Meet Our Compassionate Advanced-Care Providers

Our advanced-care providers help our practice by assisting our physicians with assessment, treatment and follow-up therapy.

Rachel Pacholski, PA-C

“When interacting with patients, I always try to make them feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. I want each patient to leave their appointment without any questions and feel that all of their concerns were answered with my full attention. I had scoliosis correction surgery when I was 12 years old, and interacting with the physician assistant during my recovery had a positive impact on me, and it helps me empathize with my patients.”

Certified: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

MS: Physician Assistant Studies, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

BS: Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University,

Member: American Academy of Physician Assistants

Kaylen Lebens, PA-C

“I love the surgeons that I work with and the significant impact I can have on patients’ quality of life. Every appointment begins with listening to my patients. Then, I make sure that I address every concern and question. After surgery, I enjoy visiting my patients and hearing about their improvement — it’s truly satisfying and I feel thankful for my job every day.”

MS: Physician Assistant Studies, University of North Texas Health Science Center

BA: Biology, University of Texas, Dallas, Dallas, TX

Member: Texas Board of Medicine of Physician Assistants, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, American Heart Association Basic Life Support, American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants

Ashley Meadows, PA-C

“I was inspired to pursue neurosurgery because of its potential to restore function and quality of life. The nervous system is fascinating and I enjoy connecting with patients. Some have lived with chronic pain for years and helping to restore their quality of life is immensely rewarding. Above all else, I want to give my patients hope and confidence for the future.”

MS: Physician Assistant Studies, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

BA/BS: Chemistry & Molecular Biology, summa cum laude, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TX

Member: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants

Martha Valdez, FNP-BC

“I always make sure that each patient feels heard. A patient’s trust in his or her healthcare provider is important for satisfaction and outcomes, so I make every effort to build that trust at each appointment. Patient’s should know that we are committed to giving them the best care available.”

Certified: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

MS: Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL

BS: Biology, University of Texas, San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Sarah Carlson, PA-C

“I always knew I wanted to work in a surgical specialty, and I started as a medical assistant. I enjoyed being able to participate in the relief of someone’s pain. Now, as a physician assistant, I’m able to play a more direct, primary role in both conservative management and surgical intervention, when it’s appropriate. It’s a joy and a reward to be able to help people see improvement in their comfort and mobility. It’s why I do this.”

Certified: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

MS: Physician Assistant Studies, Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions, Shreveport, LA

BS: Biology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

 

To schedule an appointment or learn more about Neurosurgery & Spine Consultants in the San Antonio and South Texas area communities of Medical Center, Stone Oak, Westover Hills and Southwest, call 210-255-8935 today. You can also request an appointment using the form on this page.