Sara Messner (Mitchell) Practices at ThedaCare Physicians-Clintonville
She is thrilled to return to her hometown as a physician assistant to provide the same quality of care she remembers receiving while growing up. “I enjoy being able to see multiple generations of a family,” said Messner. “People come in and they know my parents or my family.”
Messner’s husband also has family in Clintonville. While the couple does not live in the town currently, they hope to move back to the area soon. “That’s our big picture goal,” she said.
Messner earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A certified health education specialist, she belongs to the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. “It’s nice to get back into the small-town feel of things,” she said. “I like a lot of things about the practice. Even though it is a small town practice, it’s well connected to places in the Valley if patients need additional resources.”
Messner enjoys working in family medicine and the variety of patients and issues she can address. She believes in treating the whole person. Messner’s health education background helps patients with preventative care and lifestyle modification. “I think it’s just a good foundation to make sure you’re starting to take care of your whole self,” she said. “It sets you up for a healthy lifestyle and to make good choices.”
ThedaCare™ Physicians includes more than 144 employed physicians and 70 nurse practitioners and physician assistants at 22 locations throughout the region and includes specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, sports medicine, rehabilitation, orthopedics and general surgery. ThedaCare Physicians is a leader in implementing an electronic medical records system, including a patient portal called MyThedaCare, that allows patients to access their medical information, request appointments, refill prescriptions, and consult their physician from their home computer.
ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of seven hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, ThedaCare Medical Center-New London, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, Berlin Memorial Hospital and Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is one of the largest employers in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees, with CHN and Wild Rose employees joining ThedaCare in January 2015. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.