Johanna Cecilio
Johanna Cecilio, PA-C

Meet Johanna Cecilio

Q&A with Johanna Cecilio

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

A: I went to Seton Hall University for undergrad and graduate school. Graduated 2014 with my Bachelor of Science and 2016 with my Masters in Physician Assistant. During PA school I had clinical rotations in numerous hospitals, a few family practices and urgent care centers and acute rehabilitation centers.

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

A: I have always been interested in medicine and helping people, so in high school I looked for careers that would allow such. I contemplated psychiatry, social work and physician assistant. After much thought I chose physician assistant because I love the versatility that being a physician assistant allows. I would be able to work in any specialty without having to commit to it forever. I know in the future if the option arises, I will be able to transition to a new specialty without having to go back to school.

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

A: I chose the field of primary care and urgent care because I like seeing patients for acute care visits and managing their chronic illnesses. A setting like Care Station allows me to develop a relationship with my long-term patients and gives me the opportunity to do hands on procedures.

Q: What unique skills do you possess?

A: A quality that I possess is being a compassionate listener. I remember personal details about my patients so that next time I see them; I remember to ask about those specific things they confided to me. It helps me to grow my relationship with patients.

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

A: A typical day consists of seeing patients for annual physicals, injuries, sickness and medical clearance. My priority during the day is making sure the patient leaves the office with their questions answered and their ailments underway to be healed. I enjoy seeing a mixture of patient complaints because it keeps the day interesting.

Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A: I am most proud that I have found a career that is rewarding and important at such a young age. Now I am able to settle into my career knowing I have many years to grow.

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

A: The key challenge of this is field is keeping up to date with the new guidelines that are always being released. Every day I get an update from the Medscape app saying the FDA changed something. It’s challenging because even though the guidelines have changed, it doesn’t filter down to the providers to start implementing the changes for months or years later.

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

A: If I wasn’t a PA, I would be running a daycare center. I have always loved working with children. I started babysitting at an early age, worked in a daycare for 2 years as a teenager and took child development classes.

Q: What makes working at Care Station special?

A: I love the mixture between primary care and urgent care that Care Station offers. It allows me to stay up to date on procedural topics and also the chronic conditions that affect all ages.

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

A: Care Station has many valuable benefits that patients are eligible to receive. Care Station offers different specialties all within the same building so it makes it easy for patients to stay compliant with their appointments so they can get the essential care they need. The providers and staff members work in synch to ensure that the patients are cared for throughout their whole visit.

Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.

A: I love being at the beach, I’ve spent my whole life visiting Martha’s Vineyard and going to the different beaches. I am getting married this year on September 2, on Cape Cod, MA.

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

A: I like to spend my free time hanging out with my close friend group I made in undergrad. We like going on vacations, day trips to NYC, and the beach. My Fiance and I like traveling to new cities; in the last 6 months we’ve been to Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Philly.