I received my Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Indiana State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from University of Nevada, Reno. While attending these programs, I participated in research about neuropathic signaling and neurologic deformities during both undergraduate and graduate school. My graduate research was published in the International Journal of Health Sciences. I was trained in orthopedic surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver, Colorado and at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic. Before I went to PA school, I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local skilled nursing facility and at Renown.
Originally I was born in Reno, but grew up in San Diego. My family comes from Elko and most of them still reside in Reno. My hobbies include snowboarding, swimming, hunting, yoga, and reading science fiction. In the summer before PA school, I lived in Costa Rica for 6 months, where I studied Spanish.
I am particularly honored to treat chronic pain patients, because I suffer from chronic knee pain myself. I have undergone multiple surgeries and attempts at conservative treatment to manage my pain. My experience helps me understand the psychological and physical effects that chronic pain imposes on a patient’s life. Using a multi-modality treatment approach, I hope to improve the quality of life of each patient I see.
BSc: Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
MSc: Physicians Assistant Studies, Indiana State University,Terre Haute, Indiana