Our People

Turning the kitchen into a classroom

By Jan Jarvis   As someone who enjoys a good meal, Molly Chang was eager to sample the different dishes that are cooked each week in the Culinary Medicine course. “I love trying out recipes and eating new foods, so cooking with friends and getting a free meal is right up my alley,” she said.... Read more »

Jan 17, 2018

‘Don’t tell them that they can’t’

By Alex Branch Londyn Miner can pinpoint the moment that started her path to UNT Health Science Center. It was seven years ago in her Granbury living room, as she tearfully explained her 15-month-old son’s devastating prognosis to a physical therapist. An MRI had revealed that Orion’s cerebellum — the part of the brain that... Read more »

Dec 5, 2017

TCOM student honored for leadership in lifestyle medicine

By Jan Jarvis When he becomes a psychiatrist, Paresh Jaini does not want to rely solely on medication and psychotherapy to treat his patients. “I want to utilize lifestyle interventions as another treatment tool when approaching my patients with mental illness,” he said. “I want to coach my patients to lead a healthy life, so... Read more »

Nov 21, 2017

A champion of the underdog

By Alex Branch   Amy Raines Milenkov, MPH, DrPH, has always cared about the underdog. She cared about the low-income women and children afflicted with HIV or AIDS who she helped as a social worker in the 1990s, when life-saving drug cocktails were only emerging. She cared for the vulnerable families she served at health... Read more »

Nov 13, 2017

Palladino Family

Student vets proud to see UNTHSC designated a Purple Heart University

By Alex Branch Gary and Aundrea Palladino met while serving in the U.S. Air Force as pharmacy technicians at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C. At the three pharmacies on base, Gary and Aundrea filled prescriptions and managed inventory, compounded IV and topical medication orders, and maintained crash carts located throughout the hospital.  Aundrea also... Read more »

Nov 9, 2017

Goldman Scholar

Goldman scholarship ‘means the world’ to driven student

By Jan Jarvis   Sarah Edwards has always ridden her bicycle everywhere – to high school classes and later college, to part-time jobs and everywhere else. She has no driver’s license and few options. “We’ve never really had a car,” Edwards said. “But that didn’t stop me because I’ve always been very self-driven.” That ambition... Read more »

Sep 20, 2017

Students transform seniors’ lives with art and music

By Cari Hyden   Mrs. Jones, a resident at Westmore Senior Living, wouldn’t leave her room and spent her days largely “staring at the walls.” But a class led by a UNTHSC student transformed her life and added a spark to the lives of many more Westmore Senior Living residents. Flora Park, a Medical Sciences... Read more »

Sep 14, 2017

Why I do what I do

By Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, PT I was 19 years old and fresh out of nursing school when I emigrated from Romania to Canada and took a job at a residential facility for seniors. One of the women I cared for was a retired nun named Rita. Months after I started, she suffered a major stroke.... Read more »

Aug 4, 2017

Globe-hopping grad students

By Alex Branch   A young dentist in Gandhinagar, India, packed some belongings, bid his family farewell and prepared for the first airplane flight of his life. Rushil Acharya wasn’t nervous; he was excited about the 19-hour flight to the United States. He buckled into his seat and stared out the window as the jet... Read more »

Apr 27, 2017

Keeping Cowtown runners safe

By Alex Branch   The UNT Health Science Center medical team at the Cowtown Marathon will use a new digital tool to keep runners healthy and safe this weekend. Volunteers will use RaceSafe, an app that streamlines information sharing between runners and medical volunteers, when more than 26,000 people race, said Darrin D’Agostino, DO, Cowtown Medical... Read more »

Feb 24, 2017