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Instructors

MEET OUR PASSIONATE INSTRUCTORS

Little Medical School of North Texas programs are taught by knowledgeable instructors with a lifelong love of teaching children and sharing their experiences of the medical industry. Most of our instructors are pre-medical and medical students, pre-nursing students and Registered Nurses, all with a gift for the classroom and a natural rapport with excited young students.

All of our instructors and volunteer instructors must pass a rigorous background check and are extensively trained in Little Medical School programs and methodology.

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Instructors

Alison Butler

Hi! My name is Alison Butler. I am currently attending the University of North Texas. I’m getting my bachelors degree in Integrative Studies, where my fields of study are Health, Biology, and Psychology. My goal is to attend medical school and become a Pediatric Oncologist. Inspiring kids and helping them learn more about what they are passionate about is why I chose to join Little Medical School. I enjoy the beach, hanging out with my friends and family, and also traveling to different places! I’m excited to teach and inspire as many kids as I can!
Ashmal Naveed

Hello! I am Ashmal Naveed, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. I am excited to be a part of the Little Medical School team as the director of instructors. Healthcare and education have always been my passion. I have experience in the field through working as a pharmacy technician trainee and as a volunteer at Medical City Plano. I also have teaching experience as an elementary school tutor and in my free time, I like to write poems or short stories and paint. My experiences have taught me the importance of creating an interacting and engaging environment for students to learn and interact in. Little Medical School provides such an environment for children to experience healthcare-related activities hands-on with integrated STEM learning. I am thrilled to be part of a team that inspires children and fosters an interest in healthcare.
Ariba Hanif

Hello! My name is Ariba Hanif and I am beyond excited to join the team of instructors here at Little Medical School. I’m currently a student at the University of Texas at Dallas with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology. I aspire to be a surgeon in the future and have held this passion for the longest time. Therefore, I love that I can be a part of shaping young children’s thirst for knowledge and interest in the STEM field. The opportunity to share my passion for medicine while catering to the children’s desire to learn is a great privilege. I genuinely enjoy working with kids and used to be an activity specialist for an after school program. My experience working with kids has taught me the level of patience required to be successful in the healthcare industry. Aside from my school activities, I enjoy traveling, swimming and shopping. I look forward in growing on this team and fostering an environment of learning.
Denesha Hill

Hi! My name is Denesha Hill and I am currently a Senior at the University of North Texas. I am majoring in Biology and plan on going to nursing school after I graduate in the Fall. I have many nieces and nephews, so I love being around kids. I even used to coach gymnastics to kids ranging from ages 8 through 13. I love the medical industry and I hope to inspire and share my passion of it with the children I teach. Little Medical School is such a great opportunity for this. I am so excited to be a part of this team and can’t wait to help grow the minds of the children that are interested in the healthcare industry.
Eileen Mata

Hey y’all! My name’s Eileen Mata and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am majoring in Cognitive Science, focusing on psychology and neuroscience, while minoring in Child Development. My ultimate career goal is to give back to my community and help build it up. I am passionate about education and STEM, so the Little Medical School is a perfect fit for me! I love kids and have worked with toddlers to high school graduates from all different backgrounds, teaching, tutoring, and encouraging. Getting children interested in the medical field at such a young age is so important and stimulating, it’s why I’m still in the science field today! As a lifelong learner myself, I love teaching and watching children grow. I am very excited to be a part of the Little Medical School team.
Eilidh McGarva

Hi! My name is Eilidh McGarva and I am a current Biochemistry student at the University of North Texas in Denton. I am on my way to Pharmacy school in which I plan to have a career at a non-profit children's hospital. I found my love for science and math when I was young and hope to spark that love in other children. My goal is to make science and healthcare fun so that kids can feel encouraged to one day join the healthcare field.
Felisha Pham

Hello! I am a Texas Woman’s University graduate with a B.S. in Biology and minor in General Science. My aspiration is to become a physician assistant to help others in need. Through my undergraduate degree, I always had a passion for teaching others about what I love. It has been an incredible experience to inspire and teach them about aspects of medicine. I enjoy traveling, volunteering, and giving back to my community as well as abroad. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Medical School, inspiring and teaching children about STEM fields!
Henry

My name is Henry, and I am one of the LMS instructors. I graduated from University of Texas at Dallas in Fall 2018 with a degree in molecular biology, and I plan to matriculate into medical school for the Class of 2025. As an instructor, one of my many goals is to help mold and nurture the next generation of physicians. I am excited to tackle these goals, and I am looking forward to working with all of the students!
Jaicey Thomas

