Anne Acton

Anne Acton


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
B.S.: Biology
Clarion University


I received my Bachelor’s degree in biology from Clarion University. During my time there, I was a member of the Honors Program, Phi Eta Sigma, and treasurer of Circle K, a volunteer organization. As an undergraduate, I was undecided as to what career to pursue. However, shadowing several physician assistants solidified my interest in medicine and my choice to become a physician assistant.  My current interest lies in pediatrics, but I look forward to clinicals, and to experiencing the various fields of medicine.

Gifty Adutwum

Gifty Adutwum


Hometown: Columbus, OH
B.S.: Biology
The Ohio State University


My first exposure to the health care field began in high school, when I was introduced to a medical exploring program. This experience led me to volunteer at Riverside Methodist Hospital for a few years. While completing my final year of my Bachelor’s degree in biology at Ohio State, I learned about the Physician Assistant Program. With very little knowledge, yet an immense curiosity in this new discovery, I spent some time learning more about this new possible career.  After graduation, I had the opportunity to shadow a physician assistant working in cardiology. The experience that I obtained played a big part in my decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant. As of right now, my interest is in emergency medicine, but I am looking forward to the opportunity to explore the different areas of medicine during my rotations.

Jessica Balsei

Jessica Balsei


Hometown: Bellaire, OH
B.S.: Biology
Fairmont State University


I received my bachelor’s degree in biology at Fairmont State University, where I was secretary of the student body, vice president of the Tri-Beta Biological Honorary Society, a freshman orientation counselor, and participated in the undergraduate biology research program.  I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field since the beginning of college, but wasn’t sure which direction to take.  By the time I was a junior, I started shadowing physician assistants in different specialties (such as family medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and pediatrics).  It didn’t take long for me to realize I had found my path.  Prior to applying to the PA program, I worked in a hospital pharmacy as a pharmacy technician to gain some clinical experience in the healthcare field.  I am very excited to begin my journey at Marietta College and see what the future has in store for me.

Elizabeth Blank


Hometown: Prescott, AZ
B.S.: Physiology/Chemistry
University of Arizona


I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I was inspired by a dear friend, Shellie, an amazing burn-survivor with a beautiful soul, to pursue medicine. This inspiration would eventually lead me to the PA profession.  After college, I worked in surgical/burn research, volunteered for the Foundation for Burns and Trauma and traveled.  The things I enjoy most in life are: running, traveling, art/art history, fire-safety, Italian wines, hiking and spending time with my beloved family.  My goal in life is to make a difference.

Donald Cavanaugh

Laura Braden


Hometown: Caldwell, OH
B.S.: Biochemistry
Otterbein College


After I received by Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Otterbein College, I knew I wanted to continue my education in either the science or medical field.  It wasn’t until my grandfather became sick and passed away that I decided I wanted to be a Physician Assistant. While visiting him, I saw the need for healthcare professionals in the geriatric population. To prepare myself for the Physician Assistant Program, I became a State Tested Nurse’s Aide as well as received my EMT-Basic training. I spent several months working as a STNA caring for the geriatric population, enjoying everything I learned from the staff and patients.  Growing up and working in my family’s pharmacy has also helped prepare me for a career as a physician assistant. I’m looking forward to what my future holds as a physician assistant, and I hope to make a difference in my patient’s lives.

Jon Casto

Jonathan Casto


Hometown: Vinton, OH
B.S.: Biology/Chemistry
University of Rio Grande


Growing up, I was always around the field of medicine as my father worked at the local hospital as a Radiologic Technologist and supervisor in the Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography Labs.   When I visited the facility I was able to observe different procedures and gain valuable knowledge along the way.  Those trips to the labs with my father inspired me to take the initial steps into the field of medicine.  Upon graduating high school, I was accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program at the University of Rio Grande.  After graduating from the Radiologic Technology Program with an Associate Degree, I continued to attend URG in pursuit of my bachelor’s degree.    I attended class during the day and worked as a Radiologic Technologist in the evenings and on weekends, doing general x-rays as well as CT scans at Pleasant Valley Hospital.  During these three years I worked closely with physicians in the emergency room gaining invaluable experience along the way.   I also came to know several physician assistants, who allowed me to shadow them, sparking my interest in the field.  Prior to graduation at Rio Grande, I had applied and been accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Marietta College.  I am excited to have an opportunity to further my education and look forward to the challenge of the PA program.

