Student Health Advisory Committee

SHAC students, 2019-2020

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides a student voice in health center operations, promotes a positive and open channel of communication between the UHC staff and the student body, and contributes additional awareness of student issues to the health center administration.

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History and Mission

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is composed of students from various academic backgrounds and campus-community involvements. SHAC meets bi-monthly at the Health Center and is led by Dr. Garth Russo, Executive Director of the Health Center and Kristine Groft, Sr. Public Relations Coordinator.

Since the health center is funded primarily by student fees, SHAC represents the student voice for health matters. The purpose of SHAC is to:

     
  • Promote a positive and open channel of communication between UHC staff and the student body
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  • Increase personal knowledge of UHC operations and scope of services
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  • Address student health concerns
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  • Provide input into the provision of health services
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  • Foster overall health and wellbeing of UGA students
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  • Increase knowledge of the mandatory fee proposal process

Additionally, each semester, SHAC develops and commits to various projects. These have ranged from collecting satisfaction survey data from students who visit the health center to distributing complimentary resources (i.e. sunscreen and traveling safety tips) to students during the safe spring break campaign.

SHAC members have served on search committees for professional staff vacancies at the health center, developed and presented seminars to the entire health center staff, and served on other internal and external committees (Diversity Committee–internal; Campus Suicide Prevention Task Force–external) as student representatives. SHAC is just one of many factors that make the University Health Center a student-centered facility that truly offers excellence in college health care.


How to Become a Member

The 21-member committee is made up of students representing a wide range of interests and backgrounds. Any undergraduate student is encouraged to apply. Members are expected to attend ALL meetings that are held on the first and third Tuesday of each Month from 5:15 - 7:00 pm, a retreat on a Sunday to be scheduled in September from 11:30 am-3:00 pm (lunch is served), and participate in outside projects of individual interest. Members are expected to serve at least one year, preferably two. Once a member is selected, he/she may remain on SHAC until graduation.


Members, 2020-2021

Amitesh Anerao

Amitesh AneraoClass Year: 2023
Major: Biology with a minor in Spanish
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Weightlifting, tennis, chess
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how accessible it is for students and the wide variety of resources they offer!
Favorite quote: “Work hard in silence and let success be your noise.”

 


Arjun Bhatt

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Kaitlin Blotske

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Marina Badir

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Uzuamaka Chukka

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Annabel Crippen

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Dylan Cruz

Dylan CruzClass Year: 2022
Major: Exercise and Sport Science
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
Hobbies: Target shooting, video games, and spending time trying new things around Athens
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Everyone is always helpful, and they do their best to make you comfortable and welcome.
After graduation I plan to: Get into an occupational therapy program and start my career as an occupational therapist.
Favorite quote: “Please, Lord, help me get one more” - Desmond Doss

 


Sritha Donepudi

Sritha DonepudiClass Year: 2024
Major: Health Promotion
Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Hobbies: Spending time with my friends and brother, Photography, Traveling, Reality TV
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how UHC provides everything from dental services to a pharmacy because I know there’s an amazing facility down the road from me with qualified, kind staff who will be there for any possible need I could have.
After graduation I plan to: Attend Medical School
Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss

 


Emma Ellis

Emma EllisClass Year: 2022
Major: Genetics, Spanish
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, traveling, and baking my sister’s famous brookies (brownie cookies!) with family and friends
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: With so much going on in college, I love having a centralized location where I can fulfill all of my healthcare needs at once. Each time I visit, I am always amazed at the staff’s ability not just to anticipate and provide the services that students need, but to facilitate the comfortable, open environment that is so important in healthcare.
After graduation I plan to:  Work on women’s reproductive rights and health services as a bilingual physician
Favorite quote: “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” - Dalai Lama

 


Martin Gamez

Martin GamezClass Year: 2023
Major: Psychology on the Pre-Med track, Minor in German
Hometown: Dalton, GA
Hobbies: Listening to music, playing soccer, volunteering
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The health center is filled with so many resources for all types of people and their needs. It’s also incredibly convenient, both in location and how fast it is.
After graduation I plan to: Take a gap year and eventually attend medical school.
Favorite Quote: “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” – Frida Kahlo

 


Sejal Gandhi

Sejal GandhiClass Year: 2023
Major: Biology & Psychology, Business Minor
Hometown: Tyrone, GA
Hobbies: Painting, travelling, hiking, dance, and eating!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The wide variety of services they offer! From massages to yoga to mental wellness programs, there is something for everyone!
After graduation I plan to: Go to dental school
Favorite Quote: “Humankind. Be both.”

 


Sarah Rose Hartley

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Areeba Hashmi

Areeba HashmiClass Year: 2023
Major: Biology and Anthropology
Hometown:Snellville, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, Poetry, Traveling, Exploring Restaurants and trying new foods!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The vast variety of wellness programs the health center offers, whether it be essential oils, succulents, or cooking classes, the health center has it all!!!
After graduation I plan to: Attend Medical School
Favorite Quote: “In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.”- Iroh

 


Lilian Hoang

Lilian HoangClass Year: 2022
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Norcross, GA
Hobbies: Working out, cycling, traveling, trying new food, yoga/pilates, spending time with my dog, and attending music festivals
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The Health Center is always so efficient; there’s never a long wait to see a practitioner or get lab work. They also have online appointment scheduling and access to all your medical records online, making it easy for students to have control over their healthcare.
After graduation I plan to: Complete a residency and work as a pharmacist to serve my patients
Favorite Quote: “Hold the vision, trust the process”

 


Harrison Huang

Harrison HuangClass Year: 2021
Major: Biology; Classics; and a Masters in Public Health
Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, concerts, watching sports, photography, reading, exploring
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love that the Health Center is a united, accessible aggregation of just about everything related to healthcare you could possibly need, allowing students to easily find a place that can effectively address all their needs and concerns.
After graduation I plan to: Attend PA school
Favorite Quote: “Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that / So no matter how hard it get / Stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it.”—Tupac Shakur

 


Kendall Hunt

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Maya Karri

Maya KarriClass Year: 2021
Major: Psychology with an Emphasis in Neuroscience, Minor in Exercise and Sport
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Hobbies: Tennis, playing piano and singing on my a cappella team, and spending time with my friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how welcoming and kind the Health Center is to students of any and all backgrounds, as well as how much support it offers to our students, regardless of their health concerns. Additionally, I really enjoy how many resources the Health Center has to offer in one convenient, accessible location.
After graduation I plan to: Attend Physical Therapy school
Favorite Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost

 


Elizabeth Lane

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Rhea Lawrence

Rhea LawrenceClass Year: 2023
Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Hobbies: Reading, online shopping, hanging out with my friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Many are surprised to find out just how many services the Health Center offers. The Health Center’s first priority is the UGA community and it shows in everything it does.
After graduation I plan to: Attend medical school
Favorite Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

 


Matthew Li

Matthew LiClass Year: 2024
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
Hobbies: Visiting state and national parks, piano, enjoying time with friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I appreciate the accessibility of all the services at the Health Center, especially the ability to schedule appointments with relative ease.
After graduation I plan to: Earn an MD/PhD at medical school
Favorite Quote: “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.” -Tony Stark, Avengers: Endgame

 


Jessica Maksimik

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Nidhi Manikkoth

Nidhi ManikkothClass Year: 2024
Major: Biology and Psychology with an Emphasis in Neuroscience; Minor in Public Health
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, dancing, spending time with my family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Everyone at the Health Center is so welcoming and ready to help us. I hope that more students are able to take advantage of the all of the resources available at the UHC.
After graduation I plan to: I plan on attending medical school and completing a MD/MPH program.
Favorite Quote: “I am trusting the uncertainty and believing I will end up somewhere right and good.” -Rupi Kaur

