Alison is a 1st year PA student who loves UNTHSC so much that she came back for a second degree! She earned a BA in Psychology at Texas Tech, then went on to get a MS in Biomedical Sciences from UNTHSC. During this program, she quickly realized that she wanted to work with patients instead of in research. On the quest to gain clinical experience, she met her husband Bryan while working in the ER. To de-stress from school, she enjoys any kind of outdoor activities, except those involving water. She is very excited to encourage the incoming class on this journey!
Ashley graduated from Austin College in 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. During her time at Austin College, she volunteered in her community with Meals-On-Wheels, and also worked at the local hospital as a patient care technician. Prior to coming to UNTHSC, she spent her time teaching piano lessons and performing with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra playing the cello. Currently, she enjoys cooking, painting, going for walks with other PA students, and spending time with her husband, Kaleb, and their cat, Koko. Ashley looks forward to being a mentor in assisting students in their transition to PA school and during their journey thereafter.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin in 2019 (hook ‘em!). Prior to starting PA school at UNTHSC, she worked as a medical assistant at an ENT clinic in Austin. When she’s not watching lectures at Crude Coffee Bar (the best latte in FTW!), she enjoys cooking, jogging on the trinity trail, and catching up with friends. Catherine serves as Student Advocate for the Class of 2023 and is passionate about inclusion, student leadership, and the PA profession. She is excited for her new role as an Orientation Leader and the opportunity to welcome the PA Class of 2024!
Jana received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Certificate of Cultural Competency in Spanish from Texas A&M University in 2019. Prior to starting PA school at UNTHSC, Jana worked as a nursing assistant at the Texas A&M health clinic. She completed a Global Health study abroad in Barcelona, Spain and was inspired to pursue the dual degree PA/MPH. Jana loves to form new relationships and be involved with everything on campus. She looks forward to meeting incoming students and serving as a resource of information and friendship for them.
Jessie grew up in Austin, TX and is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. There she received a BS in Biomedical Sciences. Upon graduation, she spent a few years working in dermatology before starting PA school. Jessie has lived in Fort Worth for the past 2 years with her husband and 5 month old goldendoodle pup, Harvey. Outside of school she enjoys time with friends and family and is always down for a game of beach volleyball or a Chuy’s happy hour. Jessie loves Fort Worth and can’t wait to share this city with all of you!!
Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences from Texas Tech University in 2019. She is a Fort Worth native who boasts about learning to two-step at Billy Bob’s Texas and taking field trips to the Kimbell Art Museum or Casa Mañana while growing up. Kate chose UNTHSC to continue giving back to her community, and considers it a blessing to attend school in the place she calls home. In addition to being a Physician Assistant Student, Kate is the Class Activities Chair, a member of the Latino Medical Student Association, a member of the Physician Assistant Student Association, and the PA representative for the UNTHSC Sustainability Committee. She is super excited to welcome the Class of 2024!
Kiley received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with minors in Gerontology and Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to attending UNTHSC, Kiley worked as a CNA/Medication aide on a long-term care unit, CNA on a children's hematology/oncology unit, teaching assistant and eventually Head TA for her University's genetics, molecular, and cellular biology laboratory course. When she's not studying, Kiley likes to spend her time with her husband Ethan (who is also a UNTHSC PA student), 2 dogs, and bunny. Kiley is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is excited to use her experiences as an out-of-state student to help new students that are also from another state. Kiley is passionate about helping new students in any way she can and is looking forward to meeting the incoming PA class and assisting in their transition to PA school.
Pablo is originally from Moore, Oklahoma, and he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Oklahoma (boomer!). Prior to starting at UNTHSC last year, Pablo worked as a medical scribe at OU Children’s in OKC, where he developed a deep love for pediatrics. He is the current Honor Code Representative for the PA class of 2023, a position he is very passionate about. Before starting PA school in Fort Worth, Pablo had never lived in Texas, but he has come to love it here. When not busy studying or doing schoolwork, you can always catch him watching sports or planning road trips with his wife and dog. Pablo is excited to share all the wonderful opportunities UNTHSC has to offer to the upcoming PA class.
Rachel grew up in Dallas, TX and attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate in Applied Exercise Physiology. She is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2018, whoop! Rachel volunteered within the nuclear medicine cardiology field at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in College Station, TX where she experienced her first official role within patient care. After graduation, she spent two years working as a medical assistant/scribe for an orthopedic surgeon in Plano, Texas. On the side, Rachel loves weightlifting every morning at 4am and loves to train and motivate others in their physical fitness. She also loves traveling, spending time with her husband, Will, and their dog Winnie. Rachel is excited to be an orientation leader for the Class of 2024 and hopes to make the transition into their next chapter an exciting one!
Vanessa Piper received her Bachelor of Business Administration and minor in Biology from the University of Houston in 2017. She played college soccer (all 4 years) for the University of Houston Women’s soccer team and has competed throughout the US, as well as internationally. Prior to her arrival at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Vanessa worked as both an Emergency Room and ENT medical scribe. She is currently in year 1 of the PA program and holds several membership and leadership roles. She is a PASA officer as the Texas Academy of Physician Assistant Junior Representative. She is part of the UNTHSC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Faculty Taskforce, is an active member of PA Clinical Organization and Latino Medical Student Association. Vanessa is passionate about welcoming conversation and understanding the beauty of student engagement outside of academic life. She hopes to inspire all to be open-minded, to learn and appreciate different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life! Fun fact: she has dual US-Mexican citizenship and has previously trained in a U17 Mexican National Soccer Team Camp! She enjoys going to church with her husband, Logan, and being involved with church volunteerism.