About Paula Havisto, PA-C
Paula Havisto, MS, PA-C, graduated from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health Physician Assistant program in 2004. She is a Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine PA and takes care of patients of all ages and health conditions.
Prior to coming to the La Crosse area, she worked as a rural health PA at critical access hospitals in emergency medicine and on Native American reservations in northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula Michigan. She received a Master’s degree in 2013 with a focus on population health and indigenous health. Prior to PA school, Paula worked as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for 20 years in a variety of public health programs.
She enjoys watercolor painting and artistic endeavors, hiking and eating interesting food.
What is a Physicians Assistant?
Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed health care providers who are qualified by academic and clinical training to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. Modeled on physician training, PAs undergo intensive education in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and medical/surgical specialties.
PAs provide comprehensive medical care including:
- Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions
- Prescribing medications
- Conducting health histories and physical examinations
- Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
- Performing procedures and treatments
- Managing patients in clinics, hospitals and rural areas.
PAs practice in all specialties, write more than 330 million prescriptions and see more than 257 million patients each year.