Physician assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals, who practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They undergo rigorous medical training and must take a general medicine board exam and participate in continuing education for continued certification. PAs evaluate and examine patients, provide treatment plans, order and interpret tests, and prescribe medications or durable medical equipment as needed.
Caitlin Haley PA-C is a physician assistant who works alongside Dr. Patel to provide ongoing care to our patients in sleep medicine. She sees patients with various sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy.
Caitlin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She relocated to the valley for PA school, earning her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree in 2010 from A. T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. She began her physician assistant career in Sleep Medicine in Corvallis, Oregon with a multidisciplinary group of Sleep physicians and advanced practice providers. She relocated to the valley in 2012, and practiced in urgent care and urology before returning to sleep medicine.
She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Outside of practicing sleep medicine, she enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking and traveling to National Parks with her husband Neal, and stays busy with her very energetic dog Sibley.
Message from Caitlin: “Sleep medicine is such an important specialty because it’s a combination of treating a disease and practicing preventative medicine. We all sleep, and our bodies require good sleep to perform all of the other incredible processes that keep up healthy and moving. I love being able to help improve such a vital part of a patient’s health, especially when we are able to make such a difference without using medications.”
Message from Dr. Patel: "We have been very fortunate to have Caitlin join our practice as it is very difficult to find a PA that has been specifically trained in sleep medicine and fully understands the various sleep disorders that are diagnosed and treated in our specialty. She has been instrumental in allowing me to ensure that all of our patients are being taken care of at appropriate intervals and to prevent unnecessary wait times. Furthermore, we have vowed to ensure that we are always "co-managing" each patient to ensure that every patient has the best level of care regardless of which provider he or she sees. Caitlin has demonstrated an excellent understanding of sleep medicine and practices sleep medicine like a true sleep specialist. We are very pleased to have her as part of our team."