Gail Ansel is a fiction writer and graduate of the Stanford University Novel Writing Certificate Program, where she was mentored by Joshua Mohr (All This Life), Val Brelinski (The Girl Who Slept with God) and Malena Watrous (If You Follow Me) .
Gail grew up in Massachusetts and met David her freshman year of high school while doing his makeup for Tartuffe (he played the title role.) She earned a degree in Theater from Brandeis University and pursued acting in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston while David completed his Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics training. Together, they founded his private Pediatrics practice, specializing in children with special health care needs. In addition to performing CFO duties, she coordinated complex patient services and through that experience formed close relationships with families. She implemented a “Medical Home” in the 1990’s, managed an integrated Behavioral Services initiative, sat on the Board of a local Vocational High School, and a Boston Children’s Hospital Committee for management of pediatric primary care. She was instrumental in the business and financial inclusion of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in the ownership of the practice, the first in Massachusetts. After twenty-five years of explosive growth, she assisted in the sale of the practice.
Gail and David relocated from Massachusetts to California in 2015, where David joined the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and Gail writes. They celebrate 38 years of marriage and have two grown children. Jason earned his PhD at MIT and works in Tech in the SF Bay Area, and married Mangpo in 2017, who is PhD candidate at Berkeley. Elise has been a wilderness skills teacher and mentor for children in the Amherst, MA area, and is studying Environmental Science at Hampshire College.