Q: What led you to work in ENT & Hearing?
Answer: I actually kind of happened upon it. While I was attending Gannon University, I studied with Summit Women's Group - Chambersburg with Carrie Galanis. She was friends with Dr. Dunklebarger in ENT & Hearing and introduced me to the practice. I really liked the atmosphere and I enjoy that there's so much more involved than just ear, nose, and throat.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I'm originally from Freeport, Pa., but I did part of my studies here in Franklin County and really liked the area. It feels a lot like home. The positive atmosphere at the practice and mutual respect from patients made it an easy choice to return.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about physician assistants?
Answer: Many patients assume we were medical students. It can sometimes be hard to explain what a PA does, but the field has really grown a lot in the past few years. As a mid-level, we can provide direct care and make treatment decisions under the supervision of a doctor.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I'm really looking forward to learning and getting comfortable at the practice. As a PA, we're trained for family care, so I'm excited to transition to specialty. I'm also looking forward to exploring the area - I've never been to Washington, D.C. or Baltimore before.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I'm a runner, so I joined a group at the YMCA. I also enjoy snowboarding, outdoor activities, and visiting family.