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Samantha Gartner, PA-C

  • About
    • Specialties: Physician Assistant Surgery
    • Gender: Female
    • Languages: English
    Biography

    What I Do
    My clinical interest is working with surgical patients. General surgery was my first clinical rotation in my physician assistant training. I was terrified but fell in love immediately -- there is nothing quite like the operating room environment. As a physician assistant working in general surgery, we get to be the first assist to the surgeons. We also work closely with the surgeons to ensure great care for our patients both pre- and post-operatively.

    Why I Love My Work
    I love general surgery for many reasons. To name one, I have the opportunity to instantly relieve patients of their pain. For example, if someone needs a gallbladder removed, the patient often feels so much better immediately after the surgery. I find it rewarding to know that you were a part of making that person feel better. I also love the opportunity to build relationships with my patients, helping ease their nervousness or discomfort before surgery, allowing them to feel calmer.

    Getting to Know Me
    I was born at St. Cloud Hospital and grew up in Annandale, Minnesota. I always knew I wanted to come back and serve the area that made me who I am. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and our dog, Daisy, as well as my family and friends. We love to spend time at the lake, travelling and outdoor activities like hiking. My fitness routine is also a huge part of my life!

    Education
    • College
      Bachelor of Science, Biology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
    • Training
      Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa