Meghan’s growing up years were spent in Ohio where she received her
Master of Science degree with a major in Physician Assistant Studies in
2011. Prior to that she served a tour of duty with the US Marine Corp.
She trained in South Carolina which was the only place where female recruits
could go. Ratio of females to males in Marine Corps is 90 to 1. After
that she trained for her job (fixing helicopters in avionics) in Florida.
She spent her five year tour of duty in San Diego, CA. “Challenging
opportunities usually make me work very hard to succeed,” she said.
“I was the first female in charge over my shop in the history of
my squadron. We formed lasting relationships and I am still in contact
with a lot of the friends I made during that time.”
After becoming a certified physician assistant, Meghan spent the next six
years working in emergency medicine. She made a decision to switch from
that line of work to a regular family practice setting when she returned
from maternity leave last year. “I had worked in emergency rooms
for six years,” she said. “I found I didn’t feel the
same enthusiasm for it than I had previously felt. The ER is such a hectic,
fast paced environment. You have such a short period of time to build
a relationship with a patient. You usually don’t know what happens
to them once they leave the ER. It just gets to a person after you’ve
done it for a long period of time.” She also worked the night shift
which is sometimes understaffed. “That was hard; however, there
was a closeness among staff when we worked together for a common cause.
I learned a lot those years and enjoyed having had the opportunity to
serve patients in that setting.”
Now she’s excited to be doing a new thing at CBHA! “I see a
tight knit group of people in this community and I am excited to be a
part of it. I look forward to treating patients with a wide variety of
medical needs and developing relationships with families,” Meghan
said. “CBHA is a community health center and I like their commitment
to always be on the lookout for new ways to improve quality of care to
benefit the patients.”
Meghan and her family are already enjoying Eastern Washington and its beautiful
scrub steppe landscape. “We went for a hike in the wildlife refuge
on Eastern Sunday,” she said. “It was 59 degrees and beautiful
out there!” Meghan also likes to snow board, walk & run (she’s
done marathons) swim, cook and travel. She has fond memories of a trip
with her 14 year old daughter where they googled “The cheapest plane
ticket in the US” and found themselves having a great vacation to
South and North Dakota. Meghan and her husband also have a one year old son.