Types of Clinicians

Many different types of clinicians practice at Valley Medical Center:

ARNP

An Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) is a registered nurse who has advanced education and clinical training to work in a variety of healthcare specialty areas and settings, such as pediatrics, surgery, family medicine, women's health, geriatrics and urgent care/walk-in clinics. In Washington State, ARNPs are fully licensed to independently practice medicine. ARNPs diagnose and treat many health conditions. They provide thorough, comprehensive services and can perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, refill and write new prescriptions and provide health and wellness education.

Midwife

A Midwife provides the mother-to-be and her family with highly personalized attention, education, counseling and obstetric care throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery. Viewing non-complicated childbirth as a natural, healthy process, midwives encourage patients to trust their instincts and let nature take its course, focusing attention on the mother-to-be. Midwives support women to be active decision-makers and partners in their care.

DO

Doctors of Osteopathy, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who attend a 4-year medical school and practice in all areas of medicine. Osteopathic physicians have a unique focus on preventive health and receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system.They may undertake additional study in surgery, obstetrics, family medicine, or other types of care. 

MD

Doctors of Medicine are graduates of 4-year medical schools who may undergo additional education—often 3 years or more—at a teaching hospital. About one-third of the nation’s MDs are “primary care” physicians in such fields as family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. These doctors are trained to provide the wide range of services children and adults need. When patients' specific health needs require further treatment, these physicians send them to see specialists in such fields as surgery, oncology, and cardiology.

Physician Assistant

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a licensed healthcare professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician. Physician assistants working at Valley Medical Center may conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illness, order and interpret tests, suture wounds, and develop and carry out treatment plans. In Washington State, PAs can also prescribe medication and treat patients when the physician is away from the practice.

PhD

Clinical psychologists associated with Valley Medical Center have received doctoral degrees from graduate institutions. They are concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbances and behavior problems. They may possess additional qualifications such as board certification in a particular type of therapy.