A doctor in my hometown of Tazewell, Virginia, Dr. Edward Plagata, inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. Now I get to spend every day helping people in the same way he did. I believe great healthcare and accurate diagnoses depend on the attentiveness of the physician and mutual respect. I treat my patients the way that I want to be treated and enjoy being able to apply my skills to better people's lives.
I have always had an interest in the art and science of medicine. I studied many specialized areas as a student including internal medicine, gastroenterology, surgery, OB/GYN and family medicine. In 2000, I was awarded the West Virginia Rural Health Project of the Year, as well as the West Virginia Health Sciences Scholarship and Award. I graduated that year from Alderson-Broaddus College - the second oldest Physician Assistant program in the nation to Duke - with Cum Laude. I then received my board certification from the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants with a focus in family medicine. Since then, I have worked in family medicine in Virginia and West Virginia.
I was born in Bluefield, West Virginia but raised in Tazewell County, Virginia, and enjoy living here and getting outdoors. My hobbies include farming and working with livestock, working on trucks and fishing. I have been married for 19 years, and we have a 10-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. I am involved with my son's Cub Scout Troop and a member of the Moose Club.