Kristin Bourret, PA-C
Dedicated to her patients' unique expression of optimal health.
Kristin Bourret, PA-C -pronounced like the barrette for one’s hair- is a certified physician assistant dedicated to helping patients move towards their unique version of optimal health. Kristin’s holistic approach draws from her background in exercise science, yoga, and functional nutrition.
Over the past 15 years, she has worked with Columbia Cardiology, Providence Heart Clinic, OHSU Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery. She also spent a year in Uganda providing primary care with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.
Primary Care and urgent health
She previously worked with Dr. Perkins before moving to Pendleton, OR in 2015. She served in the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, further honing her skills in primary care with additional experience and understanding of the management of acute, urgent health issues as well as complex, chronic disease.
Kristin studied functional nutrition with Andrea Nakayama and believes that nutrition is deeply healing and an essential ingredient to wellness. She blends her knowledge of western medicine with traditional methods of healing to manage acute and chronic illnesses. Her goal is to educate, encourage and guide patients back to their natural state of balanced health.
Kristin grew up in Montana. She enjoys hiking, skiing, meditation, live music and traveling the world. Kristin has completed yoga teacher training and continues this course of study.
What exactly is a physician assistant?
A certified physician assistant (PAC) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They can serve as primary care providers, take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans, counsel on preventive care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Nearly all private insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare will cover PA services.
A Rigorous Education and Training
Physician Assistant programs are approximately 26 months in duration (three academic years) and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools. Most programs also require students to have about three years of healthcare training and experience. Students take courses in basic sciences, behavioral sciences and clinical medicine across subjects such as anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology and more. They complete a total of more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry.
Master of Health Science, Duke University
Physician Assistant Certification, Duke University
Bachelor and Master of Science in Exercise Science, University of Montana.
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Oregon Society of Physician Assistants
Appointments are available 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon.- Fri.