Our Team of Medical School Coaches & Physician Advisors
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Meet our team

The MedSchoolCoach’s team goes above and beyond at every step of the process. Since our inception, our focus has been to assemble the absolute best team of physician advisors, MCAT and boards tutors anywhere.  Everyone at MedSchoolCoach is dedicated to the goal of making you a physician.

Sahil Mehta MD, MedSchoolCoach Founder
Sahil Mehta MD Founder

Dr. Mehta is the founder of MedSchoolCoach and has guided thousands of successful medical school applicants. He is also a practicing physician in Boston where he specializes in vascular and interventional radiology.

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Ken Tao, Director of MCAT, MedSchoolCoach
Ken Tao Director of MCAT

Ken graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Bioengineering, a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, and is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Medical School. Ken is nationally recognized as a premier MCAT tutor and leads the most elite tutoring team in the industry.

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Joel Ramirez MD, MedSchoolCoach
Joel Ramirez MD Director of Medical School Tutoring

Dr. Ramirez attended University of California, San Francisco where he is a vascular surgery resident. He received a 266 on Step 1 and 265 on Step 2 CK. He oversees the team of elite USMLE and COMLEX tutors.

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Renee Marinelli MD, MedSchoolCoach
Renee Marinelli MD Director of Advising

Dr. Marinelli has practiced family medicine, served on the University of California Admissions Committee, and has helped hundreds of students get into medical school. She spearheads a team of physician advisors who guide MedSchoolCoach students.

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Carma Van Allen, MedSchoolCoach, Student Success Team
Carma Van Allen Student Success Team

Student Success Manager

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Tracy Lampl, MedSchoolCoach, Student Success Team
Tracy Lampl Student Success Team

Student Success Manager

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Michelle Hermany, MedSchoolCoach, Enrollment Team
Michelle Hermany Director of Enrollment

Enrollment Team

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Elizabeth Conway, MedSchoolCoach, Enrollment Team
Elizabeth Conway Enrollment Manager

Enrollment Team

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James Sands-Berking, MedSchoolCoach Enrollment Manager
James Sands-Berking Enrollment Manager

Enrollment Team

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Sahil Mehta MD, MedSchoolCoach Founder
Sahil Mehta MD Founder

Dr. Mehta is the founder of MedSchoolCoach and has guided thousands of successful medical school applicants. He is also a practicing physician in Boston where he specializes in vascular and interventional radiology.

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Renee Marinelli MD, MedSchoolCoach
Renee Marinelli MD Director of Advising

Dr. Marinelli has practiced family medicine, served on the University of California Admissions Committee, and has helped hundreds of students get into medical school. She spearheads a team of physician advisors who guide MedSchoolCoach students.

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David Flick MD, MedSchoolCoach
David Flick MD Associate Director of Advising

Dr. Flick was an admissions committee member at UC Irvine School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and also works as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Army.

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Harvey Katzen MD, MedSchoolCoach
Harvey Katzen MD Associate Director of Advising

Dr. Katzen was an admissions committee member at George Washington University School of Medicine, as well as the president of Oncology-Hematology Associates in Maryland.

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Edward Lipsit MD, MedSchoolCoach
Ed Lipsit MD Associate Director of Advising

Dr. Lipsit served on the Virginia Commonwealth University admissions committee and was also Chief Resident at The George Washington University Medical Center.

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Simon Bababeygy MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Simon Bababeygy MD Master Advisor

Dr. Bababeygy served on the admissions committee at Stanford for four years

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Grant Barber MD, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Grant Barber MD Master Advisor

Dr. Barber has advised over 100 pre-medical students. He is organized, prompt, creative, and professional.

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Amy Chen MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Amy Chen MD Master Advisor

Dr. Chen graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and is a current Dermatology resident at UCSF. She was a member of the Harvard Pre-Med Committee for 3 years

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Ryan Gillihan MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Ryan Gillihan MD Master Advisor

Dr. Gillihan has significant experience with both traditional and non-traditional applicants, and has helped countless students achieve their dreams of becoming a physician.

