Patrick Thompson, PA-C, MPAS

Certified Physician Assistant
Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Patrick is a native of Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of St. Thomas.  His Physician Assistant training was completed at Western Michigan University.  Having had enough of the arctic winters, he and his family happily moved to St. Augustine in 2001.  All four of his children have been active in productions at the Limelight Theater in addition to community swim teams and cheerleading.  Patrick has worked with Dr. Grimes since 2005 as part of the Joint Rehabilitation Team.  He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. He is committed to improving our patient’s health and quality of life through both surgical and nonsurgical treatments.

Sean Powell, PA-C, MMS

Certified Physician Assistant
Master of Medical Science

Sean is a 1997 graduate from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy. In 1999, he completed his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. Since his graduation, Sean has practiced in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Phoenix, AZ until 2005. He has been practicing in St. Augustine, FL since moving back to his native state of Florida in 2005. He has worked with many local university and high school athletic departments since returning to Florida. His focus has been working to return his patients to an active life. Sean is a current member of many national and state PA organizations. These include the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.

What the vital functions of a Certified Physician Assistant?

Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)

What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibility, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illness, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative healthcare, assist in surgery, and can write prescriptions.

How is a Physician Assistant educated?

PAs are trained in intensive education programs by the Accreditation Review Commission of Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and are certified by the NCCPA (National Certification Commission of Physician Assistants). Due to the close working relationship PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in a medical model designed to compliment physician training and in some schools they attend many of the same classes as medical students. PA students are taught, as are medical students, to diagnose and treat medical problems. PAs are required to take ongoing continuing education classes and be retested on their clinical skills on a regular basis.

The relationship between a PA and the supervising physician is one of mutual trust and respect. The Physician Assistant is a representative of the physician treating the patient in the style and manner developed and directed by the physician. In general, a physician assistant will see many of the same types of patients as the physician. The cases handled by physicians are generally the more complicated medical cases or those cases which require care that is not a routine part of the PAs scope of work. Referral to the physician, or close consultation between the patient-PA-physician, is done for unusual or hard to manage cases.