Diadatic Year: 2014-2015

Casandra Bresser


Hometown: Eau Claire, WI

Academic Background: BA Zoology UW-Madison

Healthcare Background: NA – UW Hospital 1 yr, part time homecare for quads

Professional Goals: Discover a specialty I love, teach at a PA program someday

Kayla Chapman


Hometown: Nashville, MI

Academic Background: I received my undergraduate degree through Western Michigan University where I earned a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Health Services with a minor in Biology.

Healthcare Background: Medical assistant (3 years seasonally during summer breaks). Emergency scribe (May 2013-May 2014)

Professional Goals: I hope to practice medicine as a PA in either primary care although I am keeping an open mind to other specialties

Mitchell Chung


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Academic Background: B.S., Adv. Med. Imaging Technology

Healthcare Background: I spent just shy of 2000 hours in nuclear medicine, and MRI clinicals as a student. I was lucky enough to be a part of both in-patient and out-patient teams & to spend time at Cincinnati Children’s Imaging Research Center.

Professional Goals: I am committed firstly to bringing compassion and serving others as a physician assistant, especially those who despair. I dream of one day working with underserved communities with a specialty in psychiatry. Next year, I hope to apply for and join the National Health Services Corps.

Nicole Cook


Hometown: Harrisville, Michigan

Academic Background: B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and M.S. in Movement Studies in Disability from Oregon State University

Healthcare Background: Worked in several research laboratories focusing on the wellness of children with physical and intellectual disabilities. I also volunteered at an exercise clinic for individuals with multiple sclerosis.

Professional Goals: Due to my background working with individuals with disabilities, I would currently like to further pursue my interest in this area in my journey to becoming a knowledgeable and compassionate Physician Assistant.

Elaina DiClemente


Hometown: Troy, MI

Academic Background: Michigan State University, Lyman Briggs College, B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Honor

Healthcare Background: I’ve worked in an assisted living and memory care facility as certified nurse assistant. I’ve done volunteer medical work on mission trips/a study abroad and as a medical assistant in a local clinic.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a compassionate and respected PA-C who provides exceptional care to all patients. I am highly interested in pediatrics, oncology, and internal medicine.

Alexis Diglio


Hometown: Lima, Ohio

Academic Background: University of Dayton 2009-2014 Bachelor of Arts and Science in Biology and Psychology minor

Healthcare Background: Volunteer at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Emergency Department Medical Scribe at St. Rita’s Hospital

Professional Goals: Obtain a Master’s Degree of Physician Assistant Studies and work in an Emergency Department to help improve healthcare.

David Donnelly


Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

Academic Background: B.S. Penn State 1996/ M.S. Miami University 2000

Healthcare Background: Certified Athletic Trainer since 1996. Associate/Assistant Athletic Trainer at Miami University since 1998

Professional Goals: Join a Sports Medicine team as a Physician Assistant in the role most needed by the team, Primary Care, Orthopeadics, Emergency medicine, etc…

Allyson File


Hometown: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Academic Background: B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Tulsa

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Nursing Assistant for two years at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a compassionate and well-respected healthcare provider. My current interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, and primary care in underserved communities.

Danielle Getsee


Hometown: Washington, MO

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology with minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Healthcare Background: Scribe for Physician Assistant at P.C.R.M.C. ER in Ralla, MO

Professional Goals: One of my profession goals is to become a Physician Assistant so that I can try to make a difference in others lives. I want to promote health and wellness as well as teach others about prevention of illness and disease. I will be satisfied if I can

Katharine A. Havard


Hometown: Mobile, AL

Academic Background: BS Neuroscience (Minors in Chemistry and Psychology) from IUPUI.

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Lift Technician and member of the code team in a hospital in Indianapolis for 4 years during my undergraduate years. I also lived and worked in a public hospital in Accra, Ghana for a summer.

Professional Goals: I want to provide quality healthcare to lower-income families in rural or impoverished areas of the United States

Annie Hillman


Hometown: Georgetown KY

Academic Background: BS Electrical Engineering - Purdue

Healthcare Background: Paramedic 2 yrs 911, 1 year ER

Professional Goals: Further my medical education to prepare me to be an awesome physician assistant in emergency or cardiac medicine.

Claire Hosseini


Hometown: Mequon, WI

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology at UW-Madison

Healthcare Background: CNA at an assisted living home, volunteer at a hospital in the ER and pediatrics unit

Professional Goals: Obtain Masters of Physician Assistant Studies and Masters of Public Health and work towards reducing health disparities

Jessica Huelsman


Hometown: Maria Stein, Ohio

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from USF

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Nurse’s Aide in nursing homes (3 yrs) and obtained my STNA. I was a Cardiac Technician (2 yrs) and a PCT (1 yr) at Lutheran Hospital. I volunteered at my community hospital and at Matthew 25 Health Clinic

Professional Goals: I am excited to enter a lifetime of learning and serving as I begin PA school. I aspire to be a competent PA, offering quality care to my patients. I will be going into my clinical rotations with an open mind to learn from each experience and find the medical specialty where I can best serve my patients.

