Hello, I’m Abby Piccolo (she/her). I am from Hillsdale, Wyoming and grew up fishing, camping and hiking in the beautiful Wyoming wilderness. For college, I moved across the country to Atlanta, GA, where I studied Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. At Emory, I had the opportunity to volunteer for a mental health crisis hotline, which allowed me to learn the value of listening to people’s stories. I also received training as a first responder during college, and after graduating I stayed in Atlanta to work as an EMT with Grady Hospital for a year. This is when I discovered my passion for primary care; I wanted to be able to educate and empower patients about their health to prevent these emergencies from happening in the first place.
Medical school took me to the University of Virginia, which is nestled next to the beautiful Shenandoah “mountains” (more like hills when you grew up near the Rocky Mountains!). I fell in love with family medicine because it allowed me to pursue all of my many interests, which include (but are not limited to) trauma-informed care, reproductive health, behavioral health, gender health, and refugee health. When looking at residency programs, I knew I wanted to train in full-spectrum family medicine in a place that I could easily explore the great outdoors in my free time. Alaska Family Medicine offered robust training in rural settings and a dedication to providing compassionate, comprehensive care for patients from all backgrounds.
I moved up here with my partner, Austin, along with our dog (Oaklie) and cat (Kelvin). Outside of medicine, I enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, and am looking forward to discovering all the new adventures Alaska has to offer. When I can’t get outside, I love playing board games and learning to cook new recipes.