Hello, my name is Francesca Russo. I graduated from Ursuline College in May of 2019 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. At Ursuline, I was the chemistry lab assistant for three years and anatomy and physiology tutor for freshman nursing students. While there, I also obtained my phlebotomy and STNA certification. I have previously worked as a dental hygienist and a fundraiser, but it was my time volunteering for a medical brigade in Korah, Ethiopia that inspired me to pursue my PA degree. I am a proud mother of four sons, have two rescue dogs, a rescue cat, and a tropical fish aquarium. I enjoy the outdoors, going to concerts, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing, and traveling. I am an avid cook, a certified SCUBA diver, and a first-degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. When time permits, I enjoy entertaining and spending quality time with my family, friends, and my partner Jeff.
Where would you say you are from? Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree? Ursuline College
What degree(s) have you completed thus far? Bachelor's degree, Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene
If you completed a master's or professional degree, which degree did you complete, and from what university? Cuyahoga Community College
How did you hear about CWRU's PA program? From a friend.
Why did you choose the PA program? It's reputation, diversity, outreach, and location.
What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program? Applying the skills and knowledge I am learning to help others, particularly the underserved.
What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs? Find a school whose mission statement resonates within you and how you want to practice.