Dr Rice was born in Valparaiso, IN and studied the Suzuki violin method at Valparaiso University from the age of 6 where she developed a love for Stephane Grappelli and the music of Claude Bolling, among other interests. She went on to complete her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago (UChicago).
Following graduation, she helped with the development the educational software interface for PCR hardware, a project underway in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at UChicago. From there she transitioned to work for the University's illustration department in the UChicago Hospitals. She completed a Master's Degree in medical illustration in 2000 at UIC, where her graduate thesis work involved the creation of patient-specific bony implants and prosthetics using 3D printing technology in combination with CT imaging data.
Dr Rice moved to Oxford, England where she served as the interim head of Oxford University’s Histopathology Medical Imaging Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Dr Rice returned to the US and completed a master's degree in physiology and earned her MD in 2008.
Since the completion of her clinical training, Dr Rice has dedicated a portion of her time to teaching both medical and master's students at her alma mater, IUSM, while continuing her clinical work as an independent contractor. Dr Rice has pursued additional post-doctoral training in China where she spent clinical time practicing eastern medicine at Chinese hospitals in Fuzhou. Dr Rice is an urban beekeeper, and has received extensive clinical and didactic training in acupuncture, apipuncture and current apitherapy techniques practiced in China (the use of bee products including bee venom and bee propolis to treat human disease).
Dr Rice remains a strong advocate for women's health and as such has brought both education and grant funding to the local Indiana Women's Prison where she helped to establish a contraception education program that is completed by inmates prior to their release. Dr Rice has brought current technology and medically accurate information to these women to help them better understand their options in selecting their contraceptive method of choice, ensuring that arrangements for implementation of their chosen methods can be made prior to their release.
Dr Rice has also worked with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) to lobby Congress in recent years to advocate for women's health. Dr Rice remains committed to the optimal health of those in her care and continues to work toward improvements in the health care system and women's health care in particular.