Didactic Year: 2016-17

Taylor Blanchette


Hometown: Fruitport, Michigan

Academic Background: Bachelor’s of Science with an Emphasis in Clinical Exercise Science (GVSU 2014)

Healthcare Background: Patient Care Assistant and Monitor Tech Specialist at Mercy Health Hospital on the Cardiac floor (2013-2016)

Professional Goals: I will utilize evidence-based medicine while employing empathy and compassion at the bedside. I plan to treat patients within the hospital setting, in addition to helping treat underserved populations and raising awareness of disease prevention in rural areas and third world countries.

Kimberly Boi


Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Academic Background: B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Chemistry - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)

Healthcare Background: EMT-B, ED technician for two years at a level I trauma center, volunteer in physical therapy department for physically disabled students, Lifetime Fitness Program volunteer (fitness coach for elderly population)

Professional Goals: I aim to become a provider focused on patient education to ensure patients leave with more health knowledge than when they entered. I am most interested in emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, women’s health, and psychiatrics. I am eager to explore each throughout clinical rotations and my career.

Kaitlyn Bragan


Hometown: Clarkston, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Human Biology with a minor in Health Promotion from Michigan State University.

Healthcare Background: I worked at a long-term and rehab facility - Sanctuary at White Lake - for 3 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a dedicated and compassionate Physician Assistant. I am currently interested in family medicine but I am looking forward to exploring other areas during clinical year.

McKenna Brauner


Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: B.S. Health Science and minor and Biology from Ball State University

Healthcare Background: I worked for two years has a nurses aide in a nursing home. I also worked as a home health aide for a year.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a highly skilled and compassionate PA. I desire to use my background in Health Science and my clinical knowledge as a PA to work with patients to help them achieve healthy lifestyles and overall wellness. I desire to work with underserved populations. I am currently interested in several areas of medicine, so I am excited to see where I will end up.

Sarah Bremer


Hometown: Toledo, OH

Academic Background: B.S. Biology with a French minor, Xavier University; M.P.H. Epidemiology, University of Toledo

Healthcare Background: I was an ER volunteer at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for two years. I also worked as a home health aide with Interim Healthcare Cincinnati, where I helped the elderly who could not afford to go to a nursing home. I later worked for a year as a nurse aide in the memory care unit at an assisted living facility.

Professional Goals: I someday hope to work as an Emergency Medicine PA, as well as in underserved communities both in the U.S. and abroad, where I hope to offer my services to those who are in the most need of good, quality medical care.

Justin Crane


Hometown: Davison, MI

Academic Background: I earned my B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Healthcare Background: I have worked as a Clinical Systems Coach as St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital where I trained healthcare providers on the use of EHRs and patient charting. I also worked as a phlebotomist at William Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, MI.

Professional Goals: I aspire to become a well-rounded and respected Physician Assistant in the area of Pediatrics or Surgery. However, I enter the program with an open mind as to where my interests might take me in the future.

Brittany Cross


Hometown: Seminole, Florida

Academic Background: B.S. in Aerospace Studies from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Healthcare Background: ER volunteer with Red Cross at Evans Army Community Hospital, Phlebotomist at Halifax Health Medical Center, and volunteer with the C Company Forward Troop Medical Clinic while deployed to Kuwait in 2013.

Professional Goals: Graduate from the USF PA program and pass the PANCE to become a certified PA. After accomplishing that I would like to secure a job as an Army PA with the goal of deploying in support of a future operation. I would also like to work in either a Post hospital or VA hospital to better serve our veterans.

Shanna Gilbert


Hometown: Union City, OH

Academic Background: B.S. in Biotechnology, Minor in Chemistry from Indiana University East

Healthcare Background: Emergency Department Scribe at Ball Memorial Hospital for 1.5 years; R&D Chemist with an emphasis on body care formulations for I year; STNA for 2 years

Professional Goals: I aspire to serve as a compassionate and competent Physician Assistant for an underserved community. My current interests include Emergency Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery, but I am eager to pursue any specialty, which motivates and utilizes my skills the most.

Camrion Grabowski


Hometown: Brighton, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Psychology with Specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from Michigan State University

Healthcare Background: Worked as a CNA at Burcham Hills Retirement Community for two years. I then worked as a Patient Care Tech at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital- Ann Arbor for a year on a Neurology/Urology unit.

Professional Goals: I aspire to be a PA that is dedicated to serving with compassion and competency. My interests currently are family and emergency medicine, with a focus on the underserved population.

Meghan Hart


Hometown: Granger, IN

Academic Background: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University with a minor in Psychology

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Medical Scribe at The South Bend Clinic in Gastroenterology and Dermatology. I was also a volunteer at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.

Professional Goals: I hope to provide compassionate and exceptional care to my patients as a Physician Assistant. I have broad interests in various specialties and am looking forward to exploring those more during clinical rotations.

Lacey Harvey


Hometown: Swayzee, IN

Academic Background: A.S. Radiologic Technology, B.S. Medical Imaging

Healthcare Background: Radiologic / CT Technologist 5 years

Professional Goals: To provide accessible, affordable, and quality care while maintaining a radiation conscious outlook in the field of medicine.

