Could you tell us a little bit about your educational background?
I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology with a Human Biology emphasis and a Chemistry minor. I later earned a Masters of Science in Zoology-Molecular Biology, also from BYU. My most successful and longest running genetic experiments are my four children who provide a perpetual education.
What first got you interested in the healthcare field as a career choice? There are a lot of career options in the field -nursing, physician assistant, etc., what made you decide that genetic counseling was the right practice area/career choice for you?
I have always been amazed by the human body and how it works. My original career choice growing up was physical therapy. However, a series of decisions and experiences helped me learn who I really am and what components I need in a practice to feel fulfilled. I see my life so far, as focused segments of time, genetic counseling meets all my criteria and brings each segment of my life together.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education and in particular in pursuing your Genetic Counseling degree?
I chose to be a stay at home parent for several years. When planning my workforce reentry, the decision not to settle for a career that was easier or more practical was my biggest obstacle. While I know I could have enjoyed other careers, it is very rewarding to be on the path to making a long time dream become reality.
Once you decided to pursue a Genetic Counseling degree, how did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
Initially I was drawn to the innovative learning, industry partnerships, and varied rotation sites KGI offers; I felt that KGI would prepare me for the current genetic counseling climate and the future. My interviews cemented these observations and feelings about KGI. It was obvious how hardworking and dedicated to developing a successful MSGC program each interviewer and the KGI leadership were. These, and other small interactions with current students and staff helped me feel comfortable and at home with KGI.
What are you most looking forward to about beginning your Genetic Counseling studies at KGI?
The people and the learning! I am looking forward to being a student again and getting to know everyone at KGI. My husband is impressed by how kind and supportive genetic counseling is as a field and I am eager to start this new adventure.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
Water is my favorite! It’s my beverage of choice, I love to swim in it, kayak, boat, and fish with my dad. Anything that takes me outside and near water makes me happy.