Akhil was raised in the Greater Chicago and Philadelphia areas. Beginning in high school, he worked as a tutor for Kumon Learning Center, performed hepatocellular carcinoma research at the Baruch Blumberg Institute, and became certified as an EMT. He then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and graduated with a degree in Economics and Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Neurobiology as well as a Certificate in Leadership. During his time at Northwestern, he participated in peer-tutoring, basic science research, and was the President of the largest cultural organization on campus. In addition, he was an active member of the dance community, serving as the captain for the University’s bhangra dance team. During his senior year, he worked as a Business Analyst for ExplORer Surgical, a surgical startup in Chicago that solidified his passion for pursuing orthopaedics in the future. Following graduation, he matriculated to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and obtained his MBA at the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
In medical school, he continued to teach, mentor, and advise undergraduate students. He currently serves as a USMLE Step 1 tutor for Inspira Advantage. He conducted interviews for prospective undergraduate applicants and served as an advisor for prospective medical school applicants. Throughout medical school, he pursued orthopaedic surgery research at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, and was able to publish his research and abstracts. He has over 20 abstract presentations and publications, many of them as first author. He received a 257 (~95th percentile) on USMLE Step 1 and is currently on his clinical rotations.
Altogether, he has been teaching a wide range of subjects for more than 10 years and has tutored for several board exams including the SAT, MCAT, and USMLE Step 1. He has a strong commitment to education and mentorship and believes that hard work, passion, and a willingness to ask for help are the keys to reaching one’s goals. He understands the complexities of the medical school admission process, and wishes to work closely with his students to form an individualized plan and provide personalized attention and guidance.
He is currently a third-year medical student and is interested in pursuing a residency in orthopaedic surgery. He recently completed a prestigious orthopaedic research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, trying out new recipes, rooting for the Sixers and Bears, and discovering new coffeeshops in Philadelphia. BEAR DOWN!
After finishing his undergraduate degree in computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!), Anil attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Following dental school, he completed General Practice and Oral Medicine residencies. Afterwards, he practiced in hospital, community health, and academic settings. Anil has served on the admissions committees at both Harvard and his residency program.
In addition to my dental training, Anil also completed a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and has technical certifications in Data Science and Business Analytics. In 2020, he transitioned out of teaching and patient care to pursue a career in Healthcare Analytics.
Anil feels that his experience applying to dental school was quite stressful and lonely, as he did not have any support in the form of a pre-dental advisor for guidance and advice. He looks forward to serving as a mentor so students do not have to feel isolated during the application journey.
Audra is a GMAT/GRE tutor based in Brooklyn, New York. With over six years of experience teaching hundreds of students both one-on-one and in the classroom, Audra helps business school and graduate school applicants maximize their testing performance with personalized instruction focused on their areas of need. Audra has achieved a 98th-percentile score of 750 on the GMAT and a 335/340 on GRE. She loves sharing her knowledge and helping each client reach their potential!
Audra received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland in 2013. The degree is equivalent to a double major in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics and Science, and a double minor in Classics and Comparative Literature. She is currently attending the online Master of Computer and Information Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Audra enjoys reading and performing with the sketch comedy group Punchline Loading... in New York City.
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Animal Science and minor in Italian in 2020. I am currently finishing my first year at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where I plan on tracking small animals. During my undergraduate career, I was involved in two research labs where I worked on correlating CRISPR knockout mouse model phenotypes to human associated diseases.
During this project, I presented my research at an undergraduate research conference and completed a manuscript. I also performed research on dairy cattle in understanding how certain feed additives can mitigate greenhouse gases produced by dairy cattle. Along with my research experience, I was heavily involved with a student run veterinary clinic that provided free service for the pets of the homeless and I co-founded a club with friends that served to collect veterinary medical supplies and then donate them to underprivileged clinics abroad. Moreover, I also earned more veterinary experience as a technician at a specialty hospital over the summers and got exposure to wildlife veterinary care in Australia during a summer internship.
Currently, I am the president of the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless that I was a part of during undergrad and also am vice president for the Student American Veterinary Medicine Association for my veterinary school. This summer, I will be conducting orthopedic research on a specific breed of dog that suffers from a disorder called chondrodystrophy by analyzing their vertebrae geometry and disc mineralization. I am a recipient of the Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) award which is a program for veterinary students to receive grants in order to conduct their own research project and become more involved in the research aspect of veterinary medicine.
