Past Research Students

2016-2017

About Me:
jackkeiltyMy name is Jack Keilty, a Winona State University Health Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences student set to graduate in the Fall of 2016. I am a native of Sugar Grove, Illinois, and selected Winona State for its exceptional reputation in education and for the vast opportunities in medicine the area provides. After residing in Winona for the past four years, I now know how friendly and special this community is and am contributing back through my research, mentoring through the Restorative Justice program, and coaching the varsity team for the Winona Area Lacrosse Club. I am looking forward to working in a community like this as a general surgeon or a physician specializing in emergency medicine after medical school, which I plan to attend in the Fall of 2018.

My Research:
I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS of the General Surgery department on a retrospective analysis of colonoscopies performed in the last three years. The primary objective of this research is to discover the rate of colonic polyps found at Winona Health. Colonic polyps are small growths in the colon or rectum that are often benign but are the primary source of colorectal cancers. We are also looking for trends in polyp detection to factors such as body mass, age, family history of colorectal cancer, and past history of polyps.

About Me:
jonathonwodarzMy name is Jonathon Wodarz, I am a Junior at Winona State currently studying Finance and Pre-Med. I am originally from the small river town of Alma, Wisconsin, just a short trip away from Winona. I am very self driven by my love of helping people. My goal is to go to Med School and one day become an MD. I have not fully decided on a specialization since I have quite some time to decide but as of now, I am leaning towards pediatric oncology or child cancer.

My Research:
I currently am working with Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD. We are doing data analysis of the results of past cataract surgeries in order to find the most optimal surgery techniques to provide patients with the best possible results.

About Me:
josephhaireI’m a senior cell and molecular biology major from Eagan, Minnesota, but I spend quite some time in the college of business as well. I’m setting myself up to work in medical sales post-graduation but I want to get involved in medical imaging/radiography or sales/service of that type (medical equipment sales/service).

My Research:
My research project is on the use of scheduled screening urine toxicology in opiod-dependent chronic pain patients with focus on determining predictors for synchronous illicit drug use.

About Me:
isaiahfaasI am from Rochester, Minnesota. I am a senior at Winona State University majoring in movement science. After I graduate I plan on going onto graduate school for physical therapy.

My Research:
My research is comparing traditional femoral nerve blocks versus novel approaches to postoperative pain in primary total knee arthroplasty. I am working with Nicole Beatty, MD.

About Me:
kristenhagleHello! My name is Kristen Hagle, and I am from Andover, Minnesota. I currently am a Senior at Winona State University studying Cell and Molecular Biology. I plan on attending graduate school to become a Physician Assistant.

My Research:
I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS and Matthew Broghammer, DO doing research on post-operative pain control and resumption of activity in inguinal hernia repairs. The main goal of this research project is to determine which technique, laparoscopic or open, is the most patient efficient in terms of pain management.

About Me:
My name is Katie Ernste and I am a sophomore at Winona State University majoring in Biology-Allied Health. I am on a pre-medicine track, hoping to attend medical school someday. I am from Faribault, MN, which is a small town about an hour south of the cities.

My Research:
I am working with Nicole Varela, MD on a project dealing with Opioid use in the perioperative period. We will specifically be looking at the perioperative management of pain for those individuals getting a total joint operation.

About Me:
I grew up in Chanhassen, MN, and matriculated at Winona State University in the Fall of 2011 as an Elementary Education major. Now, I am a Senior Cell and Molecular Biology major with a Chemistry minor, and I will graduate in the Spring of 2017. Following graduation, I will pursue enrollment in medical school. One day, I hope to have a career that allows me to practice medicine, research, and teach.

My Research:
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a common and often progressive liver disease characterized by inflammation and steatosis (fat accumulation). At present, NASH can only be confirmed through biopsy. We seek to determine the relationship between liver function levels and the severity of NASH. The results may lead to a non-invasive method for detecting NASH. This project is a collaborative effort between Stephanie Leeds, MSIII; Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS; Ronald England, DO; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Vicky Haines, MD; Spencer Treu, and myself.

About Me:
chelsearitterI am Chelsea Ritter and I am a sophomore at Winona State University majoring in Elementary Education Early Childhood, hoping to be a 1st or 2nd grade teacher. I am from La Crosse, Wisconsin and grew up on a farm.

My Research:
My research is on how Forrest yoga helps chronic pain and I am working with Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS at Winona Health and Jen Bayer from the University of Iowa.

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