Jessica was born in New York, and enjoyed a migratory childhood across the Deep South and Midwest before landing in Baltimore, where she studied creative writing and Swahili at Johns Hopkins University. After college she joined the Peace Corps, and spent three years in Zambia, where she taught people how to dig and maintain fish ponds and realized that she would rather study parasites than host them. This led to an increased awareness about health disparities, an interest in global health, and the decision to go to medical school. After a post-baccalaureate detour to Columbia University, she attended medical school at the University of Colorado, where she solidified her interest in working with both urban underserved and international communities. Happy to be in South Florida for the next four years, she knows she is incredibly lucky to be training in Miami, with its incredibly diverse patient population, amazing group of co-residents, mostly shark-free beaches, and wide variety of pork-based sandwiches.