Where are you from originally and what brought you to Austin?
I am originally from Missouri, but my family and I moved to Texas for my last year of high school. I moved to Austin soon after I started working for ATCEMS.
What inspired you to become a medic/What attracted you to this career choice?
Like most of us, I became a medic so I could help people. I enjoy being able to help bring calm and control to an event that is often chaotic and frightening.
How long have you been with ATCEMS and what motivated you to work here?
I started with the department two years ago. I chose ATCEMS because overall, it is one of the best EMS agencies in the state and I love the city of Austin. Working here feels like the best place for me.
What is your favorite part about working here at ATCEMS?
I enjoy being able to help others and make a direct impact on the city that I live in.
If you had guests visiting Austin for the weekend, where is the first place you would take them?
I would take them downtown to wander through all the strange little vintage shops on South Congress, snag some pizza at Homeslice, and then head somewhere to catch live music.
What is your favorite coffee place in town?
My favorite place to get some coffee is Fair Bean Coffee on S. 1st street, hands down!
What do you do on your days off to relax and unwind?
I enjoy playing video games and going to see live music.
Who inspires you?
My friends inspire me. They are incredibly kind people who help keep me motivated and are my biggest supporters.
What is the next place you would like to visit? Why?
I would really like to take a trip to Oslo, Norway. There are several Norse history museums that I would like to visit.
Word of advice for an aspiring medic?
Keep going and keep learning. This job is hard, so do not be afraid to lean on your fellow medics to help keep you motivated when things get difficult. Medicine changes all the time. It is important for us to make sure we are keeping up with what is new so we can do everything in our power to give our patients the best possible outcome.