Kate B of the Marietta College PA Program class of 2019

Kate B.

Hometown:  Dayton, OH

B.S.:  Psychology

Ohio State University

I have been interested in medicine my entire life thanks to having a mom who worked both as a nurse and in healthcare administration, having various family members working in the medical field, and being cared for by multiple inspiring doctors growing up. It wasn't until I was an undergraduate student at Ohio State that I began to figure out which path in healthcare I wanted to pursue. As a psychology major, I was particularly interested in clinical psychology. After I graduated, I worked as a research assistant in a clinical psychology lab at Ohio State. During this time, I realized I was drawn to the medical aspect of patient care. To gain additional exposure, I also worked as a patient care associate at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State for two years. I learned so many valuable skills there and was able to experience first-hand patient care in a hospital setting. After doing a lot of research and shadowing physicians and physician assistants, I came to the conclusion that becoming a physician assistant was my calling. I am grateful for all of the experiences that led me to be a PA student at Marietta College, and I can't wait to see where my career as a physician assistant takes me!


Nicole B of the Marietta College PA Program class of 2019

Nicole B.

Hometown: Coudersport, PA

B.S.: Biology

Seton Hill University

Seton Hill University

I have always known that I wanted to have a career in the medical field, but I wasn’t always sure of which path would be the perfect fit for me.  Beginning to shadow various physician assistants is really what sparked my interest in the profession.  After graduation, I worked as a CNA where I floated between post-op orthopedic, med-surg, and geriatric behavioral health units.  My time as a CNA allowed me to work alongside physician assistants on a daily basis.   My experiences shadowing and working at the hospital led me to realize that patient care and becoming a physician assistant was exactly what I wanted to do.  I am blessed to be able to pursue my dreams of becoming a physician assistant as a student of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2019, and cannot wait to see where my future career will take me.


Andrea C of the Marietta College PA Program class of 2019

Andrea C.

Hometown: Detroit, MI

B.S.: Biology

Franklin Pierce University

Growing up I always did well and was extremely passionate in the sciences so when I went to college, I knew Biology would give me a broad enough background to allow for specifying a career later in life. I narrowed my interest in medicine after playing college ice hockey with exposure to our athletic trainers as well as my independent microbiology research. After graduation working as a medical scribe for both physicians and physician assistants in multiple specialties, I knew PA was the best route given my personality and goals in life. Going through the application cycle was extremely eye-opening and humbling, but after multiple interviews, I knew Marietta College would provide me the most effective groundwork and resources to become an effective and compassionate teammate in the ever changing medical field. In our short time here, I already know I've made the best decision I could have in choosing a PA program, and I am extremely honored to be a part of class of 2019.


Courtney C of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Courtney C.

Hometown: Irwin, PA

B.S.: Biology

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

My interest in science started at a young age, but after taking an anatomy course in high school I knew the medical field was something I was definitely interested in. I attended the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and graduated with a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry Minor. This background gave me the option to go in any direction I wanted with the necessary prerequisites. After shadowing multiple physician assistants in different areas of medicine, I got to see the many options a physician assistant has which really drew me in. I worked as Certified Nursing Assistant in a skilled nursing home and an assisted living facility to obtain my healthcare experience. Being a CNA taught me a lot about how to interact with people you are taking care of and also their families. Even though working as a CNA was a great learning experience, it solidified my decision to become a physician assistant. I no longer wanted to be on the tail end of the care plan; I would rather be involved in diagnosing and creating a care plan for patients. The field of medicine I am most interested in is Sports Medicine. I played soccer my entire life and throughout college. Over the years, I have seen many ligaments torn and an uncountable number of concussions. I shadowed a physician assistant in sports medicine and concussion management, and this field of medicine seemed to relate to me the most. I am thankful to be a part of Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program and cannot wait to see where this journey takes me!


Erin C of the Marietta College PA Program class of 2019

Erin C.

Hometown:  Lima, OH

B.S.: Biology

Taylor University

Early in my high school career, I began to think about pursuing a future in the field of science. At the time, I was not sure what avenue I would take. It was not until the middle of my high school years that I heard of physician assistants.  It did not take long for me to know that was the career I wanted to pursue. The role of a physician assistant seemed like the perfect fit for me.  It provided the perfect combination of my love for science and my love for people.  During my undergraduate career at Taylor University, I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Ecuador as a part of my Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree.  While there, I worked in several different specialties in a hospital that served the underprivileged population. Since graduating from college in 2016, I have gone on a medical mission trip to Togo, West Africa and have worked as a CNA in a nursing home and rehab facility.  Both of these experiences have solidified my decision to become a physician assistant. I am thrilled to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2019!


