R. Nicole Hardy, PA-C, MSPAS graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky in June 2013 with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the state board. During her schooling she was chosen to present her independent research at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) National Conference. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Transylvania University in 2009. She has spent time overseas in Haiti, Honduras, and Kenya for medical missions and as part of her clinical training.
In 2013, R. Nicole Hardy joined Dr. Keith Forwith’s clinical team at Advanced ENT and Allergy to expand patient access to care and develop better methods for the treatment of common problems in the field of ENT. They have jointly expanded efforts to reach an increasing population of thyroid cancer patients. With Dr. Forwith’s expertise, she has taken a special interest in managing thyroid dysfunction, including treatment with Armour Thyroid (dessicated thyroid hormone) for those patients that still struggle with symptoms on Synthroid with normal thyroid lab values.
Many patients often inquire about the Physician Assistant (PA) profession. The profession was started in the 1960s with Navy corpsmen that were already medically educated through their military service to fill a shortage of primary care providers in the country. Physician Assistants are trained in the medical model to work as part of a team with a physician to evaluate, order and interpret tests, perform office procedures, assist in surgery, diagnose, implement proper treatment options for patients, and prescribe medications. For more quick facts about PAs, please visit: www.aapa.org