Physician Assistant Earns National Certification

Crystal Sturgis, PA

Crystal Sturgis Receives Orthopaedic Surgery Achievement

Crystal Sturgis, a certified physician’s assistant at ThedaCare Orthopedic Care, recently received the Certificate of Added Qualifications in orthopaedic surgery from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Nationwide, only 181 physician assistants met the CAQ requirements in 2012. To receive the certification, physician assistants must meet education and experience and then pass a specialty exam.

Sturgis earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska Health Science Center.

She sees patients at ThedaCare Orthopedic Care in Appleton, New London and Shawano.

ThedaCare™ Physicians includes more than 120 employed physicians at 23 locations throughout the region and includes specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and general surgery. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, ThedaCare Physicians is a leader in offering same-day access at many of its locations, including lab results and a plan of care before the patient leaves that appointment. ThedaCare Physicians is also the leader in implementing an electronic medical records system, including a patient portal called MyThedaCare that allows patients to access to their medical information, make appointments, refill prescriptions, and consult their physician appointment from their home computer. Two FastCare locations in the Fox Cities serve many immediate needs of patients.

ThedaCare™ ( is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!