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Health Professions Day

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Health Professions Day Schedule of Events

Health Professions Day Schedule:

8:00 am Registration for Morning Session in Sheslow Auditorium
8:30 am Welcome
8:35 am State of the College Address: Interim Dean Phillips
9:00 am College Awards
9:30 am Keynote Panel
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Alumni Awards
11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Open Lunch Break
12:00 - 12:45 pm Registration for Afternoon Session in Upper Olmsted
12:00 - 2:00 pm Exhibition Hall
12:30 - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions Discussions (pharmacy awards @ 3:00)






Breakout Session Schedule: TBD for 2024

2023 Schedule:

  Room 310 Room 311 Parents Hall S Parents Hall N

12:30 - 1:00 pm


Alisa Drapeaux: Exercise and Health Wellness Kayla Bell: Mental Health Awareness Lindsay Gilbert: Rare Disease Awarness Exhibition Hall
1:00 - 1:30 pm Dr. Ulrich: Employee Burnout in Healthcare Kayla Bell: Mental Health Awareness Lindsay Gilbert: Rare Disease Awareness Exhibition Hall
1:30 - 2:00 pm Dr. Urish and Dr. Allen McHugh: Chair Yoga Amanda Wroblewski: Adventure Awards: Your Professional Development Plan Dr. Munusamy: Finding Your Passion Exhibition Hall
2:00 - 2:30 pm Dr. Urish and Dr. Allen McHugh: Chair Yoga Anisa Hansen: Equity and Inclusion Cassity Gutierrez: Precision Health: Proactice & Personalized Care to Predict, Prevent, and Cure Disease Precisely X
2:30 - 3:00 pm William Phan: USPHS Pharmacy Anisa Hansen: Equity and Inclusion Pharmacy Awards X

Keynote Panel Bios: Coming soon for 2024!

2023 Keynote Bio: Sydney Marshman

Holistic Care: Better Health Through Better Living

Sydney Marshman is the founder and occupational therapist with Happy at Home Consulting based in Des Moines, Iowa. In her own family's struggles with keeping Nana safe at home, Sydney recognized the unique role of occupational therapy in assessing how environmental factors contribute to living in place. Happy at Home provides therapy at home to older adults with her team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists. In addition to traditional rehabilitative services, Sydney continues to increase access to home safety evaluations throughout the state. Happy at Home presently provides the evidenced-based programs CAPABLE and HARP through collaborations with community partners. Sydney is presently acting as the President-Elect of the Iowa Occupational Therapy Association and advocates for accessible housing through her involvement with multiple state coalitions. She received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Drake University. In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and their three dogs. 


Breakout Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios

Coming soon for 2024! 

2023 Descriptions and Bios:

1. Lindsay Gilbert: Rare Diseases

Human First. Patient Second.

Summary: From seeing 37 different doctors, to being paraded around a teaching hospital, to having surgeries to relieve symptoms of a disorder she may not even have, during her seven years living with two rare diseases, Lindsay Gilbert has experienced multiple traumatic medical experiences. Through humor and storytelling, she will introduce you to the world of rare diseases and her life living with at least two rare diseases. Followed by a Q&A, you can learn more about the importance of treating the human, not just the patient.

Bio: Lindsay Gilbert is a wife, mom to three, and an adjunct instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Drake University. She lives with the rare, chronic, and invisible diseases Mal de Debarquement Syndrome and Bilateral Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and mental health disorders Complex PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety. She loves being a legit soccer mom, skiing, hiking our nation's National Parks, and making epic memories with her family.

2. Dr. Anisa Hansen: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Sense of Belonging: DEI in Healthcare

Summary: This session will focus on concepts used to provide inclusive healthcare environments, and a review of terminology utilized in the DEI space. Belonging is an important part of the patient healthcare experience. We will discuss tips to provide the care our patients and clients deserve.

Bio: Anisa Hansen, PharmD is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a passion to educate students on topics in the areas of mental health, wellness, LGBTQ health, and equity and inclusion. Anisa teaches a 3-credit J-Term course focused on LGBTQ Health Issues and a first-year course on exploring the portrayal of mental illness and disabilities in the media. Anisa is the mental health clinical pharmacist for Iowa Lutheran Hospital where she provides clinical service, educates sixth-year pharmacy students, and provides medication education groups in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.

3. Dr. Erin Ulrich: Occupational Burnout

Session Objectives:
  1. To identify the four stages along the malfunction to recovery spectrum. 
  2. To identify the types of activities to engage in to move from one stage to the next.
  3. To identify the four psychological experiences one must feel during occupational recovery activities to reverse or prevent occupational burnout.

