What is your name? : Haley Witt
What is your medical title/credentials? PA-S
Where is your area? Bay Area, California
Where is your school/program? Touro University California MSPAS/MPH
What made you choose your profession? I wanted to be a PA for a number of reasons. Helping people is at the core of who I am, it’s always been that way. The medical field isn’t for everyone. You have to be a special kind of selfless person to honestly dedicate your life to helping others. The road is challenging but the reward is indescribable. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field I just didn’t know which option was best for me. However, all the PAs I worked for had AMAZING life balance, seemed to facilitate awesome relationships with patients, and had the unique opportunity to switch between specialties throughout their career. I want to be very involved with my future family and this option provides the best of both worlds! I actually found out about the PA profession when I was doing rideshare with a girl from my college during my freshman year. The rest is history!
Is there a passion project you are currently working on? Currently, I spend a lot of my time mentoring pre-PA students on my page but I also am very passionate about getting people involved in service work! I recently got back from a medical mission that HELPS International delivering medical to impoverished communities in Guatemala. Whilst there we helped deliver care to almost 800 people in a short two-week period. I constantly am looking to educate people about these programs in order for them to get involved!
Who or what is your biggest inspiration? My inspiration has always been my family. My mother, my father, my sister, and my grandma have always supported me in whatever path I have chosen. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for them.
Fun fact 1: I grew up in agriculture and worked on 82,000 head feedlots, dairies, and actually bred for my school’s, Cal Poly SLO, dairy.
Fun fact 2: I modeled in Los Angeles during my gap year to help pay for PA school application costs!
Before we conclude this interview, is there any other piece of advice, motivational quote, or message you would like to share?: My advice is to set your goals and never let anyone tell you you can’t achieve them. I’ve had a lot of people tell me I couldn’t do things and for whatever reason, it always made me more motivated to prove them wrong! Never apologize for being driven.