I am particularly interested in pursuing a speciality in small animal orthopedic surgery. Throughout my undergraduate career, I was a tutor and mentor within the Italian department at my university along with being a mentor for younger students pursuing veterinary medicine. I am very passionate about helping the incoming generation of vetmed doctors and sharing my knowledge of the process. Having recently gone through the application process myself, I am dedicated to aiding others navigate the application process. I am eager to work with students and look forward to it!
I graduated Cum Laude from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry in 2020. During my undergraduate studies, I conducted research on hormonal inputs on bull snake fertility at Carleton, received the Kolenkow-Reitz Fellowship to tide-pool research at UC Irvine, served as the captain of Carleton's NCAA DIII volleyball team and founded the school's first Pre-Veterinary Club.
During the summers, I volunteered at a small animal clinics, equine rescue and wildlife rehabilitation center to acquire a well-rounded experience of veterinary medicine. In addition, my job at Carleton's primate psychology lab exposed me to laboratory medicine. I am now in my 2nd year at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where I plan on tracking small animal with intentions of specializing in small animal surgery post-grad.
Currently, I serve as the Co-Director for the UC Davis Knights Landing One Health Clinic, whose mission is to bring the values of One Health to a disadvantaged community through free monthly veterinary clinics. In addition, I am on the board of the Canine Medicine Club, Behavior Medicine and Wellness Club and hold the role of IM Sports Chair for the class. I also serve as a Student Ambassador for the school through the Office of Outreach and Admissions.
This last summer, I gained a wealth of knowledge as a veterinary technician at a specialty/emergency clinic in Orange County. When I'm not studying for school, I'm hanging out with my cats and dog (Frank, Beans, and Milo), going to the gym, lounging at the beach or eating out at new restaurants with friends. In my free time, I also play and coach volleyballI remember being confused and feeling alone during the process of applying to vet schools, and wishing that a consulting program like Inspira existed.
I love helping people with passion and I can't wait to guide you through the process of achieving your dream of becoming a veterinarian.
David is currently a neurosurgeon in his seventh year of residency at Vanderbilt University. David graduated from UCLA as a Regent’s Scholar with a B.S. in Neuroscience and subsequently attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine on a full-ride, merit-based scholarship. At The University of Chicago, David was awarded a two-year Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research grant and, at Vanderbilt University, David was awarded a two-year NIH/F32 NRSA research grant to study the molecular biology of GBM, one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer.
During his time at The Pritzker School of Medicine, David was heavily involved with the medical school admissions process. Throughout his first five years, he interviewed hundreds of medical school applicants and, in his final year of medical school, he was selected by faculty to be one of three students to serve as a voting member on the admissions committee. During his time at Pritzker, David reviewed 500+ applications, interviewed over 750+ applicants, and worked closely with the Office of Admissions in coordinating interview days, organizing revisit weekends, and fine-tuning the application process.
Since graduating from The University of Chicago, David has mentored 60+ students throughout their medical school admissions process. His knowledge and experience go beyond simple application and essay completion. David helps applicants perfect their interview skills, create strategic medical school application lists, obtain the highest quality letter of recommendations, navigate waitlists and multiple admission offers, and helps applicants construct application stories that truly highlight their best and most appealing attributes. Simply put, David has the insider knowledge and mentoring experience to help applicants put together their best application package.
Dave is currently an Emergency Medicine physician in his second year of residency at the MGH/Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. He is passionate about global health, healthcare technology, and entrepreneurship. He also enjoys a good breakfast burrito and getting outside as much as possible.
Before medical school, Dave co-founded an agricultural social enterprise in Uganda, which has improved the incomes of many small-holder farmers and strengthened food security in East Africa. He completed an MD-MBA at Dartmouth, where he was elected to the A.O.A. Honor Society as well as nominated by his peers to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
During medical school, Dave evaluated the effectiveness of new vaccine introductions in Rwanda as a Healthcare Policy Fellow at the Rwandan Ministry of Health. He also received the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Award to develop an after-school mentoring program for at-risk youth. Drawn to the potential for technology to improve access to care and healthcare quality, Dave began consulting for digital health and tech-enabled healthcare delivery companies during his MBA and continues still today. He has also worked in healthcare venture capital and impact investing.
In residency, Dave has continued to pursue his interest in leveraging innovation to improve health. He teaches a workshop on healthcare start-up formation and early-stage fundraising, in addition to researching how machine learning can improve ED operations. He has kept his global health interests alive by serving on the organizing committee of American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) International Emergency annual conference and conducting research to improve the integration of humanitarian disaster responses with longer-term development objectives.
