“Forging your future with creativity … and Brené Brown … and comfortable shoes”
Have you ever had a brilliant idea or a dream? Have you ever had a vision so clear in your head of what your future holds, but you feel like you’re the only one who sees it? Have you ever been told that your dream is dumb or that your vision is stupid? I have had those ideas. I am currently pursuing those dreams. And I am avidly nurturing those visions to the point where most would call me crazy.
From writing and producing an educational musical about type 1 diabetes to working for big pharma to completing my master’s degree in physician assistant studies, forging my future and finding my place in this world has proved to be more arduous and cumbersome than I initially imagined.
If you keep your objective clear, lean into the discomfort of the unknown, and continue the steady walk toward your dreams, you’ll find your future more beautiful than you ever imagined..
ANDY ROGERS holds a master of medical science (MMSc) degree in physician assistant studies from Mercer University’s College of Health Professions in Atlanta, Ga., and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with a minor in theatre from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. The creator of “Andy and the Beats,” a musical about type 1 diabetes as well as a children’s book, Rogers has worked artistically in theaters spanning East Tennessee (Encore Theatricals, Clarence Brown Theatre, and Oak Ridge Playhouse) and Los Angeles, Calif., (Musical Theatre West) with a special emphasis in musicals. He has extensive experience within the diabetes niche working for companies like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a school coordinator and Novo Nordisk as a diabetes care specialist in Pasadena, Calif.
Rogers currently works as a board-certified physician assistant at Performance Medicine, a family-owned and operated integrative and preventive health clinic serving the East Tennessee area since 2007.
Rogers is an active member of the diabetes community, where he lectures on insulin therapies, guest speaks for type 1 and type 2 diabetes management on podcasts, and volunteers as a practitioner for Camp Kudzu, an overnight camp for kids with type 1 diabetes.