Sisters Graduate, Pursue Separate Health Professions

Katie TenHoeve and Kimberly Hoag not only share the same physical features, they also share a common desire to heal others.

Kimberly Hoag, left, congratulates her sister, Katie TenHoeve, after Honors Chapel at PBA. Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) is a private, accredited, Christ-centered college located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Kimberly Hoag, left, congratulates her sister, Katie TenHoeve, after Honors Chapel at PBA.

The two sisters both graduated last week from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Hoag earned a degree from the Gregory School of Pharmacy, and TenHoeve, who is two years  younger, graduated from PBA’s School of Nursing.

TenHoeve was chosen as her school’s outstanding graduate. She said she decided to come to PBA while visiting the campus with her big sister during Welcome Week.

When she found out PBA had a nursing school, she made up her mind to apply, she said. “We do everything together anyway.”

The sisters grew up in California and Southwest Florida, and they are both graduates of Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto near Bradenton.

Hoag said that as a high school student she enjoyed having a chance to participate in activities like dance and theater, but “I’ve always liked science,” she said.

She found out about PBA through a career fair. “I felt it was placed on my heart,” said Hoag, who hopes to practice community pharmacy.

“I love the pharmacy school here,” Hoag said. “I’ve gotten a good education from the clinical side of it, but the professors emphasize the spiritual side too.”

Hoag completed the pre-pharmacy program at PBA before being accepted into the pharmacy school. She has been involved in such pharmacy-related organizations as Phi Delta Chi and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Off campus, she has been active in the Awana program at Grace Fellowship Church.

During her pharmacy school years, she participated in medical mission trips to Zambia and Costa Rica.

Like her sister, TenHoeve also participated in medical mission trips her school, traveling to China and Guatemala.

She also praised her professors for providing a well-rounded educational experience. “The teachers are amazing. They’re always encouraging us to integrate our faith into our practice. They’re also really good examples of that,” TenHoeve said.

TenHoeve served on the board of the Nursing Student Association, and she also was active as a Presidential Ambassador her junior year. She also was involved in the Awana program at Grace Fellowship and also taught in a special needs Sunday School class at the church.

She recently completed her preceptorship at Jupiter Medical Center’s Foshay Cancer Center. “I learned a lot. The nurses were good examples of caring for the patients,” she said.

Now that she has graduated, TenHoeve plans to move back to Bradenton to start her nursing career.

Hoag has been on rotation in a variety of pharmacy settings, including at Bethesda Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Publix and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “I’ve gotten to do a lot. I’m very grateful,” she said.

Hoag now plans to move to Jacksonville with her husband, Brian, who is presently in pharmacy school at PBA and will be completing his rotations there, she said.

Hoag and TenHoeve also have a younger sister who attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.