Born in the bustling metropolis of Casper, WY, I spent my formative years ski racing, backpacking, and fly fishing. As a natural next step, I moved to central Jersey for college. Four years and several thousand repetitions of 'Glory Days' later, I headed south to Atlanta. There, I embarked on my first career in television news at CNN, where I got my start rolling a teleprompter and escorting important celebrity guests (such as Ricky Martin and a South American penguin) to set, and eventually worked my way up to producing. Although my first career was fascinating and exciting, I'd always dreamed of becoming a physician, so I completed a post-bacc program and attended medical school in Chicago.