Kristie Thatcher, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kristie Thatcher

Meet Kristie Thatcher, PA-C

Kristie Thatcher is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She completed her education and training at Northern Arizona University Downtown Phoenix campus. She is originally from a small town in northwest New Mexico. She completed her undergraduate training at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She moved to Phoenix for PA school and decided to make it home! Kristie has always had a passion for orthopedic care and knew this was the field she wanted to specialize in upon graduation.

She enjoys helping patients find the right plan of care that is best fit for them and their individual situation – whether that is proceeding with surgery or finding conservative options to control their pain and increase their level of function.

Aside from her career, she enjoys lazy weekends at home with her husband, son, and Labrador retriever. She enjoys working out as well as traveling to see family back in New Mexico.

Education

Master of Physician Assistant Studies with Distinction, August 2018

Northern Arizona University

Phoenix, AZ

 

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, May 2015

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

 

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

San Juan College, GPA: 4.0

Farmington, New Mexico

Clinical Experience/Skills

Mountain View Medical Center Orthopedics Las Cruces, NM

Medical Assistant

  • Triage patients
  • Perform casting
  • Suture/staple removals
  • Fit patients for braces
  • Answer patient calls/questions

Orthopedic Surgery Clinical Rotation

  • Trained in joint injections
  • Assisted in surgery – including total joint replacements

 

Additional Skills

  • Injections (steroid, Toradol, viscosupplementation, amnio stem cell, PRP, and lipogems stem cell)
  • Assist in surgery
  • Suturing
  • X-ray/MRI interpretation

Achievements/Awards

Distinct Graduate

Northern Arizona University

Dean’s List - Fall 2016-Summer 2018

Northern Arizona University

Dean’s Academic Excellence Award, May 2015

New Mexico State University College of Education

Crimson Scholar Graduate

New Mexico State University  

NMSU Regents Scholarship

 New Mexico State University

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Physician Assistants

2016-present

Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants

2016-present

Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery

2018-present

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

2012-present

Personal

Hobbies include weightlifting and spending time with my family and dogs.

  • american orthopaedic association
  • american medical association
  • cleveland clinic
  • state university of new york