Will Craghead physician's assistant in Gilbert

Will Craghead

Physician Assistant, Gilbert, AZ

Hi, I’m Will, a physician assistant in Gilbert, AZ at Ark Family Health.

An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. I believe it is essential that we strive to treat ourselves like someone we are responsible for taking care of. The decisions we make at the grocery store are among the most impactful to our health and the health of our families. As a physician assistant in Gilbert, AZ, I enjoy being able to help my patients make the best choices for their health.

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    My Story

    As a native Arizonan, I grew up surrounded by citrus and farmland in Queen Creek, where I learned to appreciate hard work. Prior to college, I performed service in Germany for two years as a missionary for my church. Since graduating PA school, I have enjoyed the challenge of working in several emergency departments, where I continue to care for patients in their most vulnerable and critical hours of need.

    The more I contemplate the state of our healthcare system, the more I have come to realize that, in order to best sustain long-term health across all populations, prevention of chronic disease is key. Unfortunately, the format of our current insurance-based primary care system does not allow for adequately addressing preventative medicine. We are subsequently losing the battle against costly chronic diseases such as diabetes, which now afflicts over 10% of Americans.

    For many years, I have been a proponent of the direct primary care model, and see it as the most viable way to reverse these chronic disease trends while offering the full array of other vital primary care diagnostics, procedures and services. As a physician assistant in Gilbert, AZ, I am beyond excited to be seeing patients in the direct primary care setting, and look forward to my knowledge and skills benefiting my patients here at Ark.

    Education

    • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Arizona State University
    • Master of Science in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies, A.T. Still University

    Medical Interests

    As a physician assistant in Gilbert, AZ, at Ark Family Health, I am able to focus on my medical interests, which include family medicine, preventive medicine, healthcare economics, emergency medicine, patient education, direct primary care, lifestyle medicine, and point of care ultrasound.

    Hobbies

    My beautiful bride Lindsay and I were recently blessed with our first child — a darling baby girl, Annie — so I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to audio books and podcasts, working on projects at home, hunting, playing/watching sports, hiking, playing guitar, and lumberjacking.