Advanced Practice Providers

The board-certified physician assistants at OSF Saint Anthony’s Physician Group – Arlene Norris, Lisa Fritcher, Elaine Rynders and Courtney McFarlin – can perform new patient exams, physicals, pre-operative exams and more.

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Our Services

Our Advanced Practice Providers are here to ensure you receive the right care at the right time in the right place.

Some of the services they provide include:
· Preventive care
· Diabetes
· Sleep apnea
· High blood pressure
· High cholesterol

Same-day appointments are available for general health conditions. Our hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

OSF Saint Anthony's Physician Group
#2 Saint Anthony's Way, Suite 205
Alton, Illinois 62002

Meet the Providers

Lisa Fritcher

Lisa Fritcher received her Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from the University of California Los Angeles and her Master of Physician Assistance Practice from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Courtney McFarlin

Courtney McFarlin received her Bachelor of Arts in biology from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois. She completed graduate work in physiology at Southern Illinois University before going to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville where she received her Master of Science in Medicine and Physician Assistant studies.

Arlene Norris

Arlene Norris first received an Associate Degree in Nursing and later obtained a her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant studies from Southern Illinois University.

Elaine Rynders

Elaine Rynders received her medical education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. A United State Air Force veteran, Elaine’s clinical interests include ear, nose and throat and obstructive sleep apnea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Physician Assistants, like the ones at OSF Saint Anthony’s Physician Group, provide high-quality health care services to patients and to the community. These health care professionals are trained to provide patient evaluation, education and health care services. A Physician Assistant, or PA, works with a physician to provide medical care and guidance needed by a patient.

Physician Assistants must graduate from an accredited PA program and are required to be licensed by the state after passing a rigorous national examination through the National Commission of Physician Assistants.

They participate in continuing education to improve the quality of service provided on a regular basis and have to re-certify every 2 years.

Training to become a physician assistant is extensive and involves both a bachelor's degree and a further two-year master's program. Students generally spend 24-27 months – the first year in the classroom and the second in clinical settings – in year-round programs that have a lot in common with medical school training, although candidates don't delve as deeply into histology, pathology or biochemistry.

A Physician Assistant performs many of the same diagnostic, preventive and health maintenance services as a physician. These services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Taking health histories
  • Performing physical examinations
  • Ordering X-rays and laboratory tests
  • Ordering respiratory, occupational, or physical therapy treatments
  • Performing routine diagnostic tests
  • Establishing diagnoses
  • Treating and managing patient health problems
  • Administering immunizations and injections
  • Instructing and counseling patients
  • Providing continuing care to patients in the home, hospital, or extended care facility
  • Providing referrals within the health care system
  • Providing preventive health care services
  • Ordering medication

According to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, 2017 marks the 50th year of the Physician Assistant profession.

Using Physician Assistants improves the access to health care for patients. Same-day appointments for general health conditions are available with a Physician Assistant.

Every PA must be supervised by a licensed physician (either an MD or a DO). The supervising physician is responsible for all medical services provided by a PA under his/her supervision and for following each patient's progress. The PA works closely with the supervising physician to ensure the right care is provided at the right time.

Our Physician Assistants are ready to serve you!

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