Certified Physician Assistants or PA-Cs

We are so fortunate at Advanced Surgical Associates to have the addition of physician assistants (PAs). We have 2 PA teams – one works routinely with our amazing Trauma Surgeons and our second works with our amazing general surgeons and surgical specialists. PA’s provide an extra pair of hands during surgery and connect with patients in many ways as an extension of our surgeons. Physician Assistants work in collaboration or under indirect supervision of a physician. Each state sets up laws that direct the amount of supervision required and how broad the scope of practice for the PA can be. Physician Assistants are nationally certified (thus the letter “C” is added to their credentials) and licensed in the state they practice. The profession took off about fifty years ago with PA’s initially working in small or solo practices to help “extend” the work of the physician. Today, PA’s work in hospitals and large practices including surgical practices like ASA.

Our New Team Members:  We recently added two physician assistants to our  team – Camille Walker, PA-C and Nicole Banks, PA-C.

Camille Walker rotated with Advanced Surgical surgeons while a student at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies. We are thrilled that Camille was able to join Advanced Surgical in August of 2018.

Nicole Banks began her ASA story as a roomer in the Mesa Office. She discovered that she had a passion for patient care and especially liked the surgical aspect of the practice. So, from roomer to physician assistant – an incredible journey and one that we are lucky to have been a part of. Nicole completed her education at NAU Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Welcome Camille and Nicole!

They join an amazing team – Sarah Arnce, PA-C, Rachel Sanders, PA-C and Lacey Reed, PA-C. You may see one of our Physician Assistants post-operatively or when you are having an issue or have questions about your clinical condition. Know that you are in good hands and that the surgeons and physician assistants work closely together to provide the best care to you each day. More about our Trauma PA’s soon.Sarah Arnce, PAC, Lacey Reed, PAC, Nicole Banks, PAC, Camille Walker, PAC  Rachel Sanders, PAC

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