Ursula C of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Ursula C.

Hometown: Newcomerstown, OH

B.S.: Health Science

Marietta College

My career choice of becoming a physician assistant was actually a process that evolved over several years due to my life experiences. My parents were both volunteer advanced EMT's, and my brother was a hospital corpsman in the Navy. During my early teens, I witnessed a passionate commitment by my family to serve our rural community volunteering and learning to provide rural emergency care. This initial exposure sparked my interest in the medical field, and I followed my brother’s footsteps, by also enlisting as a Navy hospital corpsman.  After my enlistment was over, I worked in a variety of medical offices.  During my last position in a family practice in Coshocton, I saw a huge need for more primary care providers. In witnessing my parents filling a void in emergency rural care, I realized I too could help fill the void our community is experiencing by becoming a physician assistant. I am excited to be in Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Class of 2019 working diligently to ensure my future presence as a primary care provider in Coshocton County.


Katie C of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Katie C.

Hometown: Mason, WV

B.S.: Athletic Training

West Virginia University

I received my Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Marshall University in 2014, followed by my Master's degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University in 2017. I became interested in the physician assistant profession while working as a certified athletic trainer for Waynesburg University athletics. During this time, I had the opportunity to work collaboratively with an orthopedic physician assistant in the Waynesburg University Athletic Training Clinic. Physician assistant school will allow me to continue practicing my passion for orthopedics and sports medicine, while expanding my knowledge, clinical skill set, and scope of practice. I am so thankful to pursue this journey in the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program and look forward to all the opportunities the PA profession has to offer.


Kaila C of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Kaila C.

Hometown: Senecaville, OH

B.S.: Health Sciences

Marietta College

I have always been interested in exploring a career in the medical field. It wasn't until I was in high school that I learned about the physician assistant profession. After researching and talking to different medical professionals, I decided that a career as a physician assistant was the right one for me. Since then, I have worked my way toward achieving this goal through shadowing and volunteering. I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2019.


Rachel D of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Rachel D.

Hometown: Dublin, OH

B.S.: Excercise and Movement Science

University of Cincinnati

I began my undergraduate studies in special education, as I had a long-time desire to work with children and young adults with special needs.  During my college coursework, I began to explore various career options beyond education.  It was during shadowing sessions with physicians and physician assistants that I discovered the opportunity to combine medicine with my interests in supporting youth with special needs.  I hope to work in pediatrics, focusing on children and young adults with developmental disabilities.  My previous experience as a qualified Mental Health Specialist, working with children with autism, provided great experience and perspectives about the challenges and the need for quality healthcare support for this important youth population.


Morgan D of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Morgan D.

Hometown: Bellevue, OH

B.S.: Biology

University of Findlay

I went into my first year of college thinking I was going to become a physician, but I eventually chose to pursue a career as a physician assistant shortly after. After I graduated I worked as a Nursing Assistant at an assisted living facility to gain healthcare experience. The patient interaction and care at the assisted living facility solidified my desire to become a physician assistant. My true interest is in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics and I am hoping to work with athletes. I’m looking forward to working closely with patients, other healthcare providers and communities to provide the best care I can give as a physician assistant. I am beyond grateful to have been given the opportunity to pursue my dream career at Marietta College, and I hope to come out of this program with the personal growth and education needed to be a great physician assistant.


Zachary F of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2017

Zachary F.

Hometown: Martins Ferry, OH

B.S.: Health Administration

Ohio University

After receiving my degree in health administration, I began working at a local hospital. I always knew I wanted to work in the healthcare profession, but I quickly came to the realization that the administrative aspect was not right for me. While working at the hospital, I first found out about the PA profession and what it entailed. During this time, I was able to experience the PA's ability to help others, and I became interested immediately. However, it wasn't until I became a medical scribe that I fell in love with the PA profession. I then decided to wholeheartedly pursue the career by taking the prerequisite courses needed for admission as well as gaining clinical experience as an EMT. I feel so incredibly blessed to be part of such a prestigious program and look forward to furthering my education in the class of 2019 at Marietta College.


Victoria F of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2017

Victoria F.

