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 MedicalSchoolHQ.net 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.
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 Medical School Headquarters YouTube channel series, "Premed Office Hours"
Deana Golini: Advisor
Deana (pronounced dee-na) was most recently at Stanford University School of Medicine as a Senior MD Admission Officer, where she gained first-hand knowledge of the competitive medical school admissions process. She was closely involved in evaluation applications, helping conduct interview days, and helping run their MD Admissions Committee. Prior to joining Stanford, Deana was the Assistant Director of Advising , Student Support & Outreach for the Master in medical Sciences at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School.
Deana received her B.S. from Boston University and M.Ed from Providence College in Counseling and Education Administration. She began her career as a certified high school teacher and college counselor, serving on Brown University’s Inaugural Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Advisory Board. She held concurrent part-time roles at Northeastern University working as an application reader for their Undergraduate Admissions Office and as a medical school committee letter writer for their Premed and Pre-Health Advising Program from 2019-2021.
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