Physician assistants (PAs) are medical providers who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease and prescribe medication for patients. PAs work in physician offices, hospitals and clinics in collaboration with a licensed physician. Because of their advanced education in general medicine, modeled after physician education, PAs can treat patients with significant autonomy within the physician/PA relationship. In the primary care setting, PAs can provide almost all of the clinical services that physicians provide, including performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses and prescribing medications.
PAs work together with physicians as part of an integrated medical team. PAs have their own patients and, under a written agreement with a licensed physician, make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services. The physician-PA team relationship is fundamental to the PA profession and enhances the delivery of high-quality health care.
Our PA, Reina Greenbaum, has been in practice taking care of children for over thirty years. She began her career at Orangetown Pediatrics in 2005, and worked summers in a day camp prior. She brings her decades of experience to her diagnostic skills and clinical decision making every day.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical education and experience. Nationally certified NPs hold a master’s degree or higher. Nurse practitioners practice under the regulation of the Nurse Practice Act and are licensed by the State Education Department in New York State. Nurse practitioners are authorized to diagnose, treat and prescribe in collaboration with a licensed physician.
Our NP, Patricia Reilly, has significant experience in the care of children. She began her career at Orangetown Pediatrics as a registered nurse in 2005. At the same time, she worked as an inpatient oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian, caring for the sickest of children. She has extensive urgent care experience and private practice experience as well.