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Rico Rodriguez, PA-C, MCHS

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Rico Rodriguez

Rico Rodriguez grew up in San Diego, California. After graduating from high school Rico joined the United States Navy and was trained as a Naval Hospital Corpsman (medic). His Naval career spanned eight years; three years attached to a United States Marine Corps unit at Camp Pendleton, California, three years aboard the USS Gary (FFG-51) in San Diego, and two years at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

After receiving his honorable discharge from the United States Navy, Rico attended San Diego State University (SDSU) where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2019. While attending SDSU and after receiving his BS degree, Rico worked as a rehabilitation aide at Sharp Healthcare until receiving his acceptance to the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant graduate program at the University of Washington where he received his Master of Clinical Health Services (MCHS) degree in 2023. While attending, Rico completed medical rotations including Orthopedic surgery and Neurosurgery.

Rico joined The Spine & Orthopedic Center in 2023 as a new grad and is excited to provide quality, compassionate care to his patients. In his spare time Rico enjoys hiking, traveling, weight training, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


  • 2021-2023
    MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington
    Master of Clinical Health Services
    Seattle, WA
  • 1996-2000
    San Diego State University, San Diego
    Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
    San Diego, CA


  • Physicians Assistant Certification #63425
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • American Heart Association
  • 2022-2024
    Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • 2023-2025
    Basic Life Support


Clinical Rotation Experience

  • Clinical Rotation Experience
  • Kaiser Permanente Puyallup Medical Center
    Family Medicine Preceptorship
    Puyallup, WA
  • Kaiser Permanente Olympia Medical Center
    Specialty Clerkships
    Olympia, WA
  • MultiCare Capital Medical Center
    Emergency Medicine
    Olympia, WA
  • Olympia Orthopedic Associates
    Orthopedic Surgery
    Olympia, WA
  • University of Washington Medical Center
    Neurological Surgery
    Seattle, WA
  • Metropolitan Development Council
    Behavioral Medicine
    Tacoma, WA
  • VMFH Harrison Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
    Wound Care (Underserved Population)
    Bremerton, WA
  • Providence West Olympia Immediate Care
    Urgent Care
    Olympia, WA


  • 2019-2021 - Sharp Healthcare
    Rehabilitation aide (PT/OT)

    San Diego CA

  • 2019-2019 - Sharp Healthcare
    Cardiac Rehabilitation (Internship)

    San Diego CA

  • 2007-2015 - Hospital Corpsman:
  • 2013-2015 - Naval Medical Center
    Hospital Corpsman

    San Diego CA

  • 2010-2013 - USS Gary FFG-51
    Hospital Corpsman

    San Diego CA

  • 2007-2010 - First Marine Division
    Hospital Corpsman

    Camp Pendleton CA


  • Physician Assistant Committee


  • Carrillo Surgery Center