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Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Grinage, PA-C, to the Gritman family! Jennifer began seeing patients in June at the Troy Clinic and Kendrick Family Care. We sat down with her to find out a bit more about her and what it’s like to be a board-certified physician assistant in a small town.
What do you love about being a physician assistant?
I enjoy bringing health and happiness to those in need. I also find it a great honor to be allowed to help someone in a time of their need and vulnerability. I also find medicine completely amazing and love learning something new every day.
Are you from the area? If so how, long have you been in the area?
I am from the Midwest. I was born in Iowa and raised in Wisconsin. I moved to Lewiston in 2014 from St. Louis, Missouri. In 2016, we moved to Troy.
What first interested you in going into medicine?
When I was in high school I worked in a nursing home in a small town in Wisconsin. Ever since then, I have striven to become a version of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, from the Western TV series. I have always liked problem solving and helping others.
Why did you choose Gritman?
For starters, Gritman saved my life. I was home recovering from surgery when I started to notice some odd symptoms. I told my husband “I better go in to get this checked out, but I hope they don’t admit me!”
After a CT scan Dr. Brown came in to tell me I had a clot in my lower right lung. At first I was in denial; I did end up getting admitted and everyone was great during my time at Gritman.
After we returned home from the ER, I started to have a weird sharp pain in my left shoulder. I went back to Gritman but my memories are a little fuzzy from that second urgent visit. I remember having trouble breathing and getting put on oxygen. Most of all, I remember trying to appear strong for my husband so he wouldn’t be as worried.
Dr. Brown and the surgery staff saved my life that day. My tests showed I had clots in both of my lungs and suffered a pulmonary infarction in the left lung, which is what caused that first symptom of shoulder pain. I spent over a week in the hospital, and even got to work with the WWAMI Medical Students as we picked apart my case. That was great fun and gave me something to do while being on oxygen for a week.
I have a few scars, use inhalers now and have a nebulizer at home, but I am still here.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
We are an outdoors type family and like to hunt, go four wheeling, fishing, boating, camping and hiking.
I love spending time with my husband, Clint, and our Great Dane, Polly Sue.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call 208-289-3841. New patients are welcome and most insurance companies are accepted, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.