2019-2020 National Executive Board
Urvi Patel, National Director
Urvi is a fourth year medical student at Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from The George Washington University. Last year she completed her Masters in Public Health from Nova Southeastern University and a Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practice Fellowship. She loves working with her hands and sees herself incorporating osteopathic manipulative treatment into her future practice. She is passionate about public health, nutrition, and primary care.
I love cooking (maybe one day I’ll be a semi-famous part time chef, part time doc.) I also love traveling, dancing, and spending my free time working with my temple’s youth group.
Kelsie Smith, National Operations
Kelsie is originally from Geneseo, Il. She served previously as the OBI National Treasurer in '18-19. She is a 4th year medical student from LUCOM and intends to go into Family Medicine with Advanced Obstetrics Training with the desire to provide her future patients with womb to tomb care. She attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL where she earned a B.S. in Biology with a Cell and Molecular Concentration and a Chemistry Minor, as well as a B.A. in Spanish.
My hobbies include reading for fun (gross I know), swimming, and martial arts.
Nathan Aquino, National Membership Chair
Nathan is a third year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was born and raised in Kingsport, TN and graduated from Milligan College in Elizabethton, TN. He loves spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Tennessee Vols, playing the banjo, and anything that will get him outdoors.
I am moved by the successes of the members who came before me and am grateful to continue their work to politically advocate for our patients and profession. I look forward to working with my fellow members of the OBI National Executive Board and members of OBI across the nation in the coming year.
Nicholas S. Tito, National Treasurer
Nick is a first year medical student at WCUCOM in Mississippi and native of Los Angeles, CA. Nick earned his BS in biology from the University of California at Riverside and then went on to receive his MBA after finishing with the US Army. Nick publishes as a freelance author in his free time, and recently was appointed as a 2019 PCLP Scholar with the National Medical Foundation.
I am married to my beautiful wife Kelly and we enjoy traveling, early morning stumptown coffee dates, and serving together at church.
Sean Friefeld, National Recruitment Liaison
Sean is a second year medical student at NSU-KPCOM. He is from Weston, FL and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. He loves going to the beach, spending time with his family, and doing medical volunteer work in his community and abroad. He is interested in dermatology, a specialty that has dearly touched his life as well as the lives of his family members.
I’m so humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the rest of OBI’s national board and I plan on making this year the best one yet!
Kasie Dorr, National Advocacy Liaison
Kasie is a third year osteopathic medical student at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Born and raised in sunny southern California, she earned a bachelor's degree in Molecular Cell Biology from California State University, Long Beach. Currently, she is completing her core clinical rotations in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her first and second years of medical school, she served as the National Liaison Officer of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and as Treasurer of the Student Government Association. Advocacy, health, and education are her passions. She intends to continue pursuing these passions throughout her career as a future primary care physician.
A few fun facts about me: I have worked as a school mascot (Bucky, The Ram of Reason), dance instructor (for 10 years), chemistry teacher (as an undergraduate student), and dog foster parent (my boyfriend and I fostered 12 dogs in total).
Vini Patel, National Public Relations Chair
Vini Patel is your 2019-2020 Public Relations Chair! She is a third year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Harrogate, TN. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science and then went on to acquire a Master’s of Public Health Degree and a Master’s of Biomedical Science Degree. She has lived in Tennessee for majority of her life, and is a die hard Tennessee Vols fan! When she completes her education, she hopes to use her medical skills to give back to the Southeast United States.
Aaron R. Kuzel, D.O., M.B.A. - Resident Physician Advisor
Dr. Kuzel is excited to be serving his third term on the Omega Beta Iota Advocacy Honor Society Executive Board as a Resident Physician Advisor. Dr. Kuzel is currently in his Emergency Medicine Internship Year at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. He has previously served as the National Chapters Liaison and National Operations Chair on the Executive Board for Omega Beta Iota and is honored to be continuing his service. In addition to his love of Osteopathic advocacy, Dr. Kuzel serves on the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Program Committee, Research Committee, and Resident and Medical Student Mentorship Committee, the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Health Policy Committee and EMS Committee, and is currently in the EMRA Leadership Academy Class of 2020. Dr. Kuzel is honored to be continuing his service to OBI and the Osteopathic Profession during the 2019-2020 year!
When not working, Dr. Kuzel enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Megan and spending time with family and friends.
Alixandria Fiore Pfeiffer, D.O. - Resident Physician Advisor
Dr. Pfeiffer is once again joining the Omega Beta Iota Executive Board for her third term. Dr. Pfeiffer is currently a PGY-1 in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at University Hospital at the University of Texas - San Antonio. She has previously served as the National Director and National Membership Chair on the Executive Board for Omega Beta Iota (OBI). During her tenure, OBI has prominently grown as an organization and has significantly increased the recognition and discussion of advocacy amongst students and physicians alike on both the national and state levels. With the help of her board members and OBI National Partners, the organization saw a 200% increase in application numbers in recent years and developed a stronger voice in the American Osteopathic Association and the greater medical community. She hopes to continue her love for advocacy and especially women’s health through the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Junior Fellow Council. Outside of OBI, Dr. Pfeiffer had extended her enthusiasm for advocacy on all fronts, holding key leadership and service roles at Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her D.O degree. Dr. Pfeiffer is looking forward to creating her new life in Texas after being born and raised in Miami, FL. She is honored and grateful to be working with yet another talented group of individuals on the OBI board and cannot wait to continue her service for the osteopathic profession.
Outside of medicine and activism, Dr. Pfeiffer enjoys spending time with her loving husband Wilson and new rescue dog, Frankie. She and her husband enjoy fellowship and serving at church together, travelling, and exploring all the ‘nooks-and-crannies’ of the world we live in. She loves the game of soccer and is an amateur guitar player. Most of all, Dr. Pfeiffer enjoys the company of her family and friends.