Ericka (Ricki) Thompson, PA-C, is a native of Phoenix, AZ. She joined the Navy at 18 years old due to the disappointing lack of surf-able beaches in Arizona and to see the world. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology while serving her country working in the Engineering Department on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers overseas and in Washington State. After completing almost nine years the Navy, she embarked on a new journey to explore the overlap of engineering and medicine.
Ricki has called Virginia Beach home since 2010, when her husband was stationed at NAS Oceana to fly F/A-18 Super Hornets. She received her Master’s in Surgical Assisting from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014 and subsequently worked in the Operating Room at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, as well as many local Plastic Surgery offices when they needed an extra set of skilled hands. While at SNGH, Ricki specialized in Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Trauma. She later returned to EVMS to complete her second Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant in pursuit of more patient interaction outside of the Operating Room. She then worked in Plastic Surgery in Norfolk until the COVID crisis in 2020 compelled her to help where the situation was the most dire: the Bellevue COVID ICU in New York City.
Ricki joined the practice to apply her background in engineering, advanced surgery knowledge, and passion for plastics toward making every patient’s experience unique and enjoyable. Her unparalleled proficiency and firsthand expertise in facial surgery inform her injection decisions and techniques, permitting tailored solutions based on each patient’s individual anatomy. Above all else, Ricki prioritizes building trust with her patients and guiding them to their best possible results, even if that path lies outside of her care. She takes pride in having candid conversations with patients that convey accurate expectations, as well as providing detailed, insightful recommendations backed by her previous work experience and the close relationships she has forged with many of the local area surgeons.
In her free time, Ricki loves surfing, running, fight clubs, and exploring our fantastic local breweries.