Alumni Tale: Tina (Godfrey) Hurley ’07

What did you study at UNH?

Exercise Science, Health and Human Services

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I did an externship in cardiac & pulmonary rehab then took a position working in a primary care doctor’s office who was a preceptor for PA school which I was contemplating applying to.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I was in my second year of practice as a hospitalist physician assistant at Elliot Hospital in Manchester NH, I was pursuing CrossFit competitively but had just been diagnosed with a rare vascular condition affecting my legs called Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I was in my 7th year of clinical practice and had transitioned from hospitalist work to vascular surgery with a specialty in wound care. I had my leg amputated 7/2016 after 10 failed vascular surgeries, and in the 10th year post-graduation from UNH I had my leg amputation revised twice.

What are you doing now?

I am an adaptive educator, public speaker, peer mentor/ advocate, a sponsored adaptive athlete and the founder/ executive director of a non-profit aiding people with disabilities called Less Leg More Heart. I also do business development/ sales for a prosthetic company and per diem work as a physician assistant.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I was able to go to school close to home, and thus, kept a close network of community members that have been integral in my personal and professional successes. The work ethic, diligent studies, and diversified class content prepared me for the real world challenges that are faced when making the jump from student to gainful employment.

Why do you believe in UNH?

As a graduate of the institution, I have an inherent advantage over other qualified candidates because of local networking opportunities, engrained work ethic, and diversified studies leading to a well-rounded knowledge base.