Why did you join AAOS?
Joining the AAOS was a priority to me. It allows me to have access to a wide array of educational opportunities and a chance to learn about advances in orthopaedics, and subspecialities different than my own. It also allows PA’s to be represented in orthopaedics giving PA’s a chance to have a voice in the organization.
How do you define success?
Success is challenging yourself daily to help your patients and your provider team; challenging yourself to be better to learn, mentor and make a difference in the lives of those around you and your community.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Aside from the providers and staff I work with (Dr’s. Saltzman, Petron, Brodke, Greis, Nickisch, Higgins and Hutchinson), it’s the patients who come from all walks of life who, despite sometimes facing enormous odds and losses continue to work on getting better and staying active.
What do you love most about AAOS?
The educational resources and the ever-changing advances in the field. I really appreciate how the AAOS offers so many chances to learn and improve on my knowledge base.
What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?
Do not hesitate to get into the resources available. From the annual meeting, to the online and in-person courses, use the AAOS as your resource to improve and learn.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I’m active with Team Rubicon USA, a veteran based disaster relief organization, I’ve deployed all over as a PA, but also as a liaison to the government of The Bahamas.