Maria Jimena Aleman
Maria Jimena Aleman was born and raised in Guatemala where she currently is a medical student in Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Medical interests very close to her heart include neurology and general surgery. She looks forward to dedicating her life to breaking barriers for latin women in medical fields and improving medical care in her country. She is one of the creators of a medical education podcast in spanish called Intratecal. Her life probably has a soundtrack of a mix between Shakira and Louis Armstrong. Outside of medicine she enjoys modern art, 21st century literature and having hour long conversations over a nice hot cup of coffee or tequila.
Andrea Anampa-Guzmán is a medical student at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. She took a break from her medical studies to perform a research rotation at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrea is interested in clinical and epidemiological research, medical education, hematology, and oncology. She loves writing non-fictional stories. Her works have been published by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Andrea has spoken about medical education in Latin America for Elsevier and her resilience story living with OCD for ACP. After medical school, Andrea plans to move to the US with her husband Breandan and their cat Bobby. She aspires to specialize in Oncology.
Priyanka Athavale grew up in San Jose, CA and attended college at University of California, Berkeley. At Cal, she developed a strong interest in public health and social justice and spent time abroad as a Fulbright Fellow in India before starting medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. Priyanka loves baking and trying new recipes, enjoys being creative, and spends her free time hiking with her fiance or picnicing in the park with friends. She is interested in clinical reasoning, medical education, implementation science within public health.
Sukriti was born in India and growing up moved to multiple cities with her family. She graduated from Medical School in Bangalore this summer and will be pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine. A visual learner and self-taught artist, she loves to learn using art as an aid to simplify complex medical concepts.
She is the author of “Learning Medicine with Art”, a compilation of medical illustrations which aims to make learning fun for the medical student! Outside of medicine, she enjoys yoga, cartooning, and exploring new Asian cuisines.
Aaron recently joined the founding faculty of Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine as a professor of neurology and director of global health. He previously served as an associate professor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he directed the Mind-Brain-Behavior course for first-year students and was a teaching attending on the neuro-hospitalist service and in the general neurology resident clinic. As a health and policy advisor to Partners In Health and senior specialist consultant to Doctors Without Borders, he has worked tirelessly to bring neurology care and education to regions where it is limited or non-existent, including co-developing the first neurology residency in Haiti. He is the author of Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple, Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy: A localization-based approach, and most recently One by One by One, which tells the complex, moving, and inspiring stories of patients he and colleagues brought from Haiti to Boston for neurosurgery for brain tumors. When he is not trying to #EndNeurophobia, Aaron loves hiking, backpacking, and obsessively researching outdoor camping gear.
Nicolas Bouey grew up in Sacramento, CA and studied neuroscience at UCLA. He is currently a medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, applying to Internal Medicine residency programs this fall. Outside of medicine, he enjoys his dogs, snack foods, and jogs.
Sumeet Brar is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University who is interested in general internal medicine, public health, and health policy. He is from Madera, California and went to UC Berkeley for college. He also received a MPH from Boston University. His favorite ways to procrastinate are by doing the crossword, collecting records, cooking, and obtaining injuries while lifting slightly heavy weights.
Kiara Camacho-Caballero was born in Lima, Perú and she is a medical student at Universidad Científica del Sur. She is passionate about Internal Medicine, Cardiology and medical education and currently working on her thesis about cardio metabolic disease. Her research interest are cardiology, neurology and geriatrics. She has participated in the WIM Summit this year as a student volunteer and her plans are to apply to Internal Medicine residency at the US next year. Outside medicine, she is a past triathlete and her dream is to perform an IRONMAN 70.3 someday. Kiara enjoys running, spending time with her dog named Zacarías and her favorite food is turkey legs.
Arsalan was born in Iran and moved to Atlanta, Georgia as a young child. He loves to travel and considers himself a global citizen. After graduating from Emory University, he attended the Medical College of Georgia and completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He spends his time attending on inpatient team, staffing resident clinic, and working as the global health track director. He enjoys working with medical students and interns to help them discover their passions. His primary interests include clinical reasoning, global health, and medical innovations.He enjoys listening to hip-hop, drinking tea, and having lively discussions with friends. He dislikes ticking clocks, the idea of skipping leg day, and how much air is in a bag of potato chips.
Utibe R. Essien
Utibe Essien is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a health disparities researcher in the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. He additionally serves as the director of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program for Medical Students (CEED II) at Pitt. Dr. Essien completed Primary Care residency and General Internal Medicine fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Essien’s research focuses on developing interventions to advance equity in the management of cardiovascular diseases.
