MEET THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM CLASS OF 2019

Ajoey A.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Class of 2019

Ajoey was born and raised in Chattannooga, Tennessee, where he lived with his parents and younger brother. A 2012 graduate of East Hamilton High School, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Throughout high school and college, he served and eventually cooked meals for residents at Creekside at Shallowford, a senior living community. Working as a CNA at the CHI Memorial Hospital after graduation amplified his passion for health care practice, but shadowing a physician assistant at a gastroenterology center stimulated his drive to become a PA. A former member of the National Beta Club, he dedicates time to hosting retreats, conferences and leadership camps for the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement (MGOCSM), a worldwide youth organization associated with the Malankara Orthodox Church. In 2015, he hosted a charity basketball tournament in Atlanta, Ga. for the organization. Ajoey enjoys basketball, volleyball, maintaining personal fitness, and playing piano, which he learned to do by ear during his time in high school marching and concert bands. He feels excited and blessed for the opportunity to be a part of the Lake Erie College PA program, which will help him achieve his dream of becoming a physician assistant.


Breann A.
Fowlerville, Michigan
Class of 2019

Breann grew up in Fowlerville, Michigan with her parents, Carey and Debbie, and her two younger sisters, Kallie and Brooke. She graduated from Fowlerville High School in 2009 as Salutatorian. She then went to Grand Valley State University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. After obtaining her degree, Breann became an emergency medicine scribe at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. She has logged over 6,000 hours as a scribe and has loved the experiences she has received from this job. Her job as a scribe helped solidify how much she loves helping others and her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. In her free time she enjoys reading, being active, playing with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends. She appreciates all of the support she continues to receive from her family, friends, and Sparrow family. Breann is very excited to attend Lake Erie College and pursue her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant.


Nicolette A.
Youngstown, Ohio
Class of 2019

Nicolette grew up in Youngstown, Ohio with her parents and her younger brother. She attended Cardinal Mooney High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top ten percent of her class. Also, while in high school, Nicolette was a four year varsity tennis player, and she was team captain during her junior and senior years. She then went on to attend Youngstown State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and graduated with magna cum laude distinction. While at Youngstown State, Nicolette was an active member in both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honour Society. In her spare time, Nicolette enjoys participating in 5K runs to support charitable organizations, volunteering at Mercy Health System, and working out at the gym. Nicolette is extremely excited to attend Lake Erie College and fulfill her dream of becoming a Physician Assistant.


Gina B.
Garden Grove, California
Class of 2019

Gina grew up in Garden Grove, California with her parents and two brothers. She graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in 2011, and obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. During her sophomore year, Gina found her passion for patient care while volunteering at the oncology and emergency department of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  While working towards her degree, Gina dedicated some of her time as a patient companion at Maxcare Hospice and as a medical assistant at California Heart Specialists (CHS), where she was eventually promoted to office manager. Watching the number of patients and medical assistants grow in the office, she fell in love with accepting new challenges and giving her all to providing quality patient care. Aside from her aspirations of becoming a physician assistant, some of Gina’s hobbies include travelling, photography, and spending time with her family, friends, and five dogs.


Taylor B.
Cadillac, MI
Class of 2019

Taylor is a 2012 graduate of Cadillac High School in Cadillac, MI. She attended Albion College and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 2015. While attending Albion College, Taylor was a member of Albion's Institute for Healthcare Professions where she served as a mentor and student advisor. She was a member of Beta Beta Beta, a national biological honor society, where she served on the student board for two academic semesters. Taylor was also an active member of Albion College's Greek life. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Beta Chapter where she served as Vice President of Risk Management and Vice President of Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation.  Taylor worked as an optometric technician during her college summers. While taking classes, she worked as a First Year Experience mentor where she taught classes to first year students helping them adjust to college both socially and academically. After graduating from Albion College, Taylor used her CNA certificate to work as a direct care worker assisting individuals who are sick, injured, mentally or physically disabled in a group home setting.  Before attending Lake Erie College, Taylor had the amazing opportunity of going on a medical mission to Haiti. There, she worked with Haitian patients still suffering from Hurricane Matthew in a medical clinic which hit the island almost two months prior.   In her free time, Taylor enjoys being outdoors, board games, reading, and enjoying friends and family. She is excited to become a physician assistant.


