"Professionals Dedicated to Perfecting the Art and Science of Healing
While Delivering the Highest Degree of Personal Service"
Melissa Garcia, M.A./Office Manager
Melissa has been with Dr. Davis for 12 years. She is a Certified Medical Assistant, a Certified Office Manager and can assist you with referral coordination, appointments, prescription refills, prior authorizations and general aspects of the practice.
Tomika Calloway, M.A./Assistant Office Manager
Tomika has been with Dr. Davis for 10 years. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and can assist you with referrals, prior authorizations, FMLA or any other forms or paper work and general aspects of the practice.
Vanessa Morales, M.A. (Leslie Price's Medical Assistant)
Vanessa has been with Dr. Davis for 6 years. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and can assist you with all aspects of your appointment with Leslie, including vitals, dietary and diabetic teaching, referrals and follow-up appointments.
Diane Martinez, M. A.
Diane has been with Dr. Davis for 5 years. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and works the front desk to verify your insurance and check you in at your appointment. She also takes phone messages, schedules appointments and assists with refills and medical records.
Karen Fussel, M.A. (Dr. Davis' Medical Assistant)
Karen has been a Medical Assistant for 15 years and has been with Dr. Davis for the past 3 years. She will assist you with all aspects of your appointment with Dr. Davis, including vitals, dietary and diabetic teaching, referrals and follow-up appointments. She is a Certified Medical Assistant.
What is an MA?
What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants (MA) perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. In most practices, Medical Assistants usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Some MAs specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.
Administrative Medical Assistants update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. They also perform tasks less specific to medical settings, such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.
Clinical Medical Assistants have various duties, depending on State law. Some common tasks include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and assisting physicians during examinations. MAs collect and prepare laboratory specimens and sometimes perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. As directed by a physician, they might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures and change dressings.
What education and training does an MA have?
Postsecondary programs usually last either 1 year and result in a certificate or diploma, or 2 years and result in an associate degree. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as keyboarding, transcription, recordkeeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, the administration of medications, and first aid. They study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics. There are two accrediting bodies that accredit medical assisting programs. Accredited programs often include an internship that provides practical experience in physicians' offices or other healthcare facilities.
What is a Certified MA?
A Certified Medical Assistant meets certain standards of knowledge. There are various associations -- such as the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and Association of Medical Technologists (AMT) -- that award certification credentials to Medical Assistants. The certification process varies by association.