The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV School of Medicine

Medical Student Profiles




Joy Alvarado

JOY ALVARADO

Hometown: Seguin, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin

  • Why UTRGV?

    Joy is acutely interested in healthcare disparities, and designed her own minor at UT Austin called “Race, Class and Health.” With English as her major, she wrote a thesis explaining how cultural factors, like folk medicine and familismo, can affect the health outcomes of Mexican Americans. While earning a master’s at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, she continued her research, finding connections between race, genetics and health that can affect the health outcomes of people all over the world. She worked as Team Leader in a public health outreach program designed to educate Latinos in Austin about the Affordable Care Act.

    “I chose UTRGV to bring the knowledge, expertise and experience I’ve gained thus far to help improve the life and health of Latinos in the Valley. I look forward to helping build a medical school with innovative, open-minded faculty, to working with some of the most motivated and dedicated advocates in the country, and to helping change the quality of life for so many families in need who live in the colonias.”



Amanda Rae Arreola

AMANDA RAE ARREOLA

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Undergraduate School: Baylor University 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV because I wanted to be a part of something different, and I feel that this institution will revolutionize the way we approach medical education. In addition to its innovative and unique approach to learning, the faculty and staff are phenomenal. The environment and the atmosphere of this institution are conducive to success, and I’m excited to share in this extraordinary journey.”



Daniel Bajwa

DANIEL BAJWA

Hometown: Cypress, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at Austin

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “Being included in UTRGV's medical program granted me amazing opportunities that weren’t available in already established schools. The contemporary curriculum and its teamwork-based approach is an exciting thing to be a part of, especially as one of the medical school’s very first group of students. Plus, the prospect of providing care to one of the most medically underserved areas in the entire nation gives me a chance not only to make a huge impact on the health of individual patients, but also to help change an entire region for the better.”



Joseph Boateng

JOSEPH BOATENG

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School: Azusa Pacific University, CA

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I came to UTRGV School of Medicine because of its strong community engagements. Few medical training programs focus on developing doctors outside of the classroom. I am excited that, at UTRGV SOM, I will be engaged in implementing community health projects – which spoke to my interest in underserved populations. Although the majority of medical school happens within the classroom, the life one leads outside the classroom works to develop the soul of the doctor.”       



Rachel Boren

RACHEL BOREN

Hometown: Van Alstyne, Texas
Undergraduate School: Baylor University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose to pursue medicine at UTRGV SOM because of the school's dedication to both the community and their students. Verum caste, sancteque vitam meam, meamque artem tuebor.” (From the Hippocratic Oath: But in purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.)



Leah Bryan

LEAH BRYAN

Hometown: Tyler, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Dallas

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “Everyone at UTRGV SOM is optimistic about the future, passionate about their work and invested in improving the health of the community. I wanted to be a part of the spirit of this school, as I believe we can truly make a difference.”



Alexandra Bulga

ALEXANDRA BULGA

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate School: Rice University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV because I felt I could make the greatest impact on the community here as a member of the charter class.”



Cristina Cepeda

CRISTINA CEPEDA

Hometown: Donna, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas - Pan American

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I have lived in the Valley my entire life. It was truly a dream to study medicine, but I never imagined it would be here. I chose UTRGV School of Medicine because living in the Valley has allowed me to see the necessities of the people in my community. This has inspired me to stay here and further my career so that I am able to give back as much as I can. UTRGV will give us the tools to do all of this and more. We are learning to connect with the people of our communities at a cultural level, by serving as community health workers (promotores) and even breaking down language barriers. I feel tremendously honored to be a part of this incredible mission, and I wouldn’t want to do this anywhere else!”



Jose Chavez

JOSE CHAVEZ

Hometown: Pecos, Texas
Undergraduate School: Texas State University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The experience of helping the underserved population during my medical mission trips created an awareness of the debilitating health disparities experienced by some communities along the Texas/Mexico border. I became enthusiastic upon learning that UTRGV's mission is to help alleviate the health disparities encountered by these communities via the culmination of medical knowledge and humanitarianism.”



Ye Ji Choi

YE JI CHOI

Hometown: Mission, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I have decided to attend the UTRGV School of Medicine to become a knowledgeable and compassionate physician, while maintaining close proximity to the community – and some awesome Mexican food! I hope to apply any medical knowledge achieved through the institution to benefit the community that has provided me with support and so many opportunities.”



