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Mary Armbruster

I listen to murder podcasts to fall asleep at night


Hometown: Boulder, CO

Undergrad: University of Colorado, Boulder

Medical School: Rocky Vista University


Hobbies: Spending time with family, weight lifting, rafting, climbing, being outside

Pets: My family has 2 chocolate labs named Tibby and Bailey!


If Not a Doctor: Physician Assistant

Favorite Band: Fleetwood Mac

Favorite Book: The Emerald Mile

Best Star Wars Character: I've never seen Star Wars...

Favorite Sports Team: Colorado Avalanche

Best of Palm Springs: No cold, snowy winters!

Worst of Palm Springs: Price of gas...


Caroline Baber

I've never had a full cup of coffee


Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergrad: Western Washington University

Medical School: Western University - NW


Hobbies: Biking (road and mountain), snowboarding, backpacking, climbing, surfing – basically anything that gets me outside and active

Pets: 6-year-old tabby cat named Felix

If Not ER: Family medicine

If Not a Doctor: Ecologist or Botanist

Favorite Band: Jack Johnson

Favorite Book: Educated by Tara Westover

Best Star Wars Character: Yoda

Favorite Sports Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Best of Palm Springs: Stoked for the biking, hiking and climbing in the area

Worst of Palm Springs: Worried that I'm going to melt in the summer heat


Jacob Brown

I lived in a 4Runner in a Walmart parking lot for a month


Hometown: Glide, OR

Undergrad: Oregon State University

Medical School: Western University - NW


Hobbies: Spearfishing, yoga, climbing, trying to learn the bongos

If Not ER: Family medicine

If Not a Doctor: Astronaut or bongocero

Favorite Band: Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Kool and the Gang

Favorite Book: Catch-22

Best Star Wars Character: Ben Kenobi

Favorite Sports Team: Go Beavs

Best of Palm Springs: Sunshine

Worst of Palm Springs: Lots of sand but no beach


Summer Burke

I got my PADI certification in Ko Tao, Thailand


Hometown: Temecula, CA

Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara

Medical School: Kansas City University

Hobbies: All sorts of arts and crafts: drawing, painting, macrame, resin casting, printmaking… anything that strikes my fancy! I also love houseplants, hiking, and playing volleyball

Pets: My little black cat

If Not ER: Internal Medicine, specializing in palliative/end of life care

If Not a Doctor: An artist, selling my little creations and probably eating too much instant ramen as a result

Favorite Band: America

Favorite Book: House of Leaves 

Best Star Wars Character: Jar Jar Binks

Favorite Sports Team: Kansas Jayhawks!

Best of Palm Springs: The weather! I love desert heat

Worst of Palm Springs: The cost of living


Rich Clifford

I love submarines and anything nautical


Hometown: Waukesha, WI

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Medical School: Western University

Hobbies: So many! Indoor plants, painting, cooking, foreign languages, billiards, video games, reading, Tarot

Pets: One wonderful dog (Clarke)

If Not ER: Cardiology, psychiatry or orthopedic surgery

If Not a Doctor: A teacher

Favorite Band: Steely Dan

Favorite Book: Dune, Hardwired, The Dark Tower series, Infinite Jest, The Stranger, I Robot, Neuromancer

Best Star Wars Character: Jango Fett or General Grevious

Favorite Sports Team: The Packers!

Best of Palm Springs: Diverse population and so many fun things to do

Worst of Palm Springs: Has anyone mentioned the heat yet?


Taylor Dawson

I spent time in a group home growing up and was adopted


Hometown: Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ

Undergrad: Arizona State (Go Devils!)

Medical School: Midwestern University (Arizona)

Hobbies: Recently, more kid-related activities (for obvious reasons); I also love coffee, retail therapy (w/o kids whenever possible!), and when the weather is nice, more outdoor activities (festivals/farmer’s markets/hiking/etc.)

