Miguel Ignacio Dorante, MD, MBE

Title: Plastic Surgery Resident

Company: Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Location: Medford, MA

Education: Plastic Surgery Resident, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA, (2019-Present);

MD, Boston University School of Medicine, (2014-2019);

MBE, Harvard Medical School, (2017-2018);

BS in Biomedical/Medical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, (2010-2014)

Career History: Plastic Surgery Resident, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA (2019-Present);

Research Fellow, Center for Reconstructive and Restorative Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (2017-2021)

Miguel Ignacio Dorante, MD, MBE, Plastic Surgery Resident at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, has been recognized for their contributions and achievements in the field of medicine.

Attributing his success to a good upbringing, Dr. Dorante was raised in Venezuela by parents who instilled in him a good work ethic at a young age. Despite not initially having ambitions of pursuing a career in the medical field, his driving curiosity and passion for helping others led him there. Additionally, a physics teacher at his high school, Brian T. Murray, served as a great mentor and motivator leading up to graduation. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in biomedical and medical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2014; a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School in 2018; and a Doctor of Medicine from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2019.

In the midst of his education, Dr. Dorante gained experience as a research assistant within the cardiology department and the neurology department at Johns Hopkins, between 2011 and 2014. He was active as a research fellow at the Center for Reconstructive and Restorative Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston from 2017 to 2021 and, since 2019, he has excelled as a plastic surgery resident at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington. With an expertise in post-traumatic reconstruction surgery, he enjoys the innovative nature of thinking outside the box in plastic surgery. Looking toward the future, his goal is to perform plastic surgery at an academic center where he is able to teach residents and help a broader variety of people with different injuries. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Medical Association, and American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation, Dr. Dorante also wants to continue conducting research within the field of plastic surgery and medicine as a whole.

To those aspiring to pursue their professional dreams, he advised, “Do what you love, and what you love will come.”

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Jared H. Starr, Esq.

Jared Starr

Title: Medical Malpractice Defense Litigator

Company: Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP

Location: Texas

Education: JD in Health Law, DePaul University College of Law (2020); Fellow, Jaharis Health Law Institute Fellowship Program (2017-2018); Summer Legal Extern, SmithAmundsen LLC (2018); Wellness Intern, Douglas County District Court (2017); BS in Community Health, The University of Kansas (2017); Business Development Associate Intern, RecruitIQ Staffing (2016)

Career History: Medical Malpractice Defense Litigator, Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP, Dallas, Texas (2021-Present); Health Care Attorney, Brown & Fortunato (2021); Law Clerk, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. (2020); 711 Temporary Licensed Student Attorney, DePaul Law Civil Litigation Clinic (2019); Law Clerk, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. (2019); Law Clerk, Krzak Rundio Law Group, LLC (2019)

Jared H. Starr, Esq., Medical Malpractice Defense Litigator at Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for his contributions and achievements in the field of health law.

The emergence as an accomplished legal professional has come very naturally to Mr. Starr, a Texas native who hails from a family of seven attorneys. However, despite an upbringing surrounded by law, he has always been interested in health care first and foremost, and upon graduating from high school, he pursued a Bachelor of Science in community health at the University of Kansas—which he ultimately obtained in 2017. With his sights set on law, he decided he could combine his two passions and specialize in health law. According to him, “health law is always changing and there is always a need for good lawyers familiar with health care practices.” He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence with a certificate of health law from the DePaul University College of Law in 2020, and was admitted to the bar in Minnesota in 2020 and Texas in 2021.

In the midst of his studies, Mr. Starr gained experience in the field of law as a summer legal extern at SmithAmundsen LLC in 2018 before becoming a law clerk at Krzak Rundio Law Group LLC and Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. and a temporary licensed student attorney for the DePaul Law Civil Litigation Clinic the following year. He subsequently served as a full-time law clerk at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. throughout 2020 and a health care attorney at Brown & Fortunato in 2021. Additionally, since 2021, he has excelled as a medical malpractice defense litigator for Thiebaud Remington Thornton Bailey LLP, a Dallas-based firm where he zealously defends doctors and hospitals in health care liability lawsuits.

