Behne comfortable with rural lifestyle

Kelly Behne joined Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick’s staff at the end of January. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Kelly Behne joined Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick’s staff at the end of January. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Visitors to the Mountain Sage Medical Clinic in Burns are bound to see a new face walking the hallway.

Physician Assistant Kelly Behne joined the staff near the end of January, and is looking forward to her new position.

Behne grew up and graduated from high school in the Coulee City, Wash. area, so she’s no stranger to the rural lifestyle.

Following high school, Behne attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, earning a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation.

For the next 10 years or so, Behne worked as a  ski patrol member in Washington, and a trip leader for outdoor recreationists on the East Coast.

She then attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, graduating from the two-year program with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.

Behne said after graduation, she heard about the open position at Mountain Sage Medical Clinic from classmates, came to Burns for the interview, and got the job.

“Some of my classmates didn’t want to apply for the job because their ‘significant others’ weren’t too sure about moving to a rural area,” Behne said with a smile. “I like it. I’m looking forward to getting a horse again. I grew up on a farm and ranch, and I like the rural lifestyle and open spaces.”



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