Sara Hill


Hometown: Joliet, IL

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

Healthcare Background: Licensed EMT. Worked as a medical assistant for a family practice (2 months before being accepted into the PA program), an ophthalmic assistant (3 years), and a clinical supervisor of a sleep apnea treatment center (2 years).

Professional Goals: To become a compassionate and competent P.A. in family or internal medicine. I would like to work/volunteer in underserved populations in my hometown for a few years and then on the island of Kauai, HI.

Kayla Koch


Hometown: Huntington, IN

Academic Background: B.S. in Human Biology and B.S. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University with High Honors

Healthcare Background: I spent one summer as a therapy aid for my grandfather after he suffered a stroke, one summer working at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center as a CNA, and had a one-semester internship with an orthopedic PA.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a competent, compassionate, and caring PA who will work to meet the needs of my patients through education and quality care. I look forward to exploring the specialty options I will experience during my clinical year to determine the areas I’m most interested in pursuing.

Stacey Krick


Hometown: Decatur, IN

Academic Background: BS in Human Biology with minors in Chemistry and Music from IU-Bloomington, and an MS in Biology from IUPUI

Healthcare Background: I worked as a CNA at a long term care facility for 2 years and also volunteered at Riley’s Hospital for Children for 1 year.

Professional Goals: I want to become a caring, compassionate, and competent PA-C that is well respected by all parts of the health care team I work with. I have interests in the areas of Orthopedics and Pediatrics, but I’m always open to new experiences that may take me down other paths.

Danielle LeClair


Hometown: Rochester, Michigan

Academic Background: B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology with a Minor in Gender & Health from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Healthcare Background: I most recently worked as a medical assistant in a pediatric practice for two years. Prior to this, I provided home health care as a nursing assistant for two years.

Professional Goals: My goal is to be a compassionate and caring physician assistant providing personalized care in Women’s Health. I hope to expand access to quality health care in a rurally underserved community.

Hannah Linna


Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Academic Background: B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Healthcare Background: For two years, I was a home health care aid to a student with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I also volunteered at a camp for ventilator dependent children through the University of Michigan children’s hospital.

Professional Goals: I hope to become a knowledgeable and compassionate Physician Assistant, dedicated to assisting underprivileged populations. Currently, my interests are in Obstetrics and Gynecology, but I’m looking forward to exploring my options.

Victoria (Tori) Mayo


Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Academic Background: B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Healthcare Background: I worked for one year as a CNA at an assisted living facility and as a Medical Assistant for one year at an internal medicine clinic. I also had the opportunity to intern with inpatient cardiac rehabilitation on a hospital cardiac unit.

Professional Goals: My goal is to become a competent and compassionate PA dedicated to serving others. I strive to provide an optimal healthcare experience to each and every patient.

Breanna Norton


Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: Bachelors of Science in Biology

Healthcare Background: 2 years as a Patient Care Technician at Parkview Regional Medical Center on the Medical floor

Professional Goals: Upon finishing PA school I plan to work as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant and provide the best medical care for my patients.

Meredith Roth


Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: B.S. in Human Biology from Indiana University Bloomington, Psychology minor (2015)

Healthcare Background: In 2010 I took part in a health internship that sparked my interest in the PA profession and exposed me to different healthcare settings. I later worked as a CNA for a little under two years while attending IU.

Professional Goals: My goals are to graduate and become a PA as part of a healthcare team. As of now, I’m still undecided as to what area I want to work in so I’m excited to explore different options during our clinical year.

Chad Schroeder


Hometown: Janesville, Wisconsin

Academic Background: B.A. in Latin and Ancient Greek (U. of Wisconsin); Ph.D. in Classics (U. of Michigan); American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece; science prerequisites at Berkeley City College and UC-Berkeley

Healthcare Background: EMT-Basic in California

Professional Goals: I look forward to becoming a respected and skilled team member in healthcare. Currently my interests are in surgery and urgent care. Perhaps after some years of working with underserved populations, I might return to my earlier career in education and teach future PA students.

Kirby Singleton


Hometown: Johnston, Iowa

Academic Background: B.S. Kinesiology and Health and an M.S. Biomedical Science

Healthcare Background: Mercy Medical Center Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Specialist where I worked with patients who had be diagnosed with COPD, CAD, MIs, asthma, etc. and worked to improve their quality of life through diet and exercise prevention, EKG monitoring, education, and lifestyle intervention. I also worked as a Davita Dialysis Tech where I performed hemodialysis on ESRD patients.

Professional Goals: I would like to become a very well rounded PA but would like to have a focus primarily in Cardiology.

Tyler Trabel


Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from Ball State University

Healthcare Background: I worked as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne from August 2015 until May 2016.

Professional Goals: I hope to become a Physician Assistant who saves lives and helps to forward healthcare so that it is more accessible in the United States and internationally. Eventually I would like to be a professor instructing at a PA program while continuing to practice in a clinical setting.

Chelsea Wilson


Hometown: Kokomo, IN

Academic Background: Indiana University & IUPUI - B.S. in Medical Imaging, Associate’s in Radiography

Healthcare Background: Diagnostic and surgical x-ray tech at the Indianapolis VA Hospital

Professional Goals: My goal is to work in orthopedics in a VA facility or in sports medicine, but I’m certainly keeping my options open to new areas of interest.