Amy Gardner | Physician Assistant

Amy was born and raised in central Virginia. Immediately out of high school, she attended Virginia Tech where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.   Soon after graduation, she was inspired to begin a career Medicine and started work as a Nursing Assistant at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA. She spent some time living on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona, where she attended Northern Arizona University for 2 semesters, volunteered in the ICU, and shadowed physicians at the Indian Health Service hospital on the Navajo Reservation.  She worked as a technician in a Level 1 Trauma Center Emergency Department at the University of Virginia Medical Center.  While working full time and volunteering with Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, she attended community college and obtained her certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic.  She held this certificate for several years, working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in a 911 system and working as a Flight Paramedic, transporting critically ill and injured patients via helicopter.  She served as Outreach Coordinator while working as a flight paramedic and was awarded, by her peers, Flight Paramedic of the Year.  She obtained a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.   After relocating to the Reno, NV area in early 2016, she began working for Sasse Surgical Associates.  She assists in surgery, cares for clinic and hospital patients, works with Dr. Sasse on research projects, and is passionate about providing compassionate and competent care to all patients. She enjoys time with her family, husband, 2 kids, 2 large dogs and also enjoys many hobbies to include reading, mountain biking, riding her Harley, jet-skiing, boating, camping, ATVing, and flying in the family airplane.