Motivated by the motto that “each day will be better than the previous,” Mr. Starr strives to keep growing in his role and one day advance to become a law partner and one of the most preeminent health care attorneys and medical malpractice defense litigators in the field. Extremely personable and skilled in building and maintaining relationships with his colleagues and clients, the quality of his work has always been driven by a strong dedication and compassion toward his clients and their goals. Outside of his primary endeavors, he co-authored “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities: The Latest FDA Guidance” in 2020 and is a member of the Texas Health Lawyers Association.

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Andrea I. Alvarenga, LVN

Title: Licensed Vocational Nurse

Company: San Bernardino Medical Group

Location: California

Career History: Licensed Vocational Nurse, San Bernardino Medical Group (Five Years);

With, Public Relations, The Medical Group;

Medical Assistant, Gastrointestinal Department (10 Years)

Andrea Alvarenga, Licensed Vocational Nurse at San Bernardino Medical Group, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of medicine and health care.

Motivated by a longtime passion for taking care of others, Ms. Alvarenga gravitated toward her profession at a young age through her grandmother—who suffered two strokes—and the health care providers who served as kind, compassionate, and beneficial figures for her up until her death. She has always worn her heart on her sleeve and prioritized others, and so a career in the medical field, nursing in particular, was a natural decision.

Launching her career as a medical assistant within the gastrointestinal field for 10 years, Ms. Alvarenga then found success in public relations for The Medical Group before becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse at San Bernardino Medical Group. As opposed to a physician assistant, she, in her role as a vocational nurse, focuses more on bedside care and management rather than providing treatment for patients. Primarily involved with urgent care and emergency care situations, her several responsibilities include checking the patient’s rooms; handling quality control checks for machines, such as the cardiac monitor machine; taking vital signs of patients and getting them ready for doctors’ rounds; conducting tests; and carrying out doctors’ orders, which may encompass everything from catheterization to EKGs. As a testament to her dedication and accomplishments in the field, she was recognized by San Bernardino Medical Group with an Employer of the Year Award in 2020—which she considers to be the highlight of her career thus far—and honored as “Hero of 2020” by Inland Empire Magazine. She has previously received a Leadership Award, a Perfect Attendance Award, and an Employer of the Quarter Award.

Outside of her main endeavors, Ms. Alvarenga has been active as a blood donor for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a volunteer for a diabetes walk, a volunteer medical assistant at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a devoted member of the Nurses Service Organization. Currently pursuing a license to become a Registered Nurse, she also strives to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing in order to grow professionally.

Ndang Azang-Njaah, MD, MPH

Title: Pediatrics Primary Care Physician

Company: Brigham and Women’s Physician Group

Location: Massachusetts

Education: MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2016); MPH in Public Health Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2015); BS in Biochemistry, University of Maryland (2010); BS in Nutritional Science, University of Maryland (2010)

Career History: Primary Care Physician, Internist, Pediatrician, Brigham and Women’s Physician Group (2020-Present)

Ndang Azang-Njaah, MD, MPH, Pediatrics Primary Care Physician at Brigham and Women’s Physician Group, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

As a primary care general internist and pediatrician at Brigham and Women’s Physician Group since 2020, Dr. Azang-Njaah showcases his passion for public service and public health every day. Through his profession, he has dedicated himself to pediatric and adult primary care, chronic disease management and prevention, community and public health advocacy, social medicine, health equity, and mentorship.