Dave has served in both form and informal advisory roles to medical school applicants, healthcare entrepreneurs, and residency applicants. He enjoys meeting new people bent on improving healthcare and helping them accomplish their goals.
Harrison graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA from the University of Alabama in the spring of 2021. During his four years in college, Harrison completed his undergraduate degree while simultaneously enrolled in an accelerated master's program, enabling him to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Master of Science in Biology in the same four-year stint.
Additionally, Harrison was awarded the University of Alabama’s Presidential Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship; the Grantland and Louise Scholarship for outstanding performance as a microbiology student; and full funding for his graduate research project. Throughout his time in college, Harrison was both involved in and led a variety of integrative research projects that investigated topics such as deforestation and the neuroendocrine stress response, sex change in hermaphroditic fish, and the interplay of disease and microbiome assemblage.
His participation in these projects earned him first, second, and third authorship in prep on three different publications. Outside of the classroom and laboratory, Harrison co-founded an organ donation awareness club, obtained an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license while enrolled in classes, and tutored local students ages K-12. Over the course of his preparation for the MCAT, Harrison focused on collecting a variety of high-value, low-cost resources and crafted a study plan that was unique to his needs.
After achieving his goal score in the 97th percentile on the MCAT, he decided to pursue tutoring as a professional endeavor. Harrison’s tutoring system centers around open communication with his students that allows them to work together to diagnose problems, curate detailed MCAT preparation plans, and compile pointed content review. He looks forward to working with you, side-by-side, as you achieve your goal score and gain admission into your dream medical school!
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biology, magna cum laude, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). I then moved to the healthcare mecca of Boston, where I received my MD degree from Harvard Medical School (HMS). While at HMS, I was on the HMS admission committee where I read applications, interviewed candidates and attended meetings where candidates are selected. While in medical school, I also enrolled at Harvard Business School, and graduated with an MD/MBA degree in 2019. I am currently at Stanford Hospital for my residency in Interventional Radiology. I have extensive experience working with both traditional and non-traditional candidates.
I'm a current D2 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. My alma mater was NYU, and I had an amazing term as president of the Pre-Dental Society. It's been so inspiring helping my peers and other students realize their dreams of pursuing dentistry. During my college years, I juggled two part-time jobs, managed to excel academically, and contributed to a research team. I received a 24 on the DAT, and I believe that with professional guidance and resources, everyone can achieve great performance on the DAT, ensuring a greater chance to attend your dream dental school.
Jonathan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he majored in in Neuroscience. While an undergraduate, he did extensive basic and clinical research in the fields of Neurology, Orthopedics, and Anesthesiology. After graduating with Honors, he completed his MD at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine, where he performed research in Anesthesiology and participated in a healthcare administrative internship.
Jonathan also served as a member of the Admissions Committee while at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine, both for the MD and BS/MD programs. He was intimately involved in the application process, where he interviewed numerous candidates and gained extensive training in application review. Jonathan is currently a resident in Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell. He has published papers on infection prevention and quality improvement protocols during residency.
Jonathan has spent time in healthcare administration and intends to pursue this extensively after completing residency, giving him a unique perspective of the high-level changes in healthcare applicable to incoming applicants. Jonathan has also founded his own start-up company dedicated to infection prevention in the healthcare setting. The company has filed patents, raised seven figures in investment dollars, and is bringing product to the market at large. He was the winner of Innovate LI, Innovator of the Year award for his work on the company.
I grew up in a small town in Kansas, where I was the only student from my graduating class of ~70 to “make the leap” to a legitimate, 4-year university.
Fast forward four years: I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Neurobiology, addended with an awkwardly long list of honors. For instance, in my junior and senior years, I received the annual award recognizing the biology department’s top student, per faculty consensus. In addition, I was also honored with more than a handful of semi-redundant accolades for “excellence in biomedical research”. Outside of the biology department, I was named as 1 of 20University Scholars in my graduating class of >5,000 students. Concurrently, I worked jobs as a teaching assistant in biochemistry and physiology courses, and played an integral role in establishing a pre-med advisor faculty position within the university’s honors program. I also published a first-author study elucidating the molecular mechanism underlying a phenomenon of paradoxically prolonged vasoconstriction largely responsible for downstream infarctions secondary to vascular insult.
