Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are advanced healthcare practitioners with similar responsibilities, such as diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medications. However, their training and paths toward certification differ in significant ways. This blog post unpacks the key differences between NPs and PAs to help you determine which career path best aligns with your goals. What Is a Nurse Practitioner? A nurse practitioner (NP) is a licensed clinician who provides comprehensive healthcare to patients of all ages. An NP can work in virtually any healthcare setting, diagnosing patient conditions and prescribing medications. As of October 2022, nurse practitioners have full practice authority in 27 states, meaning that they can practice Read more
Dr. Reed attended Tulane University in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1997. Dr. Reed then attended the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and received his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree in 2000. He returned to USAHS to complete a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2003 as well as his Manual Therapy Certification in 2006.
Dr. Reed has worked as an orthopedic clinician for the past 18 years and has managed and helped plan, design, and open orthopedic clinics including the Brooks Center for Back and Neck Health. In 2008, Dr. Reed completed his orthopedic residency at Brooks Rehabilitation and earned his Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) credential. Dr. Reed was also selected to serve on the American Board of Physical Therapy Orthopedic Specialist exam standards setting committee in 2008. Dr. Reed completed his manual therapy fellowship in 2012 with Brooks rehabilitation.
Dr. Reed has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of North Florida, Emory University, and Mercer University working with the residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Reed became certified in Dry Needling in 2014. Special interests include pain science, dry needling, and evidence-based practice.