MMC Faces Behind
PA, Cardiology - "Relieve Stress by Doing What You Love"
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Following college, a good share of today’s millennials gravitate
toward the hustle and bustle of a big city in hopes of experiencing the
cultural diversity offered by many urban areas. Karen may be the exception
— at least for now.
Growing up in Cochranton, Pennsylvania, she wanted to live in a tight-knit
community where everyone knows each other and has everyone’s best
interest at heart.
“My Dad is a radiation therapist, so I was brought up being familiar
with the medical field,” Karen said. “I wanted to pursue a
career that interested me and was rewarding.” Karen decided to attend
Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and enrolled in their physician
assistant program. “During college, I was fascinated with the cardiology
field and decided that was the direction I wanted to take.”
While waiting to take her board exams, Karen worked as a medical assistant
in Erie. “It was then that I realized I wanted to try and find employment
near my hometown,” Karen recalled. “I craved the friendliness
of a smaller town.”
Karen has worked for the past five years at Meadville Cardiology Consultants.
“I love being out in the community and running into a former patient
that has made great progress in their recovery. They are always so appreciative
and it warms my heart,” Karen said. “I am very fortunate that
I work alongside Dr. John Wilson. I have learned so much from him; he
is a great mentor.”
Karen also takes heart health seriously outside the office and has always
been physically active. In high school she participated in cross country,
basketball and softball, but her true passion is horseback riding. Her
mother grew up around horses and would take in any stray animal. “I
guess I come by it honestly,” Karen said.
“I took riding lessons and rode all through high school,” Karen
continued. “I enjoy competing in horse trials, splitting my time
between events at the Erie Hunt and Saddle Club and South Farm in Middlefield,
Ohio. During horse trials, I am judged on three disciplines of dressage,
cross-county and show jumping. Riding is such a huge stress reliever for
me. Working in cardiology, I realize how important it is to reduce stress
in your life and find activities that bring enjoyment.”
Though riding helps reduce her stress, it was a cause for concern last
year when Will, her horse, experienced health problems. “Will was
diagnosed with EPM, a neurological muscle weakness, but luckily in time
the treatment worked,” Karen said. “Will is such a sweetheart,
very docile and laid back. He is now 19 and I plan on riding him as long
as I can.”
Karen is currently planning her biggest event thus far; she will be riding
off into the sunset when she marries her fiancé in August. We are
proud to introduce our January 2019 MMC Faces Behind
Your MMC, Karen Hovis, PA, Cardiology.