Erin Clark

Erin Clark


Hometown: Summit Point, WV
B.S.: Biomedical Science/Chemistry
Marshall University


My interest in medicine began when I attended a National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Philadelphia. After that brief introduction into the field, I couldn’t get enough. I attended Marshall University and became an EMT my freshman year so that I could gain valuable healthcare experience. I worked as an EMT all through college while trying to determine what career in medicine was right for me. Finally at the urging of family and friends, I shadowed a family practice PA and loved everything about the profession. I’m interested in neurosurgery as a specialty, but I’m really just trying to keep an open mind to find what’s right for me.

Chelsea DiNinno

Charles Collier


Hometown: Malvern, OH
B.A.: Biology
Malone University


During my undergraduate studies, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the PA profession through one of my professors. Gaining further knowledge and shadowing multiple PA’s, I quickly knew that this was the profession for me. I continued my four years at Malone University gaining as much health care experience as possible while obtaining a degree in Biology. I volunteered in the pharmacy of a local free clinic, worked as in intern for Aultman Hospital in Canton OH, and even worked for a year with patients who have developmental, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities. At the same time, I conducted research on the evolution morphology and phylogeny of common rattlesnakes of the U.S.  My current interests are in emergency medicine and orthopedics but may soon change once clinical rotations start. I am eager and excited to begin my journey as a Physician Assistant!

Sarita Dhiraprasiddhi

Sarita Dhiraprasiddhi


Hometown: Hilliard, OH
B.S.: Biochemistry
Marietta College


I received my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Marietta College in 2010.  After graduation, I knew that I wanted to pursue something in the health care field; however, I was not sure what career would be the best fit for me.  In the summer of 2010, I shadowed various individuals in several different health care fields.  After observing a couple Physician Assistants in Plastic Surgery and Orthopedics, I knew I wanted to become a Physician Assistant.  I knew that I had a passion for surgery and that if I became a Physician Assistant I would have the opportunity to help a lot of people.  As of right now, I am interested in orthopedics and surgery but that could change through the course of the PA program.

Jessica Douglas

Jessica Douglas


Hometown: Ravenswood, WV
B.S.: Biology, B.A.: Psychology
Marshall University


It has been my dream to work in the medical field since I was in middle school. I started taking courses in a health/science tract in high school and entered college in pre-med studies.  I graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a Bachelor’s in Psychology.  When I shadowed a physician in family practice I really enjoyed the experience and realized I wanted to pursue a career that gave me that one-on-one family connection. While looking into graduate schools, I learned of the Physician Assistant Program and was very interested in what they offered; the job description was exactly what I was looking for.  I am excited to have this opportunity to continue my education, pursue my dreams and to start my career at the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program.

Laila Elkettani

Laila Elkettani


Hometown: Greensburg, PA
B.S.: Biology/Pre-Medicine
California University of Pennsylvania


I received my undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Biology/Pre-medicine and also minored in Chemistry.  I always had an interest in the medical field, but was uncertain about which profession to pursue. The opportunity to shadow PA’s gave me additional insight into the role they play.  While PA’s practice medicine as dependent practitioners working under the direct supervision of a physician, I noticed and liked how the PA’s I shadowed worked rather autonomously with respect to evaluating and treating their own patients.  A sophomore year gerontology class led me to volunteer in a local county nursing home which quickly turned into employment.  I decided to earn an aging specialist certificate before graduating to supplement my experiences at the nursing home.  In addition, I also obtained health care experience through working at California University of Pennsylvania’s Wellness and Counseling Center.  As of now, I am unsure what clinical specialty I want to pursue but am very excited to begin my career as a physician assistant!
Jason Ernst

Jason Ernst


Hometown: Mt. Orab, OH
B.S.: Exercise Science
Wright State University


Prior to completing my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, I volunteered at a local hospital in the discharge and emergency departments which exposed me to many different professions. While volunteering in the emergency department, I was immediately drawn to the physician assistant profession. To gain a better understanding of what the profession entailed, I shadowed a physician assistant in the family practice and ER setting. After both of these experiences, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career as a physician assistant. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2013.

