Erica is originally from Sacramento, California, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014 at California State University, Sacramento. She majored in Humanities and Religious Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Her academic concentrations included Buddhism in South Asia and modern Pagan religions of North America. She spent one semester abroad at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she studied Buddhist Studies and solidified her interest in pursuing South Asian studies. Her interest in Medical Anthropology originally began with an introduction to Vipassana meditation, herbalism, and a yoga teacher training course during her university studies. She has completed internships at the International Rescue Committee, where she worked in refugee resettlement and food security programs. She has also spent time working on organic farms studying small scale food production and nutrition. Most recently, she completed a year in the AmeriCorps, where she worked with at risk families through Birth and Beyond, a maternal and infant health community support program. Her current interests lie in the regions of Nepal and Tibet, and in the areas of traditional medical knowledge, shamanism, and mental health.