When she is not in the hospital, she loves tennis, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching animated movies.
E.L. was raised in Cleveland, Texas. He received his Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Lonestar Community College while working as a pharmacy technician. E.L. worked for three years as a nursing supervisor while completing prerequisites for medical school at Prairie View A&M, then received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington. He attended Texas Tech for medical school and is excited to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, Patrick Mahomes, in making the move from Lubbock to Kansas City. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, working out, fantasy football, and volunteering with the underserved population locally and globally.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Kenneth is passionate about his community and interested in making a difference in healthcare using art, sports, entrepreneurship, and value based healthcare principles. He graduated and played football at Georgetown University and earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School. Outside of medicine Kenneth is interested in sneakers, artificial intelligence/predictive analytics, and hip-hop culture.
Adriano was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Biomedical Sciences and completed his medical training at Creighton University. He is passionate about service, mentorship, and education. Outside of the hospital he enjoys homebrewing, winemaking, weightlifting, cooking, fishing, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with his fiancée.
LeiLani was born in Pensacola, FL. After moving several times growing up and living in places like Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO, she landed in Kansas City, MO, where she completed undergrad and medical school at UMKC. She is passionate about mentorship and the pursuit of lifelong learning. During her free time, she loves to try new things, read, explore the outdoors, rock climb, lift weights, and snowboard.
Zach was born in Velva, North Dakota; in Velva, Zach was actively involved in Eagle Scouts and any sport that his small school offered. He went on to play football and obtain a bachelor’s degree in athletic training at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND before heading down south for a gap year in Denver, Colorado. After a year of snowboarding, hiking, and breweries, his wife, Hannah, and himself made it back up to their home state to begin medical school at the University of North Dakota. Zach has a passion for mentoring pre-medical and medical students, as well as fitness, outdoor activities ranging from kayaking to rollerblading, and any and all things related to his wife Hannah and their dog Ralph.
Morgan was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She obtained her BS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she played rugby and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She went on to receive her medical degree from East Tennessee State Quillen College of Medicine. She is passionate about working with underserved populations, especially children. Outside of medicine, Morgan loves traveling to National Parks, going to baseball games, and spending time with her family.
Kadarius was born in a small town in Arkansas and moved to Kansas City Missouri midway through his childhood. He grew up with a love of science and playing many different sports; basketball, baseball and football being his favorites. Combining these two loves, orthopedic surgery became a dream career for him. Kadarius always knew he wanted to be a doctor, and is the first doctor in his family. Kadarius hopes to inspire and open doors for people with backgrounds like his to follow in his footsteps. He went to the University of Missouri for undergrad studying biology, then UCLA/Drew for medical school. In his free time, Kadarius enjoys staying active with many different activities including snowboarding and hiking, hanging with friends at music concerts/festivals, and exploring the local brewery scenes.
Josh is from Dallas, Texas. He attended Rice University for his undergraduate degree where he played Division 1 football. He graduated with his MD and MBA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School and McCombs School of Business, where he established a firm commitment to mentorship, particularly with student-athletes and under-represented students. During his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends and girlfriend exploring new food places, breweries, and outdoor locations. Josh is also a major sports person. He watches the NFL(Cowboys), NBA(Mavericks), and Premier League Soccer(Man City), while also playing soccer, tennis, and basketball.
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Alfred grew up in Fort Worth, TX and attended Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech, he worked as a pharmacy technician and became very passionate about service and mentorship. After 4 years in Lubbock, Alfred decided to stay and earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. From hosting a St’ Baldrick’s event to raise funds for children cancer research to starting the annual “Melanated Moments in History” newsletter to celebrate Black History Month, Alfred strived to leave an impact in whichever community he was in. Outside of the hospital, Alfred enjoys collecting sneakers, weightlifting, reading, and traveling the world. He enjoys watching the NFL (Go Chiefs!) and the NBA (Grizzles).
Jonathan was born in Springfield, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. With involvement in free medical screening societies at both institutions, he developed a passion for caring for underserved populations. As well, Jonathan has completed two research years in orthopaedic surgery and wishes to conduct research throughout his career. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys weightlifting, playing electric and acoustic guitar, hockey, hiking, good food, as well as spending time with his wife and their corgi, Waffles.