Hometown: Bangor, ME

B.S.: Molecular Biology

Cedarville University

I have been interested in the medical field for quite a while.  As I pursued my undergraduate degree, I became more intrigued with emergency medicine. I became licensed as an EMT-B and later an AEMT. I loved running on the ambulance, I enjoy fast-paced medicine, and I had many paramedics push me and encourage me to be a better provider. After multiple medical trips, including one to Paraguay, I solidified my decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant. I was encouraged to see that physician assistants are very active in providing care in more countries than just the United States.  I will likely continue to pursue emergency medicine, but I also enjoy and see a need for family practice healthcare providers.


Kristen F of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Kristen F.

Hometown: Shadyside, OH

B.S.: Biology

West Liberty State College

It was very early on that I determined I wanted to be a physician assistant. In my hometown of Shadyside, OH, I was in chemistry class one day when a teacher/mentor mentioned it as a career option to me. This led me to further research the career, and I immediately began to love the idea of becoming part of the healthcare team and participating in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. I was fortunate enough to shadow various physician assistants in order to gain experience in the field. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology, I was fortunate enough to accept a spot in the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2019. I hope to work in OB/GYN or family practice upon graduating.


Cody F of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Cody F.

Hometown: Emmalena, KY

B.S.: Allied Health

Cederville University

I first became interested in joining the medical field at a young age. The opportunity to serve others by meeting their physical needs became a driving factor in my consideration in becoming a physician assistant. I also witnessed first-hand the type of patient interaction that physician assistants have, which further interested me. I attended Cedarville University and really enjoyed my sciences courses, especially anatomy and immunology. During the summers of my undergraduate years, I worked as an STNA and also spent time shadowing physician assistants. All of these experiences helped solidify my decision to pursue a career as a family practice physician assistant. I am honored to be a student in Marietta's PA program and am very excited to continue learning to be a competent healthcare provider.


Megan G of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Megan G.

Hometown: Moundsville, WV

B.S.: Excercise Physiology

West Virginia University

Growing up around healthcare professionals, I always had an idea that the medical field is where I could see myself pursuing a career. My real interest began after taking high school anatomy.  I researched different medical professions, and the role of a physician assistant stuck out to me. I then shadowed several physician assistants within different specialties such as Orthopedics, Cardiology, Pain Clinic, OR, and Family Med, all being positive experiences. I decided to apply for a scribing position through West Virginia University, allowing me to work with several physician assistants and physicians. I was attracted to the demands, roles, and flexibility that the physician assistant profession entails. This job solidified my decision of wanting to pursue a career as a physician assistant. Currently, I am very interested in Dermatology, but also eager to learn and experience the other specialties throughout the didactic and clinical years. I am honored to represent Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program and am extremely excited to begin this journey with the Class of 2019!


Laura H of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Laura H.

Hometown: West Chester, OH

B.S.: Premed/Kinesiology

Miami University

Even as a child, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career related to medicine. However, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I chose to pursue a career as a physician assistant. While at Miami University, I changed my major from biomedical engineering because I discovered that my passion for people and helping others reached far beyond what a career in engineering could provide. Joining the pre-PA club also helped to solidify my choice, and I began to realize that a career as a physician assistant would be the best fit for me due to the flexibility between specialties and the team-based work environment. I received my CNA and worked at a skilled-nursing facility, and shadowed a local family practice physician assistant many times throughout my undergraduate studies. After graduation, I worked as a retail pharmacy technician for a year before coming to PA school. These experiences taught me valuable lessons regarding various aspects of healthcare and provided me with a solid background of medical knowledge upon starting school here at Marietta. I am looking forward to rotations so that I am more confident in what specialty I would like to work in, but as of now I am considering family medicine and orthopedics. I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful program in the class of 2019, and I cannot wait to become a member of the medical community as a physician assistant.


Juilianne J of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Julianne J.

Hometown: East Liverpool, OH

B.S.: Petroleum Engineering

Marietta College

I graduated from Marietta College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. After college, I began my career as an engineer and realized I wanted to seek a career that focused more on interacting with and helping others. I have always had an interest in working in the medical field, and after shadowing a physician assistant, I knew it was the career I wanted to pursue.  I was able to get healthcare experience by working as a pharmacy technician while taking prerequisites for the program. That experience allowed me to learn about medications and build relationships with local healthcare providers, and solidify my dream of becoming a physician assistant. I am interested in several different specialties; however, pediatrics is at the top of my list.


