Barbara Beck, PA-C
Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Barbara Beck has met many people in the middle of crises. “I started my medical career as a emergency medical technician,” Barbara shared. “Being an EMT showed me that I love medicine and helping people. Being a patient showed me the important role physician assistants can play. I thought with my background, I could be of service. So, I became a PA.”
It was her years in emergency medicine that fostered Barbara’s interest in neurology. “As a PA in an emergency room, the neurological conditions intrigued me,” Barbara explained. “The workups are complex and there isn’t much treatment to do in an emergent setting. I was curious to find out what happened after we recommended the consult.”
Barbara also has relatives with neurological conditions, giving her a firsthand look at how they can affect people. “I feel I can relate to patients and their families when a difficult diagnosis is handed down,” she said. “I like to focus on areas of neurology when I can afford relief. Some of our patients have chronic conditions from which relief of symptoms is difficult to achieve. I want my patients to know I will work hard and think outside the box to find relief from their symptoms.”
Outside of work, Barbara’s favorite title is Mommy. “I have a son and a daughter who keep my very busy,” she said. “My son has mild autism, and that has prompted me to get involved in Autism Speaks. I was a team captain for the organization in New York, and led my team to raise more than $10,000 to increase autism awareness.
”I am also on the Board of Directors for a charity that raises scholarship money and awareness for I-cell, a rare genetic lysomal disorder,” Barbara continued. “To date, the Olivia Grace Armand Foundation has raised more than $30,000 in scholarships for nurses and PAs wanting to specialize in pediatric oncology.”