Didactic Year 2015-2016

Jacquelyn Beemer


Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: M.S. Biology – 2011
B.S. Biology – 2005, Minors in Chemistry & Psychology
A.S. Chemical Methods – 2005

Healthcare Background: Nurse Tech, Dupont Hospital 8/2013-5/2015

Professional Goals: I want to become a capable and confident PA-C. I’m currently interested in surgery and primary care, but am eager to discover more areas of interest during clinicals. No matter where I end up I hope to devote a good portion of my practice to serving the medically underserved.

Katie Best


Hometown: Grafton, WI

Academic Background: University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS degree in Biology and certificates in Global Health and Leadership.

Healthcare Background: I worked for a year providing home health care and as a nursing assistant at an assisted living. I then worked in a hospital for about a year as a nursing assistant.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a highly skilled and compassionate health care practitioner as a PA. I am excited to discover the numerous specialties and career opportunities exposed to me through my clinical rotations.

Anna Bogun


Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: BA in Biochemistry, BS in Neuroscience, minors in Chemistry, Psychology and Slavic Languages, MS in Biology

Healthcare Background: PCA at Lutheran Hospital ED (3 yrs), EMT-Basic certified (3 yrs), Clinical Study Research Associate at IU School of Medicine (1 yr), Trinity Free Clinic (6 mo)

Professional Goals: My hope is that, by mastering the academia and skills taught in this PA-C program, I might be able to provide superior medical care to underserved populations through Emergency Medicine.

Paige Clare


Hometown: Hemlock, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University

Healthcare Background: I worked as a nurse’s aide for two years in a nursing home that included rehabilitation, long-term care, and dementia units.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a dedicated and compassionate Physician Assistant. My interests currently lie in family medicine and cardiology, with an emphasis on providing care to underserved rural areas.

Brian Crabill


Hometown: Urbana, IN

Academic Background: B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Nutrition Science from Indiana University

Healthcare Background: 7 years practicing as the Clinical Dietitian at Kosciusko Community Hospital

Professional Goals: To gain a vast array of experiences and become a well-rounded P.A. who provides high quality care to those in need.

Peter Edgar


Hometown: Gig Harbor, Washington

Academic Background: B. S. in Missionary Aviation from Piedmont International University.

Healthcare Background: I served as a volunteer EMT-Basic with a fire department in Washington. I also volunteered with Matthew 25 Clinic in Fort Wayne. And recently, I worked as a PCA in an ICU at Lutheran Hospital.

Professional Goals: After graduation, I hope to join a team of people supporting underserved populations either domestically or internationally. It is my desire to help others find hope and healing for the whole person.

Joshua Fairbanks


Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from USF

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Medical Scribe at Parkview Noble Emergency Department from 2014-2015. I was certified to teach First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens by the American Red Cross. I also have experience volunteering with local high school sports teams where I not only coached but I provided Athletic Training.

Professional Goals: I aspire to be a competent PA who offers quality care to my patients. I have always had an interest in Sports Medicine, but I plan to go into my clinical rotations with an open mind so that I can learn from each experience and find the medical specialty where I can best serve my patients.

Angela Feagles


Hometown: Menasha, WI

Academic Background: B.S. in Cellular/Molecular Biology, Chemistry and English minors from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Healthcare Background: CNA in both assisted living facility and hospital settings (total of one year), Plasma Center Technician

Professional Goals: My main goal as a prospective physician assistant is to really get to know my patients, in order to not just treat an ailment, but each person individually. I have particular interest in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, so a career that incorporates both specialties would be ideal.

Matthew D. Felix


Hometown: Durham, NH

Academic Background: BA in Political Science, Allegheny College
Pre-PA Post-Bacc. at City College of NY

Healthcare Background: Medical NCO for NYNG MedCom, 2013-14
Combat Medic at Troop Medical Clinic, Kandahar AFB, deployed with C Co 427th (“Charlie Med”), 2012

Professional Goals: Be the best PA I am capable of being, working with great physicians and nurses. Deploy as a PA. Teach.

Eric Goddard


Hometown: Avon, IN

Academic Background: I graduated from Purdue University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Spanish minor.

Healthcare Background: I worked for Scribe America as an ER Scribe for two years.

Professional Goals: My main professional goal at the moment is to graduate from the USF PA Program and pass the PANCE to become a certified PA. With regards to my work in the PA profession, I would like to become an integral member of the healthcare team and someone that my supervising physician can trust and rely on to provide the best possible care for the patients.

Sean Horner


Hometown: South Bend, IN

Academic Background: University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Science 1996
Ivy Tech Community College 2014-2015

Healthcare Background: Attended Georgetown University School of Medicine 1997-2002
Pharmaceutical Representative 2005-2015

Professional Goals: I would like to find a position as a Physicians Assistant in either a family practice office or practicing in an Emergency Room position. Ideally, I would want to be in a position where I have opportunities to care for underserved populations.

Brian Keske


Hometown: Dayton, OH

Academic Background: B.A. in History from Hillsdale College and M.A. in Humanities from University of Dallas

Healthcare Background: I worked for two years as a care specialist on the ACT/IDDT teams at a community mental health center.

