The American Health Council has warmly appointed Deana Couture, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C as “Best in Medicine” for her outstanding contributions to the medical field. A physician assistant at Jewish Family Service Association in Ohio, Dr. Couture helps a community of mental health patients including those diagnosed with schizophrenia, developmental disabilities and the deaf population. While she has held her current role for 12 years, she has spent the last 35 years in the healthcare industry expanding her skills and knowledge in psychiatry.
After working as a paramedic for 21 years, Dr. Couture decided to advance her career and education by pursuing a profession as a physician assistant. She enrolled in the Cuyahoga Community College’s Physician Assistant Program and earned the Physician Assistant-Certified designation in 2006. She later earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from A.T. Still University in 2009 and completed a Doctor of Health Science degree from the same university in 2014.
Recognizing different methods of helping her patients, Dr. Couture describes psychiatry as an art. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, she administers medical services to patients who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, post-traumatic stressed disorder and anxiety, among many other mental health ailments. To continue to expand her skills and expertise, she is a member of the National Commission on Certification of Academic Excellence and the National Honor Society of Academic Excellence.
Dr. Couture contributes to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Jewish Foundation and United Way. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family while enjoying hiking, fitness classes and traveling, as well as learning about the Great Lake Maritime history. With a successful career at hand, Dr. Couture attributes her achievements to the unconditional love and support of her family, including her husband and young adult son. She considers them to be her biggest support system. She also attributes her success to her mentors, her strong peer support network and many talented mental health professors who helped her during the inception of her career. Dr. Couture plans to maintain her success by continuing to serve the population she serves. She enjoys her career and plans to expand her skills by lecturing in an academic setting in order to help others expand their education.
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Physician Assistant at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland
- Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland, a private, non-profit organization, serves to strengthen families and individuals in both the Jewish and general communities in Northeast Ohio.
- Guided by traditional Jewish values of communal responsibility and social justice, JFSA is committed to enhancing every individual’s ability to thrive in our community.
- FSA supports over 60 sites in eastern Cuyahoga, Geauga and Summit counties.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Jewish Foundation
- United Way