Megan Smith, PA-C
Megan Smith, PA-C is a graduate of the Duke University Physician Assistant Program, and comes to The Frida Center with a broad medical background, including experience in sleep medicine, primary care, and cardiology. As long as she can remember, Megan has felt called to healing. She believes that true healing combines evidence-based medicine with compassionate care, respect, and collaborative relationships with patients. These humanistic values are vital components in healing fibromyalgia. “The Frida Center exemplifies the best of integrative medicine,” says Megan. “I am excited to be able to work in a center that not only shares my values, but is on the cutting-edge of fibromyalgia treatment, research, and education.”
What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
A PA is a medical provider who is nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine in conjunction with a supervising physician. Today there are more than 100,000 certified PAs in the United States. PAs are nationally certified and licensed, most often by state medical boards, to practice medicine and are authorized to prescribe medication. PAs can obtain medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, perform medical procedures like joint injections, counsel patients on preventive healthcare, assist in surgery, write prescriptions, and make rounds in nursing homes and hospitals, among many other medical services. Read more about PAs here.