Scott D.
Macedonia, Ohio
Class of 2019

Scott grew up in Macedonia, Ohio, and graduated from Nordonia High School in 2011. Scott attended Ohio University, majoring in Exercise Physiology where he became involved in multiple academic and leadership organizations. Following graduation, Scott further pursued his goal towards physician assistant studies at home. He focused his efforts shadowing PAs and began working as a transporter at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center to further his patient care experience. Shadowing heightened Scott’s passion for the PA profession and he was ecstatic to receive his acceptance to Lake Erie College’s PA program to take his ambitions to the next step. Scott is the youngest of four siblings, including two brothers and a sister. Family is important to him and plays a large role into who he is as a person, and is what directed him towards pursuing a career caring for others. In his spare time, Scott enjoys exploring the outdoors, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. If stuck indoors, aside from studying, he spends his time watching and rooting for all his favorite sport teams.


Krista D.
NE Ohio
Class of 2019

Krista was born and raised in NE Ohio. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Miami University in 2005. Her life after college has taken a somewhat nontraditional path, but these experiences have informed a solid self-awareness. This understanding has helped to me to align her career aspirations with her values and priorities. Krista’s love for science and passion for volunteering has motivated many life changing travels around the globe. The most influential trip was to Ghana, West Africa in 2008. She was fortunate enough to volunteer as a primary school teacher at St. Monica's for six months. Krista’s experience abroad led her back to college to obtain her secondary education teaching license for Earth and Life Sciences from Cleveland State University. Until a few weeks ago, Krista lived in Asheville, North Carolina where she discovered her calling to become a Physician Assistant. Working at Mission Hospital as a Nurse Aide for the past two years gave her a hands on understanding of what it takes to work in health care and a sense of fulfillment she hadn't felt in previous careers. While she has loved living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Krista is excited to be starting a new chapter at Lake Erie College. She is thankful to be able to come back home and start a rewarding career in Ohio near her family.


Fallon F.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Class of 2019

Fallon grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her parents and my two siblings. She spent most of her childhood doing gymnastics, which taught her to always have passion and a love for what you do. Fallon graduated in 2013 from Baldwin High School. She then attended Slippery Rock University majoring in Exercise Science. In 2016, Fallon traveled with the Pre-PA club to volunteer at the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children clinic in Costa Rica. There she served the population of Alajuelita, which is composed of largely impoverished women and children refugees. There she had the opportunity to stay with a host family and participate in many aspects of the clinic including the soup kitchen, youth groups, dance therapy, observing the physicians, and other clinic operations. This mission trip further encouraged her aspirations to become a PA after seeing the work that can be done in these areas and all of the kind people. Through the Exercise Science program, Fallon completed an internship in the Cardiac Rehabilitation unit at St. Clair Hospital, where she developed and implemented an incentive program geared to increase patient exercise per week to improve overall MET levels. In her free time, Fallon enjoys exercising, traveling, volunteering, and being wherever the sunshine is. She is very excited about attending Lake Erie College and beginning her journey to become a PA.


