Andrew Konopacki
Andrew Konopacki, PA-C

Meet Andrew Konopacki

Office Locations: West Orange

Q&A with Andrew Konopacki

Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.

A: My experience with medicine started young. In high school I became a certified EMT for my local volunteer rescue squad and then enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where I was trained as a corpsman (medic). I attended undergrad at Kean University in Union, NJ, and graduated with a B.A. in Biology. My Physician Assistant training was at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I graduated the PA program with a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies in July of 2016.

Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?

A: I chose to become a physician assistant because of my earlier medical experience. I desired to be able to do more than what is limited by the medical roles I have had in the past.

Q: Why did you choose to practice in the (primary care /urgent care / occupational health) specialty?

A: I chose to work in this setting because there is a plethora of variety in this field. There isn’t a single day where I feel limited to any one specific or monotonous task.

Q: What unique skills do you possess?

A: I am a very adaptable person, which makes it easier to move from patient to patient during those times where it may be busy and two visits are back to back.

Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?

A: During a typical day I allocate time to calling patients to discuss lab results while also managing scheduled primary care visits and walk in patient encounters. I like working through the history of an illness with a patient and developing a mutual plan of how to resolve the problem, no matter how complicated. I also conduct treadmill stress testing at the Springfield office one day per week.

Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A: I am proud of the time I spent in the United States Coast Guard and graduating the Physician Assistant program. I returned to school full time for prerequisite education while also working full time and remained competitive enough to get into the program of my choice.

Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?

A: One of the key challenges in this field is the obesity epidemic. Addressing and managing this disease is so much more difficult than curing the most common of symptoms. Primary care is the best practice to address this issue with our patients before seeking more advanced treatments like gastric surgery, etc.

Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?

A: I would no doubt be working in the medical field - at the very least as a paramedic.

Q: What makes working at Care Station special?

A: My co-workers and supervising physicians make working here special. I always have in-person access to a supervising physician and this is helpful for my ongoing development as a medical provider.

Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?

A: The on site radiology, lab-work and specialty testing make it easy to get the routine preventative screening tests completed in a system where we don’t need to “chase down” records. This plays out very differently at other primary care practices.

Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.

A: I am a New Jersey native and enjoy traveling when my schedule permits.

Q: How do you like to spend your free time?

A: I enjoy fishing and hope one day to get a private pilot’s license.