Megan Krumrie-Horkey was about 10 when she decided medicine was her calling.
Was she encouraged by a relative or family friend to pursue a medical career?
“No, not really, no,” she says. “I just kinda set my mind to it and did it.”
Maybe she was mentored by a teacher, one that firmly believed in her and routinely encouraged her to chase her dream of becoming a medical professional?
“No, not really,” Krumrie-Horkey says again, laughing. “Just driven.”
Driven, because her family had gotten much too familiar with being a patient, she says.
“My family kind of dealt with a lot of cancer growing up, so just kind of dealing with all that and all the doctors is definitely something I wanted to do ever since I was a kid,” she says.
Krumrie-Horkey never wavered from her decision to pursue a career in medicine.
“That was my goal starting pretty young,” she says.
Today, she’s a physician assistant with Aurora BayCare Urological Surgeons.
Physician assistants assist during surgical procedures, diagnose illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications and more. They’re supervised by a physician.
Her initial plan was to attend medical school and become a physician. That changed while working on her undergraduate studies.
“I didn’t even know about PAs until, like, my junior year in college,” she says. “I just kinda realized that was more of a better life-work balance for me and I could do a lot of what I would have been able to do as a doctor.”
PA school at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, prepared Krumrie-Horkey to work in a wide range of medical specialties.
“You get exposed to all areas,” she says. “You get generalized training and then it’s not until after you graduate that you pick a certain area and then you get more specialized training on the job.”
So why urology?
“I’ve always wanted to get into oncology, cancer-type thing,” Krumrie-Horkey says, thinking back to her family’s experiences.
“Urology gives you that option of having a little bit of that plus more acute things. Just a wide variety of things going on with urology, so it seemed like a good opportunity for PAs in urology.”
Krumrie-Horkey assists with hands-on patient care among a host of other daily duties.
“We do hospital rounding and then we have our own clinics during the day and then we’re kind of in-between jumping over to the hospital for consults and urgent stuff and kinda running around, pretty busy,” she says.
Her practice philosophy focuses largely on being an exceptional listener for her patients. She also strives to help better educate patients on their health issues.
When she’s not at work, Krumrie-Horkey enjoys an occasional marathon but more often than not will be found running around and having fun with her three girls and her husband.
Megan Krumrie-Horkey sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment in Green Bay, call 920-288-8280. To request an appointment in Marinette, call 715-735-9494 or do so online.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, with more than 100 physicians serving in 16 area communities. BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a 167-bed, full-service hospital. Follow BayCare Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.