Abigail K of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Abigail K.

Hometown: San Diego, CA

B.S.: Biology

Concordia University Irvine

My interest in the medical profession began at a young age, listening to my mom's stories as an ER nurse.  I knew that I wanted to be involved in taking care of patients and helping them in times of need.  When I learned about the PA profession and its mission, I knew that this was what I wanted to do for my career.  I have long desired to bring medical care to those in rural and underserved communities, and the PA profession has this goal as one of its founding tenets.  In college, I prepared myself by working as a nursing assistant and unit clerk in the float pool at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA. In this role, I enjoyed getting to know each of my patients and learning more about medicine.  In the future, I see myself working as a primary care provider in a rural area. I am honored and blessed to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2019, and I am excited for this new journey!


Neil M of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Neil M.

Hometown: Millersburg, OH

B.S.: Chemistry/Physics

Bluffton University

My desire to enter the healthcare field began in high school, which lead me to the decision to pursue a strong science background at Bluffton University.  I knew that chemistry and physics would be useful for many different paths in the medical field, but it wasn’t until my junior year at Bluffton when my path was set on a career as a physician assistant.  This decision came about after shadowing physician assistants in a variety of settings including the local hospital in Bluffton and a large Christian based healthcare clinic in Chicago. A mission trip to Haiti where I had the chance to be introduced to the third world aspect of healthcare also played a huge role in the decision to pursue a degree as a physician assistant.  Upon graduation, I am interested in pursuing a career in family medicine or orthopedics as well as spending time doing mission work in underserved countries, such as Haiti.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to enter a career that is able to give so much back to others, and I am extremely excited to be part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program.


Megan M of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Megan M.

Hometown: Highland, UT

B.S.: Sociology

Brigham Young University

I’ve known I wanted to work in the healthcare field since I can remember. Pursuing a degree in sociology and simultaneously taking pre-requisite courses helped to affirm that being a physician assistant was the career through which I would achieve my goals. My background in sociology has given me an appreciation for all of the factors that contribute to a person’s health—physical, mental, social, etc. While I was attracted to the flexibility and teamwork inherent in the physician assistant profession, it was my personal experience with them and the holistic, individualized care I saw them give that ultimately led to my decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant. My desire to pursue a career in women’s health came from working as a medical assistant at an OB/GYN office and seeing firsthand the provider-patient relationship that develops throughout continuous care.


Derek M of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Derek M.

Hometown: Rayland, OH

B.S.: Biology

Bethany College

At a young age, I was sure that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare but was unsure what area.  As I grew older, I learned more about the physician assistant career and all that it had to offer.  I began shadowing a physician assistant in orthopedics and was instantly drawn to the profession.  After graduating college, I began working as an emergency room technician at Wheeling Hospital.  Although my current interests are emergency medicine and orthopedics, I am excited for clinical rotations to explore other specialties of medicine.  I am honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2019 and look forward to future experiences in the healthcare field.


Erin M of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Erin M.

Hometown: Pinckney, MI

B.S.: Human Biology

Michigan State University

Having a passion for the sciences my entire life, I took an anatomy and physiology course in high school. Taking this class solidified my love for the sciences and made me want to pursue a career in medicine. During my undergraduate career, I spent time shadowing physicians and physician assistants in various health care settings to gain more understanding of their roles within the health care system. I decided to minor in Health Promotion to learn about medicine on a large scale, and I was able to travel to underserved communities in Honduras on a medical mission trip. After graduating from Michigan State, I worked as a medical assistant and medical scribe in a large family medicine office where I worked closely with physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and patients. The more I learned about the physician assistant profession, the more I knew the profession was the right choice for me.  Due to my experiences, I am currently interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant in infectious disease medicine. However, I am excited to be exposed to many other specialties of medicine during my classes and clinical rotations. I am honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program, and I am excited to continue this journey with the Class of 2019!


Kaitlin M of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Kaitlin M.

Hometown: Woodsfield, OH

B.S.: Physiology of Exercise

Ohio University Eastern

My interest in the medical field began at a young age by frequently being in the patient's chair myself growing up. The way that different physicians, physician assistants, and nurses treated me had a large impact on my life. I realized that I wanted to be that positive influence for others. Throughout shadowing, volunteering, and lots of internet research, I figured out that becoming a physician assistant was the right track to reach this goal. Marietta College was my first choice school, and I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to be part of such a great program.


