Michael Bennet

Michael B


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
B.S.: Exercise Science
University of Kentucky


I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Kentucky in 2010 where I mainly worked with emergency response personnel and different branches of the military. After graduation I continued to work with the United States Marine Corps training recruits in physical fitness in preparation for boot camp. At this time I also began working as a personal trainer at Cincinnati Functional Fitness in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio where I had the opportunity to train many varieties of individuals. It was during my time at Cincinnati Functional Fitness when I decided to further my education and pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. I began shadowing in several different specialties such as orthopedics, pediatrics, dermatology, radiology, family medicine, and spinal medicine. I’m excited to be attending the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program and to be a part of the class of 2015!

Jarred Bowman

Jarred B


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
B.S.: Exercise Science
The Ohio State University


I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University. In addition to my academic work, I was a member of the men’s varsity lacrosse team (Go Bucks!). At the end of my senior year, I had the opportunity to work at a biomechanics research lab at Ohio State and continued to work there for 2 years as a research assistant upon graduation. The main focus of our research included injury prediction, injury prevention, and performance optimization for athletes of all ages and levels as well as military personnel. Working in the lab was a great opportunity and I gained a huge appreciation for research, but I have always wanted to work clinically. Through my shadowing experiences and talking with other healthcare professionals, I decided a career as a PA would be a good fit. I am excited and extremely grateful to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2015, and I look forward to taking the next step towards my career goals.

Jennifer Dean

Jennifer D


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
B.S.: Biology
Denison University


My first introduction to the human body was in high school biology. I was fascinated by how the body all worked together in the tiniest of ways. Since then, I have had a strong interest in the medical field but wasn’t quite sure what direction to take with it. It was after my own knee surgery late in high school that I became aware of the physician assistant profession. I didn’t think much about it until my sophomore year of college when I was researching graduate schools and what to do after my four years of college were over. The profession really became interesting to me after shadowing PA’s at Beacon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. I really liked that it brought my passion for medicine together with working with people. Since I’ve been an athlete my whole life, my current interest is in orthopedics, but am also interested in cardiology or pediatrics. I look forward to seeing where this profession will take me!

Andrea Dolenc

Andrea D


Hometown: Rocky River, OH
B.S.: Biology
Ohio University


I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ohio University in 2009. After graduation, I traveled to Slovenia to pursue my goal of gaining fluency in the Slovenian language. The experiences I had while living abroad and studying a second language helped pinpoint my true passions and reestablish my desire to work towards a career in medicine. For over two years, I have been working as a clinical research coordinator in The Department of Orthopaedic Trauma at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. I have had the privilege of working with a variety of trauma care providers, including general and orthopaedic trauma surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists. The support I received from these individuals, in addition to the unique opportunities I have been given while working at Metro, led to my ultimate decision to become a physician assistant. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2015!

Marci Estock

Marci E


Hometown: Louisville, OH
B.S.: Athletic Training/Leadership
Marietta College


Growing up on a farm, I discovered early that my passion was caring for others. After high school, I continued my education at Marietta College with the goal of entering the Physician Assistant program upon graduation. After spending many hours on the football field, softball field, and basketball courts caring for the athletes of Marietta College as an Athletic Training Student, my desire to continue my education in the field of medicine grew even more. I also had the opportunity to shadow at Marietta Memorial Hospital which solidified my decision to become a Physician Assistant. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and continued on to become a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer. Although I have a strong orthopedics background, I am very excited to do rotations in all aspects of the health care field.

Vera Filatova

Vera F


Hometown: Portland, Maine
B.S.: Biology/Chemistry
Wheeling Jesuit University


I received my Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wheeling Jesuit University, where I was president of Tr-Beta Biological Honor Society, a freshman year seminar peer instructor, a student ambassador, and a member of the cheerleading and dance clubs. I also did several cancer research internships both at WJU and other universities. I have always been interested in science and medicine. My first couple years of college, I was struggling to decide between dentistry and biomedical research. Towards the end of my junior year, I visited a PA program open house with a close friend and became interested in the PA profession. I did a lot of research and shadowed a surgical PA at OVMC. I absolutely loved it! I am very excited to be a part of the Class of 2015 at Marietta College. I plan to enter Family Medicine upon graduation but am excited to experience other fields during clinical rotations.

