San Jose, California, United States
Amber is an aspiring physical therapist. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine with the Class of 2015.
Currently, she is working on finishing her prerequisites for physical therapy graduate programs and hopes to apply within a year or two. Within that time, she would like to gain more hands on experience in the healthcare field. She has experience with rehabilitation exercises dealing with athletic injuries from her role as a student athletic trainer under UCI Sports Medicine from April 2012 to June 2015. As of December 2015, she has begun volunteering in a spinal cord rehabilitation physical therapy department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Hospital.
Amber is a charismatic, energetic, and a humble person. If given a task, she will do her best to complete it, hoping to exceed what is expected of her. She strives to combine humanities and medicine together, as shown in her accomplishment in receiving a scholarship award from UCI's Medical Humanities Initiative. She advocates that a key component in being more compassionate and humanistic is to create courses geared to practice empathy. Another important idea she believes in is the ability to listen to a patient's story about their illness. Not only will this allow a better understanding of a future doctor's patient, but it also helps the patient alleviate some pain by acknowledging their sickness. With her background in public health, she places focus on health and wellness as a prime tool in observing more holistic approaches towards health-related issues. Moreover, she believes in taking integrative initiatives and methods to study and solve different types of illnesses. Her prime interest of advocacy in the realms of public health fall from global health to eliminating health disparities.
On her downtime, Amber likes to draw, write poetry, create inspirational pieces of writing intended to motivate others, engage in photography, watch TEDx talks, read articles relating to humanitarian work or self-improvement, and self teach herself skills that she finds practical, useful, and fun (i.e: photography and writing blog articles). Amber's greatest strength is her communication skills. She feels that effective communication is a key component in the workplace and in life in general.