Rachel spent her childhood in some of America’s biggest cities: New York City, NY, Detroit, MI and Boston, MA. Growing up in such radically different places and experiencing many different things helped to ignite her passion for health care, education, and racial justice, which in turn fed her many academic interests including interpersonal violence, natural birth, breastfeeding, and racial discrimination. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Wellesley College, and she earned a Master of Public Health from Boston University.
She has done many things within the realm of public health and medicine. Rachel has worked at some of the premier institutions in the United States such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston University, Harvard Medical School and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. In these capacities she has worked as a non-clinical social worker, research assistant, clinical research coordinator and a health educator on many different projects. Recently, Rachel has consulted on diversity, equity and inclusion issues within the sphere of healthcare. She loves to read and write and has edited numerous academic texts.
Rachel enjoys working within her community and served on the board of a free standing birth center for many years. Currently, she is the founding president of her children’s school PTA chapter. She adores all things related to arts and crafts. But what she enjoys the most is spending time with her family and friends. She lives with her husband and children in East Tennessee.