Bio: Dr. Erin Ulrich has spent her education and career aiming to improve health services in a variety of care settings. Her diverse training has allowed Dr. Ulrich to not only analyze and utilize large datasets to leverage system-level change, but also to serve as a consultant to health partners to lead practice change.  Since 2021, Dr. Ulrich has been presenting to health professionals about the importance of occupational recovery to prevent or reverse signs of occupational burnout.

4. Dr. William Phan: U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS)

Summary: The U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE COMMISSIONED CORPS (USPHS) is seeking highly motivated pharmacists to support our mission. As a USPHS pharmacist, you will be able to provide vital healthcare services to a diverse patient population while serving your country. This is a unique and challenging opportunity to use your skills and expertise to make a difference while advancing your career.

Bio: Lieutenant William Phan is a commissioned US Public Health Service pharmacy officer. He has extensive experience in Military Health System, Indian Health Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. His areas of expertise are quality improvement, cost containment, and regulatory affairs.

5. Amanda Wroblewski: Career Readiness

Summary: Undergraduate and graduate schooling passes by in the blink of an eye—do you have a plan about how to make the most of it in preparation for your next steps after Drake? Join our CPHS Professional and Career Development liaison to learn about the importance of getting involved during your time at Drake, how to convey your experiences on your application materials & during interviews, and other career readiness tips. This session will be part presentation, part open Q&A to get at the core of what you need to succeed.

Bio: Amanda Wroblewski, M.S. is the Assistant Director of Professional & Career Development Services liaison to CPHS and SOE. She has previous career development experience at Grinnell College and Western Illinois University and has received a National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Coaching certificate. Outside of work Amanda enjoys getting to know her new home of Des Moines.

6. Dr. Christine Urish: Mental Health

Summary: Plan to attend this session to learn various strategies for calming using breath work and mindful movement. Participants will participate in a grounding chair yoga class as well as gain resources to foster an increased state of calm and identify how information learned can be utilized to support professional wellness and resilience.

Bio: Christine Urish, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA is a Professor & Doctoral Capstone Coordinator at Drake University in the Occupational Therapy Program. She has been an occupational therapist for 3 decades working in behavioral health programs in hospitals and communities. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training through Subtle Yoga and has engaged students, patients and community youth in mindful movement to calm and alert.

7. Dr. Shankar Munusamy

Finding Your Passion

Summary: The session is aimed at helping students to learn about the Craftsman mindset critical to developing a passion. Participants will learn about the three core elements necessary to develop a passion and the meaning-pleasure-strengths process to advance one’s career into a calling.

Bio: Shankar Munusamy is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at CPHS. His educational research focuses on evaluating the impact of mindfulness sessions and wellness messages on students’ well-being and the effectiveness of mnemonics and analogies in improving student learning.

8. Dr. Alisa Drapeaux: Exercise and Health Wellness

How Does Exercise Boost Your Health? Let's Move!

Summary: Healthcare providers, the American Heart Association, and various other resources have recommended exercise to improve health! How does exercise improve our cardiovascular, physical, and cognitive health? Come join me in the HPD breakout session to learn the benefit of exercise and how it improves our ‘holistic’ self!

Bio: Alisa Drapeaux PhD, ATC, LAT is the Interim Vice Chair of Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Iowa and conferred her PhD in Education from Drake University. Dr. Drapeaux has 18 years of experience as an orthopedic physical therapist treating a variety of ages and pathological conditions, in addition to managing several outpatient orthopedic practices. Dr. Drapeaux is still involved in treating patients and enjoys bringing clinical examples to her courses at Drake University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her (3) children and husband, running, traveling, and cooking.

9. Kayla Bell: Mental Health Awareness

Summary: We have seen a great increase in mental health dialogue, resources, and discussions over the past few years. This session focuses on addressing current mental health trends, especially for college students, and factors contributing to an increase in mental health concerns. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Drake Student Counseling Center and its programming.

Bio: Kayla Bell-Consolver (she/her) received her B.S. in Psychology (2016) and Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2019) from Drake University and currently serves as the Director of the Drake Student Counseling Center. She is very involved in the community, serving as the President of the Iowa Mental Health Counselor’s Association, Member of the National Physical and Mental Health subcommittee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc , and is the owner of Question Kayla, LLC: a business that provides mental health presentations and trainings through an inclusive lens. In her free time, Kayla enjoys playing the clarinet, creating content on social media, connecting with her inner child, and weight lifting.

