Saleena Niehaus ’10, DPM

Major: Biology
Job Title: Podiatric Medicine Resident

Employer: Alliance Community Hospital

I’m coming up on the end of my first year of residency. During the year, I started out with clinical rotations in emergency medicine, anesthesia, general surgery and family medicine. Now that most of my core rotations are done, I’m getting into the clinical and surgical setting and will be starting to practice podiatric surgery and medicine within the clinics.

Why Mount Union
I grew up going to basketball and soccer camps at Mount Union, and I loved it so it was always my top pick. Once I was accepted, there was no other choice.

Small School Setting
I liked the small classroom setting and the ratio of students to professors and I liked that I had relationships with my professors and still talk to some of them today. I don’t think you get that kind of experience at some of the larger schools.

Favorite Professor
I loved Dr. Chuck McClaugherty. I enjoyed all of his classes and he is a great guy.

Undergraduate Research
While at Mount Union, I conducted research with Dr. Kim Risley, and that was a really helpful experience. It prepared me for the laboratory work in medical school.

Campus Involvement
I was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and TriBeta, the national biological honor society.

Career Preparation
Mount Union gave me a really well-rounded education. I felt very prepared coming out with all of my basic science courses. Getting a well-rounded education is really important for going into medicine. Taking some of the general education courses in English, writing and public speaking help prepare you to communicate better with your patients in the future.

Lifetime Goal
I want to run my own practice and be able to strike a balance between running a business and having a family, exercising and every other aspect of my life.

Love for Podiatry
What I love about podiatry is that you get to see a little bit of everything. I get to do surgery but I’m also in the clinic seeing patients. I love to talk, and I can talk to my patients every day. We treat everything from the knee down, so I see dermatology issues, trauma, sports medicine. It never gets boring.

I liked the small classroom setting and the ratio of students to professors and I liked that I had relationships with my professors and still talk to some of them today. I don’t think you get that kind of experience at some of the larger schools.

Fun Facts

Where is your favorite travel destination?
The Cayman Islands.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien.
If you could try out any job for a day, what would it be and why?
I would try being a family practitioner because I did that rotation and loved it.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes?
anything by the Black Keys.
What was your favorite toy/board game as a child?
The Game of Life.
You’re meeting a friend for coffee. What do you order?
Chai tea latte.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or TV show?
Parks and Recreation.
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