Our story began at Centerville High School when the two of us met for the first time in a new class called Modern Math with Mr. Ciarlariello. Dan sat in front of Mira and all of a sudden had plenty of math questions for which he "needed" Mira's help. We became good friends and kept in contact as Dan started his first year at The Ohio State University and Mira finished her senior year at Centerville. Our friendship grew stronger as we reunited in Columbus, OH when Mira also became a Buckeye and started college at OSU. If you were to ask exactly when we started dating, neither of us would give you the same answer but would settle on "a while ago" and sometime during the Winter of 2007. We both graduated from OSU and then moved home to Dayton, OH to begin medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dan took one year off after graduating from OSU in 2010, which conveniently allowed the two of us to start medical school at the same time during the summer of 2011. Our relationship continued to strengthen as we supported each other through medical school working together to achieve our goals for residency training. Following the completion of medical school in 2015, we successfully "couples matched" in Pittsburgh, PA at our top residency choices and could not be happier. We got engaged in February of 2017. Dan is in his third year in Orthopaedic Surgery residency training and Mira will be graduating/completing her Pediatric Residency at UPMC Children's Hospital in June. She will be starting her Pediatric Cardiology fellowship in July and will stay at UPMC Children's Hospital. Come the time of the wedding in August 2018, Dan will be in his fourth year of residency and Mira will be in the first year of fellowship.
Both of us enjoy traveling and hope to travel to many more parts of the world some day. We have been to Jamaica and India as well as across the U.S. from LA to NYC. On our adventures and even in Pittsburgh, both of us love to eat and it is one of our favorite activities to do together. We have been fortunate to have had each other for the past decade of our lives and are excited for the many more decades ahead of us!
It happened on a cold winter Saturday, February 4, 2017. We had several friends in town in Pittsburgh to celebrate a late birthday for Mira. The day started with a refreshing cycling class followed by a tasty lunch in the Strip District. After that, the proposal plans began. Dan and our friends decided we would go down to The Point to do some “sight-seeing” around Pittsburgh. All the friends involved were giddy with excitement and Mira had no idea what was coming. Then, the plan went into action. With all of our friends in position, Dan had Mira look to the top of the Duquesne Incline to see a sign saying “Will” held by her pediatric co-residents, Neema, Maanasi and Jessie. A little confused as to what was going on, she was then directed to look across the Allegheny River to the North Shore to see another sign saying “You” held by Alan, one of Dan’s co-residents. With Mira beginning to cry, she was told to turn around and found Dan down on one knee. He asked “marry me?” We will let you guess what her answer was. At The Point, a bottle of champagne was shared, Mira was surprised by friends and family across the river witnessing the proposal and the celebrations continued throughout the rest of the night! :)