“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
Camellia Babaie M.D., MPH
Inspired as a child by the fictional Dr. McCoy from Star Trek, Dr. Babaie knew from an early age that she wanted to be a physician. She attended UCLA for undergrad and majored in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Realizing that she wanted to know more about the field of public health, she continued at UCLA to get her Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) majoring in Community Health. This is a field that focuses on creating health prevention or intervention programs.
With her MPH, she went on to UCLA’s cross town rival, USC for medical school. While training at Los Angeles County Hospital (LAC-USC), she saw an incredible range of illnesses. However, she also saw
diseases that were in their advanced stages simply because people did not seek treatment in time or they did not know they were susceptible to these diseases. After teaching for a year at LAC-USC, Dr.
Babaie pursued a career in outpatient medicine, working in clinics to keep people healthy, reducing their need to go to the hospital because of her preventive care.
This passion for preventive health is what led her to work with US Health Fairs which uses genetic screenings to reveal to people their susceptibility to common genetic diseases, such as cancer or high
cholesterol levels that can lead to early heart disease. She believes providing this knowledge may move people to get regular physical exams or age appropriate screenings like colonoscopies, pelvic exams or mammograms and ultimately save lives.
Ms. Terwilliger has 10 years of experience as a healthcare worker. She started her career in pharmacy, as a pharmacy technician, assisting pharmacists in dispensing medications and serving patients and then she went on to work in surgery. As a surgical technologists, she assisted surgeons in surgical operations.
Born in the Bay area with two military parents, one of which is currently a registered nurse, she has always been involved with the medical field, putting patients’ needs first and foremost.
With such a strong foundation in medicine and her dedication to patient care, Ms. Terwilliger works tirelessly to fulfill the mission of US Health Fairs. As a Director, Ms. Terwilliger’s role encompasses her
desire to further preventative health education to improve a patient’s quality of life. She strives to make innovations in the world of alternative treatments and therapies for healthcare issues that plague our modern society. Outside of her career, Ms. Terwilliger is an avid dance enthusiast, who loves Harry Potter and everything “Hogwarts”.
Ms. Gershel is a Director at US Health Fairs, while at the same time pursuing her juris doctorate at Loyola Law School and working as a legal consultant in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her serving at US Health Fairs, Ms. Gershel is working at the Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola, in the pursuit of justice for victims of genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
Born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska, Ms. Gershel travelled throughout Alaska, providing HIV/AIDS and STD education in the rural schools that were severely lacking in this type of health education program,
despite the disproportionate impact and the prevalence of these diagnoses on Alaskan youth. She is passionate about making medical and preventative healthcare services accessible to all. This has been a
driving force in her involvement with U.S. Health Fairs, understanding the tremendous benefit that advanced genetic screenings provide to the greater society.
At Humbolt State University, Ms. Gershel was a presidential scholar, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Critical Race Theory, with a focus on Ethnic Studies and the intersections of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. She has been recognized for her collaboration in the creation of The Northwestern California Genocide Project, a digital archive addressing the atrocities perpetrated against indigenous tribal populations in Northern California. She is also an accomplished concert violinist and vocalist,
having performed in symphonies and vocal groups throughout the West Coast.