Family Medicine

Erin Mirakian, MPAS, PA-C

1215 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99352

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“I’m passionate about patient education and empowerment. My goal is to help them take charge of creating habits that will keep them strong and healthy.”

While lots of children go through a phase of wanting to work in medicine when they grow up, Erin Mirakian, MPAS, PA-C, followed through. “My mother was a nurse, and I loved hearing her talk about her work,” she says. “That interest stayed with me throughout my childhood. When I went to college, I got a job as a medical assistant and to this day, I love how mentally stimulating, interesting and fulfilling medicine is.”

Erin began working in family practice in 2020. At BestMed, she performs physical exams, sports physicals, prescribes medications and develops treatment plans for acute and chronic illnesses. She says helping patients keep themselves healthy is one of the things she loves most about family practice.

“I enjoy the science of medicine and the fast pace, but what I really love about family practice is being able to connect with patients,” says Erin. “It’s fulfilling to be able to teach people about their bodies and medical needs in language they understand so they are empowered to take charge of their own health.”

Erin received her Bachelor of Science and Arts in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. She then began studying to become a physician assistant and earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2020. After completing her clinical rotations, the COVID-19 pandemic began and she worked as the medical provider at vaccine hubs seeing patients with adverse reactions before turning her full attention to primary care.

Erin stresses the importance of preventive health measures with all her patients. “As unglamorous as it sounds, simple things like nutritious food, regular exercise, adequate sleep and routine visits to your primary care provider keep you healthy and help you recover faster if you do experience injuries or disease. And while those things may be easier said than done, your medical provider can work with you to develop strategies to help you implement positive habit changes and start feeling your best.”

Erin and her partner, who is a family practice physician, wanted a change from Texas and settled on Washington because of the ample opportunities it offered for exploring the outdoors. They moved in 2022 and have stayed busy every other weekend finding new hiking, camping and biking spots around Washington and Oregon. Erin loves living along the Columbia River and when she’s exploring closer to home, she stays active by running, swimming and rollerblading.

  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2020
  • Bachelor of Science & Arts, Human Development & Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic | Physician Assistant | 2022-2023
  • Best Care Family Medical Center | Physician Assistant | 2021-2022
  • Acute Care Transitions, LLP | Physician Assistant | 2021
  • Clinical rotations | 2019-2020
  • Washington State Physician Assistant license, 2023
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, 2020
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Member, American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2021-present