Rikki Schuster, PA-C is the primary medical provider that makes house calls for this practice. She graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1995. From there, she worked full time in a high volume Emergency Department in Memphis Tennessee for 6 years before moving to the Outer Banks in 2000. Here she has practiced at the various Urgent Care Centers prior to founding Medical House Calls in 2002.
Christine Petzing, M.D. is the supervising physician for Medical House Calls. Dr. Petzing received her medical degree from the University of Illinois. She is Board certified in Family Practice and Palliative medicine. She currently works full time as a hospitalist at The Outer Banks Hospital.
How did Medical House Calls begin?
After working at the local Urgent Care Centers (walk in clinics) for 2 years, Rikki Schuster decided she wanted to provide the residents and the guests of the Outer Banks another health care option. With the unique population fluctuation we have during the peak tourist season, the few medical clinics that will see the visitors are usually quite full in the summer, and typically have a lengthy wait time for simple illnesses. For example, if you are staying in Corolla, and you have a small child with an ear infection, you may have to spend an entire day of your vacation on the road and in a waiting room. With Medical House Calls, you may have to wait a few hours for an appointment, but you are waiting at your beach cottage with the rest of your family, enjoying your vacation, until the provider knocks on your door. It’s amazing how many repeat patients we have had from places like New York and Maryland.
“I have an example of a wonderful family from Northern Virginia who I’ve had the opportunity to take care of for the last three years. In fact, last year, the oldest child felt like he was getting sick the day before they were leaving for vacation. His mom was going to try to take him into his doctor before coming here, but he told her he would rather wait and have Rikki see him when he got to the Outer Banks!”
– Rikki Schuster, PA-C