Summit Orthopedics utilizes Physician Assistants (PAs) to enhance are patient-care services and improve accessibility to skilled health care services. You may interact with one of our three PAs during your care with us. Below is a description of a Physician Assistant and their scope of practice.
What is a Physician Assistant?
A physician assistant (PA) is a licensed healthcare professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. Our PAs are graduates of accredited PA educational programs and are nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with direct or indirect supervision of a physician.
By design, physicians and PAs work together as a team. PAs are trained and educated similarly to physicians, and therefore share similar diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. Physician-PA practice can be described as delegated autonomy. Physicians delegate duties to PAs, and within those range of duties, PAs use autonomous decision-making for patient care. This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality medical care.
PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education/counseling, and make rounds in hospitals. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications.
If there is a PA in your group practice, you can certainly request to be seen by her. PAs deliver high-quality care, and research shows that patients are just as satisfied with PA-provided care as they are with physician care.
For more information please visit: http://www.aapa.org/
Andrea Elliott, PA-C
A Minnesota native, Andrea received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from University of Wisconsin. She went on to receive her Masters of Health Science and Physician Assistant certification at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Andrea joined Summit Orthopedics in September 2005 and assists Dr. Michael Goldsmith in the office, hospital, and surgical settings.
Being in healthcare setting most of her life Andrea has always been drawn to a career in orthopedics. She believes her own love of staying active is what helps her relate to her patients’ desires to get back to doing the activities they love.
Andrea is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She resides in Poolesville, MD and enjoys bicycling, running, swimming, horseback riding, golf and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Beth Mosca, PA-C, ATC
Beth is a board certified Physician Assistant working with Dr. Philip Bobrow, who specializes in adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee, as well as sports medicine and general orthopedic surgery. Beth received a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also played NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer for four years which helped her have a better understanding for sports medicine. After college she worked as an Athletic Trainer for a year and half in Frederick, Maryland before furthering her education.
She received a Masters in Physician Assistant studies from New York Institute of Technology, located in Old Westbury, New York and completed her clinical clerkships in the New York metropolitan area. She currently resides in Washington, DC and enjoys being active and spending time with her friends and family.
India Pettus, PA-C,
India is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Sciences from the Florida State University. She competed as an NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Athlete at Florida State University, where she became an All-American Track& Field Athlete. India became a personal trainer following graduation from FSU, and was introduced to clients with spinal and MSK conditions.
India Pettus is a Physician Assistant, who joined Summit Orthopedics in August 2013. She works with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, Dr. Erik Dahl, to manage and treat patients with painful musculoskeletal and spinal conditions. India received her Physician Assistant degree from Howard University where she was also a Washington DC-AHEC Scholar.
During high school, India was a two-time 800 meter State Champion and All State in the 100, 800, 4x200, and 4x400 for NCAA Division II Track and Field in Ohio, where she was also in the National Junior Honor Society. She was also Midwest Meet Champion in the 800meter run and 4x400 relay. She is an artist, musician, and a published author.
India currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland and continues to stay active with weight lifting and resistance training.
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