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Mohammad "Mo" Hajighasemi MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Mohammad Hajighasemi MD Master Advisor

Dr. Hajighasemi is a former admissions committee member at UC Irvine School of Medicine

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Aubrey Jordan MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Aubrey Jordan MD Master Advisor

Dr. Jordan served on the admissions committee at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

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James Kelly MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
James Kelly MD Master Advisor

Dr. Kelly is a New York based Ophthalmologist who helps prepare doctors for their oral boards.

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Newsha Lajevardi MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Newsha Lajevardi MD Master Advisor

Dr. Lajevardi is a board certified dermatologist with an academic background and first hand experience with medical school and residency admissions.

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Ben Robison MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Ben Robison MD Master Advisor

Dr. Robison is a Macarthur award winning MD who offers individualized strategic advice, communication coaching, and editorial insight that has propeled students into top-tier medical schools.

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James Weintrub MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
James Weintrub MD Master Advisor

Dr. Weintrub is an accomplished Plastic Surgeon, Assistant Professor at Brown University and a former member of the selection committee for the Brown University Plastic Surgery residency program.

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Ziggy Yoediono MD, MedSchoolCoach Master Advisor
Ziggy Yoediono MD Associate Director of Advising

Dr. Yoediono was a Duke University pre-major advisor, and an adcom member for Duke University School of Medicine, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program.

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Steven Ruby MD. MedSchoolCoach Advisor
Steven Ruby MD Master Advisor

Dr. Ruby served as the chair of the Admissions Committee at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has been involved with medical education for four decades.

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Jasmin Scott-Hawkins MD, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Jasmin Scott-Hawkins MD Master Advisor

Dr. Scott-Hawkins has a wealth of experience in evaluating and guiding applicants through the medical school and residency admissions process. She is passionate about helping others pursue their dreams and diversifying the face of medicine.

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Jennifer Speegle, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Jennifer Speegle Writing Advisor

Jennifer Speegle taught undergraduate reading and writing courses at UC San Diego, counseled students on SAT/ACT test prep and writing personal statements, and is currently developing ELA curriculum for school districts nationwide.

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Sanjay Aneja MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Sanjay Aneja MD

Dr. Aneja was a member of the Yale School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

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Raghu Appasani MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Raghu Appasani, MD

Dr. Appasani likes to take a unique look into applicants’ interests outside of medicine and the traditional answers we are trained to highlight. He believes this brings out interesting passions that sometimes get suppressed during medical school.

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Nabeel Arian MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Nabeel Arain MD

Dr. Arain is a pioneer of several minimally invasive surgical techniques and has served on various admissions committees.

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Elie Balesh, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Elie Balesh MD

Dr. Balesh has formerly served as an alumni interviewer for the Harvard College Admissions Committee, and he has several years’ experience with college, medical school, and residency admissions consulting

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Davietta Butty MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Davietta Butty MD

Dr. Butty is a pediatric urgent care physician and has extensive experience advising pre-medical students.

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Tyler Callese MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Tyler Callese MD

Dr. Callese is an interventional radiologist at UCLA and was involved in starting an admissions program at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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Edward Chang MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Edward Chang MD

Dr. Chang is the co-founder of ProspectiveDoctor.com and loves to guide students through the medical school application process.

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Susan Choo MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Susan Choo MD Master Advisor Associate Director of Advising

Dr. Choo is a pediatrician with extensive experience with admissions and advising medical students.

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Jennifer Chyu MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Jennifer Chyu MD

Dr. Chyu is a urology resident at the University of Washington, and has worked as both a tutor and advisor for MedSchoolCoach. She was involved in admissions at UCLA

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Alexis Dallara MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Alexis Dallara MD

Dr. Dallara is a practicing neurologist in NJ with extensive admissions experience.

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Ashley Comfort MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Ashley Comfort MD

Dr. Comfort was part of the admissions committee at USC Keck interviewing candidates.

