About USIG

Rubi Perez, VP of Group Affairs

Rubi Perez is a second year medical student from Mabton, Washington.  She first became exposed to ultrasound as a member of the Ultrasound Interest Group during her first year in medical school. After realizing how important having this skill set was, she wanted to know more. She currently serves as the VP for Group Affairs and is excited about teaching ultrasound as well learning more about all of its diverse applications. When she’s not busy studying she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as running and playing volleyball.

Kathleen Dixon, VP of Finance

Kathleen Dixon is excited to serve as USIG’s VP of Finance this year. When she served as a USIG class representative last year, her experience confirmed how valuable ultrasound can be across many fields of medicine. Kathleen is interested in pursuing a career in internal or family medicine and when she isn’t studying, she enjoys running, doing yoga, going to the beach, and spending time with her awesome friends and family.

Stephanie Gondra-Sanabria, VP of Community Outreach

After a summer of ultrasounds in the Emergency Department, she quickly learned the potential of ultrasound in a wide variety of situations, specifically in the mission field. With an undergraduate background in Community and International Development, she hopes to one day use her medical degree and ultrasound knowledge to better serve underdeveloped and underserved communities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs. She also loves eating mini pies.

Raymond Krause, VP of Public Affairs

Raymond Krause is a second year medical student from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Before coming to Loma Linda, he worked as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit where he first had the opportunity to see ultrasound at use in a clinical setting. Raymond has been on several medical mission trips overseas including Peru, Dominican Republic, and Brazil and hopes to someday return to these places and serve again.

Ethan Frank, VP of Resources

When he’s not busy studying or practicing his cardiac scans, Ethan loves spending time with his wife and playing with his adorable 9-month old son. Currently, his aspirations consist primarily of passing STEP 1 with the majority of his sanity intact.

Logan Villarreal, VP of Curriculum Development

Logan Villarreal is a second year medical student at Loma Linda University. He spent his summer doing ultrasound research in the emergency room after serving as Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG) representative to his class. Even after a few hundred scans, there are still so many opportunities to improve ultrasound technique. He is working on developing curriculum for the USIG and establishing its effectiveness. Medical school ultrasound curriculum is in the process of development but is not standardized or, in some cases, even implemented across medical schools. Through the work of USIG and other organizations like it, Logan hopes to contribute to medical school ultrasound education in a meaningful way that enhances patient care.

Patrick McGee, MS1 Representative

Patrick McGee is a first year medical student who is excited to learn about the power of ultrasound and pass that knowledge onto his fellow classmates. His undergraduate degree in bioengineering allowed him to be involved with bio-technology and sparked his interest in maintaining that involvement throughout his medical career. For fun, he enjoys to play volleyball and snowboard, and looks forward to actually having time to do those things.

Rachel VanderWel, MS1 Representative

Rachel has been captured by biological sciences and space since 4th grade. With ultrasound, the two interests appear to have met: making organs and structure arise out of apparent star fields. She worked in the ED last year with several attendings who had ultrasound fellowship training and who were hard pressed not to place a probe on every patient. Due to their enthusiasm, Rachel became drawn to this safe and multifunctional technique. She is an MS1, with much to learn…especially about ultrasound. 

Adrian Agudelo, MS1 Representative

Adrian is a first year medical student from Gainesville, Florida. Prior to starting medical school, he worked for a few years in clinical research where he first became exposed to a variety of diagnostic technologies. He hopes to learn and eventually be able to teach other students how to look at their own hearts and be amazed by it (among other very important uses of ultrasound). In addition to countless hours of lectures, labs, and studying he enjoys soccer, football, and biking.

Katelyn Winter, MS1 Representative

Katelyn Winter is a first year medical student and a first year representative of USIG. She became interested in ultrasound after watching a heart beat on ultrasound in the Emergency Room during her first Wards Experience. She has seen its applicability and usefulness in the clinical and hospital setting and especially in the mission field and low budget projects. She hopes to get other medical students excited about ultrasound and get them to value their ultrasound skill sets in their future careers and personal missions. When she is not studying for medical school, she enjoys…sleeping.