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VMW Providers Published In Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Continuing an Addiction Practice In-Person During a Pandemic

VMW is celebrating the recent publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) by Valley Medical and Wellness' Lindsay Bergstreser, PA-C, a physician assistant, Jonah Poynter, a medical assistant, and Svetlana Zaydman, DO and Ashwin George, MD, both physicians.

Check out their 2021 AAPA Poster Session Abstract, Continuing an addiction practice in-person during a pandemic!

During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, opioid-related overdose deaths skyrocketed in Minnesota. But from the beginning, Valley Medical and Wellness Providers recognized that there were things that could be done to help reduce the barriers to care for those suffering from addiction.

"Although telemedicine is a viable option for addiction medicine care, many legal, ethical, and technologic barriers prevent its broader use, underscoring the importance of maintaining in-person care".

Through the use of modified curbside and telemedicine appointments, as well as enhanced safety protocols and our rapid response to the Covid-19 outbreak in our community by offering rapid turn-around-time for RT-PCR Covid-19 tests, Valley Medical and Wellness was able to remain open during the pandemic and safely provide in-person care to our patients!

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Kate Cummings Kate graduated from Winona State University in 2016 with a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology. She has been with Valley Medical and Wellness (VMW) since 2017. She began her tenure with VMW as a Medical Assistant working with physicians and participating in procedures and intake of chronic pain and addiction patients. She was able to transfer her talents to clinic administration in her role as a Patient Care Coordinator in 2019 and then in 2020 as the Patient Scheduler Supervisor where she works closely with clinical operations, management and support, as well as assisting in the operation of our Covid-19 testing sites and various clinical project management duties and business growth initiatives. In her free time, Kate enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and her fiancé, Garret, and Australian Sheppard, Luna.

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