Three months after graduating from KU, I began medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. This is where I really refined a lot of the studying and test-taking strategies we’ll explore en route to masterminding an individualized game plan with every nuance uniquely dedicated to identifying and exploiting the challenges (aka, opportunities) wedged between you and your full potential- which, in my experience, frequently exceeds students’ initial goals.
I have also been an MCAT tutor for three years. I’ve helped hundreds of students crush the overly lengthy exam and, ultimately, get into medical school. All these years of MCAT tutoring have uniquely positioned me to guide future physicians (you) along what is ubiquitously regarded as the most treacherous segment on the truly lifelong journey of medical education.
Katherine graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2020. She is currently in her first year at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Katherine was inducted in the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and received the Robert Edward Reiss Award in Chemical Engineering for outstanding promise in biochemical engineering.
In college, Katherine conducted clinical research at the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center and the New York Presbyterian Neurological Intensive Care Unit. Katherine was a teaching assistant for chemistry lab and lead a clinical research program at the Mt. Sinai hospital system. She also served as president for her Greek organization and was a pianist in a classical chamber ensemble.
In medical school, Katherine has already joined clinical research projects, community clinics, and interest groups. She is interested in pursuing a career in a surgical subspecialty. Katherine is actively involved in the admissions process as an interviewer and has spent much of her time mentoring others applying to medical school. Over the years through tutoring, teaching and mentoring, Katherine has been passionate about helping others. Having just recently gone through the medical school admissions process herself, she is dedicated to helping others navigate applying, and she is very excited to work with students.
Leela graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with dual degrees in Biology and Studio Art in 2017. She is currently in her fourth year of dental school at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). Leela will begin Residency in Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry in 2021.
At Swarthmore College, Leela worked as a Teaching Assistant, Dean's Tutor, and Science Associate for the Biology Department. She conducted research on plant genetics funded by the NIH and HHMI, served on the Board of the Swarthmore Hillel, and worked as the Director of Advertising at Swarthmore's Paces Café.
In dental school, Leela has been heavily involved in dental education research and entrepreneurship. She is the CEO and a co-founder of My Dental Key, an EdTech startup, an Art Editor of the Harvard Medical Student Review, and has produced numerous concept videos for the Harvard Medical School and HSDM curricula. Leela mentors Harvard students on dental school admissions as a Non-Resident Tutor for Harvard College's Dunster House.
Leela is excited to apply her extensive experience with education, peer-to-peer learning, and dental school to help applicants craft and refine their own dental school admissions narratives.
Luke is currently a psychiatrist at Harvard Beth Israel in his first year of residency. He is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship in medicine which led him to complete a dual MD/MBA degree at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Stern School of Business. He was 1 of 5 applicants selected to be a Silverstein Scholar and receive a prestigious full cost of attendance scholarship.
In business school, he worked for a healthcare venture capital firm, performing due diligence on medical device and diagnostic companies, as well as tech-enabled healthcare services, leading to several multimillion dollar investments. Prior to medical school, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University where he studied Neuroscience and Behavioral biology and Applied Mathematics. He was an Advanced-EMT with the Emory EMS service which helped solidify his path to clinical medicine. Prior to matriculation he conducted basic science research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, investigating cocaine addiction and restless leg syndrome, resulting in multiple publications in Molecular Medicine.
At Emory, he was a founding member of the Pre-Health Mentoring Office Peer Mentor program, helping underclassmen prepare medical school applications. At NYU, he served on the admissions committee, reviewing applications and selecting interview candidates, and he currently interviews candidates for residency at Harvard.
I earned my undergraduate degree with College Honors in Biology and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was also a member of the Lock and Chain Honorary Society. My love for teaching began in high school when I tutored children from underprivileged areas in Chicago, but I formally expanded on this in college at WashU where I served as a Teacher’s Assistant for introductory Biology and Spanish courses. I also worked in the admissions office as a campus tour guide and an interviewer for prospective students.
After my undergraduate studies, I entered medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in my hometown of Chicago. Throughout medical school, I simultaneously worked in laboratory of John Crispino at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, studying the role of chromosome 21 genes in normal and malignant hematopoiesis; my work was funded by Alpha Omega Alpha (Carolyn L. Kuckein Award), the American Society of Hematology (HONORS Award) , and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Medical Research Fellowship).
