Crystal Pristell, DO
Crystal Pristell

Crystal Pristell, DO

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Seton Hall University

Originally from Florham Park, NJ, I was drawn to medicine at an early age having a mother diagnosed with cancer. But it wasn't until I fell in love with serving others through community service that I longed to become a doctor. Although I took the long route getting a master's degree and working for a few years in research, I applied to medical school on my two-hour commute to and from New York.

As a medical student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Cleveland, OH, I became very passionate about helping underserved populations. While serving in leadership roles in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Student Government Association (SGA), I became enthusiastic about homeless medicine and community outreach. These experiences fostered an interest in racial and ethnic disparities in medicine. I'm invested in understanding how social determinants of health and systemic problems affect patient health outcomes.

After medical school, I am excited for a new adventure in Baltimore, MD, at the MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine Program. I am looking forward to being a part of this vibrant and diverse patient population. I hope to become an advocate for patients integrating research, health policy, and community service in my practice of medicine.