Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.
A: In 2010, I graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Sociology and an emphasis in Community, Urbanization and Culture. This particular concentration stressed the importance of community structures (especially urban environments). In 2014, I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a master’s in Public Health where I learned the science and art of how to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote health both within individuals and the communities. In 2018, I graduated from Rutgers University with a master’s in Physician Assistant Studies where I did 1.5 years of clinical rotations in 11 different specialties.
Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?
A: My interest in becoming a physician assistant (PA) is deeply entrenched in my desire to provide quality health care to underserved populations, similar to those whom I have served through my volunteer and work endeavors. I am fascinated with the complexities of the human body, the sciences, the rapid technological advances in medicine, and various life-changing experiences, all of which have solidified my decision to become a PA. The intricate relationship between health and mental health has intrigued me for over a decade. The PA profession allows me to educate and empower communities in hopes to make life-altering changes.
Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?
A: Open access primary care practices increase access to care and urgent treatment, which inevitably reduces delays in patient care. This model also enhances the continuity of care, as patients have the ability to see their primary care provider outside of routine visits.
Q: What unique skills do you possess?
A: I am a great listener and problem solver. I am committed, dependable, and a huge advocate for my patients. I come from a very diverse background not only with my ethnicities, but also with my experiences. I see a lot of diverse patients and often times I can relate to their experiences.
Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?
A: Daily tasks include patient callbacks, interpreting labs and various studies/imaging, caring for and treating patients. I enjoy the patient interactions and building relationships with my patients.
Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: Becoming a physician assistant and health care provider.
Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?
A: The fact that medicine is ever changing is a huge challenge, but also a great benefit. Change is constant in medicine—from technological advances and advancing pharmacological therapy to policy changes.
Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?
A: Honestly, I can’t imagine doing anything other than being a PA. However, if I absolutely had to choose, I think I would choose a Nurse Practitioner, as the roles are very similar to the PA’s. I also would go back to a Public Health profession, for which I also can work closely with the community.
Q: What makes working at Care Station special?
A: Care Station believes in proactive care versus reactive care. We focus on preventative care which keeps costs down and improves patient outcomes. Our services are very comprehensive and truly care about the well-being of our patients.
Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?
A: We offer comprehensive medical care and treatment. Further, we are an “Accountable Care Organization” so we also coordinate higher levels of care to help ensure that patients get the proper care and services to help treat acute and chronic issues.
Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Northern California. I had never been to the East Coast prior to moving to New Jersey 3.5 years ago for PA school.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
A: I would love to travel the world and experience different foreign lands, cultures, and perspectives.