Medical Students

Ayanda Chantelle Mkhize

1st year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ayanda Chantelle Mkhize is a trailblazing first-year student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine, bringing a unique perspective and passion for anesthesia to the field of medicine. Born in South Africa and raised in the vibrant Bay Area, Ayanda embodies the spirit of a global citizen committed to serving underserved communities. In her free time, Ayanda finds joy in recreational activities such as playing tennis and indulging her creative side through baking delicious desserts.
Ayanda Chantelle Mkhize is poised to become a compassionate advocate for patient care and a future leader in the field of anesthesia, driven by her experiences and the belief that quality healthcare should be accessible to all.

Michael Anaafi​

Weber State Graduate

Michael Anaafi is a graduate from Weber State University with a B.S. in Biology. He is involved in research projects with his professors. As well as, preparing for the MCAT in order to take the exam in the coming months. His areas of interest include cardiology and oncology. His parents grew up in Ghana, but he grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Murray High School. He enjoys playing basketball, watching anime, and
spending time with friends and family.

Rosemary Iwuanyanwu

3rd Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Rosemary is currently a first year student at Noorda COM. She has done lots of research surrounding violence prevention involving Black and Brown communities. She attended undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh and conducted research within the city of Pittsburgh. She is originally from Houston, Texas, and moved to Pittsburgh for undergrad before coming to Utah for medical school. Rosemary is  the youngest of 3 and the child of Nigerian immigrants. In her free time, she enjoys quality time with family and friends, watching movies, and exercising.

Marwa Elnagheeb

3rd Year - University of Utah School of Medicine

Marwa is a Sudanese American medical student at the University of Utah. She earned her bachelors degree in biology and masters degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her background is in maternal and child health, genetics, and epigenetics. Marwa’s research experience has focused on three areas: (1) the impact of genetic variation and epigenetics on differential responses to adverse perinatal exposures (e.g., nutrient deficiencies and environmental toxicants), (2) the effects of maternal host nutrient status on infectious disease development, and (3) the role of socioeconomic factors in maternal and child health disparities. Additionally, she has experience working with non-profit organizations and teaching students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. The overarching goal of her work is to support evidence-based programs, policies, and practices that promote health equity. Areas of interest: gastroenterology, internal medicine, OB/GYN.

Wumi Oladipo

3rd Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Wumi is a San Francisco Bay Area native, who is the first in her family to go to college and to become a future physician. She is interested in diversity within clinical research (both from a patient and PI standpoint). She is currently open to various medical specialities and foresee strong involvement in clinical research in the future.

Samuel Ahanonu

2nd Year - University of Utah School of Medicine

Sam is the 2nd son of Nigerian and Vietnamese immigrants, and he grew up in Utah. He served a Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has continued to use his language skills for Spanish volunteer medical interpreting. Sam speaks Vietnamese at an low-intermediate conversational level. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah in December of 2021, and has worked as an intern, technician, or engineer for Edwards Lifesciences, Merit Medical Systems, and ICU Medical. He also worked for the Utah Lions Eye Bank as a recovery technician and as an optician at Progressive Eye Care. He likes to be physically active (basketball, biking, tennis, pickle ball, shorter hikes, indoor rock climbing, Latin Dancing), and he loves music (piano, ukulele, singing). Video games are also another pass time of his.

Vyshnavy (Vee) Balendra

4th Year - University of Utah School of Medicine

One word that describes Vee is community! She does major work for the community in whatever way she can. This is what drives what her and why she has focused her career goals in becoming a family physician. She lives with humility and bring empathy wherever she goes, but one aspect of herself where she is proud and confident is her work ethic- she is a hard worker. It is her determination and perseverance that has helped her to overcome challenges of abuse and discrimination from those within her immediate family and cultural community. She is her own cheerleader and team, and that has helped her thus far in life.

Austen Ivey

3rd Year - University of Utah School of Medicine

Austen is  originally from Maryland–from a town just outside of D.C.–and is the second oldest of six girls. Austen is the third to attend and graduate from college out of 10 adults in the extended family. Austen is the first person in my entire family (on both mom’s and dad’s sides) to attend medical school. Austen attended BYU for undergrad, studying Public Health and minored in Sociology. Austen was an anatomy TA for undergraduate students for 3 years and then an anatomy TA/dissection assistant for PA and PT students at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions for almost 2 years. As of right now, Austen is mostly interested in OB/GYN.

Nathan Imonigie

4th Year - University of Utah, School Of Medicine

Nathan Imonigie is second year Medical Student at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Nathan has wanted to be physician since his sophomore year in high school and has a history of working as a mental health provider delivering case management services for underserved populations in Boise, Idaho.

He areas of interest are broad and include:
Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Dermatology and Ophthalmology

Jude Emego

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jude is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is originally from Nigeria, West Africa. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with bachelor’s degree in nursing. After six years of nursing practice, he decided to change his impact in medicine and applied to medical school. Medicine is his passion.

He identifies as a compassionate leader. He believes that all individuals should have access basic life needs, including healthcare, no matter their condition or financial positions in society. He believes every person should be treated fairly. He wants to work towards dismantling the barriers that lead to healthcare disparities.

Ezenna Obilor

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ezenna Obilor is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois and  received his bachelor’s degree in Public health from Northern Illinois University. He has an interest in Emergency medicine, Sports medicine, and OB/GYN.  

Brittney Harrell

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brittney Harrell is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is originally from Fountain, North Carolina. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Campbell University in 2018. She went on to earn her Master’s in Public Health from East Carolina University. Brittney is very passionate about community health, rural health, and serving underrepresented populations. She looks forward to providing her patients with the best care using a holistic perspective in the near future.

Dashon Eure

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dashon Eure is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dashon completed undergrad at St. Andrew University and graduate school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Anatomy. He hails from Suffolk Virginia and before starting medical school he was a high school wrestling coach and Anatomy and Physiology Teaching Assistant at Virginia Wesleyan University. 

Emmanuel Oyalabu

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emmanuel is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health as a Posse Foundation Scholar and received his Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at Drexel University. Emmanuel has a passion for working in underserved communities to help reduce health disparities both locally and abroad.

Emely Fernandez

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Emely is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University in 2020. She hopes to one day provide care to the underserved communities in the New Jersey Tri-state area.

Seema Arshed

4th Year - Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Seema is a second-year medical student at Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. Seema is originally from Michigan but currently enjoying all that Utah has to offer from hiking to snowboarding. Her interest in medicine began after realizing the inadequacies of healthcare that her family in the Caribbean had received. As an aspiring physician, She wants to advocate for the underserved and to provide the best quality of care to all of her future patients.

Edward Holloway

3rd Year - University of Utah, School Of Medicine

Eddie Holloway is a first generation college graduate that is currently a 3rd year medical student at the University of Utah. He is passionate about helping  underserved communities and addressing disparities in healthcare. His aspirations include becoming a pediatrician to help children in underserved communities, and continuing to be the best husband and father for his wife and kids. 

Eddie is also an author of a soon to be released children’s book: 

Dad You Are Amazing

Area of interest: Pediatrics