Please tell us which program you chose for your Physician Assistant studies? Why did this program make the top of your list?
For my PA studies, I attended The University of Tampa (UT) where I graduated from my undergraduate studies. UT had just started their PA program and I wanted to be a part of this program partially because of the wonderful experience I had there during my undergraduate years but also because I was excited to help lay the groundwork of a new program. Being a part of an inaugural cohort was exciting which is also why I chose to be a part of student government as the health and wellness chair as well as the COVID 19 mitigation chair.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
I am very passionate about health and wellness which is why I chose Human Performance as my undergraduate degree. Although I loved my time working with individuals and sports teams, I decided I could have a greater impact on people working on the healthcare side.
What about becoming a PA was attractive?
Growing up, I was an athlete and during my undergraduate studies, I helped coach sports teams in the strength and conditioning room. Needless to say, I love being a part of a team and feel like PAs are centralized members of the healthcare team.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
I am a problem-solver and enjoy working on challenges and coming up with a plan for things in all aspects of life. In emergency medicine, each patient comes in with a problem I can work with them on to help find a solution unique to them. I also enjoy the fast-paced environment and being able to treat patients from all walks of life with different backgrounds.
What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day practice?
My favorite part of day-to-day practice is interacting with a variety of individuals and being able to connect with them.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
I wanted to be a part of an organization that retains employees and builds a positive environment of providers that collaborate well together. The team-based culture MEMA has created is wonderful to work with.
Tell us more about the Fellowship Program and what let you to apply for this?
One of the best parts about being a PA is the versatility that you have within healthcare and the various specialties. The best way to further one’s education in specific field is through fellowships and MEMA’s Fellowship Program offered a great opportunity to focus in on emergency medicine with a great organization. This program will assist me in gaining additional knowledge in emergency medicine so I can more effectively care for and treat my patients.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations? Any leadership roles?
During PA school, I was the health wellness chair and Covid 19 mitigation chair and was given the honor of Pi Kappa honor society upon graduation.
What about Charlotte excites you?
I love that Charlotte is a city that is growing so quickly and there is so much to do here. The best part is the hustle and bustle of the city combined with the fact that in just a short trip you can be hiking up mountains or enjoying time at the lake.
Do you have any Hobbies, interests, or secret powers that are unique to you?
During my time off you can usually find me at the gym or doing outdoors activities such as bike riding or hiking.