 


Maddie Marsh

Maddie MarshClass Year: 2023
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
Hobbies: Going on walks at the IM fields, working out (spin classes are currently my fav), reading
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how you can come to this one location and receive the treatment you need for a variety of things.
After graduation I plan to: Get my PharmD and do a 2 year residency in psych, substance use disorders, and/or pain management, and work in a substance use disorders clinic.
Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” - Eleanor Roosevelt

 


Sophia Milazzo

Sophia MilazzoClass Year: 2024
Major: Psychology, Religion
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Hobbies: Hiking, trying new restaurants, and traveling with my friends and family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how accessible and welcoming UHC is. I know that I’ll be able to get the best possible care from friendly and compassionate providers in one convenient location on campus.
After graduation I plan to: Go to medical school and become a psychiatrist
Favorite Quote: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience”- Eleanor Roosevelt

 


Mark Molinaro

Mark MolinaroClass Year: 2023
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Gainesville, GA
Hobbies: Running, Reading, Hiking, Music
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The Health Center is a great destination that offers many services! Every time I go they are always friendly and get a full rundown of my medical history so that they can most appropriately treat me.  All of the different services they offer make it easy for me to have only one place to go for any condition I am facing, as well as pick up medication that is prescribed to me!
After graduation I plan to: Work in a clinical pharmacy setting such as a hospital
Favorite Quote: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” - Alan Watts

 


Nia Moore

Nia MooreClass Year: 2021
Major: Biology
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Hobbies: Shopping, reading, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, watching Netflix and YouTube
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I enjoy how easy it is to get whatever help you need in one location on campus. The nurses and doctors are always open to helping you no matter what the problem and are very easy to talk to.
After graduation I plan to: Take a gap year to travel and move up north, then attend medical school to become a pediatrician.
Favorite Quote: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln

 


Yasaswini Potturi

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Ashlyn Pratt

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Iqra Rafiq

Iqra RafiqClass Year: 2023
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Spanish
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking, traveling!
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: The ambience of the health center is truly uplifting, everyone is so welcoming and is always smiling. It’s so much more than just a doctors office, there’s massages, therapy, stress relieving clinics, everyone should check it out!
After graduation I plan to: Hopefully go to Medical School
Favorite Quote: It’s in Urdu جو بھی ہوتا ہے ، بہترین کے لئے ہوتا ہے (Whatever happens, happens for the best reason)

 


Yuag Shaparia

Yuag ShapariaClass Year: 2024
Major: Economics & Finance
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, Basketball, Golf, Chilling with Friends and Family
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Everyone at the Health Center is so friendly and welcoming. I never feel scared or nervous coming in for a shot or an appointment.
After graduation I plan to: Either go to law school or continue school to get Masters
Favorite Quote: “It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” - Rocky Balboa

 


Samantha Sharpe

Samantha SharpeClass Year: 2024
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Dublin, GA
Hobbies: Traveling, kayaking, hanging out with friends, going to the beach
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: I love how welcoming and kind everyone is that I encounter at the health center. Every time I walk in, I am immediately in a better mood because of the kind faces I see and how comfortable they make everyone feel.
After graduation I plan to: Practice in an independent or ambulatory care pharmacy
Favorite Quote: “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” -Muhammad Ali

 


Sasha Stogniy

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Ciera Thomas

Ciera ThomasClass Year: 2022
Major: Microbiology; Spanish; Minor in English
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Hobbies: Travelling, listening to music, hanging out with friends, bullet journaling
What I enjoy most about the Health Center: Convenient access to all my health and wellness related needs and a friendly staff that’s always willing to help (they might rival Chick-Fil-A employees on the goodwill scale!)
After graduation I plan to: Join and MPH/MD program
Favorite Quote: “Be the moon- inspire people even when you’re far from full.”

 


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