Ohio born and raised, Emily Tibbits graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 and then from Wright State University Medical School in 2013. She has studied multiple languages during her collegiate years and has been an avid traveler, most recently spending time in Africa trekking Kilimanjaro and then rotating through African community hospitals. She is currently making her way to Base Camp One in Nepal. She completed the Reserve Officer Training Corps during college, and is now an active duty Captain in the United States Air Force. She will be completing her first year of general surgery residency at the University of California, Davis this upcoming June.
Emily TibbitsTeam Captain
Monica GrovaTeam Member
Monica Grova grew up in Santa Cruz, California, the daughter of two artists. In addition to her artist endeavors, she was also an athlete, devoted first to basketball then the Varsity rowing team at UCLA. Her interest in human psychology and teaching led her into the pre-medical field and she graduated with a degree in neuroscience. Monica was detoured briefly by Teach for America and spent two years as a science teacher at an underserved high school in the Bronx. UCSF medical school was her next destination. She spent the summer at a South African trauma center and had her first exposure to true health disparities. Through medical school and into her surgical residency at UC Davis she has taken every opportunity to engage in Global Health issues and plans to make it part of her future career.
Katie IversonTeam Member
Katie Iverson grew up in a soup kitchen in Mesa, Arizona. When she was 2 years old, her mother started Paz de Cristo to serve their local community. This experience truly shaped her future ambitions. At Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, she designed her own major, Peace and Justice Studies, to further explore social justice. While spending a summer in Kenya as an intern with the International Medical Corps, she solidified her dedication to the fields of medicine and public health on a global level. As a Watson Fellow, Katie spent a year following the life of Mother Teresa throughout nine different countries to better understand what it means to truly live a life of service. After completing medical school at Oregon Health and Science University, she is ecstatic to be a part of the General Surgery program at UC Davis and grateful for this opportunity to further pursue global health.