Dr. Prasolova worked as an anesthesiologist in Moscow and moved to the US at 35 knowing she would have to start over. There were many licensing barriers, including two costly exams and a three year residency that she needed to complete in order to get matched with a hospital, though she couldn’t pass for eight years. Of course, she tried to apply as a volunteer at many hospitals, but they never replied.
In order to pay the bills while she waited for approval, Dr. Prasolova taught part-time at a private medical school. She also worked as a field medic in the Arctic for the crew of Frozen Planet II. Eventually, during the pandemic, she was approved to take the licensing test in order to become a nurse.