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For Kyla Hollen, DMD, ’10, MPH, ’11, giving back to the community has always been part of her DNA. She grew up in a small town that emphasized the pursuit of education and public service.

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“It’ll fix itself.”

Those are the words twin sisters Ailene and Arlene Invencion kept repeating to themselves after traveling to the Philippines to get braces during their sophomore year of high school.

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Looking in the mirror one day at Adrian College, a small liberal arts school in southeastern Michigan, a young man with big shoes to fill decided to pursue a career in healthcare. The young man was Geoffrey Hoffa, and he believed nothing was more noble than helping people with his bare hands.

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Motherhood is universally regarded as a sacred bond between mother and child. Imagine a scenario where that bond is broken. That is what Carl R. Backes, DO, ’72, desperately tries to prevent.

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High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been linked to the nation’s obesity and diabetes health crisis in recent years. While working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Renee Dufault, DHEd, MAT, ’16, uncovered another reason to be concerned about HFCS: mercury.

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It was a long but inspired road that led Cassandra Villatoro-Bank, DO, ’11, to the field of osteopathic medicine. She grew up in Guatemala in a bilingual home with an American mother and Guatemalan father.

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