Stephanie Freed

Stephanie F


Hometown: Marietta, OH
B.S.: Human Biology
Ohio University


I received my bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Ohio University in 2012. During my undergraduate career, I shadowed physician assistants in a variety of fields including emergency medicine, dermatology, general surgery, family practice, and OB/Gyn. Upon completion of my degree, I worked as a scribe in an urgent care setting. This opportunity allowed me to gain invaluable clinical experience as well as documentation skills. While my current interest is in obstetrics and gynecology, I look forward to gaining experience in other fields during the clinical year. I am excited to attend Marietta College and look forward to giving back to my community as a PA in the future!

Theodore Gover

Theodore G


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


After receiving my degree from The Ohio State University, I was unsure of the career path that was right for me. I began shadowing many different medical professionals, in the mean time I took a job as a research assistant at The Ohio State University Aquatic Ecology Lab. My shadowing experiences allowed me to realize that fish just don’t talk enough. I wanted to be a PA. I am excited about all of the opportunities and experiences I will encounter in the PA profession.

Brittany Gray

Brittany G


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


Becoming a Physician Assistant has been a dream of mine since my freshman year in high school. Everything about medicine intrigued me and I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career. The roles of a Physician Assistant in the medical field best suited me over all other medical professions. I started post secondary education at Washington State Community College the summer of my sophomore year and was able to graduate high school with an Associate degree in General Science. After high school, I went to Marietta College and majored in Biology. In my free time, I worked as an administrative assistant and shadowed at Medical Associates of Cambridge and Pars Brain & Spine Center. I also worked at American Eagle Outfitters in the evenings and on the weekends. Shadowing several Physician Assistants really helped confirm that this career was perfect for me. I am excited and honored to be a part of such a great program and cannot wait to begin my career as a Physician Assistant.

John Harcha

John H


Hometown: Portsmouth, OH
B.S.: Exercise Science
Shawnee State University


I graduated from Shawnee State University with a degree in Exercise Science and a focus in Pre-Med. My interest in pursuing a career in the medical field began at a young age, but I was uncertain about the particular area. I shadowed many health professionals and it was the time I spent with a physician assistant, in an emergency room and family practice setting, which convinced me to pursue a career as a physician assistant. Upon completion of my education, I plan to work in pediatrics or emergency medicine in southern Ohio. I look forward to learning about other specialties during my rotations. I am proud to be a member of the Marietta College Physician Assistant class of 2015.

Michael Bennet

Kristyn H


Hometown: New Concord, OH
B.S.: Education
Muskingum University


Throughout college I was not always sure what career path I wanted to pursue when I graduated. I was interested in several different fields, so I wanted to leave myself with options regarding my future towards the end of my undergraduate education. During my sophomore year, I decided that I would major in education, but also take the necessary classes that would allow me to pursue a career in healthcare. Both fields held a special significance for me because my dad worked as an education administrator and my mom has worked as a healthcare administrator for most of my life, so I saw some of the ends and outs of both fields. Around the end of my junior year at Muskingum University, I tore the ACL in my knee for the third time while playing softball. The same doctor whom had surgically repaired my knee the first two times also did this surgery for me. This is the time where I really became interested in the physician assistant profession. The physician I worked with told me that it would be a perfect career path for me based on my personality and work ethic. After talking with him, I began to do more research into the profession, and I shadowed other physicians and physician assistants, and I completely fell in love with the profession and what physician assistants believe in and stand for. It is truly a wonderful profession, and I am excited and thankful to be on the path to fulfilling my dreams.