Naomi F. Fields is a proud Miami, FL native who studied chemistry, Africana studies, public health, and dance at Williams College. After working as a research assistant and dancer in Boston, she matriculated at the Perelman School of Medicine, where she has focused on support of underrepresented medical trainees, mentoring, and qualitative research regarding young women’s sexual health. Naomi plans to become an obstetrician-gynecologist and policy advocate for women’s health and reproductive justice. In her free time, you can find her going for runs, cooking seafood mac & cheese, and Facetiming loved ones.
Anna is from Vancouver Island, British Columbia and came to the US for college. She studied public health as an undergrad at UC Berkeley and went on to get a Master’s degree in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. After completing medical school at Dartmouth, she returned back to the west coast for residency, where she is currently a resident in Internal Medicine at UCSF. She is interested in hospital medicine, critical care and clinical epidemiology. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outside, including hiking, biking, skiing, windsurfing, and petting as many dogs as possible.
Smitha Ganeshan is an internal medicine resident at the University of California San Francisco. She was born and raised in Johns Creek, Georgia outside Atlanta. She studied Biology at the University of Georgia and then earned a MD/MBA at Harvard. She is interested in technology in healthcare, medical education, and physician leadership. Outside of the hospital, she loves traveling, running, and exploring Bay Area hikes.
Greg is a retired consultant for numerous nonprofit and for profit organizations. He also served as the executive director for two national organizations and as a board member for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Greg Garneau earned his MBA at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Will Garneau is from Durham, NC and attended Yale University. After college he served for two years in the Peace Corps as a teacher in Namibia. After his experience in Peace Corps he decided to pursue medicine and enrolled at UNC School of of Medicine where he also earned a masters of public health. He recently completed the internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins and joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins as an academic hospitalist. Outside of the hospital he enjoys yoga, sharing delicious food with friends and listening to podcasts.
Rabih was born in Lebanon, and grew up mostly in Pakistan before coming to the US to attend Boston College and then Brown for medical school. He completed residency and chief residency at UCSF. Rabih splits his time between the Emergency Room and the inpatient teaching wards. His primary interests are in medical education and clinical reasoning. Within diagnosis, Rabih enjoys creating diagnostic schemas; this interest in crafting logical solutions dates back to the good old days of high school math, most of which he learned from his dad.
Ryoko Hamaguchi is a self-taught artist and medical student at Harvard Medical School with a passion for the intersection of visual art and medicine. Throughout her medical school career, she has expanded her repertoire to include surgical and scientific illustrations, portraits of patients aimed to humanize the illness experience, and innovative applications of the visual arts in medical education. She has published illustrations in a variety of journals including the AMA Journal of Ethics, Circulation, and the Journal of Laparoendocopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, and has spoken about her work at the 2017 Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine.
Alex was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently moved to Baltimore for Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins. Alex is now completing her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Hopkins. She will be returning to the residency as an Assistant Chief of Service during the 2021-2022 academic year. Alex has a passion for medical education and clinical reasoning. She ultimately hopes to combine her love for working with learners and critical care. Outside of the hospital, she loves to travel the world every second she gets with her husband, Mike.
Sal is from Tuscaloosa, AL and attended Princeton University with focuses in biology and public health. After college, he briefly worked in health policy in Washington, DC before returning to his home state to attend UAB School of Medicine. He’s currently an internal medicine resident at UAB and plans to pursue a career in academic GIM, caring for the underserved, and health policy reform. When not in the hospital, Sal enjoys lifting weights, biking, watching NBA basketball, and re-watching Marvel superhero movies!
Rohan Khazanchi grew up in Omaha, NE and spent his undergraduate years studying neurobiology and music at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Minnesota School of Public Health. His research and advocacy work have focused heavily on health equity, including projects on neighborhood deprivation & HIV disparities, social & structural vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic, and structural competency in medical education. Beyond his academic interests, Rohan is an avid musician, an ice cream connoisseur, and loves exploring new restaurants and hiking trails with his family and friends.
Anne Marie Kumfer
Kara was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended undergrad at the University of Washington in Seattle where she fell in love with the wildflowers and the mountains, and made her way back to her dream home in San Francisco where she is a medical student at UCSF. She can usually be found in various cafes or parks writing, in the kitchen at 11PM baking, singing to herself while driving, studying or doing dishes, or on a run with friends. Her passions in medicine include clinical reasoning, education, narrative medicine, and palliative care.
Stephenie Le grew up in a small town in Ohio and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley and medical school at Albany Medical College. There she fell in love with the Adirondack and Catskill ranges and loves hiking and camping trips. She completed her internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco and is serving as a chief resident at Kaiser SF for the 2020-2021 year. She is interested in clinician education, physician mentorship, and clinical reasoning. In the future she plans to pursue additional specialty training in infectious diseases.
Emma Levine is currently a resident at the University of California, San Francisco. She is interested in clinical and epidemiological research, medical education, and clinical reasoning. Her clinical interests include gastroenterology, with a special interest on how we can use food to heal the gut and better understanding the gut microbiome, as well as palliative care.
When not in the hospital, Emma enjoys training and teaching as a barre instructor, traveling the world with her family, and exploring restaurants in San Francisco and abroad.
Reza was born in Tehran, and grew up mostly in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at UCSF. He works as a hospitalist, primarily taking care of patients with medical students and residents. Reza’s passions include lifting heavy weights, eating at chipotle, and studying at coffee shops. His life hero is his grandfather. His ultimate goal is to share his excitement and love of clinical problem-solving with others.
Rafael Medina dos Santos is a medical student from Brazil, studying at the State University of Maringá. Before medicine, Rafa wanted to be a teacher. Unsurprisingly, he loves everything related to teaching and learning, so his passion for the CPSolvers’ mission was only natural. He’s actually Maria Jimena’s number one fan. If Rafa could have his life represented in a movie, it’d certainly be Moana. Even though he could have had this perfect life with his family, there was a call inside wanting him to reach for more than he could see. He’s aspiring to be an IM resident in the USA but still has no clue what fellowship he’d try (maybe a hospitalist in the making?). Beyond medicine, Rafa loves fiction books, pop music, and singing Disney songs.
Dan grew up in Gig Harbor, WA (a small town outside of Seattle). He studied neurobiology at the University of Washington and then spent a year in Argentina working in a basic science lab after graduation. He moved to San Francisco to attend medical school at UCSF. He stayed on for internal medicine residency and is considering a fellowship in infectious diseases and ultimately wants to be a physician educator focusing on clinical reasoning. His hobbies include traveling, cooking, and jogging in golden gate park
H. Moses Murdock
H. Moses Murdock is an intern at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He is originally from Orlando, Florida, and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida in molecular biology and microbiology. In his free time, Moses enjoys running, reading, and discovering new vegetarian restaurants.
Saman is from Tucson, AZ. He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and finished internal medicine residency at Columbia. He is currently an ID fellow at Johns Hopkins. He is interested in transplant ID and is obtaining a Master’s of Education in the Health Professions at The Johns Hopkins School of Education. He enjoys cooking with Reza and washing the dishes. In his spare time, he loves to watch PJ Masks with his wife and son, who was featured in Episode 42 as AstroBoy.
LaShyra “Lash” Nolen
LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a Los Angeles native deeply passionate about the concerns of underserved and marginalized communities. Currently, she is a medical student at Harvard Medical School where she is serving as the university’s student council president, the first documented black woman to hold this leadership position. She is a published author and fervent advocate for social justice with plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy along with her medical degree to advocate for humane healthcare reform as a physician activist. In her free time, she enjoys rapping, eating good food, and creating new memories with the people she loves.
Michelle Ogunwole is an internist and general internal medicine research fellow at Johns Hopkins. Her research focuses on clinical, policy and community-based approaches to improving maternal health equity. Michelle was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and enjoys playing basketball and competitive games of Uno with her family.
Sarah was born and raised in Boston, MA. She completed her undergrad at Yale, where she studied psychology and was a catcher for the softball team. After college, she returned to Boston, where she is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School planning on applying into internal medicine residency. Outside of medicine, she enjoys reading, board games, and all things Boston sports!
Chioma Onuoha is an aspiring physician, Houston native, and recent graduate of Harvard University with a A.B in Human Evolutionary Biology and Global Health. Currently, she works as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity on projects related to hypertension and immigrant health. Chioma’s additional research interests include sexual and reproductive health, health disparities, and global health. In her free time, Chioma enjoys watching copious amounts of television, cooking, and finding deals on Facebook marketplace.
