For Guerin, her love of puzzles makes medicine a natural fit. After all, each person is like his or her own puzzle, she said, and it’s a physician’s job to examine the pieces and put together a method of care that helps give each patient the best quality of life possible. When the Oregon native isn’t studying, she enjoys traveling and practicing krav maga, a form of self-defense developed in Israel.
In 2016, she brought her passion for fitness to the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu — where, with the help of the country’s women in sports Olympic program, she worked to help mitigate Vanuatu’s rate of sexual assault by teaching krav maga to 150 women through Virginia Tech’s Honors College Odyssey Fellowship.
“I think of self-defense as preventative medicine,” said Guerin, who spent a month traveling to various villages, youth centers and schools during her time in Vanuatu. “This was one of the first times I was able to make an impact.”