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Vanessa Dimayuga Smith MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Vanessa Dimayuga Smith MD

Dr. Smith was a member of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Admissions Committee

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Rahul Dutta MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Rahul Dutta MD

Dr. Dutta is a surgeon-in-training and specializes in advising BS/MD applicants, research applicants (such as MD/PhD), and general applicants.

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Adrian Diaz MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Adrian Diaz MD

Dr. Diaz has years of mentoring experience of students and was a member of the admission committee.

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Steven Eilers MD, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Steven Eilers MD

Dr. Eilers has enjoyed working with over 150 prospective and current applicants.  He is fortunate to have had excellent advice and preparation applying to medical school and wants to pay it forward.

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Anthony Esparaz MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Anthony Esparaz MD

Dr. Esparaz is part of the senior teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School

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Rikesh Gandhi
Rikesh Gandhi MD

Dr. Gandhi has extensive experience successfully mentoring students throughout his time at Duke, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. His mentees span from undergraduate students pursuing admission to medical school to medical students interested in competitive

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Sungat Grewal MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Sungat Grewel MD

Dr. Grewal evaluated and interviewed applicants for Geisenger Commonwealth School of Medicine

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Quoc-Anh Ho MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Quoc ‘Q’ Ho MD

Dr. Ho was a previous MedSchoolCoach client and enjoys working with medical school applicants! At UC Davis SOM, Dr. Ho was a voting member of the admissions committee

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Elizabeth John MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Elizabeth John MD

Dr. John has spent over 6 years throughout medical school, residency, and fellowship serving on admissions committees.

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Ann John MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Ann John MD

Dr. John is a Dermatology resident and graduate of an accelerated BA/MD program with extensive experience with counseling and essay editing.

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Stephen Jones MD, MedSchoolCoach Advisor
Stephen Jones MD

Dr. Jones spent 5 years as a member of the Northeast Ohio Medical University admissions committee and understands the medical school admission process. He has a passion for helping others achieve their goals!

 

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Rabeea Khan MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Rabeea Khan MD

Dr. Khan went to Yale med, trained at MGH and now is in biotech.

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Ji Lee, MedSchoolCoach Advisor
Ji Lee MD

Dr. Lee was a non-traditional applicant to medical school and was a client of MedSchoolCoach. With her experience as a client and now as an advisor, she is confident that she can assist you with developing a smart strategy for gaining acceptance to med school.

 

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Kachiu Lee MD, MedSchoolCoach Advisor
Kachiu Lee MD Director of Direct Med (BS/MD) Advising

Dr. Lee is one of the most highly requested advisors for BS/MD admissions, and >95% of her clients get interviews to BS/MD programs during each application cycle.

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Taylor Lindgren MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Taylor Lindgren MD

Dr. Lindgren was a 2-year member of the admissions committee at TTUHSC School of Medicine and a 4-year tutor at the University Writing Center.

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Amar Mandalia MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Amar Mandalia MD

Dr. Mandalia was a member of the University of Miami Admissions Committee.

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Akshita Mehta MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Akshita Mehta MD

Dr. Mehta served on the admissions committee at George Washington University School of Medicine and at the UT Southwestern Radiology Residency.

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Hilary McCrary, MedSchoolCoach Advisor
Hilary McCrary MD

Dr. McCrary has prior admission committee experience at the University of Arizona and is a head and neck surgeon in-training. Prior feedback from medical students that have worked with her includes the following: “Dr. McCrary has excellent interpersonal skills and recognizes the needs of others.”

 

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Mili Mehta MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Mili Mehta MD

Dr. Mehta served on the admissions committee at Columbia University and served as Chief Resident at University of Pennsylvania.

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Sarat Munjuluri MD, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Sarat Munjuluri MD

Dr. Munjuluri is well versed in admissions from high school through medical school.

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Henry Ng MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Henry Ng MD

Dr. Ng was an assistant dean and member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

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Tyler Okland MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Tyler Okland, MD

Dr. Okland streamlines the question environment so you focus on what is important. He works to drill pattern recognition and provide a high volume of questions so you are ready for whatever is thrown at you on interview day.