During medical school, I also served as my university representative to the Illinois State Medical Society and American Medical Association, co-founded a Business of Medicine club which included consulting projects with local pharmaceutical companies, served as a TA/tutor for our clinical medicine course and USMLE prep, and continued rigorous research supported by the James Scholar program. I also spent time working with the Washington University in St. Louis pre-health office, helping to compile a database of recent graduates who entered medical and other healthcare-related professional schools with application metrics to better direct prospective applicants.
In 2019, I began residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Physician-Scientist Track. I will be completing my residency in June 2021 and staying on at Penn to start my fellowship in Hematology/Oncology.
Ray obtained his MD from the University of Pittsburgh, where he conducted patient education research at Pitt Neurosurgery. As a student entrepreneur, he was awarded in multiple pitch competitions and hackathons, including 2nd prize at IBM Blue Hack. During medical school, he co-founded his startup, Labkind, a web-based platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration among science research labs. Before his medical education, Ray engineered human stem cells at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a co-inventor of a methodology to genomically edit human neural stem cells.
Ray has extensive experience mentoring both traditional and non-traditional applicants to medical school. He believes every applicant has a unique path to medicine, and he enjoys helping applicants develop a highly successful and compelling application to medical school.
Rohan is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in biology. He completed his MD and MBA from the Tufts University School of Medicine's combined program. He is the recipient of the Norman S. Stearns MD/MBA Award as well as MedTech Boston's "40 under 40" Award. Rohan is currently completing his residency in Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell where he currently serves as Chief Resident over the 70+ residents at the program. He conducts academic research and has published in topics relating to pain medicine, perioperative care, crisis/organizational management, the economic cost of healthcare disparities and fraud within healthcare organizations. Following residency, Rohan will complete his fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at Harvard/Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Rohan served as an appointed voting member of the admissions committee at the Tufts School of Medicine. He has interviewed numerous candidates, gained extensive training on application review, and adjudicated on hundreds of applications. For the last 3+ years, he has worked with dozens of students as a private admissions consultant and has helped clients from all backgrounds get into their top choices including UPenn, Columbia, Stanford and Mayo. As chief resident, he helped organize the transformation to a virtual application process at one of the country's most competitive residency programs within his specialty. Prior to entering medical school, Rohan worked as a media producer and is the former president of the Columbia University debate team, giving him over 10 years of experience in mock interviewing, strategic positioning, and persuasive writing.
Hi guys, I'm Rohil and I was born and brought up in the city of Kolkata in eastern India. I knew I wanted to be a physician at an early age but my academic interests lay in math and engineering. To get the opportunity to marry these interests together, I took a leap of faith and moved to the US to study Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins. After this, I chose to attend medical school at Yale where I did a dedicated year of research on the applications of machine learning in radiology.
Currently I'm finishing up medical school and applying for residency programs in diagnostic and interventional radiology. Throughout this journey, I['ve been lucky enough to be mentored by many and have been fortunate to pass this onto others. Mentoring others (in HS, college, and now medical school) is very gratifying and I hope to continue these experiences at Inspira! I hope to work with ambitious pre-meds/medical students and guide them on their journey to the next steps.
Sarah is an acute care nurse practitioner currently working in oncology at Harvard/BIDMC in Boston. She took a circuitous route to become an NP. After completing her MPH at the Boston University School of Public Health and working on a clinical trial, she missed working directly with patients. She went on to pursue her MSN at the Yale School of Nursing.
She has research experience and interests in oncology, clinical trials, and public health. One of her favorite activities in school includes volunteering for a multidisciplinary free clinic during which she got to provide care for some of the most vulnerable populations as well as to help younger medical, nursing, and PA students hone in on their skills. She also served as a teaching assistant at YSN after being inspired by some of the incredible TAs she was coached by. She has helped guide students through the applications cycles of various programs including nursing, physician assistant, and public health.
Whit is a 2020 graduate from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he was involved in student government, joined the Path of Excellence in Medical Ethics, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Medicine, among other activities.
Prior to medical school, he studied at Amherst College, earning a BA with Distinction while double-majoring in Mathematics and Economics. He conducted research at the University of Michigan's Michigan Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Reporting Program (MCORRP), played in the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, and qualified for the NAQT National Tournament with Amherst College Quizbowl.
While in medical school, Whit decided to pursue a career in healthcare policy, electing not to continue to residency. While this puts him in a small minority of MDs without further clinical training, his nontraditional path affords a unique perspective on the key decisions facing students who may not know exactly what they want as they head into the medical school applications process.
Whit enjoys board gaming, crossword puzzles, and cooking.