Michael Bennet

Allison H


Hometown: Belpre, OH
B.S.: Health Science/Religion
Lee University


Growing up, I always had a passion for the medical field. I originally had planned on pursuing medical school until I found myself in the emergency room one day where a physician assistant treated me. This instance drew me to the field and I really began to investigate the physician assistant profession. While completing my degree, I was an academic mentor, a tutor for science and math and a participant in many campus clubs. I also shadowed doctors and physician assistants in various specialties and volunteered at a local hospital in many different areas in order to better understand the important role of physician assistants in health care. My current medical field interests include cardiology and orthopedic surgery. I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Marietta College physician assistant program. I know without a doubt that the physician assistant field is where I am meant to be, and I am thankful for the opportunity to complete my degree at Marietta College.

Kendra Hentkowski

Kendra H


Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
B.S.: Exercise Science
Florida State University


I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University. My college career began at the University of Michigan as an engineering student. I had planned on designing prosthetics, but had a change of heart my sophomore year after doing research at the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville. The abdominal transplant surgeon I researched for at the Mayo Clinic allowed me to follow him on rounds and scrub in on surgeries, forever changing my career goals. After that summer, I left the University of Michigan and was accepted to the Exercise Science program at Florida State. After graduation, I went on a medical mission trip to Jamaica, where I met a Physician Assistant and his former preceptor. Together they educated me on the wonderful opportunities a PA profession holds. From that moment on there was no doubt in my mind what profession I belonged in. I am thrilled with the path my life has taken and cannot wait to start making a difference in the lives of others

Amanda Hodnett

Amanda H


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


My interest in the art and science of medicine began as a child with visits to my family’s doctors. Their passion for their practice intrigued me, yet I struggled to decide how I wanted to be involved in the medical field until I was introduced to the physician assistant career while attending The Ohio State University. I eagerly searched for a vocation that would combine my appreciation for interpersonal communication, education, medicine, and public health. After researching and shadowing an extensive list of occupations, I realized that a career as a physician assistant would allow me to use skills from each area and permit me to have a profound influence on my patients and their families at home and those I anticipate working with abroad. Experience gained during my undergraduate education as I volunteered in local ministries and clinics, as well as participation in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic where I was able to serve those with medical needs, grew my interest in becoming a physician assistant. Patients’ positive responses to the care and knowledge provided by the physician assistants I shadowed solidified my excitement to become a part of this career. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to receive my training as a part of the Marietta College PA Class of 2015 and I look forward to implementing the skills and knowledge I gain here.

Garrett Kerr

Garrett K


Hometown: Marietta, OH
B.S.: Exercise Science
Ohio University


My interest in the health care industry began in high school where I participated in a program called career community training. I had the opportunity of shadowing local physicians and physician assistants. As a three-sport varsity athlete, I witnessed many of my peers end their athletic careers due to injuries and wanted to learn more about how to help people recover after sustaining these injuries. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Ohio University in 2013. During my undergraduate years, I had the opportunity to shadow Physician Assistants in several different fields and discovered that this was the career path I wanted to take. In 2012, I served as an anatomy Teaching Assistant at Ohio University where I gained valuable knowledge on the topic as well as valuable skills on how to convey medical information to other people. Upon completing my master’s degree, I aspire to work in surgery. I am honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2015 and am excited for my future career as a Physician Assistant.

Savannah Klingshirn

Savannah K


Hometown: Sheffield Village, OH
B.S.: Exercise Biology
Wright State University


At a very young age, I realized that I was interested in various healthcare professions. Throughout high school, I interned with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where I simply discovered what careers I would not be satisfied with. While completing my freshman year at Wright State University, I was introduced to the PA profession. After much research and consideration, I declared my major to be Exercise Biology and I focused on gathering knowledge and experiences that would aid in my acceptance to PA school. My third summer at Wright State, I shadowed several physician assistants in the Miami Valley Hospital Emergency Department. It was my observations and experiences there that solidified my desire to pursue this lifelong profession. I am grateful for all that has led me to the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program, and I am excited now more than ever to become a physician assistant.

