Karyna served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in San Diego, California. She graduated with honors from Loyola University in Chicago. Following graduation, she assisted in research focusing on the effectiveness of evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. Through this experience, she observed different treatment approaches which drove her to pursue a career in medicine. In 2020, Karyna completed her post-baccalaureate pre-health program and will be applying to her graduate program in 2022. In her free time, Karyna enjoys working out, hiking, and traveling.