Medical School Advisors
Rob's a huge nerd. It's okay to call him one. He readily accepts his fate. As captain of the nerds in high school, Rob was a nationally ranked debater and president of the chorus. At the University of Michigan, Rob made the transition to a more socially acceptable form of nerdiness, as he served as music director, business manager, and president of The Michigan GMen, an all-male a cappella group.
Lyn has lived in San Diego since 1996, but grew up back east, mostly in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A Yale graduate, Lyn studied Psychology and Biology in college, but realized during a summer of research before her senior year that her original plan of research science was not for her. Instead, Lyn used her writing and editing experience from several college publications to get jobs at The Atlantic Monthly and then Adweek after college in New York City, but then decided to move to the Left Coast in search of nicer weather and not so many cockroaches.
A native Southern Californian, Milli spent her childhood summers in Mauritius, the island off the coast of Madagascar where her mom was born and raised. By visiting family overseas and speaking multiple languages at home, Milli developed an interest in connecting with diverse communities. Milli is a science geek and realized that biology is a universal language of life.
Allie was born and raised in Southern California but was bitten by the travel bug when she was young. While exploring five continents; Allie has studied in Australia for four months, helped care for cheetahs in South Africa, worked with elephants in Thailand, and built a house with Habitat for Humanity in Cambodia. An adrenaline junky, Allie has been skydiving, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting.
Born in India but raised in the Bay Area, Param's academic career took him to the warm beaches of San Diego for college. Though he wishes he probably spent less time studying and more time surfing, graduating with a BS in Bioengineering led him to spend most of his time at the library. Legend has it you can still see his shadow haunting the second floor at 2:00am.
Ben is a Californian, through and through. Plucked from his hometown of Cupertino, Ben has spent the last four years in San Diego acclimating to the beautiful weather and fearing the day that he will have to experience a “real” winter. You can make fun of him for his lack of temperature tolerance all you want, but know that he’ll have the last laugh, sipping on a cold beverage on the beach in February.
Kat was born in New York but her heart (and the last 15 years of her life) belongs to the small Los Angeles suburb of La Canada Flintridge. Kat has always loved being creative: she doodles constantly and sews sock monkeys in her free time. She even considered going to art school before deciding to take the plunge into becoming a physician.
Born and raised in Fresno, CA, Tyler is one of the few people who admittedly loves Fresno. His family is a foundation in the local motorcycle scene ever since his great-grandfather opened the first Harley-Davidson dealership in Fresno in 1919. Naturally, Tyler loved the trade and started working for his family’s small motorcycle dealership as soon as he was able.
Throughout his years in the motorcycle industry, Tyler loved the personal interaction between companies, vendors, employees, and customers. He wanted to channel his passion for connection on an even larger scale. Tyler decided to pursue medicine hoping to bridge the gap between the underserved community and their physician, while combating the severe physician shortage in the Central Valley.
Kelly spent her childhood in Cape Town, South Africa, before making her way with her family to California. With her father being a physician, she was initially determined not to follow in his footsteps (nobody wants to be a cliché), so she pursued a career in professional dance instead.
However, after her first college biology course and first shadowing experience in the hospital, Kelly resigned to the “Hallelujah Chorus” in the sky and immediately became a pre-med.
Kristina was born and raised in Northern California. She grew up loving the outdoors and takes every opportunity she can to go backpacking, kayaking, or skiing. Her most recent adventures include backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail and ascending Half Dome. As an avid dog lover, she was disappointed that her 2-year-old boxer, Brady, was unable to join her on these trips but luckily there are many more to come!
Medical School Editors
Kristin earned her B.A. in World Literature from UCSD and an M.A. in Teaching from Duke. She has worked as a community college professor at both Miramar College and Grossmont College, where she has taught writing, literature, and English as a Second Language. Kristin has also worked with international students through UCSD Extension’s English Language Institute. At last count, she had taught students from 49 different countries.
Ryan was born and raised in Cleveland (GO CAVS!), where he earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International.
Born and raised in San Diego (a.k.a. the best place on Earth), Katerina became fascinated with writing at an early age. Her father, who is an amazing storyteller, encouraged her to write stories and share them as a way to overcome her shyness as a child. His plan was a success, and she quickly fell in love with writing and telling stories.
Storytelling nestled in Jackie’s heart at a young age, when she found entertainment in her local Massachusetts library after her mother refused to have television in the house. Although this pop-culture education gap makes Jackie a horrible trivia participant, this formative time revealed to her the imagination of writing and reading. After falling under the influence of a 20th-century-Egyptology-and-murder-mystery book series, Jackie almost went to college for archaeology, but luckily changed her mind to writing after taking a journalism class her high school senior year. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in English/journalism and European culture studies, with a minor in Italian.
Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. She grew up spending summers in France, where her father was born and raised, so travel is in her blood. She’s fraternized with koalas in Australia, lived in Kenya, explored most of Europe, and led yoga retreats to Mexico and Bali. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature and French, she moved to sunny San Diego and attended University of San Diego law school. After practicing civil litigation for a few years, Claire realized she preferred to employ her talents in more creative and less contentious ways.