Dr. Azang-Njaah gravitated toward his professional path due to his parents, immigrants from Cameroon who arrived in the United States in the late 1970s in order to provide their children with advantageous opportunities. Throughout his upbringing, they inspired him to focus on the importance of having a strong community and serving others, particularly those from the Cameroonian community who were striving to build better lives for themselves. Feeling indebted to his parent’s personal sacrifice, he sought out experiences and opportunities that were not only personally enriching but that allowed him to contribute to society. This served as a catalyst to pursue a career in medicine, but doing so would take a great deal of ambition, drive, and hard work. After graduating from high school, he excelled at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in nutritional science and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 2010. Subsequently, he obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and then a Doctor of Medicine from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 2016.

From 2016 to 2020, Dr. Azang-Njaah gained firsthand experience in the field during his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He considers the completion of his formal medical training, including his schooling and residency, to be the highlight of his career, and he attributes the achievement to his family, friends, and many mentors over the course of 10 years. Despite being early in his career as a physician, he has already made a powerful impact on his patients and the community around him, having been honored by Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Service in 2021. In addition, he has established himself as a prominent member of such medical groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, and New England Medical Association. On top of his numerous endeavors, he also holds a position as a Fellow for Life in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, an organization that fosters the abilities of aspiring health professionals with a mission to serve and empower vulnerable people “to live healthier lives and create healthier communities.”

Looking ahead to five years from now, Dr. Azang-Njaah hopes to be well-established in his current role and expand his services to clinician education for resident physicians and medical student trainees. He also strives to be a lead physician advocate when it comes to food and nutrition security efforts as well as historically underserved groups in medicine—through mentorship and community engagement.

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Tianna L. Lampkin, MLS (ASCP) CM

Title: Medical Technologist

Company: St. Peter’s Health Partners

Location: Albany, NY

Education: Master’s in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude (2020);

BS in Biomedical Technology, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Career History: Medical Technologist, St. Peter’s Health Partners (2020-Present);

Laboratory Assistant

Tianna Lampkin, Medical Technologist at St. Peter’s Health Partners, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of medical research.

From an early age, Ms. Lampkin was intrigued by the field of biology and knew it would be a part of her life’s trajectory. In her role as a medical technologist, Ms. Lampkin is responsible for plating blood culture, identifying the organism in the patient’s blood, processing specimens, antibiotic testing and analyzing results. She reports to doctors and nurses, completes PCRs, inoculates the patient’s sample in, and then incubates it for at least 16 to 24 hours to see what’s growing. She has served as a medical technologist with St. Peter’s Health Partners since 2020. She maintains professional affiliation with the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Ms. Lampkin first earned a Bachelor of Science in biomedical technology at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and went on to receive a master’s in clinical laboratory sciences from the institution, magna cum laude, in 2020. In the next five years, Ms. Lampkin would like to expand her knowledge in microbiology and venture out to other disciplines within the clinical laboratory. She attributes her success to her hard work and determination to get things done.

Chanell E. Raines

Title: Personal Aide

Company: State of Illinois Comptroller Rehabilitation Center

Location: Chicago, IL

Career History: State of Illinois Comptroller Rehabilitation Center, (2016-Present)

Chanell Raines, Home Health Aide for the State of Illinois Comptroller Rehabilitation Center, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

For Ms. Raines, her work as a home health aide means taking care of others at some of their most vulnerable moments. After providing home care for her mother over a decades ago, Ms. Raines knew that helping care for the disabled and senior citizens was her calling. In her daily responsibilities, she sees their personal needs are met, makes sure they take medications on time, and also serves as a communicator for her patients when she takes them for doctor visits. She has worked in this role since 2016.

Ms. Raines’ proclivity to help others is seen throughout all facets of her life. She is the founder of The Graceful Givers, a nonprofit organization that helps children and families in need. Ms. Raines’ goal for the next five years is to start her own business so she could help more people. After her community saw how well she cared for her sick mother, she was asked to help others in need, which launched her into her current line of work. She is currently studying forensic psychology at Governors State University.

