Originally hailing from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Lauren can now be found lurking in various corners of the Mountain West. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Chemistry, she transitioned into the nomadic life of a NOLS field instructor despite parental disbelief. Lauren became fascinated with wilderness medicine after becoming a WEMT in 2004 and is a current member of the WMS. In her free time, Lauren can be found running, biking, climbing, skiing, and any number of other athletic pursuits. Her passions include glitter, dancing, good food, and her four-legged love, Sanka.