We’re a husband-and-wife team that believes passionately in helping veterans and transitioning soldiers find their best fit, be it in or out of medicine, in the civilian world. Both of us served in the Army and struggled to find our places in the world after getting out. We both considered medical school, though only one of us actually took that route. Ultimately, we both found the process of exploring medicine as an option for veterans to be arduous and almost completely self-directed. We created Vet2MD to fill this gap in the hopes that more veterans will act on a desire to enter the field of medicine as physicians.
Camilla comes from a long line of military service that traces back to the American Revolution. Her paternal grandfather graduated from West Point in 1945 and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Her maternal grandfather, a Lithuanian immigrant, was a prisoner of war under the Soviet Union during World War II. Her father was a draftee who went on to serve in the Special Forces in Vietnam. She followed suit, joining the Army after high school, graduating from West Point in 2009, and entered the Army’s Medical Service Corps. Her first assignment was with the First Cavalry Division, where she worked as a medical logistician, ground medical evacuation platoon leader, and role II executive officer with a deployment to Iraq in 2011-12. Her terminal assignment was with the 10th Special Forces Group–one of only 44 women in the Group at the time–as the Group Medical Logistician, supporting missions in Africa and the Middle East. After leaving the Army, she attended the Goucher College Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program and was accepted to medical school at The George Washington University Medical School through a linkage program. Shortly after graduating from her post-bacc program, she deferred her linkage for one year to move with Ross to Charlottesville, VA, where he was working on an MBA at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. During this time, Camilla worked as an administrative assistant for the Coronary ICU at University of Virginia Medical Center. She began medical school the following year and is a member of The George Washington University Medical School’s Class of 2019 and is planning on practicing Family Medicine. (Camilla’s LinkedIn)
A Florida native, Ross enlisted in the Army after high school. He served as an infantryman in the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment for three years prior to his acceptance to West Point. He deployed three times to Afghanistan and Iraq during the first years of the War – Ross likes to brag that he’d invaded two countries by the time he was twenty-one. After graduating from the Academy, he spent five additional years as an infantry officer with the First Cavalry Division, including another deployment to Iraq. During his final months in the Army Ross considered a career in medicine as either a doctor or nurse before deciding he was best suited for work in Corporate America. After transitioning from the military Ross spent an additional year as a proud Army spouse supporting Camilla at her terminal assignment with the 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Carson. He worked as a telecommunications sales engineer during this time. When Camilla was accepted to the Post Bacc program at Goucher College he happily followed her to Baltimore, where he worked as a project manager for a residential construction company. After Camilla graduated from Goucher, Ross decided to attend the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, where he graduated with his MBA in 2016. Post-graduation Ross first worked as a consultant with Bain & Co. and is now a Senior Business Manager at Capital One. (Ross’s LinkedIn)