Jade Ashland Jefferson, CNMT

Jade Jefferson

Title: Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Company: Banner Boswell Medical Center

Location: Goodyear, AZ

Education:  AAS in Nuclear Medical Technology, Gateway Community College (2020);

AS, Estrella Mountain Community College, with Honors (2018)

Career History: Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Banner Boswell Medical Center (2021-Present);

Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Internship, Gateway Community College (2018-2020);

Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Internship, SimonMed Imaging, Glendale AZ (2020);

Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Internship, The Heart Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ (2020);

Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Internship, SimonMed Imaging, Goodyear, AZ (2019);

Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Internship, Banner Health, Sun City West, AZ (2019)

Jade Jefferson, Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Banner Boswell Medical Center, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of medicine.

Science caught Ms. Jefferson’s attention while she was in high school, and with her natural passion for helping people, working in the medical field was a perfect fit. As the first in her family to graduate college, she is exceptionally proud of her journey to make the world a better place. She first received an Associate of Science from Estrella Mountain Community College, with honors, in 2018. Following this, Ms. Jefferson earned an AAS in nuclear medical technology from Gateway Community College in 2020. Furthermore, through the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (CNMT), she is a certified nuclear medicine technologist (CNMT). She is also certified in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) through the American Heart Association.

Since 2021, Ms. Jefferson has provided her specialized form of care as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Banner Boswell Medical Center. She prepared for this role with a variety of internships in the field, including at Gateway Community College, SimonMed Imaging, The Heart Clinic, and Banner Health. Ms. Jefferson wants to grow, not only as a person, but also as a professional in health care and as a technologist in her field. Her plan is to expand her knowledge in nuclear medicine. She is currently working towards receiving a certification in computed tomography.

Throughout her career, Ms. Jefferson’s parents and teachers made her professional success possible. They were her biggest cheerleaders throughout her college years and continue to support her efforts. She enjoys her work of helping others and exploring the field of nuclear medicine.

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Kamille Annette Garness

Title: Disease Investigator/ Medical Doctor

Company: Kindred Healthcare

Location: Sanford, IL

Education: MPH, The George Washington University, (2017–2020); MD, Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine, (2013–2019); BS in Biological Sciences, Minor in Chemistry, Saint Leo University, (2007–2011); AA in Biology, SALCC, (2005–2007)

Career History: Disease Investigator, Lacuna Health, Kindred Healthcare, Kentucky, (2020-Present); Regional Duty Officer/Responder, American Red Cross, Central Florida, (2019–Present); Medical Student Intern, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, (2018-2019); Medical Student Intern, Larkin Community Hospital, Miami, FL, (2017–2018)

Kamille Garness, Disease Investigator and Medical Doctor at Kindred Healthcare, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of medicine.

From an early age, Dr. Garness knew she was destined to go into the medical field. She showed a natural proclivity toward helping others, and through her early academic years became more and more fascinated by the human body and how it works. In the spirit of helping others, she first earned an AA in biology at SALCC prior to receiving a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, with a minor in chemistry from Saint Leo University. In 2019, she received an MD from Spartan Health Sciences University and has continued to receive an MPH from George Washington University in 2020.

Since 2020, Dr. Garness has provided her skills and expertise as a disease investigator for Lacuna Health and Kindred Healthcare. In this respect, she checks with people in isolation and quarantine due to Covid-19 through phone calls and tracks their contacts. In addition, she is a regional duty officer and responder with the American Red Cross. She previously worked as a medical student intern at Weiss Memorial Hospital and Larkin Community Hospital. Supplementing her work is a variety of certifications. In 2020, she received Covid-10 Contact Tracing certification from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. That same year, she completed the 12 Keys to Successful Grant Writing program from the George Washington University-Milken Institute of Public Health. Furthermore, in 2021. Dr. Garness became certified in Public Health (CPH) from the National Board of Examiners. Additionally, she is CPR/AED/and First Aid certified through the American Red Cross.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Garness has received a number of accolades. These accolades include the Gold Presidential Service Award in 2020, including in the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society in 2019, and the Sarah Hopkins Awards for Women: Rising Star, Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross in 2018. Additionally, she was admitted to the Golden Key International Honor Society in 2018, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities in 2011, Delta Epsilon Sigma in 2010, the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society in 2008, and the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2008. Looking toward the future, Dr. Garness intends to open her own practice and continue helping people.

