Knowing the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story can be difficult some times. In my case it is almost impossible! After graduation from MEDEX Spokane class 3 in 2001 I have held numerous positions, which always seemed to become a bit more challenging than expected. While working in an endocrinology practice, I developed a love for difficult-to-treat conditions and obtained my master’s degree from the University of Nebraska with a concentration in internal medicine. My final project was a review and discussion of “Lipid Therapy in the Diabetic Population.” This project led me to become involved with the National Lipid Association, and provided the opportunity to become certified as a Clinical Lipid Specialist, and start the first Hospital-based lipid clinic in Idaho.
Being a PA is one of the greatest achievements, ever. As a member of this profession, life has never been dull. The opportunities to challenge you, both personally and professional abound. I have been able to travel and work all around the United States and a number of other countries; I like to think that each experience makes me a little bit better as a provider and as a person. To quote my favorite travel writer:
Globetrotting destroys ethnocentricity. It helps you understand and appreciate different cultures. Travel changes people. It broadens perspectives and teaches new ways to measure quality of life. Many travelers toss aside their hometown blinders. – Rick Steve’s Travel Philosophy
I look forward to sharing these experiences with students and colleagues, while learning from each of them. Every journey starts with one step and this one began like a fairy tale.