Rachel grew up working on the family farm in Mount Angel, Oregon until attending Oregon State University where she earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Natural Resources/Forest Ecosystems in 2006. She spent nine years working for the Forest Service on wildland fire crews including hand, helitack, fire use and hotshot positions. After experiencing many injuries and physical therapy visits she changed career paths and worked at Biosports as a Pool Assistant while taking prerequisites for PTA programs. In 2014 she attained her Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Whatcom Community College. Rachel is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys most outdoor adventures such as rowing , hiking, skiing, backpacking and riding horses.