Licensed Physician Assistant
Suzanne Castner, PA-C, is a licensed PA (Physician Assistant) through the Maryland Board of Physicians and is NCCPA certified. She started with Clarii Health in July 2019. Suzanne received her double bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Neurobiology from University of Maryland College Park. Subsequently, she earned her Master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Medicine Physician Associate program in December 2012. During her time in Yale’s program, she was awarded an honors designation for her thesis, “Effect of Intramural Fibroid Presence and Distance to Endometrium on Assisted Reproduction Outcome.” Ms. Castner has also been involved in basic research investigating spinal cord injury (at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), a brain and tissue imaging modality called optical coherence tomography (at University of Maryland), and the study of interpersonal relationships (at University of Maryland College Park). She has previously worked as a phone counselor and understands the importance of empathy in medicine, as well as addressing both mind and body to help patients truly feel well. Ms. Castner is native to the Howard County area and lives with her husband, children, and dog. In her free time, she enjoys singing, dancing with her kids, baking, and watching her fish. She speaks English, Farsi (moderate proficiency), and Spanish (moderate proficiency).
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is difficult to feel truly heard. I love taking the time to help make my patients feel listened to and cared for. You are the center of this healthcare team, and it is through getting to know you that we will work best together. I feel strongly about clarifying goals, discussing options, and working together to choose what will work best for you.
Mental health and physical health are so closely interwoven. I am sensitive to my patients’ personal struggles and approach any issues with a warm heart and nonjudgmental demeanor. I am experienced in treating depression and anxiety and find it so rewarding when my patients can finally enjoy their lives & feel more like themselves.
Prevention may be difficult, but it’s worth the effort. I am particularly passionate about routine screenings – as an example, preventing cancer is so much easier than treating it after the fact, and treating osteoporosis can make it possible to avoid a devastating hip fracture. It is a joy to empower my patients to control (or eliminate) their diabetes and help my patients quit smoking when they are ready.
I have a particular interest in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal issues. Surgery is nearly always a last resort, and there are often many options available to help alleviate your pain, including home exercises or attending physical therapy. If we can treat an issue early, it is so much more likely to improve quickly.
Finally, I am detail-oriented and pride myself on meticulous record-keeping so that everyone on the team will be on the same page. I look forward to seeing you in the office!
What is a PA?
PAs are highly-qualified licensed members of health care teams that obtain medical histories, perform physical exams and procedures, order and interpret tests, prescribe medication, diagnose illnesses, order treatments, provide referrals, and more. Like physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model and undergo periodic assessments of medical knowledge and continuing medical education throughout their careers. PAs collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide timely and appropriate care for patients’ medical needs.