Carmen previously provided primary care services for Presbyterian Medical Services at a health center in Magdalena, a small rural community near Socorro, and Grant Middle School and Wilson Middle School. She has also served as a physician assistant in Belen and Albuquerque. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Carmen worked for several years in emergency medicine at UNM Hospital and held paramedic positions in Albuquerque and Jemez Pueblo.
Asked why she decided to become a physician assistant, Carmen replied, “I wanted to care for people. Having been interested in medicine since childhood, I attended UNM for Biochemistry, learning the science behind diseases then eventually became a P.A. to put my education to practice.”
In addition to primary care, Carmen has a professional interest in emergency medicine and helping children, mentoring and assisting their families with needed resources. “I’m hoping to serve as a mentor and an aide for my family practice patients in Rio Rancho.”
“I returned to Presbyterian Medical Services for several reasons. I enjoy the people who work here and I still believe in the mission to provide care to underserved communities. I have been witness to the company’s impact on people’s lives.”