Didactic Year: 2013-2014

Kwabea Eyoome Agbley

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Hometown: Peki-Dzake, Ghana

Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry from Cardinal Stritch University, WI.

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Columbia St Mary’s hospital in the ICU and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- Franciscan Woods in long-term care and acute care.

Professional Goals: My ultimate goal is to work towards transforming healthcare into preventative care. I would love to work as an internal medicine PA serving in rural areas, on medical missions trips, or as a psychiatric PA.

Shannon Alger

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Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Academic Background: B.A. in Chemistry from Hope College in Holland, MI.

Healthcare Background: I worked full time for the past three years as a phlebotomist at Holland Hospital. Through this job I had the opportunity to gain experience in diverse settings such as an intensive care unit, outpatient lab, birthing center, and the emergency room. During this time I also volunteered as a ski patroller to provide outdoor emergency care.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a compassionate & proficient PA-C. Currently, I am most enthusiastic about emergency medicine; but I am excited to explore other options during my clinical year.

Brandon Berkley-Vigil

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Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Academic Background: University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008: Bachelor’s of Science in History

Healthcare Background: EMT-Basic, Shadowed at Rush Orthopaedics

Professional Goals: I seek to advance the Physician Assistant profession by exploring opportunities in the Medical Home model of care for underserved communities. I believe that an emphasis on preventative medicine through the integration of several disciplines can most effectively provide patient-centered care in a culturally competent manner.

Michelle Curtis

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Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan, May 2012.

Healthcare Background: Nursing assistant at children’s hospital, cognitive testing research at VA hospital, Spanish translator for public health department, medical volunteer in Haiti, EMT-Basic at an ambulance company.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a culturally competent PA that acts as a patient advocate. I am interested in pediatric internal medicine and emergency medicine. I aspire to live and work abroad to provide care in underserved regions.

Justin Darvish

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Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: I graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Exercise Science.

Healthcare Background: I worked for two years as a Patient Care Tech in the Coronary/Medical ICU at Parkview Hospital. Prior to that, I was a Restorative Aid at Saint Anne Home for six months.

Professional Goals: As a PA-C, I will provide excellent care to all patients and their family members by educating and empowering them to live healthy and fulfilling lives. I currently have an interest in pediatrics, but I look forward to exploring other areas of medicine during my clinical year.

Brenna E. Davis

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Hometown: New Berlin, Wisconsin

Academic Background: Bachelor of Science, Concordia University Mequon; Major: Biomedical Science; Minor: Chemistry

Healthcare Background: Volunteer Companion at Luther Manor Retirement Community, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assets of WI, Nurse Aide: Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center - Milwaukee, WI, Home Health Aide: BrightStar Care- Fort Wayne, IN.

Professional Goals: Narrow field selections based on rotational experience. Graduate as a PA of superior quality.

Kyleigh Davis

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Hometown: Rockford, Michigan

Academic Background: B.S. in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University

Healthcare Background: During undergrad, I did volunteer work at Sparrow hospital and through the pre-PA club at MSU. After graduation, I worked as a Nursing Assistant for just over a year with residents who had dementia. I also did Medical Assistant work at a Cardiology office in Grand Rapids for about 6 months.

Professional Goals: I aspire to be a compassionate and competent PA-C, who is able to deliver skillful quality care to my patients. I strive to be a positive addition to a health care team, and help to make a difference in my patient’s lives.

Maria Deligiannides

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Hometown: North Canton, Ohio

Academic Background: B.S. in Exercise Science; Minor: Biology

Healthcare Background: Pharmacy Tech., Pharmacology Research, PT and other shadowing

Professional Goals: I am really interested, but not limited to, orthopedics. But my life goal is to work with the underserved in needy countries around the world.

Joe Emmerich

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Hometown: Morris, IL

Academic Background: B.S. in Business Marketing from Eastern Illinois University

Healthcare Background: I worked as a pharmaceutical representative for five years and a year and a half as a C.N.A. at a skilled nursing and long term care facility.