Lauren F.
Buffalo, New York
Class of 2019

Lauren is from Buffalo, New York, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport, graduating Cum Laude, where she dual majored in psychology and alcohol and substance abuse counseling. She was a member of both majors’ international honor societies, Psi Chi and Eta Sigma Gamma. Lauren spent her extra time at Brockport tutoring students in mathematical statistics. During her fall 2010 semester, she attended Oxford University in Oxford, England, where she studied social neuroscience and developmental psychopathology. Additionally, she traveled throughout Europe, expanding her cultural awareness and exploring diverse regions. She completed her counseling internship in the spring of 2011 at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital working with men, women, and families of all backgrounds. Following graduation, Lauren moved back to Buffalo and worked as a shift supervisor at Hillside Family of Agencies, where she met her now husband, Kyle. In January 2013, she changed her career path and began working at Pine Pharmacy in Williamsville, New York, preparing compounded medications for adults, children, and animals. From 2014-2017, she was the senior technician and lead quality technician at a state-of-the-art 503b outsourcing facility, Pine Pharmaceuticals, where she helped develop and implement a high quality environmental monitoring department at the facility. While her career at Pine Pharmaceuticals was fulfilling and exciting, she is thrilled to begin her new professional path in Physician Assistant studies at Lake Erie College. She enjoys spending her time in the great outdoors with her husband Kyle and golden retriever, Morrison, including hiking, hunting, fishing, gardening, and camping.


Jessica F.
Painesville, Ohio
Class of 2019

Jessica was raised in Painesville, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University and earned her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree. During her time at OU, Jess was a teaching assistant for the anatomy lab. In pursuit of becoming a PA, she began to shadow a physician assistant in cardiothoracic surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. After graduation, she gained experience in the field as a patient care associate (PCA) at Lake West Hospital. As a PCA, she grasped a better understanding of what it means to be a great healthcare provider. She also volunteered at TriPoint Medical Center in the emergency department and patient care floors. She cares deeply for all her patients and is extremely passionate in becoming a physician assistant. Jess is interested in orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine. Her hobbies include running, hiking, camping, and everything outdoors.


Kaitlin G.
Bellbrook, OH
Class of 2019

Kaitlin grew up in Bellbrook, OH and graduated with honors from Bellbrook High School in 2012. She then went on to attend The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with Pre-Health specialization. While attending Ohio State, she volunteered at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and in her spare time shadowed Physician Assistants in a variety of settings. Since graduating in May 2016, Kaitlin has been working as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center on the Spine/Orthopedic Unit. She has always been interested in the healthcare field and is excited to begin the journey to becoming a Physician Assistant at Lake Erie College.


Elissar H.
Beachwood, OH
Class of 2019

Elissar was born in Lebanon and raised in Nigeria, West Africa and moved to Beachwood, OH in 2011. She grew up in Nigeria with her family until the age of 15, then moved back to Lebanon where she got married at 16 and went back to Africa with her husband. Elissar had to be dependent on herself in a different world with no family or friends, which made her become a strong and independent woman. She had her son in Africa and all her time there was spent taking care of her child and helping her husband with his work. She filled her time with reading, including all kinds of books, magazines, journals and newspapers. To Elissar, reading was like exploring, learning, and finding new things about the mind, body and the way we live in this world. As the years went by very fast, her little son became a young man looking for a better future, so in the year 2011, she moved to Cleveland with him after he got accepted to a local university. After settling in Cleveland, Elissar started thinking about her dreams. Science and medicine have always been always an interest in her life, but unfortunately, she had no opportunities to get an education in Africa. Living in the United States, she got a chance to go back to school, study, and build a new future for herself. Elissar got into Tri-C East in 2013 and did two years then, then transferred to Cleveland State University in the fall of 2015 were she will be finished her bachelor’s degree in Health and Sciences in the spring of 2017. She studied hard with passion and received excellent grades while also taking care of her family. She shadowed at Cleveland Clinic for couple of months and did a lot of volunteering helping patients recover from illness or surgery. In Africa, Elissar saw people suffer and die just from a simple injury or illness, but was unable to treat or do anything to them other than comfort them with kindness and care. Elissar feels so happy and lucky to be a Lake Erie College, Physician Assistant student. In addition, she loves to travel around the world (which she has been doing for a while) and learn different cultures and beliefs.


