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About our Physician Assistants

Elliot Johnson is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) withJohnson_Elliot_PAC_02970_WK77036_WEB (2) (1) the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and has been in practice since 2014.

Elliot has also been a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Illinois Academy of Physicians Assistants (IAPA) since 2013.



Educational Background

B.S., Applied Health Sciences, Wheaton College (IL), 2007

M.S., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago (IL), 2014



Rachel Zayat is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and has been in practice since 2018.




Educational Background

B.S., English, Wheaton College (IL), 2005

M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Oregon, 2012





What is a PA?

From the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) website:

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional.

PA’s practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers.

They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.

Most programs are approximately 26 months (3 academic years) and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools. Most programs also require students to have about three years of healthcare training and experience.

Students take courses in basic sciences, behavioral sciences and clinical medicine across subjects such as anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology and more.

They then complete a total of more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in:

  • Orthopedics
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • General surgery
  • Emergency medicine