Taylor Kandler is a second year medical student at the University of British Columbia (2022) and is originally from central, northern British Columbia - Prince George. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) in Biomedical Sciences, with a minor in Indigenous Studies.
Following her interests, she finished a global health program at Harvard and an Indigenous program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Post-graduation she worked on a maternal and child health ketamine program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Innovations to improve access to anesthetic in limited resource settings. She is really enjoying her time in medical school as she discovers all the amazing paths that medicine can take her.
Bryn Longcraft-Harris is a second year medical student at the University of British Columbia's Island Medical Program. She was born and raised in Victoria, but moved to Halifax to earn her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Medical Sciences in Honours, which looked at sport and recreational related injuries in Nova Scotia. She has spent the past three summers in the Anapolis Valley working at Brigadoon Village, a camp for children with chronic health conditions. This experience, and her years of coaching swimming lessons, has solidified her interests in pediatrics.
Bryn is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about rare diseases and she is excited to work with the Cure Blau Syndrome Foundation to improve the lives of adults and children like Lexi.
Bailey Pierson is a fourth year student at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, where she is earning a degree in health sciences. She will be completing her undergraduate degree in May of 2020 and plans to work towards her masters degree to become a nurse practitioner in either family medicine or women's health. Her interests include endocrinology, fertility, genetics, and holistic health.
Bailey is also passionate about educating on how to live a healthier lifestyle reducing environmental toxins to improve overall health. Bailey is looking forward to being part of this wonderful team of professionals and furthering her knowledge of Blau Syndrome!
Cynthia Flores attends California State University, Fullerton, U.S., and is majoring in Biology. Cynthia started her work with the Cure Blau Syndrome Foundation during the summer of 2019 as an intern with CSUF's Allied Health Academy. Inspired by her sister who has battled cancer since a child, Cynthia aims to work as a genetic counselor or fertility specialist. She loves to garden, cook, and go to the beach!