A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Dr. Nancy Kadel had a brief career as a modern dancer in New York before graduating from University of Washington School of Medicine. Nancy went on to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard University in Boston as well as specialty training in Sports Medicine and Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. Nancy was an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington and then University of California in San Francisco before leaving academics to pursue private practice. Nancy currently practices at Seattle Sports and Spine Clinic and the Seattle Free Clinic for Dancers, a clinic she co-founded. Nancy is an international expert and lecturer on injuries and injury prevention in dancers, which means she has taken care of some of the world’s gnarliest and hardest working feet. This will be Nancy’s firth time working on the medical team of a 4 Deserts Race, having previously been on the medical teams for the Gobi March 2012, Sahara Race (Jordan) 2013, Atacama Crossing 2015 and The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2016. When she is not volunteering on a desert race or lecturing about dance medicine, Nancy enjoys knitting, riding her Italian racing bike, hiking, skate skiing, hand feeding the cows in her back yard, and searching the world for a yarn shop she hasn’t visited.