Kate Larson, a certified physician assistant at Garrison Family Clinic, is recognized by the North Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants Board (NDAPA) as the 2012 North Dakota Physician Assistant of the Year.
Larson joined Garrison Family Clinic as a physician assistant 17 years ago upon completion of University of North Dakota’s Physician Assistant Program. Prior to working at the clinic, she was a registered nurse at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.
Larson has served with the NDAPA for several years. Throughout her service she held numerous positions and has represented NDAPA at the national level in the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates. She helped NDAPA work with legislation to amend numerous laws and expand the role of physician assistants in the medical profession and in the state. In 2011 she was appointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple as the first physician assistant in the state to serve on the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners.
The North Dakota Physician of the Year award is given to physician assistants who work or reside in North Dakota and provide excellent care and service, not only to their patients but also to the community and to the profession.