GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Canada-born physician’s assistant is the newest addition to the Campbell County Medical Group Main Clinic, the healthcare organization announced Thursday.
Aisha Rafat, PA-C, comes to northeast Wyoming after years spent in the bustling cities of Chicago, Illinois, and Toronto, Canada, as well as a small town in Ohio where she finished her physician assistant training, per Campbell County Health.
While in Ohio, she developed a deep appreciation for close-knit communities, places where everyone seems to know each other, and it was out of a desire to find such a home that led her and her husband to search for a small town, CCH says.
“We wanted a smaller city with a community feeling,” Rafat told CCH, and they found Gillette while exploring several Wyoming communities.
Rafat has always wanted to work in healthcare and to help others, a desire born while she was growing up with her siblings and interacting with pediatricians. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of others through medicine was ignited by her early exposure to the healthcare system, per CCH.
“I have five sisters, and so I would get sick all the time from whatever they brought home,” Rafat said in a statement. “I was always in the pediatrician’s office, which sparked my interest in healthcare.”
Holding a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College in Ohio, Rafat says she is eager to bring her expertise to CCH and says her favorite aspect of her work is the ability to provide a unique blend of care, CCH says.
“I love being a PA in particular because you get the best of both worlds,” Rafat said. “You are kind of like the nurse but the doctor as well. You get to provide care similar to a physician, but you also get the time and personal touch nurses have.”
In the release, CCH says that it is thrilled to welcome Rafat to its team and expressed confidence that her dedication and compassionate nature will meet the level of care that has become the standard for the healthcare organization.