Lecturer, Didactic Faculty
I began my academic journey by attending the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) immediately after graduating from Derby High School in Wichita, KS. I often struggled in mathematics and chemistry courses, until my chemistry professor noticed that I was succeeding during discussions and lab, but significantly struggled with written tests. This led to my diagnosis of dyslexia. From there I improved, and graduated as salutatorian. While working as a phlebotomist, I completed my didactic year as a medical technologist at Kansas State University. I enlisted in the US Army Reserves, and then attended Wichita State University’s PA program, graduating in 2007. I practiced as a PA in Kansas until 2009, when I was deployed to Iraq as the sole provider in charge of a military police battalion. When I returned in 2010, I decided to move to Olympia WA, and have been in this beautiful region since. In addition to my current position as a hospitalist for a level II trauma hospital in Tacoma, I am also honored to be part of the MEDEX Tacoma faculty. My experience as a PA includes hematology/oncology, emergency medicine, behavioral health and urgent care.
Throughout my life, I have had mentors who have helped me develop the core moral background that is fundamental to my personal foundation. Without these amazing teachers, leaders, friends, colleagues and my spouse, I would not be the person or provider that I am today. I have been given the honor of participating in the MEDEX program as a mentor and educator to future PAs who soon enough will be my colleagues. MEDEX shares the values of providing a welcoming and educationally thriving environment to each and every student regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, which are values I share as well. I am honored and excited to be part of this team.