My name is Joe, and I’m a PA student in the 2016 class.  I was born and raised in Olympia, WA, where I did my undergraduate work at Saint Martin’s University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  I’ve been a Firefighter/EMT since 2010 and worked full time with both a local fire department and for a private ambulance company.  This is where I gained the bulk of my patient care experience, with the rest supplemented by my work as an ER Tech at Auburn Medical Center in Auburn, WA.  I moved to Portland with my fiancé, who is interested in pursuing her education in nursing.