Catie N of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Catie N.

Hometown: Zanesville, OH

B.S.: Health Sciences

Muskingum University

I have always loved science, especially all things medical (including Grey’s Anatomy of course!). After my first anatomy course as a junior in high school, I was hooked. I completed an Associate’s degree in occupational therapy and worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 5 years. I enjoyed working with all populations from pediatrics to geriatrics. I love getting to know my patients and working with them to help them achieve their goals. Working in the therapy field furthered my love of health care and created an ever-growing interest in clinical medicine. My desire is to "be a detective" and work with my patients to figure out a diagnosis and find the best course of action for them as an individual. As I researched and shadowed physician assistants, I realized it was a perfect fit for these desires. I am honored and excited to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2019 and can’t wait to see where the future takes us!


Mariah O of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Mariah O.

Hometown: Dayton, OH

B.S.: Athletic Training

Marietta College

From the time I was a very young child, I have always possessed a passion for learning. I loved school and was particularly drawn to the sciences. After a family member went through a near-death experience and turned septic following a routine surgery, I knew the medical field was the perfect fit for me, and I was set on becoming just like the physician assistant who saved him. When deciding on a major for my undergraduate degree, I wanted a program that would teach me as much as possible about the human body and allow me to start honing my clinical skills. Needless to say, Marietta College’s Athletic Training Program was the best decision I could have made. This program challenged me academically and also gave me first-hand practice with patient care through our clinical rotations.  I had the opportunity to work extensively with the men’s soccer, softball, football, and track and field teams, as well as having a rotation in the emergency room. Marietta’s Physician Assistant program has been a dream of mine for over seven years now, and I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to stay at my alma mater and continue my education. While I got my clinical start mainly with orthopedics, I am interested to pursue a career in OB/GYN or pediatric oncology.


Mary P of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Mary P.

Hometown: Clinton, OH

B.S.: Laboratory Technology

Ohio State University

I began at the Ohio State University as an art major following my passion for fine arts, but I felt drawn to the medical field. I transitioned majors in my second year, and in 2013 I received my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science with a minor in studio art. After graduation, I worked for four years in the transfusion services lab at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and volunteered in a research lab at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. My experiences in the lab were indispensable and provided me a strong medical foundation, but I desired to work with patients. I began volunteering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and shadowing many areas of healthcare. Through this exposure I became captivated by the physician assistant profession. I am honored to continue my education in the physician assistant program at Marietta College.


Leandra R of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Leandra R.

Hometown: St. Clairsville, OH

B.S.: Biology

University of Mount Union

When deciding a career to pursue going into college, the only thing that I knew was that it had to be something in the medical field. During my senior year of high school, I was introduced to a family friend who happened to be a physician assistant, and from that point on I knew that this was the career path for me. I had the opportunity to shadow this physician assistant on multiple occasions and every time I did, there was one common theme that stood out to me about the career: passion. She really set the bar high of the physician assistant I hope and strive to be one day, not only to be an excellent asset to the medical field but also to ensure the proper quality of care to future patients. I graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of science degree in Biology. It is because of my experiences there through various volunteer programs, extracurricular activities, and rigorous coursework that I am here today pursuing my dreams of becoming a physician assistant. It is a true honor and blessing to be pursuing this dream through the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program!


Mackenzie R of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Mackenzie R.

Hometown: Troy, OH

B.S.: Biology

University of Dayton

I first found out about the physician assistant field in high school and quickly fell in love with the flexibility and autonomy, while also being able to combine it with my love of medicine. Since I knew I wanted to go the physician assistant route at an early age, I got involved right away by becoming a nursing assistant. I was able to work in a rehab/skilled nursing facility for three summers and gain invaluable experience. Additionally, I was able to shadow many physician assistants, travel to Nicaragua on a medical mission trip, and get involved in numerous community service projects through the University of Dayton’s Pre-PA club and pre-health fraternity. This only reinforced my passion for helping others and my drive to become a physician assistant. After graduation, I plan to work in either pediatrics or primary care. I am so honored and excited to be a part of Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2019!


Tori S of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Tori S.

