busPhysician’s assistant Ryan Smith runs Heritage Health’s new school-based mobile medical clinic, a rolling clinic that primarily serves rural areas of Kootenai County. A developer of Heritage’s “street medicine” program, Smith brought with him an intuitive understanding of the importance of taking health care out to the community as well as providing in-center care. He’s passionate, practical and savvy beyond his years.
As a kid, what did you think you’d be doing when you grew up?
My first choice was professional ice hockey. I’d played junior hockey for many years and I still play center for a men’s hockey league.
There’s a long and winding road separating hockey players and physician assistants. How did you get where you are today?
When I was in school at NIC (North Idaho College), I worked as a student athletic trainer. Since my background was sports medicine, I started thinking then that maybe I’d be a physical therapist.

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