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Physician assistant joins practice

June 13, 2007

WILLIAMSPORT - There is a new face at Williamsport Family Practice, a physicians assistant who said her first month on the job has been terrific.

"I didn't know much about Williamsport, but I adore it here," Brittany Coffman said in a recent telephone interview.

Growing up in Frederick, Md., Brittany Coffman said she is enjoying the small-town flavor of the town where she is now working.

"There is a close-knit family feeling in Williamsport," said Coffman, who said she is enjoying the carnivals and other events that bring people together in the town.

Coffman is still residing in Frederick with her husband, Robert, and their 20-month-old daughter, Ava, whom they call by her middle name, Brielle.

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Her husband works in the metropolitan area, so they decided to stay in Frederick so the commute for each wouldn't be too long.

"When I started high school, I was a nursing unit volunteer at Frederick Memorial Hospital and I loved it," Coffman said.

She later became an emergency medical technician for the Independent Hose Co. there.

Coffman began her quest for a medical career by studying biology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and then at Hood College in Frederick, from which she graduated in 2004.

"I went to graduate school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine," Coffman said. She graduated in December 2006.

Coffman said she was eager to experience life in a large city after having been born and raised in a small town.

"After graduation, I wanted to return to the small town," she said, noting two years was enough of the big city for her.

She said she and her husband love the activities available in Williamsport and in nearby Hagerstown, which she said has a lot of "little jewels around," including the restaurants and museum.

As for her work at Williamsport Family Practice, Coffman said her training allows her to do anything a physician can do.

"Sometimes, though, if a patient has three or four health problems, I will send them to one of the doctors," Coffman said.

Being a woman works in her favor, Coffman said. Female patients often prefer a woman especially in the area of gynocological examinations.

She described the staff, the other three physicians and the nurses as great.

"If I have questions, they are right there," Coffman said.

The Williamsport Family Clinic is at 3 Byrkit Drive. Coffman's hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those wishing to schedule appointments may call 301-582-1150. Coffman is accepting new patients.

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