The Physician Assistant
What is PA?
Your PA is a new and highly qualified health care professional who works under the supervision of your doctor.
What does a PA do?
Your PA may evaluate you by taking your medical history, doing physical examination, and ordering laboratory studies or x-rays, and will be involved in treating you. Your PA concentrates on treating the more commonly found illnesses and medical problems, and will consult with or have you see your doctor whenever it is necessary. This team approach helps you get the best possible care and keeps medical costs down.
Your doctor can vouch for the high quality of care your PA gives. Most important, so can the patients. Many government and private studies show that PAs give care equal in quality to that of physicians in the same setting. This is possible since your PA is well-trained, is working with your doctor as part of a team, and because your PA will probably be able to spend more time with you than your doctor can.
Training and Licensure
All Physician Assistants in this state must be licensed and pass a rigorous national examination before they are allowed to practice. They must be graduates of state-approved programs located in or associated with medical schools. Their training is intensive and broad, with an emphasis on direct patient care.
Jennifer Cates, PA-C
Jennifer has worked with North Coast Family Medical Group since 1985, first as a medical assistant and now as a Physician Assistant. In 1993 she began her Physician Assistant clinical training under direct supervision of the NCFMG physicians. She graduated from UC Davis Family Nurse practitioner/Physician Assistant Program. Jennifer is licensed by the Physician Assistant examining committee, a division of the Medical Board of California. She is a member of the American Associations and California Association of Physician Assistants. She has special interests in womens health and menopause. Jennifer lives in Carlsbad with her husband and her yellow lab. She has 2 adult children and enjoys athletics & growing orchids.
Kelly Sales, PA-C
Kelly is a certified Physician Assistant who enjoys treating the entire family, from infancy to adulthood. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical School Physician Assistant Program in 2007, receiving honors for her clinical work. She moved from the East coast to California in 2007, and has worked in family medicine and pediatrics since then. Kelly joined North Coast Family Medical Group in 2015. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the California Academy of Physician Assistants. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, travel and above all, spending time with her husband, two young children, and friends.
Lindsay Eggen, PA-C
Lindsay Eggen is a certified physician assistant who joined North Coast Family Medical Group in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego and a Master’s degree in Health Psychology from San Diego State University. Lindsay decided to pursue a career in medicine and went on to graduate with a Master’s degree from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California Physician Assistant Primary Care Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Association of Physician Assistants. Lindsay lives in Carlsbad with her husband and young daughters and enjoys family time at the beach.