Hayley Blackwell was born and raised by her parents, Donald and Peggy Smith, in Colorado City, Texas. After graduating from Ira High School in 1998, she attended Texas Tech and was a twirler in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland before being accepted into the Clinical Laboratory Science program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She graduated from this from this program with a Bachelor of Science in 2003 and then worked in the lab at UMC while applying to PA school. She attended the Texas Tech PA program and graduated with her Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. In April of 2023, she earned a Doctor program of Medical Science from Rocky Mountain College and had the privilege of joining TTUHSC as an adjunct faculty member to teach Emergency Medicine at the Texas Tech PA program this summer.

With over two decades of clinical medical experience as a PA and laboratory scientist, Hayley Blackwell has dedicated her career to providing health care to rural communities throughout the state of Texas from the Panhandle to West Texas to the Gulf Coastal Plains. As a rural health advocate, she has identified opportunities to improve access to high-quality health care for a diverse population that provides our nation’s food, fuel, and fiber. Her passion includes improving the health of rural Texans while educating the next generation of medical professionals.

Hayley and her husband Kevin have four children, Hayden, Nolan, Elliott, and Amelia Claire. They live south of Roscoe, and their children attend Highland ISD.