Shannon Forgac

Shannon Forgac


Hometown: North Lima, OH
B.S.: Biology/Chemistry
Youngstown State University


Unsure of exactly which specific medical profession I wanted to choose, I kept my options open during my first year of undergraduate school at Youngstown State University. I decided to major in biology, with a minor in chemistry, which allowed room for medical school, or Physician Assistant programs. During my final year at Youngstown State, I began shadowing several different medical professionals, and decided that the Physician Assistant route was the way for me. After shadowing both an endocrinologist in an office setting, and a couple orthopedic surgeons at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, I knew the hospital setting was for me. Right now I’m interested in Emergency Medicine, and look forward to starting the first step of my medical career.

Jessica Fortman

Jessica Fortman


Hometown: Ashland, KY
B.S.: Biomedical Science
University of Buffalo


My interest in health care came from growing up and hearing about my mother’s experiences as a nurse combined with a strong interest in science. I pursued a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo while participating as a member of the women’s basketball team.  While in Buffalo, I worked as a certified nurse’s aide in a hospital long term care unit and truly enjoyed the hands on patient interaction.  During my time working at the hospital I was able to see firsthand the many career options health care offers.  I chose to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant after learning about the options and responsibilities that come with the career. I am proud to be part of Marietta College’s PA Program and look forward to the experiences I will have while learning and then practicing as a Physician Assistant.

Ashley Fouss

Ashley Fouss


Hometown: Marietta, OH
B.S.: Athletic Training/Health Science
Marietta College


I discovered my passion for medicine during my junior year of high school after I underwent spinal fusion. It has grown immensely after earning duel Bachelor of Science degrees in Athletic Training and Health Science at Marietta College, and this past year working towards my Masters of Science in Athletic Training at Ohio University.  As an undergraduate at Marietta College, I gained hands-on experience with collegiate athletic teams as an Athletic Training Student.  After graduation I became a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer, and obtained my first head athletic training position at Marietta High School.  My education, being an athletic trainer, and shadowing PA's has only reinforced my desire to become a physician assistant. While my interest is in orthopedics, I am excited to gain experience in other fields during the clinical year. I look forward to being a part of Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2013.

Clay Friddle

Clay Friddle


Hometown: Paris, TX
B.S.: Biology
Texas A&M University-Commerce


When I started undergrad I originally thought I would become a pharmacist. In my sophomore year I began working as a pharmacy tech but after a year I realized that I wanted to have a more personal relationship with patients. In the summer of 2010, I was able to visit a medical center in Mexico as well as shadow a few physicians and PA’s at home. These experiences led me to my decision to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. I am very excited to be here at Marietta College and look forward to the next few years.

Brett Gage

Brett Gage


Hometown: Bridgeport, WV
B.S.: Forensic Science
Waynesburg University


Interested in health sciences, I originally considered becoming a Forensic Pathologist.  While at Waynesburg, I completed a summer internship in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Children’s Hospital researching knee injury prevention.  I shadowed a physician assistant and orthopedic surgeon in West Virginia. These experiences helped me decide to pursue a career as a physician assistant.  Currently, I am very interested in orthopedics, but look forward to learning about other specialties as well.  In the future, I hope to serve on mission trips and help those most in need.

Meredith Hester

Meredith Hester


Hometown: Reston, VA
B.S.: Exercise Science
North Carolina Wesleyan


While completing my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and playing soccer for North Carolina Wesleyan College, I realized my fascination in the study of the human body.  Initially, I was drawn towards biomechanics and kinesiology with a focus in working with athletes.  I considered many different paths within the medical field before I became aware of the scope of the Physician Assistant profession.  I soon realized being a PA was the ideal mix of medicine and patient care, and a perfect fit for me.  As an undergrad I interned as a personal trainer, an assistant in a health promotion office and as an exercise specialist in a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation center.  I also earned my certification as a nursing assistant and gained clinical experience as a CNA in a senior care facility.  My shadowing experience with a Marietta PA graduate solidified my decision to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.  This experience revealed the professional level of the position, the responsibility it carries and the respect of the patient community.  In my free time I indulge in my passion for cooking, being a foodie, fashion, music, sports and spending invaluable time with my amazing family and friends.  I am excited for the adventure that the next two years will bring and a life as a Physician Assistant.

Katie Hunt

Katie Hunt


Hometown: Tipton, MI
B.S.: Biology, Physical Education
Hillsdale College


I became interested in the medical field after spending the summer of 2008 in Uganda. Seeing the outstanding medical need in the community where I served, I knew I wanted to help others in similar circumstances. I began researching various medical professions and Physician Assistant was the perfect fit for what I want to do. My passion for medicine grew during the two years I worked as a student athletic trainer at Hillsdale College. I graduated in May 2010 and worked as a nurse-aid at an assisted living home while I applied for PA school. I immediately fell in love with Marietta's program and I am excited for the experiences ahead.

Alexa Kay

Alexa Kay


Hometown: Cross Lanes, WV
B.S.: Athletic Training
University of Charleston


I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Biology at the University of Charleston.  It was during my early clinical experience at the University of Charleston that I realized my interest in the physician assistant profession.  One of my senior classmates chose this direction as the next step in her schooling, and I decided to investigate it as well.  I shadowed physician assistants in the primary care and orthopedic settings and became immediately positive that this was what I wanted to do.  I continued to gain additional patient-contact experience through my clinical requirements for athletic training that involved various sports teams, physical therapy clinics, orthopedic rotations, ambulance experience, and general medical rotations.  I currently believe I would like to work as a physician assistant in the orthopedic setting because of my strong background and interest in orthopedics.  Although I enjoy the orthopedic side of medicine, I am very excited and open to exploring the other options I will be exposed to during clinical rotations.

Brittany King

Brittany King


Hometown: Paden City, WV
B.S.: Athletic Training
Marietta College


Over the course of the last four years at Marietta College, I have had the privilege to gain patient contact experience with collegiate athletes, as well as in the community with PA shadowing experiences at Marietta Memorial Hospital and local orthopedic clinics. These experiences helped me to clarify my decision to remain in the medical profession. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and continued to obtain my national certification to be a Certified Athletic Trainer. Although my background focuses on orthopedics, I want to enter the clinical phase of this program with an interest in all fields of medicine. The strong educational background that I received at Marietta College thus far is only the beginning and I am eager to continue and earn a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Alex Klinchenko

Alexandra Klinchenko


Hometown: Brunswick, OH
B.S.: Biology/Chemistry
Bowling Green State University


While enrolled at Bowling Green State University, I decided to pursue a career in the medical field. To gain insight into the possible careers, I shadowed several health care providers and decided that I wanted to become a physician assistant. I worked as a home health aide during my senior year which provided an introduction to working in the health care field and further confirmed that I had chosen the right path. I am still unsure of which fields I want to work in but I am very excited to begin my journey at the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program.

Ashley Lockhart

Ashley Lockhart


Hometown: Beverly, OH
B.S.: Cardiovascular Perfusion
The Ohio State University


My interest in medicine and the cardiovascular system led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in cardiovascular perfusion.  I enjoyed the work environment and job duties in the Operating Room, but wanted more patient interaction.  With this thought, I began admiring the role of the physician assistant and exploring the option of continuing my education.  Through my experiences working with PA’s during my clinical rotations and employment as a cardiothoracic research assistant, I decided that as a physician assistant I would be able to satisfy all my aspirations in life.  I would be able to practice medicine with some autonomy and be more involved in each patient’s care while also having the opportunity to raise a family.  My interest at this point is to practice in a rural primary care setting and become involved in increasing public awareness of optimal cardiovascular health.  I would also like to find myself back in the OR taking advantage of the flexibility of the profession.  I am excited to be on this path and hopeful for the bright future this career will inspire.

