MEET THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM Class of 2021
Alex was raised in Northville, Michigan. She graduated from Madonna University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Sigma Zeta honors programs, the Mathematics Club, and the Biological and Health Science Club. She also volunteered at her local hospital in Novi, Michigan and at an elementary school in Peru. She worked as a medical scribe at a subacute rehabilitation facility.
Eric grew up in Doylestown, Ohio with his parents and his older brother, Garrett. He graduated from Chippewa High School, then earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Akron. His jobs have included being a summer helper for Wadsworth City Schools’ information technology department, a transport employee for Summa Health System, and most recently a nursing assistant for Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center.
Andrius is from Mentor, Ohio. He graduated from Lake Catholic High School in 2014. He graduated from John Carroll University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate student, Andrius worked as a Laboratory Teaching Assistant for the General Chemistry Labs and was involved in organizations and events through campus ministry. During his summer breaks in between semesters, Andrius served as a volunteer in the Emergency Department at Lake Health West Medical Center and shadowed Physician Assistants, strengthening his desire to become one himself one day in the future. After graduation, Andrius began working as a Patient Care Associate (PCA) in the ICU at Lake Health West Medical Center.
Gabbi grew up in Sedalia, Missouri and graduated from Sacred Heart High School as her class salutatorian in 2014. While in high school, Gabbi played basketball and soccer and was a member of the dance and cheer team. She attended Avila University in Kansas City where she played basketball and graduated with her bachelor's degree in pre-health sciences in 2017. Gabbi was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor's Society and the Vice President for the National Society of Leadership and Success. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Gabbi volunteered as a patient transporter and worked as an emergency room technician at St. Joseph Medical Center where she was first introduced to the PA profession. After graduating, Gabbi took part in a research internship at MedGenome in California. She aided the immuno-oncology department in cloning a gene known to be mutated and over-expressed in lung cancer. She then began working at Retina Associates in Kansas City as an ophthalmic technician.
Katherine grew up in Rocky River, Ohio, where she graduated from Rocky River High School in 2013. She was a member of the marching band and National Honors Society. Katherine went on to study Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She also received a minor in Bioethics. While at the University of Rochester, Katherine served as a Resident Advisor for two years and also participated in an Open-Collegiate level synchronized skating team, which she helped start. Since graduating from the University of Rochester in 2017, Katherine had been working as a clinic aide in an elementary school, which has solidified her desire to practice in Pediatrics.
Gianna grew up in Rochester, NY. She is a graduate of Webster Schroeder High School’s class of 2013 and attended Mercyhurst University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2017. She was a member of Tri Beta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Campus Ministry. During her time at Mercyhurst, she was also able to continue her passion of dance by being a member of the college’s dance team and simultaneously danced for Erie’s semi-professional basketball team, the Erie BayHawks. The summer before her senior year consisted of shadowing many different PAs in the Rochester area. After graduation, she started working at Rochester General Hospital as a patient care technician (PCT) in the Medical Observation Unit. She was incredibly thankful for that opportunity as she gained crucial skills in patient interaction and insight on the necessary qualities of a good healthcare provider.
Courtney has lived in Ohio her entire life. She was born and raised in Elyria and has recently moved with her family to Wellington. Courtney has been working as a pharmacy technician for the past four years. She graduated from Elyria High School in 2015, received two of her associate degrees from Lorain County Community College in 2017, and her bachelor’s from Cleveland State University in 2019. Courtney majored in Health Science and minored in Biology and Psychology. During her time at Cleveland State, she has had the opportunity to travel to Honduras twice on medical brigades with some fellow pre-PA students. Outside of school and work, Courtney volunteers with her sister’s Girl Scout troop.
Jessica grew up in Fowlerville, Michigan. After graduating from Fowlerville High School in 2015, she went on to attend Grand Valley State University (GVSU). In 2019, she earned her Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences and obtained minors in chemistry and biology from GVSU. During her undergraduate career, she gained patient care experience as a volunteer, resident care aide, and as a nursing technician. It was as a nursing technician at the hospital which allowed her to connect closely with physician assistants and shadow various specialties.
Noah was born and raised in Oxford, Michigan. After graduating from Oxford High School in 2014, he attended the University of Toledo where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology in 2018. During his time at Toledo, Noah was a Senior Resident Advisor, undergraduate researcher in developmental genetics, and a medical documentation scribe in Toledo Promedica Hospital's Emergency Department. To gain further insight on the possibilities of working as a PA, he also spent time shadowing in the Cardiovascular ICU and Trauma departments at Ascension Crittenton Hospital in Michigan.
