Alyssa Waitkus, Physicians Assistant-Certified (PA-C), has joined the staff at Family Physicians of Chester. A s a Physicians Assistant, Waitkus is licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of her comprehensive responsibilities, she will conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions.
Waitkus grew up in Chester and graduated from Lloyd C Bird High School. She attended John Tyler Community College and, while taking core classes, worked at Ukrop’s grocery to save money. After two years at John Tyler, she was accepted into the University of Virginia (UVA).
“While at UVA studying biology, thinking I wanted to become a professor, I met a physician assistant at student health. Her knowledge base, patient education skills and willingness to listen really impressed me,” she said. “I had not even heard of physician assistants prior to meeting her but the more I found out, the more I knew it was the profession for me.” Adding, “Being a physician assistant allows me to have the flexibility to work in a number of areas of medicine to help educate patients for better prevention and management of health problems.”
While living in Charlottesville and pursuing her PA education, Waitkus volunteered at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, became a surgical technician and worked for a year as part of the general surgery transplant team at UVA. Shortly after, she was accepted to the James Madison University PA program.
After graduating PA school in 2005, Waitkus and her husband relocated back to the area where she was given the opportunity to join the team in the ER at the Medical College of Virginia. There, she worked for almost nine years with the best physicians, nurses and other advance practice providers and helped patients with acute injures, worsening chronic conditions and life-threatening health problems return to their usual state of health saying. “I have similarly worked PRN at Southside Regional Medical Center.”
“I am part of a large extended family, several of whom come to Family Physicians of Chester for their medical care,” Waitkus said. “Growing up, my grandparents, Pastor Marshal and Betty Bonds, came to Dr. Port and I remember how much they trusted and valued his advice. That impression stuck with me and when my thoughtful neighbor told me the office was seeking an advance practice provider I submitted my CV (curriculum vitae) immediately.”
Waitkus and her husband, Mark Waitkus, have recently had their fourth child and are excited about the opportunity she now has with Family Physicians of Chester. “In addition to being able to participate more readily with patients to live healthier lives, I am specifically looking forward to helping women of all ages be well,” she said. “I look forward to serving the people in my community more closely with such a well established and trusted group.”