Meet Celina Costa
Office Locations: Springfield, Linden, West Orange
Q&A with Celina Costa
- Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.A: I graduated from Rutgers University in 2015 with a triple major in Biology, Portuguese and Music. I then worked as a medical scribe for a medical practice in Union for a year before starting PA school. I attended DeSales University from 2016-2018 where I participated in a student run free clinic. After finishing my training I returned to New Jersey to begin my career as an urgent care/ primary care provider.
- Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?A: Becoming a physician assistant had been a dream of mine for many years while in school. I always loved the medical field and being able to help people which I knew from my experience as an EMT. As a physician assistant we are able to work in different specialties throughout our careers and continue learning and expanding our performance skills.
- Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?A: I chose to work in an open access primary care practice as a way to better serve the general population. This type of practice allows for patients to be seen in a quick and efficient way, while allowing providers to build a rapport with them to manage chronic conditions.
- Q: What unique skills do you possess?A: I am a first generation Portuguese American who speaks fluent Portuguese as well as Spanish. I am very involved in my Portuguese community and dance in the local folklore group. I have played piano since I was five years old and have continued doing so for weddings and for my local church where I also direct the choir.
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: My daily tasks include seeing patients and keeping up to date with the newest recommendations and research in medicine.
- Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?A: I graduated from Rutgers University with distinct honors and received a Lusophone Studies Distinguished award post graduation! Graduating from PA school has been one of my greatest accomplishments thus far and I hope to achieve much more in the years to come.
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: The key challenges of this field include keeping up with the many changes that occur yearly regarding screening guidelines and conforming our methods of practice with what is allowed by the insurance companies.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?A: If I could not be a physician assistant, I would be a music teacher given my love for music and for serving.
- Q: What makes working at Care Station special?A: Working at Care Station is very special because we are able to help patients with acute problems the very same day they are having issues while also helping them manage chronic conditions.
- Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?A: Care Station is an excellent facility with multiple locations, facilitating access to patients. Care Station will treat patients with any same day situations from the cough and cold to a fracture or cut as well as managing their blood pressure and diabetes.
- Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.A: I am recently engaged and love to travel with my fiancé. We hope to visit more countries in Europe in the upcoming years.
- Q: How do you like to spend your free time?A: I spend my free time reading books and spending time with my family.