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We are spotlighting PA Reynolds today. She has been part of our faculty in the UNTHSC PA program since 2013.
Hometown: Arlington, Texas — I was born in Austin, but raised in Arlington, Texas. With the exception of a few years in Breckenridge, Texas, most of my adult life has been in Arlington.
Current Role: I currently serve as the Director of Academic Education in the PA Program. I teach and serve as Course Director for the Introduction to Pharmacology and Gastroenterology courses, as well as teach/facilitate in many other courses.
What led you to your career path?
While I always have had the desire to pursue medicine, my original career was as a petroleum geologist. After graduating from UT Arlington, I did both office and field work in the petroleum industry for 17 years. Even while working as a geologist, I was fascinated with medicine and continued my interest in science/medicine by taking various science courses and the prerequisite courses for PA school in my “spare time.” Following my years as a geologist, I taught Physics/Chemistry/Biology at the secondary high school level until I reached my goal of becoming a PA, graduating from the UT Southwestern PA Program in 2006. As a practicing Physician Assistant, I worked in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine clinics, having the added privilege to precept future PAs, NPs, and Physicians. When the opportunity arose that let me combine my teaching with medicine here at the HSC, it was the perfect fit for me.
What do you love most about your work?
I love teaching and working with students to help them achieve their dreams of becoming PAs! It is exciting to be able to contribute to their education. I feel very fortunate to be in a career that lets me combine my love of teaching with my love of medicine.
What advice do you have for PA Students?
Always believe in yourself and remember the reason that you wanted to become a PA. Continue to learn every day, to treat people with compassion, and to be the best that you can be!
Our class of 2022 students recently came to the UNT Health Science Center campus to practice some clinical skills in a very controlled environment and wearing layers of PPE. They practiced lumbar punctures and venipuncture on simulators, among other skills.
This page was last modified on January 4, 2021