- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Q: What lead you to become a physician assistant?
Answer: My grandmother was a nurse, so growing up I was always interested in nursing and medicine. As a kid, I liked being able to make other people feel better and I liked finding a solution to a problem.
Also, I played a lot of sports growing up, so I also got injured a lot, which got me interested in physical therapy. Since then, my interests expanded to the diagnostic side.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I’m originally from Pittsburgh, but I attended Penn State for my undergrad. I then moved to Miami to enroll in the Physician Assistant Program at Barry University.
When I decided to move back north, I looked at a couple of areas, but they weren’t the right fit. Then I connected with Summit Health and came up for an interview. Everyone was so nice and I felt very comfortable here from the get-go.
I actually felt more comfortable at Summit Orthopedic Group on my first day than I did in any of my rotations. I feel like I’m part of a team here.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about orthopedics?
Answer: Many people assume it’s all about pain – that you come only for pain relief. But a lot of what we do is working to improve your function and your quality of life.
Yes, we can help relieve your pain, but we can also help you regain movement so you can do things like brush your teeth and pick up your grandkids again.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I’m excited to be back up north again and closer to my family. It’s also great to be part of a practice in such a friendly and community-focused environment.
I have a suburban, hard-working background, so I really missed that atmosphere when I was living in the city. It’s nice to be able to walk down the street and say hello to people you know.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy reading, but my relationships are the most important to me. I really enjoy spending time with friends and family – I have six siblings and nine nieces and nephews. I also enjoy relaxing with my husband and our new dog.