I was born and raised in Covington Virginia, and currently live in Christiansburg, VA..
Got my first degree (BS) in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. From there moved to the Washington DC area and worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health. While considering how I wanted to further my education and career, a nurse I worked with on the inpatient psych ward suggested I look at the PA profession. Not long thereafter I was accepted into the PA program at George Washington University where I earned a second BS and PA certification.
After graduating, I began my career as a PA in a rural Family Practice/Urgent care clinic in Hinton West Virginia where I worked for 3 years. Wanting to be closer to family, I moved back to southwest Virginia and worked in the Student Health clinic at Virginia Tech for 10 years. Wishing to use my urgent care skills more, I pursued a position in the Emergency Department at Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg and have worked in the ED both in Blacksburg and Salem for the past 12 years. I have precepted many PA students over the years and enjoy working with DO students and residents in my current position. I have taken graduate courses through Virginia Tech and plan to complete my MPAS through Pace University.
Outside of medicine, I have enjoyed being an antique and collectible dealer at local antique malls since 1998. In 2015 I completed a certification program to become a personal property appraiser through the College For Appraisers in Los Angeles. In my “spare time,” in addition to going to lots of auctions, flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales, I enjoy eating out with friends, going to the gym, traveling, visiting museums, professional baseball, college football and NASCAR racing.
George Washington University, Washington, DC
B.S., PA Program
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA