Mackenzie (Mack) Haberman hails from Pennsylvania and was lucky to come from a nomadic family that valued experience through exposure. She studied Environmental Science and Art history in college, which lead her to work on an oceanographic sail boat. Sailing on research and education boats instilled in her the importance of community and self-reliance with limited resources. It also gave her a love of dayglow and modern refrigeration.
She also worked on an icebreaker in Antarctica, threw lines on a tugboat, fished in SE Alaska, navigated hot air balloons in Switzerland, and ran a dogsled team in Iceland. In all these jobs she was the medical officer in charge of the health and welfare of her crew (+dogs!). The terror and joy of these remote medical experiences are what drew her towards medicine.
She went to medical school at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth which allowed her to experience many facets of rural medicine. In all of her rotations she was drawn to the undeserved, austere, and marginalized communities. She was lucky to be involved in behavioral health research for long duration space flights and spend some time at SpaceX during her medical training.
Mack enjoys learning flyfishing, collecting stamps, baking, and running at a glacial pace in her spare time.