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Donna Heathman, CMA
Education Director/Instructor

I’m a Medical Assistant with 25+ years of hospital and clinical experience. Over the years, I also served as a preceptor, which sparked a passion for teaching and mentoring students. I moved to Boise in 2013 and began my career as a Medical Assistant instructor. I have successfully educated over 600 students in the Treasure Valley.


I believe that a great educator is instrumental for a student’s learning experience.  I strive to make each class interesting and engaging by incorporating my own personal field experience and applying that in my lectures. My creative detail in explaining classroom didactic and “hands-on” practice makes it possible for everyone to learn and excel.

 I’m often asked what I like best about my job? That’s an easy answer, the students! I love getting to know my students, learn about their goals and provide them with the necessary tools to achieve their career goals.


I love living in Boise and all this valley has to offer. I have two incredible kids. My beautiful daughter is disabled and I can’t think of a better place to raise her. My amazing son served in the Army as a Military Policeman and is now an Ada County Deputy. Some of my passions are photography, traveling, horseback riding and spending time with friends/family.


Thank you for reading my bio, I hope I have the opportunity to meet you!


Tammy David
Administrative Director

I have lived in the Boise area since I was 15 years old, so basically a native.  I am the Administrative Director for Medical Career Academy and love my job! I am typically the first person to interact with students and potential students.


I have worked in healthcare education for the last 11 years and have loved helping students achieve their educational goals. I am also a certified instructor in BLS CPR and am passionate about teaching lifesaving skills to our students.


I am a mom of three adult children and a German Shepherd named Bailey. I love spending time with my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy reading, eating chips and salsa at my favorite Mexican restaurants and serving at my church.


Erin Thornbrugh, CPT
Phlebotomy Instructor

I’m a phlebotomist with 25+ years of experience working as a phlebotomist/ processing technician. I have taught clinical phlebotomy for 10 years and Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) phlebotomy for 5 years at a local community college.


I really enjoy teaching and have found this very rewarding to be able to share my knowledge gained from my field experience.  I strive to make the learning environment comfortable and fun, while still engaging and safe.  


My hobbies include trail riding on my horse with my husband and friends. I enjoy camping and anything outdoors.


I have recently moved to the pathology lab and have discovered a new passion in learning the incredible and fascinating world of tissue sampling.


Alisha Henderson, PTCB
Pharmacy Technician Instructor

Hi!! My name is Alisha Henderson. I was born and raised in Boise. I married my High School sweetheart and we have 4 children together-3 boys and a little girl. The kids keep me pretty busy but outside of work and being a mom, I enjoy traveling and eating at the same 5ish restaurants because I guess I know what I like, and sometimes trying new things is hard. :) A few fun facts about me are:
1) I am a twin! We are not identical and our personalities couldn’t be more opposite.
2) I used to work as a magician's assistant but decided to get out of the profession when I got cut by a sword while performing an on-stage act. I got stitches and everything…it was wild!


I started my pharmacy career back in 2005 at Shopko and I worked for 14 years as their Lead Technician. I also worked as a Pharmacy Technician Instructor for the West Ada School District. There I was a HOSA advisor and am proud to brag that my students placed 1st and 2nd place in the State of Idaho in pharmacy knowledge.


As an instructor, I believe in giving every student the best opportunity for success by vowing to be approachable, understanding, and friendly. I promise to challenge you and put you outside of your comfort zone because THAT is when you grow.  Being a pharmacy technician is a fantastic career or a stepping stone if you wish to pursue higher education.  Regardless, I’ll be here for you every step of the way.  


Ask me how you can make the leap to become a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician with the help of Medical Career Academy.


Eric Husky,
Basic IV Instructor

Eric Husky is a highly skilled emergency medical services professional with over three decades
of experience dedicated to saving lives. For the past 15 years, he has served as a critical flight
paramedic at Life Flight Network, demonstrating exceptional competence and composure in
aeromedical rescue missions. Eric’s expertise extends from his 20-year tenure as a field
paramedic, where he honed his abilities in pre-hospital care, prioritizing patient well-being
above all else. As an esteemed instructor for the American Heart Association for 17 years, Eric
has empowered countless individuals with lifesaving skills and knowledge. His dynamic teaching
style and real-world insights have left a lasting impact on students, equipping them to respond
effectively to medical emergencies.
Outside of work, Eric finds solace in the great outdoors, indulging in activity like hunting and
fishing. With his beautiful wife, three children and two loyal Labradors, he cherishes the simple
joys in life.
Driven by a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others, Eric continues to inspire
and uplift those around him, leaving an indelible mark on the world of emergency medical
services and his students.

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