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Our Alumni

You will become part of a tradition of excellence.

woman in wheelchair with friendGrateful for the legacies of Hahnemann and Woman’s Medical College whose faculty, staff and students like you planted the seeds of developing innovative nursing and health professions programs, we at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions take our cultivation efforts seriously.  We continue to blossom as we build on the traditions of excellence of our predecessor institutions while providing our students with a challenging and comprehensive education.

• Hahnemann Alumni
• Woman’s Medical College/Medical College of Pennsylvania Alumni
• MCP Hahnemann Alumni
• Drexel University Alumni

September 2011 Alumni Report

Shelly Gross (BS, HU, School of Health Sciences, Med Tech, 1991) received a National Leadership Award from the Orlando Chapter of the Central Florida Region of Hadassah.  Previously a supervisor for a hospital in Orlando, Ms. Gross is now a blood bank supervisor in Sanford, Florida.

Christia Hicks (MPT, MCPHU, 1997) was named Vice President of Human Resources at Wishard Health Services.  Ms. Hicks began her career at Wishard in 1999. During that time, she has served as a physical therapist, administrator of Lockefield Village Health and Rehabilitation Center, manager of the OB/GYN Clinic, and most recently, Administrative Director of the Regenstrief Specialty Clinics. As Vice President of Human Resources, Ms. Hicks will have administrative responsibility for functions including benefits, compensation, recruitment, retention and employee relations, as well as the Wishard Institute for Employee Development, Volunteer Services, Wishard Wellness, and Occupational Health.

Laura Podschun, PT, MPT, OCS, CSCS (MPT, HU, Physical Therapy, 1989) was appointed to the MileSplit Medical Advisory Board.  The Board consists of four medical professionals with diverse backgrounds and extensive experience treating and working with high school athletes.  Dr. Podschun specializes in lower extremity biomechanics, especially as it relates to sports medicine injuries.  As Senior Manager for Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Podschun helps guide the clinical education and treatment approaches for outpatient care.  She manages the post-professional physical therapy residency programs for Florida Hospital as well as being the primary instructor for the lower extremity rotation of the orthopedic PT residency.

Nalini Prakash (MA, CNHP, Creative Arts and Dance/Movement; 2011), a dance therapist, was credited with rehabilitating a young artist, Aarthi Muthukumaran, who was recovering from a massive stroke.   After several years of dedicated and intensive dance training, Ms. Muthukumaran returned to the stage in a recital at Chi Movement Arts Center in South Philadelphia. Ms. Prakash is a registered dance/movement therapist and works full-time at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. She makes weekend trips to Philadelphia to work with Ms. Muthukumaran.

Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads (MGC, MCPHU, Group Counseling/Organizational Dynamics, 1999) joined the United Campus Ministry at Millersville University as the new campus and young adult pastor.  Ms. Shrom-Rhoads most recently served as Director of Camp Otterbein for the past eight years.

Angela Watson (MCAT, CNHP, 2001), accompanied by a group of drummers and dancers, had a dance performance taped at Harrisburg’s Danzante Community Art Center.  The performance, "Healing African Dance," is an episode of the "Humanities on the Road" television series co-produced by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Pennsylvania. Ms. Watson has performed around the country and is a primary dancer and choreographer for Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble. She is also an artist-in-residence at the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia.