Certified Physician Associate (NCCPA)
A. T. Still University, Arizona
Getting to know your provider
Why did you choose your profession?
Growing up, I had always envisioned myself as either a musician or an educator. However, life doesn’t always go the way we plan, and the actual outcome is often so much better! Initially I’d decided to study music, then education and then psychology in college before realizing that my true loves were caring for people and life-long learning. I began this passion by getting my undergraduate degree in dental hygiene, but after two years of practice I realized a deeper love for medicine and started my master’s degree in PA Studies. I love being a PA, because it allows me to be challenged, grow, and do life with my patients on a deeper level while building relationships with them and their families. Family medicine is unique because of the variety and new opportunities to learn. It’s a perfect fit!
Why do you work at NOAH?
I was blessed with an amazing rotation at NOAH during PA school, which made me fall in love with the people, mission and overall vision of NOAH! NOAH integrates behavioral health, dental, nutritional and medical care and bridges socioeconomic care gaps to increase patients’ access to the care they need. So often, the barrier to receiving adequate health care is multi-factorial, and NOAH helps to break down as many of these barriers as possible. I have always loved volunteering and helping others; working for NOAH allows me to give back, and I get to help make a difference in my community!
What are your passions outside of your profession?
My husband, my sweet collie puppy Remy, running, weightlifting, church, songwriting/playing piano/singing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, spending time with friends & family, cooking, dancing, volunteering.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?
I would pay off all of my debt, put a large portion of the earnings into savings, take a long vacation, and donate the rest.