Sophia Chiu, MD
Undergraduate: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Masters: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; London School of Economics, London, England
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
I came to occupational medicine from a diverse background. I concentrated in neurobiology as an undergraduate and studied statistics and philosophy as a graduate student prior to medical school. I completed an internship in surgery, and have also been involved in research and medical editing. I think the field of occupational medicine provides a good context to pursue my broad, interdisciplinary interests. In my free time, I enjoy ballroom dancing.
Jonathon Fields, MD, MBA
Undergraduate: University of Minnesota - Duluth, Duluth, MN
Masters: Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
I am currently in my second year of occupational medicine residency at the University of Iowa and I can't say enough great things about the program. I went to the University of Minnesota for my BS in computer science and mathematics before taking a job at IBM in Rochester, MN. During that time, I was also able to complete an MBA through an executive program. I decided to apply to medical school after working for several years and was thus considered a "non-traditional" student. After completing medical school at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, I decided to stay at UIHC for my intern year in internal medicine. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform rotations through occupational medicine while in medical school and was very excited to start the program. The residency program is well structured, flexible and is noted for having outstanding staff and past residents. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife (who is also an occupational medicine physician) and our children. When we have the chance, we enjoy running, biking, hiking, or doing just about anything outside.
Steven Rippentrop, MD, MPH, MA
Undergraduate: Luther College, Decorah, IA
Masters: Harvard Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
I discovered occupational medicine while completing my MPH 10 years ago. After practicing for 3 years in primary care in Iowa as well as Atlanta, Georgia, I wanted to learn more about preventative measures, occupational health, and healthcare management. I am excited to return to the field of public health. The residency program is very flexible and has encouraged me to pursue diverse interests. Married with two children, I enjoy learning to play cello, riding bikes with the family, and trying to roast my own coffee.
Alina Walasek, MD
Medical School: Silesian Medical School, Poland
I am board certified in internal medicine, and for many years I practiced hospital medicine in Oakland, California. Last year, I decided to pursue a new career in occupational medicine. I grew up in Poland, in an area of the country with many coal mines. I saw the hazardous effects that employment in the mines had on people’s health. I am pursuing occupational medicine, in part, to help people who are facing health challenges related to their profession and also to help companies create safe and healthy working environments for their employees. In my spare time I like to play tennis, and I’m looking forward to learning winter sports such as x-country skiing.