Isabel Kessler worked in maintenance at a casino in Mississippi when she attended a free First Responder class hosted by Acadian Ambulance. During the course, Isabel realized that she had a desire to learn more about the medical field, and loved caring for the wellbeing of others.

That same year, Isabel decided to become an EMT and pursue a career with Acadian. She didn’t want to stop there, though. Eventually, Isabel attended paramedic school and expanded her ability to care for her community.

Isabel discovered as a paramedic that she loved to learn—and decided to continue working part time while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Isabel Kessler looks back at her time with Acadian and where she is now.

Today, Isabel is a physician’s assistant. Through PA school, Isabel realized just how much her time as a paramedic prepared her for the next step in her education. As a paramedic, Isabel learned how to truly connect with patients and get right into the root of the patient’s issue. As a PA student, Isabel was able to teach her peers through example, sharing what she learned as an Acadian employee. 

“I credit a lot of my education to Acadian—I went from working maintenance to being a PA,” Isabel said.

Isabel also was able to walk away with her ESOP contributions and has been grateful for the opportunity to have that retirement money already set away. 

Isabel’s Acadian story all started with a First Responder class 10 years ago, and continues today as she touches the lives of her patients in Mississippi. 

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