Dominic A.

Hometown:  Pekin, IL

B.A. :  Spanish

Bradley University

I am one of five born into an Italian family in Illinois.  I took part in soccer, swimming, choir, and ultimate to name a few of my childhood pastimes.  Having spent decades in the outdoors honing my wilderness skills, I became acutely aware of the need for healthcare in a variety of settings.  Serving as a Wilderness First Responder in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains backpacking or in the subzero winters of the Minnesota Boundary Waters teaching kids about winter camping, I gained a healthy appreciation for providing healthcare and service to others.  After double majoring in Spanish and International Studies at Bradley University, I spent a nomadic decade pursuing the next adventure and following an underlying notion to help people.  I have been a trail guide, a logger, a rock climber, a sailing instructor, an interpreter, managed a dude ranch, and served as an EMT.  I enjoy snowboarding, zymurgy, volunteering, cooking, playing the harmonica, and trying new things when not studying.  I make a mean lasagna.  I am  looking forward to a profession of service to others as a PA and  aiming toward working in Pediatrics or Family Practice.

Dante A.

Hometown: Belle Vernon, PA

B.A. : Biology

Washington & Jefferson College

After taking an Anatomy course my junior year of high school, I was immediately drawn to the medical field. However, I was uncertain what health professions school I wanted to attend. I just completed my sophomore year at Washington and Jefferson College; a small liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania that has a strong science background. Per my mother’s suggestion, I began shadowing physician assistants in our local community hospital. Additionally I worked in a Wound Care center as a physician assistant intern and in the Emergency Department as a scribe. Not only were those experiences invaluable, but exciting as well. I have always been a people person; someone who loves helping and listening to stories from people of different backgrounds and cultures. My strong interest in the human body, along with my desire to help people made it obvious that this is the path for me. I am looking forward to Marietta’s rigorous program as well as a satisfying and fulfilling career as a physician assistant.

Nimrat B.

Hometown: Patiala, India

B.S. : Health Sciences

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India

My interest in clinical medicine started at a very young age and has continually grown throughout my life. It was during my undergraduate education that my passion further intensified upon seeing the poor, impoverished people struggling for their daily healthcare needs. During high school, I used to volunteer in different programs such as administering polio vaccinations and also in various immunization clinics. I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare in The United States. After lots of research and shadowing I found that the career of Physician Assistant would be the best fit for me. Currently, my interests are in primary care, but I look forward to experiencing all of the opportunities that the clinical year has to offer. I am honored and very thankful to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018 and am very excited for my future career as a physician assistant.

Matt B.

Hometown: Martinsville, IN

B.S. :  Health Science

Franklin Pierce University

My interest in the medical field started my senior year of high school. I tore my left labrum in my shoulder during hockey season and began to interact with both physicians and physician assistants. Through various doctor’s appointments, mainly dealing with the Physician Assistant, I became interested in the anatomy and overall outlook of how a Physician Assistant is a vital member of the health care team. After researching the medical fields further, I decided to declare a Health Science major at Franklin Pierce University, where I received my Bachelor of Science degree. The various classes I took during my undergrad career built my interest in the medical field. Through shadowing an orthopedic physician assistant, my interest in the job field only increased. I am thoroughly excited to become a Physician Assistant and to care for my future patients. I am not only blessed, but honored to be a part of the Marietta Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018.

Heather B.

Hometown:  Newport, OH

B.S. :  Biochemistry

Marietta College

When I considered becoming a physician assistant, Marietta College was the first school that came to mind. I am a local girl and I attended Marietta College for undergrad. I had a great experience in a small family-like atmosphere where my professors would attend my basketball games, and I never worried about being just a number. The values of Marietta College parallel with my own, and I knew attending Marietta for their very well respected physician assistant program would be a great fit for me. Growing up, I played many basketball games which led to quite a few bone fractures (5 to be exact). The physician assistant I saw most often became one of my mentors and ultimately one of my friends. He helped solidify my decision to become a physician assistant for various reasons. After shadowing him, I realized the necessity of having a team-centered mindset in the healthcare profession as a PA. I also witnessed his desire to help people, which is very similar to my own.

I am excited and blessed to be in the Class of 2018 and I look forward to seeing where this awesome experience takes me!

