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About Mappd

Mappd's goal is to help demystify and democratize the premed and pre-health process.

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 Advising Team
Behind Mappd Chat

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 Medical School Headquarters YouTube channel series, "Premed Office Hours"

Courtney Lewis: Advisor

Courtney Lewis has worked in medical school admissions for more than 5 years, with the last 3 years serving as the Director of Admissions at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM). During her time at BCOM, Courtney was selected to be a member of the national AACOMAS Advisory Committee to help promote admissions best practices for all osteopathic medical schools. She also served in two elected positions for the AACOM Admissions Officer Council, one as the was Vice Chair-Elect.

Courtney grew up in underrepresented, underserved, low-income areas as the oldest of 8 children, and some of her siblings have special needs. She had to work through college and navigate the educational system on her own without advice or guidance, which is why she’s passionate about sharing information and helping those in similar circumstances. During her time at BCOM, minority matriculation grew to over 20% of each cohort. When not advising, Courtney spends time taking motorcycle trips, fishing, attending small venue indie rock shows, and playing with Chihuahua named Lola.

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. 

"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. “