As we are getting closer to the Fall 2018 trip, planning is well underway and things are coming together well. This Saturday we have our packing day, then the following weekend is Send-off Weekend. I can’t believe the trip is basically already here! This week we have two more of our wonderful team coming at you! We have Erin and Brandi.
I am an outdoor-loving, adventure-seeking, cake-decorating lover of learning, traveling, and Jesus. I grew up in Indiana, ultimately going to undergrad, graduate school, and then medical school in the great Hoosier state. Following medical school, I married my best friend (Zack) and moved to SLC for further training, and am now a Family Medicine doctor here in Salt Lake City.
Zack and I are fortunate to have been able to enjoy the beauty of Utah through countless mountain adventures during our time here. Furthermore, we have been so grateful that our long (seemingly endless) drive Westward across Highway 80 nearly 3.5 years ago lead us to the church community that we have found at Capital.
I have always had a fondness for both medicine and service, and from a young age envisioned myself working as a physician on international medical trips. After becoming a Christian through Young Life in high school, I aspired to ultimately have future service experiences be grounded upon the ultimate power of Healing that comes through Christ. Through service trips to Cameroon, the Philippines, and Jamaica, and Swaziland, I have continued to strengthen my desire to connect with the world through international service. I am so honored to be returning to the Mkhombokati Carepoint in eSwatini for the third year in a row, to expand medical and public health education for the AIM staff who oversee the care of thousands of kids across the country. Thank you to all who support Capital, the kids at Mkhombokati, and the missionaries who serve in eSwatini around the clock that I am so excited to see again soon.
Brandi is originally from Wisconsin, and moved out to Salt Lake City four years ago to attend graduate school at the University of Utah. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy last year, and has been working as a pediatric physical therapist at Primary Children’s Hospital. Brandi has always had a passion for children and serving others, and the The Lord has placed a special desire on her heart to do physical therapy/medical related missions. Brandi has been attending Capital Church since she moved to Utah, and is excited for her first mission trip!
In her free time, you can find her hiking, trail running, cycling, playing tennis, and competing in triathlons.