Daniella Concha

DANIELLA CONCHA

Hometown: Donna, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas - Pan American

  • Why UTRGV?

    “Spending 23 years of my life in the Rio Grande Valley has taught me many invaluable lessons. My community, family and culture have embedded in me humility, the power of compassion, and hard work. Many people from here might feel inclined to move away, but the Rio Grande Valley, my community, is a wonderful place, full of opportunities, and has given me the chance to realize my dream – close to home.” 



Araceli Corona

ARACELI CORONA

Hometown: McAllen, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

  • Why UTRGV?

    “The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine is beginning a new chapter in the history of the Valley – improving the quality of life for many and bringing attention to those who need it most. This school is building a tidal wave of change in healthcare that swept me off my feet since the first announcement was made of its establishment. I have witnessed the passion and devotion to create the best medical school for the community, one that will address the much needed attention to the “Forgotten Americas.” The cultural awareness, morals, values and ethics, that I was taught at home and now appreciate and honor are engraved in the university ideals. This is why I chose UTRGV. It is the most suited school to provide me with the level of medical education I always dreamed to someday obtain. This school will make me a doctor who will be respectful and integral, competent and passionate, humble and proactive. I will serve my people, my family, my community and The Rio Grande Valley.”



Cleo Desmedt

CLEO DESMEDT

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of Florida
Graduate School: Johns Hopkins University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    Cleo graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in Classics. During that time, she was a research assistant in the creativity and behavior lab and a swim coach to underprivileged children. She continued her education at The Johns Hopkins University, earning a Master of Science in biotechnology. Until recently, she was an Emergency Room scribe at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital.

     “I chose to attend UTRGV because I share this School of Medicine’s belief that health care should be available to everyone.”  



Zachary Donoviel

ZACHARY DONOVIEL

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
Undergraduate School: Auburn University 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “When interviewing for a spot at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, I was struck by how welcoming the staff was. Even as an outsider, someone just visiting, I felt like family. I think that was the biggest draw for me to this medical school. Not only will the Class of 2020 receive an exceptional medical education, we will become active members in the Rio Grande Valley community. With the help of remarkable teachers and faculty, we will help bring a higher level of patient care to the underserved, and to South Texas as a whole.” 





Jared Eaves

JARED ANDREW EAVES 

Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at Austin

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “Aside from growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, I chose The UTRGV School of Medicine because of its unique access to vulnerable populations and a rich Hispanic culture. It is also a long-term goal of mine to help educate people in the Valley about various social determinants of health, in order to better achieve health equity. The UTRGV School of Medicine is the bridge between dreaming of this goal and actually realizing it.”



Danielle Feng

DANIELLE FENG

Hometown: Plano, Texas
Undergraduate School: Cornell University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “During my interview day, the professors and staff really stood out to me in their commitment to my medical education and their availability to students. Everyone I met was passionate about improving health in the Valley, and I wanted to be a part of that transformation.” 



Jennifer Feng

JENNIFER FENG 

Hometown: Colleyville, Texas
Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. Materials Science & Engineering; B.S. Management Science)

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV because of the people I met here, and the opportunity to redefine health care in the nation.”



Gabriel Franklin

GABRIEL FRANKLIN

Hometown: Duncanville, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of North Texas Denton, The University of North Texas Health Science Center 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “This medical school has proven to me multiple times that they have a heart for the underserved, and with that, the willingness to actually do something about the health disparities in this community. Although I am not from here, this community has welcomed me with open arms, and I am more than excited to get to work and be a part of this school and make a positive difference in this community!” 



Corey Vincent Fuentes

COREY VINCENT FUENTES

Hometown: Mission, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine because I want to serve the Rio Grande Valley community as a physician. Getting the chance to obtain my medical training in the Valley was an opportunity like no other. I chose this School of Medicine because I believe that its curriculum, which is grounded in problem-based learning, will allow me to become the best physician I can be. Finally, I chose the UTRGV School of Medicine because I saw how dedicated the faculty and staff are to the success of the students, and decided this school is the best place to get my medical education.”



Keith Garrison

KEITH GARRISON

Hometown: Ashland, Ohio
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at El Paso

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “Interviewing at UTRGV was a very unique experience. When asked how it went after the day concluded, my first response was, “The dean made us dance.” On my flight back home, I was already convinced that this was the place I wanted to be – because of how the faculty conducted themselves, and my brief exposure to the area and people.”



