Q: What led you to work in gastroenterology?
Answer: I did not think this would end up being my thing, but Dr. Hakki knew me when I was working in another part of the hospital. When it came time for clinical hours, I started working with Gastroenterology and my interest grew.
It's not one particular thing - we get enough variety that it's not the same each day. Dr. Hakki has slowly been working me into different areas and I've really enjoyed it.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I'm a Franklin County native. I was born at Waynesboro Hospital and graduated from Waynesboro Area High School. I went to Penn State for undergraduate studies and started working at Waynesboro Hospital in the X-ray department. I was later a nurse in the hospital from 2011 to 2015 before I went back to school.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about gastroenterology?
Answer: People think all we do is colonoscopies, but there is so much more. We do just as many or more EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) tests to look at the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine as we do colonoscopies.
Heartburn is also a more common problem that we can help diagnose and treat, as well as other things such as persistent nausea or vomiting or Hepatitis C management.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I'm really excited to continue to learn about different specialty areas within Gastroenterology, attend conferences, and keep up with Pennsylvania legislature related to nurse practitioners.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I'm a big sports fan, especially Penn State and the Steelers. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends.