DeAsia D. Henderson PA-C knows the field of pain management requires a special type of provider. “Living with chronic pain is very impactful on a person’s quality of life and it takes an accommodating, compassionate and empathetic provider to ensure these patients get the very best medical care,” she said.
Joining the National Spine and Pain Centers in October 2018, DeAsia holds a master’s physician assistant degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia-based Hampton University. Her previous work experience includes as a patient care technician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a certified nursing assistant at Sunrise Assisted Living in Georgia and a research assistant at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
DeAsia understands that the pain management field is moving away from just prescribing medication to relieve pain. Although medicine is necessary in some cases, interventional pain management practices offer procedures where a patient’s pain is relieved without surgery or having to take medication every day.
The most important aspect, when it comes to the patient-provider relationship is trust. “I think that is gained by making sure the patient knows that you are genuinely concerned and want to help,” she said. “…I think to be in this field you, obviously, must love medicine but to do it well you have to also love people. It is very rewarding to see something you suggested or prescribed or a procedure you performed working for a patient. Seeing what you’ve done, giving another person a better quality of life is a good feeling.”
In her downtime, DeAsia is being kept busy by her new puppy, a wheaten terrier, with long walks and trips to the local dog park. She also enjoys staying in for a movie and reading.
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