As an athlete and lover of sports I always imagined my career being in sports medicine. The avenue that I found and truly enjoyed was as an athletic trainer. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine (exercise science) with a minor in Athletic Training from the University of Evansville. I returned to Seattle and began work as an athletic trainer in a local high school as well as pursuing my Master of Arts degree in Education from Seattle University. My athletic training/sports medicine teaching career spanned 13 years and 2 school districts. During that time I was fortunate to serve in state leadership roles with the Washington State Athletic Trainers’ Association. Through my roles in leadership I was able to work with members of the coalition that was instrumental in passing the Zackery Lystdet law on youth concussion. This led to being a part of the NFL Youth Concussion Summit in 2010 as a panelist. In making the decision to further my career and to become a physician assistant I moved to Annapolis Maryland to attend Anne Arundel Community College for PA school, graduating in the summer of 2014.
I have returned home to the Seattle area to pursue this amazing job opportunity here at the University of Washington combining clinical work and teaching here at MEDEX. Clinically, I work in the Center for Sports Cardiology at the Husky Stadium Clinic. It has afforded me the opportunity to return to my general sports medicine roots and build on my love of working with young athletes in promoting and conducting heart screening exams for markers of sudden cardiac death. Health promotion and advocacy for protecting youth athletes became a passion of mine during my work with youth concussion. I am very much looking forward to carrying that forward in working to prevent sudden cardiac death in youth athletes.