- Alderson Broaddus College Physician Asst Philippi, WV
- National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
Q: What led you to work in orthopedics?
Answer: I grew up in Western Pennsylvania and joined the Marines after high school. In 2000, I graduated from Alderson-Broadus College as a physician assistant. That same year I began my health care career as a medic officer in the Army Reserves.
While I don’t come from an orthopedic background, I’ve always loved learning about orthopedics and sports related injuries.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I’ve lived in the region since 2000. When I learned about the opportunity to work with Summit Health, I realized this was a chance to pursue my interest in orthopedics.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about physician assistants?
Answer: Many times people confuse the PA profession as a stepping-stone to becoming a physician, instead of as a whole separate career. We’re here to help the physician and provide better patient access to the physician.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I’m really looking forward to getting to know and help the patients at Summit Orthopedic Group.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I’m a big sports fan and I play ice hockey. I also enjoy gardening and hunting. I don’t think I’ve never met a hobby that I didn’t like.