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New physician’s assistant with Lake County roots

Lake County Medical Clinic’s newest physician’s assistant has made a homecoming of sorts in the most literal sense.

Kris McAllister, a native of Paisley, recently took the opportunity after nearly eight years of working for Columbia River Community Health in Boardman, a town near Hermiston.

As a physician’s assistant, he is supervised primarily by Dr. Spencer Clarke, but also Dr. Stephen Hussey, MD, and Dr. Timothy Gallagher, MD.

Born at Lake District Hospital, McAllister’s roots are firmly implanted in central Lake County.  His parents, Ralph and Dee Ann McAllister still live in Paisley, and own and operate the Paisley Mercantile store.

A 1997 graduate of Paisley School, McAllister pursued a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in chemistry from Western Oregon University in Monmouth.  He then spent another year earning prerequisites for a physician’s assistant degree, later earning his master’s degree in that field of study at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

 McAllister shares similar clinical duties and responsibilities to those of the doctors, and interacts with a full spectrum of patients that range from infants to the elderly.Regarding his career path, McAllister said he shadowed a physician’s assistant while still in his undergraduate program, and it was an experience that shaped his future.

“I probably would have saved a year or two of college if I’d done that earlier on,” he said.

Consequently, McAllister encourages high school students to look for those job shadow opportunities whenever possible, as they can be invaluable to shaping one’s future.

Outside of work, McAllister said he plans to become involved with the Paisley Disaster Unit and the Paisley School’s budget committee.

For more information, contact Lake County Medical Clinic, located at 624 S. J St., at 541-947-3366.

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