Hello! I am currently a pre-med student at UT Dallas majoring in Healthcare Studies. I love being around children and sharing my passion for medicine, so I strive to become a Pediatrician in the future which has a mix of both! Medicine is not an area that children are exposed to often, so when I heard of Little Medical School, it immediately grabbed my interest, and I knew this was the perfect place for me to be a part of. In the past, I have been an instructor at science summer camps as well as being a research assistant in rheumatology and nuclear medicine at VA Medical Center. During my free time, I volunteer at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. My hobbies include playing basketball, travelling, and playing with kids! I am very excited to join Little Medical School to help children explore the fields of medicine in a fun and exciting way.
Kate Brickner

Hello! My name is Kate Brickner and I am currently an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Global Health and the Environment. After graduation, I want to go to medical school to become a physician. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Medical School team! Outside of school, I volunteer with kids through Girls Who Code and I volunteer as a Guest Services Specialist at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. I also enjoy golfing, traveling, taking photographs, and watching movies. I love working with kids, so I can’t wait to help them explore medicine and science this summer at Little Medical School!
Kayla Miller

Hello everyone! My name is Kayla Miller. I am a junior at UTD majoring in Biology and minoring in Sociology. I am planning to work in emergency medicine after I graduate and have been hoping to work in healthcare since I was little. I’m so excited to get to teach other future doctors! I’ve been a part of the UTeach program at UTD, so have gotten some experience in teaching science to kids. I love teaching and sharing my excitement about health sciences. I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Lisa Mey

Hello! My name is Lisa Mey. I am currently a student at The University of Texas at Arlington, with a major in Biology, a second major in Chemistry, and a minor in Creative Writing. I have always aspired to attend medical school and become a surgeon. I believe it’s important to inculcate a love for science and education in kids when they’re young since the path of medical school requires an incredible amount of determination and genuine passion. This makes the Little Medical School such a great opportunity to introduce kids to the healthcare field. It is my privilege to have this opportunity to instill that passion of health science and learning in younger minds. I look forward to inspiring, teaching, and growing as a part of the Little Medical School team!
Morgan West

Hello! My name is Morgan West, and I am currently a student at the University of North Texas. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education EC-6 w/ ESL certification. My ultimate goal is to become the best elementary teacher for my students and community! I am excited to join the Little Medical School team to help students find joy in learning about science and healthcare.
Nada Mageed

Hi! My name is Nada Mageed and I am currently a student at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Biology. My goal after graduation is to go to medical school and become a pediatric surgeon with Doctors Without Borders. Outside of school, I work as an ESL intern for children up to age 7. I have always loved working with children and am excited to use all of the skills I’ve gained from years of volunteering and being a big sister at home to hopefully inspire children to find a similar passion for the healthcare field at a young age!
Nikita Renji

My name is Nikita and I am a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Healthcare Studies. My dream is to become a medical missionary and help the less fortunate. I have been to Cambodia for a medical mission trip, and I currently volunteer at Scottish Rite hospital.I love working with kids, as I have experience working with them during children’s church, and I am very excited to work with the kids at Little Medical School. This is such a great opportunity for kids who are interested in healthcare, and I wish I had something like this when I was a kid! My hobbies include singing and playing piano, and during my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends, and watch K-dramas!
Nysha Dai

My name is Nysha Dai. I’m 22 years old and pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Sociology and will soon graduate in May 2019. After graduation, I will pursue a master in teaching and hopefully one day get my Doctorate in Criminology and become a Professor. I love children, animals, games and fresh air.
Peter Pham

I am currently senior at the University of Texas at Dallas and am pursuing a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Biology. I plan to graduate May 2018 and take a gap year before attending medical school. My experiences as a mentor with Big Brother Big Sister, a camp counselor with Camp Summit, and a babysitter has shaped my desire to see children flourish as they grow up. Whether it’s helping a child understand a complex topic or guiding them in the right direction to reach a life goal, I always find a genuine satisfaction in knowing they are one step closer to success. This, in conjunction with my goal of one day becoming a medical doctor, has led me to become a part of the Little Medical School team.
Presley Reese

