Mappd was founded on three simple values:
Work hard. Be creative. Do good.

Work Hard

Be Creative

The pre-health professional students we help are some of the hardest working people we know, and we aim to give as much as you do.

Do Good

We hope that Mappd will be a game-changer for every future health professional. Beyond our initial platform we released in 2020, we have a million more ideas to make everything even better. We’ll keep creating, and we’ll keep improving.

We want to improve collaboration and communication in the pre-health world. Walking the path to becoming a future health professional is hard. What should not be hard is finding the path, nor navigating it. Information on the pre-health process should be available to everyone, and that is why we offer as much information as we can for free through our blogs and podcasts. For our signature service, Mappd App, we are working hard to provide the highest quality while keeping the costs low.

Meet the Mappd Co-Founders

Ryan Gray, MD: Co-Founder and CEO

Ryan is a former Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Ryan graduated from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) with a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences, and received his MD from New York Medical College. After graduating from medical school, Ryan completed his internship through a Tufts Medical Center transitional medicine program at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital.

Ryan is the publisher of and the Meded Media network, as well as the author of the Premed Playbook guide book series. You can hear him weekly on several podcasts including The Premed Years, OldPreMeds Podcast and The MCAT Podcast.

Rachel Grubbs: Co-Founder and COO

Rachel is a veteran of the higher education services world.  In the last decade she has served thousands of premedical students in preparing for the MCAT and in planning their path to medical school.  Rachel worked at The Princeton Review as a regional director and trainer. She was an early member of Next Step Med, the team that changed the landscape of MCAT practice exams with the 2015 MCAT.

Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University where she studied Spanish and Organizational Management.  She earned a certificate in Business Analytics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Meet the Mappd Advising Team

James Scott Wright, EdD: Vice President, Advising

Dr. Wright has worked in medical education for more than 25 years. He served Director of Admissions at UT Southwestern Medical School and as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Health Professions Advising Center for University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as executive director of the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service and editor-in-chief of APPLY Magazine.

Dr. Wright's interests include the psycho-social aspects of personal growth and professionalism, mindfulness and techniques to limit distractibility, and helping pre-health students through the arduous journey to fulfill their dreams. Dr. Wright has spoken on these and other topics throughout the USA and internationally.

Varinia Grannum, MSEd: Advisor

Varinia Grannum has worked in higher education and advising for more than 20 years. Most recently she served as Assistant Dean of Pre-Health and STEM Advising for eight years at Hofstra University in New York. During her tenure at Hofstra she advised hundreds of premed, pre-dental, pre-physician assistant and pre-nursing students achieve acceptances to outstanding programs all over the nation.

Dean Grannum earned her MSEd in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Development from Hofstra University. You can see her advising live each week, along with the rest of Advising team, on the Mappd YouTube channel series "Ask the Dean."

"The platform has really helped breakdown the gigantic beast that this med school app is. I especially like the graphs you see when you click on "more detail" as it gives a better picture of my class standings."

"I moved to Florida from Puerto Rico a few years ago. The premed process here is complicated, and as a non-traditional, I don't have access to a school advisor to help. It's a different world I'm not accustomed to. I'm so grateful for the guidance I get through the Mappd platform!"

“Thank you for the feedback! Mappd has been awesome! Totally priceless to get feedback from Dr. Gray & Dr. Wright!”

“I wanted to say thank you - I am a non-trad applying for the 3rd time 6 years after my last attempt and I want to let you know that this program and all of the resources your team offers with Dr. Gray are game changers. I really appreciate the time and thought behind giving structure to this process. It has made this process as different as night and day compared to 6 years ago. Whatever happens with my application, I hope your team knows the enormous impact you make on confidence, anxiety reduction, and approachable strategy in this crazy process. “