Barbara Brittell, Physicians Assistant (PA-C)
Barb Brittell has practiced as a rural family practice and emergency medicine Physician Assistant (PA) for over 20 years. She earned her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and her PA Master's in Health Sciences and a Masters in Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Prior to practicing medicine, Barb worked in international development with the Peace Corps and the United Nations Development Programme in the fields of health, women's development and education. After finishing her medical education, she worked and volunteered in the US and abroad, serving communities in remote sites like Antarctica, Alaska, Afghanistan, Haiti and Nepal, as well as Yellowstone and Denali National Park before coming to Gualala. Her international medical work soon revealed the unique challenge of tropical infections and poverty-induced medical illnesses -- prompting a return to school to earn a Diploma in Tropical and Travel Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans.
"I have learned that wherever you go in the world, there is a need for intelligent and compassionate medical care; the more remote you are, the more challenging that care can become. Whether working out of a field camp in a disaster situation or a well supplied and staffed clinic like RCMS, I hope to provide thoughtful, intelligent and compassionate care to my patients -- and the reassurance that I understand the unique medical challenges we face, particularly in emergencies, in our remote coastal community in Gualala.