Joseph Alonzo Garza

JOSEPH ALONZO GARZA

Hometown: Edinburg, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I love the positive and supportive atmosphere of the Rio Grande Valley, and this school’s focus on community outreach and good patient-doctor relationships fits my aspirations perfectly. I know this school will help me become the best doctor – and best person – I can be.”



David Goldblatt

DAVID GOLDBLATT

Hometown: Moorestown, New Jersey
Undergraduate School: Pennsylvania State University 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose The UTRGV School of Medicine because I wanted to be a part of something great. I feel extremely confident that you can get a quality medical education anywhere in the country, but UTRGV uniquely offers the ability to be a part of a greater cultural movement of bringing high-quality medicine to an area that is in need. The Valley is currently undergoing a sort of economic renaissance, and I couldn't be more excited to play a role in its medical renaissance.”



Nery Guerrero

NERY GUERRERO

Hometown: Mission, Texas
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The UTRGV School of Medicine’s mission statement involves the community. I want to be a physician to be able to go out into the community and participate in the enrichment of our overall health. Being my birth area, the Valley is close to my heart, and the idea of being surrounded by different people of different professions, all with the goal of helping my community, makes my passion for medicine that much stronger.”



Kaitlyn Hall

KAITLYN HALL

Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Undergraduate School: Southern Methodist University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “UTRGV differs from most other schools, in that community outreach is part of the curriculum. I think it is important to incorporate into our training not only the academic side of medicine, but the humanistic part, as well. In the future, I wish to continue to do medical mission work, and I feel coming to the Valley will prepare me to become a physician that exhibits exceptional aptitude in both competence and compassion.”



Shawn Izadi

SHAWN IZADI

Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “As an individual who treasures forging their own unique path, it only made sense to attend a school that allowed me to be at the forefront of medicine. Like the Robert Frost poem says, ‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I / I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference.’”



Rouzbeh Kotaki

ROUZBEH KOTAKI

Hometown: McAllen, Texas
Undergraduate School: New York University
Graduate School: Texas A&M University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, it has always been my intention to come back someday to help those who need it most. The need for more accessible health care was something that motivated me to pursue a career as a physician, as I continued to be exposed to the healthcare community. With the opening of the UTRGV School of Medicine, I found the perfect opportunity to come back home, not only to attend medical school, but also to have the privilege of realizing my desire to help my community attain more accessible health care.”





Christian LaLonde

CHRISTIAN LaLONDE

Hometown: Farmington, Maine
Undergraduate School: Wesleyan University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I believe that people who have more should give more. I’m fortunate to have a strong Latino upbringing, and the hard work, dedication and sacrifice that my family embodies are living reminders of the success and change I hope to see in the world. I chose UTRGV because the school attracts the most imaginative, enthusiastic and dedicated students, all the while providing the necessary educational tools needed to help us accomplish our goal of changing the local medical landscape.”



Michael LaPelusa

MICHAEL LaPELUSA

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I'm attending The UTRGV School of Medicine because I plan to pursue a career working for medically underserved populations, and I know that certain communities in the Rio Grande Valley are in need of improved, quality health care. It’s crystal clear that the faculty are deeply invested in our success and are as excited as I am about the journey we are all about to undertake.”



Christine Loftis

CHRISTINE LOFTIS

Hometown: LaMarque, Texas
Undergraduate School: Baylor University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “Medicine, at its core, is deeply rooted in compassion. I believe that health care is a human right and no individual should be excluded from that right based on their socioeconomic status. That’s why I have chosen to study medicine at The UTRGV SOM. I hope to bring forth a positive change in the Rio Grande Valley by educating the community on disease prevention, helping to abate chronic illnesses, and exemplifying compassion in all that I do.” 



Katarina Longoria

KATARINA LONGORIA

Hometown: Mission, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at Austin 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose The UTRGV School of Medicine because, as a Rio Grande Valley native, I am passionate about giving back to the community that made me who I am today. I am amazed at the faculty and community support, and I am honored to be a part of the inaugural class.” 



Dylan Lopez

DYLAN LOPEZ

Hometown: Houston, Texas (Southwest Alief, Texas)
Undergraduate School: Baylor University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV because I felt a connection to the Valley more than the other medical school locations I visited. I feel I can do the most good here, and I also want to represent the inaugural class because I feel I can offer a lot to help it grow. It’s a very rare opportunity to start something new, and I hope do my best to start something great.” 



