Meet Our Physician Assistants
It’s often that the duties of a physician assistant (PA) are oversimplified into merely assisting doctors, when in reality, they are primary care providers in their own right, practicing under the guidance of a licensed physician. PAs are specially trained and qualified to examine, diagnose, order lab tests, and prescribe medications without a doctor on-premises. Licensed to practice in every state, they continue to improve healthcare across all settings and specialties.
The team of physician assistants at Women’s HealthFirst specialize in well-woman care, including annual exams, breast checks, pap smears, contraception, and prenatal care. In the entire practice’s commitment and dedication to women at every stage in their life, PAs work interdependently with doctors and medical teams to provide the most personalized plan of action for a treatment plan designed for you and only you. Our physician assistants are so spectacular in what they do, that many of our patients often designate them as their primary healthcare provider in educational resources, preventive care, and management of overall health.
Beyond the thousands of educational hours and patient experience, our PAs have the non-teachable skills of compassion, empathy, and critical thinking to deliver care that makes you feel not only secure in your decision to partner with us, but understood in your needs and what your health condition calls for.
All of the PAs at Women’s HealthFirst are members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as other professional organizations. We invite you to take a moment to learn more about each of them below.
Kristin Bean holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Rush University in Chicago, where she also completed a specialty year in emergency medicine.
Kristin is licensed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM).
She became an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in 2020 to better meet the needs of her breastfeeding patients and their babies. She also serves as a content writer for Hippo Education, writing practice questions for board exams as well as podcast content for physician assistants and students.
Kristin believes that every patient deserves the same quality of care and respect, regardless of socioeconomic status. She believes in holistic care and shared decision making, and she encourages patients to take an active role in their own health.
Kristin is fluent in Spanish and has participated in medical mission trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic. She and her husband enjoy global travel and their favorite vacation spot is Andalucia, Spain. When she’s not working, Kristin enjoys hiking, singing, playing the piano, podcasts, gardening, and reading. In her spare time, she serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for children in the foster care system.
Neha Dalal is a board-certified physician assistant, with many years of OB-GYN experience. She graduated with a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Iowa and completed her master of science and the physician assistant program at A.T. Still University in Arizona.
Neha treats patients with a wide variety of OB-GYN needs, including obstetrical care and gynecological issues and routine well woman annual exams. She takes an interest in discussing preventive health and contraceptive care.
She has also participated in medical missions and a medical rotation in India. She can communicate fluently in Hindi, Gujarati, and Spanish. Neha is committed to serving the healthcare needs of patients and enjoys community events that promote the importance of good health.
Outside of work, Neha enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her family. Neha lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and two children. She looks forward to meeting you.
Anna Stern is a board certified physician assistant and member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She graduated with her bachelors degree in Spanish and International Studies and her masters degree in education from the University of Michigan. After spending some time working in education, she returned to school and earned a masters degree in physician assistant studies from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Anna believes in the benefits of building a collaborative relationship with patients that includes educating the patient on a variety of women’s health issues. She hopes that through education and shared decision making, she will empower women to advocate for themselves. Anna also speaks Spanish, and spent some time living in Spain. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her friends and family. Anna and her husband love traveling, attending concerts, and trying new recipes.
Get the high-quality OB-GYN care you need, from one of the physician assistants at Women’s HealthFirst by calling (847) 808-8884 – or request your appointment now. We have PAs available to serve your women’s healthcare needs at all of our five locations near Chicago, Illinois.
If you are an established patient at Women’s HealthFirst, visit our patient portal to request your appointment, message your provider team, and so much more.