As long as I can remember I have had an interest in science and medicine. I grew up in New England with the majority of my years in rural Maine. When I graduated college with my psychology degree, I started work at a group home for girls with emotional and behavioral challenges. Shortly after I began working in this field, it became clear to me that I was most interested in the diagnostics and medical management of these individuals. I jumped at the opportunity to work at Planned Parenthood as a health care associate, educator and counselor. The majority of the compassionate providers with whom I worked were nurse practioners and physician assistants who helped encourage me toward my path to PA school. I began my master’s degree at George Washington University School of Health Sciences and Medicine in 2002.
When I began PA school, my intention was to return to a rural area to practice medicine. The majority of my training was in rural WV and urban underserved populations in the DC metro area. As soon as I started my dermatology rotation, however, I was hooked. I have worked for the last 14 years in cutaneous oncology. I love the hands-on technical skills that my job requires as well as the continuity of care of my patients, many of whom I have seen for the entirety of my career. Lecturing is a passion of mine and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to practice clinically and continue to learn, and to teach the next generation of PAs.