Casey Nelson, PA-C, MPH
Lieutenant, US Public Health Service
Lieutenant Casey Nelson is the physician assistant for the Yosemite Medical Clinic and Assistant Medical Director for Yosemite Emergency Medical Services. She serves alongside the medical director, providing primary and urgent care, and attending to emergencies for employees, community members, and Yosemite National Park visitors.
She is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, from which she received a Master of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health. Prior to her graduate education, she received her bachelor of arts in biology and sociology/anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. While at The George Washington University, she participated in the United States Public Health Service (USHPS) Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP) and was commissioned as a USPHS officer during her training. Following graduation, Lieutenant Nelson served as a physician assistant for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Bastrop, Texas, where she provided primary care and urgent care to incarcerated individuals until her transfer to the National Park Service/Yosemite National Park.
Throughout her career, Lieutenant Nelson has been passionate about providing healthcare access to communities that need it most. She is a native of Austin, Texas, and prior to beginning her service as a USPHS officer, she worked as a program manager for a non-profit public health organization focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, and later worked for the State of Texas Department of Health Services as an HIV prevention consultant, public health planner and state grant monitor.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, sharing meals with family and friends, spending time with her partner and their dog. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, she is thrilled to be practicing medicine in the setting of Yosemite National Park and contributing to the health and safety of the park's many visitors and the Yosemite community.