Troy Black Pace

Primary Care Physician Assistant at The Villages Healthcare in The Villages, FL

Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology and Minor in Psychology

Please describe your position and what you enjoy most about it.

The Villages is one of the largest 55+ communities in the US. In my position, I see, diagnose, and treat patients to keep the residents of The Villages healthy and active. I love engaging my patients in their own healthcare. It is so rewarding watching people take their own steps to stay healthy and it’s an honor to help them out when they are sick.

What aspects of your HLGU experience helped you prepare for your career?

I didn’t realize how great of an education I received at HLGU until I engaged in one of the top ranked PA programs in the country and continually out-performed students from larger universities. HLGU also went above and beyond to shape me into the man I am today who is able to love and care for my patients. My Christian faith, which was solidified at HLGU, shapes every aspect of how I practice medicine.

What have you enjoyed most about your career?

I love caring for patients, keeping them healthy and teaching them how to take charge of their own health.

How did HLGU shape you as a person?

HLGU was a two-for-one education. Not only did I grow in my knowledge of science and the human body, but I also grew in my faith and my knowledge of God and his direction for my life. HLGU has taught me to love others, show mercy, be generous and shine a light to those around me.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Through faith, and a very understanding wife, I was able to move to Florida and start PA school in a week’s notice. From there, I was able to graduate from the prestigious program in the top 10% of the class. Through it all, we were also able to stay active in our church by helping with small groups and leading worship.

Do you have any tips to share with students interested in this field?

I can say with absolute certainty that the education you receive at HLGU is equal if not above that of larger universities. Stay engaged in your education; smaller universities are able to individualize your learning if you’re willing to ask. Stay attentive, devote yourself to your education and believe in yourself. The healthcare field can be a rewarding future for those with a heart to serve.

What are some of your favorite HLGU memories?

Most of my favorite memories at HLGU come from activities out in the community. Hannibal is an amazing city with a lot of amazing people. I encourage all student to engage in their community and get to know the city of Hannibal.

What on-campus activities were you involved in at HLGU?

Track and Field, Cross Country, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

HLGU’s motto is “knowledge for service.” What roles have these values played in your life?

Being in the healthcare field, this motto goes even farther for me. Through all my years of schooling, I have been building up a knowledge that is specifically meant to serve my community. HLGU not only gave me the education I needed to help my career and further education but it also gave me the tools to love people, care for them and serve them on a more personal level.