National Association of Professional Women Announces Betsy L. Loika, Physician Assistant at Bradlee Family Health Center, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

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Betsy L. Loika is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

Most rewarding is when you see a face light up as they come to see you and say ‘Dr. Betsy’ or ‘Miss Betsy’…

NAPW honors Betsy L. Loika as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Loika is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in healthcare. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

“As a child I was always interested in biology, taking care of children around me as well as making others feel better,” says Ms. Loika. “Biology and the functions of the body as well as how the essence of the spirit works within the body were so interesting to me.”

Encouraged and inspired by her mother, who raised Ms. Loika and her sister on her own with love and determination, she pursued her dream to help others and support herself and her family by obtaining her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Kings College. Today, Ms. Loika is a Physician Assistant at the Bradlee Family Health Center, where she provides expert care to children, from birth to 19-21 years of age. Her responsibilities include administering scheduled physicals, vaccinations, reviewing lab results, evaluating and treating patients suffering from a myriad of conditions and delegation of duties within the office. “I also evaluate for ADHD, anxiety and depression in the adolescent population,” says Ms. Loika.

Although there are many challenges she must face in her career, such as having to inform a patient’s family of a devastating diagnosis or losing a patient to disease or accident, Ms. Loika relishes the rewards. “Most rewarding is when you see a face light up as they come to see you and say ‘Dr. Betsy’ or ‘Miss Betsy’… rewarding is the time in the office when a sick, screaming child gets evaluated and then leaves with a smile on her face… rewarding is when I can get the chance to give back to another student who may carry on some pearls of wisdom from what I learned …rewarding is the feeling that a difference has been made in someone's life that is positive and that I can provide for others as well as myself in the future in terms of work and happiness," says Ms. Loika. "The medical field has been a changing and humbling experience with more to come. We never know what will happen tomorrow but we must keep learning, helping others and follow our hearts.”

Awards & Accomplishments: NCCPA, VAPA, AAPA, NCPA Society, the Society of Physicians' Assistants in Pediatrics and the Medical Society of Virginia

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