Spine Animations

Spine Animations

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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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Caitlin Lane Tuggle



Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, May 2011-Present
Honors and Activities:
• South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Member
• American Academy of Physician Assistants Member
• Towards No Tobacco (TNT) Program Volunteer
• Smiles for Life Program Volunteer
• CARES Program Volunteer
• Junior Doctors of Health Mentor

Bachelor of Science in Biology, May 2007
Pre-Medicine Coursework including: Organic Chemistry, Genetics, and Physiology
Honors and Activities:
• LIFE Scholarship Recipient
• Wofford College 1854 Scholarship Recipient
• The Woodrow W. Willard Scholarship for study abroad Recipient
• Relay for Life
• Race for the Cure
• Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Secretary
• Spartanburg Child Development Center volunteer

• BLS, ACLS, and PALS certified


Family Medicine, Palmetto Primary Care, Goose Creek, SC September 2012 – October 2012
June 2013-July 2013
Preceptor: Diana Alford, PA-C
• Gained experience ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and imaging as well as formulating diagnosis and management plans for various chief complaints
• Performed in-office procedures such as cyst removal, I&Ds, PAP smears, and microscopy
• Educated patients on prevention and management of life-long illnesses

Pediatrics, Stono Pediatrics, James Island, SC October 2012-November 2012
Preceptor: Helen Bertrand, MD
• Conducted comprehensive and organized histories and performed organized and thorough physicals on well and ill children
• Administered routine immunizations and venipuncture

Women’s Health, Walterboro OB/GYN, Walterboro, SC November 2012 – December 2012
Preceptor: Trent Cannon, MD
• Performed several in-office procedures such as PAP smears, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy
• Assumed role of first-assist in cesarean deliveries and various gynecological surgeries
• Assisted in vaginal deliveries and post-delivery care to mother
• Documented prenatal health histories using EMR

Surgery, Coastal Vascular and Vein, Charleston, SC January 2013-February 2013
Preceptor: Thomas Appleby, MD
• First assist in numerous vascular and general surgery cases
• Performed several procedures including intubation, suture placement, and wound dressing

Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Charleston, SC February 2013 – March 2013
Preceptor: Jessica Broadway, MD
• Increased my knowledge of diagnosis and medication regimens for various mental illnesses while working in a state-operated, outpatient and inpatient mental health facility

Internal Medicine, South Carolina Nephrology, Orangeburg, SC March 2013 – April 2013
Preceptor: Moustafa Moustafa, MD
• Completed thorough work-up, diagnosis, and management of patients
• Strengthened my prescriptive knowledge by managing complex medication regimens of patients

Emergency Medicine, The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, SC April 2013 – May 2013
Preceptor: Daniel Avosso, MD
• Performed several procedures including wound laceration repair, I&Ds, joint reductions, splinting, venipuncture, IV placement, and foley catheter insertion while increasing my ability to perform rapid focused histories and physical exams in the emergency setting

Orthopedics, Southeastern Spine Institute, Mt, Pleasant, SC July 2013 – August 2013
Preceptor: Justin Swain, PA-C
• Assisted in numerous cervical and lumbar fusion surgeries
• Performed trigger points in office
• Assisted in interpreting lumbar and cervical MRI scans, nerve conduction studies, CT scans

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