I was born and raised in Louisville KY, where I lived most of my life prior to starting my physician assistant (PA) education at Duke University. Prior to entering the Duke PA program, I attended Bellarmine University where I received a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy. My experience as a respiratory therapist and participating in a medical mission to Guatemala inspired my career transition to become a PA. After graduating from Duke in 2009, I have worked in various states and medical specialties. My primary area of practice is internal medicine with a focus on underserved populations. In addition to my clinical work, I have continued to pursue education in the areas of public health and health education. I graduated with a master’s degree in public health from University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2016 and I continue toward completing my Ph.D. in health education with a focus on population health.
The transition into PA education has been a career goal of mine. I have a passion for public health and addressing health disparities that I would like to share with the next generation of PAs. Our profession has continuously evolved over the past decade and I think that molding PAs to be leaders in all areas of healthcare is vital. I hope to make an impact at MEDEX and I am excited to help the program accomplish its mission.
“Of all forms of discrimination and inequalities, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman..” Dr. Martin Luther King.