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.
She transferred to UCSD, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Molecular Biology, after which she completed a thesis-driven Masters of Science in the same field. While there, she worked as a Resident Advisor in the transfer housing as well as being a coxswain on Men’s Crew. Both of these experiences taught her discipline and compassion. Working the Sun God Festival as a Resident Advisor at UCSD is no joke, my friends.
In 2014 Kelly ventured across the country to attend the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. There she had the privilege of leading the medical student dance team (they’re not bad for a bunch of almost doctors), and as an upperclassman taught clinical skills to the lower classmen.
Kelly presently serves on the Miami Miller admissions committee, where she has reviewed many, many applicant files, advocating for applicants she believes have gone above and beyond to earn acceptance.
With Match Day 2018 around the corner, she will soon know where she will be completing a Pediatric Residency, with hopes to subsequently do a Pediatric Critical Care fellowship.
Unrelated to medicine, Kelly is teaching herself to code and learning about investment and financial planning. She likes trying to pick up heavy things without help, although she may have neglected her heart and lungs in her training. You can often find her on South Beach pretending to hit a volleyball around or binging “The Great British Bake Show,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” or “Fixer Upper.”