Orthopedic PA: Meet Jenna
Jenna Batchelder is an orthopedic Physician Assistant (PA) at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. She plays an integral role on our patient care team. Not only does she assist our orthopedic surgeons in surgery, she helps diagnose and create treatment plans for our patients, as well as assisting in pre-operative and post-operative follow-up care. She shares background on her training and why she does what she does!
What is an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant?
An orthopedic PA is an extension of the surgeon. I see patients in the clinic and in the hospital setting. I diagnose and treat, complete injections and small procedures, and assist in surgery alongside an orthopedic surgeon.
What is your education and training?
To become a Physician’s Assistant, a graduate degree and a two year masters program is required. For me, I graduated from Mizzou with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. After 2 years of experience in inpatient/outpatient orthopedics, I pursued my Masters in Physician Assistant studies. Now, I’ve been working as an orthopedic PA for over 7 years.
Why become an Orthopedic PA?
When I was younger, I had a sports related injury resulting in a tear of my ACL. After going through the surgery and rehab process, I knew I wanted a job helping people getting back to what they love. I enjoy talking with patients about their goals and trying to get them doing what matters to them again. After further training, I knew that I wanted to become an orthopedic PA.
What conditions & patients do you see?
I treat sports injuries, fractures, arthritis/joint pain, post-operative care for patients of all ages and conditions.
Why do like what you do?
I love that I get to help patients get back to what is important to them.