My family has always been involved in the Fire Service. I grew up hearing stories about fires, car accidents, and medical emergencies, so I always wanted to be a volunteer and serve my community. I have been in EMS since 1991 and the Fire Service since 1997.
I became fascinated by the world of medicine and was fortunate to be accepted to and graduate from the first Physician Assistant class at the Rochester Institute of Technology . I have been practicing as a PA since 1995. I have worked in various settings, including primary care practice and hospital settings.
Growing up in the country, I was exposed to firearms and hunting from an early age. I received my pistol permit many years ago but did not do much with it until I was introduced to Rochester Personal Defense. My husband and I saw that the Utah/Florida permit class was being offered locally and we signed up. I was so impressed with the training that I just continued to take classes until I was invited to become a member of the team. I especially enjoy working with the Rochester Personal Defense Womens Training Division. My favorite part is seeing women so empowered after just an eight hour class day.
I have enjoyed developing the medical training/emergency response curriculum that we offer. I truly believe that knowing CPR and basic First Aid are essential skills that can be built on by adding disaster response, active shooter, hazardous incident training and other classes that we have developed.
Having been involved in the emergency services more than half my life, having a good sense of situational awareness is now second nature to me. This is important as an emergency responder and medical provider but just as important in everyday life. As a caregiver and educator, it is a privilege to help students develop this skill set. It is so important to train regularly, especially for high yield, low frequency situations.
My favorite quote explains my philosophy:"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke