Margaret has worked in the healthcare field since 1997. She began her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant but quickly realized she wanted a change and went into marketing/sales for medical companies. After some time, she found herself missing working with patients directly, so she went back to school first receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then completed extensive training to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Margaret was initially a Nurse Practitioner (N.P.) in General/Vascular Surgery before moving into orthopaedics. She has been a N.P. in surgery specialty for 11 years and in orthopaedics for over 4 years now. Dedicated to continuing education, earlier this year, she became a professor for the Nurse Practitioner program at Nova Southeastern University while completing her Doctorate in Nursing (D.N.P.) from Wilkes University.
In her off-time, Margaret enjoys traveling, yoga, playing tennis, reading, watching Broadway shows, visiting museums, and wine tastings.
- Undergraduate: SUNY Brockport, B.S. – Health Care Administration
- Nursing School: University of Rochester, B.S.N. – Nursing
- Graduate: Florida Atlantic University, M.S.N. – Family Nurse Practitioner
- Doctoral School: Wilkes University, D.N.P. – Doctor of Nursing Practice
How does Margaret play a vital role in Dr. Leighton's practice?
From the operating room, assisting with total joint surgeries, rounding on patients in the hospital, assisting outpatient surgeries in local surgery centers, and being on-call for emergency surgeries, Margaret provides direct patient care from initial visit, to surgery, to post-op care, through follow ups! She is in constant contact with Dr. Leighton for any questions regarding patient care.
Why am I seeing Margaret for my initial visit?
Margaret sees every first evaluations for Dr. Leighton. Occasionally, Dr. Leighton may be at your first visit. She will diagnose and develop a treatment plan. This could be a conservative measure (MRI, injections, physical therapy, etc). If it is determined that a surgical intervention is indicated, she will discuss this with Dr. Leighton and you will follow up with Dr. Leighton. If you are NOT in need of surgery, Margaret will be able to create and oversee your treatment plan.
If you have not been treated conservatively for a musculoskeletal problem, there are frequently some steps which will require conservative treatment before any other option is explored. If she believes it is something Dr. Leighton needs to see, our staff will be able to schedule you to do so.
What is a Physician's Assistant?
A Nurse Practitioner is a health care provider who examines patients, makes a diagnosis and develops a treatment plan (medication, injections, MRI, physical therapy, referral to specialist etc). A Nurse Practitioner can provide quality care and diagnose medical conditions.
Physician Assistants are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications in collaboration with a licensed physician. A PA can provide quality care and diagnose medical conditions.
What can Margaret do?
Margaret can do it all! She is able to diagnose, give injections, write orders for physical therapy, MRI, prescribe medication and create and manage treatment plans.
All decisions and evaluations are discussed with and/or overseen by Dr. Leighton.