FNP/PA Class Notes
Mindy A. Goldberg
Mindy Goldberg, M.P.H., PA-C, is the director of academic services for the South College Physician Assistant Program in Knoxville, Tenn.
When one door closes another one opens. Since completing the FNP/PA program in 1992, I have earned an MSN degree and will be completing my dissertation for Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Western University of Health Sciences in 2010. I have been blessed with opportunities to work in primary care, dermatology, pediatrics and currently at UC Davis Student Health Services. I have a passion for vulnerable populations of foster youth and the primary health-care needs of the often misunderstood transgender populations. I also teach NP students at the University of Phoenix. The past 20 years have been amazing with the advancement of technology, medicine and the growth of FNP and PA practice. The need to be a perpetual student is an obvious one, and the adventure never ends. Thank you to all my colleagues for taking this adventure with me.
I have been serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. I have been activated four times this year, providing medical support for troops undergoing pre-mobilization training. I am often the only medical officer providing care in the very austere environment of pre-mob training, and the soldiers are very happy to see a PA (and they kept me very busy with over 300 injuries and illnesses, including 10 emergency flight evacuations during this 18-day period.) I hope my story encourages others to remember our troops as well as remember the many ways the PA profession serves.
I'm rather happily serving at Communi-care Health Centers, the community clinic network for Yolo County. Primarily in Davis, but I also float to the Woodland and West Sacramento clinics often. I never finish a day's work feeling like I wasted my time – that's worth a lot. I came in as an acupuncturist, so my Western medicine learning curve was fairly steep and I've gained a great deal of respect for the knowledge base of the M.D.s I work with. In turn, they have been pleased to have acupuncture as another tool in the clinics' toolbox.
Roberta (Bobbi) Allen
I have been working at Sutter West Family Practice and Occupational Health in Davis since graduation from the FNP/PA program. I started there as an NP, but switched to practicing as a PA several months later because that change better fit the needs of the clinic. I do more family practice than occupational health. We also do cosmetic laser in our clinic, and I do the majority of the laser work. Since I live and work in Davis, I've had the opportunity to keep in touch with several faculty and visit the program office now and then. I have also had several potential students "shadow" me at work to observe real patient-PA interaction. I'm still grateful for how well the UC Davis FNP/PA program prepared me for my current professional role.
I am working at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., for the Orthopaedic Trauma Service. Enloe is a level II trauma center and its helicopter covers much of Northern California. Since graduation, I have worked mostly in orthopaedics, but have pulled the occasional shift at the emergency room and urgent care. I am planning to ski patrol this winter and assist in educating the patrol in orthopaedic injuries.
Subsequent to graduating from UC Davis in 2006, I have provided service in the fields of orthopaedics and family medicine to both Orange County and the County of Riverside. I serve the underserved community of Coachella Valley and whenever possible go on medical missions in Mexico serving the rural area and inner cities. As an active military veteran, I am particularly grateful as a physician assistant with particular interest in orthopaedics and family medicine that I can provide "onsite medical" at various military installations whenever the need arises. Additionally, I am a member of California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) and remain proactive regarding all pertinent issues and legislation affecting my profession. I encourage all graduates to join CAPA.
I am working with a talented group of providers at Consolidated Tribal Health in Redwood Valley, Calif. This is a wonderful rural health clinic that provides family medicine to local tribes and natives from the rest of the United States as well. It is very exciting for me to be providing medical care at a clinic where I received my health care as a child, and now my husband and children go there, too. It is truly an honor to serve the Native American community that I have grown up with and that I am a part of. I do not have the words to express my appreciation to the UC Davis Physician Assistant Program, and to the many preceptors that have contributed to my education.