In 2005, she gained clinical and surgical expertise by serving as chief orthopedic PA-C for the University of Washington’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, where she developed and managed the Arthroscopy, Research and Training Lab.
Suzanne earned her undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Colorado, completed her PA-C coursework at Red Rocks Community College and earned her master’s degree in medical science at St. Francis University. Suzanne continues to advance her knowledge by staying actively involved in clinical research, resident education and arthroscopy training. In her down time, Suzanne enjoys cycling, skiing, sailing, cooking, gardening, photography and living an active lifestyle with her husband.
As a physician assistant, Suzanne is most passionate about:
“The relationship between myself and an orthopedic surgeon is as important as the relationship between a soccer goalie and the team’s defensive players, or a cyclist and his bike. Our interdependency allows patients to receive superior care that is dependable, comprehensive, safe and efficient.”
"We deal with surgical injuries everyday, but we have to remember that each one is a new experience for the patient. Spending time with patients to walk them through their questions, concerns and goals is imperative for a successful recovery. Providing knowledge can empower patients to be more active participants in their health care.”
“Being at a place where there are accomplished physicians, astute residents, inquiring medical students and pioneering researchers is inspiring. They raise the bar in medicine and make UC San Diego Health System an invigorating environment.”