Professional Goals: My goal is to provide high quality health care to a rural community.

Monica Gensic

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Hometown: Clayton, GA

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from Indiana/Purdue University (IPFW) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Healthcare Background: I have worked for the past eight years as an ASCP certified medical technologist for Parkview Health Laboratories.

Professional Goals: My goals following graduation include providing quality healthcare as a PA-C for the National Health Service Corps. I am interested in using my education to improve the health of rural communities through an increased focus on community education and preventative care.

Kyle Hale

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Hometown: Princeton, IN

Academic Background: I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Purdue University in May 2012.

Healthcare Background: I have experience as a certified nursing assistant in an assisted living facility for two summers as well as a patient care technician in a psychiatric emergency room in Pittsburgh, PA for about one year.

Professional Goals: I hope to gain the pertinent knowledge in PA school to become a competent PA and begin my work in a rural setting serving the underprivileged communities. I would like to specialize in psychiatry or emergency medicine upon graduation and plan to open my own clinic in the future as well.

Jamie Hatten

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Hometown: Schaumburg, Illinois

Academic Background: Northwestern University - BA in Biological Sciences

Healthcare Background: Northwest Community Hospital – EMT-Basic, Superior Ambulance – EMT-B, Patricia A. Larson’s Infectious Disease Clinic - volunteer

Professional Goals: To become an excellent PA, specializing in emergency care.

Mackenzie Hopkins

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Hometown: Taylor Ridge, Illinois

Academic Background: Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Illinois College in May 2012

Healthcare Background: I worked at a Pediatric office as a Clinical Runner in undergrad. Once I graduated I also worked at a hospital in the Birth Center as a Patient Care Technician.

Professional Goals: To become a knowledgeable and sincere PA that patients trust. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Pediatrics and Women’s Health and consider one of those two areas but have not decided on a specialty. I look forward to gaining a better understanding of all the different specialties during my clinical rotations.

Sarah Kapral

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Hometown: Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Academic Background: B.S. in Biomedical Science from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with minors in Chemistry and Nutrition in 2012.

Healthcare Background: I worked as a CNA at an assisted living facility. I also worked in a hospital as a patient care technician and telemetry technician on a cardiac inpatient floor for 2 years.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a compassionate and competent PA and provide excellent care to my patients. I have an interest in family medicine and women’s health but I am eager to explore other fields during clinical year.

Nikolina (Nina) Kiselinova

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Hometown: Crown Point, Indiana

Academic Background: B.S. Biology, Valparaiso University

Healthcare Background: Extensive shadowing

Professional Goals: Build a career as a physician assistant in a specialized setting that incorporates elements of caring for the underserved.

Erin Lathrop

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Hometown: West Chester, PA

Academic Background: B.S. in Biobehavioral Health and minors in Biology and Neuroscience from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University in University Park, PA (2012).

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Clinic Intern at Penn State University Health Services and volunteered as an EMT at Good Fellowship Ambulance in West Chester, PA.

Professional Goals: My professional goal is to become a well-rounded, highly qualified and trusted Physician Assistant. I look forward to being a life-long learner of medicine and aspire to always make a positive impact on the lives of my patients.

Tiffany L. LeMaster

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Hometown: Canal Winchester, Ohio

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology (2011), ASCP Board Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (2012), Ohio Northern University

Healthcare Background: State Tested Nursing Aide at Altercare of Canal Winchester (2009-2010), Medical Laboratory Scientist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (2012-2013).

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate PA-C who provides quality healthcare to all in need. I am especially interested in pediatrics, hematology, and endocrinology but look forward to gaining valuable knowledge of all areas and specialties throughout my clinical rotations.

Alyssa (Aly) Mesker

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Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio

Academic Background: I graduated from Miami University in May of 2013 with a B.A. in Zoology and a minor in Spanish.

Healthcare Background: State Tested Nursing Assistant in a long-term care facility.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a compassionate, knowledgeable, and respected Physician Assistant. I hope to make a positive impact in the lives of my patients as well as the healthcare system. I am looking forward to the clinical rotations and exploring the various specialties.

