PINEHURST — Amanda Geertgens, PA-C and Anna Finestone LeViere, PA-C have joined FirstHealth of the Carolinas Infectious Diseases.
Geertgens earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Methodist University and has worked on clinical rotations in general surgery, orthopedics, infectious diseases, family medicine and emergency medicine, among others.
Interested in medicine and science from a young age, she said she enjoyed participating in patient care while working as a nurse’s aide in college and decided to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
Prior to her new role, she worked as a patient care assistant and medical scribe at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York and at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at FirstHealth as a scribe,” Geertgens said. “Everyone was so friendly, and I always hoped I would be able to return after graduation. I’m thankful to start my career here.”
Originally from Snellville, Georgia, she now lives in Pinehurst with her husband, Jonathan, and their dog, Zeus.
LeViere holds a Master of Physician Assistant Practice from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. Her past work experience includes clinical research manager at FHI 360, where she oversaw the implementation of research studies on HIV, and project coordinator at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.
Additionally, she worked for a non-profit in Ghana coordinating medical supply shipments and managing operational tasks. She said she enjoyed all her past work experiences but wanted to work more directly with patients.
“After doing clinical research and working as an executive director, I realized I wanted to do direct patient care,” she said. “I liked hearing about the actual patients in the studies and the people we were working with, so I decided to go back to P.A. school.”
In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband and their miniature golden doodle.