Dr. Mark Razzante & Dr. Christina Pratt
John Carroll University is a rather wellknown school for the business education and connections to the Cleveland job scene. We chose to attend the University for its evolving science program with the recently opened Dolan Science Center. In the fall of 2007 in General Chemistry Lab, Chrissy hesitantly allowed me to borrow her blue TI-83 calculator because I somehow misplaced mine at home. After spending a few semesters together with Dr. Kwan, Chrissy and I realize our growing relationship was truly “organic.” The two of us became inseparable, not realizing how far the foundation we created at JCU would take us. Over the next few years, we began to develop a true chemistry. Around this time, we met Coleman Clougherty, a fellow Chemistry major. Over the next few years, the three of us developed a lifetime bond. We found a common ground in the classrooms of the Science Center and realized a common passion to help and treat others. Nearing the end of our time at JCU, we did not know where that common bond would lead us, but we decided to attend Case Western Reserve University for a Master of Arts in Bioethics. Eventually, we all decided to pursue a career in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.
Chrissy and I decided to create the greatest bond of all by getting married 10 years after we began dating at JCU, in San Francisco, CA, where we attended Podiatry School and eventually taught as assistant professors at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University.
Currently, Chrissy and I are full time faculty members at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. We teach in the classroom, in the college clinics, as well as in the operating room. Additionally, Coleman and I have since opened our own private practice in Parma, Ohio (Cleveland Lower Extremity Specialists) where we have students rotating through clinics and in surgery. The three of us have also since developed a not-for-profit organization, bringing local podiatry students internationally to participate in surgical conferences, as well as providing additional education locally.
It was our foundation at John Carroll University that taught us the benefit of being well rounded and ignited a passion for helping others. We continue to serve our local community and work to advance our profession on an international scale, all in benefit from the foundation that we were privileged to build at JCU. We would encourage you each to find such a foundation, and to recognize it as truly a privilege and a responsibility worth dedicating your career and your service to.