Madelena L. Garcia, PA-C
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I speak: English, Spanish
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and earned my Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University. My parents, both teachers, encouraged me to get a good education and adopt a strong work ethic. I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies with highest honors from Pacific University in Oregon, and I’m now board certified. My husband, an attorney, challenges me to be my best self and practice high-quality care, and my daughter inspires me to have a positive attitude, enjoy the moment, and be kind to others. Aside from the obvious beauty of Hawaii, my husband and I wanted to raise our daughter in an atmosphere that supported the spirit of ohana, healthy living, and treating others with goodwill.
About my practice
I wanted to work in the medical field since I was a child. I remember riding the hospital elevators hoping for a chance to corner a medical provider and ask all my questions. In my teens, I volunteered as a newborn hearing assistant. In college, I worked in medical records and phlebotomy, and then as a medical assistant and back-office manager - experiences that further strengthened my desire for a career in health care.
I enjoy family practice because it allows me to work with my patients in the context of their families and to consider the patient as a whole rather than just an isolated condition. My special interests include women's and teen health. I’ve also done research on factors affecting health care of Hispanic populations in the southern Colorado and northern New Mexico areas.
To stay current in health care, I attend continuing medical education conferences, read various medical publications, use the online resource UpToDate, and read the publications of my professional organizations, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of PAs.
I was happy to join Hawaii Permanente Medical Group because I agree with the organization’s mission to deliver quality care by putting patients first. After meeting my potential colleagues, I knew this would be a great fit.
My commitment is to provide the same compassionate, comprehensive, quality health care to my patients that I would want for my own family members. It’s important to hear my patients’ and their families’ concerns to be aware of any mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental factors that could affect their conditions. Knowing my patients’ goals helps me to guide them in making informed decisions about treatment.
How I thrive
I create a healthy work-life balance by means of exercise and spiritual practices. I like to long-distance run, hike, garden, meditate, travel, and especially, enjoy quality time with my family. In my community, I participate in health fairs and serve as a volunteer at my daughter’s school.