Pets: We have a 13-year-old Australian Shepard/Border Collie mix named Chase who we adopted when he was 8-weeks old and was our first and now only surviving fur baby!

If Not ER: Anesthesia or OB/GYN

If Not a Doctor: Teacher or serial student (getting different degrees my whole life)

Favorite Band: I’m mostly a country music fan, but also enjoy some classic rock (Journey, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, etc.)

Favorite Book: A Million Little Pieces by James Frey and the follow-up My Friend Leonard (controversial memoir but great books!) My favorite genre is definitely memoirs/autobiography-type books—Russel Brand’s book My Booky Wook is also great!

Best Star Wars Character: My 4-year-old son, Madden, would definitely argue for Baby Yoda (he won’t agree that it is actually not Baby Yoda) or the Mandalorian, but I would argue for Boba Fett.

Favorite Sports Team: Patriots! (Especially when Tom Brady was QB)

Best of Palm Springs: It has a small-town feel, but still has all the major stores/shopping/food of a major city

Worst of Palm Springs: Even though we found a great home to rent in a great gated community, it is still quite expensive!!


Aaron Deatherage

I have done surgery on a sheep

Hometown: Running Springs, CA

Undergrad: Cal State San Bernardino

Medical School: Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hobbies: Reading, video games, foodie, tennis hanging with son

Pets: Greg (Cat)

If Not ER: OB/Gyn

If Not a Doctor: Nurse or paramedic

Favorite Band: A Day to Remember

Favorite Book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Best Star Wars Character: Anakin

Favorite Sports Team: LA Kings

Best of Palm Springs: Being in an area with so many things to do!

Worst of Palm Springs: The sun/heat


Megan Flanagan

I used to work in a lab that did research on giant sea slugs called Pleurobranchea


Hometown: Hickory Hills, IL

Undergrad: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Medical School: Western University

Hobbies: Hiking, rollerblading, anything else outdoors (camping/surfing/skiing),  reading, arts/crafts

Pets: I just adopted a dog (herding mix/mutt) named Clark. I was his handler for 3 years at a previous job. He is now retiring to Palm Springs with me!

If Not ER: Surgery, family medicine or OB/GYN

If Not a Doctor: Field biologist

Favorite Band: Mac Demarco

Favorite Book: Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Best Star Wars Character: Kylo Ren (because Adam Driver)

Favorite Sports Team: Uh...sports? Go sports!

Best of Palm Springs: Proximity to the mountains and ocean. The city itself is quirky, fun and walkable with NO traffic

Worst of Palm Springs: My air conditioning bill


Karina Munoz

I’m terrified of rollercoasters, even the ones at Disneyland


Hometown: Palm Springs, CA

Undergrad: UC Riverside

Medical School: Western University

Hobbies: Anything outdoors (hiking, skiing, off-roading), spending time with family, photography, sports, eating, jigsaw puzzles

Pets: Rollie (German shepard)


If Not a Doctor: Something sports related or entrepreneur

Favorite Band: Don’t have one, but anything country

Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie

Best Star Wars Character: Never watched any Star Wars movies

Favorite Sports Team: Angels

Best of Palm Springs: My hometown, good food, easy to travel to the beach and mountains

Worst of Palm Springs: The wind, not the heat


JonAngelo Perry

I've snowboarded down a volcano

Hometown: Twain Harte, CA

Undergrad: UC Davis

Medical School: Kansas City University

Hobbies: Snowboarding, cooking, guitar, golf, climbing, camping, sports, music festivals

Pets: Our dog Louis

If Not ER: Orthopedics

If Not a Doctor: A professional snowboarder

Favorite Band: Zach Bryan, Hot Mulligan, Bon Iver

Favorite Book: The Book Thief

Best Star Wars Character: Darth Maul

Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco Giants

Best of Palm Springs: All the outdoor activities, golfing, laying out by the pool year-round

Worst of Palm Springs: The heat, the heat, and probably the heat

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