Flight Surgeon & Staff Family Physician, United States Army
“Because of its small size and supportive staff, Elmira allows students to take part in a multitude of activities like athletics, academics, clubs, and special events.”
Hailing from the small town of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, Natasha Pyzocha has always had her sights set on a career in medicine. Her childhood is filled with memories of adventuring outdoors and caring for the multitude of animals she and her family kept, as well as participating in sports such as soccer and basketball and thriving in a competitive environment. Natasha was always interested in the sciences and recalls hoping to be a paleontologist, veterinarian or doctor. With a wealth of support from friends, family, and mentors, Natasha graduated from her high school as valedictorian and decided to pursue a degree in Biology at Elmira after shadowing medical clinics and becoming inspired by the impact of a physician.
Though Natasha was never fond of the color purple before attending Elmira, she admits that she misses seeing the proud display of school colors nearly everywhere during her time as a student. What initially drew Natasha to Elmira was the availability of academic scholarships and the personalized attention offered by a small liberal arts school. She grew to further appreciate the small and individualized setting as she followed the guidance and leadership of her professors, specifically naming Drs. Bezotte, Egan, Gille, Kjar and Stephens. She also found a variety of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities as a member of Ski Club, Outdoor Adventure, College Republicans, Pre-Health Club, the Women’s Soccer team, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta and Phi Beta Kappa. Referencing Elmira’s volunteerism requirements, Natasha says that she still enjoys volunteering and has worked with Special Olympics, Girl Scouts and youth soccer teams.
Some of Natasha’s fondest memories of college include all of her experiences and adventures during Elmira’s unique third term. Over the course of four years, Natasha was able to experience shell collection and spelunking in the Bahamas as well as visiting wildlife centers and Alice Springs in Australia. She used Term III of her junior year to travel to La Esperanza, Honduras to volunteer at a small clinic in town, solidifying her goals of becoming a health care professional.
After graduating from Elmira College in 2008 with her Biology degree, Natasha was ready to take on the world, or at least 47 of the 50 United States. She began at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine where she was awarded the Health Professionals Scholarship through the United States Army. Her third and fourth years of medical school were spent completing her clinical rotation all over the country. After graduating from medical school, Natasha moved on to Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington where she completed her Family Medicine Residency in three years, became board certified in Family Medicine, and was awarded the Colonel Robert Skelton Award, given annually to the most outstanding resident. Natasha then attended Flight Surgery School at Fort Rucker in Alabama, and is now a Flight Surgeon and Family Physician stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado. In her free time, Natasha is a guest lecturer, has published multiple articles and book chapters, and delivers poster presentations locally and nationally. She is soon to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and is a proud parent to her two adopted dogs, Mixie and Maximus.
Reflecting on her Elmira College experience, Natasha encourages current and prospective students to take advantage of all the opportunities offered at Elmira and to become involved in the clubs, teams and organizations available to students. Her social and academic life at Elmira College leaves her with an abundance of fond memories and close friendships that live on as her life and career develop.
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