Emily Clayton is a certified physician assistant at Immediate Care and on WMC's Clinical Decision Unit.
She grew up on a small island called Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands where her father managed airfields. Her family moved to Mississippi when she started high school.
Inspired by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Clayton signed up for the Army and left for basic training right after her high school graduation. She served as a medic and completed two tours in Iraq.
On her first tour, she served as a medic in an infantry platoon, escorting supply convoys to different bases. Most of the injuries she treated were IED blast injuries. On her second tour, she was attached to Air Force security. Her missions ranged from humanitarian to searching vineyards and other terrain for weapons caches.
After discharge, she completed the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington. She got to know Casper and Wyoming Medical Center during her rotations.
“Being an Army medic gave me my first taste of medicine,” she said. “I wanted to learn more and to be able to do more for my patients.”