Ariel Campa, PA-C is a proud San Antonio native. Originally born on the island of Galveston, TX, she and her family relocated to San Antonio when she was a young child, and she has been calling San Antonio home ever since. Her love for medicine began early as she grew up admiring her parents, who both worked in the medical field as a sonographer and a physician assistant here in town. After childhood, she went on to receive her bachelor’s of science in Biology from The University of the Incarnate Word, graduating a year early and with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.
In addition to medicine, Ariel also has a passion for education. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in education and worked as an elementary school teacher prior to becoming a physician assistant. She now enjoys using her background in education to collaborate with and better aid her patients in understanding their personalized treatment plans and medications. She believes that patient education leads to optimized patient empowerment and overall improved health outcomes. It is her goal to help facilitate an environment in which her patients can feel safe, respected, informed, heard, and hopeful.
Ariel’s passion for psychiatry and behavioral health was solidified during her clinical experiences in psychiatry as a master’s of physician assistant studies student at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio campus here in the medical center. As a physician assistant student, Ariel elected to spend multiple rotations in psychiatry to better develop her psychotherapy and medication management skills. During this time, she was able to gain valuable experience utilizing advanced therapeutics such as TMS, while working with patients of diverse backgrounds and mental health needs.
When she’s not in the clinic, Ariel enjoys spending time outdoors, working out, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, traveling, trying out new instant pot recipes, and going on many adventures with her boyfriend and her seven-year-old daughter, Alessandra.