I am a pre-med student at UCLA, madly in love with working on projects that tackle the gap in access to healthcare.
In my teens, I was obsessed with adrenaline and wrote out a pretty extensive bucket list. The quest to cross items off my list sparked a deep desire to be useful in the world. To contribute fully, and to pursue a passionate curiosity.
When I was 18, I packed my bags and deferred acceptance to university to go intern in Northern India and what happened there changed my trajectory. I got stuck on a rickety makeshift ambulance with a doctor determined to bring healthcare to the poorest of the poor. We would bounce along to each village, working out the most efficient delivery models and logistics to get her where she was needed most.
Watching her with patients made me come alive. I fell in love with the practice of medicine and got riled up about fighting for health as a human right.
Since then, my obsession with health equity has taken me to some extraordinary places. I’ve worked on projects in Haiti, Kenya, Israel, and most recently, Rwanda.I am interested in global health equity, stellar patient care, and medical education.
My biggest project to date is Higher Ed Haiti, a scholarship program for healthcare workers. I launched this initiative after a few medical volunteer trips outside of Port Au Prince where I saw the insanity of sending people like me to treat patients when there are so many young Haitians who would love to pursue a career in medicine. We started with five full ride nursing school scholarships and since then, have sponsored the educations of 12 students who will go on to treat patients in their communities.
In my spare time, I still love a good adrenaline rush. My favorite things: jumping out of planes, surfing, black coffee, and playing fetch with my scrappy one-eyed rescue puppy. I am married to the wonderful and talented, Tyler Spangler. I also have an obsession with minimalism and simplifying life to make room for the stuff that really matters.
Above all, passionately curious and striving to be useful.