Meet Christina Service
Office Locations: Linden
Q&A with Christina Service
- Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.A: I completed my undergraduate education in Neuroscience at Villanova University in 2017. I received my Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies through Rutgers University in 2021. Rutgers provided me with opportunities to gain experience in various disciplines of medicine including primary care, surgery, internal medicine, critical care and emergency medicine among others.
- Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?A: I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and after shadowing PAs during my undergraduate career, I knew it was the field for me. I loved the idea of being part of the greater healthcare team while still being able to participate in medical decision making and make a difference in the lives of my patients.
- Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?A: I chose to practice in an open access primary care practice because healthcare access/quality is one of the crucial social determinants of health. Many people do not receive the medical care they need if they cannot schedule appointments ahead of time or if the wait is too long in the ER. It was very important to me to be able to be there for my patients whenever they need me. It is a way to expand access to timely healthcare for patients which improves outcomes.
- Q: What unique skills do you possess?A: I always strive to make people, especially my patients, feel heard. I am a compassionate person and always give things my a
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: Throughout the day I see my patients, follow up on lab test results, and answer messages. My favorite part of the day is the time I get to spend talking with my patients.
- Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?A: My proudest accomplishment is graduating from the Rutgers Physician Assistant Program and becoming a certified PA.
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: Key challenges in this field of medicine include not getting enough time to spend with our patients and balancing that time with paperwork. Medicine is always changing so it can also be challenging to keep up with all new guidelines.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?A: If I couldn’t be a Physician Assistant, I would have gone to law school. I would have become a lawyer focusing on civil rights and prison reform.
- Q: What makes working at Care Station special?A: I love working at Care Station because we believe in holistic patient care. We want to ensure our patients are healthy in all aspects of their lives which we strive for and encourage through the relationship we form with them.
- Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?A: Patients should choose Care Station for their primary care because all the providers are compassionate people who care about each and every person we see. In addition to primary care, we have in house specialists further increasing patient access to timely healthcare.
- Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.A: I’m proud to be the sister of my two younger brothers. I have a wonderful boyfriend who has given me unwavering love and support through PA school and my career.
- Q: How do you like to spend your free time?A: I love spending my free time with my family, friends, and my dog, Rocco.