Physician Assistants (PA)
Our PAs are Kelly Sales & Chelsea Sapp.
What are Physician Assistants?
Physician Assistants (PAs) are highly qualified health care professionals who work under the supervision of your doctor.
What does a PA do?
Your PA may evaluate you by taking your medical history, doing physical examination, and ordering laboratory studies or x-rays, and will be involved in treating you. Your PA concentrates on treating the more commonly found illnesses and medical problems, and will consult with or have you see your doctor whenever it is necessary. This team approach helps you get the best possible care and keeps medical costs down.
Your doctor can vouch for the high quality of care your PA gives. Most important, so can the patients. Many government and private studies show that PAs give care equal in quality to that of physicians in the same setting. This is possible since your PA is well-trained, is working with your doctor as part of a team, and because your PA will probably be able to spend more time with you than your doctor can.
Training and Licensure
All Physician Assistants in this state must be licensed and pass a rigorous national examination before they are allowed to practice. They must be graduates of state-approved programs located in or associated with medical schools. Their training is intensive and broad, with an emphasis on direct patient care.
Kelly Sales, PA-C
Kelly Sales is a certified Physician Assistant who enjoys treating the entire family, from infancy to adulthood. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical School Physician Assistant Program in 2007, receiving honors for her clinical work. She moved from the East coast to California in 2007 and has worked in family medicine and pediatrics since then. Kelly joined North Coast Family Medical Group in 2015. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants. She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, travel and above all, spending time with her husband, two young children, and friends.
Chelsea Sapp, PA-C
Chelsea Sapp is a certified Physician Assistant who is passionate about preventative medicine and enjoys treating patients of all ages. Chelsea completed her undergraduate work at Pepperdine University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and then obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2016. She initially worked at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and then joined NCFMG in 2018. She enjoys pediatrics as well as adult medicine and is specifically interested in dermatologic and orthopedic procedures. An Encinitas native, Chelsea is thrilled to be back in her hometown where she enjoys running, biking, and watching the sunset with her husband and golden doodle.
Tiffany Christopher, PA-C
Tiffany Christopher is a certified Physician Assistant who earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Allied Health and Sciences in 2008. She attended San Diego State University, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Prior to joining NCFMG in 2018, Tiffany worked in Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Cardiology. She is a San Diego native and resides in Poway with her fiancé and two stepsons. She enjoys reading, horseback riding and spending time with her family.