Michaela grew up in Celina, Ohio, where she developed a love for math, science, and athletics at a young age. She attended the University of Colorado, where she earned a BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering, a BA in Biochemistry, minors in Philosophy and Biomedical Engineering, and a certificate in Neuroscience. With her 3.94 GPA, Michaela was recognized as the top student in her chemical and biological engineering class during her sophomore and junior years, and she graduated Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, and summa cum laude in both the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. She also ran track for the Buffaloes and earned NCAA Division I All-American honors in the heptathlon and PAC-12 First Team honors in the heptathlon and high jump. Her academic and athletic success earned her the title “Scholar Athlete of the Year” three times at CU, and she was named an NCAA Academic All-American twice. After graduating from CU, Michaela worked as an engineer at biotech startups for two years while training professionally for track and field. Now, due to her passion for biomedical innovation, patient care, and teaching, Michaela is pursuing a combined MD/PhD from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program.
Michaela found her love for teaching after tutoring high school students in ACT prep while at CU. She also enjoys coaching – she has coached swimmers under the age of ten years old on a USA swim team and has coached track and field at the youth level, the high school level, the collegiate level at MIT, and the master’s level. Additionally, she has mentored students as a peer mentor in the chemical and biological engineering program at CU. She hopes to continue teaching and mentoring others throughout her future career in academic medicine. Her tutoring strengths include chemistry, biology, engineering, philosophy, and test preparation for the MCAT and ACT.
Beyond academics and medical school, Michaela enjoys cooking, listening to podcasts, and training for track and field. She hopes to begin training for the women’s decathlon soon, an event in which women are not currently allowed to compete at the Olympic or international level (she hopes to help change this).