I grew up in a rural area on the outskirts of Tauranga, New Zealand. As a sports-mad adventurous kid, living on an orchard with a gully to explore, I was no stranger to physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
Having been involved with every sport possible at school, it was hockey that opened doors for me. In my final year of high-school I was fortunate to be offered a hockey scholarship to attend Stanford University. The experience of growing up in blue collar NZ and then surrounded by extreme wealth in Silicon Valley sparked within me a desire to help those less fortunate than myself, particularly in my interest area of health. This passion led me to study Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health Policy. While having a global outlook on health solutions is of interest to me, I felt a strong urge to return to my home country to make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders.
In the summer break of my junior year, I interned at Toi Te Ora Public Health Service in the Bay of Plenty. As part of the Childhood Obesity team I had the chance to work towards achieving health equity for all New Zealanders by promoting healthy lifestyle choices. I really enjoyed bringing together key stakeholders to brainstorm ways to localise the food chain, not only making the sourcing of food products more sustainable but also increasing the availability of cheap and healthy food to all.
Today I am excited to say that I am part of the Melon Health team. Being here provides a real opportunity to work towards providing greater access to health care. Providing health solutions through technology is at the forefront of a massive transformation in health - working in this cutting-edge industry is a dream.
Aside from health, I am passionate about exploring new places and am always seeking out adventure. I’m a strong believer that getting amongst nature and being in the wilderness can teach you a lot about yourself and allows you to put things in perspective.