From years in the medical field to diverse agricultural and marine training, Lela has experienced a broad spectrum of science in our everyday lives.
As someone who grew up aspiring towards a career, Lela believed her nurturing nature’s purpose was for medicine. She worked as nurse tech, lab tech, phlebotomist, and physician’s assistant. Years of her life were spent in a hospital.
During Cornell’s Physican Assistant program, Lela reached a turning point. “We were asking all the wrong questions,” she says.
“Medicine [was] fixing people’s symptoms, and not the problem. By fixing the symptom and not the problem we cause more problems.”
Lela went back to school for environmental science to make a difference in the world. She worked in the department of agriculture and saw the system of corporate bureaucracy that encircled our food. Lela got out.
She wrote a book about her beliefs on food culture, food ecosystems, and the science and biology behind why we need to eat right.
Being a biologist permeates everything Lela does.
It is the root of her curiosity, the reason for her education, and the source of her inspiration to keep learning and keep teaching.