Elisha Locke is a certified physician assistant in National Spine & Pain Centers’ Columbia, MD office where she works with Abdul S. Soudan, M.D. to provide patient assessments, imaging referrals, procedural follow-ups and pain medication plans.
Growing up, Locke thought she wanted to be a veterinarian, but by the time she was ready for college she felt called to care for humans instead of animals. “I’ve always been interested in the medical field in one way or another,” she said. So she studied biology as an undergraduate at Eastern University in St. David’s, PA, and then went on to earn her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.
Prior to joining National Spine & Pain Centers, Locke worked for several years in the area of pain management for another practice. Her experience in treating chronic pain has taught her that one word applies to both the patient and the practitioner: patience. “Effective pain management is a process,” she said. “While some patients may heal fairly quickly, for others it can be a longer process of finding the right treatment or combination of treatments that will eventually bring them some relief.”
That means Locke is committed to staying abreast of all traditional and alternative treatment options available. “The answer is not always just medication,” she said. “It’s our job to stay up to date on all options and therapies out there because we know that patients want to do everything they can to stay out of the operating room. We want that, too.”
In her free time, Locke enjoys listening to her eclectic music collection. When she’s not singing along or participating in her church choir, you might find her checking out the latest releases at the movies.
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