Sylvia Bustamante - MPAS, PA-C

Sylvia Bustamante - MPAS, PA-C

University of Texas-Pan American
Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004
Bachelor in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007
University of Texas-Pan American
Master in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009

My training was done in various health clinics and hospitals throughout the Valley in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ob-Gyn, and Pediatrics.

I was born and raised in Melrose Park, IL, a small suburb outside of Chicago. After my father retired, we moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 2001 to be closer to family and enjoy the beautiful weather. In May 2011, I married my best friend, Mario Bustamante who was my high school sweetheart in Chicago.

My husband and I attend Palm Valley church in Mission. This church has been an inspiration to us since the moment we walked in. We feel blessed to attend a loving, family-oriented, Christ-centered local church.

I love spending quality time with my husband and daughters. I love to cook new foods and learn new recipes by watching cooking shows. We love to spend time outdoors when possible including walking our dogs, bike riding, playing sports, working out, etc. We also love traveling and visiting family out of state. On our down time we like to catch up on our favorite shows and watch movies.

Why did I become a Physician Assistant?
I love medicine and the variety of areas that are involved in the medical field. I grew up with a mother who is a nurse so as a child I gained a special interest in health care.

What will be my role as a Physician Assistant?
Physician Assistants are trained and qualified to obtain medical histories and perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat common illnesses and injuries, including minor surgical procedures, recognize complicated medical conditions that require referral, manage chronic medical conditions i.e. as diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis, order and interpret laboratory tests, x-rays, etc., prescribe medications & other treatment.

Medical Missions:
I have served in Mexico … and indirectly for needs of people around the world as I worked at Family Health Center of Mission clinic while my supervising doctors have directly serving the needs of people in Ecuador, Togo, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Haiti. I plan to serving on more mission trips with Palm Valley church in the future.

Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Restaurant: House of Nanking (Chinese food) in San Francisco