Danielle Lang

Danielle L


Hometown: Lowell, OH
B.S.: Health Science
Marietta College


Since I was a small child, I was exposed to the medical profession, as my mother practiced as an RN. I was intrigued at how often she claimed the stress of her job, yet how she was able to impact the lives of so many and still feel rewarded. I knew, as I entered my undergraduate program at Marietta, that eventually my career would involve working with the public in some form of medical capacity. After my sophomore year of college, I began working as a State Tested Nurse’s Aide at a local nursing home. It was during this experience that I learned firsthand how to be supportive and compassionate in caring for the geriatric population. While the demands of this position were physically exhausting, I too found rewards in making a difference in the lives of the residents at the nursing home. While I was busy academically and spent many hours contributing to community service through Varsity Women’s College Basketball and McDonough Leadership, I continued to work part time in this role. I was fortunate to be named to Alpha Lambda Delta, Tri- Beta and Psy- Chi honor societies while at Marietta College. I have had the pleasure to shadow various Physician Assistant specialties over the course of 2 years in Marietta and Parkersburg. I thoroughly enjoyed this time, especially my emergency room, Rehab Medicine, and pain management experiences. I spent short visits shadowing surgery, anesthesia and cardiology as well. I also spent some valuable time shadowing the P.A. profession in the role of family practice. Several of the professionals that I shadowed were graduates of Marietta College's PA program. I soon realized the important role the PA served in assuring shorter wait times to access quality medical care. I am so proud and excited to be a part of Marietta College's 2015 Physician Assistant class.

Alyse McNeill

Alyse M


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
B.S.: Biochemistry
Marietta College


My initial interest in health care stemmed from my mom who is a Registered Nurse and my father who was a Social Worker in a hospital. I was impressed by how much of an impact each could have on people’s lives everyday. In high school, I developed a strong interest in sciences and my time in undergrad at Marietta College furthered this interest. I graduated from Marietta College with my B.S. in Biochemistry. Attending Marietta College also gave me the opportunity to discover and appreciate the role Physician Assistants have in healthcare. After shadowing Physician Assistants in cardiology, I knew that this was the path I wanted to take. I am excited to continue my education at Marietta College and am looking forward to both the clinical and didactic years of the program. At this point, I hope to work as a Physician Assistant in a family practice.

Laila Najjar

Laila N


Hometown: Akron, OH
B.S.: Biology/Premedicine
Kent State University


While earning my bachelor’s degree, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Throughout my three years of undergrad, I worked as a Certified Compounding Pharmacy Technician, a Kaplan MCAT instructor, and I volunteered mainly in the Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s hospital where I had the opportunity to witness collaboration between healthcare practitioners. Ironically, it wasn’t until I shadowed a Nurse Practitioner, and a month before I finished my degree that I first became aware of the Physician Assistant profession. Further research of its sincere objective and great flexibility appealed to my aspirations, so I began shadowing various PA’s in internal medicine, family practice, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology. I was so positively overwhelmed by the relationships these PA’s developed with their patients. Through working, volunteering, and shadowing, I found my niche. Choosing this career path has given me the most comfort and balance for my future, as well as the best way to channel my compassion for people. I am excited and extremely blessed to begin my career as a physician assistant at Marietta College.

Sarah O’Connor

Sarah O


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


I have been interested in medicine for as long as I can remember, but I was unsure of what career path I wanted to take until my third year at Ohio State. That year, I was introduced to the Physician Assistant profession when I began working as an emergency department scribe. As a scribe, I gained a variety of medical knowledge and clinical experience, which further solidified my desire to become a health care professional. Additionally, I worked closely with the PA’s, so I was able to observe first hand what being a PA entails. The passion the PA’s had for their job and their patients inspired me to further research the profession. After seeking advice from the physicians and PA’s at work as well as shadowing a family medicine PA, I decided that this was the career for me. Currently, I am interested in family medicine, but I am eager to explore my options during the clinical year.

Sara Oczypok

Sara O


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
B.S.: Exercise Physiology
Kent State University


As I began my undergraduate degree at Kent State, I quickly discovered that I had not only a passion, but a skill for the sciences. I was not sure at first which aspect of the medical profession I wanted to join, so I began talking to advisors and shadowing various doctors and physician assistant’s at local hospitals. In addition to this, I began volunteering in the local emergency room department. I learned very soon that the Physician Assistant career would be the choice for me because it appeals to my interests and it allows me to help others with my strengths. I look forward to beginning my clinical rotations in the Marietta College physician assistant program and I am excited to begin my career as a PA.