Melissa Ortega

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Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL

Healthcare Background: I volunteered at the Emergency Room as a triage clerk of my local hospital for five years. I also worked as CNA in a nursing home and an assisted living facility for two years.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a knowledgeable PA who is passionate about providing high quality care. I also hope to use my medical expertise to deliver health care to underserved communities. Currently, I do not have a specialty of interest, but I anticipate exploring different areas of medicine during my clinical rotations.

Lee Podolski

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Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Academic Background: B.A. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder; M.P.H. in Community and Behavioral Health and Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health.

Healthcare Background: My initial experience in healthcare was working for a large group of radiologists for many years. I have also been on several medical mission trips to Central America, worked as an EMT, and worked at a local public health agency as a Health Educator.

Professional Goals: My hope is to become a skilled, knowledgeable, respected, and compassionate Physician Assistant in order to work with my patients to help them truly make a difference in their lives. My interests are in preventative medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.

Casey Roberts

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Hometown: Durango, CO

Academic Background: B.A.- Exercise Science, Minor- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

Healthcare Background: Research Assistant at Durango Orthopedics/Spine Colorado, Spine research.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a competent and knowledgeable PA-C. My current interests are in Orthopedics and Spine care as well as emergency medicine.

Steve Robinson

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Hometown: Warsaw, IN

Academic Background: B.S. in Psychology

Healthcare Background: CNA for Nurses Etc. Staffing Agency

Professional Goals: I aim to be adept in medical skills and knowledge, giving patients the best care possible. In time I would navigate toward a joint practice with an MD and other PA-Cs. I plan to join a suitable organization that supplies health care to underdeveloped nations and donate my services on annual or biannual missions trips.

Jessica Sarkis

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Hometown: Lakewood, OH

Academic Background: B.S. in Nutrition with Minor in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, Class of 2012.

Healthcare Background: Volunteer at Lakewood Hospital and University Hospitals, Nutrition Research Assistant (Dental clinic of Case Western Reserve University), and State-Tested Nurse Aide (Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network in Northeast Ohio area).

Professional Goals: For my future career as a Physician Assistant, I am undecided on a specialty, but currently have an interest in pediatrics. I am also very interested in PA education and hope to learn more about teaching while still working in a clinical setting.

Brandy Smith

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Hometown: Ligonier, Indiana

Academic Background: B.A. in biology & minor in psychology from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana (2013).

Healthcare Background: I was an intern in the ER at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Ind, for a summer. I worked as a CNA in a long-term care facility for 6 months. I also volunteered at a county clinic where I worked in primary care and obstetrics.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a compassionate and highly skilled PA-C. I am very passionate about education, so I am drawn toward family medicine and obstetrics. However, I love the excitement and fast pace of the ER and trauma room and the complexity of cardiology, surgery, and internal medicine! I am excited to find the perfect fit in my clinical rotations.

Samantha Tarmann

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Hometown: New Berlin, WI

Academic Background: B.S. in Biomedical Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and a minor in Chemistry.

Healthcare Background: I volunteered as a floor assistant and patient companion, provided home therapy for children with autism, and assisted at the Milwaukee Center for Independence with their summer program for children with autism.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a competent, professional, and compassionate physician assistant. I want to be able to build rapport and trust with patients, physicians, and other medical staff. I am unsure of a specific area I would like to pursue so I am excited to begin my clinical rotations!

Melissa Tran

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Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: University of Saint Francis May 2011 Bachelors of Biology; Minor Child Welfare and Advocacy.

Healthcare Background: Certified Home Health Aid; Matthew 25 Patient Care Volunteer; Dialysis Patient Care Technician

Professional Goals: To complete my education, receive certification, and practice as a competent mid-level practitioner. Professionally I would like to gain experience in the United States in OB-GYN, pediatric and neonatal subspecialties and eventually practice in Haiti for a period of time serving vulnerable populations.