Samantha B.

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA

B.S. :  Psychology

University of Pittsburgh

I always knew that my calling would be in the medical field. Throughout my academic career, serving in numerous roles as both an employee and a volunteer, I became to understand that my mark in the world would be left as a physician assistant (PA). Through shadowing numerous PAs in various specialties, I came to find that they all had a very holistic approach – treating the entire person, not just the patient. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in French. During my year after graduation, I spent time working in a local psychiatric hospital and clinic. In that time, I worked directly with diagnosed bipolar adolescent and adults. My primary responsibility was to conduct inpatient therapy groups, which included activities and exercises that dealt with broad psychological concepts such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Essentially, these groups taught teenagers and adults how to use effective coping skills in order to help them through various crises they may encounter in the real world. I gained incomparable experience through learning how to interact, communicate and build rapport with patients from extremely diverse backgrounds. At the hospital, I worked alongside PAs on a daily basis. The experience reaffirmed my goal of becoming a PA through demonstrating that I am able to make a significant difference in the lives of many people, particularly those struggling with mental disorders. I am truly honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Class of 2018 and excited for my future as a Physician Assistant.

Trisha B.

Hometown:  St. Johnsbury, VT

B.S. :  Exercise Science

Lyndon State College

I graduated from River Valley Community College in 2011, with an Associates degree in Health Sciences: Physical Therapist Assistant. After working at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH for several years I chose to further my education at Lyndon State College and received my B.S. in Exercise Science in 2015. After working in settings that include: Skilled Nursing, Inpatient and Outpatient care I became determined to address common concerns expressed to me by my patients and their families, through building improved relationships with not only patients but also with other providers to promote increased communication and understanding among all parties to facilitate a more streamline form of healthcare in my community. The best way I felt I could do this was to pursue my education as a Physician Assistant. After many hours of research, discussion with co-workers and shadowing I knew that a career as a PA would be gratifying and allow me to achieve these goals as a health care provider. I am very excited and proud to be a part of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2018 and I am looking forward to the knowledge, experiences and opportunities that I will gain while becoming a Physician Assistant.

Alexus B.

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA

B.S. :  Biology

University of Mount Union

After my mom introduced me to the PA profession in high school, I knew it was a career I wanted to pursue.  It has always been a goal of mine to work in the medical field so I would have enough knowledge to offer help in random emergencies that occur outside of a hospital or medical office. In order to achieve this goal, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Mount Union in 2016 and continued to learn about the PA profession as I shadowed around the Pittsburgh area. The team-oriented relationship with physicians and the opportunity to improve patient’s lives really made PAs stand out to me compared to any other medical profession.  It wasn’t until I had the chance to shadow two PAs at a urology office that I recognized the role a Physician Assistant plays in a patient’s life goes beyond just providing medical advice and includes social and emotional support. This aspect of the profession strengthened my desire to become a PA and I am excited to work towards my passion of becoming a physician assistant!

Sharon C.

Hometown:  Hannibal, OH

B.S. :  Clinical Laboratory Science

West Liberty University

I graduated from West Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.  Near the end of my senior year at West Liberty, I considered the idea of furthering my education in healthcare, but I was unsure of which path to take.  After graduation, I took a job as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at a small rural hospital in West Virginia.  Although I initially enjoyed working behind-the-scenes, I quickly grew to love interacting with patients and their families.  Over time, my experiences caring for patients reinvigorated my ambition to pursue a higher level career in medicine, and I spent the next year carefully researching my options. During that time, I shadowed both a physician and a physician assistant in order to gain a better understanding of each profession and their individual roles in the healthcare team.  It was then that I realized that the physician assistant profession was the perfect fit for me.  I am honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program and I look forward to starting my new career.

William C.

Hometown:  Dayton, OH

B.A. :  Economics/Spanish

Ohio University

I graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish. After college, I started my career as a pricing analyst and also worked part-time as a Spanish medical interpreter in hospitals throughout Cincinnati. This was my first experience in a medical setting and I was captivated by the fast pace and interactions with patients. After encountering various physician assistants and learning about the profession’s dedication to serving and educating patients, I knew it was the right fit for me. Eventually I decided to switch fields and pursue a career as a physician assistant. I have spent the last few years taking prerequisite science courses while working as a tech on a medical telemetry unit and in the Emergency Department at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.  My primary interests are in primary care, emergency medicine, and cardiology. I am beyond excited to be part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018. 