Rachael was born in Toledo, Ohio but grew up in Brecksville and graduated high school from Brecksville Broadview Heights in 2013. Rachael started her Bachelor’s degree at Kent State University, but after two years, she transferred to Cleveland State University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. While in school, Rachael worked as a pharmacy technician for five years. After graduating, Rachael took an EMT course at Cuyahoga Community College and received her EMT certification. During college, she shadowed Physician Assistants and volunteered at Metro Health in the Emergency Room. Shadowing Physician Assistants in the Emergency Room was the most interesting to her.
Libby was born in Dublin, Ohio. She studied at the University of Dayton and graduated in 2018, majoring in pre-medicine and minoring in biology and psychology. She most recently worked as a medical assistant at a dermatology office in Columbus, Ohio. During her time at UD, Libby participated both in her school and local communities. She volunteered her time at local free clinics, hospitals, and elementary schools, and participated in public health efforts in the Dayton community. As president of the Pre-PA club, Libby helped make connections between students and locally practicing PAs. Taking her local experiences abroad, she volunteered on two consecutive annual trips to Nicaragua through Global Brigades. While dermatology has recently captured her heart, she is interested in all areas of medicine and would love to practice both home and abroad.
Tataum recently graduated from Cleveland State University (CSU) with her bachelor’s degree. She majored in health science pre-physician assistant and minored in biology. Before Tataum left CSU she was honored with the title of an outstanding senior for the Spring 2019 semester. She was also the president of the Pre-Physician Assistant Association at CSU which helped fellow pre-physician assistant students find out more about their future career as a physician assistant. Before Tataum lived in Cleveland, she lived in Madison, Ohio with her family, so she knows the Painesville area and what it has to offer fairly well.
Nicholas is a graduate from Youngstown State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. During his time at Youngstown State, he took part in extensive microbiology research focusing on metal sensitive bacteria and molecular genetics. Outside of the classroom, Nicholas was a member of biology and environmental sustainability clubs and often volunteered for STEM events welcoming new students. He returned to Youngstown State as a teaching assistant, teaching anatomy and physiology labs for allied health and pre-nursing majors. Nicholas volunteered at St. Elizabeth hospital, spending his time between the infusion center visiting with cancer patients and bringing refreshments to visitors throughout the hospital. He was also a state tested nurse aide and gained healthcare experience working at a nursing home. Providing care for patients through volunteering and work solidified his decision in becoming a PA.
Youness was born in Denver, Colorado. Although his family is originally from Casablanca, Morocco and temporarily relocated there, he graduated from Legacy High School in 2013. Youness soon thereafter attended Texas Tech Waco, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Biology and Communications in 2018. While in Waco, Youness obtained both his EMT and Paramedic license. He worked and volunteered as an EMT/Paramedic while going to school. Youness also worked as an adjunct professor for McLennan Community College and assisted with the EMS program. During his time as a Paramedic for Coryell Health, Youness has been decorated with multiple unit citations and an award for a CPR save, leading to his promotion as EMS Lieutenant.
Haylee was born and raised in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. She graduated from Brookside High School in 2011 and went on to receive an Associate of Science from Lorain County Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from The Ohio State University. During college, Haylee worked in many different positions in the health care field. One of those positions was as a PDP therapist for a boy with autism and cerebral palsy. Haylee most recently worked as a patient care nursing assistant at St. John’s University Hospitals in the Orthopedic department and ICU stepdown department. Her job as a PCNA helped solidify her love of helping others and pursuit of becoming a Physician Assistant.
Giana was born and raised in a small town near Youngstown, Ohio. She is a 2011 Canfield High School graduate. Following high school, she attended the University of Akron and later transferred to Youngstown State University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in chemistry. During her time at YSU, she was a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology labs and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as the Biology and Women in Science clubs. Encouraged to pursue a career in healthcare, Giana became a state tested nurse aide where she worked primarily at a nursing home. In addition to working, she spent time volunteering at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Syd was born and raised in Mentor, Ohio and graduated from Mentor High School in 2013. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she majored in Biology Pre-Medicine and graduated in 2017 with her Bachelors in Science. Throughout college she was on the board of Pre-Medicine Club, a volunteer at Wexner Medical Center, and shadowed surgeons and PAs. Her last year of college and after graduation, she worked as a PCA at Lake West Medical Center and as a pharmacy technician at CVS. She hopes to incorporate her passion for health and fitness into her practice as a PA-C.
Austin has lived in Painesville his entire life. He graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in May of 2017 as a Pre-medicine major. Since graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Austin has worked as a Patient Care Assistant for the Lake Health hospital system both on the float team and a Critical Care Unit.
