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Danielle Cummings PA-C

Danielle Cummings PA-C

Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certified: Physician Assistant; CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages: English

General Info

Hospital Affiliations: Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, St. Anthony Community Hospital, St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science - University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Graduate: Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ; Master of Science, Clinical Exercise Physiology - Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Clinical Interests:

Sports medicine, joint replacement, hand surgery

Year Joined: 2013

About Me

What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?

Growing up, I was so intrigued by the stories my dad, a NYC firefighter at the time, would share about the occasional EMS runs they took. This was definitely my earliest inspiration to join the healthcare profession. During high school, I loved life sciences and also ran cross country and track, which kindled my love for health and fitness. Together, these two passions inspired me to study exercise science in college, where a mentor of mine suggested I look into becoming a Physician Assistant. Everything fell into place from there!

What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?

I studied kinesiology and musculoskeletal anatomy extensively while I was pursuing my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in exercise science and physiology. Naturally, I found I had a fondness for orthopedics. The deciding moment was during my surgery rotation, when I got to scrub in on an orthopedic trauma case; watching the surgeons combine their skill and understanding of anatomy to put the pieces back together again was exhilarating.

How do you connect with your patients?

I specifically wanted to be a PA because we are, in general, able to spend more time with patients than doctors are. I love using my knowledge and experience to help patients understand their condition, find ways to improve their symptoms, or reassure them about an upcoming procedure. 

What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?

I love to cook, exercise (especially running), read, play the piano, and, most of all, spend time with my new daughter!

What is your advice for your patients?

Keep moving! There are very few ailments (if any!) that don't benefit from exercise in one way or another, and exercise can impact your life in so many positive ways that I truly believe it is the best gift you can give yourself.