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Local Physician Assistant Recognized as Pioneer in the Profession

Awards & Recognition Paradise, CA – Don Massie, PA-C, of Feather River Hospital’s Corning Health Center, is one of only 224 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) in the country to be certified for 40 years by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 
Massie was among the first PAs to be nationally certified by NCCPA in 1975. He has maintained his certification by meeting continuing medical education (CME) requirements every two years and passing rigorous recertification exams every six years.

Massie is employed by Feather River Hospital, and works at Corning Health Center in Corning, CA. “As a certified PA who has made a commitment to maintaining certification and professional standards, I am most proud of being able to provide primary health care to over three generations of wonderful and unique patients,” says Massie.

In 2015, NCCPA celebrates 40 years of serving the public through PAs certification and recognizes this small group of PAs who were the first to carry the PA-C designation. 

“NCCPA is thrilled to have been a part of the PA profession for 40 years,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “We are even more proud of these certified PAs for serving as pioneers to the profession and for their continued dedication to their career and their patients.”

About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants 
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. There are approximately 102,000 certified PAs in the U.S. today. NCCPA also administers the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for experienced, certified PAs practicing in seven specialties. For more information, visit