Michael Bennet

Bryce P


Hometown: Boardman, OH
B.S.: Biology
Youngstown State University


I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Youngstown State University. As an undergraduate student, I was a microbiology research assistant as well as a volunteer at the Akron Children’s Hospital Surgery Center. Initially, I intended to pursue a career in physical therapy. However, after shadowing a variety of healthcare providers, my interest in medicine evolved to appreciate broader medical professions. These shadowing experiences ultimately led to my decision to obtain my Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Marietta College. Currently I am interested in both Orthopedics and Primary Care. I look forward to all of my clinical rotations and the possibility that my passion may lie in another specialty.

Dana Preston

Brian P


Hometown: Columbiana, Ohio
B.S.: Exercise Science/Biology
Youngstown State University


I knew that I wanted to enter the medical profession when I was in high school. I had accumulated numerous football injuries and at first was interested in becoming a physical therapist due to the amount of time I spent in therapy. I started my undergraduate career at Youngstown State University with the intent of going on to physical therapy school. Then during my second year at YSU I was encouraged by my advisor and professor to look into the PA field. I then shadowed a PA who specialized in orthopedics and instantly knew that this was the profession for me. I loved seeing how the information that I had learned in lecture was used to diagnose and treat patients. In order to gain medical experience I did an internship at the Cardiac Rehab center at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. After graduation I then worked as a scribe in the ER at St. Elizabeth. My current interest is in Orthopedics, but I am excited to explore other areas while at Marietta.

Dana Preston

Dana P


Hometown: Bradfordwoods, Pennsylvania
B.S.: Neuroscience and Psychology
Allegheny College


I recently graduated from Allegheny College, a small liberal arts school in Meadville, PA. In my four years at Allegheny, I studied both neuroscience and psychology, played viola in the orchestra, held leadership positions in my sorority, Tri Delta, and individually trained for road races and several half marathons. During my final year as an undergraduate, I completed a senior thesis in which I chose to explore and recreate a model of Alzheimer’s disease in rats. I was fascinated with the behavioral tests and fluorescent microscopy used to analyze brain sections; however I knew that research wasn’t what I wanted for a career. My work as a nurse aide at a local long-term care facility during my junior and senior years solidified my passion for providing patient care and pursuing a higher degree in medicine. After shadowing several physician assistants, I was certain of my career choice. I am very excited for the next two years at Marietta’s PA program!

Chelsea Remster

Chelsea R


Hometown: Amherst, OH
B.S.: Biology
Wittenberg University


I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field; however, when beginning my undergraduate degree I was unsure of what path to take. My parents, who both work in the medical field, suggested that I take a closer look at the PA profession. After learning more about it through researching and shadowing, I knew it was the only career for me. During my senior year, my capstone research project examined a topic involving HIV/AIDS. Afterward, I was compelled to help so I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where I worked in a children’s HIV/AIDS hospice and orphanage. After returning to the US, I also became a certified phlebotomist in order to gain more healthcare experience. I remain very interested in traveling abroad to help the underserved and am proud to be a member of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2015.

Krissy Rowe

Krissy R


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


I have always had an interest in medicine. Health is such an important thing to people and medicine/healthcare plays a direct role in maintaining this asset that people hold so dear. The task of choosing a career can seem overwhelming but I believe everyone wants to choose a profession they can believe in, something they see as important in the world, a way to make a difference. For me, a position in healthcare seemed like an obvious choice. After shadowing various healthcare positions in different settings I found that becoming a Physician Assistant suited the lifestyle that I wanted to have while still allowing me to practice a substantial amount of medicine.