Laura D.

Hometown:  Hurricane, WV

B.S. :  Biology

University of Charleston

When I began my undergraduate career at the University of Charleston, my intention was to become a pharmacist. I worked as a pharmacy technician for approximately two years and loved learning the medications and their different uses. Throughout my three years at UC, I realized I wanted more direct contact with patients and wanted to be involved in the examination and diagnosing stages. I interned with the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston, West Virginia and shadowed healthcare providers in dermatology, pediatrics, and family medicine. I worked as a patient care technician at Thomas Memorial Hospital in the critical care unit. Aside from critical care, I was able to get experience on the labor and delivery, behavioral health, oncology, medical-surgical, cardiopulmonary, and orthopedic floors. Working so closely with and taking care of patients gave me confidence that I was in the right field. My current interests are family medicine, OB/GYN, and pediatrics, and I would love to work with the medically underserved population. Another passion of mine is individuals with disabilities as I have a family member with cerebral palsy and have also volunteered at the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Prom for individuals with special needs. I am both honored and excited to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018 and am so excited for this new journey!

Anne F.

Hometown: Hubbard, OH

M.S. :  Business Administration

University of Toledo

Healthcare has always been a passion of mine. These desires lead me to begin my education at the University of Toledo attending the pharmacy program. I truly enjoyed learning pharmacology and anatomy because I could see how modern medicine improved the quality of patient’s lives. This appeal grew as I learned about the complexity of the human body and how everything works together. It became clear to me that the Physician Assistant profession was a great choice for my life when I was introduced to the profession after my grandmother was admitted to the hospital. I decided to shadow the Cardio-Vascular Physician Assistant that had assisted with her care. Of particular interest to me was the attention, medical knowledge, care, and the compassion the physician assistant was able to dedicate to her patients. I also liked the flexibility of the Physician Assistant profession and the relative ease with which one could transition to another specialty. I look forward to establishing myself in a community where I can serve people as a Physician Assistant. I am very blessed and honored to be a part of the Class of 2018.

Ashley F.

Hometown:  Fairchance, PA

B.S. :  Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy

Waynesburg University

I graduated from Waynesburg University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology/Pre-PT with a minor in Exercise Science. Since I was very young, I have always known that I wanted to have a career in the healthcare field. As I started my undergraduate education, I was unsure of the path I wanted to take as a healthcare professional. After taking my human physiology and microbiology courses, I realized that my passion was in medicine, and I even began tutoring human physiology. I learned of the physician assistant profession and shadowed in a few different medical specialties. The PA profession seemed to be a perfect fit for me and my future goals. Throughout the next couple of years in undergraduate college, I attended several medical study abroad trips in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. There I was able to learn and work directly with patients in emergency care, cardiology, OB/GYN, dermatology, and rural medicine. These amazing experiences led me to the realization that patient care and becoming a PA was the path I wanted to take in my life. I am so honored and blessed to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018, and I cannot wait to start this new journey of my life that will help me achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a PA.

Stephanie G.

Hometown:  Napoleon, OH

B.S. :  Exercise Science

University of Toledo

I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training.  I have worked as an athletic trainer at a division I high school in Perrysburg, OH for the past 11 years. Being an athletic trainer has limited me to working with only one aspect of the population and I now desire to provide a broadened horizon of care for a wider range of patients.  However, I didn't know which direction of healthcare would be best for me.  Several of my friends and colleagues recommended becoming a Physician Assistant. Being unfamiliar with the profession, I began researching the topic and was instantly intrigued by a Physician Assistant's role in the healthcare field. The utilization of a team approach and the diversity of the available specialties were specific attributes that caught my attention. Through various shadowing opportunities, I have developed a thorough understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Physician Assistant.  It was during this time that I knew without a doubt that I wanted to continue my professional career as a PA.  I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of the 2018 Marietta College Physician Assistant Program and am excited for my future as a Physician Assistant.

Jessica G.

