Anne Heiner

The second of four girls, I grew up in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande–a rio that is much less grande than the Willamette. I went to school in Utah, where I enjoyed flying across the country to run around in circles (on a track) while trying to figure out what to do with my life. Shortly before graduating with a degree in biophysics (I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that is), I learned about the Physician Assistant profession through a conversation with a friend, and I immediately knew it would be a great fit for me. I wanted to learn the knowledge and skills that would enable me to give back to others by facilitating their good health, and I liked the PA’s role as part of the healthcare team helping to do so at a more affordable cost.

After college I worked for two years as a medical assistant at a fertility clinic. I also spent 17 months living in Hamburg, Germany as a volunteer with my church. A month before moving to Portland for school I completed my first Ironman triathlon. I’d love to do another, but that will have to wait a couple years, since I’ve now switched out the long hours of swimming and cycling for as many long hours of studying. I love being at OHSU, and if I could synthesize amazing information ant retain it as quickly as it comes at me here I would be very, very smart already. Whenever my brain is on overload and I can’t remember the difference between a coma and a punctuation mark, or between a fibula and a small lie, I usually figure it’s time for a little break, and you can find me running the single-track trails on Marquam Hill.

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  1. wow it’s amazing to hear your story and it’s so inspirational. I am a medical assistant too and has been worked in this prefesion for over 5 years. i am looking into this PA program. I wonder like me has a family with kids to take care can manage this program. any sugestions would be apreciated. thanks!

  2. Any Relationship to Allison Heiner? I am from Las Cruces, NM and went to LCHS with her… I am looking into the P.A. program and your blog was the first I read : )

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