This week continues our #PAWeek festivities and we want to celebrate our very own Physician Assistant at Vascular Interventional Associates, Blanka Heary!
She is a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at Daemen College and has been in the profession for 15 years – 8 of those years with VIA! (Aren’t we so lucky?!) She takes pride in being a PA and being a part of a profession that has had such an impact in healthcare. Her favorite part of the profession is simply working with patients and making a difference in their lives for the better. When it comes to working at VIA, Blanka just loves saving limbs, literally! She’s grateful that she has such a rewarding job and has the opportunity to work alongside people that share the same passion for what they do.
Blanka grew with VIA. As we were growing, she helped out by wearing various hats, as Dr. Iqbal put it. She would lend a helping hand wherever necessary, whether it was administration, billing and coding, or marketing. One of her biggest contributions to the practice however, would be the free VIA Symposium that showcases the medical advances in Western New York every year. This year will mark the 12th symposium and is set to take place in April 2018.
Dr. Iqbal says that Blanka is his “clinical face” to the practice. He considers her a partner and together they have been able to thrive in reaching their goal of preventing amputations. She truly embodies what VIA is all about: compassion, care, intelligence, and making a difference.
Blanka is the mother of three sons, where she excels in the “mommy taxi” industry. She admits that she doesn’t enjoy housework, but can find some relaxation in gardening and cooking with her kids.