Meet Rebecca Kenderes, Physician Assistant, The Wright Center for Primary Care Wilkes-Barre

Originally from the Poconos, Rebecca Kenderes recently returned to northeast Pennsylvania to practice at The Wright Center for Primary Care in Wilkes-Barre. She’s passionate about encouraging patients to become active partners in their healthcare, with a goal of preventing illness and making sure patients of all ages are consistently connected with healthcare throughout all stages of their life.

Education: Marywood University — Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Undergraduate Marywood University — Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language with a Minor in Nutrition and Dietetics and also one of the online nursing degrees

What is a physician assistant? A physician assistant, or PA, is a mid-level practitioner who works along with doctors to diagnose and treat patients in a variety of specialties. My position allows me time to really get to know my patients and care for them as a whole.

What does “family practice” mean and what are the benefits? In family medicine, also commonly referred to as family practice, providers can see individuals of all ages and their family members, including parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents and siblings. For me, seeing multiple family members allows me to really get into the family history and understand family dynamics.

In family medicine, we provide so many services, many that people don’t initially think of. Of course, we do sick appointments (including rapid strep and rapid flu tests) and preventative/wellness care, but we are also able to do a variety of screenings and testing, including EKGs. Women’s wellness care also isn’t something people typically think their family practitioner can do, but we can do screenings, pregnancy tests and preventive PAP exams within a family practice office like ours. If there’s anything we need to refer out to a specialist, we will, but anything we can accomplish here, we’ll get done.

What’s a common misconception about healthcare? One common misconception is that babies and children can only see a pediatrician. In family practice, we are trained in a variety of specialties, so pediatrics can absolutely be accommodated. In family practice, multiple family members can come to the same place and same provider, so often times they miss less school and less work because we can schedule their appointments together (if they like). As long as our schedule is open, we love to see everyone together.

Why did you choose to practice in NEPA? I’m originally from the Poconos and did all my schooling at Marywood University. I left for about three years to live in upstate New York, and from the day I left, I wanted to come back to northeast PA.

Favorite parts of northeast PA: I love the different seasons, the sense of community and being able to return to the area I grew up in to provide an important service.

Healthcare tip: Be a partner in your own healthcare (and the healthcare of your children). Work with us. The great thing about having a primary care provider — especially one who can see the whole family — is the idea of building a lifelong foundation of preventative care. The more we can encourage our patients to become partners in their own healthcare, the less we will see in illness, and that’s the real win.

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