Marisa was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. She attended Stanford University where she participated in Barrio Assistance, a mentoring program for students from low income families in East Palo Alto, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán), an organization that aims to foster cultural awareness and educational outreach to Chican@/Latin@ students, and the Stanford Premedical Association. In her latter years at Stanford, Marisa also became a tutor for a program called H.E.L.P. (Health Education for Life Partnership with kids). Through H.E.L.P., Marisa developed a health and science curriculum that she, along with other students in the program, taught weekly to 4th, 6th and 8th graders at a local school. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology, Marisa worked as a medical scribe for a podiatrist for two years before matriculating to the UCLA/Drew program to pursue a doctorate in medicine. She continues to educate local communities through opportunities such as the Lennox Health Fair organized by LMSA, and hopes to apply her passion for helping underserved communities to the field of orthopedic surgery. In her spare time, Marisa delights in playing soccer, hiking, going to the beach, spending time with her family, and reading fiction novels.

Undergrad Institution: Stanford University

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA