Alyssa Townsend, PA-C

Family Medicine



Primary Location:


1114 Goffle Road, Suite 104

Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Contact Information:

Tel: 973-636-9000

Fax: 833-493-1245

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Physician Assistants

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants


Bachelor of Science, Biology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ


Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Board Certifications:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

Physician Assistant Provides Positive Patient Experience

“As family medicine providers, we are the gatekeepers of our patients’ health.”

From a young age, Alyssa Townsend was drawn to a career in healthcare. Inspired by her mother’s dedication as a radiation therapist, she too wanted to make a difference. In high school, she had the opportunity to shadow her primary care provider, who happened to be a physician assistant at Vanguard Medical Group. “It was during this experience that I truly fell in love with the PA profession,” Alyssa recalled.

She worked as an EMT to get patient care experience before beginning her studies. In her PA program, she completed an additional rotation in women’s health. She also enjoyed the fast pace of working in emergency medicine and urgent care. “When I was looking for family medicine jobs, I saw that Vanguard had an opening,” she said. “I was excited to join the practice that had inspired my career.”

Patients say that they appreciate that Alyssa takes the time to really listen to them. “I want to hear their story,” she said. “I want to know their concerns. Then, we can determine the next steps together.” In her role as a family medicine provider, she perceives herself as the custodian of her patients’ well-being, steering them through essential preventive measures like screenings and vaccinations, while also addressing urgent matters and seamlessly coordinating referrals to specialists when necessary.

She wants her patients to have a positive experience so that they are more likely to return when they need care. “I don’t want them to be hesitant to go to the doctor’s,” she said. “I want them to be inspired to keep up with their health. That’s my biggest motivation.”

When she’s not working, Alyssa loves to read and spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys hiking at the many picturesque parks in New Jersey.