Professional Goals: I intend to improve the quality and availability of primary care medicine to those with mental illness, and mental healthcare to those within primary care settings.

Curtis Lake


Hometown: Oshkosh, WI

Academic Background: B.S. in Neurobiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Healthcare Background: I served as a CNA in both long-term care and hospital settings. My floating role in the hospital enabled me to experience over ten different units. I also coauthored a publication investigating cortical opioid transmission pertaining to hunger-induced impulsive behaviors.

Professional Goals: I desire to care for the needs of others in whatever ministry the PA career takes me.

Nicholas Martin Lesch


Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Academic Background: BA-Biology, Minor-Chemistry

Healthcare Background: Patient Care Assistant at Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis)

Professional Goals: Currently, my plan is to become a pediatric Physician Assistant and establish my career in the United States, while devoting a large amount of my time to volunteer work in Haiti, Africa, India, and other third world countries. There is so much good that we can do in healthcare here in the United States, but I want to extend my compassion, time, and talents to those who desperately need loving care and have nowhere else to turn.

Michael Lowe


Hometown: Macomb, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Neuroscience

Healthcare Background: I’ve worked as a CNA in multiple nursing homes and facilities, a PCT in a local hospital near my house and as a MA at an internal medicine office. I’ve loved working at and with many different types of patients’ and people. Those experiences have not only furthered my desire of becoming a great PA, but a better person as well.

Professional Goals: Once the PANCE is passed and graduation is completed, I hope to find myself in a rural area with a dire need for medical providers. On top of that, finding time to volunteer with the any branch of the military is a must.

Carrie McCabe


Hometown: Algonquin, IL

Academic Background: BA in Communications

Healthcare Background: CCEMT-P; AHA BLS/ACLS Instructor; Worked in ICU/Telemetry as a PCT for 2 years; Worked as nursing staff for Internal Medicine doctor for almost 10 years; Firefighter/Paramedic for fire department; Critical Care Paramedic for a pediatric ambulance unit

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a compassionate and competent Physician Assistant, which will allow me to help my patients with their health concerns and lead healthier lifestyles.

Jessie McWaters


Hometown: Dorr, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University

Healthcare Background: I worked in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center as a CNA for 3 years.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a highly skilled PA-C dedicated to improving lives through patient education and providing high quality care. My current interests are emergency medicine and cardiology but I am looking forward to exploring my options during clinical year.

Alejandro Mikelonis


Hometown: Haslett, MI

Academic Background: B.S., Biochemistry Molecular biology/Biotechnology

Healthcare Background: Worked at Sparrow hospital in Lansing, MI as a Safety Sitter for 2 years and as a Patient Care Technician for 2 years on a surgical specialties unit

Professional Goals: Obtain a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and work with a surgical team providing excellent care.

Melissa Slattery


Hometown: Midland, Michigan

Academic Background: B.S. in Child Development at Central Michigan University

Healthcare Background: I worked as a CNA for Isabella Medical Care Facility and Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services. I was also an OBGYN/Pediatric Intern at MidMichigan Health and served on a medical mission trip to Ghana.

Professional Goals: I hope to become a skilled and compassionate Physician Assistant that works to meet the needs of every patient. I want to be a part of an environment that not only challenges me, but also encourages me to become a better PA and person.

Debra Smalley


Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology, Gerontology Minor from University of Saint Francis in Joliet, IL

Healthcare Background: Orthodontic assistant for Grove Dental, EMT license for Illinois, Volunteer work for the ER at Bolingbrook Hospital and hospice care at JACH

Professional Goals: I aspire to work with older individuals and support the prospect of a more independent geriatric population. I’m also hoping to learn more about international health care and disaster relief.

Andrew Thompson


Hometown: Rockford, IL

Academic Background: BS in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry at Olivet Nazarene University

Healthcare Background: Over 2500 hours spent as a Nurse’s Aide working on the ED, Mental Health, Cardiac, ICU, Orthopedic, and Rehabilitation floors of Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, In, as well as a month working at Kudjip Hospital in Papua New Guinea.

Professional Goals: I hope to become not only a competent PA, but also a welcome member to any health care team, whether in a private practice or working at a hospital.

Stephanie Vander Velde


Hometown: Rockford, Michigan

Academic Background: Bachelor’s of science in Allied Health Sciences, minor in Spanish language from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI

Healthcare Background: Certified nursing assistant at a dementia nursing facility, certified psychiatric tech on the older adult unit at a psychiatric hospital, and also worked as a medical assistant at a family practice/primary care office.

Professional Goals: I would like to continue working with Alzheimer’s patients in either neurology or behavioral health.

Thomas Yaucher


Hometown: Janesville, WI

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology and minor in Ethnic and Racial Studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Healthcare Background: For two years, I worked as a CNA at a nursing home in La Crosse, WI. I also worked as a CNA at Wisconsin Lions Camp, a summer camp for children and adults with visual, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a knowledgeable and caring Physician Assistant who will work diligently to meet the needs of patients.