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Nihir Patel MD, MedSchoolCoach
Nihir Patel MD

Dr. Patel served on the admissions committee at NYU as well as at Thomas Jefferson University. He enjoys tutoring and mentorship, which led him to found a mentorship organization for pre-health students at NYU.

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Amit Patel MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Amit Patel MD

Dr. Patel is an anesthesiologist and has served on numerous medical school and residency admissions committees.

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Dima Raskolnikov, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Dima Raskolnikov MD

Dr. Raskolnikov is a senior urology resident at the University of Washington and has been involved with medical school and undergraduate admissions in various capacities for over 10 years.

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Ram Rao, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Ram Rao MD

Dr. Rao is a four-year member of the admissions committee at the University of Michigan medical school and is involved in the residency recruitment process in the UCLA Pediatrics department.

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Switzer Benjamin, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Ben Switzer MD

Dr. Switzer is the current President of the Resident Executive Committee within his Internal Medicine Program of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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Faustine Dufka Ramirez, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Faustine Dufka Ramirez MD

Dr. Ramirez is a Pediatrics resident at UCSF, and is both an Advisor and Tutor with MedSchoolCoach. She loves helping students shape the different pieces of their application into a story that embodies their unique journey to medicine.

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Akshay Sanan MD, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Akshay Sanan MD

Dr. Sanan is a board certified head and neck surgeon, who is well versed in guiding prospective BA/MD applicants. He focuses on what is high-yield to the client and prepares you for any potential scenarios on your interview day.

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Raj Sarkar MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Raj Sarkar MD

Dr. Sarkar was part of the admissions committee at Columbia University and an interviewer at NJMS.

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Nikhil Seth MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Nikhil Seth MD

Dr. Seth was a member of the Northwestern School of Medicine HPME Admissions Committee

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Emily Singer MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Emily Singer MD

Dr. Singer works with a passion from her own experience as an applicant, reapplicant, and member of the medical school admissions committee at UCLA to help candidates successfully navigate the application process and matriculate into medical school.

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Saurabh Sinha MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Saurabh Sinha MD

Dr. Sinha scored >250 on his USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. He is a neurosurgeon in Pennsylvania.

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Alec Sundet MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Alec Sundet MD

Dr. Sundet scored > 260 on his USMLE Step 2 and served on the admissions committee at University of Colorado.

 

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Megan Trieu MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Megan Trieu MD

Dr. Trieu served on the admissions committee at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

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Nisha Wadhwa
Nisha Wadhwa MD

Dr. Wadhwa was an interviewer for the admissions committee at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Ed Walsh MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Ed Walsh MD

Dr. Walsh was an admissions committee member at University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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Matthew Winterton MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Matthew Winterton MD

Dr. Winterton has extensive experience successfully advising students throughout his time at Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Chicago. He is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon and advises students interested in MD/DO and MD/PhD programs, as well as competitive surgical subspecialties.

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Brian Wu MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Brian Wu MD

Dr. Wu is an avid writer, researcher and MD/PhD admissions expert. He was part of the admissions at USC-Keck

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Aaron Yeoh MD, MedschoolCoach Advisor
Aaron Yeoh MD

Dr. Yeoh has more than 10 years of tutoring experience and is passionate about advising applicants through the interview process.

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Liz Davis
Liz Davis College Advisor

Liz has also helped several students gain acceptance from waiting lists as well as earn full-tuition and other major scholarships and fellowships.

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Robert Rivas, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Robert Rivas College Advisor

Rob has served as Director of Admissions at some of the most highly selective colleges in the country.

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Alexandra Loizzo-Desai
Alexandra Loizzo-Desai Writing Advisor

Alex is a higher-ed professional with 10+ years of experience editing application essays.

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Alexander Sotelo Eastman, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Alexander Sotelo Eastman Writing Advisor

Dr. Sotelo Eastman has over a decade of experience in publishing, proposal writing and higher education.