Ross Kooienga


Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology at Calvin College in Michigan

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Resident Care Provider at a mental health facility for three years. I also have a CNA license and spent some time volunteering as a Medical Assistant at a free clinic.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a skilled, competent, and well-respected Physician Assistant as I develop trusting relationships with my patients and colleagues. My current interests are in Emergency Medicine and Surgery, but that is subject to change after clinical rotations.

Sydney Lorey


Hometown: Linden, Michigan

Academic Background: B.S. in health sciences and a minor in chemistry at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Healthcare Background: I worked as a nurse aid for approximately three years at an assisted living and nursing facility.

Professional Goals: I hope to be a steward of the knowledge I gain and to be a compassionate, dependable, and competent physician assistant. I want to make a positive impact on individual patients and the community as a whole.

Danielle Lutton


Hometown: Pendleton, IN

Academic Background: I graduated Summa Cum Laude and with both academic and departmental honors from Ball State University as a biology major with minors in psychology and chemistry.

Healthcare Background: I have volunteered for several years in the emergency room at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. I have also worked as a CNA at Countryside Manor in Anderson, IN.

Professional Goals: I hope to work in the challenging and intellectually stimulating environment of the hospital emergency room and in trauma care. My ultimate career goal is to one day enter the field of international medical relief and work to medically restore and rehabilitate those freed from human trafficking.

Nour Makhzoum


Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Biological Sciences (Minor in Psychology) Wayne State University, 2013

Healthcare Background: Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant (trained not certified), Referral Coordinator

Professional Goals: I hope to serve others with compassion and support towards their health and well-being as well as provide aide for underserved populations. My long-term goal is to work as a professor in a PA program while continuing to practice as a Physician Assistant.

Kaitlin Minnich


Hometown: Monroeville, IN

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from the University of Saint Francis (2014)

Healthcare Background: I’ve worked as a Cardiac Tech at Lutheran Hospital for almost a year and an Office Assistant at Fort Wayne Allergy and Asthma Consultants for over five years. I was a student intern at Parkview Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and IPT.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a knowledgeable Physician Assistant that displays compassion and understanding for all my patients. I strive to make a positive impact on my patients and their families throughout my career.

Sammantha Norman


Hometown: East Peoria, IL

Academic Background: I earned a B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in medicine from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.

Healthcare Background: Post graduation, I obtained a CNA license and worked for nearly two years as a patient care technician in the pre/post cardiovascular surgical unit at a central Illinois hospital.

Professional Goals: I am motivated to develop a strong foundation of medical knowledge and professional skills so I can provide the best care possible to my future patients. I have found an interest in surgery through my healthcare experiences, but I look forward to

Lyle Parrigin


Hometown: Bowling Green, KY

Academic Background: Chemistry (B.S.) degree at Western Kentucky University

Healthcare Background: I worked for a year and a half as a CNA, Monitor Tech, and Unit Clerk in the ICU at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, KY. I also volunteered at the Commonwealth Free Health Clinic and participated in a Rural Health Education Program.

Professional Goals: I would like to become a PA-C in order to use my knowledge and critical thinking skills to provide the highest quality of care possible. I also embrace the opportunity to help people in a tangible way and to be in a field which facilitates life-long learning.

Teagan Rhoades


Hometown: Brownsburg, IN

Academic Background: Major in Biology-Chemistry, Minor in Psychology

Healthcare Background: CNA at Brownsburg Meadows Memory Care Unit

Professional Goals: To become a PA, who genuinely enjoys her work and improves her patients’ quality of life.

Joshua Scott


Hometown: Denver, CO

Academic Background: B.S. in Physiology/Chemistry

Healthcare Background: One year as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Five years as an Emergency Medical Technician and Three years as an Eye Tissue Harvesting Technician

Professional Goals: I want to develop proficiency in multiple areas of diagnostic and procedural medicine in order to provide outstanding medical care for the community I live in.

Deanna Sorg


Hometown: Huntertown, IN

Academic Background: Graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology

Healthcare Background: I worked as a dental assistant for 9 years and have advanced to the office manager. Additionally I have volunteered at Matthew 25, helping by taking vitals and patient information.

Professional Goals: I hope to become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and well respected PA. I have dedicated myself to be able to provide quality care to my patients. I look forward to gaining knowledge about the different areas during my rotations.

Kayla Tabatt


Hometown: Little Falls, MN

Academic Background: BS in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Certification as NREMT.

Healthcare Background: 4 ½ yrs as a Combat Medic in MNARNG, 7 mo. as an EMT in St. Joseph’s Hospital ER, 11 mo. as EMT in Methodist Hospital ER.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a PA-C that is respected, devoted, knowledgeable, and compassionate. I hope to pursue a job that is challenging and allows me to continuously grow as a practitioner. My goal is to positively impact my patients and the community I serve. I am interested in emergency medicine and pediatrics, but I am keeping my heart and mind open for rotations.

Sara Mills Westfall


Hometown: Clemson, SC

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC

Healthcare Background: I became a CNA while living in Oregon and worked at a long-term care facility for 6 months. Once I moved to Fort Wayne I volunteered at Matthew 25 and began working at Parkview Regional Medical Center as a PCT in the MICU and Progressive Care Unit.

Professional Goals: To work and study hard to become a PA-C. Once employed, I want to instill confidence in my patients that they are receiving quality care.