Emily H.
Pittsburgh, PA
Class of 2019

Emily is from South Park, a small suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated in 2017 from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, receiving her Bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude. She was a Biology major and German minor as well as a member of both Beta Beta Beta biological and Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honors societies. She enjoyed completing her senior thesis, the topic of which was “Vitamin C Decreases Cell Proliferation in Canine Osteosarcoma cell line OSCA 40.” Emily was also a member of the sorority Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and the Allegheny College Pre-Health Club. In addition to Greek life and service, Emily danced throughout the duration of her undergraduate career as a member of Orchesis Dance Company and the Allegheny College Dance Team. Emily became an EMT in 2015 and has enjoyed working in the field and gaining hands-on experience with patients. She looks forward to being able to continue her medical education at LEC. She hopes to combine her passions for service, medicine, and traveling by completing medical mission trips in the future.


Krystal K.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Class of 2019

Krystal was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she graduated from Oak Hills High School in 2010. She began her undergraduate career at The Ohio State University as an Evan Scholar and graduated in 2014. She finished Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus in Respiratory Therapy. During college, Krystal worked as a State Tested Nurse Aid at Sisters of Charity nursing home and during her last year she worked as a Respiratory Care Assistant at Nationwide Children's Hospital. After graduation, Krystal worked as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  During her career at Children's, she got to work closely with the cardiac doctors and nurse practitioners and shadow P.A.s in the cardiothoracic surgery. She was also privileged to go on a mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica and work at the Bustamante Hospital for Children where the team performed 11 open heart surgeries. Outside the healthcare setting, Krystal enjoys running with her dog, snowboarding, traveling, swimming, and trying new things.


Kristen K.
Parma, Ohio
Class of 2019

Kristen graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio. In May 2017, she graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. While at Baldwin Wallace University, Kristen was involved in Pre-Medical Society, Pre-PA society, and Colleges Against Cancer. She worked as a state tested nursing assistant in the Alzheimer’s unit at Altenheim Senior Living for two years. Kristen enjoys archery, film, music, and spending time with her family and friends. She believes healthcare should tend to the emotional needs as well as the physical needs of the patient. Kristen is eager and motivated to begin working as a physician assistant and changing the lives of individuals every day. She is also excited to become a part of the community of the Lake Erie PA program.


Rebecca K.
Elkville, Illinois
Class of 2019

Rebecca graduated Salutatorian from Elverado High School in Elkville, Illinois in 2013.  She then attended Southern Illinois University graduating in 2017 as an excellency scholar with a bachelor's degree in biomedicine with a minor in chemistry and psychology. She also graduated with a certificate from the university's honor's program.  During her time at SIU she spent her time volunteering as a Saluki Ambassador and campus tour guide. As a student, Rebecca also held down two jobs and shadowed a local orthopedic surgeon. Her jobs included being a student worker on campus, and a phlebotomist in a rural hospital. Her phlebotomy job is where she gained her passion for rural medicine, and an appreciation for the people who work in that setting.  She is extremely passionate about sexual education and plans to work in rural women's health in the future.  In her free time she likes to listen to podcasts, bake, play board games, and hang out with her husband and two cats. 


Jenna L.
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Class of 2019

Jenna is from Connellsville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Connellsville Area High School in 2010. She attended Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she played on the Griffins Women’s Soccer Team and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Dance. After graduating, Jenna attended California University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching with a concentration in Biology. While pursuing her Master’s Degree, Jenna worked at Cal U as a graduate assistant in the Student Success Center. She had the opportunity to work with students who had low GPAs and helped them to overcome their struggle with academics and higher education. It was a very rewarding experience for her to help students acquire the skills necessary to succeed academically and pursue their life-long goals. Jenna also worked at WVU Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV as a PCA. She has been the assistant soccer coach at her alma mater, Connellsville Area High School, for the past two years. Jenna has been fortunate to have the opportunity to observe open heart surgery, which has sparked her interest in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She is very excited to begin her journey to become a Physician Assistant.

