Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
Hardworking, humorous, punctual, wine-loving, different, sarcastic, driven, open-minded, outspoken and passionate.
Why did you choose SMU?
I chose SMU because the faculty is comprised mostly of working Physician Assistants. Also, the urban setting – I want to practice in an urban setting so I wanted to be trained in an urban setting. And, I had read about the advanced technology that is used in pre-clinical training – the Simulation Center – and that was a draw for me as well.
What has been your favorite class or experience?
We put on a thanksgiving dinner for the second year students and the faculty. That was really fun. Also, in February we went up to Napa for the CA Academy of PAs conference (CAPA at Napa) – several of us went up to listen to lectures by physicians and PAs, and learned about current trends in patient management. It was nice to go see what type of activities we will be doing, and to hear from SMU Alumni about the professional conferences we will be attending very soon.
What's your favorite thing to do when you are not in class or studying?
I love to go to A’s games. I’ve always been an A’s fan; I’ve been going to games since I was kid. I also like treating myself to pedicures. I love to daydream about going camping; anywhere far away from city lights. I love Sequoia – it’s so beautiful. I hope to go camping this August, when I return from Panama.
Speaking of Panama, we understand that you are helping coordinate an upcoming brigade to Panama. Can you tell us a little about what you will be doing there?
We will be bringing health care to the Ngöbe-Buglé people in western Panama (in the mountains) with Hands for Americas. We will set up a clinic in a school. People walk 4-6 hours to be treated; all ages – infants to elders. This is their only health care. We raise money to obtain medicine and supplies and take them to the people. This year is the first year there is such a big Physical Therapy (PT) presence; which is great. Two other PA students are participating, along with nursing students, faculty and SMU alumni. There are 10-15 of us going.
I am very excited to go, as it has a lot of personal meeting to me. My grandfather died in 1979; he had told my uncle two years prior to passing that he really wanted to go to Panama, but he never made it. I just found this out last week; I was 1 ½ years old when he passed away. My grandmother died in January. So, I’m going there in their honor. I’m bringing a photo of them and am going to take a picture of them at the Panama Canal.
What is one thing you'd like to tell a new student just entering your program?
This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done – but the most rewarding. You have to sacrifice a lot; you have to be flexible. You have to be able to roll with the punches. The faculty and staff are there for you, and want us all to succeed. They work really hard, so we work really hard for them in return.