Hometown: Parkersburg, WV

B.S.: Biology

Marietta College

I have always felt that I was destined for the healthcare field. After participating in a medical skills program at the Wood County Technical Center during my junior and senior years at Parkersburg South High School, I never once questioned that decision. The program gave me the opportunity to learn basic medical skills, anatomy, medical terminology, gain leadership skills, shadow various healthcare providers, and become a certified nursing assistant. After that, I spent every summer of college working directly with patients both in the hospital setting and for a private in-home care company. In my free time, I shadowed physician assistants and physicians in various specialties and became fond of dermatology, OB-GYN, and primary care. However, I am also interested in the field of endocrinology. After the amazing experience I had at Marietta College for undergrad, there was no other place I wanted to pursue my career as a physician assistant. I am so happy and blessed to be a part of the class of 2019, and I am so excited for the rest of our journey!


Huntar S of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Huntar S.

Hometown: Parkersburg, WV

Master of Health Science

West Virginia University

I grew up on a farm just outside of Parkersburg, WV. Growing up I always knew that, besides being a farmer, I wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field. During my junior and senior year of undergrad I was a Chief Scribe in the Emergency Department at the local hospital. Throughout this clinical opportunity I was able to observe first-hand everything that a physician assistant was able to do in the healthcare setting. That experience intrigued me to pursue the career path of becoming a physician assistant.  I achieved my Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, which is three minors in biology, chemistry, and psychology, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. I then pursued a Masters of Science in Health Sciences degree at West Virginia University to prepare myself for graduate-level coursework. It was a great experience, and it also contributed to making my decision to become a physician assistant. After just one semester of PA school at Marietta, I knew I made a great decision. I am ecstatic to be a part of the Class of 2019. The program’s location and the facility is among the best. The whole staff is very helpful and great educators. I know that we will be prepared to practice clinical medicine by the time we complete the program. I look forward to gaining more knowledge throughout this program.


Sophia S of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Sophia S.

Hometown: Cary, NC

B.S.: Biology

Meredith College

Being the eldest of five children to Pakistani parents, I always have taken on leadership roles whether at home or in various school activities. My favorite pastimes include being with family, learning cool tricks and skills, and going on "bucket-list" adventures. Throughout middle school, high school, and college, I learned about various aspects of healthcare. From volunteering at non-profit healthcare clinics serving patients below the poverty line,  interning to implement a business proposal at a hospital, earning EMT and CNA certifications, manufacturing vaccines in pharmaceuticals, and working as a medical assistant at a Family Practitioner’s office, my love for health care has only increased. Once I arrived at Marietta’s PA program, my journey began and I am so proud, humbled, and even more thankful. Although I am the first college graduate in my family, my strong desire to help those in need stems from my mother's support and encouragement and how she instilled a value of using an education to serve those in need in me. In the future, I would like to volunteer with the Peace Corps and work with under-served communities worldwide. One of my goals is to someday be a positive role model for others especially to minorities and Muslim women like myself. Having a deep-rooted love for travel and diversity, I hope to do my part in making this world a better place, one small step at a time.


Isabela T of the Marietta College PA Program Class 2019

Isabela T.

Hometown: Canonsburg, PA

B.S.: Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in Chemistry, and a Conceptual Foundations of Medicine certificate.  As a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, I sat in on a presentation by a panel of physician assistants who spoke to us about the responsibilities and duties of their job, their educational backgrounds, and their reasons for choosing this career.  Going into college, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, and after listening to their presentation, I felt that I had found the perfect field for me.  I shadowed physician assistants in several different specialties and found that each specialty had its own qualities that make it unique and interesting.  Most importantly, I found that each physician assistant had the ability to work autonomously while still being a part of the healthcare team, which is something that I appreciated about the profession.  During my time at the University of Pittsburgh, I worked as a rehab aide in a physical medicine facility that housed chiropractors as well as a physical therapist and a medical doctor.  I also volunteered with the Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and with the Hospital Elderly Life Program at UPMC Shadyside.  After graduation, I continued my work as a rehab aide while also interning for CCChampions, a non-profit organization that works with pediatric oncology patients.  Additionally, I had the opportunity to go on two medical mission trips—one to Lima, Peru and one to Cape Town, South Africa—that allowed me to experience medicine in different areas of the world.  I am very grateful to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2019 and excited for my future as a physician assistant.


Carly W of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Carly W.

