Heather McDaniel was born and raised in Southern California and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Exercise and Health Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating with honors. During undergrad, Heather developed an interest in the medical field while working at a local medical office and fostered a foundation in athletics with courses in kinesiology and exercise physiology. She then completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. While attending graduate school, Heather actively participated in community outreach events focused on preventative care and health education. Since graduation, she has gained experience working in both general orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.
As a certified physician assistant at SCOI, Heather works directly with Dr. Paul Simic, specializing in hand and upper extremity injuries. She provides surgical assistance, performs physical exams, orders and interprets diagnostic studies, makes diagnoses, formulates treatment plans, performs injections, and provides patient education.
Heather remains involved in the medical community as a fellow member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
In her free time, Heather enjoys hiking, volleyball, and yoga, as well as spending time with family and friends. She is a certified scuba diver and loves to travel.