Hometown:  Hartland, MI

B.S. :  Neuroscience

Central Michigan University

I grew up in Hartland Michigan and obtained a B.S. in neuroscience at Central Michigan University. Ever since I can remember, my dream has been to eventually work in the medical field. I am excited to have been chosen to be a part of this program so I can provide adequate health care to underserved patients. 

Madison H.

Hometown:  Akron, OH

B.S. :  Biology

University of Akron

Because of my love for the sciences, I got my start in the medical field during high school, when I became an EMT. From that point on, I knew medicine was the career and lifestyle for me. College at the University of Akron was a time for figuring out where I fit in medicine. When I graduated in 2016 with a degree in Biology and Minors in both Chemistry and Dance, I knew my science classes had laid important foundations. But I also learned about teamwork and coordination in my dance classes - both incredibly important elements that PAs demonstrated when I shadowed them. In addition, during college I tutored hundreds of students in biology and chemistry as well as worked as the Learning Assistant for Organic Chemistry. Tutoring developed my communication skills and love of teaching, which will serve me in patient education; as I juggled tutoring alongside school, research, and volunteering, I learned the importance of perseverance and determination, both qualities which will assist me throughout PA school and in my career. Following graduation, I plan on and look forward to working with minority populations and the underserved in primary care. I am privileged to be a part of the Marietta College PA Program Class of 2018!

Rachel H.

Hometown:  Crooksville, OH

B.S. : Biology

Ohio University

After taking my first anatomy course my sophomore year at Ohio University, my passion for learning all aspects about the human body became apparent. I enjoyed it so much that I then served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in the anatomy lab for four semesters, where I assisted with cadaver prosections and demonstrations for students. My search for an allied health career that would allow me to pursue my interests in medicine and positively impacting the lives of others came to an end when I learned of the Physician Assistant profession. To grasp a better understanding of what this field entailed, I began shadowing PAs and physicians in the areas of cardiothoracic surgery, family medicine, dermatology, OB/GYN, and orthopedic surgery. I received additional experience in patient care as a physical therapy attendant at Fairfield Medical Center for two years. My purpose in life was discovered through witnessing the proficiency, knowledge, and specialty flexibility behind this unique profession, and I look forward to becoming a part of it and providing quality care to a medically underserved area. I am beyond excited and grateful to begin my endeavors as a physician assistant along with the Class of 2018!

Liz H.

Hometown:  Columbiana, OH

B.S. :  Biology

Walsh University

I became interested in medicine after traveling to Uganda following my junior year of high school. My eyes were opened, during that trip, to the exorbitant need for healthcare providers in our world today. As I started to consider serving in the medical field, the role of a Physician Assistant was completely in-line with where I saw myself and encompassed all that I wanted in a career. During undergrad, I became a certified EMT to expand my knowledge and develop practical skills. I spent time shadowing PAs in different departments and learning more of what it meant to be a successful PA. My direction was solidified after a medical missions trip to Chad where I was able to get hands on experience while serving an extremely underserved part of the world. I graduated in May of 2016 from Walsh University more eager than ever to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. I am honored to be a part of Marietta’s class of 2018!

Will H.

Hometown: Boulder, CO

M.S. : Sports Medicine

Utah State

I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Kinesiology from Whitworth University in 2012, followed by my Master’s degree in Sports Medicine at Utah State University in 2014. After graduate school I worked briefly as a high school athletic trainer where I had the privilege of working with a number of physicians and physician assistants which sparked my interest in continuing my education as a physician assistant. While Sports Medicine will always be my first love, I am excited to expand my horizons as a physician assistant. I am incredibly honored to be a part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program, and I am excited for all the new experiences the profession will offer me.

Marisa H.

Hometown: Stow, OH

B.S. : Integrated Health Studies

Kent State University

Sometimes I feel as though my story is rather cliché, but my love for the medical field arose when I was a patient. I had severe asthma as a child and as a result of my frequent hospital visits, I became close to my pediatrician. At that age, all I knew was that she made me feel better and she made me feel safe and most importantly, I wanted to be just like her. When I grew up and learned more about the various occupations in health care, I felt that the physician assistant profession would be the perfect fit for me. In college, I prepared myself by working as a nurse’s aide in an assisted living facility and as a patient care assistant at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, OH. I also shadowed physician assistants in various fields such as cardiology, neonatology and family medicine. Needless to say, all of these experiences further solidified my desire to help people under the title of PA-C. When I visited Marietta College, I fell in love with the program and I am more than honored to be a part of the Class of 2018. I could not imagine embarking on this journey anywhere else and am so excited to see where the physician assistant profession takes me.

