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Eleanor Preta, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Board Certifications:
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (PA-C)
Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) (1992-2008)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
Hand and upper extremities, fractures and congenital anomalies, sports medicine

Physician Assistant School: Long Island University/Brooklyn Hospital Center
Undergraduate: University of Delaware 

Patient Reviews:
"Our experience was excellent. We had things explained to us very well and we were well looked after. Everyone was very patient, kind, and professional, and we would highly recommend Ellie Preta."

"Ellie Preta was very, very friendly. When she came in, she was very joyous and happy to see my son. It was very refreshing and memorable, and my son, instead of fearing the doctor, he was really happy, and he smiled. That made a world of difference We appreciate her professionalism and her amazing attitude to assist and care for my son."

"I am very satisfied with the attention of Ellie and all the professionals who treated my son. I thank all the medical specialists and staff who give their best to all the patients who are treated at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia." 

Clinic Locations: Fairfax

Where did you grow up?
I am a local gal, growing up in Potomac, MD. I was able to come back to my local high school and serve as an Athletic Trainer after college. I always enjoyed this area with all the historical and cultural opportunities.
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
My mother had advanced multiple sclerosis and I got to view medical care from the patient and family's perspective. I watched what made a good provider and this, among other things, sparked my interest in the medical field. I could not imagine sitting a desk job. I was initially very interested in sports medicine and worked as an athletic trainer prior to becoming a PA. After PA school, I was very lucky to find a job working in pediatric orthopaedics. I love working with children and young adults. They adapt well to difference situations and heal faster. I had the opportunity to join our upper extremity team and could not be happier.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
My three children keep me busy. You will see me most weekends on some type of athletic field cheering them on, trying not to embarrass them too much. I love to workout, hike, and take long walks with my dog. I also help my husband with his many DIY home projects.
Do you volunteer? If so, where?
I have done volunteer work at my children's schools, less now that they are older though.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
Being a mom of three wonderful children. They bring me so much joy and are my daily inspiration.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
I would probably be a physical therapist or fitness coach. I like watching improvement and confidence grow over time. I enjoy empowering people to be their best and keep active.