Whitney Kost is a board-certified Physician Assistant and Psychiatric provider at Avance Care. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition with a Psychology minor from The University of Kentucky, where she also earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to graduate school, Whitney gained clinical experience as a medical assistant and scribe at Lexington Infectious Disease Consultants. She completed her clinical training in various specialties including Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and has experience in the Telemedicine setting.
Whitney is a member of American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators (IAPAE), where she presented one of her research publications. She previously served on the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Awareness Committee as well as the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistant (KAPA) Committee which lobbied for House Bill 135, granting PA’s in Kentucky prescriptive authority for controlled substances (schedule III-V). For Whitney, each patient is unique, and it is important that her patients feel safe and able to be themselves in her care. She believes in a patient-centered approach and prioritizes shared decision-making. She is passionate about patient education, and preventive medicine, and has a special interest in working with adolescent patients.
Outside of work, Whitney loves exploring on the weekends, trying new restaurants, attending Barre3 workout classes, and expressing her creativity through drawing and painting. Additionally, she enjoys taking her beloved rescue dog, Lola, on walks. Though originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Whitney now calls Raleigh, North Carolina home.