PA Alumni Connection—Winter 2017
BS in Zoology, Eastern Illinois University ’95
MMS in PA Studies, Midwestern University ’97
What are your responsibilities in the PA Program?
I serve as the course coordinator for Interpretation of Imaging Studies and 12-Lead ECG Interpretation courses. I also teach in History and Physical Exam with Lab and Clinical Integration. Outside of the classroom, I serve as the chair of the PA Curriculum Committee, PA Club advisor, a member of Faculty Senate, and the Pi Alpha Committee. Most recently, I have become a champion for the COPHS Strategic Plan, working with three other faculty members on the goal of “Stewarding the Mission.” Outside of Butler University, I serve as the Indiana Academy of PAs CME Conference Chair.
What do you like most about your roles?
The aspect I enjoy most about my job is working with our students individually or in small group settings in the simulation lab. I like making connections and building relationships with them.
What is your previous work experience?
After earning my MMS, I started my career as a PA working with the Christie Clinic in Champaign, Illinois for five years. Here I was able to focus on internal medicine. I then transferred to the Aurora Medical Group in Kenosha, Wisconsin serving patients through family, travel, and occupational medicine. My family moved to Indiana in 2011, and I was able to continue working in family medicine with American Health Network in Kokomo. Currently, I practice clinically one morning a week and one weekend a month in urgent care with the Pike Medical Group.
What drew you to teach at Butler?
I have always wanted to be a teacher and my favorite part of being a PA is patient education. I enjoy discussing preventive medicine and health maintenance with my patients. Butler has given me the opportunity to marry my desire to practice medicine and educate the next generation of PAs. I appreciate the opportunity to continue to practice clinically while teaching, as I believe it makes me a better educator, and reinforces my competency as a clinician.
How do you spend time outside of work?
I enjoy working outside in the yard, which is a benefit since my wife and I, along with our two teenagers, have two acres of land to maintain. I also enjoy hiking, disc golf, poker, golf, and serving as a Boy Scout Leader.