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Christine Antoniou

Christine graduated with a degree in Biology and Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the volunteer campus EMS squad. Following undergrad, Christine spent several years working as a Community Health Worker serving low-income, vulnerable patients in rural Maryland. Most recently, she completed a Master’s in Physiology from Georgetown University. She also serves as a program coordinator and mentor for the S2M2 Program, a STEM mentorship program for high school students from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in careers in health and medicine. In addition, she serves on the Coaches Committee for KEEN, an organization that empowers youth with disabilities through free, non-competitive programs of exercise, fitness, and fun. In her free time, Christine enjoys live music, working out, and spending time with her loved ones, including her two cats and her family’s shiba inu. Christine is applying to medical school this year, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn about plastic and reconstructive surgery with Dr. Carter as a mentor.


Maria-Fernanda Baragano

Maria-Fernanda graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021 with B.S. in Biology and Anthropology and a minor in Chemistry on a Pre-Medicine track. Maria-Fernanda plans to further her education by applying to medical schools to pursue her passion for medicine. She is looking forward to working for Dr. Carter and learn all that she can about plastic and reconstructive surgery. Outside of work, Maria-Fernanda volunteers weekly with Elevate Elite AAU Basketball Organization, helping coach a sixth-grade girls basketball team. In her free time, Maria-Fernanda enjoys going to the gym, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.


Mina Farah

Mina graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a Neuroscience concentration. Mina is applying to medical schools to pursue her passion for science and caring for others. She is excited to work with and have Dr. Carter as a mentor to learn as much as she can about plastic and reconstructive surgery within the coming year. In her free time, Mina enjoys cooking, running, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jisha Patel

 

Jisha graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a Spanish minor. Recently, Jisha completed her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Jisha is applying to medical schools to pursue her lifelong passion for science and helping others. She is excited to work with and have Dr. Carter as a mentor to learn as much as possible regarding plastic and reconstructive surgery. In her free time, Jisha enjoys yoga, working out, reading, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.

 

 

 

 


Valerie Rico

Valerie studied Neuroscience at Brown University and was a member of the Women’s Crew Team and Impulse Dance Company. After college, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana before returning home to study Physiology at Georgetown University. She is applying to medical school to further her education. She is excited to work with Dr. Carter and learn about Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two cats, Matcha and Penelope, and her dog Pistachio.

 


Grace Sekscienski

Grace graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 2018. In addition to working for Dr. Carter, she also worked as an Emergency Department scribe for Shady Grove Hospital. She hopes to further pursue her lifelong passion for science and helping others by furthering her medical education and applying to Physician Assistant school this Spring. Outside of work, Grace volunteers weekly with Catholic Charities at the Spanish Catholic Center’s Medical Clinic under Dr. Byrne, a general surgeon, helping provide affordable healthcare to low-income and uninsured individuals. In her free time, Grace enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 


Kriti Shrestha

Kriti graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Physiology and Neurobiology. Kriti is applying to medical school to further her education in science and to pursue her passion for helping others. She is very excited to work with and learn more about plastic and reconstructive surgery from Dr. Carter in this upcoming year. In her free time, Kriti enjoys playing her guitar, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


Amy Yuan

Amy graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Biology. In addition to working for Dr. Carter, she volunteers at the Catholic Charities Medical Clinic in Washington, D.C where she shadows and assists a general surgeon. To further her education and her desire to help others, she plans on applying to Physician Assistant School. She is excited to learn about plastic and reconstructive surgery from Dr. Carter. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking, exercising, and traveling.