HINCKLEY – Robert J. Spelic, P.A.-C, certified physician assistant, has joined the Department of Family Medicine at Dreyer Medical Clinic, and is seeing patients at the clinic’s Hinckley location.
Spelic received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and his graduate degree from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. in 2007. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Spelic has special interests in family medicine, internal medicine, geriatrics and orthopedics.
Physician assistants, or PAs, are health care professionals trained and licensed to practice medicine as delegated by and with the supervision of a physician. PAs are qualified by graduation from an accredited PA program and/or by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
In the health care setting, a PA can take a complete health history, perform physical exams, order diagnostic tests, prescribe most medications, diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries and provide patient education and preventive health care counseling. Along with handling most routine medical problems, PAs can do more extensive procedures that fall within their specialties. The initials PA-C means the physician assistant is certified and has passed the certification exam developed jointly by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the NCCPA.