Serve - that’s the mission

Amber Messer
Medical Assisting Technology

As a police officer and Army veteran, Amber Messer lived life on the frontlines at home and abroad in Iraq. She thought about deploying new ways to serve people throughout her career, but those thoughts didn’t materialize until much later.

“I knew I didn't want to continue my career as a police officer because I had been military police for seven years,” said Amber.

After exiting the military in 2013, she became a mother of two and worked as a caregiver to provide for her family. That experience helped her realize she wanted to pursue a healthcare career. So she enrolled in Drake State’s Medical Assisting Technology (MAT) program.  

“I felt the care from each department,” said Amber. “Whatever I needed, they were there. Someone at Drake State was always available to help.”

During her time at Drake State, Amber balanced single-motherhood and her studies as a full-time student to complete her mission. She graduated with a MAT degree and certificates in phlebotomy and medical office administration in 2021.

Now Amber’s back on the frontline, geared up in scrubs, and serving patients at Magnolia Primary Care in Huntsville.

“It's just been an amazing journey,” said Amber.