Our Physician Assistants (PA) are medical professionals who work closely with our doctors.  Both are graduates of accredited programs, and are nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine. Our PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, and provide patient education and counseling. Our neurologists and skilled physician assistants offer a unique team approach to patient care.


Rebecca D. McGowan, PA-C

Rebecca graduated with a BA in Biology from Hartwick College in 1992. She completed her Physician Assistant Certification at Bayley Seton Hospital’s Physician Assistant Program in 1997. She has worked with Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery and Neurology practices.  She has been a valued staff member at Asheville Neurology Specialists since 2004.



Payal Soni-Patel, PA-C

Payal graduated with a BA in Biology from the University of Toledo in 1997, completing her MS in Pharmacology in 1999, followed by a MS in Physician Assistant Studies in 2001 at Medical College of Ohio. She has worked with Interventional Pain Management and Neurology practices. She has been a valued staff member at  Asheville Neurology Specialists since 2005.