 


Kara M.
Englewood, Florida
Class of 2019

Kara was born in Cleveland but spent her early years in Englewood, Florida. For her undergraduate education, she studied at the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a Major in Molecular and Microbiology and a minor in Psychology. She graduated in the spring of 2013. Following her time at UCF, Kara took a position as a Stem-Cell Technologist at the Cleveland Chord Blood Center (CCBC). At CCBC she processed, stored and distributed stem-cell rich transplants to patients with life-threatening disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma and immune disorders. In her free time, she volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Cleveland Chapter. When she isn’t in the lab or volunteering her time, she enjoys traveling – she spent a month in Italy and the Dominican Republic in 2016 and two weeks in Thailand in 2017.


Carmen M.
Lake County
Class of 2019

Carmen has lived in Lake County since the age of 11. At 16 years old, she entered the healthcare field working at a nursing home and in 2011, graduated cum laude from Mentor High School. The following fall, she attended the Northern Career Institute and obtained a License of Practical Nursing. During that time, Carmen experienced a diverse collection of healthcare fields including obstetrics and gynecology, psychology, geriatrics, hematology, and physical therapy. She became licensed in dialysis care in 2013 and graduated as valedictorian of her training class. She then entered Lakeland Community College as a freshman before transferring to Lake Erie College in her sophomore year. As schoolwork intensified, she moved from dialysis into home healthcare and has been with the same company for the past three years. During her time at Lake Erie, Carmen became the PA representative officer for the Pre-Medical Professionals Club and participated in events such as lip synching contests, the Cleveland Congenital Heart Walk, and Haunting Austin. In the summer months, in addition to working, she shadowed at University Hospitals with physician assistants in both family care and emergency medicine. In December of 2016, she graduated magna cum laude from Lake Erie with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She is thrilled to begin her education in physician assistant studies and hopes to be able to serve her community with a career in emergency medicine.


Courtney O.
Parma, Ohio
Class of 2019

Courtney is from Parma, Ohio and graduated with honors from Valley Forge High School in 2010. She then attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she was a volunteer cancer researcher for 2.5 years. While in college, Courtney was inducted into Helix Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society in 2011, as well as The National Society of Leadership and Success in 2012. Courtney graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics and a minor in psychology. After graduation, she worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department at MetroHealth’s Level 1 Trauma Center for 2.5 years. During that time, she worked closely with an elite group of health care providers and discovered her desire to become a PA. In her free time, Courtney enjoys playing volleyball, playing the piano, painting, travelling, attending Cleveland Indians games, and spending time with family and friends. 


Candice R.
Portage, Pennsylvania
Class of 2019

Candice is from Portage, Pennsylvania and graduated from Portage Area High School in 2013. She then attended Lock Haven University, which she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and two minors in Biology and Psychology. While at Lock Haven University, she was involved in microbiology research and investigated the environmental effects of White Nose Syndrome on the Little Brown Bat. She presented this research at the 2016 American Society of Microbiology annual meeting at Erie, PA, which she and her partner won first place in their section. She also represented Lock Haven University and presented her research at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Pennsylvania Capitol at Harrisburg in April of 2017. Candice worked as a student worker at her University’s health services for two years and worked at a CNA at a local nursing home. She also completed a 120-hour field experience where she followed a PA at Blair Medical Associates’ neurology department. After graduation, Candice worked in the medical records department at UPMC Altoona as a Health Information Management Professional. Outside of school, Candice is involved in many activities such as hiking, painting, tennis, and volleyball.