Julien Mahler

JULIEN MAHLER

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I came to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to be a pioneer in the inaugural class and to follow my passion of advocating for medically underserved communities in Texas. As a medical student, I believe I can help improve the Rio Grande Valley by partnering with my classmates and community members to bring innovative healthcare initiatives to fruition.”



Rogelia Zachary Mendoza

ROGELIA ZACHARY MENDOZA

Hometown: San Benito, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Brownsville

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose The UTRGV SOM because it is embedded in my community, which I consider to be home. It will also allow me to be one of the pioneers on a great team that is revolutionizing health care in the Valley. Gracias a Dios.



Rogerio Montes

ROGERIO MONTES

Hometown: Freeport, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas - Pan American

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV for its mission of reaching out to underserved communities. I feel that I will be able to use my strengths as a medical student to meet the needs of the residents in the Valley.” 



Sravan Narapureddy

SRAVAN NARAPUREDDY

Hometown: Naples, Florida
Undergraduate School: University of Florida

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The UTRGV SOM and the Valley reminded me that there are still some good people left in this world fighting for the dream of healthcare equity.” 



Vania Nwokolo

VANIA NWOKOLO

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV because of the school’s focus on helping the underserved. I am very interested in public health and how social determinants, such as limited access to health care, can negatively impact one’s health. Going to UTRGV SOM provides an opportunity to learn more about the relationship between contextual factors and medicine, all the while engaging and helping the surrounding community.”



Shuemara Ondoy

SHUEMARA ONDOY

Hometown: Born in Philippines, but has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 7 years
Undergraduate School: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The Rio Grande Valley has been my home for almost half of my life and I consider it my home.  I know there is a drastic need for physicians in the area. In more ways than one, the living and healthcare conditions in the Valley’s underserved communities reflect the conditions in my birth country. It is one of my goals to serve this community and give back what it has given me.”



David Ortiz

DAVID ORTIZ

Hometown:  Weslaco, Texas
Undergraduate School:  Texas A&M University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “‘One Community … One Mission … One Solution.’  The school’s genuine desire to impact the community in a positive manner – this is why I chose UTRGV. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, I saw firsthand some of the health disparities the community faces. It has long been my goal to serve the Valley, and this school is willing to provide me the means and support for doing so in an effective way. This area is my home. There is no greater honor than being granted the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural class for this medical school, something that has long been in the making.” 



Niral Patel

NIRAL PATEL

Hometown: Helotes, Texas
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at Austin 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The primary reason I chose UTRGV is because of its mission to transform the healthcare system in the Valley. Through my volunteering and shadowing experiences, I have grown strong aspirations to help underserved areas. The medical school here provides me the perfect platform to achieve this goal while receiving a quality education. Combined with a friendly community, a wonderful faculty and an innovative curriculum, UTRGV clearly became the school that I most wanted to attend.”



Eugene Postevka

EUGENE POSTEVKA

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Undergraduate School: Arizona State University
Graduate School: Midwestern University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The Valley became my new home when I moved to Edinburg four years ago. I decided to attend UTRGV because of its direct emphasis on the community and its local, underserved populations. The School of Medicine, with its innovative student-focused curriculum, will enable me to bring health and wellness to many in need.” 





Victoria Ragland

VICTORIA RAGLAND

Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine
Undergraduate School: UCLA

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “My main reason for choosing The UTRGV SOM for my medical education is its mission of advancing the quality and accessibility of patient care in the Rio Grande Valley. This closely aligns with my personal goals of working with underserved communities, and makes this School of Medicine the perfect place to develop into a culturally competent and knowledgeable human being and physician. I’m so excited and grateful to be part of the inaugural class of 2020!”



Maurine Ramirez

MAURINE RAMIREZ

Hometown: Mission, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas - Pan American

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “As a Valley native, I was raised in a tightknit community founded on family values and perseverance. I grew up knowing the healthcare needs of our community and always dreamed of one day being part of the solution. But I never imagined having the honor of being part of the inaugural class of the first medical school in the Valley. And I never imagined I could be a part of the solution so soon. I chose UTRGV because solving my community’s healthcare problems is the school’s mission and my purpose.” 



Rafael Andres Raya

RAFAEL ANDRES RAYA

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “UTRGV is giving me the opportunity to be a pioneer, a builder, a speaker, and a healer.”



Courtney Remington

COURTNEY REMINGTON

Hometown:  Charlottesville, Virginia
Undergraduate School: James Madison University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose UTRGV because of my goal to become a community-focused physician. During the interview and Welcome Back weekend, it was clear that the faculty and staff shared that same goal and were incredibly focused on changing healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley. Combine that with the new, innovative PBL curriculum, and it made attending UTRGV a no-brainer!”



Sonya Rivera

SONYA RIVERA

Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas - Pan American

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to attend The UTRGV School of Medicine and to be part of the inaugural Class of 2020. I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, have strong family ties here and consider the area to be my home. I look forward to providing health care in my underserved community and aspire to make a positive difference in patients’ lives.” 



Rachel Salinas

RACHAEL E. SALINAS

Hometown: Edinburg, Texas
Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose to attend UTRGV because I know how important a medical school is to the Rio Grande Valley. I am proud to be part of the inaugural class in a place that I have called home – a place that has so many people who need better health care. I feel honored to be part of the changes that are to come.”



Moktar Sheikh-Salah

MOKTAR SHEIKH-SALAH

Hometown: Houston, Texas / Riverdale, Maryland
Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The leadership opportunities presented to us as medical students at UTRGV is unmatched anywhere else in the United States. I am honored to have been chosen to become part of a cohort of trailblazers whose mission is to bring quality education and care to the Rio Grande Valley. UTRGV School of Medicine’s vision aligns very well with my aspirations for working with medically-underserved communities. The school’s focus on community outreach and patient advocacy is why I am here.”



Jacob Smith

JACOB SMITH

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Undergraduate School: Rice University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “As soon as I read the mission statement for The UTRGV School of Medicine, it became my top choice for medical school. One of my main goals in life is to live it in service of others, and UTRGV provides the incredible opportunity not only to get a wealth of experience in assisting underserved communities, but also to practice medical care in these areas. I could not be more blessed to be part of a group of students, faculty and staff committed to improving the lives in this community, as well as around the world, through patient care.



Ramiro Tovar III

RAMIRO TOVAR III

Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Brownsville

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I waited a year after graduating for the specific purpose of attending the UTRGV School of Medicine. I wanted to help the community I grew up in and stay close to my family. I am very excited to be part of the first cohort.”



Veronica Soledad Trevino

VERONICA SOLEDAD TREVIÑO

Hometown:  McAllen, Texas
Undergraduate School:  University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose the UTRGV School of Medicine because I was born and raised in the Valley. This community is the reason I have accomplished every achievement that I have thus far. I am here today thanks to my teachers, my mentors, my doctors and my preceptors. What better way to pay it forward than to serve the same community that has brought me this far? And the faculty is the cherry on top of an already perfect cake.”



Ryan Trimble

RYAN TRIMBLE

Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I was interested in UTRGV because of my own experience driving three hours each way to access affordable health care. I know that access to even basic services can be a struggle for many Valley residents, and I would like to be a part of the solution. I believe UTRGV will provide all the necessary tools to progress me toward my ultimate goal of serving Native American and Hispanic communities. The passion and excitement radiating from all of the faculty and staff only strengthens my resolve.” 



Dorian Turner

DORIAN TURNER

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Undergraduate School: University of Miami

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I was impressed with the school’s mission to helping underserved communities, as I grew up in this type of environment. In addition, the admissions staff made me feel like a candidate who was going to be trained to serve the health needs of others, and not just another applicant applying to medical school.”



Ushma Vadher

USHMA VADHER

Hometown: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School: The University of Texas at San Antonio 

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I chose to attend UTRGV because of its great mission and goals of bringing medicine to the underserved. UTRGV strives to educate and prepare students to help bring light to many areas of the community that need it the most, and being part of such an encouraging and motivated institution is a privilege. Getting accepted into an institution that puts the community and students first is a great blessing and I wouldn’t want it any other way!”



Anna Karen Vazquez Archbold

ANNA KAREN VAZQUEZ ARCHBOLD

Hometown: Mercedes, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas - Pan American

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “The Rio Grande Valley is my community. Here is where I can make the biggest difference.”



Shane E. Wing

SHANE E. WING

Hometown: Harlingen, Texas
Undergraduate School: Gonzaga University

  • WHY UTRGV?

    “I decided on UTRGV because its mission is to deliver health care to underserved and marginalized populations. As someone with a Master of Public Health degree, I was happy to hear about disease management in the Rio Grande Valley through one-on-one clinical attention, as well as population-level efforts involving public health measures. This will be an optimal environment that will help me achieve my long-term career goal of having a public health practice in a developing country.”