Rachel is a native of Minnesota, where she received her BA from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. While there, she received a research grant for her thesis in antibacterial resistance of E. coli. She graduated from the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies focusing on pediatrics. Her clinical rotations immersed her in general pediatrics, inpatient pediatrics, pediatric surgery, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric emergency medicine. She joined RMPGI in August 2006.