Dr. Kathleen Bernard grew up in a close-knit community in rural CT with her parents and older brother. She attended a small Montessori school from kindergarten through 8th grade. At Brown University, she concentrated in Community Health and was involved with teaching creative writing and arts within the Rhode Island prison system, receiving the Community Service Award for her leadership role upon graduating in 2006. She then moved to Berkeley, California and acted as project coordinator for clinical trials of reproductive health devices for the California Family Health Council, a non-profit organization. At Mount Sinai School of Medicine she was part of the inaugural class of Human Rights and Social Justice Scholars. She also conducted research evaluating traditional birthing practices among indigenous women in Guatemala. Kathleen prides herself on maintaining a balanced life outside of the hospital, including practicing yoga and spending time with her friends and family.