Athletic trainer looks for future in oncology


Ameile Gallegos plans to go to college in Bozeman, Mont. to pursue her career of a surgeon through a program called WWAMI that will pay for medical school if she graduates in the top of her class at Montana State University. (Photo Sam Sampson)

  Unsolvable puzzles have always intrigued the minds of humans. One of these puzzles includes something everyone has: the body. Even in today’s society of technology and knowledge, the body is still something that is not completely understood. There are so many aspects to it that it is nearly impossible to fully comprehend. Senior Amelie Gallegos is one of those people that have always been intrigued by the body and has always wanted to study it further, but in her own field of interest.

  “Ever since I was a young girl, the body has always interested me” Gallegos said. Because of this interest in the body, Gallegos has taken several classes to help her pursue her knowledge craving mind. Gallegos has taken classes such as sports medicine to help jump start her learning  of the body and is currently a student trainer that helps with the football team.

  Besides helping athletes, Gallegos has also taken an emergency medical technician class. She got certified as an EMT and pursued this certification because she always knew she wanted to work in health care and thought it would be a step in the right direction.

  Growing up, Gallegos knew she was going to do something in health care because of her passion for the body and also broke quite a few bones on her adventures throughout her life. As she broke more and more bones, she grew an interest in how the doctors and surgeons could help her become as strong as she was before the accidents. This helped her find the first field she was really interested in for the health care industry, which would be an orthopedic surgeon. As an orthopedic surgeon, Gallegos would help perform surgeries to help repair broken bones as well as other related things like hurt joints and ligaments.

  Suddenly one day, Gallegos found out her seven-year-old little sister had neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that is normally found in children that are under the age of three, so naturally she was shocked. However, this started a path for Gallegos that is leading her to what she believes to be her true passion in life. Her little sister is now cancer-free but is still recovering from some side effects of all the treatment. With her experience with cancer in her family, Gallegos took an interest into how all of the teams for cancer patients worked and has been looking into becoming a surgical oncologist ever since.

  Surgical oncologists are surgeons that specialize in removing a variety of tumors. By becoming a surgical oncologist Gallegos said, “It’s my way of giving back to those who need it.” Gallegos hopes to help others that have cancer and give back to society by doing so.

  Gallegos is currently planning on going to Montana State for their pre-med courses. Gallegos would be entering college as a sophomore with 24 college credits obtained from high school.

  Besides becoming a surgeon, Gallegos enjoys working with kids and has worked at the YMCA during the summer for the last five years, helping out with summer camps. She also loves reading fiction books and watching Netflix with her favorite show being “Grey’s Anatomy.” Gallegos also played soccer for two years but felt she needed to choose between her heavy academic schedule and sports. She was also a part of last years We The People team that won  the regionals award at nationals.

  Gallegos is the daughter of Rhonda and Manuel Gallegos.