KRISTINA PRESTON, MSPA, PA-C
She aims to treat every one of her patients as a unique individual rather than just a number and enjoys working in collaboration with all providers and staff at South Coast Medical Group to create the best experience possible for each patient.
Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Kristina was born and raised in Southern California. Her love for medicine and patient care originated in childhood. When she was born, she had some minor birth complications, which resulted in several surgeries as a child and teenager. This exposure to medicine at a young age led to a better understanding of how it felt to be treated as a patient. She met several providers along the way who fostered her appreciation for science and medicine and the importance of the patient-provider relationship. When it came time to decide on a career path, she knew that she wanted to be a healthcare provider just like the memorable providers she came in to contact with as a young girl.
She attended a small, all-girls high school, Cornelia Connelly, where she fostered a love for community service and learned the importance of education and empowerment as a young woman. Then she went to California Polytechnic University, Pomona for her undergraduate education, where she graduated magna cum laude and received her Bachelors of Science in Biology. After working in the health care field as an EMT, she completed her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences, graduating at the top of her class.
In her clinical rotations, she concentrated specifically on family medicine, urgent care medicine and emergency medicine. Her focus here at South Coast Medical Group is in family medicine and urgent care medicine. Recently, she independently completed a lengthy course focusing on opioid abuse and the rampant problem in our communities with addiction. She aims to treat every one of her patients as a unique individual rather than just a number and enjoys working in collaboration with all providers and staff at South Coast Medical Group to create the best experience possible for each patient.
In her free time, she volunteers at Western University as an alum. She enjoys long runs outdoors and spending as much time as she can with her family and friends. She loves getting brunch on Saturdays with her parents, hanging out at the beach with her twin sister and spending time cooking in the kitchen with her brother. She owns her own small crafting business, which she uses as a way to “de-stress” after a long day at the office.