Abigail S.
Cleveland, OH
Class of 2019

Abigail Skorupski attended Ohio University where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2013. After graduation, she worked for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District as a Wastewater Analyst for a year. She then realized she desired a career in healthcare. In June 2014, Abigail attended the School of Medical Technology at the Cleveland Clinic and began working as a Laboratory Technologist in the Hematology Lab a few months later. Upon completion of the program, Abigail became certified as a Medical Technologist and continued her career in the Hematology Lab. Although she enjoyed working in the lab, she wanted to be more involved in direct patient care. Her time as a volunteer at Lake Health in the Patient Transport department, as well as shadowing physician assistants in the Emergency Department confirmed her desire to become a PA. Abigail is the oldest of five children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include exercising, playing the piano, spending time outdoors, and cheering on Cleveland sports teams. She is very excited to begin her journey towards becoming a PA at Lake Erie.


Tyler T.
Youngstown, OH
Class of 2019

Tyler is a recent graduate of Youngstown State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Music. He has experience as a nurse aide and feels most comfortable in a fast paced environment where he can put a smile on a patient's face. In his free time, Tyler enjoys gardening, traveling, and playing the tuba, in which he believes music is a therapy of its own. With the support of friends and family, Tyler has moved from his hometown of Youngstown to Painesville, Ohio and is excited to pursue a degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Lake Erie College.

 


Sara V.
Mt. Zion, IL
Class of 2019

Sara is from Mt. Zion, IL and graduated from Mt. Zion High School in 2012. She graduated with honors from Illinois College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Psychology.  During college, Sara spent her time working as a CNA at a nursing home and as an after-school student counselor at the YMCA.  She was a highly active member in the Peer Health Education group on campus as well as a member of a literary society.  She was inducted into Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society and Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society.  After graduation, she spent her time either working as a CNA at a supportive living facility or a as a pharmacy technician.  Sara loves any and all adventures and is excited to begin her next one of becoming a PA!


Lauren W.
Sugar Land, Texas
Class of 2019

Lauren was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. Lauren was homeschooled until her sophomore year of high school and graduated from Logos Preparatory Academy, where she was president of the National Honor Society as well as a member of the swimming and basketball teams.  Lauren attended Houston Community College (HCC) and obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree. While at HCC, Lauren was an active member and held positions with the Honors College, Science Club, and College Activity Board.  As a member of the Honors College, Lauren traveled to Istanbul, Turkey and experienced the people, culture and life of those in the region.  While in high school and college, Lauren served underprivileged communities through the YMCA's Water Wise program.  Lauren administered this program by teaching children pool safety and how to swim.  Lauren also administered free eye exams for children in the local school setting through the Eye Care for Kids program. Lauren obtained a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in Public Health with a Concentration in Disease Control and Epidemiology, Cum Laude. While at UTSA, Lauren interned with the University Health Systems in San Antonio in their mobile mammogram unit. After graduation, Lauren worked part-time as a scribe in the emergency department at Houston Methodist West Hospital. She also worked in a private practice of internal medicine physicians. While working in the ER, Lauren’s knowledge and interests for the field grew as she shadowed a PA at Houston Methodist West Hospital. In her free time, Lauren loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. 


Ciara W.
Sarasota, FL
Class of 2019

Ciara was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She had lived in Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and she currently resides in sunny Sarasota, FL. Ciara graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, MO with a major in Marketing and a minor in Art. She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and started her own internet marketing and merchandising consulting business in 2003. Ciara’s passion throughout life has always been to care for others. She decided to pursue a career as a PA in 2013. During the past four yeas she obtained her EMT license and graduated top of her EMT class. She volunteered in the emergency room at Doctors Hospitals in Sarasota, FL. She also worked as a Multi-Skilled Technician in the cardiac catheterization lab at Sarasota Memorial Hospital where she was awarded the MST of Excellence. In April 2016, Ciara went on a medical missions trip to the Dominican Republic where she worked with an incredible team of physicians and PA’s providing healthcare to the underserved. She is looking forward to going on future medical missions trips where she can do more as a practicing PA. Ciara enjoys running and has completed three half marathons. She also enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with her two beautiful girls, Maeve and Fiona.