Lauren Gernon grew up in Topeka, KS and attended undergrad at Rice University in Houston, TX. She attended a master's program at UC Berkeley after undergraduate and received her MPH in 2017. She spent a year working for the California Department of Public Health in the Chronic Disease Branch doing epidemiology and statistics on chronic disease burden in the state of California. She became interested in OB/GYN during her MPH while studying the close link between maternal mortality and overall community health, both nationally and internationally. She is interested in bridging public health work and clinical work to more effectively strengthen health on a population scale. She attended UVM for medical school and is very excited to stay around for residency! While living in VT she has picked up cross-country skiing to help with the long winters. She also hikes, plays soccer and alpine skis.
Elizabeth (Ellie) Rasmussen grew up in Seattle, Washington, and attended undergrad in Virginia where she studied biomedical sciences. She interned at the American Public Health Association, taught English in Japan, and spent her gap year teaching high school science, coaching 5th-grade basketball, and volunteering with homeless youth. Ellie attended the University of Washington, Spokane campus, for medical school. The daughter of a long-time OB nurse educator, she quickly discovered that OB/GYN fulfilled her passions for preventative health and health promotion, patient advocacy, and the operating room. Ellie chose UVM for its tight-knit community, academic rigor, and ideal location. She loves skiing (water and snow), hiking, baking, and her golden retriever, Riley!
Jia Zhang was born in Xi’an, China and moved to Portland, OR when she was ten years old. She attended Cornell University for undergrad where she double majored in Chemistry & Chinese literature. After college, she very serendipitously got a job at a fertility clinic and had the opportunity to work with patients in both Portland, OR and Shanghai, China. The experience of accompanying patients on their reproductive journeys piqued her interest in Ob/Gyn and eventually led her to pursue a medical education at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. She is extremely excited to continue her medical training at UVM and to learn about all that Vermont has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, needle felting, playing The Legend of Zelda, and petting every dog that she meets on the street.