Bethany Smith

Bethany S


Hometown: Wooster, OH
B.S.: Biology
Malone University


Entering my freshman year of college, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, following the advice of an aunt who had passed away from cancer. At the end of my sophomore year, I had the privilege of being mentored by one of my biology professors who was a certified PA. She introduced me to the PA profession and highly encouraged me to job shadow several different PA’s in various specialties. After my first job shadowing experience in a family practice, I was in awe of the PA’s breadth of knowledge, her rapport with patients and co-workers, her passion to educate, and her impact on the lives of her patients and the community. Through that experience, I truly envisioned myself as a PA because I aspired to touch lives as she had through her profession. After completing my B.A. in biology from Malone University in 2012, I volunteered at Wooster Community Hospital as a medical aide for a year. During that time, I worked in the recovery room of the surgery department assisting the nursing staff with the surgical patients.

Casey Smith

Casey S


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


For the majority of my life I was chronically ill and the experience as a patient inspired me to be a healthcare provider. I first learned about the PA profession when I was choosing what college to attend for my undergrad education. Up until then I had always thought I wanted to be a doctor, but after learning about this profession I realized that a PA was better suited to my personality and my ultimate life goals. I earned my Bachelor’s in Biology at Marietta College and focused my education to specifically satisfy the prerequisites of their PA program. I graduated in the spring of 2012 and the following fall I applied for the program. After receiving an offer for an early interview, I was accepted in November. In preparation for the program I shadowed healthcare providers, interned at a hospital in orthopedic outpatient therapy, and indexed medical files for healthcare providers in many specialties. My goal is to become a great Physician Assistant and make a positive difference in my patients’ lives. I have no idea what area of medicine I wish to work in, but I am excited to experience a little of everything. I am very honored to be a part of the Marietta College PA program and the class of 2015.

Nicole Smolleck

Nicole S


Hometown: Latrobe, PA
B.S.: Rehabilitation Science
University of Pittsburgh


When I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, I had every intention of becoming a pharmacist. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided I wanted to be in a medical profession with more patient interaction. After doing some research and deciding I didn’t want to be a nurse nor a doctor, I came upon a medical profession that seemed to represent a happy medium. My new goal was to become a physician assistant. To gain patient experience, I took an EMT class through Pitt and spent the following two summers working for Mutual Aid Ambulance Service. My time working as an EMT was an eye-opening experience to say the least, but my favorite part was having the opportunity to get to know my weekly transfer patients on a more personal level. In order to learn more about the PA profession and get a sense of the different avenues that can be pursued, I shadowed a PA in oncology and another in orthopaedic surgery. Although I am not yet certain on which field I want to pursue, I feel I would most enjoy a position that has the opportunity to know patients personally and be with them long term. After completion of the program, I plan to return to Pennsylvania to give back to the region in which I grew up. In the meantime, I am both honored and excited to be starting my journey in becoming a PA at Marietta College!

Amanda Swickard

Amanda S


Hometown: Alexandria, OH
B.S.: Biology
Walsh University


My initial desire to pursue a career in health care stems all the way back to high school. It was my Anatomy teacher, Mr. Price, who ignited the flame within me. He taught with a passion that made it impossible not to be fascinated by the works of the human body. After taking his Anatomy course, I knew my future would be in health care; however, which path in the field of medicine I would take was unclear at the time. I decided to pursue a career in dentistry, and was a Pre-Dental/Biology major until my senior year. After many hours of shadowing, I realized Dentistry was not for me. I began researching other careers in medicine; and after speaking with many health care professionals and my professors, I was able to determine that the physician assistant route was the best fit for me. As I shadowed in the hospital setting, I came to appreciate the amount of time physician assistants got to spend with each patient and their role in the medical model. I am honored to have been selected as a student of the Marietta PA Program, class of 2015.

Arica Taylor

Arica T


Hometown: Hartford, OH
B.S.: Biology/Pre-medicine
Kent State University


My love of science and medicine stemmed from my high school biology class which urged me to pursue a career path in medicine. It wasn’t until my senior year at Kent State University that I decided I wanted to become a physician assistant. I gained experience by becoming an EMT and shadowed multiple PA’s at a local emergency department. Those opportunities opened my eyes to the compassion and true concern that PA’s show toward their patients and confirmed my choice to pursue a career as a PA. My main interests are dermatology and cardiovascular surgery, and I also hope to travel abroad to bring knowledge to other areas of the world. It is a true honor to be a part of the Marietta College Class of 2015. I am very excited to learn and see where being a PA can take me throughout life.

