Shade is a native Mississippian who moved to the Chattanooga area to play softball at Covenant College in 2014. While at Covenant, she majored in biomedical biology and met her now husband, Grant. She gained patient care experience by working at an assisted living facility in Chattanooga in the memory care unit before being accepted into the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center’s physician assistant program. Shade graduated in 2021 with her Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
During her clinical year, she found she had a passion for rheumatologic diseases and the patients affected by them. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.