Our Physician Assistants
Our purpose is to provide the highest quality, compassionate, progressive healthcare; to promote healthful lifestyles to informed patients; and to encourage the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our patients
Eric Smith, PA-C
Eric is a native Floridian, born in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a graduate of Florida State University and attended NOVA Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, where he received his Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He joined Our Family Doctors in 2001.
Eric is an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society.
Eric became FAPA President in 2008. He was the FAPA Secretary from 2005-2006 and FAPA Area Representative of the Year 2004. He has been a member of AAPA House of Delegates since 2006 and the FAPA Webmaster since 2007.
Emily Cirelli, PA-C
Emily was originally born in New Brunswick, NJ and has lived in Florida since 1990. Emily is a graduate of University of South Florida with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. She attended NOVA Southeastern University, in Orlando, where she received her Master’s in Medical Sciences; Physician Assistant. She joined Our Family Doctors in October of 2017.
Emily has prior experience in the Emergency Department and prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, she was a registered Radiologist Technologist for 8 years. Emily is an active member of The Academy of Physician Assistants and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and frequently attends conferences to further medical education.
In her free time, she enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors road biking and kayaking. She also has interest in art history, painting, and photography.
Erika Hanson PA-C
Erika was born and raised in southern New Jersey. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with both her bachelor's degree in Health Science and her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies.
Erika is also a P.A. for the Air National Guard where she works in the clinic of the 177th Fighter Wing. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. Prior to becoming a P.A., she worked as an E.M.T. in New Jersey. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and being active outdoors. She joined Our Family Doctors in December of 2018.
WHAT IS A P.A.?
What is a Physician Assistant?
A Physician Assistant (P.A.) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited P.A. educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.
What can P.A.'s do?
P.A.'s perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow P.A.'s to practice and prescribe medications
How do doctors and P.A.'s work together?
By design, physicians and P.A.'s work together as a team, and all P.A.'s practice medicine with physician supervision. Supervision does not mean, though, that a supervising physician must always be present with the P.A. or direct every aspect of P.A.-provided care. P.A.'s are trained and educated similarly to physicians, and therefore share similar diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality medical care.
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