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Health Careers Program

Health Careers Director and Staff

Rosalind Bass
Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D., C'92, is the director of the Health Careers Program and associate professor in the Environmental and Health Sciences Program. After receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from Spelman College, Dr. Bass received her M.S. and M.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Her passion is in developing curricula and innovative experiences that facilitate the training of the nation’s next generation of healthcare professionals. She has worked at Spelman College for 14 years and has assisted in the acceptance of over 250 students.


Alayna Blash
Alayna M. Blash, D.P.M., C’94, is the associate director of the Health Careers Program at Spelman College. She completed her undergraduate education at Spelman and obtained a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Following Spelman, she matriculated at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now Temple University) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her residency in primary podiatric medicine, she entered private practice. In her role at Spelman, Dr. Blash is focused on enhancing pre-matriculation pipeline programs and exposing minority pre-health students to post-graduate opportunities.
Yetunde Afuwape
Yetunde Afuwape is a pre-health advisor and communications specialist in the Health Careers Program Office at Spelman College. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Emory University in music and math.  She then obtained a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University in molecular cell biology, where she graduated with high distinction. After completing her Master’s degree, she attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Afuwape has served as a lecturer for the Health Science Advances in Medical Microbiology course. Additionally, as an expert in the MCAT and other standardized tests, she has helped thousands of students on their entrance examinations, and it is her passion to bring that skill to help Spelman students to be successful on those examinations.
NyThea Tolbert
NyThea C. Tolbert, M.P.H., is a pre-health advisor and clinical educator at Spelman College in the Health Careers Program and the Environmental and Health Sciences Program. In this role, she advises pre-health students in preparation of their careers upon their undergraduate training. In addition, she is the instructor for the Health Science Practicum course that provides experiential learning opportunities for their professional development. Tolbert is a doctoral scholar in the Educational Leadership Program at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, where research explores chasms between higher educational training and workforce preparation for students. As such, she is passionate about guiding members of the Millennial & Centennial generations and refining their skills to be most equipped in generationally diverse settings.