Bonnie Alexander, PA-C, RDN, originally from California, is on our Diabetes Care Team. She began her career as a registered dietitian before finding her love for patient care as a physician assistant. Outside of work Bonnie enjoys doing hot yoga, reading, and traveling. Grain bowls are one of her favorite foods!
What is your role in the Department and what patients do you serve?
I am one of the endocrine APPs on the Diabetes Care Team. We focus on helping manage diabetes and hyperglycemia inpatient, specifically with surgical patients.
Where are you from?
I am from Beaufort, South Carolina.
Did you always envision yourself as an APP?
I didn’t always plan on being a PA. I started my career as a registered dietitian and found that I wanted to be more involved in patient care, which lead me to PA school. I am so happy with that decision and my RD experience often comes in handy when working with diabetes.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
I love getting to work with a diverse patient population. I find it extremely rewarding when I can connect with my patients and their families and help support them during a challenging time.
How has your role evolved over time since you’ve been here?
My role has expanded some since I started three and a half years ago. We have added a number of new surgical services to our automatic consult service. I have also taken on more leadership roles and started working in some inpatient clinical trials.
Personally or professionally, what are you most proud of?
Professionally, I am so proud to be part of a strong group of APPs that I truly enjoy working with every day.
If you didn’t have a career in medicine, what would you be doing?
If I didn’t work in medicine I would love to work with animals in some way.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
I love doing hot yoga, reading, and traveling.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is a hard one! I love grain bowls with a variety of toppings.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
Over the next year I would like to continue to grow my leadership skills. I enjoy working with learners and I would like to do this more as well.
What’s the last song you listened to?
The last song I listened to was Eyes Closed by Ed Sheeran. I am going to his concert in a few weeks and can’t wait!