Our People

At Global Pre-Meds, we don’t outsource anything. All of the people who create your experience are very much part of our team.

We directly recruit, train and manage everyone involved in our operations in the Caribbean, from the person who greets you at the airport to our chefs, housekeepers, overnight student supervisors and activity coordinators at the house. We work very closely with our partner hospitals to select and train the best mentors, and pay them directly for every student that they teach.

In Head Office, our Admissions & Student Support Team liaise daily with their international colleagues to ensure a seamless student experience from registration right through to joining our alumni network.

Senior Team

Dave Brown

Director

Joined global pre meds: The beginning!

Dave founded the company in 2010, after an early career leading projects throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. He continues to take a very hands-on lead developing and expanding our international partnerships and continually evolving our educational and hospitality services.

Rachel Plummer

Deputy Director

Joined global pre meds: 2013

Rachel started on our Student Support Team and progressed through the company to her current role. She works closely with Dave overseeing all aspects of our operations and also heads up our company-wide recruitment, sourcing and training the best talent as we grow.

Chantal Gahongayire

Regional Director (Caribbean)

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Chantal leads all operations in the Dominican Republic with her time split between student safety and managing our mentors. She will personally brief you when you arrive to make sure you’re prepared to go into the hospital and is always around the house, supporting the team.

Nic Alpi

Chief Technical Officer

Joined global pre meds: 2018

Organising huge volumes of students, busy mentors and our team around the world is complicated; Nic is the person who brings together our intricate operations through clever technical solutions and ensures the behind-the-scenes administration of the company runs smoothly.

Tom Barlow

Head of Student Support

Joined global pre meds: 2014

Tom leads the Global Pre-Meds admissions process, including conducting our admission interviews. He’s always at the end of the phone to help you prepare for the program and liaises daily with our team in the Dominican Republic to ensure everything is ready for your arrival.

Operations Team

Alicia Parsons

Program Leader

Joined global pre meds: 2017

Alicia was born in the US and grew up in Dominican Republic, where she qualified as a Doctor in 2016. She has managed Global Pre-Meds programs in the Dominican Republic and in Croatia and also leads our Global Health Tutorials.

Miranda Hyles

Program Leader

Joined global pre meds: 2019

Miranda completed our program as a student in 2015, then joined as a Program Leader in 2019, achieving an amazing 96% rating in student feedback! As a medical student herself at the prestigious University of Sydney Medical School, Miranda is a great source of advice.

Sandra Sagan

Host

Joined global pre meds: 2018

Having worked in hospitality around the world, Sandra is the perfect host and will make you feel at home as soon as you arrive. She cooks, cleans, fixes, shops and makes sure our houses are your safe haven after a busy day in the hospital. Also known as Mama Sandra!

Genesis Gonzolaz

Student Coordinator

Joined global pre meds: 2017

As one of our very experienced Student Coordinators, Genesis is on call through the night to make sure you feel happy and safe. She'll also be there in the morning to make sure you get up and remember everything you need for your placement!

Traben Fischer

Student Coordinator

Joined global pre meds: 2018

Traben completed the Global Pre-Meds program as a student back in 2015 and joined the team in 2018. Having done the program himself, Traben knows exactly how you’re feeling and so can help you get the most out of the experience with us, particularly in the hospital.

Anna Bagniska

Student Coordinator

Joined global pre meds: 2018

Anna has worked for Global Pre-Meds for two very busy summers! Her role is to support you once you're home from the hospital and make sure all the activities and excursions you want to do are organised and run smoothly.

Arnaud Kislanski

Student Coordinator

Joined global pre meds: 2017

Arnaud grew up in the Dominican Republic and has recently returned having completed his studies in Belgium. His knowledge of the local area is superb and as an international student himself, he understands how to help you adapt to learning in a new culture.

Armando Melendez

Groundskeeper & Handyman

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Armando is our groundskeeper and handyman, working tirelessly to ensure the Global Pre-Meds house runs like clockwork. From cleaning the swimming pool to maintaining our vegetable garden, he's always on the go and still finds time to help Santos in the kitchen!

Santos Garcia

Chef

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Our resident Chef since 2016, Santos will probably become one of your favourite members of our team! His dishes vary from traditional Caribbean to well-known home comforts. He’s always happy for an extra pair of hands in the kitchen if you’d like to learn to cook in your spare time.

Rosa Velasquez

Housekeeper

Joined global pre meds: 2019

A house full of students gets a little messy so luckily we have Rosa to keep things clean and tidy. From making beds to cleaning up after games night, Rosa is there to make sure you are always impressed by our beautiful house.

Clinical Team and Mentors

Dr. Amin Mercedes

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Dr. Mercedes graduated as a medical doctor in 2015 and since then has worked in different hospitals around the Dominican Republic, including a large public hospital in Santo Domingo, the capital. He's speciality is general surgery and tends to mentor students who are particularly interested in that field.

Dr. Erik Artiles

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2017

Dr. Artiles graduated as a medical doctor in 2014 from from The Eastern Central University, a private university in the Dominican Republic. Since then, he has worked mostly in the La Romana region and has recently returned from studies in Australia.

Dr. Caroleny Cespedes

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2017

Dr. Cespedes graduated as a medical doctor in June 2016 from The Eastern Central University, a private university in the Dominican Republic. Since then she has worked in the country’s public hospitals and private clinics and has also spent time working in the community with a focus on OBGYN.

Dr. Alba Cueto

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Dr. Cueto graduated as a medical doctor in May 2015 from the University of San Pedro. Since then Dr. Cueto has worked in clinics around the south region of the country focusing on women’s health and childbirth.

Dr. Monica De La Cruz

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Dr. De La Cruz graduated as a medical doctor in General Medicine in October 2016 from UCE, Dominican Republic. Since then she has worked in different hospitals and clinics around the country including Clinica Rural Veron La Altagracia (a community healthcare facility) and Hospital Moscoso Puello in the capital of the country, Santo Domingo.

Dr. Shantell Rockel

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Dr. Rockel graduated as a medical doctor in 2015 and since then has worked in clinics mostly in the La Romana region of the country. Dr. Rockel specialised in paediatrics and generally mentors our students who are interested in finding out more about that field of medicine.

Dr. Brian Abraham

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Dr. Abraham graduated as a medical doctor in 2016. Since then he has specialised in general surgery and so is particularly experienced in mentoring students who are interested in that field and allowing them to observe complex trauma cases.

Dr. Nataly Perez

Medical Doctor and Mentor

Joined global pre meds: 2016

Dr. Perez graduated as a medical doctor in June 2016 from the University of San Pedro. Since then Dr. Perez has worked in hospitals between La Romana and Santo Domingo. She is particularly experienced in dealing with in on infectious and tropical diseases.

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