A Physician Assistant is a “mid-level” provider. This means a PA is trained such that they can assist in surgery, write prescriptions, round on patients in the hospital, and generally do a broad range of health care services. A PA is licensed by the same organization (the Texas Medical Board) as a physician. A PA is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), and may belong to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Becoming a PA involves several years of post-graduate education. The Physician Assistant curriculum educates the PA in a medical model designed to complement physician training.
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University, Kari earned her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is certified by the NCCPA and is a member of the AAPA. Kari assists both physicians in surgery, helps them manage patients that are in the hospital and sees patients in the office.