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Wendy Gammon
Wendy Gammon Writing Advisor

Wendy was part of admissions for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at a major teaching hospital (Overlook Hospital, NJ) and served as a pilot case developer with the NBME for the USMLE Step 2 CS exam. She was also the Standardized Patient Program Director at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Ken Tao, Director of MCAT, MedSchoolCoach
Ken Tao Director of MCAT

Ken graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Bioengineering, a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, and is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Medical School. Ken is nationally recognized as a premier MCAT tutor and leads the most elite tutoring team in the industry.

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Rishav Adhikari, MedSchoolCoach Master Tutor
Rishav Adhikari Master Tutor

Having worked for Teach for America, Rishav is a passionate educator. He scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT!

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Kathryn Henshaw, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Kathryn Henshaw Master Tutor

Kathryn scored in the 99th Percentile on her MCAT and tutors all subjects.

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Rose Huang, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Rose Huang Master Tutor

Rose scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT CARS and Psychology and Sociology sections

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Benjamin Liu, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Benjamin Liu Master Tutor

Benjamin is personable and approachable and has taught hundreds of students how to score better on their exams.

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Katelyn Sawyer, MedSchoolCoach Master Tutor
Katelyn Sawyer Master Tutor

Katelyn has tutored more than 300 MCAT students and scored in the 99th percentile on her own MCAT.

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Alex Starks, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Alex Starks Master Tutor

Alex scored in the 99th percentile on his MCAT and has over 13 years of teaching experience.

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Jeremy Biro, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Jeremy Biro

Jeremy scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT

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Avi Botwinick
Avi Botwinick

Avi scored in the 98th percentile on the MCAT and has years of experience as a peer mentor and learning facilitator.

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Taylor Diedrich, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Taylor Diedrich

Taylor scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and tutors all sections.

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Adrienne Chen, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Adrienne Chen

Adrienne scored in the 99th percentile on her MCAT and has many years of tutoring and mentoring experience.

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Namrata Chintalapati, MedSchoolCoach
Namrata Chintalapati

Namrata scored in the 99th percentile on the science sections of the MCAT and has extensive experience as both a tutor and mentor.

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Nazar Chowdhury
Nazar Chowdhury

Nazar scored in the 99th percentile overall on his MCAT, with perfect scores in Chemistry/Physics and Biology/Biochemistry, and has taught in various settings over 3 years.

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Boryana Doyle, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Boryana Doyle

Boryana scored a 520 on her MCAT including a perfect score in the Biology and Biochemistry section.

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Connor Dunn, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Connor Dunn

Connor has extensive teaching and tutoring experience in a wide variety of subjects across multiple standardized tests and college courses

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Madeleine Fish, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Madeleine Fish

Madeleine scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and had teaching experience in college.

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Sayak Ghosh, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Sayak Ghosh

Sayak scored in the 99th percentile on his MCAT and has a Math/Science GPA at the top of his class.

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Emily Gleason, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Emily Gleason Master Tutor

 Emily scored in the 99th Percentile on her MCAT and tutors all subjects.

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Theodore Habarth-Morales, MedschoolCoach Tutor
Theodore Habarth-Morales

Theo is an experienced teacher and scored in the 99th percentile on multiple MCAT sections

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Mathias Jost, MedSchoolCoach
Mathias Jost Master Tutor

Mathias is a 99th percentile MCAT scorer with 8 years of teaching experience.

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Ethan Han, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Ethan Han

Ethan scored in the 99th percentile on his MCAT and has taught students in a wide variety of subjects.

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Kee Harish, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Kee Harish

Kee scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and tutors all subjects

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Behram Khan
Behram Khan

Behram scored in the 98th percentile on his MCAT and has an extensive background in supporting students achieve their goals.

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Rebecca Lin
Rebecca Lin

Rebecca scored in the 99th percentile on her MCAT and has over 6 years of tutoring experience.

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Catherine Liu, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Catherine Liu

Catherine scored in the 99th percentile on her MCAT and has both private tutoring and professional teaching experience.

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Selena Lugosi, MedSchoolCoach Tutor
Selena Lugosi

Selena scored in the 95th percentile in Psych/Soc and 99th percentile in CARS on her MCAT, and she has over 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience.

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Alex Lupi, MedschoolCoach Advisor