10. Dr. Cassity Gutierrez

Precision Health: Proactive & Personalized Care to Predict, Prevent, and Cure Disease Precisely

Summary: You’ve likely heard of precision medicine which helps doctors find unique disease risks and individualized treatments; precision health is broader! Your genes, behaviors (such as exercise and eating habits), and environment are all factors that affect your health. The goal of precision health is to protect your health by measuring these factors and acting on them; interventions can be tailored to you, rather than using the same approach for everyone.

Bio: I have been in public health for over 20 years; I spent the first ten years of my career working in various health promotion and disease prevention roles across the United States and other countries. I have been in Academia for the past 12 years teaching a variety of courses in health sciences and public health. My current research primarily focuses on addressing rural health disparities.


Exhibition Hall & Program Sponsors: Coming soon for 2024!

2023 Exhibition Hall & Program Sponsors:

Allen College:

Allen College provides students with a rich tradition of excellence in healthcare education, diverse learning opportunities, and structured programs in health sciences and nursing, to prepare professionals for the demands of a rapidly evolving healthcare system. Motivated students in all of our healthcare programs benefit from small classes and dedicated faculty. Invested in student success, Allen College builds an environment of academic exploration and trust. If you want to do meaningful work, Allen College can help you get there. Make a difference in your community with a rewarding education in healthcare!


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 5,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We are experts in pediatric rehabilitation and care for children and young adults who have a wide variety of developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

DELTA Rx Institute:

DELTA stands for Drake Entrepreneurial Leadership Tools for Advancement. The DELTA Rx Institute facilitates the integration of entrepreneurial leadership into practice and pharmacists’ professional lives by providing and increasing access to tools that have been developed to advance practice. Pharmacy is a unique body of knowledge that can be used to create value through advancing health and identifying new services, products, markets and opportunities to enhance people’s lives in both health-related and non-health-related areas. The DELTA Rx Institute serves to provide a leadership role and be a catalyst in identifying and developing these opportunities to create a stronger profession of pharmacy for the benefit of society.

Iowa Board of Pharmacy:

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy promotes, preserves, and protects the public health, safety, and welfare by fostering the provision of pharmaceutical care to all Iowans through the effective regulation of the practice of pharmacy, the operation of pharmacies, the appropriate utilization of pharmacy technicians, the distribution of prescription medications and devices, and the education and training of pharmacists.


Iowa Pharmacy Association:

The Iowa Pharmacy Association is the state society representing the profession of pharmacy in Iowa, united for the purpose of promoting safe and effective medication use to improve the health of patients. Established in 1880 and strengthened in 1999 through unification with the Iowa Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Iowa Pharmacy Association preserves and advances the interests of the profession and serves the professional needs of all pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.

Rockhurst University:

Rockhurst University Saint Luke's College of Nursing and Health Sciences Degree Programs: Communication Sciences and Disorders (MS) *Post-Baccalaureate Leveling Program, Physical Therapy (DPT).


Walgreens Boots Alliance:

A trusted, global innovator in retail pharmacy with approximately 13,000 locations across the U.S., Europe and Latin America, Walgreens Boots Alliance plays a critical role in the healthcare ecosystem. The company is reimagining local healthcare and well-being for all as part of its purpose – to create more joyful lives through better health. Through dispensing medicines, improving access to a wide range of health services, providing high-quality health and beauty products, and offering anytime, anywhere convenience across its digital platforms, WBA is shaping the future of healthcare.

Committee Members


  • Rachel Turin (P3)

Exhibition Hall:

  • Olivia Franklin (P2) - Chair
  • Rhea Bajwa (SO HSCI)
  • Areigna Ralston (SO HSCI)
  • Carina Oelkers (JR HSCI)
  • Briana Rodriguez (SO HSCI)
  • Andrea Speltz (P1)

Breakout Sessions:

  • Elaina Hines (P2) - Chair
  • Emma Kuss (P2)
  • Emma Jones (SO HSCI)
  • Sally Fry (P3)
  • Trinity Baccam (P3)


  • Georgia Bunkers (P2) - Chair
  • Lauren Vaaler (P1)
  • Brianna Anderson (P2)


  • Johnna Gary (O2) - Co-Chair
  • Nicole Heeren (O2) - Co-Chair
  • Abigail Stumpner (P3)
  • Alecia Anderson (P1)
  • Ashley Tupy (O1)
  • Lexi Georgia (O1)

2024 Exhibition Hall & Program Sponsors Coming Soon!

Thank you to the 2023 Health Professions Day Exhibition Hall and Program Sponsors:






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