Meet Lorena Chicas
Office Locations: West Orange
Q&A with Lorena Chicas
- Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.A: I attended Saint Peter's College and got my Bachelors degree of science. I then returned back to my home state of Maryland and got my physician assistant degree.
- Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?A: I became a physician assistant because I want to make a difference in the lives of others.
- Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?A: I chose primary care because I love seeing the change and the progress of my patients. I love seeing their excitement when we control their blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, etc.
- Q: What unique skills do you possess?A: I'm fluent in Spanish and I think that allows my patients to feel comfortable and able to express their concerns. In addition, I make my patients feel like they are a part of my family. I'm not just their provider but their friend too!
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: I start my day reviewing refill requests, returning phone calls, reviewing labs. I then see my private patients and walk-in patients. I love the variety of each day. It's never a boring day!!
- Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?A: I proud of my 2 year old son. He was born with Down Syndrome but that has not stopped him from doing everything he wants. I am and will forever be his biggest advocate. I want others to know that having a child with DS is a blessing and not a burden!!
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: The key challenges in medicine include patient non-compliance and the fact that not everyone can afford health care!! Hopefully, by educating our patients on the importance of compliance and helping them obtain health insurance or helping them with samples of medications, we can slowly improve these challenges.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?A: I would be a speaker and have a nonprofit organization related to Down Syndrome.
- Q: What makes working at Care Station special?A: I love working at Care Station because of my patients. I enjoy seeing their progress ... I love keeping my patients healthy. I also enjoy working with some awesome colleagues.
- Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?A: Patients should choose Care Station because we offer a lot of specialized testing and have convenient specialists that are ready to help our patients.
- Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.A: I am from El Salvador and have 4 older sisters and 1 younger brother. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and now mother!! I love to dance, listen to music.
- Q: How do you like to spend your free time?A: I spend my free time with my family. My son is my pride and joy!! I live for him. We enjoy going new places, making new friends.