I am currently a second year Biocultural Medical Anthropology masters student interested in cross cultural differences in health seeking behaviors. I study traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in order to understand why people seek traditional healers and alternative therapies as opposed to biomedical practitioners and biomedical practices.
My current research project investigates how the enactment of Israel’s National Health Insurance Law has shaped the patterns of utilization, awareness and preferences associated with biomedical and traditional health practices of Bedouins living in Israel’s Negev desert region. During the summer of 2017 I conducted a six week, cross-sectional, mixed methods study consisting of interviews, participant observation, and case studies. The goal of this project is to provide insight on the impact of Israel’s National Health Insurance Law on the availability, accessibility, satisfaction and use of biomedical and traditional medicine. I am originally from Cairo, Egypt but have lived in Columbus, Ohio for the past 20 years. I have traveled to over 20 different countries and I speak Arabic, English, Spanish, and Russian. I am also the Treasurer of the Anthropology Club and the Executive Vice President of the Graduate Student Association. My goal is to obtain my doctorate degree, become a university professor and continue exploring various healing modalities from particularly the middle east, with the hope of integrating a holistic, well rounded approach to Western healthcare frameworks.