Dr. Anand Patel is a hematology-oncology fellow at the University of Chicago and the Medical Education Lead at the Human Diagnosis Project. He attended University of Missouri-Columbia for medical school and completed both his internal medicine residency and chief residency at Northwestern. Anand’s academic interests include medical education and clinical reasoning. Specifically within hematology-oncology, he is interested in clinical trial design using targeted therapies for patients with leukemias and myeloid neoplasms. Outside of medicine he loves watching/playing basketball (go Bulls!), eating ice cream, and binging movies/TV shows. His twitter handle is anand_88_patel
Kirtan Patolia is a final year medical student from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. He is currently applying for an internal medicine residency in the USA. He is excited to join the CPSolvers team as clinical reasoning is his biggest passion. You will frequently find him sharing clinical cases on VMR. Outside of medicine, he likes to read fiction, particularly Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew novels. He also loves kite flying, especially the aspect of using various techniques and maneuvers to fly the kites.
Dereck Paul is a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and applying into residency this fall. He studies the relationships between homelessness and health under Dr. Margot Kushel at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. He was a 2018 Student National Medical Association David E. Satcher MD, PhD Health Disparities Research Fellow for his work mapping the role of structural racism in susceptibility to housing insecurity and homelessness. Outside of his studies and research, he writes about health policy, medical education, and the underrepresented medical trainee experience.
Jack Penner was born and raised in Los Gatos, CA (a small town about an hour south of San Francisco). He studied public health sciences at Santa Clara University, and then spent four years on the east coast, attending Georgetown University for medical school. He was lucky enough to come back home to the Bay Area for residency at UCSF, where he is in his residency. Jack is hoping to pursue a career as a clinician educator in HIV primary care, infectious diseases, and general medicine. Outside of residency, he is a fan of brewing coffee, attempting latté art, and spending time in the ocean whenever he can.
Doug is a resident in neurology at UCSF. He grew up surrounded by cow farms and crabapple trees in New Milford, CT. He completed a dual-degree program at Tufts and the New England Conservatory studying medical anthropology, community health, and jazz saxophone. He later worked for a nonprofit in Berkeley, CA on bioethical and social justice issues related to genetic and reproductive technologies. Doug attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, after which he returned to the Bay Area for neurology residency at UCSF. He loves Brazilian music, playing Spikeball, and making custom wooden pens on his lathe.
Klemens was born in Austria and graduated from the Medical University of Graz. He is a doctor in training in Austria and planning to apply for an Internal Medicine residency. His medical interests include nephrology, diagnostic reasoning and global health. Outside of medicine he enjoys reading, going out to eat, watching movies, running and drinking too much coffee.
Gabriela Pucci graduated from UNICAMP and completed neurology residency at UNESP, both in Brazil. She is enthusiastic about medical education and the #EndNeurophobia campaign. She works with Portuguese-speaker students to democratize neurology knowledge (using the Portuguese translation – #FimDaNeurofobia). She also loves to draw and spends hours creating schemas to simplify neurology topics (@Neudrawlogy). Apart from medicine, she enjoys traveling with her husband, practicing pilates, binge-watching comedy series, reading biography books, going out with her friends, drinking wine, and cooking (still learning).
Valeria is a medical student at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. She was born and lives in Lima, Perú. She hopes to pursue Neurology residency. Her interests include neuro-infectious diseases, transgender health and medical education. Her work with CPSolvers involves being a part of the Virtual Morning Report team and serving on the Spanish schemas team. Outside of Medicine she loves running, hiking, cooking pasta and spending time with her dogs.
Mike grew up in rural North Dakota. He went to Concordia College nearby where he majored in Biology and Chemistry and pitched for the baseball team. He then attended the University of Minnesota for Medical School. Between MS3 and MS4 years he took a break from his medical studies to get an MPH in Health Policy from Harvard. Now he is in his Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins. Mike plans to be a generalist, loves morning report, care for the underserved, destigmatizing mental health, global health, and health policy. Outside medicine his loves include canoeing, fishing, writing, drinking coffee, playing cards with his grandparents, and listening to hip hop.
Sharmin was born and raised in Iran before moving to the Bay Area. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she attended UCSF medical school. She completed a chief residency year at UCSF and now is working as a hospitalist pursuing a career in medical education. Her interests include clinical reasoning and curriculum design. Sharmin is an avid tennis and soccer fan and loves traveling and spending time with family and friends. She knows every episode of Friends by heart, thinks there is never a bad time to drink coffee and she’s a big fan of a good laugh.
Lindsey Shipley is an internal medicine resident at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She was raised in Jackson, TN and received her medical degree from East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. After residency, she hopes to pursue a career in gastroenterology. In her free time she enjoys lifting weights and spending time with family, friends, and her Airedale Terriers, KC and Izzy.
Amanda Simard grew up in Boston, MA where she attended Boston College for undergrad before moving just a few hours away for medical school at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in CT. She is now a 4th year student pursuing a pediatric residency who is passionate about clinical reasoning, medical education, and learning from her patients and colleagues. Beyond the hospital, Amanda adores her time with family and friends, jogging at the end of a long day, singing in the car with the windows down, and spending time by the ocean.
