My name is Dr. Damaris Raymondi and I'm an optometrist. I grew up in Queens and both of my parents are Peruvian. My parents came to New York in the early 1980's. Like most stories of new arrivals, they had a cousin here and lived in his basement in the beginning for a few months. A few years later, I came along. My childhood was magical. We did ate everything, did everything, it seemed nothing was impossible. But then in 2006, my dad suffered from a mild stroke.
My name is Brianna Cardenas. I’m a Physician Assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer, and a professor at the University of La Verne’s Physician Assistant Program. My clinical specialty is pain management with a special emphasis on holistic healing methods. This includes exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, and cannabis. I’m a patient advocate and love to help patients learn how to manage injuries and illnesses so they can live the best quality of life possible.
My name is Frederick Grady and I am a first-generation Afro-Latinx medical student in my third year of medical school. If I sat here and wrote a piece stating that my journey to medicine has been easy, I’d be lying. As the first in my family to attend medical school, it feels like the world is on my shoulders and I have no wiggle room to mess up.