Assistant Teaching Professor
I was raised in Alameda, CA in the heart of the Bay Area. I completed my undergraduate degree at Washington State University with a BA in Fine Art and minors in art history, women studies, and sociology – I have always liked to study people. A few years after graduation I refocused my career goals toward something I had always been interested in – medicine. I worked as an EMT and pediatric mental health technician before becoming a phlebotomist. This career path led me to a clinical microbiology lab and then to working on a clinical trial. After 10 years in allied health I was accepted to Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA where I earned my MPA in 2014 and was honored with the service award for commitment to our profession and the community.
Being a PA has been a very special journey. I have spent the majority of my career in rural and urban underserved primary care – from serving field workers in central CA to an Indian Health Clinic near Yosemite to an urban jail to a community health center – I have had the privilege building my skills in working with underserved populations. One of my passions is behavioral medicine because of the prevalence of mental health conditions in our society. Every day I strive to destigmatize persons with mental health issues, especially substance use disorders.
I came to MEDEX in March 2020 and have really enjoyed this chapter in my PA career. I believe in the MEDEX mission and values and look forward to serving our students just as I have served my patients over the years. I am very active with the Washington State Physician Assistant organization where I hold positions as secretary and membership committee chair. I am a fierce advocate for our profession and hope to instill this advocacy in our students. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, home DIY projects, coin collecting, and trying to visit all of the National Parks and baseball stadiums in the US.