Meaghan Gagnon 2016-10-24T13:56:14+00:00
Meaghan-GagnonMeaghan Gagnon (PA) attended Arizona State University and graduated with a bachelors of science in kinesiology. After ASU, she graduated cum lade at Western University of Health Sciences with a masters of science in physician assistant studies. Prior to school, Meaghan worked in physical therapy for two years as a tech and is BLS and ACLS certified.

Meaghan loves being able to change lives everyday. She was a patient for three months when she was 16 years old (in a coma and on life support).  She personally knows how challenging it can be to come back from these things from first-hand experience.  Meaghan had health care providers that changed her life by the way they treated her as a person, not just as a patient and now she wants to be able to do this for others.

Education

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

Year One: Didactic

Adult Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Structure & Function, Physical Assessment, Clinical Skills, Medical Terminology, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Research Methods, Psychosocial Dynamics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Professional Roles & Responsibilities, Health Care Delivery Systems, Master’s Thesis.

Year Two: Clinical rotations

2010 Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Skills and Proficiencies

General and focused history taking. Comprehensive and problem-oriented-physical exams: ENT, neurological, cardiac work ups, well-child exams, sports physicals, musculoskeletal, pre-op clearances, pelvic exams, Pap smears, STI testing. Providing prenatal care. Casting, splinting, suturing, incision & drainage, foreign body removal, shoulder reductions, lumbar punctures, wound care, biopsies, cryotherapy, cerumen removal, and fluorescein stain. Diabetic screening. Pediatric vaccine schedules. Asthma management. Ordering and interpreting laboratory tests, EKGs, echocardiograms, treadmill stress tests, nerve conduction studies, bone density tests, and imaging (X-rays and CT scans). Electronic medical records. Developing and managing diagnostic and therapeutic plans.

Orthopedic specific skills and proficiency in orthopedic trauma work ups. Fracture reductions. Two months of experience as first assist in orthopedic surgery cases. Pre-op sign-ups as well as post-op follow-ups. Routine clinic follow-ups. Splinting/casting. Suture/staple removal. Screw removals. Joint injections.

Honors and Awards

Dean’s List, Western University of Health Sciences, 2013
Dean’s List, Arizona State University, 2006-2010
Cum Laude, Arizona State University, 2006-2010

Licenses and Certificates

Physician Assistant National Certification Exam, certified, 10/30/2014
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), 06/2013-06/2015
American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED), 09/2012-09/2014
HIPAA certification, issued July 2013

Employment Experience

Physical Therapy Technician
Foothills Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Phoenix, AZ – Responsible for setting patients up with heat, ice, and electric stimulation devices, as well as demonstrating, correcting, and overseeing therapeutic exercise plans for the patients. Also responsible for administering ultrasound therapy as well as traction.

Front Office Employee
Foothills Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Phoenix, AZ – Responsible for checking in patients, handling payments, scheduling appointments, verifying benefits with various insurance companies, obtaining authorizations, and managing referrals.

Emergency Department Intern
Scottsdale Osborn Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ – Assisted with various situations and procedures including trauma cases, lumbar punctures, orthopedic reductions, casting, and wound care.

Community Service/Volunteer Activities

Medical Provider: Performed physicals at free health clinic – Pomona, CA

Volunteer: American Heart Association Heart Walk – Riverside, CA

Miles for Miracles team member: Ran seven-mile Falmouth Road Race and raised over $10,000 for Children’s Hospital Boston – Boston, MA

Professional Memberships

California Association of Physician Assistants
American Academy of Physician Assistants

Academic Experience

Senior Seminar Thesis. Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA – “Obesity – Lorcaserin as a Novel Treatment Modality”
Endocrinology Thesis Presentation.  Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – “Leptin Resistance in Diabetes Mellitus Type II”

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