Lauren Miller

Lauren Miller


Hometown: Moon Township, PA
B.S.: Biology
Ohio University


I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Ohio University, where I enjoyed the opportunity to be involved as a learning community leader, teaching assistant, the treasurer of Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, and as a research assistant. I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career in the health field, and after shadowing several physician assistants in various specialties I was certain that it was the perfect fit for me. I became certified as a nurse’s aide and interned at an aviation medicine office where my passion for medicine grew even stronger. I am proud and excited to be part of the Marietta College PA Program! Though I am still unsure of the specialty I would like to focus on, I am looking forward to discovering it during clinical rotations.
Shawna Mincks

Shawna Mincks


Hometown: Belpre, OH
B.S.: Nuclear Medicine Technology
Wheeling Jesuit University


I attended Wheeling Jesuit University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.  As part of my undergraduate education, I did a nine month clinical rotation at The Cleveland Clinic and at University Hospital where I gained a lot of medical experience.  With this, I was able to explore different careers in the medical field and developed an interest in the Physician Assistant field.  After shadowing several PAs, I decided to pursue a career in this field and I am looking forward to being part of this program.

Laura Muyres

Laura Muyres


Hometown: Rochester, MN
B.A.: Biology/Pre-Medicine
Drake University


I recently graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. I was a member of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and Delta Gamma fraternity where I developed leadership skills through holding officer positions and spent time volunteering in the community. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year that I began looking into the option of becoming a physician assistant. My time spent shadowing several PA’s and working in a group home helped me realize that becoming a PA was the right choice for me. I am very honored and excited to be a part of the Marietta Physician Assistant Program and to begin my career as a PA!

Jennifer Rockhold

Jennifer Rockhold


Hometown: Lima, OH
B.S.: Biology
Marietta College


I’ve always known that I wanted to work in health care, though it wasn’t until undergrad that I chose the path of physician assistant. Through the Health Professions Club at Marietta I learned exactly what a PA is. I was then able to shadow a pediatric PA and was impressed with the time and quality of care she was able to give her patients. I realized that being a PA fit in exactly with what I wanted from a career. I am very excited to take part in this whirlwind experience called PA school and am honored to be part of the Class of 2013!

David Sams

David Sams


Hometown: Athens, OH
B.S.: Physical Therapy
Ohio University


Growing up in a large and poor family gave me an early appreciation with regard to assisting those in need.  This desire to assist others led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in pre-physical therapy. While at Ohio University, I became involved in research within the vestibular system.  As graduation approached, I was offered an opportunity to complete a Master’s degree in this same laboratory. Upon completion of my Master’s degree, I found myself thinking about a career in healthcare again. I shadowed several Physician Assistants and found that the diversity of their practice, the opportunity to work with patients, and the lifelong learning required to practice medicine were all things I desired in a career. I am excited to learn the necessary background information to practice medicine and then to begin applying this knowledge in clinicals. I am currently interested in family medicine and two potential elective rotations in Neurosurgery and Ear Nose and Throat medicine.

Marissa Scalish

Marissa Scalish


Hometown: Mayfield Heights, OH
B.S.: Biochemistry
Marietta College


My passion for the medical field began after my father’s heart attack. I watched how hard the nurses, physicians, and physician assistants worked together to save his life.  I am most grateful for them and cannot wait to be able to do the same for my patients.  I have spent the past five summers interning at Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland, OH.  I have been exposed to a variety of different specialties such as: infectious disease, general surgery, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, OB/GYN, and psychiatry.  I currently have a strong interest in OB/GYN and general surgery.  I entered undergrad knowing I wanted to pursue a career as a physician assistant and am honored for this wonderful opportunity.  In addition to receiving my bachelor of science degree, I have also obtained my phlebotomist certification.  I hope to travel abroad to help educate third world countries about public health, as well as provide them with the proper healthcare they need.  I am very excited to see what the future holds for me and to be a member of the Marietta College Class of 2013.

Brian Shrimpton

Brian Shrimpton


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
B.S.: Pre-Medicine/Chemistry
Eastern Kentucky University


Since high school, I have always known I wanted a career in medicine. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I learned about the PA profession.  I had played baseball at Eastern Kentucky University and had spent a lot of time with the Sports Medicine staff.  This made me very interested in what they did.  At this point I had already decided I wanted to be a PA, so I decided to do some orthopedic shadowing.  The amount of time the PA’s spent with patients is really what made me pursue this career.  I really enjoyed how well they would get to know their patients and also how independent they were.  Having played sports all my life, I really would like to get into orthopedics, but I am very excited to try out other specialties in the clinical rotations.  I am really excited about coming to Marietta and the experiences I will have now that I’m here!

