Our Physician Assistants & Advanced Practice Registered Nurse’s
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.
Sarah Dare, APRN
Sarah was born in Columbus, Ohio and has lived in Florida for over 15 years. She attended Taylor University and graduated with her nursing degree from St. Petersburg College. She returned to graduate school after practicing as a nurse for several years and received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Florida in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care specialty.
Sarah is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Sarah has previous experience in General Surgery, with specialties in bariatrics and continent ileostomies. She has completed her certification as a Registered Nurse First Assistant in surgery and has completed training in Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outdoors, and watching or participating in sporting activities.
Kristen Bramlet, PA-C
Kristen was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. She attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where she received a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Before PA school, Kristen attended EMT school and worked as a Critical Care Technician at the UF Health/Shands Springhill Emergency Department.
She is an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors, reading books, and practicing guitar and yoga. She joined Our Family Doctors in January of 2020.
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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