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Member Spotlight

We will be highlighting different members of our chapter. Check back often to learn more!


Double Feature!! Captain Francis B. Essien, DO and Captain Levi W. Dodge, MD

Staff Internists

Current station: Travis Air Force Base

Hometown: Essien - Columbus, Ohio, Dodge - Helena, MT

Medical School: Essien - Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dodge - Medical School Western University of Health Sciences

Residency Program: Keesler Medical Center

What I love most about medicine: Essien - I can never learn enough and it humbles me on daily basis. Dodge - Honestly, I love learning the science/pathology of Medicine and using it to help people, plus being able to take part in such an important part of people's lives is a privilege.

What I enjoy doing in my free time: Essien - I love bodybuilding and reading. Dodge - Everyone says they're into the outdoors but I truly am a mountain man. If I didn't do medicine I would probably be living in some cave along a mountain side with my pet mountain goat named ranger.

One thing people don’t know about me: Essien - I was born in Ghana, Africa despite not having much of an accent anymore. Dodge - If you were walking down a hospital floor hallway there is a chance you would see me on both ends. That is because I am an Identical twin and my brother is also a physician in the Air Force.

 


Captain Craig M. Yugawa, MD

Internal Medicine Resident and Air Force DEI Champion

Current station: Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston

Hometown: Kaneohe, HI

Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Residency Program: San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Internal Medicine

What I love most about medicine: I love the “A-HA” moment that comes when you distill a complex patient problem list into a unifying diagnosis (diagnoses) and are able to see improvement with the appropriate treatment.

What I enjoy doing in my free time: I love to watch, play and write about sports as much as I can. I also hope to eat my way through as many countries as possible.

One thing people don’t know about me: While serving an LDS Church Mission in South Africa, I was bitten by a (baby) lion and have the (tiny) scar to prove it!

 


Captain Lauren A. Sattler, MD

Internal Medicine Chief Resident

Current station: Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston

Hometown: Hanover, New Hampshire

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Residency Program: San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, Internal Medicine

What I love most about medicine: Medicine was a calling for me in many of the same ways that it was for a lot of us—improving the lives of others through healing, constantly learning more about physiology and pathology, daily leadership opportunities—but what I’ve found to be the most unique aspect of medicine is that it provides a window into the full breadth of the human experience. On a daily basis, we as physicians are entrusted with the opportunity to interact with other human beings, complete strangers, and empathize with them during perhaps the most difficult and frightening times in their lives. I can’t think of a more important or meaningful honor.

What I enjoy doing in my free time: My favorite activities outside of medicine are spending time with my two huskies and my husband, running, and cooking. I also enjoy reading (not always for work!), mostly historical fiction and novels.

One thing people don’t know about me: Despite being an Air Force officer, I am surprisingly very afraid of flying. I hate landing most of all and my husband usually uses this as an opportunity to take embarrassing pictures of my terrified face.