Gustavus Health Professions PodcastHeather Banks & Heidi Selzler-Bahr


Hello! The Gustavus Health Professions Podcast features interviews with alums, admission counselors, recruiters and other interesting health related topics. If you are interested in the health professions and love all things health (like we do) listen up. There are so many great opportunities, resources and success stories that we want to share. Thank you for joining us!

Heather Banks & Heidi Selzler-Bahr Career Development Specialists - Health Professions


Podcast Season Four, 2023-2024

Episode 54: Dr. Travis Mckenzie, MD Professor of Surgery Mayo Clinic

Episode 53: January Career Exploration in ALASKA with Annika Reierson '24 and Christina Schmidt '24




Podcast Season Three, 2022-2023

Episode 52 Volunteer Programs Students: Ecumen Hospice, Mayo Caring Hands, Parkinson's Exercise Class and Kickboxing (5/19/23)

Episode 51 University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Program with Sheri Beck (4/25/23)

Episode 50 Neurosurgeon Dr. Bergman (4/10/23)

Episode 49 University of North Dakota School of Medicine (MD) (3/21/23)

Episode 48 McKenna Robb -Pre-Physical Therapy Application process (3/7/23)

Episode 47 MD and DO current applicant Tyra Banks '21 ( 2/21/23)

Episode 46 The NEW Master's Athletic Training at Gustavus, with Dr. Mary Westby (2/8/23)

Episode 45 Abortion Rights after Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, with Dr. Jill Locke (1/25/23)

Episode 44 Health Care for ALL Minnesota, working towards access and equity in health care (1/11/23)

Episode 43 Dr. Scott Dee '81, Veterinary Medicine (12/14/22)

Episode 42: Admission counselors for Creighton University health graduate programs (11/29/22)

Episode 41: Hannah Banks, currently in graduate school for Genetic Counseling (11/16/22)

Episode 40: Heather Dale, Physician Assistant (PA) & Nissa Fell '00, Nurse Practitioner (NP) share the similarities and differences between the two professions (11/2/22)

Episode 39 : (BONUS) Jolene Young with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Health Careers Open House (10/18/22)

Episode 38: Gusties Vote 2022 Health (10/18/22)

Episode 37: Physical Therapy Mayo Clinic PT graduate, Alum Brandon Ness '08 (10/5/22)

Episode 36: Nobel Conference 58 with Dr. Lisa Heldke '82 and Dr. Marie Walker (9/20/22)

Episode 35: Mayo Clinic Caring Hands Volunteer Program (9/6/22)

Podcast Season Two, 2021-2022

Episode 34: Des Moines University Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Anna Cruz, Admission Specialist, and Talon Aitken, current D.O. student (5/11/22)

Episode 33: Gustavus Habitat for Humanity trips, Amy Pehrson, Gustavus Class of 1991 (4/27/22)

Episode 32: Surgical First Assistant Program, Cate Deremee, Gustavus Class of 2021 (4/12/22)

Episode 31: Physician Assistant, Augsburg PA program, Bo Lafountain, Gustavus Class of 2015 (3/30/2022)

Episode 30:RN- path to DNP in Nurse Anesthesia, Anders Bowman, Gustavus Class of 2012 (3/16/2022)

Episode 29: Gustavus Nursing Program and Application process, Heidi Meyer, Gustavus Class of 1998 (3/2/2022)

Episode 28: Deb Mattson, DPT @ River's Edge Hospital and Clinic (2/15/2022)

Episode 27: Dr. Mark Taylor, Gustavus Class of 1978, MD -Mankato Clinic (1/31/2022)

Episode 26 : Alaska Pre-Medicine *NEW* January Interim site (1/19/2022)

Episode 25: Ecumen Hospice Volunteer Opportunity (1/5/2022)

Episode 24: Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Scott Luhmann, Gustavus Class of 1986 (12/8/2021)

Episode 23: SURF Mayo Clinic Gilyard Peterson Summer Research Scholarship (11/22/2021)

Episode 22: Optometry, Jordyn Olson-Merrick, Gustavus Class of 2021 (11/08/2021)

Episode 21: GustieWELL program (10/27/2021)

Episode 20: Nurse to Hospital CEO, Paula Meskan (10/13/2021)

Episode 19: January Interim Career Exploration, Emily Kratz, Gustavus Class of 2022 (09/28/2021)

Episode 18: Medical Resident, Carston Dammann, Gustavus Class of 2017 (09/09/2021)

Podcast Season One, 2020-2021

Episode 17  University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Coordinator for the Office of Admissions and Diversity, Susie Wold (05/04/2021)

Episode 16: College of St. Scholastica, Assistant Director, Enrollment Management, Courtney Eickman (04/21/2021)

Episode 15:University of Minnesota Medical School Associate Dean of Admissions, Dimple Patel (04/05/2021)

Episode 14: Alum Panel #3: GAP year health jobs (03/23/2021)

Episode 13: Current Applicant Panel #2: Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant (03/10/21)

Episode 12: Current Applicant Panel #1: Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry (02/24/2021)

Bonus Episode: FYRE Program, First-Year Research Experience, Christen Gibson, current student, graduating May 2023 (02/10/2021)

Episode 11: Veterinary Medicine, Quinn Bents, Gustavus Class of 2020, currently attends the University of Minnesota (02/10/2021)

Episode 10: Chiropractic, Katie Keelin, Gustavus Class of 2020, currently attends Chiropractic School at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN (01/27/2021)

Episode 9: Occupational Therapy, Ella Johnson, Gustavus Class of 2020 currently attends St. Catherine University (01/13/2021)

Episode 8: Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) vs. Allopathic Medicine (M.D.) currently attends, A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, Herchran Singh, Gustavus Class of 2017, (12/16/2020)

Episode 7: Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Olivia Buncher (12/02/2020)

Episode 6: Commerce Drive Dental Group, N. Mankato, U of MN dental school, Garrett Clause, Gustavus Class of 2011 (11/18/2020)

Episode 5: Registered Nurse at Park Nicollet Health Services, Emily Holmes, Gustavus Class of 2018, (11/04/2020)

Episode 4: Physical Therapist, PT in Twin Cities, attended Mayo Clinic, Kelsey Harms, Gustavus Class of 2016 (10/21/2020)

Episode 3: Physician Assistant, PA in Helena, Montana, Gustavus Class of 2011 (10/07/2020)

Episode 2: Medicine and Research, January Career Exploration HCMC Neurosurgery, Alex Florea, current student, graduating May 2021 (09/23/2020)

Episode 1: January Pre-Health Career Exploration program- Mankato Clinic, Torben Urdahl, current student, graduating May 2021 (09/09/2020)

updated HAB 2/8/23