My story begins in high school. I took a sports medicine course sparking my interest in medicine. I volunteered as a student athletic trainer my senior year, then proceeded to major in Athletic Training at Brigham Young University. Following graduation, I continued my studies at BYU completing a masters’ degree in Exercise Science, emphasis in Athletic Training. Upon graduating, I participated in humanitarian work in Ethiopia, which left a deep impression upon me. My eyes were opened to the great need for high-quality medical care in all communities. After this, I spent the next two years working at a local culturally diverse high school. In 2003 put my career on hold to serve an LDS Mission to the Philippines. Once again, I saw the deleterious effects of lack of access to quality healthcare. As I returned home I felt strongly I wanted to broaden my skills and scope of practice and decided to attend MEDEX Northwest. Since becoming a PA, I have worked in occupational medicine and neurosurgery. I have had the pleasure of continuing a relationship with MEDEX as a proctor, tutor and participant in interdisciplinary activities.
I am excited to be joining the MEDEX faculty to offer my experiences in training future PAs.