Q: What led you to work in pain medicine?
Answer: I did a two-month rotation with a pain management group during my clinical year while I was a student at Lock Haven University. That really sparked my interest of the variety involving pain management - different patient populations, diseases, and treatment modalities.
Every day was different and every patient was different, which I liked because I could get to know their many interests and backgrounds - I was exposed to everything from people with brown recluse spider bites to congenital anomalies to motor vehicle accident injuries.
If I hadn't done that rotation, I would have never been exposed to pain management. It is still kind of a growing specialty, so I was lucky to have had that experience.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: My fiance is from Mercersburg and also a PA-C, so when we were looking for where we wanted to settle down, I knew it had to be an area where we could both work in areas of medicine we enjoyed.
I'm originally from Pine Grove, but we really liked Franklin County. Mercersburg offers a country lifestyle and is secluded, but is still only a short drive from bigger towns and their amenities.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about pain medicine?
Answer: Prior to coming into our office, patients sometimes think we're going to prescribe them a bunch of pills, mainly opioids, or the only people we see are those who abuse drugs. It's the opposite though.
There are some situations and disease states that medications help, but we also have more than opioid analgesics - anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, nerve pain medications, etc. We also have a variety of other options as well, such as injections and nerve blocks, physical and TENS unit therapy, aqua therapy, healthy sleep hygiene, muscle relaxation, compound creams, surgical referrals and more.
When you come to our office, we have our "toolbox" of options that we can choose from to help people. And every patient is going to be different and have different tools that make up their individual treatment plan.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I'm looking forward to all the community happenings that Summit Health is a part of, such as events, fundraisers, cancer awareness events, and prevention services. It's nice to be a part of a healthcare system that cares about its entire community.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy hunting and fishing. I also like to attend fairs, tractor pulls, and anything else that gets me outdoors and active.