Valentine's Day update: Wedding bells for WSU Applebaum grads

Happy Valentine's Day! Last year we brought you Love in the Lab, featuring some of the many couples who found each other right here at WSU Applebaum. Four of those couples have since tied the knot! Check out their wedding photos below.

Kirk and Colin Bennett-Colter
Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2019

Colin and Kirk in a field of flowers Colin and Kirk with their PAS classmates

Kirk and Colin Bennett-Colter, both 2019 graduates of the WSU Applebaum Physician Assistant Studies program, were married in August 2021 with many of their PAS classmates in attendance. Colin is a PA at Be Well Medical Center in Berkley practicing in family medicine with a focus on HIV and transgender care. Kirk a PA in internal medicine with Independent Hospitalist Physicians at Providence Hospital in Southfield.

Andrew and Gabriella (Karmo) Hanna
Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2019

Andrew and Gabriella (Karmo) Hanna on their wedding day

The Karmo-Hanna wedding

Andrew and Gabriella (Karmo) Hanna, both members of the WSU Applebaum PharmD Class of 2019, married in September 2021. "Everything turned out beautiful and we’re so thankful for our family, friends and a beautiful September day to get married," Gabriella said. Andrew is an outpatient pharmacist with Meijer and Gabriella is an inpatient pharmacist at Ascension Providence Park-Novi.

Olympia Sanchez '20 and Ardit Mitaj '15
Occupational Therapy

Sanchez and Mitaj take their vows Sanchez and Mitaj celebrate on a balcony

WSU Applebaum occupational therapy graduates Olympia Sanchez '20 and Ardit Mitaj '15 married in August 2021. Their officiant was fellow OT Joe Evens. "It was a beautiful day, one of the last hot days of 2021," Olympia said. "Instead of a limo or bus to take us and our party to the venue, we decided to have a parade!" The wedding party and guests walked from the Shinola Hotel to the Colony Club in Detroit for the ceremony and reception. Ardit is going on his sixth year working at Henry Ford Hospital; Olympia just started working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan on the spinal cord unit. Both love their jobs!

Adam and Carly (Kyriazis) Storts
Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2018

The Storts wedding

Adam and Carly (Kyriazis) Storts, both members of the Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2018, married in September 2021. "It was a great wedding!" Carly said. Adam has worked at Beaumont Royal Oak in the emergency department since graduating in 2018. Carly worked for three years at University of Michigan Hospital in the emergency department and then in March 2021 moved into a new role at St. Joes Ann Arbor in cardiothoracic surgery/SICU, which she enjoys.

An anchor in urban health care 
The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels – from undergraduates to veteran faculty members – translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 25,000 students.

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