“One of the reasons I enjoy the field of medicine is having the opportunity to have a positive impact on a patient’s life, whether through providing treatment or just being there for them when they need someone to talk with. Building an open relationship of trust and caring with each patient is as important toward the healing of that patient’s condition as any physical treatment we can provide.” Jessica graduated in 2016 from South College Physician Assistant Program in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. In 2011, Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Giving back to the community both locally and globally is important to Jessica. While in undergraduate, she travelled to Honduras to assist in providing basic care for the medically underserved. Back home in the South, she enjoyed being a volunteer for Girls on the Run, an organization dedicated to building confidence in young girls so they can shape and contribute positively to their communities and the world. As a PA, she is now looking forward to being able to continue to give back. In addition to volunteering, some of Jessica’s other interests include hiking, photography, skiing, traveling, and cheering on the North Carolina Tarheels.