Dr. Smith is a student educator and community EM physician currently practicing in Jacksonville, Florida, where he currently serves as the Chief of Emergency Medicine. He is also currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean of Clinical Education for all of LECOM. He attended undergrad at The Florida State University (FSU) where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Science. He then attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton for his medical degree and then completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, but still holds a solemn allegiance to FSU sports (Go Noles). He has been board-certified in emergency medicine through ABEM since 2013. In his free time, when he is not golfing or enjoying time with his adoring wife and three young children (Wes 2, Kendal 4, and Dean 6), he serves as the lead section editor for the Human Dx project, a frequent contributor on the podcast with EMBoardBombs, and is heavily involved in #Medtwitter running the @medtweetorials account as well as his own @RosenelliEM.
Evelyn was born in China and moved to Madison, Wisconsin in middle school. She majored in Biology at MIT, went to medical school at Penn State, and is currently an Internal Medicine resident at Johns Hopkins. After residency, Evelyn plans to specialize in either Cardiology or Oncology, or Cardio-Oncology! When Evelyn is not in the hospital, you can find her playing with her two dogs, dancing to random songs, trying out new restaurants, and traveling around the world. She strives to become a great diagnostician and clinical educator.
Jennifer Tsai is an Emergency Medicine physician, writer, educator, and advocate in New Haven, Connecticut. Using activism and disruptive pedagogy, she seeks to rethink and advance health and climate justice, expand social medicine praxis, and support equity across health systems. She received a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and heracademic work centers on the intersection between race, medicine, inequity, and trauma-informed care. Her essays and research have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Scientific American, The Washington Post, ELLE Magazine, STATnews, and the Journal of the American Medical Association among other outlets.
Simone is a Family & Community Medicine resident at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and stayed in NY to attend undergrad at Barnard College. She went on to complete medical school at Boston University School of Medicine before moving out to the west coast for residency. Her medical interests include taking care of the urban underserved, inpatient adult medicine, and substance use disorders (especially in pregnancy). Outside of work, she enjoys gymnastics, unicycling, and endless coffee consumption.
Annette grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and Auckland, New Zealand, eventually moving to Baltimore for undergrad. She is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School and is interested in medical education and illustration. Outside of school, Annette is probably hiking somewhere, finding interesting music events in Boston, doodling, or snacking on dark chocolate Tim Tams.
Jacqueline Wang is a current fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine who is applying into internal medicine. She grew up in Houston, Texas and attended college at the University of Chicago. Jacqueline is interested in cancer research, clinical reasoning, and medical education. Outside of medicine, she loves running, listening to podcasts, napping with her dogs, and drinking tea from the vast collection she has acquired from her parents.
Emily Harrison Williams
Emily is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). She is originally from Birmingham and studied Chemistry and French at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She is planning on pursuing a career in Internal Medicine and is interested in medical education and health disparities. She is passionate about any cheese-based foods and in her free time she loves reading, playing with her cat, and pretending like she knows how to keep her house plants alive.
Jazzmin Williams is a Stockton, California native, Stanford alumna, and medical student at UCSF in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US). She works with Expecting Justice, an academic-community collaborative, to investigate basic income supplementation as a unique approach to reducing adverse birth outcomes for Black and Pacific Islander families in San Francisco. She advocates for anti-racist policies in admissions, curriculum, and assessment through Student National Medical Association and White Coats for Black Lives. Outside of medicine, she writes about the health impacts of structural racism and potential policy solutions, mentors premeds from her hometown, and loves traveling, trying new restaurants, and going to as many concerts as possible.
Ellen grew up in sunny Southern California, solely subsisting on a diet of boba milk tea and In-N-Out burgers. An early interest in science led Ellen to pursue a degree in Chemistry at Caltech, where her passion for science and human engagement led her to consider a career in medicine. She is currently pursuing an MD-PhD at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. Ellen hopes to one day serve as a pediatric oncologist, guiding children and teenagers through one of the most grueling journeys that a person can face. In her spare time, Ellen rocks out on keytar in a four-piece girl band called Sister Citrus and dreams about a side-career in medical illustration.
Zari was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to the US for college. After her Harvard MBA, she worked as a Product Manager and builder of web and mobile apps for Pandora, SquareTrade, RealtyShares and Rakuten, before co-founding Spekit – a just-in-time knowledge management solution. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good murder mystery and spicy sub-continental food.