Andrew J.

Hometown: Manlius, NY

B.S. :  Biomed Sciences

University at Buffalo

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and Psychology at the University of Buffalo in Amherst, New York. I decided to become a Physician Assistant because of versatility in the healthcare system along with a focus on the patient. In my time as an undergraduate I was able to observe and volunteer in various health care settings. The profession caught my interest immediately by the intense desire of a Physician Assistant to do everything they could for their patients.  I was able to get a first-hand look as Physician Assistants working in private practice as well as a hospital based setting, which helped to further my desire to be a Physician Assistant. As a Physician Assistant, it will allow me to help provide health care service to those in need, the ability to educate, as well as to be a resource for my patients. I am grateful to be a Marietta College Physician Assistant student and am excited to begin the journey into such a fascinating career.

Jared K.

Hometown: Enon Ohio

B.A. :  Biology

Cedarville University

When I was in high school I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. I took an Anatomy course at my high school and loved it so I thought that something medical might be a possibility. Also my sister was a nurse and told me that if she had to do it all again that she would become a physician asistant. So I began shadowing PA's and NP's as well as physicians. I really was drawn to the PA profession because of the positive feedback I received from patients informing me how great their PA was. It became clear that being a PA would give me a good opportunity to impact a patient medically but also relationally. I studied Biology at Cedarville University and fell more in love with learning about the human body and how it worked. I also took an EMT class while there and became a licensed EMT-B. I worked as a Resident Assistant while I was there and really enjoyed reaching out to other people, meeting them, and encouraging them. Over the summers I worked as an STNA at an assisted living community. I really enjoyed serving and caring for the residents there. All of these things worked together to affirm my desire to become a Physician Assistant. I am so honored to have been selected to be a part of the Marietta PA program. I am excited to move forward in the program and to learn to be a competent PA who is committed to putting my patients’ needs above my own.

Kelly K.

Hometown: Moon Township, PA

B.S. : Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

Virginia Tech

I recently graduated from Virginia Tech and then I moved to Marietta, Ohio to start the Physician Assistant Program. I wish I could tell you that there was an exact moment when I realized I wanted to work in the healthcare field, or, more specifically, become a Physician Assistant. The truth is, there isn’t one. However, I have always been fascinated with science, especially physiology and metabolic nutrition, and I have an innate desire to help people, whether it be tutoring or volunteer work or anything. I knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field because it was a perfect mix of these two. Being a Physician Assistant just seemed like the right profession to choose; between the patient interaction and the chance to impact patient lives with my own knowledge of something that most people don’t really understand is incredible and fun and exciting! Obviously I did my research; I worked as a Clinical Associate in an Urgent Care clinic for over a year, and shadowed a ton of PAs and NPs and Physicians, to be sure, but the role of the PA just clicked with me, and I knew there was nothing else in the world I’d want to do. I am honored and excited to be a member of the Class of 2018!

Anna L.

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

B.S. : Health Sciences

Ohio State University

During high school, I discovered that my desire and passion was to work in the medical field. This desire was stirred up in me while working on several medical mission trips and watching the way our team of doctors and physician assistants cared for and treated patients with such compassion and excellence. I realized the role of a PA would allow me to connect and build relationships with my patients, and this is exactly what I am looking for. After graduation from The Ohio State University, I pursued a degree in respiratory therapy and gained invaluable experience working as an RT in the intensive care units at Cincinnati’s Level 1 trauma hospital. The time I spent as an RT has not only solidified my desire to become a PA, but has also excited me for what I will learn from my patients, fellow practitioners, and others as I step into the world of healthcare in a respected and life-giving role. I am honored to be in such an excellent program  that will prepare me to treat and care for patients as a PA.

Caitlin L.

Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

B.S. : Biology, Pre-Physician Assistant  

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant), and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Since I was young I always had a strong interest in the medical field, but I didn’t know which profession best suited me. Originally, I had thought about becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientist, however, after taking a few classes I realized I wanted more interaction with patients. After shadowing Physicians, PAs, and NPs, I knew the PA profession was the right one for me. I started volunteering at many hospitals throughout the Twin Cities in order to increase my exposure to the profession. I had the opportunity last summer to shadow in the Pediatric Oncology/Surgery department at Children’s Hospital and this solidified my choice to pursue the career path of becoming a PA. I am very excited to start on my journey of becoming a PA in the class of 2018!

Malee M.

Hometown: St. Marys, WV

B.S. :  Exercise Physiology

West Liberty University

I originally began college with the intent to become a Physical Therapist. I shadowed a PT and realized I wanted a career that was more involved with the medical field. I job shadowed a few Primary Care Providers and loved the Physician Assistant role, as well as the interactions possible with the patients.

I went on to complete an internship in Neurosurgery and it reassured my decision to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. I know I’ll enjoy each clinical rotation site and I’m excited to discover which field of medicine that most interests me. I’m honored to be able to gain the skills and knowledge, and be a part of Marietta’s Class of 2018!

Justin M.

Hometown:  New Kensington, PA

B.S. :  Biology

Marietta College

My desire to pursue a career in medicine started as young child, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I decided to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. During high school and my freshman year of college I volunteered in multiple hospitals where I soon learned about the role of a Physician Assistant. I was surprised to see what a physician assistant was able to do. Additionally, I was surprised to see the amount of patient interaction PA’s have. I instantly fell in love with the career path and shifted gears in preparation to apply for PA school. For the past two years I’ve had the privilege to work in the operating room at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The OR became a second home for me during this time. With that being said, I hope to practice general surgery in the future. 

Tyler O.

Hometown:  Bucyrus, OH

B.S. :  Biology

University of Mount Union

From the time I could walk, I had an unequivocal love for athletics. This passion continued all the way through high school as a three sport athlete, to becoming a national runner-up in pole vault at the University of Mount Union. During my athletic journey, I had suffered numerous injuries along the way, in which I spent a large amount of time with healthcare professionals. No matter the injury, it seemed as though the providers cared for me with astounding compassion. Due to the care that I had received, I knew I would not be where I am today without the help of those providers. I was able to shadow an orthopedic PA, as well as a PA in emergency medicine, both of which highly intrigued me due to being able to stay around athletics, and the constant adrenaline rush in the ER. With my love for the sciences, along with wanting to help other athletes continue to pursue their dreams as I once did, it seemed as though the physician assistant profession would be a perfect fit for me. With the ability to specialize in multiple fields, and to continue to be part of a team, I cannot wait to begin this next chapter of becoming a Physician Assistant.

Emma O.

Hometown:  Grand Rapids, MI

B.A. :  Biology

Cedarville University

There isn’t a time I can remember when I didn’t want to pursue a career in the medical field. Growing up I had plenty of injuries as well as illnesses of family members that brought me into the hospital setting. I always wanted to be like the doctors that were taking care of me. As I entered college this led me to major in Biology and Spanish with an emphasis in pre-medical studies. Over those four years I had several opportunities to go abroad to countries like Spain and Swaziland and experience the medical field there. I was able to participate in several shadowing experiences as well as work as a Firefighter/EMT for three years with the local fire department. I was amazed at the amount of things that PAs could accomplish as well as their flexibility between specialties. This really piqued my interest in the field and prompted me to switch my focus away from medical school and towards Physician Assistant. I’ve always enjoyed reaching out and helping meet other people’s needs, and I think the Physician Assistant role provides a great opportunity to do that! I am grateful for being selected to pursue these dreams at Marietta College, and can’t wait to put this training into practice in the field.

Adam O.

Hometown:  Franklin Furnace, OH

B.S. :  Biomedical Sciences

Shawnee State University

I became interested in medicine as a child while going for check-ups and visiting relatives in the hospital.  I was curious about how the body functioned and how it did all the amazing things that it is capable of doing.  I pursued this interest at Shawnee State University where I graduated with a BS in Biology (Biomedical Sciences).  The PA program at Marietta College will allow me to gain further knowledge of human physiology and discover the truths to my curiosity that sparked my desire to become a physician assistant.  I was convinced that Marietta College had a good program after reviewing their class statistics and shadowing two graduates of the program.  When I attended an open house and met the faculty and current students, I knew that the program was a good fit for me.  I am excited to start my clinical training to become a well-rounded clinician, able to provide top quality care to patients.  I am honored to be a member of the Marietta PA Program, Class of 2018!

