What is A Physician Assistant (PA)?
Physician Assistants are healthcare professionals trained to provide patient care under the supervision of a physician. Physician Assistants have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and commonly a master’s degree in health care. They complete an average of 27 months of training in a certified program after completion of undergraduate work. The design of physician assistant programs is very similar to medical schools but condensed in to a shorter time frame. It includes intensive class time followed by clinical rotations through multiple specialties. Upon completion of training PAs must pass a board certification exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Additionally, they must be licensed by the state and obtain continuing medical education credits in order to maintain licensure.
All Physician Assistants Can:
- Conduct physical exams
- Diagnose and treat medical illnesses
- Order and interpret tests, including labs and imaging
- Develop treatment plans
- Counsel on preventive health care
- Write prescriptions
At Ocotillo Internal Medicine we are fortunate to have highly qualified physician assistants that work alongside with Dr. Hall, Dr. Maurice, and Dr. Hackenyos. One of our physicians is always in the office so if needed the physician assistant can immediately consult with the physician. As noted in their biographical information, each of our physician assistants has special areas of interest and often additional training in those areas.
The physician assistants often have openings available to see patients for same day or next day sick visits but are also available to complete annual exams.
Katie Jacobs, PA-C, MMS
Katie has lived in Arizona most of her life. Prior to becoming a physician assistant she worked as an outpatient physical therapy assistant. Katie enjoys spending time with her two sons. Read more…
Megan N. Guse, PA-C
Megan was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. She earned her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Sciences from Saint Francis University, in Loretto, PA. Megan has inpatient, outpatient, and long term care facitlty experience. Read more…
Stephanie McMahon, PA-C, MMS
Stephanie was raised in Arizona. She spent time working in the business sector before becoming a physician assistant. Besides spending time with her family, she enjoys getting outside to hike and practicing yoga. Read more…
Lia Zargartalebi, PA-C, MMS
Lia was raised in Scottsdale, AZ. Prior to becoming a physician assistant she worked as a scribe in the emergency department, and volunteered as an Interpreter in underserved clinics in Phoenix. Lia is fluent in Spanish. Read more…
Heather Starks, PA-C, MMS
Heather received her Undergraduate at Truman State University, in Kirksville, MO. After TSU Heather came out to Arizona and received her Postgraduate with A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. Heather is excited to be on the OIMA team. Read more…
Kelsey Collins, PA-C, MMS
Kelsey was born in Glendale, AZ. Before going to PA school, she worked as a physical therapy tech and emergency department scribe. She enjoys traveling, food, sports and spending time with family. Read more…
Casey Michalski, PA-C, MPAS
Casey spent much of her time being raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed her Physician Assistant studies in Marietta, Ohio. Before working as a Physician Assistant Read more…