Hi there! My name is Presley Reese. I’m currently an undergraduate student at Dallas Baptist University where I’m working towards a B.S. in Biology. After graduation, I plan to attend Physician Assistant school so I can further my passion for medicine and helping others. I’m excited to join the Little Medical School team where I can teach children about medicine while also inspiring them to dream big. I can’t wait to see the joy these future doctors will find through learning about medicine!
Raegan Cruse

Hi, my name is Raegan Cruse. I am from Missouri City, a small area outside of Houston, Texas. I am currently studying Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. Biomedical Engineering is applying the principles of engineering to the medical field in order to innovate the way people heal and are treated. I plan on using my undergraduate education to one day become a successful Medical Scientist. I will continue my education by entering a M.D./Ph.D. program. My hope is to reach as many as I can, to help me one day innovate the medical field, starting with children.
Seleine Mujica

Hola! My name is Seleine Mujica and I am a pre-med, Biology student at the University of North Texas, pursuing a career in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Children have shaped an important part of who I am today, and I hope to return a gift that will benefit their life - the captivation of love for humanity and learning stimulation. The highest privilege I hold is being an older sister to an amazing younger brother, who I can share the enthusiasm of learning with. I enjoy speaking to the young, brilliant minds of today, especially encouraging them to think for themselves and sharing their precious thoughts with me. I have inevitably fallen in love with my pursuit in the health sciences, and it is an honorable joy to share it with our little future doctors!
Shabee Ali

Hi! I am currently a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas. I am a pre-med pursuing a Neuroscience degree with the goal of going to medical school. I have always enjoyed working with children, combining it with my love for medicine makes Little Medical School the perfect place for me! I also volunteer at Medical City Plano and Texas Child Neurology every week to fulfill my passion for healthcare. I am excited to teach these kids what I loved learning growing up!
Shauna Nguyen

Hello, my name is Shauna Nguyen and I’m a current student at TWU in Denton. I’m in my last semester of studying Medical Technology and Chemistry. I hope to work behind the scenes of a hospital in a lab. I’ve always had a passion for the sciences and anything medical. I can’t wait to share this passion with a younger generation to hopefully get them as excited! In my free time I like to stay active by going to the gym and exercising with my dog. In the future I hope to get my teaching certification to teach STEM courses in high school or community college.
Smriti Verma

Hello! My name is Smriti Verma and I am currently a senior at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am a Neuroscience major with a minor in public health. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and follow my passion for science and medicine. My experiences volunteering in a pediatric hospital stimulated me to look for opportunities to work with children and Little Medical School provides the perfect opportunity to do so. I truly enjoy mentoring and teaching others and am excited to work with young children looking to learn more about science and healthcare.
Sophie Boutouis

Hello! My name is Sophie Boutouis, and I am a student at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in psychology. In the future, I hope to attend medical school and become a physician. I currently volunteer as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line and conduct neuroscience research at my university. I am a firm believer in education and see teaching as the impetus of social change, and I am excited to inspire and shape the next generation’s healthcare leaders. Outside of school and work, I enjoy traveling, exercising, writing, and trying out new restaurants. I am glad to be a part of the Little Medical School team, as I feel I will learn just as much from my students as they will from me.
Syeda Najam Us Sahar

Hello! My name is Syeda Najam us Sahar and I am a pre-med student at University of Texas at Dallas, pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience. I am so excited to be a part of the Little Medical School team where I can share my passion of working with children and medicine to inspire our future generation. Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to pursue a career where I got the chance to change people’s lives for the better. In school, I realized that it would be through medicine that I would be able to bring health and happiness in to people’s lives. I am currently a volunteer at Presbyterian and in the past I have conducted clinical research within the Emergency Department at Parkland Hospital. I cannot wait to work with these kids and teach them about the impact they will make with their knowledgeable and creative minds!
Tiwa Ibidapo

Hi, my name is Tiwa Ibidapo. I am a recent Duke University graduate with the goal of becoming a physician who works in underserved areas. During high school, I was in a health science career pathway which introduced me to relevant coursework and various clinical experiences that strengthened my interests in the healthcare field. The instructors and the experiences I was involved in greatly influenced my career goals and I am excited to join the Little Medical School team to share my passions and inspire children the way my teachers inspired me. Interacting with children has always been something I enjoy, and I feel as though I learn just as much from them as they do from me. Outside of school and work, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, and playing tennis. I am delighted to be a part of the team and look forward to interacting with you all!

Inspired to share our love of medicine with the next generation of healthcare professionals.

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