Bre P.

Hometown:  St. Clairsville, OH 

B.S. :  Health Sciences

Muskingum University

In 2010, I graduated from Zane State College with my Associate’s degree in Applied Science with focus in Occupational Therapy assisting.  Throughout my six years of practice in OT, I developed a growing interest and admiration for the Physician Assistant profession.  After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Muskingum University, my drive to become part of the profession quickly escalated.  I am honored and excited to be a part of Marietta Physician Assistant class of 2018.

Renee S.

Hometown:  Pleasant City, OH

B.S. :  Pre-Professional

Walsh University

At a very young age I developed an admiration and respect for those that worked in the medical field. As a health care professional, I inspire to not only aid with physical ailments, but also comfort and show compassion for individuals. With a desire to be involved in medicine I spent many hours shadowing various medical professionals. The physician assistant profession stood out to me as the vocation that best fit my interests and goals. I majored in Biology at Walsh University graduating with my Bachelors in Science in the spring of 2016.  During my undergrad career I spent time volunteering, studying abroad, working as a TA, shadowing, becoming a certified EMT, and completing research. I am very thankful to be a part of the Marietta Class of 2018 and look forward to seeing where this journey takes me as a future PA.

Alexandra S.

Hometown:  Tampa, Florida

B.S. : Biology

Florida State University

During my studies at Florida State University, I grew in my love and passion for science and a career in medicine. Upon graduation, I began volunteering at Moffitt Cancer Center in the Women’s Center. I was a liaison between patients and their providers and, I saw how the emotional healing of the patient is just as important as the physical healing. I was given a wonderful opportunity to shadow a cardiothoracic PA-C at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.  I saw that a PA is intricate in helping the patient’s treatment and recovery process, from start to finish. The versatile, high-quality, patient centered care that the PA provided was exactly the type of healthcare I hoped to deliver. I began working as a phlebotomist/medical assistant at a clinic providing accessible medical care to under served communities in Tampa. I was able to shadow and work alongside many physician assistants, and learn the role of a PA in a clinical setting. My time there opened my eyes to how important developing a patient connection is in providing quality patient care. To gain emergency medical experience, I became certified as an EMT and began working for a private ambulance company in Tampa. Treatment at this level of medicine was very time-sensitive so I learned how to make accurate assessments and interventions. Working in various medical areas has given me invaluable knowledge that I could never have obtained coming out of undergrad. I am so excited to see what the future holds, and I am so honored to be part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program!

Tori V.

Hometown:  Detroit, MI

B.S. :  Nutrition and Physiology

Michigan State University

My desire to pursue a career in healthcare was prevalent as I entered my undergraduate studies at Michigan State University. After volunteering in the Radiology and Emergency Departments at Sparrow Hospital in East Lansing, I realized that I was interested in several different specialties. For me, career flexibility is one of the most distinct characteristics that drew me to the PA profession. I knew I made the right decision to become a PA as I learned more about the career through shadowing and working with PAs, and as a member of the Pre-PA Club at MSU. During my last two years at MSU, I worked as a phlebotomist at Olin Health Center. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Physiology and a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences.  After graduation, I worked as a phlebotomist at Beaumont Hospital followed by completely switching gears to work as a medical assistant in a dermatology practice. I am excited to be part of the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program, and I look forward to my future opportunities as a PA.

Elizabeth W.

Hometown: Parkersburg, W.V.

B.A. : Teaching English as a Second Language

Liberty University

I received my bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Teaching English as a Second Language. After working for a year, I decided to return to school for nursing. While completing my clinical rotations in nursing school, I saw the need for medical professionals and realized that I wanted to pursue a Physician Assistant degree in order to make a greater impact on patients. Marietta College provides a well-established program with the classroom environment that I want. I look forward to gaining a greater knowledge so that I can better educate and treat patients as I begin my career. I am excited to begin this next step towards becoming a PA.