Colleen McElhinney brought with her more than a decade of medical experience when she joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2014. McElhinney returned to school in 2010 to complete a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Prior to obtaining her graduate degree, McElhinney was an emergency department technician for eight years at Fauquier Health in Warrenton, Virginia. In that setting, she became proficient in a wide range of tasks including patient assessments, blood work, oxygen therapy, splinting/casting and joint immobilization, suturing, and cardiac assists.
“My ER experience gives me a unique understanding of patient struggles, fears and concerns,” said McElhinney. “I saw a wide variety of patients in the ER and was constantly learning. I came to understand that, while it’s important to deal with the immediate or obvious concern, healing is about focusing on the whole person.”
McElhinney said she decided to specialize in pain management because she is passionate about people, relationships and serving. “I find it rewarding to help patients manage their pain and many other aspects of illnesses,” said McElhinney.
Since 1981, McElhinney has been a volunteer for the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Fauquier County, Virginia. She serves as assistant rescue chief and advanced life support officer. In that role, she assesses, provides interventions and stabilizes patients in the pre-hospital time period. She has been a medic for jockeys at steeplechase races.
McElhinney enjoys family gatherings, running in the early morning, hiking with her boys, wine tastings, photography, playing with her kittens and watching horses at the Gold Cup.
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