Heather Wayt '95
Job Title: Physician
Minor: Sports Medicine
Hometown: Wheeling, West Virginia
Employer: Wayt Health Care, PLLC
I manage and work as a family physician in a medical practice with my husband in Glen Dale, West Virginia. I also coach a middle school cross county team.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Why Mount Union
I was contacted by Coach Schilling, the women’s head track and cross country coach, during the spring of my senior year and he convinced me to visit the campus. I had already decided on another university, but I ended up switching to Mount Union.
Small Campus Atmosphere
I think the small campus atmosphere and approachability of the professors made my college experience different from those of my hometown friends. I liked knowing most of the students on campus.
Ms. Sally Hamlin was my favorite professor. After her anatomy class, I decided to change my major from education to biology and go into medicine.
Winning my national titles was a definite highlight of my time at Mount. I had so many great experiences with my teammates and coaches. I also made some of my best friends at Mount Union and I love getting together with them and reminiscing about our experiences at Mount. Sorority, Greek Week, fraternity parties, and just hanging out with my roommates were other highlights.
After graduation, I attended the University of Akron and received my Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. During this time I worked as an assistant coach with Mount Union’s track team under Coach Homon. I started my first professional job after medical school at my current office.
I was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and the cross country and track teams.
I thought I was well prepared for medical school. The small class size challenged me more and forced me to be prepared for every class. Some of my classes only had four or five students. I was able to work on weak areas and ask questions freely.
I was involved in a varsity sport from August to May every year. It required a tremendous amount of organization and discipline to keep up with everything. I had been weak in that area and after my four years at Mount I became proficient at multi-tasking. This has proved invaluable with trying to balance work, kids and coaching today.
I met my best friends at Mount Union. We were in each others’ weddings and try to get together at least once a year to catch up.
I’d like to complete an Ironman.
I was able to figure out my career path by starting out with the general requirements at Mount. Once I figured out I enjoyed anatomy, my professors helped me decide to attend medical school. Without this guidance, I may have taken a very different path in life.
Best Part of Job
I am lucky to be able to work with my husband and I have the freedom to work my schedule around my kids’ activities.
I met my best friends at Mount Union. We were in each other’s’ weddings and try to get together at least once a year to catch up.
- What is number one on your bucket list?
- To visit Ireland with my family.
- What is your favorite movie?
- The Lion King.
- What is your favorite restaurant?
- What is your usual bedtime?
- What was the occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?