Kayla Rankin is delighted to be a member of the first Physician Assistant program of the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Kearney.
In doing her rural medicine rotation at the Boone County Health Center, she became the fourth member of her family to practice medicine at the health center.
Her mother, Allison Rankin, is a physical therapist at the health center. Her aunt Holly is in the x-ray department at the health center and her grandmother, Lea Rankin, was a night nurse at the health center for many years.
While in Spalding High School, Kayla shadowed Sandy Henry, PA-C, and Erin McKown, PA-C, at the BCHC Spalding Clinic. “When I wasn’t quite sure of what medical field I wanted to go into, they really kind of opened the doors and opened my eyes into what a physician assistant does,” Kayla said.
“Then, I took a class at Wesleyan and it kind of talked about all the allied health fields, and physician assistant was the one that stuck out to me the most,” she continued.
See complete feature by Twylla Crosby in the Sept. 13 Albion News Print and E-Editions.