Cora Wayman

Cora W


Hometown: Arcanum, OH
B.S.: Psychology
University of Toledo


My passion for medicine and my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant started at a young age. In junior high, I had the privilege of job shadowing my aunt, who is a Physician Assistant in family medicine. Seeing first-hand the way she, as a PA, had the one-on-one interactions and connections with patients solidified my dream of pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant. I have had the opportunity to work in various health care settings throughout my life which gave me the chance to help others. Whether it was working in a nursing home as a nursing assistant, working in the emergency room as a medical scribe, or working as a patient care technician on a heart and vascular unit of Good Samaritan Hospital, I have gained valuable medical knowledge and bedside manner that I can use to follow my career dreams of becoming a PA. Caring and interacting with all patients, made me realize I wanted to one day be able to do more for patients in all healthcare settings, which is exactly why I was certain I wanted to pursue a career as a PA. I am currently interested in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, but of course will keep an open mind during clinical rotations. Without the continuous incredible support of my family and friends, I would not be where I am today. I am beyond blessed and honored to be in the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2015!

Grant  Wilson

Grant W


Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
B.S.: Biology
Buena Vista University


While attending Buena Vista University, I knew I was interested in science and medicine, but I wasn’t always sure of where those interests would take me. In college, I was given opportunities to shadow multiple physician assistants and doctors, as well as work in a retirement community as a CNA. Later, I was able to work in an elementary and middle school nurse’s office as a CNA and continue to develop my passion for helping others in a medical setting. As I begin my education, I look forward to gaining further appreciation and knowledge of the medical field, working hands on with patients, and starting my career as a PA.

Elishah S. Wilthew

Elishah W


Hometown: Garrettsville, OH
B.S.: Pre-Physician Assistant
Malone University


My name is Elishah and I grew up on an 18 acre farm in Garrettsville, OH. I am thankful for my parents and siblings. Both fostered a love of learning within me and continue to be a major support system in my life. I attended Malone University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in pre-physician assistant studies. Initially, I did not start out on this route- a truth that seems to be shared among quite a few PA students. In the beginning of my freshman year at Malone University, I was enrolled in exercise science with the goal of becoming a physical therapist only to realize after my first semester that I was more interested in chemistry and mathematics. For the next two years, I was a Chemistry major. Then, my chemistry professor and I worked on a research project that intertwined both aspects of the medical field and aspects of chemistry. I found myself interested in the medical components of this project even more than in the chemistry components. Finally, between attending career fairs, shadowing PA’s, working as a personal aide, and considering the type of lifestyle I would like to live, I chose to pursue a career as a PA. Marietta College was my top choice, and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to study at this unique college.

Derek Wynn

Derek W


Hometown: Sterling, Idaho
B.S.: Health Science
Idaho State University


While obtaining my undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to work in a wound care clinic and also manage a free clinic near the university. During both of these experiences I worked alongside doctors, physician assistants, and also physical therapists. My interest in becoming a physician assistant grew as I spent more time with them and saw just how diverse they can be such as working in a specialty or in family practice. My interest as of now is to work in family practice, but I am excited for our clinical rotations and seeing the different areas that I could possibly work in. I am very grateful and excited to be here at Marietta College to complete my physician assistant degree.

Jessica Young

Jessica Y


Hometown: Shelby Township, Michigan
B.S.: Biology/Chemistry
Saginaw Valley State University


I was introduced to the Physician Assistant career path during a research project in high school for my health science class and was determined from that point on to break into this exciting field. I gained an honest and in-depth look into the PA field while shadowing a Physician Assistant in a local family practice. Meanwhile, while studying biology at SVSU, I had a wonderful opportunity to volunteer as a patient advocate at St. Mary’s in downtown Saginaw. As a result of my shadowing, volunteering, work and study abroad experiences, I have had numerous opportunities to meet and learn from so many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. While choosing a PA program, I was interested in finding the best fit for me in an area outside of Michigan that would provide me with new adventures. I am excited for my next chapter at Marietta College which is sure to be filled with ample opportunities for adventure and growth.