Hometown: North Canton, OH

B.S.: Applied Health Science

Bowling Green State University

I have known that I wanted to be in the medical field since I was young, but it took a few years to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. In my junior year of high school, I enrolled in a program at a local hospital. The program allows students to explore different medical careers throughout the year.  Around halfway through the program, I realized that a physician assistant would be the perfect fit. The more I learned about the career, the more I wanted to start working towards becoming a physician assistant. I began college at Bowling Green and soon started working as a nursing assistant. Working as an aide has helped me learn how to care for my residents and how to work in a quick-paced environment. Along with being an aide, I was lucky to be a part of many volunteer experiences while in school. I am very grateful for all of the opportunities that have allowed me to become a physician assistant student. I am very excited to be a member of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2019!


Shelbi W of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Shelbi W.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

B.S.: Health Sciences

Marietta College

I graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor's in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology, along with a Certificate in Leadership Studies. When I began my undergraduate career, I was set on entering the medical field upon graduation, but I was unsure of the exact path I wanted to pursue. I initially considered physical therapy, potentially nursing. It was not until I sat in on an information session led by faculty and students from the Marietta College Physician Assistant program that I knew this was the career I was determined to work towards. I began shadowing several physician assistants and physicians in different specialties, including orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, and pediatrics, in order to obtain a better understanding of the exact role a physician assistant played within the medical team. It was clear that in every area, no matter the department, physician assistants played a crucial and intricate role in ensuring the health, satisfaction, and recovery of all the patients they cared for. Along with shadowing, I began volunteering at two hospitals in downtown Pittsburgh, which gave me the opportunity to interact with patients and their families, as well as watch and learn from many different members of the medical team. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join Marietta's class of 2019, and I am excited and ready to take on everything that this program has to offer!


Chris W of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Christopher W.

Hometown: Hilliard, OH

B.S.: Allied Health

Cedarville University

I grew up in a rural town outside of Dayton, Ohio. My father and mother are both family practice physicians who have tremendously influenced my decision to become a physician assistant. I enjoyed watching my parents interact and make a positive impact within our community. Initially, I was interested in becoming a pharmacist but soon realized through numerous job shadows that the clinical aspect of the physician assistant profession seemed more appealing. I have volunteered at a hospital and worked as a medical scribe in a health clinic prior to coming to Marietta. In 2017, I earned my bachelor’s degree. I would love to work in a family practice setting but am open to working in a specialty care setting. The Marietta experience has been fantastic so far; the professors challenge us and desire to see us succeed. I am excited to continue my education with the Marietta PA program.


Emily W of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Emily W.

Hometown: Lucasville, OH

B.S.: Health Science

Ohio University

In a developing pursuit of my role in healthcare, I attended Ohio University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. It was not until my internship in an urgent care facility where I was introduced to my role of best fit—a physician assistant. Without hesitation, I began to research, shadow and fulfill the requirements for a seat in a program. Thereafter, I became a medical scribe in the emergency department where I was able to work directly with the medical providers, patients, and clinical staff.   This provided me with further insight into the profession, and I became more enlivened each day for my responsibilities to come.   My interests lie in Primary Care where I will have access to a wide range of patients all with vastly different chief complaints. Additionally, as the number of providers entering primary care specialties continues to decline, the demand for high-quality primary care providers are subsequently increasing. I would love to play an active role in narrowing that gap for those who need it the most, and I am grateful for the experiences which led me to a seat in the Marietta College Physician Assistant program class of 2019.  I am indebted to become the very best medical provider I can be—to comfort, to educate, and to heal. I could not be any more excited to embark in my journey at Marietta College and for the continued blessings that ensue.


Kelsey W of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2019

Kelsey W.

Hometown: Zanesville, OH

B.S.: Biology

The Ohio State University

During my time at Ohio State, I began working as a home health aide for a middle aged woman with multiple sclerosis. I heard about the job from a friend and agreed to take it to make some extra money while in college and gain experience as I knew I wanted to eventually go into the medical field. This job allowed me to gain an appreciation for the field and realize how great it feels to change a life even in a minute way. From here, I began working as an STNA at a long term care facility and shadowing various medical professionals to get a feel for what career I'd like to pursue. After shadowing many different medical professionals, I knew pursuing a career as a physician assistant was the route for me. Their solid knowledge base and sense of compassion to their patients was something I began striving for. I gained further experience in the hospital setting as a patient care technician at Riverside Methodist Hospital and later in an office setting as an ophthalmic technician at The Eye Center of Columbus. My background and all of my experiences have led me here to Marietta College to pursue the career I've been preparing for over the past few years. I am honored and excited to be a part of the class of 2019 and look forward to my future as a physician assistant!