Rachel was born in Rome, New York, but spent her childhood in North Florida. Initially unsure of a career path, Rachel attended City College in New York City, studying Theater Arts. She left the city after two years, then held various jobs in her early 20s, which took her to San Francisco, California and Buffalo, New York. While working as a medical receptionist for a primary care physician, she noticed that many patients had chronic conditions that could be mitigated or even prevented through exercise.
This realization helped her see that she could turn her passion for movement into a career. She then obtained a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and began to work as a trainer.
Wanting to further her education, she enrolled in classes and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Buffalo. During her undergraduate studies, she continued to work as a personal trainer and also completed her Pilates teacher training. Many of her clients had injuries or other musculoskeletal complaints, and she was inspired to continue on to physical therapy school.
Rachel returned to sunny Florida to begin her doctoral studies at the University of Miami. At UM, she serves as a Student Representative for the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a graduate assistant to the Director of Academic Review. She will graduate in the spring of 2021 and will be eligible to sit for her Physical Therapy boards that summer.
When she is not studying or teaching Pilates, she enjoys going for bicycle rides around her South Miami neighborhood, reading, or watching Family Feud.