I grew up in the Seattle area and attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate. Ultimately, I graduated from the University of Oregon, and I took my Exercise and Movement Science degree to California to attend Loma Linda University’s Physician Assistant program.
One highlight from my twelve years being a family medicine PA was precepting PA students and being shadowed by pre-PA students. They would share their victories with me, and also their struggles and doubts. Being able to encourage and help equip them to pursue and/or accomplish their dream of being a PA built a strong desire in me to teach.
My past ten years of medicine were in a community clinic that was walking distance from a homeless shelter. I often encountered patients short on hope and struggling with complex medical conditions, as well as social, spiritual, and/or economic challenges. Being a part of, and watching their lives transform throughout the years developed my passion for working with the underserved.
Whether with students or patients, the most fulfilling moment to me is watching someone overcome obstacles and accomplish their dreams. And after my twelve years of working as a family medicine PA, I followed my passion for teaching, relationships, and the underserved back home to become a Clinical Coordinator at Medex Northwest PA program.