Physician Assistants

Frequently Asked Questions: What is a Physician's Assistant?

Megan, Aaron and Emily work closely with the surgeons.  They assist in all surgeries, provide daily post operative hospital care and often will see patients in the office to assist with pre and post surgical management.  The bariatric clinic has a weekly PA clinic for managing less acute post operative issues.

 Megan Palsa

Megan has been in health care since 1989.   She has a BSN from UNC and practiced as a critical care RN for ten years.  In 2002, she obtained a master’s degree in medicine from the Samuel Merritt University.  She was hired by First Surgical Consultants in 2002 and continues to enjoy her role in the practice as daily it provides challenge and opportunity for growth.

 Aaron Peters

Aaron completed medical school at UT Memphis in 2000.  He made a decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant shortly after graduation, attending Samuel Merritt University for his master’s degree in medicine.  He graduated in 2005 and was hired by First Surgical Consultants that year.  What he enjoys most about his profession is the constant patient interaction and daily challenges medicine offers. 

 Desla Phillips

Desla graduated with a degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She worked as a medical assistant and traveled before going back to school to complete her master's degree in the Physician Assistant program at Samuel Merritt University.  She was hired by First Surgical Consultants after she graduated in 2012 and enjoys being a part of the health care team.  She strives to provide compassionate care to patients throughout the process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.


First Surgical Office Locations

Oakland Office
365 Hawthorne Ave, #101
Oakland, Ca 94609
Ph# 510-465-5523
Fax# 510-832-6061

Berkeley Office
2999 Regent St #700
Berkeley, Ca 94705
Ph# 510-486-0818
Fax# 510-486-0819

Hayward Office
27001 Calaroga Ave, #4
Hayward, Ca 94544
Ph# 510-732-5731
Fax# 510-732-5739

Chinatown Office
388 9th St #218B
Oakland, Ca 94607
Ph# 510-839-0298 
Fax# 510-839-4389

Bariatrics Office (Summit South)
3100 Summit St, #2600
Oakland, Ca 94609
Ph# 510-869-8972
Fax# 510-869-6989

Comprehensive Cancer Center
2001 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Ph# 510-204-1634
Fax# 510-204-5749