Anna Woollacott is a certified physician assistant.

She grew up in Pepperell, Mass., and became interested in medicine while in high school. She didn’t decide on a career as a physician assistant until her senior year in college. Physician assistants are state-licensed healthcare professionals who practice a wide range of medical services under the supervision of a doctor.

Woollacott was an athlete in high school and college, and she has a special interest in the musculoskeletal system. Surgical was her favorite rotation during her clinical training, so orthopedics felt like a good fit, she said.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental biology and public health from Simmons College in Boston, and her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Manchester, N.H.