Natalie grew up in Southern California. She studied English Literature and pre-medicine as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time she studied Spanish and Latin American Literature abroad in Spain for one year in Cádiz and the University of Granada.
After UC Berkeley, she spent a year in underserved health education with La Clínica in Oakland, California. She then obtained a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University in New York City. During the Master's, she wrote a thesis on HIV in minority women and health provider cultural competence.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, she earned a post-graduate certificate in surgery as a first assist from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professionally, she is interested in the complimentary integration of holistic care modalities to Western medicine, global health care, health care technology, and always maintaining a caring, human connection in all encounters. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.