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2017 Guatemala Medical Mission


2017 Jose's Hands Ambassadors

Hetal Patel

My name is Hetal Patel. I am a student pharmacist at Nova Southeastern University, Florida. I was brought up in Kenya and India before I joined Pharmacy school in NSU. I love health fairs, hospital rounds, patient counselling, clinical research, and my list never ends! I endeavor to make a difference! Guatemala medical mission is my first international medical trip! I’m so very excited to amalgamate with the people of Guatemala, together, we will fight off all the bad moments and make everyone healthy and happy…Thank you Jose’s Hands and EMM and NSU and all other organizations that are altruistically helping the needy.


Christian Nazario Padilla

My name is Christian Nazario Padilla. Originally, I am from Puerto Rico where I completed my bachellor’s degree on biological sciences in the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, I am on my second year of the pharmacy doctorate program of NOVA Southeastern University. Since I was a child, I have always been passionate about health and bringing aid to others in need. This will be my first medical mission and I can’t be more grateful for the opportunity. This is a valuable journey that represents a dear lesson in life for everyone that is involved.


Dung Vuong

My name is Dung Vuong and I am from Orange County, California. I completed my BA in biological sciences at University of Southern California. I am currently a pharmacy student at Nova Southeastern University and am very excited about the Jose’s Hands mission 2017 to Guatemala. I can’t wait to spend a week donating my time and medical knowledge to the underserved. This is going to be an amazing experience.


Shanique James

I am Shanique James, Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, class of 2018 at the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. I completed a Bachelors of Pharmacy in Jamaica and as a young pharmacist, I participated in several outreach activities across the island. My interest in volunteerism grew since I started at NSU as I was exposed to numerous opportunities to serve the underserved in the South Broward and Miami-Dade communities. I believe this medical mission to Guatemala will be one that strengthens my desire to continue serving as a pharmacist and leave an indelible mark on the lives of those I meet.


Anh Tuyet, Bui

My name is Anh Tuyet, Bui and I am currently pharmacist student at Nova Southeastern University- College of Pharmacy, Class of 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Right now, I plan to get the residency to specialize in neurology medicine after I graduate. I am originally from Vietnam. Being an immigrant from a third world country I always yearn to help the underserved. I enjoy hiking, reading and cooking in my free time. I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of this meaning mission trip and I believe with each small kindness can make a big impact on someone life.


Brittany Bly

My name is Brittany Bly and I am thrilled to be afforded this opportunity to go on a medical mission trip. I am currently a third year pharmacy student at Nova Southeastern College of Pharmacy located in Palm Beach, FL. I hope to exercise my doctorate degree in the future as a healthcare provider to serve the needs of society and their well-being. I enjoy gaining knowledge about the ever-evolving career of pharmacy, helping other individuals as well as volunteering within my community.


Arayoan Vergara-Mojica

My name is Arayoan Vergara-Mojica, a third-year pharmacy student from Nova Southeastern University located in the warm and sunny Florida. I have a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and always knew I wanted a career as a health professional where my compassionate nature could flourish. Being born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico from an economically disadvantaged family has given me two gifts: bilingualism and empathy towards people from underserved areas. Along with past experiences such as Vidalegre, a month-long summer camp for kids with special needs, I hope this opportunity with Jose’s Hands allows me to use my knowledge for a great cause and further develops my passion for helping others!

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