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How many years have you been a PA? / How many years have you been a PA with OrthoCarolina?

I graduated PA School in August 2017 and started working for OrthoCarolina in January 2018. I’m very lucky and grateful to land such a great opportunity out of school, I’m also very excited to finally put all my training to good use!

What made you decide to become a PA?

I always knew I wanted to have some kind of career in medicine; I actually worked and observed in several different fields such as optometry and dentistry. However, my experience with PAs was by far the best, I love how hands-on we can be with patients while also working closely with the doctors.

What is a big challenge in your job?

I notice it’s easy to rush through patients throughout the day. I really make it a goal to hear each patient’s story and try to put myself in their shoes. Forming these relationships helps me be a better provider and hopefully helps patients feel comfortable with my care.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love the Gastonia office. Everyone is so nice and really looks out for each other. It makes a huge difference during long days when you’re happy to be at work.

When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?


Tell us a fun fact about yourself or something that people might not know about you:

I am a big Alabama fan, I grew up going to the football games and graduated from the University of Alabama, I can’t wait for football season coming up! ROLL TIDE!

Anything else you want us to know about you or your job:

I love it! Everyone I work with is wonderful and my patients have been great!

C.J. Watson, PA-C is a physician assistant at the OrthoCarolina Gastonia location.

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