Name: Wendy Chan
Location: Williamsburg, NY
Occupation: soon-to-be emergency medicine resident physician / filmmaker
Wendy Chan began her sojourn into emergency medicine by volunteering at the emergency department in an Oakland, California hospital. At the time she was working full-time as a video producer, but she had no idea how much like a movie her life was about to get.
“On my first or second day in the hospital, a paramedic shoved a bag of ice into my hand and said to me, “Make sure the patient we just brought in from the motorcycle accident gets his gum” and I thought, “Gum?” Then I looked down and saw I was holding the guy’s “thumb”. The medical team later reattached the guy’s thumb and I remember thinking, “Wow! It must be wonderful to be able to help people in such a profound way on a daily basis.”
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Name: Sascha Ingram
Location: Brooklyn, NY. But my heart’s in Oklahoma.
Occupation: Education Coordinator at Murray’s Cheese
Sascha Ingram is the big cheese. Well, she can tell you about the big cheese, and the small cheese, and nearly any type of pasteurized or raw milk cheese. Sascha works as the Education Coordinator at Manhattan’s largest cheesemonger, Murray’s Cheese, which is a pretty delicious job to this Norman, Oklahoma native.
Growing up, Sascha’s grandparents laid the groundwork for this connoisseur of all things fresh, bloomy, hard and blue. “As a kid, my grandparents used to give me a whole wheel something called farmer’s cheese in my stocking for Christmas. I felt like the luckiest kid ever. Years later, once I was a few years into a career in education, I started working one day a week at a specialty grocery store run by some friends of mine. Soon one day a week became every day that I wasn’t at the school, plus evenings, until I was closing the store, baking on the night shift, reading cheese books on my breaks at the other job, and eating dozens of cheeses a week.”
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