Jeff Sommers

Jeff Sommers


Hometown: Clinton Township, MI
B.S.: Biology
Ohio Northern University


I have always had a strong interest in the medical field. Through personal experience and shadowing various healthcare providers, pursuing a career as a physician assistant became a great ambition of mine. Although I will maintain an open mind throughout the program, my true passion lies in orthopedics. I am excited to begin my journey of achieving that dream here at Marietta College.

Ben Spurlock

Benjamin Spurlock


Hometown: Milton, WV
B.S.: Biomedical Science
Marshall University


My path was always going to end in a career in medicine, but the means to reach that end has taken me to some interesting places.  While studying Biomedical Sciences at Marshall, I worked my way through college as an Operating Room Attendant at Cabell Huntington Hospital, gaining valuable first-hand experience with the inner workings of the everyday happenings of a hospital.  With the advice of the co-workers, surgeons, and medical residents I saw daily, I began shadowing Physician Assistants in family practice and surgical settings any chance I had, and became enamored with their work ethic, the opportunities awarded to them, and the way in which they complete the health care team.  Finally receiving my Biomedical degree from Marshall and receiving another in Psychology for good measure, I find myself lucky enough to be a part of this eclectic, driven Class of 2013.

Ashley Steinke

Ashley Steinke


Hometown: Meridian, ID
B.S.: Biology/Religion
Biola University


Having been interested in health sciences from a young age, I decided to pursue a Human Biology degree at Biola University. I went into Biola with full intent of going to medical school following graduation and during my freshman year I was introduced to the PA profession. I shadowed an orthopedic surgeon and his PA as well as a few Emergency Department PAs and loved that experience. I have always been interested in mission work as well as sports medicine, so I am excited to be a part of this program and discover where it takes me within the healthcare field.

Jamie Torok

Jamie Torok


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
B.S.: Health Sciences
University of Cincinnati


I attended the University of Cincinnati on a full athletic volleyball scholarship. While there, I had the “pleasure” of undergoing two shoulder surgeries. Although the surgeries ended my collegiate career, they had a large impact on my future. I questioned everything from what was torn, how it was torn, how it’s repaired, and how it’s rehabilitated. The doctors recognized my curiosity and took great care in explaining MRI’s, x-rays, and surgical practices and procedures which further solidified my interest in medicine. Throughout the countless hours of rehabilitation and doctors visits, I began to shadow the physicians at University of Cincinnati Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. It was there that I became introduced to the Physician Assistant profession.  To become more familiar with the profession, I also shadowed at Wellington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine during clinical hours. I’m grateful to be a part of this program and the opportunities that it will provide.

Amy Valentine

Amy Valentine


Hometown: Waterford, OH
B.S.: Biology
Marietta College


I have always been interested in personal health and living well, so I arrived at Marietta College knowing that I wanted a career in the healthcare field. I majored in biology which allowed me to study the human body. I also had the opportunity to work at the Marietta Family YMCA with people of all ages. I enjoy working with others and helping to make a difference in their lives. My desire to become a physician assistant was fueled by a combination of my coursework at Marietta and a life threatening illness my father faced, where I witnessed the patient side of medicine. After this experience, I shadowed a practicing PA and knew that I had found my niche in healthcare.

L'lee Zimmerman

L’lee Zimmerman


Hometown: Lisbon, OH
B.S.: Athletic Training
Waynesburg College


I have always been interested in the medical field, but it wasn’t until I experienced several sports-related injuries in high school that my interest took a direction.  I decided to pursue a degree in athletic training at Waynesburg University.  It was my first intent to become a certified athletic trainer and work in the collegiate or sports medicine clinical settings.  While at Waynesburg, I worked with an array of sports teams including the football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and baseball teams.  I also had my first experience with a physician assistant while at Waynesburg.  I was very interested in the physician assistant profession and began shadowing in a variety of settings including orthopedics, dermatology, and emergency medicine.  The experiences I had while shadowing only furthered my interest in the profession.  Although I have a strong background in orthopedics, I am not certain as to what realm of medicine I want to practice.  This is why I am keeping an open mind when going into my clinical rotations.  I am excited for all that the Marietta College Physician Assistant Studies Program has in store for me, and I am honored to be a part of the Class of 2013!