Debra Palmer, PA-C

Family Medicine



Primary Location:


43 Main St., #1

Farmingdale, NJ 07727

Contact Information:

Tel: 732-938-6471

Fax: 833-488-1209

Professional Associations:

American Academy of Physician Assistants

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants


Bachelor of Science, Physics, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ


Master of Medical Science, Physician Assistant Online Program, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Board Certifications:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

Physician Assistant enjoys making connections with patients

“The more you know about your patients, the better you can guide them toward good health.”

Debra Palmer first discovered her passion for medicine in the U.S. Air Force. Her role, as a medical technician, was the inspiration for her future career. She put herself through school, earning an undergraduate degree in physics, then worked as a teacher while raising a family. When her youngest graduated high school, she enrolled in the Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Online Program. “It was time to pursue my dream,” she said.

She chose primary care because of the opportunity to build a rapport and relationship with her patients. “I love the idea that the Farmingdale office has been here for a very long time,” she said. “It has that family and community feel that was important to me. I wanted to work in a warm, welcoming place.”

Patients appreciate that she takes the time to get to know them and listen to their concerns. “I want my patients to feel comfortable, so that they can tell me anything,” she said. “Building relationships is part of building that trust.” She also is known for her thorough explanations. “I am proud of my teaching background, and I think it helps me understand people and how they learn. I think that makes me a better provider.”

She’s also noticed that her varied background helps her connect with so many people. “I’m a military veteran, a teacher, a cancer survivor, and a mom,” she said. “I have aging parents. I understand what my patients might be experiencing, and that along with my medical training, helps me to guide them.”

When she’s not working, Debra enjoys DIY construction and woodworking. She and her husband have renovated several houses including their current home.