Richele L. Smart
Physician Assistant with a diverse health care background. Outstanding diagnostic skills and clinical judgement. Passionate for health, wellness, and preventative care for all ages. Compassionate health care provider with exceptional interpersonal skills and problem solving techniques. Self-starter and proficient multitasker. Looking for a new opportunity for growth as a Physician Assistant.
Urgent Care Physician Assistant, April 2019-present
FastMed Urgent Care Phoenix, AZ
•Perform history and physical exams on patients of all ages
•Order laboratory and radiological studies and interpret results
•Develop appropriate differential diagnoses, treatment plans, and dispositions
•Collaborates with multiple providers to ensure most affective patient treatments and plans
•Perform procedures including suturing, incision and drainage, splinting, trigger point injections
•Complies with established standards, practices, and regulatory requirements
•Follow up and interpret abnormal lab, culture, and radiology results. Call patients to follow up on their progress with the discussed treatment plan.
Pain Management Physician Assistant, April 2019-present
PainStop Clinics- Phoenix, AZ
•Perform history and physical exams on adult patients
•Order radiological studies and interventional pain management procedures
•Interpret radiology results and develop appropriate treatment plans
•Perform joint injections with sterile technique and trigger point injections under ultrasound guidance
•Complies with established practice standards and regulatory requirements
•Collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of chiropractors, physician assistants, interventional radiologist, anesthesiologist, nurses, and medical assistants to ensure patients get outstanding care.
Physician Assistant Student Internship October 2017-April 2019
Southwest Medical Associates- Part of OptumCare Las Vegas, NV
•Completed clinical rotations under a supervising provider to become proficient in patient interviewing and counseling, performing appropriate physical exams, interpretation of lab, radiological imaging, interpretation of EKGs, and prescribing appropriate medications.
•Skills training on venipuncture, initiation of intravenous infusions and blood transfusions, joint injections, immunizations, wound dressing, papanicolaou cytology smears, FAST and fetal ultrasounds interpretations, endotracheal intubations, Incision and drainage, suturing, insertion and removal of central lines, insertion and removal of chest tubes, paracentesis, and surgical sterile techniques.
•Trained on Medicare rules/regulations and navigating specific medication formularies.
Peer Tutor, December 2016-November 2018
Touro University Nevada Las Vegas, NV
Certified Biological Science peer tutor at Touro University Nevada
Ability to create study plans and give test taking strategies to ensure students succeed in their courses
Created test questions relative to NCCPA standards
Combat Medic, April 13, 2007- April 13, 2017
Army National Guard Phoenix, AZ
•Practiced clinical medicine and trauma medicine at a minimum of one weekend a month, two weeks a year.
•Supervised medics in the clinical laboratory.
•Trained and performed intravenous blood draws, administered vaccines/immunizations, collected vitals, performed and interpreted EKG readings, assisted providers with suturing, wound cleaning, splinting, incision and drainage, and injecting medications.
•Trauma medicine included rotations working with Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn and Valleywise Health and Burn centers.
•Skills performed include initiating intravenous lines, wound cleaning/dressing, assisting with chest tube placement, performing Foley catheter placement, collecting specimens for testing, obtaining and monitoring vital signs
Federal Technician, February 2012- July 2016
Army National Guard Phoenix, AZ
•Assisted soldiers of the Arizona Army National Guard to transition from active service to discharge of service.
•Collaborated with medical providers, social workers, and case management nurses to provide physical and mental health care services to soldiers.
•Assisted with gathering and interpreting medical paperwork needed for Veteran Affairs appointments and discharge processing. Assisted with medical care navigation for physical and mental health emergencies.
•Assisted soldiers with health insurance navigation and claims processing.
Phlebotomist, January 2008- January 2012
Banner Health Phoenix, AZ
•Performed venipuncture and collected blood, urine, and stool specimens on all ages for laboratory testing in outpatient settings.
•Counseled patients on how tests were used in the lab and how to properly obtain specimens.
•Assessed and assisted with patient complications and negative reactions to venipunctures.
July 2016- November 2018 Touro University Nevada
Master of Physician Assistant Studies November 2018
May 2011- May 2014 Grand Canyon University
Bachelor of Science in Biology May 2014
License and Certifications:
Current AZ Physician Assistant license
Current DEA license/PMP registration
BLS/ACLS Certification for Health Care Providers
2011-2014 Grand Canyon University Presidential Scholarship Recipient
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army National Guard Components Achievement Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Arizona Academy of Physician Assistants
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