Shyanna was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Colorado. She was homeschooled with her three sisters until 8th grade. She graduated valedictorian from Frederick High School in Frederick, Colorado in 2014. Shyanna attended college at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska and graduated with a BS in molecular biology. While in college she provided direct patient care through the League of Human Dignity and found a strong driving purpose in helping those that need it most. During an internship, Shyanna shadowed a Physician Assistant working in both urgent care and primary care settings, and it was here she developed a love for medically underserved areas, which is where she plans to practice after graduating from Lake Erie College’s PA program. In the last year, Shyanna coached freshman girls’ basketball at Pueblo West High School. Shyanna also took on a teaching position at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At HHS she taught Government, History and Economics to English Language Learners.
Ruth was born and raised in Kenya and relocated to Minnesota about nine years ago with her parents and three sisters. She partially attended high school in the United States then went on to a community college in Minnesota where she took general classes. Ruth transferred to the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. While in college, Ruth got involved in health clubs, which geared her towards medicine.
Brittany grew up in Bedford, Ohio, a suburb outside of Cleveland, and graduated from Bedford High School in 2011, where she was involved in numerous activities including National Honors Society, volleyball, and was a part of the yearbook committee. Brittany attended Kent State University where she majored in Biochemistry and graduated with Cum Laude honors in 2015. During her time at Kent State, she assisted in a Neuroscience research lab studying brain formation in mice. She presented her research at various symposiums and won second place in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, held by Kent State in 2015. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she went on to work for the Cleveland Clinic as a Histocompatibility Medical Technologist, where she worked directly with organ transplants. In the lab, she worked directly with antibody profiles, DNA sequencing, and Deceased/Living Donor organ matching. Working in this position has allowed her to see the direct impact that care givers have on a patient’s life and has made her very excited to start her new journey as a physician assistant.
Alicia grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, where she graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2009. There, she participated in many extracurricular activities including president of her class in student senate, national honors society, basketball, swimming, water polo and track & field. In 2014, she graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, education and minor in chemistry. During her undergraduate career, Alicia was the president of Pre-Physician Assistant club, professor assistant of the genetics department and head tutor of the cadaver lab. As an active member of the PA club, Alicia participated in fundraisers, blood drives, volunteer activities in the community and leading the weekly meetings. Alicia’s interest in health care grew as she worked at Spectrum Health Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as a phlebotomist. She began to shadow PAs in various specialties and her positive experiences impacted her decision to pursue the career. Alicia became involved in the hospital’s emergency response team where she responded to more incidents than any other member. She wanted more direct involvement in patient’s care and became a member of the Serious Contagious Disease Team for the hospital’s highly infectious disease patients. Alicia was recognized for her excellence and is a two time award recipient of the Responder of the Year Award for Spectrum Health.
Genevieve graduated from Kent State University in 2019. She is a triplet with an older sister as well and loves to travel. Her mom is from England so she has a lot of family in Europe and has been lucky enough to go almost every year. Genevieve has lived in Kent, Ohio her whole life but went to Akron for middle school where she was accepted into Miller South for the visual and performing arts school for visual art. She still enjoys to draw and did AP art in high school. In high school, Genevieve came back to Kent and found her love of tennis where she eventually became captain her senior year.
Beth grew up in Barberton, Ohio where she graduated valedictorian of her class at Barberton High School. After high school, Beth attended the University of Toledo where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. While at Toledo, she was a resident advisor, a member of Leadership UT and Mortar Board, and served as President of Circle K International, a collegiate service organization affiliated with the Kiwanis Club. As a member of Circle K, Beth contributed nearly one thousand hours of community service. After graduating from Toledo, Beth moved to Lake County where she began her professional career in engineering. While serving as an engineer at Avery Dennison, Beth completed her MBA degree at Lake Erie College and later worked in Avery Dennison’s product marketing department where she was able to utilize both her business and technical backgrounds. Unfulfilled working in corporate America, Beth turned her attention to healthcare, a career path she considered pursuing since high school. While still working full time and raising a family, Beth spent her evenings and weekends volunteering in the ER at TriPoint Hospital, shadowing at Lake West Hospital, and taking courses needed to fulfill the requirements of Physician Assistant school. Beth’s commitment to serving her community continues today as she volunteers for Girl Scouts, delivers meals for Meals on Wheels in Painesville, and serves as treasurer for the Painesville Lions Club.
Steven is a former United States Army Captain and Afghanistan War Veteran. He grew up in Euclid, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a Military Science Degree. He served in, and deployed with, the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also spent time in other units stationed in Fort Gordon and Fort Benning, Georgia, as well as Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Towards the end of his time in the military, Steven got his Emergency Medical Technician Certification in order to volunteer on the side. During this time, he developed a strong interest in medicine and decided to make a career change. In 2017, Steven ended his seven year military career and moved back to Northeast Ohio in order to begin his journey in becoming a Physician Assistant.