Mark Ryan PA-C will be coming back to Atkinson Family Practice to be a Physician Assistant at AFP’s new building in Northampton, Mass. Mark was a student at AFP during a clinical rotation for his PA studies. He then immediately fell in love with AFP, “I greatly enjoyed working in such a unique and integrative practice,” Mark explained. He also appreciated how everyone he worked with was kind, knowledgeable, and welcoming. “AFP was my very first rotation and I could already tell that it would be my favorite rotation experience and top choice.”
A recent graduate from Springfield College’s PA program, Mark received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, the study of human movement and physiology, from UMASS Amherst. “My background in Kinesiology has taught me the importance of exercise in daily life. I believe exercise and proper nutrition are vital to leading a long and healthy life,” Mark explained. “In addition, exercise falls in line with the idea of preventative medicine which I believe will play a big role in the future of healthcare. Preventative medicine involves promoting healthy lifestyle choices which can reduce the risk of disease.”
Mark described PA school as a fantastic experience explaining that “Between didactic year and clinical rotations, school was challenging and time-consuming, but very rewarding.” He also explains that his class became a tight-knit group and that he was very fortunate to share his experience with many friends, including Sarah Vacca, PA-C who will be starting at AFP in July.
“I am so excited to work in the Northampton Office, I believe there will be a great energy in a new office and I cannot wait to help create another positive, welcoming, and successful site for AFP.” Mark also added, “I wanted to move back to Western Massachusetts because I really like the variety the area has to offer.” Mark also enjoys hiking, swimming, fishing, and biking and states that the valley is an excellent place for these activities.
When it comes to AFP differing from other places, he states that “AFP really seems invested in treating every patient with the best individual care possible. Providers are really interested to learn more about patients and their families which I believe in turn leads to high-quality care.” Mark is also very impressed with the variety of services, including TMS therapy, offered by AFP. He says that AFP really helped create a comprehensive and holistic approach, which gives patients the independent collaborative care they need.
“I believe my work ethic is one of my strongest attributes and I plan to become a hard-working, compassionate, and enthusiastic provider. I will provide experience from a variety of backgrounds including my experience in Kinesiology, PA School, EMT work, and physical therapy aide experience.” Mark says, “I believe my background in kinesiology will help in my ability to relay the importance of preventative medicine to patients. I hope to work with Anne [Ye] and continue to learn more from her perspective and training regarding this topic.”
Originally from Missouri, Mark grew up in Sutton, Mass. and first moved to Western Massachusetts to attend UMass Amherst. In addition to starting at AFP in June, Mark plans on participating in road races and triathlons here in the Valley. AFP will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the Northampton building on June 9th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. The new location will officially open for business on June 17th, 2019.
-Alex LaMarche, AFP Communication Coordinator