Rachel Nickens, daughter of Marcus & Bernice Nickens, was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She attended John Price Buchanan School and Riverdale High School. Rachel attended college at Middle Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating, she worked at the Vanderbilt Burn Center until September 2006. She currently works at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Pediatric Emergency Department.
Aaron Ward, son of Ray and Tricia Ward, grew up in Texarkana, Arkansas. He received his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University. He completed his medical degree at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; he stayed in Little Rock, Arkansas, for his pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He met Rachel after moving to Tennessee to work at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. In 2007 he moved to Arkadelphia, in rural southwest Arkansas, to join a small pediatric practice.