- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Q: What led you to work as a hospitalist?
Answer: I always enjoyed math and science the best. In high school, I got to job shadow in pediatrics, which was the first time I had an interest in the medical field. After high school, I studied dietetics at Michigan State University.
Later, I used that degree as a bridge to become a Physician Assistant since I realized I was more interested in the human body and liked to talk and interact with patients.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I’m originally from Michigan and a huge Spartan fan. I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate and then went on to Western Michigan University for graduate studies.
For the past five years, I’ve worked in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Mich., in a hospital setting. When my fiancé’s job with Target led to a promotion at the Chambersburg office, we decided to relocate to Shippensburg.
While going back and forth between Michigan and Pennsylvania, I met Dr. Lucas Shelly, Summit Hospitalists medical director. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a position right away, but after a while something opened up. I’m happy to now be working with the Hospitalist program.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about physician assistants?
Answer: Sometimes patients don’t understand what a midlevel provider does – they either think of us as doctors or nurses. It also varies from state to state. Here in Pennsylvania, I have more autonomy and responsibility, but I still work closely with the doctors when I need help or an extra set of eyes.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I previously lived in a rural setting in Michigan where it was an easy drive to go hiking or visit the lakes. So, I wanted the same calm way of life, but still close to cities so you can experience what they have to offer. I like the proximity of Franklin County to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: Traveling is No.1 for me. We’re going to Greece for our honeymoon in October 2014, so we’re excited for that. I also like to be outdoors at the lakes, hiking, paddle boarding, biking, swimming and I love events, especially when they’re outdoors.