Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University in 2004. She joined the Thoracic-Cardiovascular Post-Operative Intensive Care Unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center in July 2004. In this position, she advanced to a Clinician III, acted as the Quality Improvement Coordinator, and was a member of the Thoracic and Cardiac Quality Service Team. She joined the STAC team in January 2011. Currently, Rachel is active in the PARTNER I and PARTNER II study, a transcatheter aortic valve device trial. Additionally, she works with the Cardiac Thoracic Surgery Network grant studies.