Denise Rizzolo
Denise Rizzolo, PA-C

Meet Denise Rizzolo

Office Location: Springfield


Q&A with Denise Rizzolo

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

A: I received a Bachelors in Science and my Masters in Science – Physician Assistant Studies from Rutgers University. I finished my PhD at Seton Hall University- in Health Science with a specialization in Leadership Theory. I have a certificate in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas Permian Basin and I’m ADOS 2 trained.

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

A: After shadowing a PA my senior year in college, I knew becoming a PA was the best fit for me.

Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?

A: Primary care not only allows me to treat the patients we serve, but my patients become almost like my second family. I have treated parents, their children and now even their grandchildren. Family practice allows you to develop long lasting relationships with the patients you treat.

Q: What unique skills do you possess?

A: I am certified and comfortable treating adults and children with developmental disabilities.

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

A: Patient care is the best part of the day.

Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A: I am thesis advisors for many students across the country. I am proud that I am able to mentor students that are interested in medicine or are completing their PhDs.

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

A: Of course the paperwork of medicine is always a challenge. EMR has truly streamlined this process.

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

A: Working with children that have autism spectrum disorder.

Q: What makes working at Care Station special?

A: Care Station is like my extended family. I have been with the group for 17 years and I hope to stay with them 17 more.

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

A: Care Station puts their patients first. The focus is treating the patient as a whole. We hear their concerns and help them find solutions.

Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.

A: I have two wonderful boys and a loving husband. I’m an Associate Professor at Kean University and an Assessment Specialist for the Physician Assistant Education Association. I love research and I publish journal articles frequently.

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

A: Spending time with my kids, working out and going to the beach.