Celebrating Erin Poston, PA-C
Nominated by: Jeffrey M. Sicat, MD, FACP
PA Program: DeSales University, Class of 2003
Employer: Virginia Weight & Wellness
Practice Area: Obesity Medicine
How Certified PA Erin Poston makes a difference…
Erin Poston, PA-C, is one of four practitioners at Virginia Weight & Wellness (VWW), a medical practice specializing in obesity medicine. Poston spent over 10 years in family practice before finding a niche and passion for obesity medicine and preventative care. “Although Erin has only been with us for about two years, she has quickly established herself as an expert and leader in this area and has improved the health and well-being of hundreds of patients in the Central Virginia area. She has developed an excellent rapport with referring physicians in our community and is an active member of the national Obesity Medicine Association,” says her supervising physician, Jeffrey M. Sicat, MD, FACP.
Poston is committed to providing high-quality, evidence-based care. At VWW, she uses a combination of nutrition, exercise, education, motivational interviewing, medication, accountability, and continuous, compassionate support to help patients achieve their goals for successful long term weight loss and overall well-being. In addition to being a dedicated clinician who continually works to keep up with the latest advancements in obesity medicine, Poston’s focus on really listening to and connecting with patients contributes to her ability to develop and implement patient-centered treatment plans that result in long-term sustained weight loss and improved health. Erin's wait list to be seen as a new patient is a testament to her excellent reputation among referring practitioners and patients in the community. She is also instrumental in the hiring of medical assistants for VWW. She mentors new medical assistants and assists those pursuing a degree as a PA with the admissions process.
Poston’s passion for improving patients’ lives extends far beyond her work at VWW and into the greater Richmond community. She has lectured on nutrition and healthy lifestyle changes at churches and business events. In 2014, Poston worked with a team to implement a wellness ministry at her church that has since presented numerous health-related educational programs and seminars, health fairs within the community, and established a free monthly blood pressure clinic for church members. And in 2016, she developed and taught a six-month kickboxing class at her community center.
As her patients' weight improves, they are often able to decrease or discontinue the use of multiple medications previously required to treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, etc. Along with the improvement in her patients' physical health, her patients often see improvements in their overall well-being and mental health. One of Poston’s patients recently posted the following to Facebook, "...I am overjoyed to report as of today's visit, I have ACHIEVED that goal by reaching a significant milestone in my weight loss journey – 100 POUNDS gone forever!!! Over the last 18 months, it has required a lot of discipline, education, and support. But my greatest resource has been this fabulous lady – Erin Poston, PA-C."
For her commitment and compassion for her patients and her promotion of wellness throughout her community, NCCPA celebrates Erin Poston, PA-C!