"We are pleased that Whitney Rector has joined Lake Regional," said Michael Burcham, vice president of Lake Regional Physician Practices. "She is a compassionate, dedicated health care provider, and adding her to our Express Care team means lake-area residents and visitors will have increased access to walk-in appointments."
As a physician assistant, Rector has advanced education and clinical training and can provide preventive and acute health care services for patients of all ages. Rector earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and psychology from the University of Missouri before beginning her career in health care as a medical lab technician and patient care technician. She then decided to continue her education to become a physician assistant.
"I love building relationships with my patients and could not imagine being in a career other than health care," Rector said. "Engaging my patients in their own care is a very important aspect of my job. I like to discuss all options with them, such as medication choices, lifestyle changes and testing, and I always ask if patients have any questions about their diagnosis, test results or treatment plan."
Rector became interested in working at Lake Regional while completing a clinical rotation in emergency medicine at the hospital for physician assistant school.
"It became apparent during my rotation that the Lake Regional Emergency Department, as well as all other departments, was filled with knowledgeable, caring and compassionate staff," she said. "Every provider, nurse and tech was willing to share their knowledge and make me feel at home. I learned through my previous experience that it takes a team working together to provide quality health care to patients, and I am excited to work with a variety of excellent specialists."
Originally from Lebanon, Mo., Rector continues to live in her hometown. She is engaged, and she and her fiancé, Justin Arnold, plan to marry in October. The two of them enjoy doing fitness activities together and spending time with their families.