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Tyler Maitland Graham, DC, CCEP

Title: Doctor of Chiropractic

Company: Phipps Chiropractic Center

Location: Logansport, IN

Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Magna Cum Laude (2021); BS in Biology, Minor in Exercise Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Magna Cum Laude (2017); BS in Chemistry, Minor in Exercise Science, Indiana University Bloomington, Magna Cum Laude (2017); Diploma, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN, Summa Cum Laude (2012)

Career History: Doctor of Chiropractic, Phipps Chiropractic Center, Logansport, IN (2020-Present); Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TMG Marketing Enterprises, LLC (2020-Present)

Tyler Graham, Doctor of Chiropractic at the Phipps Chiropractic Center, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of chiropractic medicine.

Dr. Graham comes from a family of doctors with his father being an orthopedic surgeon, his aunt is an anesthesiologist, his grandfather an osteopath and his cousin a registered nurse. Growing up with his background inspired him to pursue the field. His proclivity for receiving injuries during rough sports such as football, wrestling and rugby helped inform his decision to become a chiropractor. With this in mind, he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, magna cum laude, in 2021. Prior to this, he received a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, with a minor in exercise science from Indiana University Bloomington, magna cum laude in 2017.

Dr. Graham completed his preceptorship with Dr. Phipps, who is retiring and has handed over the reins of his chiropractic center to him. His wife, Erica, is also a chiropractor working in the same facility. Dr. Graham was attending a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner seminar when he met Dr. Phipps, who was looking for an associate. He was inspired by Dr. Phipps who had a very successful practice as a chiropractor and soon found he was planning to retire. Dr. Graham applied for the position at his center and it worked out very well for both of them. Furthermore, Dr. Graham is one of the two people in Indiana who is certified in the zone technique. Some of his patients endure two hours of driving to be treated by him.

On a daily basis, Dr. Graham treats patients, runs the clinic, manages the building and office space, and interviews and hires applicants. In 2021, he worked with the US Women’s Olympic wrestling team to prepare for the Summer Olympics in Japan, and worked with Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who was the first African American woman to win the Olympic gold in wrestling and the second American to win. He worked on the XLVI Super Bowl Halftime Show with Madonna. His awards include being named one of the Big Ten Rugby MVP in 2013, as well as receiving the Kevin Higgins Scholarship Award in 2012, and being named to the Dean’s List every semester in college. Dr. Graham’s ultimate goal is to have many chiropractic clinics and serve in a management role, having doctors come in and receive from him as Dr. Phipps did for him. He wants to extend his reach to other areas to be able to help as many communities as possible.

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Victoria Elise Burgett

Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Company: Adventhealth

Location: Apopka, FL

Education: Bachelor’s in Nuclear Medical Technology, AdventHealth University (2021)

Career History: Nuclear Medical Technologist, Adventhealth (2021-Present)

Victoria Burgett, Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Adventhealth, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of nuclear medicine.

Throughout all of her endeavors, Ms. Burgett’s most notable achievement thus far has been receiving the Advent Health Winter Park and Auxiliary Nursing Endowed Scholarship when she was in college. Additionally, she was on the Dean’s List for two years. She is also proud of passing the board exam and earning her license. Since 2021, she has been working in her current role with AdventHealth. Ms. Burgett is certified in Nuclear Medicine Technology through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association.

Ms. Burgett remains committed to helping patients in any way possible and maintains affiliation with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the Florida Medical Technologists Society. She is well-versed in General Nuclear Medicine and PET CT. In five years, Ms. Burgett’s goal is to work full-time and to participate in a research study aimed at finding a cure for a disease such as diabetes.