Graduate Degree: Masters, Physician Assistant Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
BA, Art, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Granite Peaks Gastroenterology is pleased to welcome May Marschner, PA-C to our team!
What do shrimp and grits, marathons, and jazz music all have in common? To find out, ask Granite Peaks’ new Physician Assistant (PA), May Marschner. She will happily explain how these clues are connected to her life. Extroverted and excited about people, May’s top priority is making patients feel better through top-notch medical care. Turned on to this passion when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, she pursued the credentials necessary to continue making a difference.
Why choose the medical field?
Well, believe it or not, I was first an artist and working in North Carolina at a not-very-artistic job, right after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. I was born and raised in New Orleans, so I headed back to see if I could do something to help out back home. I volunteered in a community health center that was scrambling to care for uninsured patients since the main hospital had been destroyed. It was not your standard clinic, everyone just pitched in any way they could, so I got opportunities to connect with patients and medical staff that may not have happened in a non-crisis situation. I ended up working as a medical assistant there. My experiences there and the patients I met cemented my desire to pursue a career in medicine.
What’s one of your memories from this time period?
We had many patients with diabetes so I decided to take a preventative medicine approach and try to help them exercise by making it more fun. I secured some small grants that provided walking shoes, water bottles, and other items and started getting these patients walking on a routine basis. We did a 5K at the end of the program and one woman didn’t need her diabetes medication anymore and last I heard, she is still walking for exercise.
What part of you still hints of New Orleans?
I love shrimp and grits, I’m a big New Orleans Saints fan, and enjoy jazz music–so far, I’ve only been able to find the latter here (although I’m slowly converting Dr. Heiner and Dr. Schmidt into Saints fans). We love it here though; initially my schooling and my husband’s job brought us out here- he is the diving coach at the University of Utah– the snow, the mountains, the national parks, and the size of Salt Lake City.
What else do you enjoy?
I’m an athlete and I love running. I ran track and cross country in college and have since done six marathons. I’m currently trying to stay in shape and hope to run Grandma’s Marathon in Minnesota next spring. My goal is to break 3 hours before I die.
What are you looking forward to at Granite Peaks?
Learning- from the doctors and the patients. One of the reasons I chose to specialize in Gastroenterology is because there are a lot of treatments available to improve a patient’s health and quality of life. There is a lot of hope in this area of medicine. I also was inspired to work in this speciality by my grandfather; he was a gastroenterologist in New Orleans and did a lot of early research on a condition called hemachromatosis. The reason why I wanted to be a PA is to help people- I like the medicine part but I really enjoy the people part. I would like to thank Granite Peaks for hiring me on and giving me this great opportunity!
May is accepting new patients and appointments are usually available within 24 hours! Click here to request an appointment.
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