Erica Ellicott, PA-C
Bachelors of Exercise Science with a minor in Health Science 2012
University of Nebraska Kearney
Masters of Physician Assistant 2014
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Hello! I'm Erica Ellicott, a Physician Assistant with nearly a decade of experience in rural family medicine. I was raised in Imperial, Nebraska and earned my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in health science from the University of Nebraska Kearney. I then pursued a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have experience in a wide range of health care settings from outpatient clinic to emergency and hospital medicine. In recent years, I returned to Imperial to start a family with my husband T.J. Southwest Nebraska is a special place to live because it is a close knit and supportive community. We are lucky to have the support of our family nearby which is truly invaluable to us.
TJ and I have developed a deep appreciation for the holistic approach, which we apply in our respective fields of agriculture and healthcare. Our shared passion lies in providing services that enhance the well-being and longevity of individuals and future generations. While TJ focuses on cultivating nutritious food through sustainable practices, my focus is on empowering others to make healthy choices to address the root cause of disease. Through my experiences as a health care provider in conventional medicine, I found myself yearning for a better way to help people achieve genuine wellness. I sought to expand my knowledge in integrative medicine with an emphasis on women's health and pregnancy. This pursuit was driven by my personal desire to create the healthiest environment for my own pregnancies and growing family. The result of this exploration has been the development of a unique medical practice where I serve as a collaborative partner to each patient, embarking on a shared journey towards wellness.
My philosophy of disease is that it does not simply emerge at the moment of diagnosis; rather, it is a result of a complex interplay between various factors within our environment and genetics. These factors accumulate over time and can disrupt the delicate balance of our health and may eventually lead to illness. When we equip ourselves with the right knowledge and tools, we can better understand the underlying mechanisms of disease which allows for a root cause approach to illness rather than only treating the symptoms. Health exists along a continuum. When provided with the right nutrients and support, our bodies will intrinsically move towards wellness and self-repair.
I have pursued additional training in women’s functional and integrative medicine because women in particular are at a disadvantage when it comes to health care. We are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, autoimmune disease, obesity, and stress than men. 1 in 6 women will deal with infertility, and millions of women suffer annually from hormonal problems such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, disruptive menopausal symptoms, and gynecologic cancers. Women are more likely to take prescription medications than men but are historically underrepresented in clinical trials of medical and pharmaceutical research. A woman’s health before and during pregnancy can have a large impact on her child’s lifelong health and disease risk. Therefore, optimizing women’s health can have a significant impact on the health of future generations.
I hope to bring a fresh and holistic perspective to the medical care of the women in my community. I value each person as a unique individual, not a list of diagnoses. I aspire to guide others on a holistic journey towards a healthier and more fulfilling life, addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects using natural approaches whenever possible and judiciously incorporating pharmaceuticals when necessary.