I have had the pleasure of working as a physician assistant/advanced practice provider since 1996. I have five adult children who have graduated from college, three of them from Penn State. Having spent 20 years as a "college mom" gives me the background and expertise to understand and empathize with the college population. Over the past few years, I have embraced the concept of lifestyle medicine which I enjoy passing on to my patients in the hope that they will adopt a healthy lifestyle now that will impact them in the years to come. I live in the Altoona area with my husband and three Korean rescue dogs—Bear, Bella, and Teddy—whose names may (or may not) pop up in my conversations.